Saturday Select #24

The return of the FA Cup for the 5th round means that no Premier League matches feature in this week’s edition of Saturday Select which is sticking to League fixtures. Seven games are under the spotlight this week as we take a look at some of the best football league fixtures to bet on. Check out who makes the cut for our football betting hitlist.

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Bournemouth v Huddersfield

It seems that everyone is waiting for little Bournemouth to slip up and fall off the pace at the top of the Championship but Eddie Howe has done a fantastic job down on the south coast. They are second in the league and one point behind league leaders Middlesbrough. Consistency has been the key; the Cherries have only lost once in their last five league games.

They welcome Huddersfield to the Goldsands Stadium. The Terriers have been battling it out in the lower half of the division but don’t look in danger of relegation as it stands. Unlike Bournemouth they seem to lack consistency. A 4-1 drubbing on their home turf against Wolves last time out suggests they will find this next fixture tough although they are quite an unpredictable side.

Chesterfield v Leyton Orient

Chesterfield sit in 7th spot in the table and have a good chance to snatch a playoff spot this season. It will be interesting to see if Chesterfield can maintain their progress without the services of striker and top goalscorer Eoin Doyle who departed for Cardiff City in the January transfer window. They will want to bounce back from a defeat against Preston last time out and have a great chance to do so at home to Leyton Orient.

Leyton Orient hit rock bottom of League One after a 1-0 home defeat against Notts County last time out and lie six points from safety. They are rock bottom of the form guide with four defeats in their last five games and 1 win in their last 6 on the road. Since the club was sold to Francesco Becchetti they have been in decline and this looks a hard fixture for them.

Gillingham v MK Dons

This is a very dangerous game for the Dons or anyone backing them as Gillingham have been in good form of late. The Gills are unbeaten in their last 6 matches have won 4 of those 6 including wins against strong outfits Oldham and Sheffield United.

However, having said that I would expect a response from MK Dons who will be hurting after suffering a defeat to Bradford City last time out. They are in third spot in the table but the consistency of Swindon and Bristol City ahead of them mean that they cannot afford to let a defeat turn into a blip in form as a gap could open up and all but end Karl Robinsons hopes of an automatic promotion. They have only lost 3 out of 14 away games this season.

Walsall v Port Vale

Walsall are unbeaten in their last 5 games in all competitions and have won their last two matches on the bounce. They have shot up the league like a rocket to 10th spot and are now just 3 points off 5th placed Oldham Athletic. Their squad should have a real spring in their step after languishing near the bottom for most of the season they could have an outside chance at a playoff spot.

Port Vale meanwhile are winless in their last 4 matches having lost 3 of them to slip to 16 position in the standings. Their poor form is in stark contrast to the excellent form they showed in the latter stages of 2014.

Shrewsbury v Wimbledon

Shrewsbury took over at the top of the League Two table after beating Carlisle United last time out. They have notched up 4 wins in their last 5 matches. Their home record is impeccable. They are unbeaten at the New Meadow and have won 12 of 15 matches played there. No team will be relishing a trip to Shrewsbury.

Wimbledon are in a decent spell of form though. They are unbeaten in their last 4 games and picked up a useful point last time out away at then top of the table Burton Albion. It will be a very hard task for them to come away with anything from this encounter but their recent form and the fact that no team stands out as superior in this division means that it could be a tight game.

Southend v Accrington

Southend are Perennial play-off contenders but’s the Shrimpers recent run of results has given them hope of pushing on for an automatic promotion spot. They sit in 4th place currently just 2 points off third placed Wycombe Wanderers. They have not lost in their last 10 matches and have won 4 of their last 5 so will have their tails up in pursuit of an automatic spot.

Accrington ended a run of 5 consecutive losses by beating Oxford last time out. However Oxford were a side in very poor form themselves. Southend away is a much harder proposition. Accrington have one of the worst away records in the league having lost 10 out of 15 on the road.

Burton v Oxford

Burton have been fine form. They have not lost in their last 11 games and under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink the Brewers are second in the league table only on goal difference as they sit level on 58 points with leaders Shrewsbury Town. They have only lost 2 games in 15 at the Pirelli Stadium.

Oxford United have only won 1 game in their last 7 and lost 1-0 away to Accrington Stanley in their last outing which doesn’t bode well for their trip to Burton. It’s hard to find any logic that would back up an Oxford victory.

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