Friday, 20 April 2012

League One Weekend Preview, Game 44

Three very winnable games left; two at home starting here with Wycombe Wanderers who are looking increasingly like cannon-fodder. They have goals in their side if they throw caution to the wind but their rearguard will fold if we get at them. With nothing to lose now, that's what I expect us to do and I can see a rout if we remain focused on the trophy and a points record.


Notts County v Bury
This is the early kick-off and we should see Notts County taking a stranglehold on the sixth placed play-off finish. Stevenage and Carlisle will push them all the way but they need a County slip-up which looks unlikely to me.
Prediction; 2-0


AFC Bournemouth v Colchester United
These two have mustered only two wins between them in the last twenty matches. Colchester have turned into draw specialists and might just grind  out another one.
Prediction; 1-1


Charlton Athletic v Wycombe Wanderers
Twenty thousand happy Addicks expected in SE7 for this one and the start of the three match promotion party. Wycombe are three points adrift of safety and have a painful-looking away record. Not a good time to be playing the Champions-elect with two teenage central defenders.
Prediction; 4-0


Chesterfield v Rochdale
Chesterfield have to win to keep alive their slim hopes of League One football next season. Their agony to be prolonged another week.
Prediction; 1-0


Exeter City v Walsall
Another relegation six-pointer, although the Grecians look doomed. Walsall have the incentive of knowing a victory should ensure them another relegation scrap next year. 
Prediction; 1-1


Huddersfield Town v Scunthorpe United
Pressure off for both of these sides and Huddersfield will want to finish on a high as they roll into the play-offs. They need to finish above Milton Keynes to avoid playing Sheffield Wednesday in the two-legged semi.
Prediction; 2-0


Leyton Orient v Yeovil Town
One more home win and the O's will have salvaged their season. Yeovil are safe.
Prediction; 1-0


MK Dons v Sheffield United
League One match-of-the-day. Milton Keynes need just one more point to close-out a play-off place and whilst United will be desperate to keep Wednesday at distance, I reckon they might fall short here.
Prediction; 1-1


Oldham Athletic v Preston North End
The Latics are on a poor run but a win here will end their season and Preston are no great shakes as I am sure we will establish next weekend. 
Prediction; 2-1


Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle United
Carlisle looked a decent footballing side to me last weekend but fortune favoured us and we were too strong for them in the end. Home advantage and need to run the Blades all the way should see Wednesday prevail here.
Prediction; 2-1


Stevenage v Brentford
Brentford can still gate-crash the play-offs but they will need to win here to maintain any realistic chances. They have been going along very nicely but will face a Stevenage team who have awoken and won their last two. Having lost their manager already this year and overcome a mini-wobble in the process, I think Stevenage will continue to push for their highest ever league finish.
Prediction; 2-0


Tranmere Rovers v Hartlepool United
Firm mid-table encounter here and home advantage should be enough.
Prediction; 2-1







2 comments:

Kings Hill Addick said...

Dave,

Huddersfield need to finish above 6th place to avoid playing Sheff Wed (or United) - they are 7 points clear of Notts County. They need to finish above MK Dons to ensure a home fixture in the second leg.

Anonymous said...

Yeah what Dave said, 3rd will play 6th and forth will play 5th.