Friday, 27 April 2012

League One Weekend Preview, Game 45

Last away game of the season for us and we face a club who look remarkably similar to us a couple of years back. Proud Preston have fallen on hard times. Relegated from the Championship they looked like they had the staff to challenge this season but, after a bright start (opening day aside), they found the going tough when injuries took their toll. As their challenge began to falter they gambled on a change of manager but this hasn't given the instant success expected. 

Graham Westley is now busy confronting some of the players in his squad and accusing them of lack of professionalism and not being good enough for the club. This sounds to me more like a pre-emptive move before a major clearout than a tactical move to spark a response in their last few games of the season. For that reason, I think we should waltz it tomorrow.

Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday
The table doesn't lie and the Owls will now finish between 4 and a massive 16 points behind us this season. After a slap in the face at Colchester two weeks ago, I am expecting a firm punch to their chin here as the Bees end on a high note at Griffin Park. That will make the gap a resounding 13 points.
Prediction; 2-0

Bury v Oldham Athletic
Local Manx-Satellite derby here and there's nowt to play for. 
Prediction; 2-0

Carlisle United v Exeter City
A must-win for the Cumbrians and it still looks like not being enough. The Grecians will be relegated if they lose. Farewell.
Prediction; 3-0

Colchester United v Tranmere Rovers
Mid-table nothingness in prospect here. There's a feel-good factor at Tranmere with Ronnie Moore back at the helm and ambitious plans for next season. Might be good enough for a point at Colchester.
Prediction; 1-1

Hartlepool United v Leyton Orient
The O's need three more points to be mathematically safe. They will probably get them next week when the finish with Rochdale at home but they know a final result here would ease their nerves. Hartlepool have been poor at home this year and a defeat in their last showing in front of their fans would be apt.
Prediction; 0-1

Preston North End v Charlton Athletic
100 points is a real incentive and for all the reasons above I am expecting our sixth successive victory. Cham-pi-one!
Prediction; 0-2

Rochdale v MK Dons
Morale must be very low at Dale right now and they will be pleased to see the back of this season as they return to their home in the fourth division. MK need to maintain play-off momentum.
Prediction; 0-2

Scunthorpe United v AFC Bournemouth
Another nothing match and I'll take Iron at home.
Prediction; 1-0

Walsall v Huddersfield Town
The stage is set for a dramatic Walsall relegation if, if, if. Huddersfield Town should grind this out. Jordan Rhodes to finish his Town career with a flourish.
Prediction; 1-2

Wycombe Wanderers v Notts County
C'mon the Chairboys! With the powerhouse Gary Doherty back in harness and boosted by their good showing at the Valley, Wycombe know this is their last good chance of three points and County may be feeling the heat.
Prediction; 3-1

Yeovil Town v Chesterfield
Yeovil to prove to Chesterfield what they have been missing to stay in League One.
Prediction; 2-0

Sheffield United v Stevenage
I think the furore surrounding Ched Evans may prove to be damaging for United. I have said all season that they would finish above Wednesday but didn't factor on them losing their talismanic striker. They haven't been able to move on as yet and they look largely divided over Evans. This is a great opportunity for play-off chasing Stevenage.
Prediction; 1-2

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just cant see the Owls losing this one, agree on Shef Utd which means, Owls go up. Charlton will be playing squad players tomorrow to CP I think the gap will be 7.