Saturday Select #28

Last week we bounced back to winning ways. This week there could be a real impact on those clubs who are still left in the FA Cup with two important quarter final clashes scheduled for midweek. 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.

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Bournemouth v Blackpool

Bournemouth are gunning for promotion this season and are engaged in the fiercest of battles with their promotion rivals. They are level top of the league with 3 other teams on 66 points. Bournemouth have a great home record. They have lost only one of their last 14 home games in the Championship. The Cherries have won their last two games after going without a win in their previous five games. They will be full of confidence after winning the earlier meeting this season by 6-1 at Bloomfield Road in December. Gosling O’Kane and Kermorgant are all back available for Eddie Howe to select.

Rock bottom of the league Blackpool, have not won any of their last eight games, losing six in that period. Blackpool have not won any of their 20 away games in all competitions this season and the Goldsands doesn’t look a likely happy hunting ground. League One bound Blackpool are as good as dead and buried in the league. They are 17 points off safety.

Bolton v Millwall

Managerless Millwall are in a bad way at the moment. The Lions are 8 points from safety in the Championship. Assistant boss Neil Harris will take over the reins temporarily but an positive impact looks unlikely. Millwall have lost five of their last six games, drawing the other.

Bolton are also a club that are not in good form. They have won only one of their last 6 games. However Neil Lennon has made them very hard to beat particulary at the Reebok Stadium. Bolton have lost only one of their last 12 home games in the Championship.

Watford v Reading

Watford score goals at home. They have one of the most potent attacking lines in the division scoring exactly an average of 2 goals per game. The Hornets have won six of their last eight games and have lost just once in that same period. The points have been plentiful at Vicarage Road lately. Watford have won five of their last six games at home. They are gunning for the championship title and promotion and every win is vital from here on in.

They take on Reading who will no doubt be looking at their FA Cup quarter final match against Bradford which is on Monday so Steve Clarke may well rest key players with such a quick turnaround. They are sat comfortably in mid table this season and with no danger of relegation and no prospect of promotion they will surely be giving it everything in the cup.

Oldham v Barnsley

Oldham have lost 4 of their last 6 matches and have dropped to 15th place in the league table. They are still just 4 points off the playoff zone but at this moment in time don’t look like mounting a challenge for a top 6 finish.

Meanwhile opponents Barnsley have racked up 5 consecutive wins in the league with Lee Johnson boasting a 100% record in his very brief time in charge of the club so far. Lee Johnson is going back to his old stomping ground at Boundary Park after leaving the Latics just over two weeks ago. He may be up for a frosty reception but he will surely know the Oldham players strengths and weaknesses inside out which may give him a tactical edge.

Charlton v Blackburn

Charlton are in a great run of form at the moment. The Addicks have won 5 of their last 6 games to well and truly put an end to a baron spell where they were winless in their previous 14 in all competitions. Charlton have won their last three home games, scoring eight goals and conceding just one.

They take on a tough Blackburn side at The Valley who have lost only one of their last nine games in all competitions.However, Blackburn may well have half an eye on their FA Cup quarter final match against Liverpool in midweek. They are going to finish in a mid-table position this year so it is a great chance for them to make history in the cup.

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