Friday, 6 April 2012

League One Weekend preview, Game 41

How good does that feel, "Game 41?" Very good indeed and aided by the fact that  after Monday's home clash with Walsall we will only have four left. Carlisle (a), Wycombe (h), Preston (a) and Hartlepool (h). Our win over Orient calmed some of the more anxious Addicks and four points this weekend will calm yet more. We may have the added bonus of our chasers dropping points which will  as good as Charlton victories.

The games are spread over three days, starting today, although all the real interest for us begins tomorrow.

Colchester United v Hartlepool United
This two have managed only a win between them in their last seven games. That has cost Colchester a possible play-off place although Pools have clung steadfastly on to mid-table. It's a nothing match and Colchester should take the points.
Prediction; 2-0

Leyton Orient v Notts County
As we know to our good fortune, the O's have been dire in recent weeks. They are heading towards the trapdoor at an alarming rate and desperately need a three-pointer. Trouble is, County remain on the play-off fringe and need to make up a game and four points on Carlisle. They simply cannot afford to lose this and should have the incentive to grab the points.
Prediction; 1-2

Scunthorpe United v Exeter City
Scunny are on level points with the O's but they won last time out and they know that a home win here over "relegated" Exeter should just about see them home for the season.
Prediction; 2-0

Tranmere Rovers v Stevenage
Tranmere are safe for another year. Ronnie Moore is back in the hot-seat and, Charlton mini-hero of yesteryear that he may be, I won't miss not seeing him at the Valley next season. His side can effectively end Stevenage's play-off ambitions here.
Prediction; 1-0

Wycombe Wanderers v Carlisle United
Could be a high-scoring game here today. Wycombe will go again for goals and I expect Stuart Beavon to be amongst them, although Carlisle may be able to relax a little and focus on scoring at the other end. Our match at Brunton Park in a week's time is looking like it could be another historic Charlton visit.
Prediction; 2-3

On Saturday....

Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday
I will be as interested in this one as ours at Oldham. It's an early kick-off although I don't believe it's being televised. Not sure I will subscribe to listen to the commentary but will look for an internet feed from somewhere. It could put our players in a party mood before we slaughter Oldham. If things go our way, there could be big queues at the Valley on Monday.
Prediction; 1-0

Brentford v Bury
Four straight victories for the Bees but the three previous straight losses have probably cost them a play-off shout. Can't see Bury holding back the swarm here for too long.
Prediction; 3-0

Oldham Athletic v Charlton Athletic
Ideal end-of-season fixture for us. Oldham's season has tailed off with seven defeats in the last nine. Paul Dickov will be feeling the managerial heat and his players will be looking forward to the heat of foreign climes. Without wishing to sound too blindly optimistic, we should stroll this on the  counter.
Prediction; 0-3

Preston North End v MK Dons
Don't laugh but Preston could still do a famous double (relegation) this season. Their current form is good enough to slide into League Two and you wouldn't want this fixture if you were a Northender. Oh and they have us at home to come. We think we have squeaky bum time!
Prediction; 0-2

Sheffield United v AFC Bournemouth
The Cherries season is fizzling out and, whilst they have a decent away record, they have lost seven times on their travels and very hard to see Ched Evans and Co not putting this one to bed, especially if they have just watched Wednesday falter at Huddersfield.
Prediction; 2-0

Walsall v Chesterfield
The permanent relegation battle that is life as a Saddlers fan continues tomorrow. I would love to see Wycombe survive at the expense of Walsall but it probably won't happen. If they win here, they may be slightly easier opposition on Monday. Chesterfield on the brink of relegation.
Prediction; 2-0

Yeovil Town v Rochdale
Rochdale's flirtations with the higher reaches of the football league looks like being cruelly short. Expect Yeovil to show no compassion here.
Prediction; 2-0


Anonymous said...

Wedneday 2 up with 15 mins remaining....don't want to lose this afternoon lead could be down to 3 points and only 5 clear of 3rd....if that doesn,t spur them on nothing will.

Dave said...

Have faith. We have bossed this league all season and the rest are still playing catch-up. We are going up automatically.