Saturday, 6 April 2013

A crucial weekend of fixtures ahead

You have to say that there are some mouth-watering ties coming up this weekend at the top of League One. While we hope things go AFCB's way there are certainly some fixtures that could spring a surprise or two which would help the Cherries' automatic promotion bid.

First up is the Doncaster v Tranmere tie. While Tranmere have fallen away a bit of late, they should be expected to have a real go against Donny if they want to keep their hopes of the play-offs in tact.

Meanwhile, Doncaster have been getting results but not in spectacular fashion and it would not be a big shock if Tranmere could turn them over. Of course, that would more than likely put Tranmere back among the top six. I am already getting nervous about 27th April!

The Coventry v Brenford match is another tantalising tussle in prospect. With Coventry City filing an appeal to the football league about their 10 point deduction, they will see that they still could have something to play for if they were to be successful in over turning the points deduction decision. I imagine all kinds of pandemonium would break out if the league did give them the 10 points back, but stranger things have happened.

Brentford have not been playing well away from home and they have one of the poorest forms in away fixtures of late, having gained just three points from their last six away games, scoring 2 and conceding 13. So can the Sky Blues do the Cherries a huge favour? I do expect a home win here.

The big thorn in our promotion bid that I can see is Sheffield Utd who have also been dropping points of late and they do not have an easy fixture this weekend with a visit to Walsall's ground. The Saddlers are in with a real chance of the play-off places and they will not be giving the Blades any rest bite as they will need the points if they are to overtake Tranmere. I'm gong for another home win.

Yeovil take on Shrewsbury at home who will be AFCB's next opponents. I would really like the Shrews to get the points so that they are safe when we play them next weekend.

The eagle-eyed among you will notice that Swindon Town don't play until Tuesday night when they take on MK Dons who have a habit of spoiling parties and I wouldn't bet against Karl Robnson's side doing exactly that. Sheffield Utd will also play Crawley on Tuesday evening as one of their catch up games.

A win for Bournemouth at the weekend could guarantee them a top six finish if other results go their way. It looks like automatic promotion will be between Doncaster, Bournemouth, Brentford and Sheffield Utd, but could there be another twist? AFCB can't afford to slip ups in its remaining fixtures, but positivity is surrounding everything at the club at the moment and I hope that continues. 

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