Players must be praying for a bit of respite in this busy part of the season, but as the games stack up it’s the bigger squads that can cope with the demands required of them, while some of the smaller squads have to start delving into their youth set up to make up the numbers.
Some teams seem to be relishing the festive period, and with that in mind here is my Saturday banker accumulator tip:
CARDIFF v Millwall 3.00pm
Odds – 4/5
Yes I’m fully aware that Millwall are becoming notoriously hard to beat, and that they’ve lost just 1 of their last 9 away games. But that means nothing to me when they travel to Cardiff on Saturday.
The Bluebirds 100% home record was spoiled by a loss to Peterborough in mid December, but Malkie Mackay’s team bounced straight back with a win over high-flying Crystal Palace at the weekend, and I’m predicting a quick-fire 6 points when Millwall visit.
This Cardiff side have goals in them in all areas of the field, and they’ll just have too much in reserve for a Millwall side that are over achieving at this moment in time, and I’m expecting their form to tail off.
SHEFFIELD UNITED v Hartlepool 3.00pm
Odds – 3/10
Hartlepool are absolutely dreadful and they have no hope of beating the Blades at Bramall Lane.
Even Jeff Stelling will tell you that the Monkey Hangers are relegation fodder, and a trip to top of the table Sheffield United is unlikely to bring them anything but a heavy loss.
Hartlepool were soundly beaten 3-0 by Carlisle (who had won just 2 previous home games) at the weekend to notch up their 16th loss of the season, while Sheffield United were comfortably taking Scunthorpe apart (3-0) to maintain their unbeaten home record.
37 points separate these two teams in the league, and I think that gulf in class will be fully exploited by Danny Wilson’s Blades.
CHESTERFIELD v Morecambe 3.00pm
Odds – 10/11
Chesterfield are doing very well at home this season, and have built up a run of 13 points taken form the last 15 available at the Proact Stadium. Morecambe on the other hand have picked up just 1 solitary point on their travels in their last 5 on the road.
Morecambe beat today’s opponents 2-0 in the reverse fixture back in October, but the tides have changed now and I rate Chesterfield as a strong bet to take the spoils.
Recent wins over York City (3-0) and Cheltenham (4-1) further reinforce my selection.