United are 2/1 underdogs to come away from their Boxing Day clash against Rochdale with all three points.Place your bets now by visiting www.skybet.com/scunthorpe.
Sky Bet, the sponsors of the Football League, have made the away side 6/5 favourites and have priced a draw at 23/10.
The Iron currently sit in 18th in League One and are on an eight game unbeaten run, stemming all the way back to the start of November. Friday’s opponents Rochdale are also currently unbeaten throughout December, drawing and winning in their two League matches and knocking Aldershot out of the FA Cup following a replay.
The last game at Glanford Park saw Mark Robins’ side beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1, following goals from Luke Williams and Miguel Llera. A repeat score and result in Scunthorpe’s favour this Boxing Day is 9/1, but if you feel that goalkeeper Sam Slocombe will keep a clean sheet then a 2-0 win is an even better 14/1.
Rochdale’s last League One game finished in a draw as Notts County rescued a late point and the last two Scunthorpe United matches have also finished level, with 1-1 away draws with Worcester City and Bradford City. The correct score markets are relatively low priced with a 1-1 draw at 5/1 and a goalless affair at 11/1.
Irishman Paddy Madden is the top goalscorer for the Iron this year with eight goals for the season. Seven of his eight goals have been the first goals in matches and Sky Bet have him at 5/1 to be the player to score the first goal at Glanford Park this Boxing Day.
Rochdale also possess a goalscoring centre forward in Ian Henderson, who is the fifth joint top scorer in League One. He is the same price as Madden at 5/1 to open the scoring this Friday and they are both 40/1 to mark their club’s festive period with a hat trick.
Youngster Hakeeb Adelakun scored a late equaliser to rescue a point for Scunthorpe away at Bradford on Saturday and he is 10/1 to score the first goal and 7/2 to find the back of the net anytime during the 90 minutes.
Sky Bet are also offering some match specials for this League One fixture. They are offering 7/1 for the Iron to score in the first 10 minutes and the same odds for Mark Robins’ side to score two or more goals in the first half.
With both sides heading into the game in good form, home advantage could be crucial as Scunthorpe try to make it nine straight games unbeaten. Rochdale’s four game unbeaten run come be in jeopardy and a 2/1 bet on the Iron to make it a happy Boxing Day for their fans at Glanford Park could be the best bet in the festive period.