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High-flying Hatters to win again? Get League One tips for March 15-16

Leigh Copson 13 Mar 2019
Harry Cornick of Luton Town (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

League One predictions for Friday, March 15 to Saturday, March 16. Can Luton Town take their fantastic unbeaten run in the third tier to 25 games, and will Barnsley and Sunderland boost their bids for automatic promotion with three more points? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Doncaster Rovers v Barnsley (Friday 19:45 GMT)

Barnsley lost ground on league leaders Luton Town in midweek, but the goalless draw at home to Sunderland was more than good enough to maintain the four-point cushion between themselves and the third-place Black Cats heading into this weekend’s games. The Tykes will be in action first courtesy of this Friday night fixture, and that means they will have an opportunity to put some added pressure on Luton and Sunderland going into their weekend fixtures. But can they? Barnsley are enjoying a strong run of form right now having gone 17 games without loss in League One, winning 11 times, and the same cannot be said for their hosts Doncaster. Rovers are clinging onto the final play-off place after seeing their winless run in all competitions reach six games last time, but they have now gone nine games without loss at home in the third tier and that suggests they will be no pushovers here. They have also held Barnsley to a 1-1 draw already this season, but the Tykes are flying right now and are looking good value for automatic promotion. I expect them to help their cause with a Yorkshire Derby success on Friday night.

Luton Town v Gillingham (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

Luton Town made hard work of it, but a 16th minute goal from Jack Stacey in midweek was enough to lift them to a 1-0 win at Bradford City and it was enough to send them five points clear at the top of the table. The Hatters now boast a healthy lead at the summit and their grip on top spot looks even stronger when you consider their form over the past few months. Mick Harford’s side have now gone 24 games without loss in the third tier, winning 18 times, and not even a change in manager has derailed them. So what else can we predict for Saturday’s clash with Gillingham. The Gills boosted their fight for survival when they picked up seven points in a three-game spell between late February and early March, but their momentum was halted by a 1-0 loss at home to Bristol Rovers in midweek and it is difficult to see them responding by taking something from the trip to Kenilworth Road. Luton ran out 3-1 winners when they visited Gillingham earlier this season and now that they are back on their own patch, where they have been very strong this season, I expect them to run out comfortable winners once again.

Sunderland v Walsall (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

Sunderland were unable to close the gap between themselves and the automatic promotion spots as they draw at Barnsley in midweek, but they did at least avoid losing further ground on the top two and they are still in a decent position to pounce should the Tykes or Luton slip up. They need to keep collecting points to keep them in that position though, and they have been doing that consistently since late December thanks to a 15-match unbeaten run. However, have been far too many draws in that time though and that is undoubtedly the big reason why they are not in the top two at this time. Sunderland simply have to stop dropping points so regularly and that means this visit of Walsall has to be billed as a ‘must-win’ match for them. The Saddlers did hold Sunderland to a 2-2 draw back in November, but their form has been pretty miserable since then with only four wins coming in the 18 league matches they have played since then. Their away form has been utterly atrocious too, so I expect Sunderland to make them pay for that travel sickness here. The Black Cats have not been particularly free-scoring in recent months though, so this will not turn into a riot.

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