The Football League has reached its penultimate week of the season, and we’ll be hoping to bash the bookies with a tasty 11/2 treble.
We’ve picked one team from all three divisions to do the business. It’s the final home match of the season for all three clubs, so hopefully they’ll send their fans home happy. And, more importantly, we hope they leave us counting over £55 profit come 5PM.
Leeds United v Charlton Athletic
It hasn’t been the easiest of seasons for Leeds United either on or off the pitch. However the Yorkshire club’s campaign has been a lot smoother than Charlton’s, and we think that will be replicated in Saturday’s showdown.
Leeds are ending the campaign in their best run of form after picking up 10 points from the last possible 12, and Steve Evans’s men will be eager to keep that running by bringing the curtain down on their home season in style. In truth, they couldn’t have handpicked a better opponent.
The Addicks are already relegated, boast just three away wins, and have leaked 44 goals in 22 matches on the road. With Leeds scoring at least twice in each of their last four, Chris Wood and co will certainly fancy their chances.
It was a stalemate when the sides met at the Valley. But with home advantage on their side, Leeds should pick up the three points here.
Rochdale v Swindon Town
In League One, Keith Hill’s Rochdale will be gutted to miss out on the play-offs by just a handful of points. Nevertheless, Dale have enjoyed a very positive season on home soil and will be confident about bagging their 13th victory at Spotland on Saturday. Not least because visiting Swindon are in such poor form.
Luke Williams’s men have won just one of their last 10. While they will be relatively relieved to have simply stayed up, this has been a disappointing campaign, which has been underlined by 10 defeats and just 23 goals scored on the road.
In comparison, the firepower of Ian Henderson and Joe Bunny has helped Rochdale to 39 home goals this term, and they will be confident about extending that tally here, especially as Swindon have shipped 33 away goals.
A win won’t make up for the disappointment of missing the play-offs, but it will at least let the Dale fans return home in a positive mood. Home win.
Barnet v Yeovil Town
It didn’t always look likely, but Yeovil Town have retained their League Two status with relative ease in the end. The Glovers have certainly improved since Darren Way took charge in December, but their away form has still been far from perfect. And it’s likely to show at the Hive.
Barnet have been brilliant at home this season. Only Northampton and Bristol Rovers can boast more home wins than Martin Allen’s men, and the goals of John Akinde and Michael Gash should give them a fantastic chance of ending their home campaign on a high, particularly as Yeovil have been so poor away from Huish Park.
Yeovil have struggled for goals as well as results, posting just 16 strikes in 22 . When coupled with Barnet’s home record, it paints a pretty bleak picture for the visitors. Right now, though, their supporters won’t mind. Survival was the aim, and they achieved it.
For Barnet, another win would underline what has been a tremendous effort in their first year back in the Football League. We expect them to get it.