League One weekend betting preview: Miller light, Abbott ails
Michael Holden is one of the UK's leading football betting tipsters. A former casino croupier with a deep-rooted curiosity in statistics and probabilities, his passion for betting on the beautiful game stretches back more than two decades. Since graduating as a journalist from the University of Central Lancashire in 2005, he has delivered consistent profits for his legion of followers on Sportinglife.com and produced many groundbreaking feature articles on the application of social science in a football betting context. He is now the editor of Bestofthebets.com having orchestrated the design, build and launch of the new sports betting website for Gaming Media Group during the summer of 2011.
Friday 13 April 2012
It seems a little odd that Charlton still have work to do in the League One title race when they sit on 91 points but fate has lent them a kind hand with the timing of their trip to Carlisle and Chris Powell's men can all but wrap up automatic promotion with three points at Brunton Park on Saturday.
The Addicks have tasted defeat only twice on the road all season, so it's asking a lot of the Cumbrians to get their play-off bid back on track without talisman Lee Miller and odds of 8/5 about the champions-in-waiting and 10/3 about Charlton to win to nil are too good to resist.
Greg Abbott's men went into the Easter period in blistering form having beaten MK Dons and Huddersfield in successive matches and though they stretched their current unbeaten run to nine matches with draws against Wycombe and Scunthorpe, two points from those matches will have hardly been the target.
However, much worse was the groin injury sustained by their pivotal target man and any hopes of a trip to Wembley in May have taken a battering with the news that Miller will now be sidelined for the rest of the campaign.
The Cumbrians have shown bags of spirit to force their way into contention in recent weeks but past experience of life without the former Middlesbrough man offers little in the way of comfort.
When Miller was red carded for violent conduct at Hartlepool at the end of January, the Blues were dispatched 4-0 by a team that had previously lost nine home games on the spin and his subsequent suspension set them back further with a goalless draw at home to misfiring Tranmere followed by another 4-0 defeat at Brentford.
So it seems goals are hard to come by when Miller's out of action and we should be confident that a Charlton defence in double figures for away clean sheets will stand firm as the leaders go in search of a staggering 21st win-to-nil victory of the campaign.
1pt Charlton to beat Carlisle at 8/5 (Coral)
1pt Charlton to beat Carlisle to nil at 10/3 (Skybet)
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