GW 39 – Ones to Watch

Matt: We may be fast approaching the run-in for the current season, but we’ve got a potentially pivotal Bank Holiday weekend ahead of us, with two quickfire rounds to keep us thoroughly entertained over the four days. Easter Monday will bring with it our traditional ‘Bank Holiday Bonus’, but before that we have a three-day gameweek as we incorporate Good Friday’s fixture list into proceedings. The deadline will remain the same, so if you do miss it you can still submit your teams, but my advice is to get those selections in early and fully utilise all your available options……starting Friday lunchtime. Here’s a couple of starters…..

  • Wigan Athletic v Cambridge Utd. The Latics are so close to a return to The Championship they can almost taste it, although a somewhat fortuitous 0-0 draw at Burton Albion on Tuesday evening will have been a timely reminder that there’s still work to be done. That result did come off the back of two excellent victories though – a 3-1 win at Lincoln City and a 3-0 success over Accrington Stanley – so I think we can expect to see the home side back among the goals here. Cambridge will be no pushovers though, indeed The U’s have adapted very well to life in league One this season. However, despite a surprise (and fantastic) win in their last away game at Ipswich Town, United have been on the receiving end of some absolute drubbings on the road in the not too distant past; shipping 6 at Sheffield Wednesday, and losing 3-0 and 4-2 at Wycombe Wanderers & Oxford Utd respectively, so on that basis a clean sheet at top of the league Wigan, who will be a game away from confirming promotion should they win here, looks a tall order.
  • Airdrieonians v Dumbarton. With just three games to play in Scotland’s League One, the title race isn’t quite over yet and if Airdrie are to overhaul Cove Rangers at the top of the table, they really must win this fixture against lowly Dumbarton. You have to give credit to The Diamonds, they are unbeaten in the league since the 7th of December, that’s some going! It’s fair to say that this would certainly not be a good moment for that run to come to a halt and with the North Lanarkshire side having scored in every league game since way back in November, Dumbarton are going to have their work cut out to stop the Airdrie goalscoring machine here! It doesn’t help The Sons’ cause that they have conceded the highest number of goals in the division, currently 66, managing just four clean sheets in this entire season. It’s hard to envisage that number becoming five at the Excelsior Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Good luck to you all.