Tomorrow's Football Predictions: Matchweek 15
Tomorrow’s Key Matches
There are some real crunch matches in the Football League this weekend, as teams once again focus on the league following the round of FA Cup fixtures last weekend.
In the Vanarama National League, rock bottom Solihull Moors have a big task ahead as they welcome promotion-chasing Sutton United to Damson Park. Their manager Richard Money resigned after just 26 days in the job before their FA Cup loss to Wycombe last week, so assistant boss Gary Whild will take charge again on Saturday.
North of the border, you can make predictions in Scotland’s League One, where Albion Rovers v Alloa is the stand-out game. Alloa have won three in a row but they remain eight points adrift of both second place Raith and table-toppers Ayr (who face off on Tuesday). They’ll be keen to close the gap knowing that one of the teams above them is certain to drop points.
Who’s In Form?
Hartlepool United have now gone six games without defeat as they go into a tough match against Boreham Wood, who are level on points with them in the National League.
Struggling Leyton Orient need to turn their form around pronto if they are to avoid successive relegations. Fail to get the three points on Saturday evening and it’ll be 11 league games without a win.
They might only be one point clear of the League Two relegation zone but Forest Green Rovers are the league’s form side. They seem to have patched the leaky defence that’s conceded 32 goals already this season, and three wins in a row should give them plenty of confidence as they travel to Crawley Town, who are just one point above them.
Mansfield are becoming experts in holding out for a draw – they’ve managed three on the bounce. Barnet look good value for a draw too having shared the spoils on three of their last five times out.
What We Look For In Tomorrow’s Games
In the Scottish League One, Queen’s Park host Arbroath. Nine points separate the two in the table and Queen’s Park are bottom after Forfar picked up a much-needed win last time out. Both sides have lost their last two games so you can guarantee they’ll be battling hard to turn their fortunes around.
Peterborough ended their four game winless streak a fortnight ago with a shock win over previously unbeaten Shrewsbury. AFC Wimbledon are next up and 20th placed will be in for a tough afternoon in their own back yard. They’ve only won twice at home this season and have won just two of their previous eight in the league.
In League Two, the game we least advise watching is Exeter v Grimsby: both have drawn their last two games and neither is in rich goal-scoring form. The Crawley v Forest Green game should be a cracker though.
Sure Predictions This Week
Bradford and Plymouth haven’t played each other for over four years. Their last four meetings managed a total of four goals, but with Bradford being one of the top scoring teams in the league, you’d expect an improvement on that this Saturday. The Bantams’ top scorer Charlie Wyke will be licking his lips as they go out against last placed Plymouth.
Bury sacked their manager Lee Clark last week, and player-coach Ryan Lowe has been handed the job of caretaker boss. You’d think it an unenviable task – they’re a point off rock bottom in League One – but Lowe said he was “humbled and close to tears” when offered the position. Each to their own. His first league match as temporary manager is against fellow strugglers Gillingham, which we’ve tipped as a sure draw.
How Our Pros Are Looking
Ledley has gone for a Bradford banker and four away wins this week, including Wycombe at Morecombe and Luton at Cheltenham.
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