The games are coming thick and fast in the Football League as we enter the dreaded midweek fixtures. The midweeks are a pain in the arse for players and fans alike, but there’s always a bit of money to be made off them. Last night saw the first round of midweek fixtures in the Football League and the surprises have already begun.
There were five draws in the Championship and seven wins by a one goal margin in League One. Tonight looks slightly easier with only six games between the two divisions, but some mouth watering games nonetheless. And Doncaster v Southend.
Bristol City v Leeds United
Leeds win @ 5/2
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Leeds travel to Bristol in search of their first win of the season. After draws against Burnley and Reading in the league sandwiched between a diabolical loss against Doncaster in the cup. Leeds need to get a win on the board and there isn’t a better place to do it.
Leeds haven’t drawn four League games on the trot since 2005 and Bristol have lost their last three games so it seems as good a time as any for Leeds to actually win a game. A 3-2 result at Ashton Gate in 2011 was the last meeting of the sides and if you can see history repeating itself odds of 40/1 seem fairly nice. Of course that would mean Leeds would have to score three goals, but a man can hope.
This one seems like a foregone conclusion which of course means that Ross McCormack and Matt Smith will score six goals each, Kit Symons will devour the soul of Steve Bruce and become the Dark Ruler of all the world. A tad excessive, but that’s what the Championship does. In reality Hull should see this one out fairly comfortably if past results and current form is anything to go by. Which it probably isn’t in a league only slightly less competitive than a ‘Who’s The Most In-bred’ contest among the Made In Chelsea cast.
Hull have scored 10 in their last three against Fulham including a 6-0 hammering the last time the sides met (at 250/1 if you’re feeling lucky). Fulham have lost four of their last six against Hull and don’t have current form on their side either. A draw 1-1 with Cardiff and a 2-1 loss to Brighton don’t inspire hope. Hull have kept three clean sheets in their last five so expect to see them to see this one out fairly comfortably.
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This is a tough one to call. If Wednesday had a fully fit team out I’d say they’d find this easier than scoring in a brothel with Wayne Rooney’s gold card, but they are missing their best player, keeper Keiren Westwood and captain Glenn Loovens faces a late fitness test.
Wednesday have drawn three of their last six games at home and Reading are coming in off the back of a draw against Leeds so I can see this game being tight. Neither team tends to score a lot of goals, but with Wednesday missing two of their most influential players and Reading having no real goal threat this looks likely to play out a 0-0.
Charlie Austin please just leave already! If you weren’t at QPR this would be so much easier to call. I could just say that yeah Wolves will win because who the hell is going to score instead of you. Leroy Fer is injured, Jamie Mackie is injured and all they have to rely on is some tall bloke they brought in from Germany.
Wolves are one of the early seasons favorites to win the title and for good reason. They had a strong season last year after coming back up and have probably the most in-form striker in the league in Benik Afobe. Key stats to note are:
- Wolves have won eight of the last 17 games against QPR
- only losing twice and have won six of their last nine home games with three draws for good measure.
- QPR have kept one miserly clean sheet in their last 27 away games.
This is a done and dusted. Wolves to win.
Doncaster are on a high. They should have beaten Wigan on Sunday and their first win over Leeds since the play-off final of 2008 (chokes back sobs) will have them on cloud nine. They absolutely hammered Southend 5-1 on the way to that win. Two draws in the league won’t please Paul Dickov and a game against one of the sides favored to go down will be a nice way to kick start their league campaign.
Southend need a win. One point from their first two games, knocked out of the cup and talk that star player Daniel Bentley is off to QPR will do no good for Phil Brown’s blood pressure. A win would go a whole way to preserving his life. So, as you can imagine, fingers crossed for a Doncaster win.
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Ahh Wigan what happened you? You won the F.A. Cup against the mighty Manchester City. Now you’re in the depths of League One. The fall from grace has been both sad and rather hilarious to watch, but they should come back up at the first time of asking. Wigan have won the last six meetings between the sides, but the most recent was in 2000 so take from that what you will.
It’ll be tight, more so because both teams are rubbish rather than an abundance of quality. Wigan need a win after losing to Coventry and a lucky draw with Doncaster, but a win against Crewe will have Scunthorpe happy. A draw tonight and they’ll be pleased with their evenings work. Expect it to be tight, gritty, sorely lacking in good pies and a 1-0 for Wigan.