Friday, 10 February 2012

League One Weekend Preview, Game 29?

As we head into the weekend, the latest flurries of snow have fallen. They may be too thin and short-lived to affect too many games in the south-east corner, but the north-east, north, midlands and south west have taken a bigger hit. Chesterfield have a 1pm pitch inspection today which suggests they believe the match won't be playable and are seeking an early postponement. The rest of the programme should look like this...

Brentford v Oldham
The Bees hang on in ninth but their recent form has been patchy and they will need to improve to be sure of winning this.
Prediction: On, (2-0)

Chesterfield v Charlton Athletic
Chesterfield have two wins and a draw from their last three but remain bottom of the table. We have to expect something from this fixture and three more points look there for the taking.
Prediction; Off (0-1)

Exeter City v Sheffield Wednesday
This should be a test for Wednesday but the Grecians have lost two on the spin and a postponement might help our cause if Wednesday have to play them later on in the season in a night game.
Prediction; Off (1-1)

Hartlepool United v AFC Bournemouth
Hard to see this going ahead. Both of these sides have recovered form lately although Bournemouth are probably playing the better football. They have six wins on their travels and Hartlepool's home form has been horrendous.
Prediction; Off (0-1)

Leyton Orient v Huddersfield Town
The O's will do everything they can to get this game on as revenues will be hit hard if Town's decent following has to return on a work day. Either way, it looks comfortable for tJordan Rhodes & Co.
Prediction; Off (0-2)

MK Dons v Bury
Can't see this one beating the weather but surely a routine home win whenever it is played.
Prediction; Off (2-0)

Rochdale v Notts County
Rochdale are in deep trouble and they have precious little form but County are hardly shaking the tree. The latest controversy surrounding talisman Lee Hughes won't be helping morale. A rare win for the Dale whenever this one gets played.
Prediction; Off (2-1)

Sheffield United v Wycombe Wanderers
Another that looks unlikely to beat the snow. Wycombe look easy meat away from home and I can't see them surviving the United bombardment.
Prediction; Off (3-0)

Stevenage v Carlisle United
I can't see the primitive facilities at Stevenage escaping the weather either, although they look like good bets to close the gap on MK Dons.
Prediction; Off (2-0)

Tranmere Rovers v Preston North End
This is one that might make it and an opportunity for Tranmere to pick up some points. Preston appear to be floundering again as they attempt to sort themselves out following the sacking of Phil Brown.
Prediction; On (1-0)

Walsall v Colchester United
Off I'm sure. Walsall might appreciate re-playing this later on in the season. Their current form is poor and a night game when desperation is setting in might be the best opportunity for them.
Prediction; Off (2-1)

Yeovil Town v Scunthorpe United
This one has a chance of going ahead if the snow ran out before reaching Somerset. If it does, it's a six-pointer and my money would be on the home side to nick it.
Prediction; On (2-1)

Personally, I will be heading down to Cardiff early on Sunday morning to cheer Scotland on, at least until the points deficit forces me to concede and head back to the pub.


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