The Iron host Yeovil Town on Saturday - seven places above the bottom of the table visitors, and priced as favourites to emerge with the three points at 13/10.The Glovers have only won one of their last seven games in League One, with no victories in their last three, with odds of a home win at 13/10 with SkyBet, the sponsors of the Football League. The price for a draw is at 23/10, with the Somerset club coming in at 21/10 to pick up their first win on their travels since December 13th.
Terry Skiverton’s men currently prop up the table in 24th place, five points adrift from safety, while Scunthorpe United have both a game in hand over their opponents and 11 points more, as they sit 17th. The Iron are looking to end their run of back-to-back league defeats, the first in Mark Robins’ rein as boss, after losing 1-0 at home to Barnsley on Tuesday thanks to a goal from Josh Scowen. Yeovil were last in action on Saturday, where a stoppage time penalty from Adam Morgan scraped a 2-2 draw against in-form Gillingham, after spurning a 1-0 lead earlier in the game.
The last time Yeovil came to town they ran out 4-0 winners in their promotion season to the Championship. The outside chance of repeating that score-line is at 80-1, however for those who think Scunthorpe can produce their own raucous result; SkyBet has them at 50-1 for a 4-0 win. The fixture this season yielded a tight score of 1-1, with Madden notching against his former club, before Moore levelled for the hosts.
The odds on the Irishman making it two in two against the team he helped stun the Football League by firing them in to the Championship is at 5/1 as first goal scorer, while he’s priced at 11/8 to score anytime. Kieffer Moore was the other scorer in that game, and he comes in at 10/1 for first goal scorer and 7/2 at any time.
The Iron have started their last run of games with more or less three strikers up front. Dutchman Kevin van Veen scored his first goal for the club with a delightful chip against Swindon a fortnight ago, and he’s at 6/1 to notch first, while at 7/4 to score anytime. Tom Hopper rounds off the Scunthorpe attack with four goals to his name already since signing on loan from Leicester City in January, and he’s priced at exactly the same as van Veen.
Back-to-back goals from Niall Canavan against Swindon and Chesterfield means that he could be a worthwhile punt to score the opening goal. The 6ft 3” defender is a serious threat from set-pieces, and he comes in at a whopping 25/1 as first goal scorer, while remaining an impressive 7/1 to hit the back of the net at any point during the game.
Sky Bet are also offering match specials for this fixture. They have Scunthorpe to score two or more in the first half at 13/2, as well as United to score in the first ten minutes at 13/2. On the other side they have Yeovil score two or more in the first half at 17/2 and for the visitors to score in the first 10 minutes at 15/2.
With Yeovil sitting bottom of the League One ladder, a 13/10 punt on the Iron may prove a winner, as the North Lincolnshire club look to return to winning ways after producing back-to-back defeats for the first time in the league during Mark Robins’ tenure.
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