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In-form Beckford can get Preston up despite late Dons surge

League One Player of the Month for April, Jermaine Beckford, should score to help Grayson's side crush Colchester in Essex and seal Championship promotion.

Preston North End (1/3 with Boylesports) and MK Dons (4/6 at Coral) are both odds-on for promotion from League One, but there is only room for one to go up automatically.

Simon Grayson’s side lead the race to join third tier champions Bristol City in the Championship next term by a point, but face a trip to Colchester United, who are fighting for their lives, on the final day of the season.

It is highly unlikely, however, that the Essex outfit shall escape the drop, and in-form North End striker Jermaine Beckford is one of the main reasons. He scooped the League One Player of the Month award for April after netting five times in seven outings.

Preston poacher Beckford is a best-price 31/20 with Boylesports to score again anytime, and 11/2 at the same bookies to grab the opener. Supplying him shall be top assistant Paul Gallagher and strike partner Joe Garner, who is leading marksman in the division and 6/5 with Coral to add to his tally here.

With this fabulous front three, it’s no wonder North End are at best 4/6 with Betfred to beat Colchester and confirm their place in next term’s Championship. A shock defeat in Essex is a top-price 5/1 with bet365, but punters should remember United have the joint-worse defensive record in the division.

Karl Robinson and the Dons, 11/8 with Sky Bet to pinch second spot from Preston, host Yeovil Town, meanwhile, at 2/9 (also at bet365) to heap more misery on the already relegated team.

Leading MK scorer Will Grigg has already been a thorn in the Somerset side before, and holds odds of 10/11 with Ladbrokes to net again anytime, but is better at 3/1 with several bookies, including Paddy Power and William Hill, to grab the opener.

Midfielder Dele Alli has had a hugely impressive season, and can add to his return of 16 goals here at a best price 11/8 with Betfred.

Betting tip: Beckford scores first v Colchester @ 11/2 with Boylesports

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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