We hit the bar last week with Exeter somehow managing to concede three at home to low-scoring Yeovil only to mount a rousing comeback and score three in the final five minutes to secure a 3-3 draw. At times like that you sometimes wish they’d have just lost 3-0 as they clearly showed they were capable of beating a vulnerable opposition; it’s the closeness to winning that always hurts most.
Anyway, let’s hope for a better outcome this week where we have a full league programme to pick from.
Fulham to Win Away at Rotherham (Bet Priced 4/9, SkyBet, Stan James)
It’s not the most leftfield of choices but it’s hard to see beyond a Fulham win here. The Cottagers have had a tough few years since relegation from the Premier League but Slavisa Jokanovic, who previously helped Watford to promotion, has turned things around with Fulham playing some attractive football with a young looking side. They currently sit one place and a point outside of the play-off places and will be looking to make a late surge into the promotion picture.
Rotherham on the other hand have had a disaster of a season and are all but relegated; anything but a win and results going their way will send them down this weekend. It looked as if they were set to go down last year before Neil Warnock came in and performed miracles, but the fact that he jumped at the end of the season was an ominous sign. They are bottom of the league table and pretty much every other statistic. You have to feel for the Rotherham supporters.
Fulham are strong in attack with the second highest number of goals in the league this season and should be too strong, even on an average day, for The Millers who have shipped 23 more goals than any other team in the league.
Fleetwood Town to Win at Home to Swindon (Best Priced 4/5, with numerous)
Fleetwood Town are one of the success stories of the Football League over the past few seasons, some may complain that they have had financial aid from a wealthy owner to aid their rise to League One but they are a well-run club who stand out amongst many of the basket case clubs at this level. After some initial rocky moments in League One, they have shown steady progress under Uwe Rosler this season to rise to third place in the table and a good opportunity to challenge for promotion. Fleetwood are a pretty solid proposition, conceding the second fewest number of goals in the league this season, but have lacked goals at times leading to a high number of draws with their two most recent games being nil-nil’s.
After challenging for promotion to the Championship in recent years, Swindon have looked to be in decline over the past couple of seasons and look in real danger of dropping down to League Two. In stark contrast to Fleetwood, the organisation of Swindon looks to leave a lot to be desired with a number of confusing decisions this season. The appointment of Tim Sherwood as manager in all but name, who must go down as one of the biggest charlatans in football, has done little to change their fortunes and they look very vulnerable here.
There is always a danger of the draw with Fleetwood due to their lack of goals, but they look considerably strobger than Swindon and should have the nous to undo a relegation threatened opposition.
Stevenage to Win at Home to Barnet (Best Priced 23/20 Bet365 & Betfair)
A team who have slightly flown under the radar this season, without a great deal of attention Stevenage have risen to fourth in the table and could look to make a late charge for promotion from League Two. With the final automatic place perhaps just beyond them at this point, they’ll be looking to secure their position in the play-offs. The Boro have only lost once in the league since January and are only behind top of the table Doncaster in the goal scoring charts and have scored more goals at home than any other side in the league.
Barnet sit a comfortable fifteenth in the table, safe from the dreaded drop but with the play-offs looking beyond them and look like the type of side who could easily slip into the early holiday mode you often see at this stage of the season. Winners of only one of their last eight league games, and that against Cheltenham Town who have lost four on the bounce, Barnet look up against it here.
Stevenage look a solid proposition at home here, there may come a time before the end of the season when the momentum runs out but I cant see that happening against Barnet.
Fulham (2/5), Fleetwood (4/5) & Stevenage (23/20) Win Treble @ 4.42/1 with Bet365
Bets will be made at a level of 1pt unless specified otherwise