There is a full programme of Premier League fixtures this weekend as leaders Chelsea look to extend their current lead over the chasing pack, but face a tough task at Stoke City. A win will see the Blues go thirteen-points clear, as Tottenham in second don’t play until Sunday when they host Southampton, whilst Man City in third and Liverpool in fourth meet at the Etihad Stadium, also on Sunday afternoon. Elsewhere on Saturday, Arsenal can close the gap on the top four but face a tricky looking trip to West Brom.
Newcastle and Brighton remain neck-and-neck at the top of the Championship. Newcastle are top on goal difference going into their game at a Birmingham side who have won just once since Gianfranco Zola took over. Brighton in second face a much stiffer task as they travel to Leeds in fourth. Huddersfield continue to enjoy a excellent season and sit comfortably in third ahead of their fixture at relegation threatened Bristol City on Friday night, meanwhile Reading in fifth and Sheffield Wednesday in sixth meet one another at Hillsborough, also on Friday night. Fulham have moved themselves into play-off contention and will be confident of beating Wolves at Craven Cottage, despite the visitors showing some recent improvement.
Sheffield United remain eight points clear at the top of League One, and can maintain that lead by beating Charlton at Bramhall Lane. Fleetwood stay in second ahead of their home game with AFC Wimbledon, whilst Bolton in third welcome Northampton Town. Scunthorpe are now fourth, but face a tough trip to Oxford, whilst Bradford in fifth host relegation fighting Swindon Town. Millwall occupy the final play-off place going into their home game with improving Bury.
League Two leaders Doncaster are now five points clear of the rest after two crucial home wins. They travel to bottom club Leyton Orient and will be big favourites to bring back maximum points. Plymouth in second welcome Morecambe, whilst Portsmouth in third travel to Stevenage in sixth. Carlisle, without a win in five games sit in fourth ahead of their trip to Mansfield, whilst Luton in fifth host Exeter in seventh.
Another exciting Saturday of football as we start to get to the business end of the season.
HOME WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – LUCKY 15:
- FULHAM – C
- BOLTON – L1
- SHEFFIELD UNITED – L1
- LUTON TOWN – L2
Fulhams’s recent form has seen them move to within a point of the play-offs and they can continue this late promotion push by beating Wolves. Two wins in a row for the visitors has seen them move clear of the relegation zone, although they are by no means out of the woods yet. We see goals in this one, but the Cottagers being just too strong to secure the win.
Bolton have scored eight in their last two games and we see them being too good for visiting Northampton. The Cobblers have won their last three so will arrive in confident mood, which should make for an entertaining and open game. We’re backing a close home win but both sides scoring.
Sheffield United look uncatchable at the top of League One and can take another big stride towards promotion by beating Charlton. The Addicks have goals in them and can score at Bramhall Lane, but we’re backing the Blades to win this.
There’s a big game at Kenilworth Road as promotion rivals Luton host Exeter. This should be an open, attacking game, so goals from both sides should be expected. We think Luton will just about win this one though.
OVER 2.5 GOALS – ACCA:
- Bournemouth v Swansea City – PL
- Blackburn Rovers v Preston NE – C
- Norwich City v Barnsley – C
- MK Dons v Coventry City – L1
- Rochdale v Gillingham – L1
- Crewe v Colchester – L2
- Leyton Orient v Doncaster Rovers – L2
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – ACCA:
- West Ham v Leicester City – PL
- Oxford United v Scunthorpe – L1
- Southend v Walsall – L1
- Mansfield v Carlisle – L2
- Newport v Blackpool – L2
- Stevenage v Portsmouth – L2