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Walsall, Yeovil and Bristol Rovers Tipped To End Season on a High

Friday 26th April 2013

Having reached the 'nitty-gritty' stage of the football season, there is a plethora of teams fighting it out for promotion and coveted play-off spots, whilst down at the other end of the four divisions, many sides are looking to avoid relegation with 'make-or-break' time looming. As such, it looks extremely difficult to try and find those all-important victories this week but in doing so, attention is turned to League One and Two where it's the final weekend and three away wins can provide a winning conclusion to the 2012/2013 campaign, where a successful treble returns 19/1 with Bet Victor.

Crewe Alexandra v Walsall - Away Win @ Evens

A draw at home to Bury last weekend has seen Walsall's aspirations of making the League One playoffs extinguished but they can return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon against a Crewe Alexandra side who have nothing to play for as they sit comfortably in mid-table.

Crewe's manager, Steve Davis, has already indicated that he will field a starting XI made up of home-grown players from Alex's academy and even though there are several who currently play in the team that have made it through the ranks they could well field a couple of debutants and Walsall, who are unbeaten in 15, can take full advantage.

Bury v Yeovil Town - Away Win @ 29/20

Gary Johnson's Yeovil Town side may be safely housed in the League One playoffs with no chance of making the automatic promotion places but the Glovers will be hoping to head into the League One 'promotion lottery' on the back of a win and they should be able to overpower a Bury side who have already been relegated to League Two and have been poor all season.

Four wins in their last five games has seen Yeovil cement their place in the top six and Johnson will be eager for his blossoming team to continue that winning mentality against Bury who will be eager to draw a line under a torrid season.

Torquay United v Bristol Rovers - Away Win @ 16/5

Torquay United are still one of seven teams that can be mathematically relegated from League Two on Saturday and they will face a stiff task to get the better of a resurgent Bristol Rovers side who have been superb in the last few months under the stewardship of John Ward and the West Country clash could fall in the way of the visiting Pirates.

Nerves will be jangling at Plainmoor, so the players may struggle to deal with the pressure cooker atmosphere and it may leave the door open for Rovers who have been the form side since Christmas propelling off the foot of the table to 13th place and are certainly a team to watch next season and look good value to finish on a high note.

Whilst Torquay are fighting for survival, the biggest game in the bottom two divisions this weekend comes at Griffin Park, where it's a "winner takes all" encounter between Brentford and Doncaster Rovers, with a prize of a place in the Championship at stake. Doncaster currently sit second in League One, occupying an automatic promotion place. Brentford are two points back in third and as irony would have it, they clash in the final game of the season. A win or draw for the visitors would see Brian Flynn's side bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking whilst nothing less than a win is good enough for Uwe Rosler's side but they have the advantage of playing at home. It couldn't be set up any better!

The race for the third and final automatic promotion place in League Two is between Rotherham and Cheltenham with the Millers holding a two point advantage and a home game against bottom side Aldershot, who need to win and hope results go for them to survive. Cheltenham meanwhile host Bradford City in what could be a dress rehearsal for next week's play off semi final with the Bantams sure of a chance at promotion via a potential second trip to Wembley this season. 

Mick Bates

Mick is a passionate fan of Coventry City and has watched from the sidelines (and had the privilege of seeing the inner workings during an exciting two years in corporate sales there) to see the once mighty Sky Blues fall from the Premier League, then fail to sparkle in the Championship, relegated from League One and wind up in League Two before winning the most important fixture in football competitions - The Checkatrade Trophy final followed by a heart-stopping promotion back to League One.

As well as supporting the Sky Blues, Mick appreciates all levels of football and loves a good book to keep himself entertained as well as a few hours on FIFA or Football Manager as time allows.

He also keeps an eye on all the major English leagues and regularly enjoys a flutter looking for that elusive treble! 


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