Tuesday, 14 February 2012

League One Midweek Preview, Game 29

Half-term should swell the attendance this evening although it could be tempered by the unreasonable demands of Valentine's. I am pleased to report that my beautiful and intelligent Wife came up with a brilliant solution a couple of weeks ago as I sat puzzling the obvious male conundrum. She told me that her Mum would be baby-sitting, so could I.......get her a ticket for the match? Why didn't I think of that?

The game looks nailed-on and it's the latest of chances to swat the would-be challengers. MK Dons have stuttered of late and their timing is perfect. With close rivals playing each other, three points here would lend us some more distance on the pack. The congested fixture list has now had the Chesterfield match squeezed in to the 28th February which means six games in fifteen days with three consecutive Saturdays and Tuesdays. There's every possibility that we will begin March with a clear view of what's required and the first accurate estimate of when and where we might expect to be counting our chickens and finally being released from our League One imprisonment.

There's a near-full programme this evening...

AFC Bournemouth v Leyton Orient
Looks like a straightforward home win for the Cherries as they strengthen their play-off credentials. 
Prediction; 3-0

Bury v Chesterfield
This should be another routine home win too, but Chesterfield are having a go at the moment and can see the first chinks of light. I suspect we would have been too good for them on Saturday but that they might be good enough here for a point.
Prediction; 1-1

Carlisle United v Tranmere Rovers
Tough trip for Rovers and with ten away losses already, I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole here.
Prediction; 3-0

Charlton Athletic v MK Dons
There is some uneasiness on the message boards out there about this one but I don't share it. We are overdue an expansive home performance and we are a better side than Milton Keynes. We also have a man who is well overdue a goal and if his odds have moved out for first goal this evening, I will take him.
Prediction; 3-1

Colchester United v Brentford
Brentford's away form is similar to Colchester's home form, although Colchester always seem to raise their games against London opposition. That might be enough to see them home against Uwe Rosler's boys.
Prediction; 2-1

Huddersfield Town v Sheffield United
A ding-dong affair in prospect here. I suppose a draw would do us best but Huddersfield are unbeaten in the last nine and I fancy them here to over-power their Yorkie neighbours.
Prediction; 2-0

Notts County v Exeter City
Fine win for the Grecians on Saturday on their home turf but away at Notts County is a tougher proposition.
Prediction; 2-0

Oldham Athletic v Walsall
Can't see beyond a home win here. Walsall have may have squeaked seven draws away this season but only one win. 
Prediction; 2-0

Preston North End v Hartlepool United
I'm taking Pools to capitalise on the ongoing transition at Preston. North End are paying the price for the premature sacking of Phil Brown. He may not be everyones cup-of-tea but you have to think they should have persevered. They were challenging after ten games and them suffered injuries to key players, especially their forward options. Having written off promotion, sacking Brown looked impulsive and they are paying the price.
Prediction; 1-2

Scunthorpe United v Rochdale
Last season this two were two divisions a part and now they are next to each other and heading for League Two. A draw is the result neither side want.
Prediction; 1-1

Sheffield Wednesday v Stevenage
Come on Stevenage! You have a great opportunity to land a knock-out blow on a club who mock your lack of history and your lowly town status. Wednesday must be more unpopular in our division now than MK Dons. If Stevenage can relax and play some football, anything is possible here against a side under pressure to make automatic promotion. 
Prediction; 1-2

Wycombe Wanderers v Yeovil Town
Wycombe's big opportunity to leap-frog Yeovil and put some distance between them and themselves and the trap-door. They are shoddy at the back but can score goals.
Prediction; 3-2

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