We kick Good Friday off with a vital Championship play-off clash in Norfolk, where Norwich host Fulham in a game that will go a long way to deciding their respective top-six destinies. The home side should be feeling confident after scraping past Reading 7-1 last weekend, while Fulham have stuttered a bit in recent games, winning just two of their last five. I’m expecting an open game from a Fulham side that have scored in their last ten games, so back the Cottagers to score in each half at 21/10 with Ladbrokes.
Just ahead of Fulham in sixth are Sheffield Wednesday, and they should have enough to continue their promotion push with a win over mid-table Cardiff. Neil Warnock’s Bluebird revolution has slowed down in recent weeks, having picked up just two wins in their last eight, while Sheffield Wednesday found form last weekend with a great win over Newcastle. Back the Owls to swoop to victory at 10/11 with BoyleSports.
At the bottom of the table there’s a make or break game for Blackburn when they travel to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest. A win for Rovers would pull them just two points adrift of Forest and that magic dotted line of safety. A win for Forest, meanwhile, would surely put them safe, and they played brilliantly in last week’s 2-0 win over promotion contenders Huddersfield. I fancy Forest, and as a Derby fan, you can take that to the bank. Forest to win with both teams scoring is a laaarrrrrvely 7/2.
Shrewsbury clawed themselves out of the League One relegation zone thanks to a tight 1-0 win over Rochdale last time out and they’re a more than backable 11/8 to build on that with three points against Walsall. The West Midlanders are still not quite safe, following a run of no wins in five, and top scorer Erhun Oztumer faces a late fitness test ahead of a tricky tie near the Anglo-Welsh border.
My Tip of the Day can be found in West Yorkshire where Bradford are just shy of even money to beat Oxford United. The Bantams have just one defeat in seven, and haven’t lost at home all season. Oxford, on the other hand, have seen their previously envious away form fade, thanks to disappointing draws against Northampton and Walsall that have left their play-off hopes in jeopardy. A solid home win should be on the cards here, and you should back it at 5/6 with the lads at BoyleSports.
AFC Wimbledon are continuing to struggle against teams that are fighting for something at the end of the season. They’ve suffered defeats at play-off hopefuls Bristol Rovers and Southend, whilst also losing against relegation-threatened Port Vale a couple of weeks back. On Friday they face Swindon, who are just two points adrift of safety thanks to two wins from their last three, and are good news at 11/10 with Ladbrokes.
Things continue to look tight in the fourth tier, and the game of the day is on the south coast, as third-placed Portsmouth host Plymouth Argyle, who sit just a place above Pompey. A win for Plymouth would probably see them promoted from League Two, and I can’t turn down odds of 5/1 for them to make it happen. Well worth a tenner that you would have only spent on sh*t anyway.
Newport’s revival continued last weekend with an unbelievable 1-0 over Exeter last weekend, a result I expertly tipped in the last blog…
After falling for that, your forfeit is backing the Exiles to take another giant stride towards the great escape with a victory over Yeovil. The away side are in freefall, following a shocking run of just one win 14 games that has landed them just one place above their opponents. At odds of 13/10, Newport are a no brainer.
Finally, we’ll take a quick look at the League Two play-off chase, and Colchester United threw their hat back in the top-seven ring with a thumping 4-0 win over fifth-placed Stevenage last Saturday. They now sit outside the play-offs on goal difference, and look a cracking bet at 11/4 to beat Doncaster, who have already secured promotion, and might have one eye on their summer trip to Kavos. See you on Monday…
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Bradford at 5/6 to beat Oxford United in League One.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Huddersfield, Burton, Bradford, Millwall and Newport returns an EGG-cellent £280 with BoyleSports. Back it here!
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