Friday, 11 March 2011

League One Weekend Preview, Game 34

After the resounding bad news from Black Tuesday - we lost and practically everyone above us won - our season really does look over. From here it goes one of either two ways; with a bit of pressure off and far fewer fans watching, we rally and profit from our games in hand to again challenge the fringe of the play-offs, or, we continue to disintegrate as we head for our lowest ever league finish.

Either way, I can't see us playing attractive football and my personal interest is as low as it could be. 

AFC Bournemouth v Southampton
Match of the Day on offer here. AFC know that they can drive a stake into the hearts of their neighbourhood monsters. Who would have thought pre-season that David might be readying his catapult in this fixture? However noble, I am going to take Southampton to edge this one as they finally make their charge for the second automatic promotion place.
Prediction; 1-2

Brighton & Hove Albion v Tranmere Rovers
Elsewhere on the South Coast, Tranmere will find themselves much shorter of space than at the Valley last week and should be dealt with relatively quickly.
Prediction; 3-0

Bristol Rovers v Huddersfield Town
Hiddersfield are grinding it out at the top. They have held faith with Lee Clark following previous disappointments and are being rewarded with a battling season. They should have too much for hapless Rovers.
Prediction; 0-2

Charlton Athletic v Brentford
Most sides are now coming to the Valley and looking to win rather than eek out draws, although Tranmere's ambitions were patently less than that last week. Brentford have nothing to lose and I suspect they will go for it in front of the travelling fans. I can see them scoring but so should we. Maybe another unsatisfactory draw?
Prediction; 1-1

Colchester United v MK Dons
The U's can slow MK Dons here but will have to do it without David Mooney who was red-carded last week. they are due a win.
Prediction; 2-1

Hartlepool United v Plymouth Argyle
Argyle should be dead and buried after taking a ten point deduction but they have rallied to that news and won successive games since. This will be a stern test but they know a result will bring them back to the brink of escape.
Prediction; 1-2

Leyton Orient v Oldham Athletic
The O's are improving as we fade and a win here will cement their status as most likely of the play-off challengers.
Prediction; 2-0

Peterborough United v Carlisle United
Carlisle may have a good go here but the result looks inevitable.

Rochdale v Exeter City
This should be very close With games in and over those above them, Dale might just have more incentive.
Prediction; 2-1

Sheffield Wednesday v Notts County
Like us, Wednesday's season is well and truly over. Gary Megson will be looking for crumbs of comfort and signs of recovery for next seasn.
Prediction; 2-1

Swindon Town v Dagenham & Redbridge
Could be Last Chance Saloon for Swindon. Forget our slump for a second - they went to Wembley in the play-offs less than 10 months ago and are staring League Two in the face.
Prediction; 1-1

Yeovil Town v Walsall
Can't see many farms being deserted this after for this one. Diabolically low crowd expected for poor fare - sounds familiar. Yeovil can distance themselves from struggling Walsall if the can eek out the win.
Prediction; 1-0

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