Friday, 20 January 2012

League One Weekend Preview, Game 26

One more sleep and it will be here! The biggest game of the season so far and possibly a defining one. The gate should approach the largest of the season, so far, with c 22,000 expected and it could creep into new territory at 23,000 (reminder that I have another three to get today). Surely that will be surpassed once or twice more as we close in on the prize. What price a 27,000 gate if win promotion at the Valley?

I have already said that I see no reason why this shouldn't be a relatively straightforward home win and I am sticking with that. The Blades may be on a good run but it is short of our mark this season and they will come here knowing we took the points at Bramall lane a couple of months ago. Game on.

AFC Bournemouth v Tranmere Rovers
Can't see anything other than a home win here. The Cherries have recovered whilst Tranmere have collapsed.
Prediction; 2-0

Bury v Yeovil Town
It's fixtures like this that have got Bury up to 11th. 
Prediction; 2-0

Carlisle v Walsall
Carlisle are one place outside the Play-Offs and Walsall one above the drop zone. I expect an easy home win here.
Prediction; 3-0

Charlton Athletic v Sheffield United
Come on your Reds! A repeat of the Huddersfield home match. A controlled and confident performance from which we will squeeze a couple of goals and kill off the Blades.
Prediction; 2-0

Colchester United v Chesterfield
The Spireites may be bottom of the table and losing ground on any sniff of safety but they are still in with a chance of an unlikely JPT Wembley appearance having beaten Carlisle 2-1 in the first leg. Unfortunately for them, it's back to reality and that should be a resounding defeat at Colchester.
Prediction; 3-0

Notts County v MK Dons
Could be a cracker here. County are no pushovers and home advantage could see MK Dons (soon to be MK United?) drop precious promotion points.
Prediction; 2-1

Oldham Athletic v Exeter City
Looks like another home win to me. Exeter have rallied in recent weeks but they still aren't great away from home and Oldham should edge this.
Prediction; 1-0

Preston North End v Leyton Orient
Has the Westley factor kicked in yet at Preston? They battled back to beat Wycombe 3-2 last time out but the O's should provide a sterner test. My money's on a share of the spoils.
Prediction; 1-1

Scunthorpe United v Stevenage
With three successive away wins against lower table opposition, Stevenage will have bags of confidence here. they managed to hit five on two of those occasions, so this could be over and done with early on. No sign of a Westley-hangover either so far...
Prediction; 0-3

Sheffield Wednesday v Hartlepool United
Come on tinpot Hartlepool. Enjoy your day out in the Metropolis and heap misery on the deluded northern-half of Sheffield. I know you can do it - your away form is good enough 6-4-3.
Prediction; 1-2

Wycombe Wanderers v Rochdale
Wycombe have two homes in which to salvage something from their season and possibly avoid relegation. It looks unlikely, especially now that Liam Trotta has returned to Fulham to be loaned out at a Championship side for the rest of the season. I'll take them here for the points but still think they are doomed.
Prediction; 2-1

Huddersfield Town v Brentford
Late kick-off and one we can hopefully enjoy as we de-brief on our own game. Town haven't been firing on all cylinders since we halted their unbeaten run and they might find they are playing with a bit of added pressure. This could be another tricky fixture for them.
Prediction; 1-1

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