The English football league season is almost getting to a close, and the race for who gets promoted to the higher division and who gets relegated is becoming tougher.
Equally, predicting the outcome of football matches this period is even tougher. But, that not withstanding, check below for my League One prediction for this weekend games played on April 21, 2018.
Scunthorpe vs Walsall:
Scunthorpe is currently one of the six teams fighting it out for the end of the season promotional playoffs spot. The side is currently placed 6th in the league with 64 points. But, with both Plymouth and Portsmouth breathing down on its neck, Scunthorpe must do everything possible to win this match. After losing one and drawing three games in quick succession, their victory last week came at the right time.
Walsall is ranked 19th, two points above relegation waters. They are fighting to avoid relegation, so they need to ensure that they get something from this match. But, the club has suffered poor form recently, winning once in their last five matches played. They have lost three and drawn one.
Verdict: both teams need the points here and we must be in for a cracker. But, I am tipping the home team to win here.
Tip = Home Win and U-4.5
Portsmouth vs Charlton
Whoever wins this match would have earned a very remarkable point in the battle for who is qualified for one of the four playoffs spots up for grabs. This is a match between the 8th best team in the league versus the 5th best, and be rest assured that this is a match that will be suitable for the neutrals.
Portsmouth is playing at home, and must definitely make this advantage count. The club has played 21 matches at home this season; it won 11 matches, drawn 4 and lost 7. Charlton is a very good side when it comes to playing away from home. They have picked up 8 victories on the road, drawn 5 and lost 8 as well. This is certainly going to be another close encounter.
Verdict: Portsmouth to win.
Rochdale vs Bradford
Rochdale is the bookies favorite to win this match, but I will be backing Bradford here. Rochdale has been poor at home, while Bradford has been exquisite away from home. Rochdale is rooted in relegation battles, while Bradford still have a chance to make the promotion playoffs spot.
Rochdale is played 21st in the league, but its form has been poor this term. Apart from a shock away victory recorded against Peterborough last weekend, they have been poor at home this season. They have only won 5 games all season at home and drawn 10.
Bradford has been very sensational on the road this season, after picking up an impressive 9 wins. They have drawn 3 and lost 9 respectively.
Tip: Away Win or Bradford (Handicap 0-2).
Gillingham vs Blackpool
Gillingham football club needs a point to ensure they are guaranteed another year of football in the English League One and they are most certain to get it this weekend. The best possible opponent they could have wished for at this time of the season is who they play this weekend.
Blackpool season is, technically speaking, over considering the fact that they have nothing to play for. Currently placed 11th with 56 points, having played 43 matches, there is no hope of qualifying for the playoffs this season. So this match may likely be a drab one.
Correct score = (0-0)
Wimbledon vs Oldham
Wimbledon has been very ruthless lately, winning two of their last three matches. Still not safe from relegation, the club needs to win this relegation 6 pointer to move within distance of ensuring survival. But, this is not a good omen for her opponent, Oldham, who is currently placed 20th in the league.
In the last five matches, Oldham has managed to pick up just one victory and drawn four. What is even more worrying for the club is the fact that they have only won on the road three times this season. They have drawn 9 matches and lost 9 matches as well.
Verdict: Wimbledon impressive form at home may likely play in their favour.
Tip: Home Win or 1X and Over 1.5
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