Plymouth vs Scunthorpe predictions and betting tips for this decisive League One fixture on Saturday 4th May. This is a straight shootout between the pair in a bid to avoid dropping down to League Two. Which one of the struggling pair will manage to escape the drop?
Plymouth start the day a point above their struggling opponents. They also have a slightly superior goal difference.
The Pilgrims sacked Derek Adams last weekend after a torrid run of form culminated in a 5-1 defeat at Accrington.
Scunny have won just one game since the beginning of February, and they haven’t won on the road since January 26th.
Kick Off Time: 17:30
Date: Saturday 4th May
Venue: Home Park
Plymouth fans will be hoping that Derek Adams’ departure will give their side the impetus to crawl across the line, and cement their League One status for next season. The Pilgrims have been on a torrid run of form, and the Scot had come under increasing pressure from supporters. He has enjoyed a lot of success at the club, but he’s an abrasive and provocative character, and his relationship with the media had also detoriated towards the end of his tenure.
He left a number of key players out of the XI last weekend, and Kevin Nancekivell will be almost certainly calling upon all of his resources here.
The Devon side thought they were safe a few months ago, but their drop in form means that they start the day on 47 points. A win would almost certainly guide them to safety, although it would depend on other results. Their home form isn’t too bad, they’ve only lost twice here in 2019, and those losses have come against promoted Barnsley, and play-off contenders Charlton. This should be much easier.
Scunny have struggled in recent weeks under caretaker manager Andy Dawson. They showed some fighting spirit in the second half of their 3-2 defeat to Bradford, but the Iron are conceding sloppy goals, and they don’t neccesarily have the requisite firepower.
Since January 26th, they’ve picked up just a single point away from home, and they’ve netted just three times in their last five away games.
We’re relying on Plymouth to bounce back here, but I’ve got the feeling that the players will be happier working under the caretaker manager, and if the likes of Graham Carey and Freddie Ladapo can put in a performance, they should have enough.
This is SUCH a crucial game, and a draw is likely to send them both down to the fourth tier. Both sides will have to play on the front foot. Plymouth have goals in their side, but their issue is the fact that they’ve never really replaced Sonny Bradley at the back. The Pilgrims have conceded a number of sloppy goals recently, and there is very little time to get back-to-basics under the temporary management.
Scunthorpe found themselves three down in the first half against a side that have already been relegated, and that is inexcusable. They’ve conceded 12 times in their last five away games, and they surely won’t keep Plymouth off the score-sheet here.
Plymouth put four past Scunny when they met earlier in the campaign, and it could be another end-to-end, thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes. There is plenty on the line here. Both sides will be scrapping away, and I imagine a few scruffy goals may be scored in this one. Either way, Over 2.5 Goals looks a terrific way of playing.
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Plymouth have a number of players who can provide moments of quality. Amazingly, Graham Carey only has five goals to his name this season, whilst Ruben Lameiras has been a little more consistent in recent months. Freddie Ladapo has scored the majority of their goals this campaign, and the striker has 18 for the season across all competitions.
He netted in their 4-1 hammering of Scunthorpe earlier in the campaign, and he could inflict further damage on the Iron here.
Plymouth Win – 6/5
Draw – 12/5
Scunthorpe Win – 2/1
Odds from Betfred