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A League 2 blog with an overwhelmingly pro-Torquay United bias

League 2 predictions: 15 Jan 2011

Rather than the work I was supposed to be doing this evening, I thought it’d be much more fun to speculate on the outcome of this weekend’s League 2 matches:

Barnet v Shrewsbury
Lowly Barnet have scored in their last 9 games whereas Shrewsbury are winless in 4. Normally I’d back the Shrews to take all 3 points, but their dire recent form coupled with the return of Paul Fairclough to Barnet is making me think draw. Prediction: 1-1

Bury v Aldershot
Another side in danger of dropping out of the playoff zone, Bury don’t score many at home and haven’t won there in their last 3 attempts. Aldershot have been better on the road this season and should be bouyed by the arrival of new manager Dean Holdsworth, so again I’m going for a score draw. Prediction: 1-1

Cheltenham v Accrington
The Robins will be looking to push into the playoffs and Accrington have managed just a solitary away win this season. Should be a reasonably comfortable home win. Prediction: 2-0

Chesterfield v Stevenage
The high-flying Spireites have scored in every home league game this season and are sitting pretty at the top of the table. Stevenage are performing respectably but I can’t see them overcoming the league leaders here. Prediction: 3-1

Crewe v Port Vale
Free-scoring Crewe’s impressive run was halted by Torquay in midweek, but the division’s entertainers still look good value for a playoff place and may even sneak into the automatic promotion slots. Fellow high-fliers Port Vale are still adjusting after Micky Adams’ departure and that may cost them here, although I expect a close contest. Prediction: 2-1

Gillingham v Northampton
The Gills’ fine recent form saw Andy Hessenthaler pick up the December manager of the month award – they’ve won 6 of their last 7 league games although their home matches don’t produce a lot of goals. Northampton have found it tricky to win on the road so a low-scoring home victory seems likely. Prediction: 1-0

Hereford v Stockport
I was impressed with Hereford on New Year’s Day and while they still haven’t won a home game in the league this season they’ve scored in their last 7 attempts. They’ve progressed two rounds in the FA Cup this week, dispatching fellow League 2 sides away from home in both matches, so I have a feeling that they’re ready to turn the corner. They couldn’t have a much easier test than woeful Stockport, who lost 5-0 at Edgeley Park when these sides met earlier in the season (one of five times they’ve conceded five goals), and shipping two late goals in midweek will have dented their confidence further. Prediction: 3-1

Lincoln v Wycombe
The Imps have lost three on the spin, but their position in the drop zone is mostly due to having played 4 less games than Barnet. However Wycombe have been in decent form lately and although I don’t think they’ll be able to hang onto 3rd place this season, it’s hard to look beyond them here. Prediction: 1-2

Morecambe v Torquay
Morecambe have registered goals in each of their last 9 games and will be anxious to prove that their 3-1 defeat at Plainmoor was purely down to their early red card. My beloved Torquay also have goals in them and have played some truly fantastic passing football this season, but sometimes seem to lack the self-belief to close games out and may be wearied from the long journey. A point each would be fair. Prediction: 2-2

Oxford v Bradford
Both these teams suffered dismal starts to the season but have since recovered to adjacent positions in mid-table with respectable if unpredictable records of late. Many Bantams fans were rightly expecting their side to be challenging for promotion this season and were probably wishing that Peter Taylor would find the lure of Newcastle too good to turn down, whereas newly-promoted Oxford will be delighted if they are still in situ come May. A really tough one to call but I’ll back the Yellows to edge it. Prediction: 1-0

Rotherham v Southend
The Millers are on an 8-match unbeaten streak and have lost just once at home, but Southend have found the net in their last 9 games and have won their last two away from home. However, Rotherham will be lifted by their midweek comeback and look too strong for the Shrimpers. Prediction: 3-1

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