Weekly Draw Predictions: Matchweek 19
Two of our draw picks came in last weekend. It paid to have faith in the wildcard as Torquay stretched their unbeaten run to three games with a goalless draw at home against Aldershot. And in the SPL, Hearts were held at home by Hamilton in what was their third draw in a row. They took the lead despite having Jamie Brandon dismissed in the 36th minute, before Hamilton pegged them back mid-way through the second half.
In the absence of a full round of fixtures in Leagues One and Two, there were only six draws in English league football last weekend. Two of them came in The Premier League as Bournemouth drew at home to Southampton in the South coast derby, and West Brom drew for the third straight game – and the seventh time this season – against Crystal Palace.
It looked for a while as though Manchester City might be held to a draw by David Moyes’ West Ham before David Silva came up with a winner in the last five minutes. In the aftermath, Gary Neville hailed Silva as City’s greatest ever player but we all know he’ll be hoping that form doesn’t continue into the Manchester derby on Sunday.
In The Championship, Sheffield Wednesday conceded a 96th minute equaliser against fellow Yorkshiremen Hull City to draw for the fourth consecutive game. That point wasn’t enough to save Leonid Slutsky’s job as Hull boss though – the club announced his departure by mutual consent on Monday. It’s cut throat at the foot of The Championship, and with the bottom eight teams having won just six times between them in their last five games each – a total of 40 games – if one team gets a winning run together they could scale the table in no time.
This Week’s Draw Predictions
Liverpool v Everton
Sam Allardyce already seems to be making his mark at Everton and he will no doubt be looking forward to his first Merseyside derby now that his side have recorded back-to-back wins and look to have recovered from the dismal run of form that culminated in Ronald Koeman getting the sack. Liverpool also have two wins in a row heading into Sunday’s showdown, and they are one of the highest scoring teams in the league so it’s tough task for Everton. It’s worth noting that six of the last ten Merseyside derbies have been draws so history suggests it’ll be a tight affair at Anfield.
Huddersfield v Brighton
It looked like David Wagner’s Huddersfield might be on their way to a mid-table finish after their impressive start to the season, but any Terriers fans who got carried away will be kicking themselves now as the wheels like to have well and truly fallen off: they’ve now lost their last four Premier League games. Their opponents Brighton are also without a win in four and there are just two points separating these two newly promoted teams. Only Swansea have scored fewer home goals than Huddersfield this season, so Wagner needs his defence to be tight and that sounds like a recipe for a draw to us.
Plymouth v Gillingham
League One’s bottom side Plymouth were comfortably beaten by Bradford in the FA Cup last weekend, and as they welcome Gillingham to Home Park they’re desperate to find some consistency to save their season. Gillingham aren’t far ahead of them in the standings although they are unbeaten in five, drawing three of those. The Pilgrims will have to raise their game to get a result but Gillingham’s inability to kill off games will give them hope.
Sure Draw Prediction This Week
Luton v Notts County
The top two sides in League Two face off this weekend in what promises to be an entertaining game – Luton have scored a frightening 48 goals already and Notts County aren’t far off them having hit the net an impressive 35 times. Both have 41 points which means if either gets the win they’ll be three points clear at the top, but their goal-getting qualities could just as easily cancel each other out.
Wildcard Draw Prediction
MK Dons v Shrewsbury
The Shrews were unbeaten for 15 league games until Peterborough finally got the better of them at the end of October. Since then, they’ve only recorded one win and relinquished League One top spot to Wigan. MK Dons are 16th with just one win in their last five. It’s either the perfect opportunity for Shrewsbury to get back on track or the perfect time for MK Dons to play the high flyers... Or a good shout for a wildcard draw.
Choose your seven now!