It proved a tough week last week again on all fronts for punters as the form guides were ripped up and went to pot over the course of the 90 plus minutes of mayhem. We suffered like most but adversity only makes you stronger and we are learning from our mistakes which have so far proved few and far between. We are looking to bounce back to winning way in style this week with our investment fund which still boasts a healthy profit despite a crunching week. If you haven’t signed up to our picks go do it now or alternatively you can check out this week’s Saturday Select which features some of the best fixtures to bet on this weekend.
Bristol City v Rochdale
Bristol City have had their fair share of slip ups lately but bounced back from a shock defeat against lowly Chesterfield by beating Doncaster in their last outing to move 5 points clear at the top of League One. Steve Cotterill’s side have the best home record in the league having only lost two in 16 played at Ashton Gate and will look to ratchet up the pressure on the chasers in pursuit of the league title.
Rochdale meanwhile have lost 4 of their last 6 games and have only one win in that period. They still have a shot at making the playoffs and have a great goal difference of +10 so will be dangerous but even if they were in form it would be a tough assignment away to the league leaders.
Reading v Nottingham Forest
The Nottingham Forest players seem to have reacted well to the appointment of new boss Dougie Freedman. After languishing under Stuart Pearce they are now starting to show that early season from which made them many punter’s bet for promotion this season. They have won 4 of their last 5 games to move up to position 9th in the league table and have a fresh momentum now with quality players back fully committed to the cause. Nottingham Forest have lost only one of their last four away games and can also take confidence from the fact that they beat Reading 4-0 at the City Ground in back in August at the start of the season.
Reading have lost three of their last four games in the Championship and took a 3-0 beating in their last match away at Huddersfield. They are still in the FA Cup and have an important quarter final match against Bradford City on the horizon and that could be the focus of their season. In the league they are nine points clear of the drop zone and should finish up safe.
Portsmouth v Oxford
Portsmouth have been largely disappointing this season but they are on a good run at the moment having won four of their last five matches including a great 3-2 comeback victory over Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night. Pompey have netted 10 goals in their last 3 games. They are significantly stronger at Fratton Park than on the Road.
Oxford United picked up a great 3-0 win over Mansfield in their last match but rarely put back to back wins together. Portsmouth have let people down time and time again this season and if they did so here it wouldn’t be surprising but there is no doubting they are bang in form right now.
Fulham v Derby
Derby County are top of the Championship and now they have reached the summit they will want to stay on top. Derby are unbeaten in their last seven games and have won 5 of those 7. Derby seem to have Fulham’s number. They won in the earlier league meeting this season 5-1 at the iPro Stadium way back in August and more recently the Rams beat Fulham 5-2 at Craven Cottage in the Capital One Cup in October. They will have plenty of confidence going into this match.
Fulham have not won any of their last eight games in all competitions and have lost 5 in that period. Fulham boss Kit Symons vented his anger after Fulham were trounced 3-0 by Wolves in their last outing so there could be something of a backlash which Derby will have to be wary of.
Burton v Newport
Burton lost their last match against Accrington Stanley in a result that few people saw coming. However their recent form has been very strong and they are still top of the league and have only lost 2 games in 16 played at the Pirelli.
Newport meanwhile look to be slipping out of playoff contention they have lost 5 of their last 7 matches. They are just 2 points of the playoffs still but 2015 hasn’t been great for them. They do have a newly appointed manager in Jimmy Dack but he was already the caretaker manager so any fresh impact or honeymoon period seems unlikely.