Football League Gameweek 8 Previews and Predictions

Championship:

Hull City vs Sheffield United

What I think will happen:

Both teams are poor sides at the moment. I’m leaning towards Hull though just because they played well at home to Bournemouth and Sheffield United are making a lot of defensive errors at the moment.

Hull 1-0 Sheffield United

Barnsley vs Blackburn Rovers

What I think will happen:

This looks a strong 1-1 candidate. Barnsley are struggling to win games at the moment and Blackburn would likely be happy with a point.

Barnsley 1-1 Blackburn

Cardiff City vs Bournemouth

What I think will happen:

Bournemouth are a stronger team overall but were pretty abject last time they played away. If they do that again here they’ll lose. I like Cardiff to do well this season and I can see them nicking a 2-1 win.

Cardiff 2-1 Bournemouth

Derby County vs Stoke City

What I think will happen:

Derby have shown they can dig in and get a result and with Stoke not being great at the back. I can see this being a 1-1 draw.

Derby 1-1 Stoke

Fulham vs Reading

What I think will happen:

Reading have played better over the last couple of games but they’re still a poor team and I can see Fulham getting back to form here with a comfortable 3-0 win.

Fulham 3-0 Reading

Huddersfield Town vs Nottingham Forest

What I think will happen:

Huddersfield are in really solid form at the moment and with Forest having been dire all season. They should fancy themselves to get a win. I see it being a 2-0 win.

Huddersfield 2-0 Forest

Luton Town vs Swansea City

What I think will happen:

I don’t feel great about this game. I’m going to tip up Luton to win but they’re not a great price and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Swansea won this 2-0 since the Championship loves random results.

Luton 1-0 Swansea

Middlesbrough vs Blackpool

What I think will happen:

Middlesbrough will start winning again at some point and this seems like a good chance for them to get rolling. I see it being a similar game to their 2-1 win over Bristol City earlier in the season and will go with the exact same scoreline.

Middlesbrough 2-1 Blackpool

Millwall vs Coventry City

What I think will happen:

I like Coventry a lot this season but this feels like the sort of game they may lose. Away games against these sort of solid upper mid table sides can be tough and Millwall are very hard to break down. I’ll take Millwall to win 2-0.

Millwall 2-0 Coventry

Peterborough United vs Birmingham City

What I think will happen:

Birmingham are still an underrated team for me as I like them as a playoff contender but this is a tough away game. Peterborough are very solid at home and have given playoff contenders frights already. I can see this being a 2-2 sort of game.

Peterborough 2-2 Birmingham

Preston North End vs West Bromwich Albion

What I think will happen:

West Brom have gone off the boil as of late and Preston are a sneaky good side at the moment. I’m going to take the upset here as it feels like the perfect time for Preston to take on West Brom and I can see them winning 2-1.

Preston 2-1 West Brom

Queens Park Rangers vs Bristol City

What I think will happen:

I can see QPR making a mess of this again. They’re not good in games they should win and I can see them even losing here. If Bristol City can get a couple of goals then they should be able to defend well enough to win 2-1 here.

QPR 1-2 Bristol City

League One:

AFC Wimbledon vs Plymouth Argyle

What I think will happen:

These sides are pretty even at the moment. They’re both coming off big wins and I can see this being a draw since Wimbledon tend to struggle in winnable games.

Wimbledon 2-2 Plymouth

Accrington Stanley vs Wigan Athletic

What I think will happen:

Wigan weren’t great last week and I can see them struggling here. They can probably do enough to get a draw though since Accrington aren’t great going forward.

Accrington 1-1 Wigan

Bolton Wanderers vs Rotherham United

What I think will happen:

Both teams are probably a bit overrated which makes them tough to split. I’m taking Rotherham though as they are still the better team overall and are a bit more reliable defensively than Bolton.

Bolton 0-1 Rotherham

Cheltenham Town vs Oxford United

What I think will happen:

Oxford like to score first in their games and I can see them winning this one if they do that, Cheltenham aren’t much more than mid table side and this game may be the sort of game they struggle in. 

Cheltenham 0-2 Oxford

Crewe Alexandra vs Burton Albion

What I think will happen:

Crewe are a poor team and Burton have cooled off after a hot start, I can see this being 0-0 or even maybe a Crewe win.

Crewe 0-0 Burton

Doncaster Rovers vs Morecambe

What I think will happen:

This is another 0-0 candidate but I’m going to take Morecambe to get the upset. Doncaster have been poor against weaker teams and I can see them making a mess of this one as well since Morecambe are a scrappy side.

Doncaster 0-1 Morecambe

Fleetwood Town vs Sunderland

What I think will happen:

I can see both teams scoring but Sunderland can do enough to win here. Fleetwood are more vulnerable defensively and Sunderland have a lot of solid attacking players.

Fleetwood 1-2 Sunderland

Gillingham vs MK Dons

What I think will happen:

MK Dons aren’t a great away side but I still have to pick them here. Gillingham are a dreadful side and MK Dons have to be winning games like this if they want to make a promotion push.

Gillingham 0-1 MK Dons

Lincoln City vs Ipswich Town

What I think will happen:

I have a feeling Ipswich will be sacking their manager soon. The Bolton display was embarrassing and with Lincoln starting to get rolling, they have to be the pick here.

Lincoln 3-1 Ipswich

Portsmouth vs Cambridge United

What I think will happen:

Portsmouth have been disappointing as of late, but Cambridge got hammered last week and Portsmouth have at least defended ok as of late. I can see them getting a bounceback 2-0 win.

Portsmouth 2-0 Cambridge

Sheffield Wednesday vs Shrewsbury Town

What I think will happen:

Sheffield Wednesday have been dismal lately but I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt here as they were away from home for recent losses. Shrewsbury still look like relegation candidates and I can’t see them scoring here.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Shrewsbury

Wycombe Wanderers vs Charlton Athletic

What I think will happen:

Wycombe should win this. Charlton are playing like a bottom half team and Wycombe still look like strong promotion candidates. I expect a comfortable 2-0 win.

Wycombe 2-0 Charlton

League Two:

Northampton Town vs Swindon Town

What I think will happen:

I can see this being 0-0. Both teams are evenly matched and the game is likely to be cagey.

Northampton 0-0 Swindon Town

Bradford City vs Barrow

What I think will happen:

Bradford have fallen apart as of late and I can’t back them at odds on right now. I like Barrow to get a 1-1 draw here.

Bradford 1-1 Barrow

Bristol Rovers vs Leyton Orient

What I think will happen:

I like Leyton Orient to win this. They’re on a good run of form right now and Bristol Rovers aren’t a good team. Orient are unbeaten away this season and that can continue.

Bristol Rovers 0-2 Leyton Orient

Carlisle United vs Scunthorpe United

What I think will happen:

Scunthorpe have dropped off again and will probably lose this one. Carlisle are a solid team at home and though they’re inconsistent, I like them to be in the top half by the end of the season.

Carlisle 2-0 Scunthorpe

Colchester United vs Crawley Town

What I think will happen:

Crawley are a bad away side and Colchester have been stronger away than at home. This could be 0-0 but I’ll take a 1-1 draw.

Colchester 1-1 Crawley

Exeter City vs Sutton United

What I think will happen:

Exeter are clearly still underrated if they’re 5/4 here. This will be the sort of game Sutton like but Exeter should still be good enough to win this one.

Exeter 3-1 Sutton

Mansfield Town vs Rochdale

What I think will happen:

Mansfield are an absolute disaster right now and Rochdale have mastered the art of looking poor but managing to win, they have a good away record in front of goal and this feels like it could be another loss for a Mansfield side in turmoil.

Mansfield 1-2 Rochdale

Newport County vs Walsall

What I think will happen:

Walsall have found some decent home form but I still expect them to struggle away. Newport can get a 1-0 win here to bounce back to form.

Newport 1-0 Walsall

Oldham Athletic vs Hartlepool United

What I think will happen:

Hartlepool are a poor away side and Oldham are dreadful at home. Hartlepool may nick a 1-0 but 0-0 feels more likely to me.

Oldham 0-0 Hartlepool

Port Vale vs Harrogate Town

What I think will happen:

I like Port Vale here. Harrogate have been flying but I’m not fully convinced by them still and Port Vale are finding the net consistently now.

Port Vale 2-0 Harrogate

Stevenage vs Forest Green Rovers

What I think will happen:

Both teams have dropped in level as of late and I can see this being 1-1. Stevenage are a tough side to beat at home and Forest Green may not be able to do enough to get the win here.

Stevenage 1-1 Forest Green

Tranmere Rovers vs Salford City

What I think will happen:

Salford are recovering now and I like them to win here. Tranmere still look awful and I can see Salford nicking a 2-1 win.

Tranmere 1-2 Salford

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