With Premier League leaders Chelsea not playing until Monday night when they host Middlesbrough, second-placed Tottenham have the chance to move to within one-point of top-spot if they win at West Ham on Friday night. Liverpool are now a clear third, but also must wait to play when they welcome Southampton to Anfield on Sunday. This give Man City in fourth the opportunity to go level on points with Liverpool by beating Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium. In fact Man City are the only team in the top six to play on Saturday knowing a win would be crucial as Man United in fifth visit Arsenal in sixth, also on Sunday. Defeat for Sunderland at Bournemouth last weekend saw them relegated to the Championship, and they could be joined by Middlesbrough if they lose against Spurs on Friday and Hull then beat Sunderland on Saturday. Swansea are also desperate for the three-points to try and claw themselves out of the drop zone, but welcome Everton who sit seventh and who still have hopes of European qualification.
The Championship completes its season on Sunday with the title still up for grabs. Two defeats in a row for Brighton has seen them lose their grip on the trophy and they now must win at Aston Villa to be crowned champions. If they fail to win, Newcastle can snatch the glory by beating Barnsley at St James Park. Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield have secured their play-off spots and they will be joined by Fulham if they can get a point at least at Sheffield Wednesday, who they then may go on to play in the play-off semi-finals. Leeds can catch Fulham on points, but would need a huge goal swing in beating Wigan to achieve this. At the bottom, Rotherham and Wigan are already down, and will be joined by either Blackburn, Nottingham Forest or Birmingham. Blackburn must get a better result than Forest to stay up, but Rovers face a tough trip to Brentford whilst Forest are at home against Ipswich. Wins for both Blackburn and Nottingham Forest will relegate Birmingham if they lose to Bristol City.
League One completed last weekend, with Sheffield United being crowned champions and Bolton securing the runners-up spot. In the play-offs, Scunthorpe will face Millwall, whilst Fleetwood play Bradford. Chesterfield, Coventry, Swindon and Port Vale were all relegated to League Two.
The League Two title race will come down to a three horse race on Saturday between Plymouth, Doncaster and Portsmouth. Plymouth are now in the driving seat and a win at Grimsby will see them crowned champions. Three defeats in a row has seen long time leaders Doncaster drop to second place at the worst possible time. They can still take the title though if Argyle lose or draw and Doncaster beat relegation threatened Hartlepool. If Plymouth lose and Doncaster lose or draw, Portsmouth can snatch the title from them both by beating Cheltenham. Luton and Exeter secured their play-off places last week, and with two more place up for grabs, there are still seven sides in with a chance of taking one of them. Carlisle have the best chance sitting in sixth, but face a tough trip to Exeter who have secured fifth. Blackpool currently occupy the final play-off spot and will be confident of beating already relegated Leyton Orient at home. Stevenage will be hoping for slip ups from Carlisle and Blackpool, and a win for themselves against Acrrington, whilst Cambridge in ninth go to Wycombe in eleventh – with both sides knowing they have an outside chance of pinching a play-off spot. Meanwhile Colchester host Yeovil, and Mansfield go to Crawley. At the bottom, Hartlepool will be relegated if they fail to beat title hopefuls Doncaster. If Pool do win, they could still escape the drop if Newport lose at home against Notts County.
It looks like Saturday is going to be an exciting or nail biting day. Here are our tips for Saturday’s football.
HOME WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – LUCKY 15:
- HULL CITY – PL
- COLCHESTER – L2
- STEVENAGE – L2
- PORTSMOUTH – L2
Hull City can take a huge step to safety by beating Sunderland at the KC Stadium. Hull have had to rely on their home form and whilst it won’t be an easy afternoon against the already relegated Black Cats, we see the Tigers coming out on top.
Colchester have an outside chance of making the play-offs and know only a win will do. This could be quite an open game against a Yeovil side with nothing to play for. We see goals, but the U’s edging their visitors.
Steveange know they must win and hope for teams above them slipping up. This means Stevenage will go out for the maximum points, but face a Accrington Stanley side who have plenty of goals in them. It should be an entertaining game that Stevenage can just about win.
Portsmouth can still win the League Two title, but only a win will be good enough. Again, we see this being an open game against a visiting side under no pressure. We see goals from both sides, but a win for Pompey.
OVER 2.5 GOALS – ACCA:
- Swansea City v Everton – PL
- Crewe v Barnet – L2
- Exeter v Carlisle – L2
- Hartlepool v Doncaster – L2
- Newport County v Notts County – L2
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – ACCA:
- Bournemouth v Stoke – PL
- Burnley v West Brom – PL
- Crawley v Mansfield – C
- Grimsby v Plymouth – L2
- Wycombe v Cambridge – L2