Saturday Select #21

The FA Cup returns this weekend with some tasty fourth round clashes but Saturday Select remains focused on the League. Here are some choice selections that are worth considering for this Saturday’s fixtures. With Championship to Conference selections, check out which fixtures are on the hitlist.

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Watford v Blackpool

The Hornets score a lot of goals at home; only Norwich City have scored more home goals than Watford so far this season and only Bournemouth have scored more goals in total. Watford will also be in high spirits after thrashing Charlton 5-0 in their last outing. They have lacked consistency at Vicarage Road in recent months but will be confident of scoring against Blackpool and putting back to back wins together.

Blackpool seem anchored to the bottom of the league; they have not won a game since August of last year. The Seasiders have not won a single away match this season in 15 attempts and Watford doesn’t look as if it’s a likely destination to gain there first three away points of the season.

Wolves v Charlton

Kenny Jackett’s Wolves sit at the top of the Championship form table having won 5 of their last 6 matches. They are unbeaten in their last 8 consecutive games in all competitions a run which has seen them climb to 8th spot in the table and they are now just a point of the playoff zone. New signing Benik Afobe scored on his debut last week to seal a 2-0 win over strugglers Blackpool. Wolves have it all to play for and will be eager to maintain the momentum they have built up in recent weeks.

The Addicks meanwhile have lost their last 4 games on the bounce they were trounced 5-0 away to Watford in their last outing they have not won in their last 10 matches a winless run that stretches back as far as November 2014. Incidentally that was the last time that the club’s top goalscorer that Vetokele scored a goal. After a promising start to this campaign they have been in freefall and are now in 16th position and looking over their shoulders rather than ahead. The players do have a new manager to impress though in Guy Luzon the former Standard Liege manager being appointed last week takes his first game.

MK Dons v Barnsley

MK Dons have a +22 goal difference at the Stadium MK and have only lost 2 games in 13 on home soil meaning they are generally a good bet when at home. MK Dons also have the most prolific attack in the division having netted 51 times in 24 games. Whether they can keep that up without Benik Afobe their on loan top scorer who recently left to join Wolves on a permanent, remains to be seen. In their last outing they beat Sheffield United 1-0 an impressive result that ended a blip of 3 games without a win.

Barnsley meanwhile have only won 3 games in 12 away from home this campaign. They are not in great form having lost 3 of their last 4 games. They seem to be relying on key midfielder Conor Hourihane to score the bulk of their goals; he is their top scorer with 12 goals to his name. However, despite an impressive effort from Hourihane it is sure sign that the strikers are not doing their jobs properly.

Barnet v Southport

Barnet have been having a torrid time of late but they still sit top of the Conference Premier by 5 points. They have been smashed by 3-1 and 4-1 against Lincoln and Grimsby respectively in their last two outings. It will be interesting to see if this bad run is just a blip or a serious problem that will derail their season. This game against Southport should be a good indication as the Barnet of a few matches ago would certainly have been confident of winning this against a team they have already beaten 2-0 away. Southport are down in 20th spot just 4 points ahead of the drop zone and you get the impression their FA Cup exploits are going to stay as the highlight of their season.

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