Thursday, 12 January 2012

League One Weekend Preview, Game 25

Crunch game at Hillsborough looming. A mark of the potential importance of this game (and the one that follows at the Valley against Sheffield United) is that my fellow Blogger Kings Hill Addick is making a rare coach trip to be there and New York Addick has dissected the odds and consequences of winning or losing both of these fixtures.

Personally, there is a long way to go and I can't see us winning or losing both of these games. There is still a long way to go, and whilst it's great to have a lead, it's not something we can expect to have and the only thing that matters come the end of the season is that we finish a point clear of the rest.

We have the team capable of winning at Hillsborough and, in spite of their impressive home form, we have taken more points away from home. Form would suggest Wednesday will unbeaten at home and that the scoreline will finish 2-1. However, they took a slightly fortuitous point at the Valley earlier in the season when we didn't play particularly well and they should find us an altogether different proposition on Saturday.

Their blunt and myopic fans who frequent the internet boards have given us some great laughs so far with their arrogant and naive assertions and they come across very differently from their city cousins. There are two words they tend to over-use and I would love to see these rammed down their throats; "fooking" and "massive," invariably one after the other. They deserve to be elevated to the Pantheon of the Self-Deceivers along with Newcastle and Manchester City.

In simple terms, I believe we will get at least a point.

AFC Bournemouth v Notts County
The Cherries resurgence has actually lifted them about County in the last weeks and they now sit, almost unbelievably in ninth. They should be confident of another three points against a side beaten eight times on their travels.
Prediction: 2-0

Brentford v Walsall
Surely a home banker if there ever is such a thing with Brentford.
Prediction; 2-0

Bury v Sheffield United
I'd like to think Lancashire pride might take something from the Yorkies here but it's pretty much been a whitewash for the White Roses in Lancs v Yorks confrontations in our division this season.
Prediction; 0-2

Colchester United v Scunthorpe United
From the relegated sides last year, Scunthorpe have fared worst and are flirting with the drop zone. It could be a tough second-half to the season for the Iron and this looks like another blank.
Prediction; 2-1

Exeter City v Hartlepool United
The Grecians fight down the wrong end continues but they have rallied at home recently just have Pools have continued a decent away set. Hartlepool also managed to break their losing home sequence last time out so I can see them scrapping for a point here.
Prediction; 1-1

Huddersfield Town v Oldham Athletic
Huddersfield are not having it all their own way in terms of challenging the swaggering Addicks but the six goals they rattled in at Wycombe signalled a re-focused intent. Jordan Rhodes to sign-off before he's dropped ahead of a move up the leagues.
Prediction; 3-0

Leyton Orient v Chesterfield
Chesterfield are losing touch at the bottom and this doesn't look like their fourth win of the season.
Prediction; 3-0

MK Dons v Carlisle United
Fifth play sixth here but MK Dons look by far the bigger threat, so we would all like to see a draw or an away. I suspect home form will determine this though.
Prediction; 2-0

Preston North End v Wycombe Wanderers
I am told by a man in the know, that all is not well behind the scenes in deepest Wycombe. There was an incident on the team coach on their last outing and Gary Waddock has lost the dressing room. Expect another loss.
Prediction; 3-0

Rochdale v Stevenage
After another bright start, Dale are second-bottom and struggling. Not the right time to play a confident Stevenage side who beat Reading at the Madjeski in the Cup.
Prediction; 0-2

Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic
Cheered on by 1300 Addicks, I can see us taking a point here to stifle Wednesday. I can't see them making the automatic promotion places (even if we fail to do so) and their away form has demonstrated how vulnerable they can be. If we get the breaks we could mirror our victory over rivals United on our last visit to the Steel City.
Prediction; 1-1

Yeovil Town v Tranmere Rovers
Have to plump for the draw here. Yeovil are poor at the Huish this year and Tranmere are no great shakes away.
Prediction; 1-1

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