Written by Sam Bayda
With game week 7 drawing closer and closer I will be taking a look at 3 games to watch out for this weekend. While the start of the season is always unpredictable and you can never tell how your team is going to do, at this point you might start to get a little taste of how the season is going to go for the team you support.
In League One there is no surprise that Bolton Wanderers are top the table with 14 points, closely followed by Bradford City on 12 points with those two teams being in the top 3 favourites to be promoted this season along with Millwall who sit in 4th on 11 points.
At the other end of the table Rochdale are bottom with 2 points, with an under achieving Coventry City sitting in 23rd place just below Bristol Rovers. In league One, four teams get relegated which means Southend United are the 4th team to claim the relegation spot.
With all 24 teams playing on Saturday, here are the matches that look to be the most interesting:
Bolton Wanderers VS Milton Keynes Dons:
Last season this was a Championship fixture so it will bring about a higher league feel to the match, especially with it being staged at the Macron.
Bolton haven’t been messing around at the start of the season and have got the business done in the early stages of the league winning 4 and drawing 2. Last week they played Southend United and conceded in the first 5 minutes but from then on they dominated but only managed to draw 1-1. The other draw came against the other former Championship side Charlton Athletic and it was a last minute goal from Ademola Lookman (Charlton) which meant the points were shared the at The Valley.
Milton Keynes Dons are currently sitting in 14th place having faced some strong teams in Millwall, Bradford and Peterborough. Last week they played newly promoted Northampton Town in which they lost 3-2 and former Dons player Alex Revell got himself on the scoresheet. The Dons only have one recognised striker in Nicky Maynard and he has yet to get on the scoresheet this season, but once he does supporters feel that they will play with a lot more confidence.
My Prediction: Bolton Win
Fleetwood Town vs Charlton Athletic:
Fleetwood finished just above the relegation spots in last years league One so for them to be in 3rd place already is a great boost to the squads confidence and having confidence in the lower leagues is very important. Charlton got relegated last year and have 10 points so far losing just one match.
The match will be played at Fleetwood’s ground Highbury Stadium and out of a possible 9 points they have picked up 7 so it proves that they are a hard team to beat at home. Their recent match vs Coventry City was a great result and they came out with a 2-0 win. David Ball has had a great start to the season scoring 3 goals and assisting 2.
Charlton Athletic have a very strong squad in my opinion with a very strong front line including a very talented player named Nicky Ajose who has scored 2 goals and assisted 1. A lot of unrest has come upon the fans due to the owners and the fans ‘want their club back.’
My prediction: Draw
Gillingham VS Bradford City
Both of these teams have strong squads and are matched up well against each other. Both expected to finish high up the table with the talent shown on the pitch. Gillingham are currently in 8th place but have the same amount of points as 5th place team Scunthorpe United. Bradford are flying high at 2nd in the table and have great away form in their opening matches.
Gillingham have been strong in all departments on the pitch but have recently had to bring in a loan signing in goal because Nelson has fumbled a few shots and therefore been dropped. They also made a very good singing in Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who is one of the strongest players in the league and when fit, belongs in a higher league. They also have Bradley Dack, player of the year last year. In their most recent game they lost 2-1 at home to a strong Sheffield United squad.
Bradford City are always expected to do well in this league and are always up their as favourites to get promotion. This year they look more consistent and have made some great loan signings which include Haris Vuckic (Newcastle) and Josh Cullen (West Ham) who returns for his second season on loan at Valley Parade.
My prediction: Bradford City Win
What matches catch your eye this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!