There’s another bundle of games in the EFL this week and instead of spending a good 20 minutes looking at all the fixtures and deciding who’ll be who, we feel the best bet is to carry on reading this blog as we’ve studied the form, the head to head records, everything and have managed to narrow it down to five certainties, that will probably, maybe happen this weekend in the Football League…
Now listen, whilst Sunderland are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Cardiff City, it’s worth remembering that Cardiff were dreadful during their solitary season in the Premier League, when Sunderland beat them 4-0 at home and drew 2-2 in Wales. Now, the tables have turned and it’s Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds who find themselves flying high, whilst the Black Cats will be hopeful of consolidation this term following relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season. The campaign started off well enough for the Mackems, but they haven’t won in the league since mid-August and haven’t picked up a win in any of their last five games. Whilst Cardiff have had a tricky time of it recently – without a win in their last three – it has to be noted that those games were tough tests at Fulham and Preston and at home to Sheffield Wednesday. We fancy that run to end on Saturday at the Stadium Of Light.
Wolves have been the surprise package this season. It’s slightly understandable, but following a summer of marquee signings – including the likes of Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota, many were saying it would go one of two ways for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side – either great of horrific. Fortunately for fans of the Black Country club it’s been the former, with the side losing just once from their 11 games in all competitions so far and playing some memorable and attractive football along the way – by all accounts. In contrast, Barnsley have been consistently inconsistent. Their opening results of the season went LWLWLW and since then nothing has really changed. They have lost their last two games without scoring a goal and although the Tykes can take heart from a positive performance against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in midweek, we expect Paul Heckingbottom’s side to come back down to earth with a bump this weekend.
In League One, Bury have been surprisingly dreadful, with pressure on Lee Clark already this season following a poor start to the campaign and an abundance of signings – mostly free agents on – presumably – big money. Jermaine Beckford is one of those and hasn’t hit the heights of his days at Leeds United when he was last in League One, whilst others, such as Chris Maguire, have struggled since making the move to Gigg Lane. Bury have won the last two against Charlton, but the Addicks have looked strong so far in Karl Robinson’s first full season in charge of the south Londoners and are flying high this season and sit just outside the play-offs on goal difference. They’ve also won three of their four home games this season.
Crawley – after a awful start to the campaign – picked up form with wins over Swindon Town and Yeovil Town, but since then have struggled again, and a day after boss Harry Kewell’s 39th birthday, they head to Barnet to tackle Rossi Eames’ upwardly mobile Bees at the Hive. Although Crawley are without a win in three, Barnet haven’t won their last two, but will be boosted by the possible return of former Crawley striker John Akinde. Last season’s top scorer only managed one goal for the Reds during his time there and scored against his old employers last season. Barnet have only lost once at home to the Reds in the EFL and are unbeaten against the Sussex side in the last four meetings. We’re backing them to extend that run on Saturday and bag the three points.
Chesterfield told boss Gary Caldwell to pack his bags after their latest defeat with ex-Wigan chief Caldwell leaving having only won three of almost 30 games in charge of the Spireites. Guy Branston will be taking over the reins in a caretaker role down at Luton Town and he couldn’t have picked much more of a tougher League Two test, with the big spending Hatters sitting in the play-off spots following a strong start to the campaign. Confidence will be low in the Chesterfield camp, but how often do we see clubs turn things around straight away after a managerial departure? Either way, Luton, armed with the likes of Danny Hylton and James Collins in attack, will be too strong for them and it will be comfortable for Nathan Jones’ hosts.
A £10 stake on our five selections (Cardiff, Wolves, Charlton, Barnet and Luton) returns £199.10*
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