Thursday, 18 November 2010

League One Weekend Preview, Game 17

Back to league action and all sides in League One face two games in the space of four days as we play on Saturday and Tuesday. It's a huge opportunity for us to establish our automatic promotion credentials and even to challenge Brighton for top spot. We have two home games against 23rd placed Yeovil and 15th placed Bristol Rovers, however, we have a poor track record in recent years when in similar positions and our home form has been far from convincing.

All we can hope for is that Parky has as close to a full strength squad to choose from and that we put in two disciplined performances and take the game to our opponents. Yeovil have lost four out of their last five league games and squeaked a draw in the other. They are ripe for another defeat and I have to take us to do it although I suspect it might not be pretty (again)

Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol Rovers
Both of these sides were well beaten last weekend but Rovers have to pick themselves up after a surprise 3-0 home defeat by the O's. Brighton will want to get back to winning ways after their long unbeaten run came to a stop at Hartlepool. They should have enough.
Prediction; 2-0

Charlton Athletic v Yeovil Town
Surely we can't blow this - can we?
Prediction; 2-0

Colchester United v Hartlepool United
This should be a routine home win but I'm going to take Hartlepool to nick a point after their sound win last week.
Prediction; 1-1

Dagenham & Redbridge v Oldham Athletic
Both of these sides had good wins last time out; Oldham edged it at home to Huddersfield and the Daggers ran out 3-1 winners at Yeovil. Home advantage will favour Dagenham but a draw's on the cards.
Prediction; 1-1

Huddersfield Town v Exeter City
The Grecians have been beaten five times on the road and this looks like a sixth against a Huddersfield side who need the win to maintain their play-off status.
Prediction; 2-0

Leyton Orient v AFC Bournemouth
Bournemouth's away form is hampering them from a serious challenge to the top two places. Their home form has been sparkling but five draws away might not be good enough. this will be a stiff test against a rejuvenated Orient who won well at Bristol Rovers last week.
Prediction; 2-1

MK Dons v Sheffield Wednesday
Wednesday have dropped below MK Dons in the table and won't find this easy. MK Dons are unbeaten at home (in the league of course) and could rack up a seventh home win here. Tough on Wednesday.
Prediction; 2-0

Notts County v Tranmere Rovers
Tranmere have scrambled above County at the bottom and this could be icing on their early season cake. County in turmoil.
Prediction; 0-2

Plymouth Argyle v Brentford
Two very unpredictable sides meet here and I'll take home advantage.
Prediction; 2-1

Rochdale v Swindon Town
Could be a good game this. Swindon are spluttering and have only one away win to their name. Rochdale might just fancy another scalp here.
Prediction; 2-0

Southampton v Peterborough United
It's been a case of two steps forward, one step back for Saints in recent weeks and they lost 3-2 at Carlisle last week. Posh showed their vulnerability against us and I can't see them having enough here.
Prediction; 2-0

Walsall v Carlisle United
Best away tip of the week. Walsall are poorer this year than normal and Carlisle are battling away to maintain an unlikely promotion challenge. They need more points away from Cumbria and you don't get better opportunities than this.
Prediction; 0-2

Charlton forever!


rotw said...

Like your summary. I think there could be a few more draws though.
Hartelpool played robust football and never allowed Brighton to play their game, so fancy a Colchester home win on that one. Up and at em' stuff will be right down their street.
Rochdale, MK Dons, Orient, Dagenham for me.
4 draw trebles and a fourfold.
40/1 for a treble?

Dave said...

rotw - it took a 92nd minute strike for Colchester to sneak past Hartlepool after their own late equaliser. You were very close on a treble.

ROTW said...

Thats the story of my season so far Dave. As for the Colchester game, late goals were also influentual at Brighton, Charlton and Orient.
Even some of the games that would be considered bankers (Celtic, Chelsea?) failed.
I am thinking the way forward may be the "both teams to score" acca.
Then watch my 0-0 draws come in!

Dave said...

ROTW - you and me both. I couldn't summon the enthusiasm to put anything on today. I, too, have been thinking about the "both teams to score bet."