Friday, 3 February 2012

League One Weekend Preview, Game 28

After the relative disappointment and relief of Tuesday, we do battle again tomorrow against historically lowly Lancashire opposition. Forever fourth division Rochdale head south to face the music and we should expect a forward change and a more composure than we got against Bury.


This is the day that Bradley Wright-Phillips should resume his scoring and we need to send a message to those around us that we are alive and kicking. I think we will do just.


I will be in Edinburgh tomorrow for the Scotland v England 6 Nations opener and will meet a group of 20 family, friends and work colleagues. I have had an anxious eye on the weather all week as my flight departs Stansted at Midday (it's alright, it's a five o'clock kick-off, so there should still be ample time for drinking before the game) and I am paranoid about any snow-induced delay.


I will be glued to my phone between 3 and 5pm for news of all of the results. Here are the other League One fixtures;


AFC Bournemouth v Exeter City
The Cherries are on the fringes and should be confident of picking up the points here.
Prediction; 2-0


Bury v Hartlepool United
Both of these sides have better away than home form, so tempted to suggest that Hartlepool will nick it after their morale-boosting 4-0 home win over Carlisle.
Prediction; 1-2


Carlisle United v Chesterfield
Chesterfield look like they may have woken up and smelt the proverbial coffee. two successive wins and they have managed to get themselves off the bottom of the table, albeit only on goal difference. Reality to kick-in here as Carlisle bounce back.
Prediction; 2-0


Charlton Athletic v Rochdale
Come on Charlton, don't mess us about.
Prediction; 3-0


Colchester United v Sheffield United
Interesting fixture here. Colchester have been highly unpredictable this season from their opening day romp at Preston. It's anyone's guess but I am going to stick my neck out.
Prediction; 2-1


Huddersfield Town v MK Dons
Match-of-the-Day here as MK Dons battle to stay in touch with the automatic places. Lose and they will trail Town by 9 points. Should be all the incentive Clark's Terriers need.
Prediction; 2-0


Notts County v Stevenage
A derby of sorts and high-flying Stevenage will have fifth-placed MK Dons in their sights. With Lee Hughes off-field problems, this could be the time to rob County.
Prediction; 0-1


Oldham Athletic v Leyton Orient
Doesn't get my heart pumping this one. The O's are having a decent away season by their standards. Might be enough for a point.
Prediction; 1-1


Preston North End v Brentford
This could be an opportunity for Brentford to close in on the play-offs. Preston are still not firing on all cylinders following the departure of Phil Brown.
Prediction; 0-1


Scunthorpe United v Walsall
If Scunny don't want two successive relegations, they had better pull their finger out. They have fallen into the bottom four which has allowed Walsall, once again, to climb out. Better take full advantage tomorrow and leap-frog them.
Prediction; 3-1


Sheffield Wednesday v Yeovil Town
Home banker as Wednesday pick up all the points after dropping two at MK Dons in the week.
Prediction; 2-0


Wycombe Wanderers v Tranmere Rovers
Back to Earth with a bump at Brentford in the week so how Wycombe need a win here. They are bottom but only three pints from safety. It's going to be a dogfight this year and this looks an opportunity for points.
Prediction; 2-1

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