Thursday, 8 December 2011

League One Weekend Preview, Game 20

Walsall Football Club are now firmly in our sights as we seek to extend our winning sequence to nine successive matches. The Saddlers are currently 21st in the table and their home record is an unimpressive, 2-3-5. I can't see them holding us for long and we may well be looking at the Oldham game at the Valley next week before we finish on Saturday.

In many ways, the chasing pack will probably be aiming not to lose more ground on us this week. Here's who's got whom...

Brentford v Hartlepool United
Brentford remain on the fringes off the Play-Offs but. like visitors Hartlepool, it's due to their away form rather than their home showing. Hartlepool's disastrous run of six home defeats cost Mick Wadsworth his job in the week and back-roomer Micky Barron gets to drive the bus this week. That should be a green light for the Bees to record only their fourth home win of the campaign.
Prediction; 1-0

Colchester United v Bury
Bury have won as many games away from home as anyone else, save of course, the rip-roaring goal-scoring Addicks. So, I will take them for a draw at least here against an inconsistent and slowly worsening Colchester side.
Prediction; 1-1

Huddersfield Town v AFC Bournemouth
Looks like a home banker on paper but hold on a sec. Bournemouth have crept up to 16th and they have a 4-3-3 away record. No pressure here against Lee Clark's side who have to avoid a second successive league defeat following their defeat at the Valley. I'm going for a late Huddersfield rally to earn a point.
Prediction; 2-2

Leyton Orient v Exeter City
The O's haven't been much cop at Brisbane Road this season but the Grecians have been poor on the road. Pre-Christmas cheer in Leytonstone.
Prediction; 2-0

Oldham Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday
Four thousand Wednesdayites will descend on Oldham on Saturday as they attempt to maintain second-place. Their recent home form has been good and they may be good enough for a point.
Prediction; 1-1

Preston North End v Stevenage
PNE's 1-0 win at Hartlepool two weeks ago was their first success in ten matches. Phil Brown's boys are feeling the pressure and along come a Stevenage side who will grind it out and whose players are enjoying themselves. Could be another sticky day for the Perm-a-tan Brown.
Prediction; 1-1

Scunthorpe United v Carlisle United
The Iron go into this one on the back of three straight league defeats but Carlisle haven't particularly impressed me on their two recent Valley visits and I suspect Alan Knill's charges will win out here.
Prediction; 2-1

Sheffield United v Rochdale
Potential banana-skin here but the Blades should be well motivated with their neighbours up to second. Long struggle ahead for Dale.
Prediction; 3-0

Tranmere Rovers v MK Dons
MK Dons arrive on The Wirral in fine form having won their last four and scoring 15 goals in the process. The goals are coming from across the park, so they will all be keen to get on the sheet here.
Prediction; 1-3

Walsall v Charlton Athletic
I previewed this match earlier in the week and I am as confident as I can remember being about us winning away from home. I predict another well controlled 90 minutes and two well timed goals.
Prediction; 0-2

Wycombe Wanderers v Chesterfield
Come on Wycombe, this is your big chance! You may not have won in six league matches but Spireite fans haven't managed one in ten. They are rock bottom and their minds may be focused on a JPT Northern Final against the mighty Oldham. Fill your boots.
Prediction; 3-0

Yeovil Town v Notts County
Their 1-0 win at Hartlepool which cost Mick wads worth his job was only Yeovil's third win of the season. County aren't exactly firing on all cylinders but if Lee Hughes plays they probably have the match-winner.
Prediction; 0-1
   

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