Football Tips 1st April
Looking at the fixtures today, there are a few that stand out so let’s have a closer look.
Wigan Athletic v Leicester City
Interesting matchup, with Leicester going for the title and Wigan looking to consolidate a play-off place.
Firstly, with Leicester scoring in every game since November 9th last year, including a couple of games against Premier League opposition in the cups, and Wigan scoring in 9 of their last 10 games, the chances of a no score draw are remote, but other than that what’s to look for.
With promotion in sight, one has to think Leicester will get the result, the 2-0 victory over promotion rivals Burnley at the weekend highlighted the quality gap between City and the rest of the challengers, one of the characteristics of the season for Leicester has been getting the results when it mattered, they are hungry for the title and will continue to the end in the same manner.
Wigan made heavy weather of a draw with Bolton at the weekend and are showing signs of the long season taking its toll, and whilst they are capable of beating any team on their day, I don’t think that this day will be theirs.
Away win for Leicester City
Port Vale v Crawley Town
At first glance this seems like a nothing to gain, mid table end of season fixture, but such is the situation in League One that Crawley are only six points clear of relegation, and Port Vale are only seven points from the promotion play-offs so both teams still have a reason to play.
Port Vale have been leaking goals all year, managing only six clean sheets the entire season, and with Crawley having a similar record this one has goals in it from both teams.
Other than that, form would suggest Port vale are struggling, the 5-0 loss to Bristol City two weeks ago being a highlight of a poor run since February that has seen them struggling to get results.
Crawley have been on a similar run, as their league position testifies, however the 2-1 win over league leaders Wolves does point to performances on occasion, but that was a rare result in a run of poor results.
Looking at the match as a whole, we have to go for the draw here.
Sheffield United v Brentford
Brentford are desperate to cling onto their promotion challenge, whilst Sheffield are trying to reach the play-offs, a match that both need to win ensures a good fixture for us.
With both teams leaking a few goals recently, Brentford letting in three against Rotherham and Sheffield letting in two goals in two out of their last three games, and both teams needing a win to keep their seasons going, there will be goals at both ends here without a doubt.
Sheffield have been on a great run recently, only the weekends loss to a last minute goal by Swindon and a 2-0 defeat to Wolves marring a procession of wins going back through February, including victories over Premier League and Championship clubs in the FA Cup along the way. They certainly have momentum.
Brentford have had a similar run, although the 3-0 loss to Wolves at the end of February seemed to knock their confidence a bit when followed by a draw to Carlisle, but things picked up with four straight wins following, however the last two games, a 3-0 defeat to Rotherham followed by a nil-nil away at Oldham perhaps show the pressure of the title run is starting to affect them.
Here I look to the title challengers having a point to prove, and go for an away win to Brentford.