Time for the weekly – or twice a week – update on the stories and our thoughts on the best bets for the Football League. The three divisions below the EPL that most don’t care about until May. Their loss and your gain.
IN THE NEWS
LEEDS UNITED are usually never far from the news in the Football League, this time is wasn’t for bans for the owner or 5GBP Pie Tax or sacking a player because of the number 17 or something, it was for the club attempting to lock out the Sky Sports cameras due to their complaint of too many TV Games. They have a point as the TV games usually involve moving games around and the clubs earn less at the ground, however it is unlikely the Leeds owner is doing it for the fans based on his previous behaviour.
LEYTON ORIENT president was fined by the Football League for kicking his own Assistant Manager in the arse during a recent game. Apparently it was all in good nature. Or maybe is it behaviour de rigeur for Italian owners of English Football clubs.
TORQUAY, who used to be in the Football League and are now second last in the National League, have had their Seagull mascot banned from tomorrow’s game against Forest Green. Shame nothing like a naughty mascot to liven up a football game.
BOLTON WANDERERS broke a 17 game winless streak against Blackburn with their first league win since September. Somehow after just two wins and a pile of draws they are only 4 points from safety.
MANAGERY GO ROUND
FULHAM – Salvisa Jokanovic – the man who took Watford to the EPL last year but didn’t make it to the new season.
CHESTERFIELD – Danny Wilson – an 8 game winless streak to turn around
NOTTS COUNTY – 15th in League Two – 8 points from last 6.
SWINDON TOWN – 16th in League One – 12 points from last 6.
TOTAL MANAGER CHANGES of 72 clubs since June 2015
CH – MIDDLESBROUGH v DERBY – 1st v 2nd at top of the Championship.
CH – BURNLEY v IPSWICH – 5th v 6th – Ipswich looking for 6 straight away wins since…who knows.
L1 – COLCHESTER v OLDHAM – A relegation 6 pointer already – both teams on 20 points at bottom.
L2 – YEOVIL v YORK – bottom of the FL alphabet and bottom of FL. York 2 points and 2 places better.
MIDDLESBROUGH have the best defence in the Football League with 0.52 goals per game conceded.
6 TEAMS have lost just once at home this year – HULL, BORO, DERBY, SHEF WED, CARDIFF, QPR
DERBY 8, BORO 7, LEEDS 6 have the longest unbeaten runs.
After Bolton’s midweek win, CHARLTON have the longest winless run now with 7. They do it in runs as they have a previous run of 11 winless games either side of two wins and this run.
BOLTON and PRESTON have the worst attacking record with just 0.79 goals per game.
COLCHESTER have the worst defensive record with 2.41 goals per game
PETERBOROUGH have the best attack with 2.04 per game.
WALSALL and BURTON are top of the table and unbeaten runs with 6 and 5 respectively.
COLCHESTER also racked up a record 9th straight loss taking the season record from Barnsley’s 8.
CHESTERFIELD stopped their run at 7, but are still winless in 8.
CAMBRIDGE (10th) and BRISTOL ROVERS (6th) have the best unbeaten run with 6.
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE are the only side in the Football League without a home win.
YEOVIL haven’t won in 16 games.
Yes, we actually got one midweek – proof is here. About time but $76 collect is worth the wait. Maybe. More chances below.
CHAMPIONSHIP WIN MULTI
LEEDS to beat Milton Keynes
BOLTON to beat Huddersfield
FULHAM to beat Sheffield Wednesday
PRESTON to beat Rotherham
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CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW MULTI
Cardiff v Blackburn
Middlesbrough v Derby
Charlton v Nottingham Forest
Burnley v Ipswich
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LEAGUE ONE MULTI
WALSALL to beat Rochdale
BURTON to beat Blackpool
OVER 2.5 GOALS – Sheffield Utd v Peterborough
GILLINGHAM to beat Bradford
PORT VALE to beat Swindon
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LEAGUE TWO MULTI
NORTHAMPTON to beat Barnet
BRISTOL ROVERS to beat Luton
WYCOMBE to beat Morecambe
NEWPORT to beat Hartlepool
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