It might be becoming tougher and tougher to predict the outcomes of matches with the season finishing post inevitably getting ever closer but there are still profit points to be won across the divisions. Saturday Select highlights some of the key fixtures that you may want to consider when placing your bets this weekend. Take a look at which clubs feature on our weekly hit-list right here now.
Derby v Birmingham
Derby have lost their last two games on the bounce but they are still second in the league table and just one point off the top. It looks likely that this is a temporary blip in form and that theyu will come good at some point probably sooner rather than later bearing in mind their current league predicament. Their last two games have been away but now they are back at the iPro; they have the best home record in the division bar none having only lost twice on home turf.
Birmingham will be tough opponents. They have won their last two matches to end a winless run. They are sitting comfortably in midtable. Gary Rowett has done a very good job in consolidating their Championship status this year and they could be a threat next season but definitely Derby are the team that have more at stake going in to this encounter.
Barnsley v Walsall
Barnsley have been in great form of late. Newly appointed manager Lee Johnson oversaw a win in his first game in charge of the Yorkshire club and players will be out to impress their new gaffer. 4 wins in a row and 4 clean sheets to boot has seen them shoot up the league table to 10th spot and they are now just 2 points off the playoff zone. They have great momentum and after languishing in the lower echelons of the division for much of the season a sight of the playoffs will act as a great incentive for the club.
They take on mid-table Walsall who have only won once in their last 5 games. That win came last time out against bottom of the league Yeovil Town. Mathematically due to the closeness of the league they could still make the playoffs. Despite operating in 16th spot they are just 5 points off but they have never really threatened to break into the top six all season long and travel to a team in Barnsley who are strong at home.
Crawley v Bristol City
Bristol City have stolen a march on the rest of the division and opened up a seemingly insurmountable 10 point gap at the top of the table. Boss Steve Cotterill will be keen to impress on his team the need to capitalise on their advantage and bring the League One title back to Ashton Gate in style. After a brief blip in form they recovered well and have won their last 3 games on the bounce knocking in 7 goals in the process.
Crawley Town looked as if they might be a resurgent force a few games ago as they claimed the scalps of Barnsley and Swindon. However they lost their last match to Bradford City and their resurgent form may have possibly come to a halt. They are 2nd bottom in the league and just two points off safety so have plenty to fight for. However if Bristol City turn up with the correct attitude and application they should win the match.
Bury v Oxford
Bury have won their last 4 matches on the spin and have kept clean sheets in their last 3. In their last two they won away at Plymouth a team who are also contending for a playoff spot and then beat Luton Town who are in 4th spot. They have elevated themselves to 5th in the league and an automatic spot is still not out of the question for the Shakers.
They take on Oxford United at home. Oxford have only picked up one win in their last 6 matches. They have been struggling in the bottom half of the table this season. They sit in 19th place and are 5points clear of the drop zone. The momentum is certainly with Bury going into this clash.
Shrewsbury v Cambridge
Top of the league Shrewsbury Town returned to winning ways last time out against Accrington Stanley. The Shrews have only lost once in 17 league matches played at home which is no mean feat. They are only top by virtue of their superior goal difference though and need to build some momentum back up for the final stretch.
Cambridge were hammered by lowly York City by 3 goals to nil in their last outing. They have a number of first team players out injured so are not in the best shape heading into this match. They have only won once in their last 10 games in all competitions.