Best Good Friday picks from Sky Bet Leagues One & Two plus National League

Good Friday sees several leagues in action in first of a Easter double over the weekend and early next week. 

With Middlesbrough and Derby games being the stand out Sky Bet Championship matches, we turn our attention down to leagues One, Two and the National League for the best picks from one of footballing’s most traditional days at pivotal stage of season. 

 

League One: Rotherham United vs Peterborough United 

Evans.jpg
Dent, Joe, theposh.com

This match looks like it could well be pivotal in the play off race as both sides seek promotion back to Championship. 

Rotherham are currently eight points clear in fourth but the Posh need victory as they seek to break free from a four team chasing back just behind them for the last play off spot.

Recent history favours Peterborough who have won three of their last five league meetings against the Millers.  

When it comes to the New York Stadium however, they have won just once with two defeats and draws apiece from last five trips. 

Peterborough boss, Steve Evans left Rotherham in 2015 but lost his two games against them when in charge of Leeds during 2015-16 season. 

On that note, I can see a home win here because odds are stacked against the Posh sadly, who will probably be overhauled by Plymouth Argyle and Charlton if both win their matches.

Prediction: Rotherham United 2-0 Peterborough United

Result: Rotherham United 1-0 Peterborough United
League Two: Notts County vs Wycombe Wanderers

Fourth placed Notts County need a win here as they welcome their promotion rivals, Wycombe Wanderers to Meadow Lane. 

Having gone on a great FA Cup run, the Magpies have dropped the ball lately and now find themselves four points behind third placed Wycombe. 

The Chairboys haven’t lost away from Adams Park so far this year in seven away games, so will be tough to beat here.

Notts County meanwhile are unbeaten at home in their previous four since losing two consecutive home matches at end of January. 

Across the last five games, both teams’ best scorers have scored twice in Terry Hawridge and Adebayo Akinfenwa respectively. 

Both sides also have a similar amount of different goal scorers in that period, with County leading the way with six to Wycombe’s five. 

Head to head wise, Notts County have lost just one of last five meetings with that defeat coming here last season.

In fact they have only won one of last five home games against the Chairboys, all the way back in 2008. 

Since then, they have drawn and lost two so this could well be a competitive game. 

Prediction wise, its easy to go for a 1-1 but I fancy Wycombe to want to maintain their away form and nick it late on.

Prediction: Notts County 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers 

Result: Notts County 0-0 Wyxombe Wanderers

 

National League: Dover Athletic vs Tranmere Rovers

Seventh placed Dover Athletic welcome third placed Tranmere Rovers to the Crabble Athletic Ground for a pivotal showdown. 

With a shake up to the format, Tranmere now occupy the last pass for the play offs which would see them automatically seeded in the semi finals without playing in first  play off round. 

Incidentally just three points and three steps separate these teams, making this a key match for both. 

The head to head records shows two wins and a draw apiece, further adding to the tension surrounding this game. 

Dover have six goals with four different goal scorers plus an own goal so far this month from five matches.

Tranmere meanwhile boost seven goals between James Norwood (3) and Andy Cook (4) plus Ritchie Sutton, who added one to make eight goals altogether from three games so far this month. 

Realistically given what’s at stake, a draw would probably please both fans but with Tranmere having played less this month, I fancy them to win here.

Prediction: Dover Athletic 1-2 Tranmere Rovers

Result: Dover Athletic P-P Tranmere Rovers


 

1 Trackback / Pingback

  1. Easter Monday EFL – Sport Grill

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.