Doncaster vs Charlton predictions and betting tips for this first leg of this League One play-off semi-final on Sunday 12th May. These two sides have already met three times this season, and Donny will be keen to play up to their underdog tag across the two matches. Charlton have been in imperious form, and will fancy their chances of taking something back to the Valley.
These two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the beginning of March
Doncaster have lost just three times at home this campaign
Charlton have been defeated on just one occasion since March 2nd.
Kick Off Time: 12:15pm
Date: Sunday 12th May, 2019
Venue: The Keepmoat Stadium
Doncaster snuck into the play-offs on the final day of the season, with Grant McCann ousting his former club Peterborough. The South Yorkshire side go into the competition as underdogs, and they will likely relish that tag. Donny’s form this season has been built on their home performances, and they will not be looking forward to the return trip to the capital.
Only three sides have won at this stadium during the course of the season, with Accrington, Fleetwood and Sunderland leaving the Keepmoat with three points. Charlton managed a 1-1 draw here, and it wasn’t one of their most convincing performances.
Since that stalemate, Charlton have gone from strength-to-strength, and they have suffered just a single defeat since that day.
Lee Bowyer’s side have a great balance, and with players such as Krystian Bielik in the side, they are extremely hard to beat. Oxford won 2-1 at the Kassam, but it was a game in which the Addicks deserved something, and it’s hard to imagine them losing this.
They have the in-form duo of Joe Aribo and Lyle Taylor, and they could potentially hurt Donny, although the hosts will be buoyed by their final day clean sheet against Coventry.
However, only two sides have scored more home goals than Doncaster this season, and they possess a threat of their own. Malik Wilks scored against Charlton earlier in the season, and he could prove to be their dangerman once more.
This is a game between two excellent sides, who are both well-organised, and will be keen to avoid defeat. There isn’t much between them, and therefore is likely to end all-square.
The draw is available at 9/4 and that’s the first of our League One play-offs betting tips for Sunday lunchtime. Unibet have the best price available, and they are offering a £40 free bet to all new customers.
Lyle Taylor and John Marquis are the obvious favourites in this market, but I’m going to seek out some value. Joe Aribo was moved into a sort-of-number-ten role on the final day of the season, and it worked a treat against Rochdale. The lively youngster will have the chance to put himself in the shop window here, and there may be a few clubs preparing bids in the summer.
Aribo has nine for the season, but he’s also scored in each of his last three games. He found the net against Doncaster earlier in the campaign, and I think he can double up against this opposition.
He’s searching for a fourth consecutive goal, and is in flying form. Therefore 11/2 with Bet365 looks slghtly too big for him to find the net anytime. They are offering £100 in free bet credits to use on this lunchtime kick off.
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Under 2.5 Goals is always very short in the first legs of play-off games, and it’s no surprise to see it trading at around 8/13 here. Therefore, backing 2-3 Goals Exactly might be the best option in this one.
There shouldn’t be much between these two teams, and this bet would have landed in each of the last four meetings between the pair.
16 of Charlton’s 23 away games this season have also featured two of three goals, and that is a pattern which could continue here. The Addicks rarely blow sides away, but they also tend to bag a couple of goals to ensure their lead is comfortable. With Under 2.5 Goals incredibly short in the betting, 2-3 Goals is the preferred option.
2-3 Goals is available at 11/10 with Bet Victor, and new customers can get £40 to use on this weekend’s action.
Doncaster Win – 29/20
Draw – 9/4
Charlton Win – 11/5
Odds courtesy of Bet365