Thursday, 29 September 2011

League One Weekend Preview, Game 11

It's a big weekend at the top of League One (which I guess means it should be an equally big weekend at the other end?). Eight of the top nine sides are pitted against each other with only fast appearing Preston playing a side from further down and they have the easy paper task of visiting rock bottom Orient.

I have been swithering about the trip to Sheffield on Saturday. My work has been manic this week and I have hardly seen my family, so am under far more pressure than normal not to disappear on Saturday. I may have to rely on CAFC Player. 

Brentford v Huddersfield Town
Two decent League One games in the capital city this weekend. Unbeaten Huddersfield go to Griffin Park where the Bees need a big win to get buzzing again. Brentford have only managed one home point in their last three and need to re-establish themselves. They might find Town resilient enough for a point.
Prediction; 1-1

Chesterfield Colchester United

Colchester are struggling to get going this year and Chesterfield might give them a tough test here. Can't see the Train Addicks bumping into too many Colchester fans this weekend.
Prediction; 2-0

Exeter City v Oldham Athletic
Like Colchester, both of these teams are under-performing against last year and the Grecians may be missing Matt Taylor at the back. Oldhan have managed three wins away from the grim North and they might feel on holiday in deepest Devon.
Prediction; 1-2

Hartlepool United Sheffield Wednesday
Possibly Hartlepool's largest crowd of the season will come to see Pools defend their unbeaten home record. Megson will settle for a draw if he can get one.
Prediction; 1-1

Leyton Orient Preston North End
The second decent looking League One match in town this weekend, which I would be tempted to go to if we weren't playing at the same time. We'd all like to see the O's take something here but they are in a mess. Phil Brown has probably nicked the League One Manager-of-the-Month from Chris Powell and their win over our reserves in the League Cup could be the result that sways the panel. Perhaps the curse that accompanies it may help us?
Prediction; 0-2

MK Dons v Notts County
Fifth v sixth here and very hard to call although MK are probably the better all-round team. 
Prediction; 2-1

Rochdale Wycombe Wanderers
Trap-door derby and Dale will see this as a game they need to be winning if they are to progress in this division. Wanderers are unpredictable but may suffer a hangover from blowing a 3-2 lead at home to Preston in the week.
Prediction; 2-0

Sheffield United Charlton Athletic
Our unbeaten run could well run for another six games if we can avoid defeat here. Hartlepool at the end of October is the next big test. Like us, United's early-season dominance is being tested and the loss at Wycombe Wanderers last week may provoke a reaction. Our run won't last for ever and I fear we will suffer a reversal here.
Prediction; 2-0

Stevenage Scunthorpe United
Scunthorpe are not adapting very well to dropping down a division and need to steady the ship or risk a second successive relegation battle. Stevenage, in contrast, are having a go following promotion and this could be a wake-up call for Alan Knill.
Prediction; 3-0

Tranmere Rovers v AFC Bournemouth
Looks like a home banker. Bournemouth have at least managed two wins away but they are struggling after all the changes during the back-end of last season. 
Prediction; 3-1

Walsall Carlisle United
Carlisle have been picking up and with three away wins under their belt, they will travel with confidence, something Walsall are short of. They could nick this.
Prediction; 1-2

YeovilTown v Bury
A proper lower league fixture and a reason why we need to be out of this division. Bury haven't managed to score away from home yet!
Prediction; 1-0

1 comment:

Hungry Ted said...

I've got into a habit of putting £1 (yes, one singular pound) on an accumulator bet for predicting the complete League One fixtures each week. You will no doubt be interested to hear that I stand to win a whopping £250,000 if my 12 bets come in.

Unlike you, I've made no effort to look sensibly at the form book and used the 'pin the tail on the donkey' technique!

For your predictions, a single nugget 12 way accumilator bet could return close to 40 grand!

Now I'm well aware that the odds are that ridiculously high for good reason, and I'll not be plotting my early retirement just yet. However, joking aside, I was only two results short last week and would have bagged a slightly more modest 75K if those results had gone my way.

Big 'IF', I know, but much more fun than throwing your money away on the lottery!