Friday, 27 January 2012

League One Weekend Preview, Game 27

F A Cup fourth round weekend, so not a full League One fixture list. Notably for us, that means both of the Sheffield clubs get the opportunity for injuries and suspensions as well as another game at least. Hopefully, they can both earn draws, thereby earning midweek replays. For us mere mortals, we plough ahead with our league campaign.

Chesterfield v AFC Bournemouth
This game takes place tomorrow evening to give the Spireites another 24 hours to recover ahead of Monday's second leg of the Northern Monkey Paint Drying Trophy Final-that's-not-a-Final (easy to be dismissive when you have the big prize in your sights). I expect the Cherries to take full advantage as Cheserfield rest a few and others avoid injury or suspension.
Prediction; 0-2

Brentford v Wycombe Wanderers
This could be a defining point in Wycombe's season. After last week's rare victory, ey ave a sniff of scrambling out of the drop zone. Problem s, they have a glass chin and the Bees still have ambitions of the play-offs.
Prediction; 3-1

Exeter City v Charlton Athletic
Great opportunity for us to go ten points clear of the Steel City, if not everyone. Imagine that with two home games to come? We have a decent reord when I am in Scotland but can I also smell a rat? Complacency loometh large after the slog of the last two results and this fixture appears like a Stevenage or an Orient. We will lose again this season but I am going to take us for another clinical performance but I wouldn't be surprised if we are setback.
Prediction; 0-1

Hartlepool United v Carlisle United
Neale Cooper is steadying the ship in the north-east. A rare home win and a couple of away points set them up nicely here.
Prediction; 2-0

Leyton Orient v Colchester United
An East End-Essex derby and it might be hard to separate these two based on current form.
Prediction; 1-1

Rochdale v Bury
Interestingly, our next two opponents, both Valley visitors, face each other here in a local derby. I will take a nil-nil before gets battering by a relaxed and rampant Charlton Athletic.
Prediction; 1-1

Tranmere Rovers v Huddersfield Town
Town have a big chance here to leap-frog the Sheffield's. After their defiant fight-back against the Bees, I wouldn't bet agin them.
Prediction; 0-2

Yeovil Town v Preston North End
Preston would expect to get something here but I suspect they might find this a real battle. Town can scrap and they might be good enough for a point.
Prediction; 1-1

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