It's a packed Football League schedule on Tuesday evening with every team aside from Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United in action. Anyway, we've gone through all the fixtures and picked out a handful of ties which look to be 100%, probably, maybe, absolute bankers. We've three in the Championship and one each from League One and League Two, and our acca could well being in close to £350, which will keep the cold out!
Loss after loss after loss makes it an unhappy return to the Championship for Bolton Wanderers who have found goals – let alone points – extremely hard to come by since returning to the second tier after winning the League One title last term. Unfortunately for the Trotters, a trip to Bristol City then, who have been in fine fettle this term and the second top scorers in the Championship with 15 goals, looks to be a real tough ask for a Bolton side who have lost their last five games. They are already five points from safety, so the heat could well be on for Phil Parkinson if his side fails to return to Lancashire with nothing to show for their efforts in the west Country.
Two of Roy Keane’s former clubs come face to face at Portman Road on Tuesday evening as Mick McCarthy also comes up against one of his former employers. And whilst every season seems to have been one where Mick tries to win the fans over, this campaign has started really well for the Tractor Boys, which is pretty much the complete opposite to Sunderland’s start. The Black Cats find themselves in the relegation zone, which is a sentence that’s been said for about five or six seasons now, and after a decent early couple of games, have dropped off and struggled for victories. There’s only been one draw in the last 15 meetings, with their last clash coming just over ten years ago. We fancy Ipswich for this one.
Norwich have had a wretched away record for the last year or so, and although Middlesbrough have been quite disappointing so far this season, they still look a daunting prospect. The Boro will have been buoyed by their late draw against Fulham on Saturday and will hope to get back to winning ways at the Riverside on Tuesday evening. The north-east side have plenty of attacking options and we imagine Britt Assombalonga – who was a target for Norwich in the summer of 2016 – will be too good for them. The Canaries ate three points off Middlesbrough, who take up the final play-off place and we imagine they will be a few more points off them come 10pm on the night. Middlesbrough win for this one, after all, Norwich haven’t won in their last five trips to Teesside.
Manager-less, one win all season, a massive 23 goals conceded in just nine games and rooted to the bottom of the table, it’s fair to say this season hasn’t been kind for an Oldham side who parted ways with John Sheridan earlier this week. It’s probably not great if you’re involved with the Latics then that they face Peterborough United, who are the second top scorers in the third tier and sitting in the automatic promotion places. Despite the fact Oldham are unbeaten in their last three games against Peterborough, they were on the back of a 1-5 defeat at Boundary Park against the same opponents in September 2015. On a roll, there’s only one way this one will go, and that’s with or without Sheridan at the helm. The players remain the same ones that got them into this mess.
Talk about a journey and a half, and one that will be even longer for a Plymouth side who find themselves in the relegation zone at present and coming up against an upwardly mobile Wigan Athletic side, who have taken to life in League One with ease, once again, following their instant return to the third tier after a season back in the Championship. There were two leagues separating these sides last term and we fancy Athletic to pick up all three points as they look to chase down top two Shrewsbury Town and Peterborough United. Argyle haven’t won any of their last five trips to Wigan, with their last win at the Lancastrian club coming way back in 1986. The visitors will also be without influential defender Sonny Bradley, who was sent off at the weekend, and it’s going to be a long and hard night for the Devon side.
Barnet come into this one on the back of a surprising home defeat against Crawley Town at the Hive at the weekend and their mood won’t be helped with a trip to Lincoln City, whose home form has been something of a fortress for the last year or so. Although Barnet have won the last seven games at Lincoln, spirits won’t be high in the Barnet camp, especially considering Lincoln have lost just one game at Sincil Bank since September 17th 2016. Will they suddenly make it two consecutive home defeats? We doubt it, and it’s worth noting that the last time Lincoln and Barnet played out a draw was all the way back in August 1999.
A £10 stake on our selections (Bristol City, Ipswich, Middlesbrough, Peterborough, Wigan and Lincoln) returns £356.92*
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