Friday, 4 November 2011

League One Weekend Preview, Game 17

As the rain lashes down in SE7 again today, tomorrow's home match against Preston is threatening to be a washout. We have the opportunity to make it four league wins in-a-row which would the best sequence of the season so far and would, in my mind, represent a full recovery from Stevenage and the fermentation of possibly another unbeaten run that might take us to Christmas.
AFC Bournemouth v Scunthorpe United
Who would have bet on Bournemouth winning at Preston last week? They are up to 18th and will be aiming to improve the worst home record in the division. They have the away draw specialists in town, so it may be very tight.

Prediction; 1-1

Charlton Athletic v Preston North End

This should, I repeat should, be a straightforward home win. Preston have strung together sequences of wins and defeats this season and are very much on a losing streak right now.They may come expecting to repeat their League Cup win but we all know there will be two different sides out there tomorrow. We appear to be learning how to play the ball around to control the pace and direction of games, whilst attacking with purpose and a cutting edge when we go forward. If this is actually the case, tomorrow is a great chance to prove it and we might expect another good day. The only cloud on the horizon might be the return of Hume and Mellor.
Prediction; 3-1

Chesterfield v Yeovil Town

Basement dogfight here and Yeovil are the only side left to win an away match in the division. Chesterfield to clamber out of the bottom four.
Prediction; 2-0

Exeter City v Carlisle United
A couple of weeks ago this would have looked like an easy away. Exeter were losing everything in sight. They have rallied since then and will look for their fourth home victory of the season. It's another long trip for the Cumbrians and it could even longer home.
Prediction 2-0

Huddersfield Town v Walsall
Can't see it, can you? Not even the unsettling of Lee Clark by the massive job on offer at the might Leicester City should distract Town sufficiently to prevent them putting several goals passed Walsall. Jordan Rhodes may be about to cash in on five years of primary education in Scotland by becoming a full-blown Jock and he will probably push BWP all the way to the League One Top Scorer title.
Prediction; 3-0

Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United
The O's recovery from no-hopers continued last week with a rare away win at Rochdale. They will fancy this one against a demoralised Hartlepool but the Monkey-hangers have an impressive away record and I'll take them to get a draw at least,
Prediction; 2-2

MK Dons v Rochdale
Unbeaten at home, I can't see Rochdale breaking the mould in this one. 
Prediction; 2-0

Notts County v Wycombe Wanderers
My home banker of the day. County haven't lost at home since we lowered their colours in their opening home game and Wycombe have a very soft centre.
Prediction; 2-0

Oldham Athletic v Bury
Lancashire derby and Bury have been marginally better away from Gigg Lane. A classic derby 1-1?
Prediction; 1-1

Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford
Seven straight home wins is impressive but the Bees are another League One side who have been having more fun away from home and they boast a 4-2-1 on their travels as well as having won at the Valley in the Noddy Cup. I am going to be very bold here and suggest that Brentford will win here.
Prediction; 1-2

Stevenage v Sheffield United
United have been stuttering a bit and find themselves eight points adrift of us in fourth place. They were beaten at Wycombe this season and this could be a potential banana skin. Stevenage good enough for a point?
Prediction; 1-1

Tranmere Rovers v Colchester United
Tranmere are keeping pace with the pack and have a solid home record. Colchester look a shadow of their former selves and whilst they have undoubted talent in their side, they are very inconsistent. This looks like an uphill battle.
Prediction; 2-0

Since I started posting this early today, the rain has moved away and SE7 is bathed in sunlight. Fingers-crossed for tomorrow. Up the Addicks!

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