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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Scunthorpe can put pressure on League One pacesetters

Peterborough look a good bet in the EFL Trophy

Paddy Madden (left) has been prolific for Scunthorpe
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Scunthorpe are in the thick of the Sky Bet League One promotion race for a second successive season and they can climb to within two points of the top two by beating mid-table Doncaster at Glanford Park.

Given the modest size of Scunthorpe - a club whose top attendance this season is 4,905 - their consistency over the last two seasons is something to be proud of.

They finished third last term on 82 points (an average of 1.78 points per game) and their tally this season (50 points at an average of 1.79 per game) is just as impressive.

Scunthorpe had a setback on Saturday, losing 3-1 at home to mid-table Gillingham, but it was always going to be tough against a side who have lost just one of their last 13 matches.

Doncaster are also on a decent run, losing one of eight league games since the start of December, but they have won on just four of their 14 League One road trips.

They are 14 points worse off than Scunthorpe, who look a good bet at odds-against.

Peterborough manager Grant McCann has regularly sent out strong teams for EFL Trophy matches this season and can steer his team to a quarter-final success over Lincoln at Sincil Bank.

McCann's affection for the Football League Trophy is understandable, since he was part of the Peterborough side who won the competition in 2014.

His players overcame tough Sky Bet League Two opponents in the last round, drawing 0-0 at Luton and winning 7-6 on penalties, and they should have the edge over Lincoln, who are 24 places below them on the league ladder.

Lincoln are in the League Two promotion race but would have to improve a lot on their performance at the weekend, a 1-1 draw at basement boys Barnet.

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Given the modest size of Scunthorpe their consistency over the last two seasons is something to be proud of
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