Another day, another load of fixtures! We had the Championship, League One and League Two on Friday afternoon, and with it being Easter, the next batch are here for a full on schedule on Monday! Once again, we're gone through all of them and have picked out five of the most likely results which could - or could not - come off at the start of the week!
Both sides are on the cusp of very different ‘achievements’ in the next week or so, with the hosts closing in on promotion to the Premier League, whilst the Latics could make an instant return to League One if they don’t start picking up the points, and fast! In the seven previous meetings there is yet to be a raw, whilst Brighton earned a victory over the Lancastrians in the first clash earlier in the season. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since, but with Brighton having the most home wins in the Championship, the most home goals scored and the least conceded in the division, we’ve a feeling there is only one way this will go.
If one man involved with Cardiff was gutted about their away defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday it would have been Neil Warnock. The former Sheffield United chief and boyhood blade would have counted his side unfortunate for the narrow loss at Hillsborough, and will be expecting his side to get back to winning ways – especially at home. Fortunately for Cardiff, they come up against a Forest side who don’t travel well – only Rotherham have a worse record on the road in the Championship and this should be a comfortable victory for the Welsh side against Forest, who are in disarray and in trouble of relegation in the next few weeks.
Another side who don’t travel well is Norwich City. The fact they’ve only won four times on the road this season – with one of those on the opening day of the season – is a big reason why they find themselves adrift of any possible play-off promotion. Preston have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last half-dozen games, but in Aiden McGeady they have a match-winner and a man in form. Norwich have lost the last two games against Preston in all competitions and with their dismal record on the road, there’s only one way this is going!
Down if they fail to win, the table doesn’t lie at this stage of the season for sorry Chesterfield who have had two managers this term in a campaign to forget. It was around this time last year that current boss Gary Caldwell was celebrating taking Wigan Athletic back to the Championship at the first time of asking, earning the League One title, with it. What a difference a year makes for the Scot. For Scunthorpe, things couldn’t be too much better, with the Iron still riding high in fifth place and all they need is a steady hand to ensure a play-off finish. They’re in decent form at the moment and have scored the second-highest amount of home goals in the division. They’ve also not lost in the last four games against the Spireites.
Stanley haven’t lost for two months now and have won seven and drawn three of their last ten matches in League One, compared to Crawley, who have won just once in their last ten matches. Crawley have once been victorious once in the five clashes against Accrington in the Football League – and that proved to be the game which got them promoted from League Two back in May 2012. Unfortunately for the visitors that won’t prove to be the case this time around, and despite being in danger of going down at the start of 2017, Stanley have rocketed themselves to just four points outside the play-offs. Another win is likely to push them closer, and how many times have we seen sides sneak into the top seven, with momentum, go on to win them?...
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