Another full fixture list, a heap of pressure and along with possible promotions, tears of joy and disappointment. We've picked out five fixtures from the Championship, League One and League Two which should be bankers! Should, we say! Back at your peril (although we got all five correct in midweek!)
Gary Rowett makes the short trip west to take on his old employers and he’ll be seeking revenge for what many believe was an extremely harsh sacking earlier in the season when he was in charge of Birmingham. For the hosts, it’s now just two wins from 21 games since Gianfranco Zola took over from Rowett before Christmas, which has seen them slip from play-off contenders to six points off the relegation places in the Championship. Visitors Derby are only seven points off the final play-off place in the division and with six games left to play domestically, it’s surely a case of now or never for Rowett and his charges. A play-off finish would indeed be an impressive feat for County, with the Rams on their third manager of the season.
Similarly to Derby, Millwall are also looking to sneak into the play-off places. At the time of writing, only goal difference is stopping the south Londoners from reaching the top six in League One. Millwall have won each of the last three meetings in all competitions, and incidentally, the score each time has been a 2-1 Lions victory. Will that be the case on Saturday in Kent? Gillingham are perilously close to slipping into the abyss in the division, which isn’t helped by some truly horrendous form. They’ve lost their last four games and will be without key man Bradley Dack for Millwall’s visit following his sending off against MK Dons at the weekend.
Better on the road than at Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood make the short journey south to take on Oldham Athletic, who, despite only being two points off the relegation zone, have turned things round under John Sheridan. Despite that, their home form isn’t great. At all. They’ve scored just 15 times at Boundary Park in the league, but also make it tough for opponents to score against them there, conceding only 17 times. This will be a tough game, highlighted only by the fact that promotion-chasing Fleetwood have the best goals against record in the division – themselves conceding 17, too. Oldham are unbeaten in their last three games against Fleetwood, and haven’t conceded to the Cod Army in the last three meetings, however.
Blackpool have lost just three times on home turf this season – mind you, having no supporters there to turn on you when things aren’t going as well as hoped certainly helps. The hosts are only two points off the play-offs ahead of this weekend and take on a Grimsby side who won’t get the play-offs and won’t be going down. Blackpool will be up for this one, whilst the Grimsby players are likely to already be thinking about their summer holidays. The Mariners haven’t beaten Blackpool in the last two clashes and we think that number will turn to three on Saturday.
Awful away from home, visitors Cheltenham have been fighting off relegation pretty much all season. However, fortunately for the Robins, three other sides have been worse domestically. Wanderers on the other hand have won two of their last three games and will still fancy their chances of sneaking into the play-offs as we head into the home straight of the season. You’d expect the hosts to be too strong for their west country opponents, especially considering they’ll likely have Adebayo Akinfenwa up top on Saturday.
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