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Three games Premier League and Championship fans should catch over the Easter Weekend.

Wednesday 23rd March 2016
With an international break scheduled for the Easter weekend it is the perfect opportunity for Premier League and Championship fans to take in some lower league action.

A handful of games have been picked for live television coverage but with football being played on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday there are plenty of matches to choose from.

We look at three of the best options.

Accrington Stanley v Leyton Orient – 3pm, Friday 25th March.

Accrington Stanley often struggle to attract big crowds due to their location in between Blackburn and Burnley, but for just £15 you can catch their clash against fellow playoff contenders Leyton Orient.  Stanley have surprised everyone this season and go into the final nine games just one point outside the automatic spots, despite having one of the smallest average attendances and smallest budgets in the league.  Only the top two Oxford and Northampton have scored more goals than Stanley this season and with just three clean sheets since the start of November there are always goals in their games.

Leyton Orient have improved under player/manager Kevin Nolan and are yet to lose away from home in his two months in charge. The push for the final two playoff places is tight but Orients fate is in their own hands and they travel to Lancashire on the back of successive wins at Oxford and at home to Morecambe.

Bradford City v Millwall – 3pm, Saturday 26th March.

For those in and around Yorkshire on Saturday a trip to ex-Premier League ground Valley Parade for Bradford v Millwall is a much better option than traipsing around the shops. Bradford currently sit in seventh just outside the playoffs on goal difference and behind Yorkshire rivals Barnsley. They have struggled to put together a run of consistent results this season, with victories at home to leaders Burton and Doncaster marred by a loss to bottom side Colchester. Scoring goals has been their problem with only four teams scoring less than them all season. Millwall on the other hand haven't found scoring a problem and are four points ahead of Bradford in fifth place. Victory at Bradford would further strengthen their grip on a playoff place and their away form is impressive, losing just one of their last nine away from the Den.

The Lions will still believe they can break into the automatic spots despite the six point gap, but with one of the largest crowds in the league behind Bradford it won't be an easy game.

AFC Wimbledon v Portsmouth – 12.45pm, Monday 28th March.

An option for Southern based fans on Easter Monday see's Portsmouth travel to AFC Wimbledon looking to find some form and avoid dropping out of the playoff spots. There were under 200 tickets left for the televised game at the start of the week with the away end already sold out so you'd need to pick up tickets quick. Pompey have looked playoff certainties all season but defeat at home to Newport followed by a draw at Mansfield on Saturday have left them just three points clear of Wycombe in eighth. Despite sitting just five points behind Bristol Rovers in the automatic spots manager Paul Cook has dismissed their chances of breaking into the top three, and they'll be hoping to pick up three points against Notts County before the trip to South West London on Easter Monday. AFC meanwhile won for the first time in five games at home to York last Saturday and a good result at Hartlepool on Friday and against Pompey would put them in a good position with seven games left.

They have games against the three teams directly above them left before the end of the season and the Wombles will be hoping to finish in the top seven come May.

 
Matthew Storey
Luton Town season ticket holder and Portsmouth journalism student. Mostly interested in the lower leagues, follow me on twitter @storeymatt

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