By Josh Powell | League One
Justin Bieber. Poorly made cups of tea. International breaks. These are all things we passionately dislike in Power Tower. Bieber in particular.
The International break means that there is no Premier League or Championship action this weekend. As the Premier League stars jet off for competitive games against countries, some of which you have never heard of, punters are left with a huge gaping void on Saturday afternoon.
With the threat of a shopping trip or a visit from the in-laws looming here are four League One bankers for the weekend that could turn over a tidy profit and get you laid this weekend. Make a few quid, buy the Notebook on DVD, get a few pizzas in for you and the other half and thank us on Monday.
1. Bournemouth v Bury – Bournemouth 1/2, Saturday 3pm
Promotion-hopefuls Bournemouth have put five losses on the spin behind them with two consecutive 1-0 wins and they are firm favourites to beat Bury this weekend. The Cherries might have lost three on the bounce at home but they haven’t lost to a team in the bottom half of the table at The Fitness First Stadium this year. In nine games they have won five and drawn four, keeping three clean sheets and scoring on average almost two goals a game. Bury have won just one game on the road in the last 10 and should struggle again.
2. Crawley v Crewe – Crawley 21/20, Saturday 3pm – POSTPONED
This is one of the toughest fixtures to call this weekend with 13th playing 14th in the league. Crawley are unbeaten in five league games but have drawn their last four. Their record against teams in the bottom half though is better than anybody else in League One. Crawley have played teams in the bottom half 16 times, winning 10 and drawing four. They have conceded less than a goal a game against bottom half clubs and have picked up 34 points from a possible 48.
3. Portsmouth v Coventry – Coventry 6/5, Saturday 3pm
Coventry are the in-form side away from home in League One, winning four and drawing one of their last five games on the road. The Sky Blues take on a Pompy side who have lost 63 per cent of their matches since the start of November and have won just two out of the last 26 league games. Coventry have won 70 per cent of their games against bottom half teams away from home and can continue that good record against a Portsmouth side heading for League Two.
4. Hartlepool v Walsall – Walsall 13/10, Saturday 3pm
Hartlepool have spent most of the season flirting with League Two and in a couple of months time they might have a full-blown relationship. Walsall are unbeaten in nine games and still have hopes of making the play-offs. The last three games between these two sides have ended all square but Walsall can beat a Hartlepool side that have won less than 20 per cent of matches against teams in the top half. The Saddlers have scored 12 goals in their last five league games and can take advantage of the second-worst defence in the league.
5. Tranmere v Stevenage – Tranmere 10/11, Sunday 4pm
Stevenage have lost six games on the spin in League One and that is likely to increase to seven at Prenton Park on Sunday. The Boro have scored just four goals in eight away games since the turn of the year and have shipped in 14 at the other end. Rovers are struggling to rediscover their red-hot early season form but they should be too strong for a Stevenage side with nothing to play for as the season draws to a close. A last-minute Greg Tansey equaliser cost Tranmere two points at Broadhall Way in November but Rovers can see out the victory on Sunday