Saturday Select #20

Saturday Select includes some choice selections that are worth considering for this Saturday’s fixtures however you are looking to bet on the games this weekend. With Premier League to Conference selections, check out which fixtures are on the hitlist.

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Swansea v Chelsea

7 wins from 9 games and 1 defeat in their last 9 is seriously good form from Mourinho’s charges. Title winning form even. They will have easier games than a trip to Swansea this season but should have enough within their ranks to earn a positive result. A 4-2 win in the first fixture will give them confidence. Their forward players will need to shine once more as they so often have this year because they look like they are susceptible to conceding when away from home.

Swansea have lost Wilfried Bony to Manchester City but they have cashed in a on a big cheque and would have been planning for life without him anyway as he is due to represent the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Swans are yet to beat Chelsea in the Premier League but will be looking to test the Blue’s defence; Chelsea have conceded 16 goals on the road compared to just 3 at the Bridge. The Welsh club will also be boosted by the returns of Sigurdsson and Montero who are both threats.

Wolves v Blackpool

Wolves are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions and have won four of their last five in the league. They have overcome their mid-season dip in form and sit just one point off sixth placed Watford now. They will miss the goals provided by Bakary Sako (7 so far), as he goes on Africa Cup Of Nations duty with Mali. However Wolves have just signed Benik Afobe on a three and half year permanent deal from Arsenal to fill the void. The 21-year old striker had previously being loaned out to MK Dons where he rattled in 19 goals in 30 games in all competitions.

Blackpool are rock bottom of the Championship on just 17pts and recently appointed boss Lee Clark hasn’t been able to work any miracles for the Seasiders.They did manage to win their last match, their first victory in six matches, but it was at home against a Millwall side that is in terrible form; the Lions had lost six of their last 8 matches in all competitions. Blackpool have not won an away game this season in twelve played.

Scunthorpe v Bristol City

Bristol City are unbeaten in, and have won five of their last six games. They have netted 10 goals in their last three games and have been the most consistent team in the division. They sit second only on goal difference to Swindon Town who are officially top. City boss Steve Cotterill’s squad selection is also boosted with the expected return of strikers Kieran Agard and Aaron Wilbraham.

A 2-0 defeat away at Chesterfield in the FA Cup ended Scunthorpe’s unbeaten run of 11 games, a run which see them go undefeated in November, December and the first two weeks of January. Despite a good run they are still sitting in 17th place just four points off the relegation zone. This is no easy assignment for Bristol City but they should have learnt their lesson about complacency when slipping up to Crewe Alexandra last month and have the better side.

Shrewsbury v Hartlepool

Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury are unbeaten at home; they have won 10 of their 12 home matches. They have played three teams that are in the top five in their last three matches but have not won against any of them (D:Luton, L:Burton, D:Wycombe). It’s vital for them to get back to winning ways as they have dropped out of the automatic promotion spots.

Hartlepool are still firmly rooted to the foot of the table and are seven points adrift of safety. They picked up a great 2-0 victory over Cheltenham Town at Victoria Park last time out but back to back wins looks unlikely for a side that are struggling so badly. Hartlepool will be taking confidence from the fact that they were the first League Two team to beat Shrewsbury this season when they won 2-0 at home back in September.

AFC Wimbledon v Carlisle

AFC Wimbledon really need to get a move on if they are to mount an assault on a playoff place. They have had mixed results of late having won 3 and lost 3 of their last 6 fixtures. If they are to mount a bid for the playoffs they will surely beat Carlisle at home this weekend.

Carlisle have lost 6 out of their last 8 matches and are hovering precariously over the drop zone. Carlisle have very bad away form. They have only won 2 and lost 9 of 12 away matches played so far this campaign.

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