Tuesday, 6 March 2012

League One Midweek Preview, Game 35

Just a dozen left and the opportunity to add a maximum of 36 points to the 78 acquired already. That would be greedy and unrealistic but we must have high hopes of breaking the 100 points barrier. This evening we can break through 80 points and maintain a 17 point gap on third. We are 28 points clear of sixth placed Stevenage and could well be guaranteed a play-off place as early as 5pm on Saturday.

No doubt Chris Powell is repeating the "one match at a time" mantra and this evening it's our Essex neighbours Colchester. They beat Preston 3-0 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday so may arrive slightly more confident than usual or marginally less bothered. They have a good record when playing in London and beat the O's earlier in the season. 

If we play anything like as well as we can, then we should get a result, although my heart is telling me we might experience another frustrating Valley show. It's a near full programme this evening and here's what the others are doing...

Brentford v Exeter City
Uwe Rosler's boys look like they will finish mid-table this season and he will be disappointed with that. The Grecians were held at home by Stevenage on Saturday and Paul Tisdale was not happy. His side hover above the relegation four and they have only managed ten points away from home. Looks like a routine home win to me.
Prediction; 2-0

Carlisle United v Rochdale
Carlisle have two games in hand on sixth placed Notts County and are only three points adrift. they will fancy their chances of making up that gap and this evening's opponents are low-hanging fruit.
Prediction; 3-1

Charlton Athletic v Colchester United
I can see the U's frustrating us at the Valley. I'm going to call out a draw with anticipation of a home victory to follow on Saturday.
Prediction; 2-2

Huddersfield Town v Hartlepool United
Town dropped two points at Bury on Saturday that I don't believe they would have done under Lee Clarke. Their comeuppance looks like an iceberg in the path of the Titantic. They had better be cautious this evening because Hartlepool are far better away from home and could inflict serious damage. Rhodes to save the night.
Prediction; 2-1

MK Dons v Yeovil Town
Milton Keynes deserve a play-off place and they should make short work of Yeovil.
Prediction; 2-0

Oldham Athletic v Scunthorpe United
That old stager, Shefti Kuqi left it very late on Saturday to put an even bigger smile on Charlton fan faces. His winner at Bramall in that fateful 90th minute send us further clear of the rest. Tonight all the Latics have to do is overcome a struggling Scunthorpe.
Prediction; 3-0

Preston North End v Chesterfield
North End continue to suffer from the decision to sack their manager prematurely this season. Whipped 3-0 in Essex in front of 3,333 fans on Saturday was a new low. Chesterfield picked up three more precious points on Saturday and they might just have more desire here.
Prediction; 1-2

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury
Good point for Wednesday at Rochdale on Saturday. They will be confident of getting another tonight in their play-off bid.
Prediction; 2-1

Tranmere Rovers v Notts County
Les Parry paid the price for a couple of years of struggling in league One on Saturday by losing his job after defeat at Chesterfield. Can't help thinking it's the wrong time to be sacking your manager when you are a point above relegation. Notts County could capitalise here.
Prediction; 0-2

Walsall v Sheffield United
Walsall are fighting to avoid the drop and after a fightback in East London at the weekend, they may have a good go here at home. United should be good enough for a point.
Prediction; 1-1

Wycombe Wanderers v Leyton Orient
Could be a good match here. Wycombe are better at home and Paul Hayes will be out to net again in front of the Chairboys. Wycombe should have the greater determination tonight.
Prediction; 3-1


Matthew said...

i'm going for 2-0 to Charlton. Confidence must be sky hight after the last two games, both good and lucky, and generalyy have more in our book or tricks than Colchester can cope with.

Saturday will be harder - Keith Curle seems to have really tightened up the defence at Notts Co, so maybe a set piece settles that one.

pete said...

Enjoy the game, think of me stuck here in france with the flu and painting concretr floors