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1pt Southend to beat Leicester in League one, 11/5 B365 or 21/10 Blue Square (Best price Betfair) (Saturday 18th April 3pm ko)

Southend are one of the most in form teams in the country at the moment with four wins from their last five and twelve wins from their last sixteen. This fantastic run has taken them to within touching distance of the play offs. A win against Leicester tomorrow and other results going their way, could see the Shrimpers just two points from a playoff spot by tea time. They had a poor spell mid way through the season but this was the result of a crippling injury list. They have a strong squad to choose from now and have benefited from a couple of useful loan signings. Dorian Dervite has come in from Tottenham and struck up a strong partnership with Peter Clarke at the back. Their first thirteen games together resulted in ten wins and seven clean sheets. At the other end of the pitch, Theo Robinson has had a big impact since arriving on loan from Watford, scoring seven times. With Francis Laurent, Lee Barnard and Dougie Freedman also fighting for places, manager Steve Tilson has a wealth of options in attack.

Leicester can achieve promotion tomorrow with just a draw but they have been far from convincing in recent weeks. They picked up six points over Easter but laboured away at bottom club Hereford and needed a 90th minute winner to beat Leeds. Before that, Leicester had one just two of their last eight failing to beat other promotion hopefuls MK Dons, Peterborough and Tranmere along the way. There is every chance that the weight of expectation could be getting to them.

Southend boss Steve Tilson was in confident mood before the game and keen to spoil the party:

“There is nothing worse than watching another side celebrate on your own patch and hopefully that won’t happen”.
Southend have beaten promotion challengers Peterborough and Scunthorpe during their charge to the play offs, and look a value price at over 2/1 to repeat the trick in front of a bumper home crowd. Failure to take all three points could all but end their play off dream.
Minimum price to take – 9/5
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1pt Lincoln to beat Grimsby in League two, 6/4 B365, Skybet and Tote (Saturday 7th March 3pm ko)

Lincoln’s 3-0 victory away at Dagenham in mid week was their seventh away win of the season, only leaders Brentford have a better record on the road. They have lost just once in nine matches and can still make the play offs if they continue their impressive form. Boss Peter Jackson today added Crewe’s Northern Ireland international midfielder Michael O’Connor to his squad after he joined on a month’s loan. O’Connor is a promising young player who has played over thirty games for Crewe in league one this season. He has scored five goals from midfield including one at Anfield in the Carling cup. Not many people imagined he would stay at Crewe for long, but few would have imagined his next club would be in league two, as he was tipped to play at a higher level. The reason for his loan to Lincoln was a breach of club discipline at Crewe which caused him to fall out of favour with his Icelandic manager. He is a fantastic acquisition for any club at this level as long as they can keep him out of trouble off the field.

O’Connor will go straight into tomorrow’s squad and will improve what was an already decent side. He will recognise former team mate Anthony Elding who is also on loan from Crewe until the end of the season, and Elding has a very good scoring record at this level. Lincoln also have plenty of experience in the side as Frank Sinclair and Geoff Horsfield have both played in the Premiership. Talented winger Danny N’Guessan has been attracting a host of scouts to watch him play and there were apparently seventeen at Lincoln’s last home game. With the current squad, I do not think that the play offs are beyond Lincoln.

Grimsby’s defeat to Brentford on Tuesday was their fifth in a row and resulted in the Mariners dropping into the relegation places. It has been an awful season for Grimsby who have won just four of thirty four games and lost nineteen. Scoring goals has been a big problem and they are averaging less than a goal a game. They have scored the fewest goals in league two and their top scorer has just five. They go into tomorrow’s game against Lincoln missing two important midfield players in Chris Llewellyn who is suspended, and more importantly, Dean Sinclair, who has returned to Charlton with an injury. The signing of Sinclair on loan from the Championship was a real coup for Grimsby and his departure is a big blow.     Lincoln are the form side who will have confidence in their ability to win again on the road. They have better players and a good manager. They also have much more of a goal threat than Grimsby and should be able to outscore their local rivals.
Minimum price to take – 6/5
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1pt Hull to beat Sheffield United in the FA cup, 15/8 William Hill or 9/5 Ladbrokes, PaddyPower and Centrebet (Saturday 14th February 3pm ko)
I don’t usually like to get too involved with betting on cup competitions but after looking at this fixture, I had a long list of reasons to back Hull. Firstly, Hull should go into this match with confidence and morale high, whereas the opposite will be true for their Yorkshire rivals. After a great start to the season, Hull hit a poor run of form and began to slide down the table. However, this slide seems to have been stopped and they have now lost just one of their last four. Last weekend’s draw at Stamford Bridge will have been a big boost to confidence and the players were rewarded with a week’s training in the warmth of Dubai. This trip should have further boosted morale and boss Phil Brown will hope for a positive response. Brown did the same thing this time last year and was rewarded with a six game unbeaten run that helped them kick on and achieve promotion. Training in the sunshine has also had other benefits as it has accelerated the recovery of Jimmy Bullard, Anthony Gardner and Nick Barmby from injury, all three are expected to be involved on Saturday.
Hull lost at Bramall lane last April which robbed them of a chance of automatic promotion and forced them to endure the torture of the play offs.  Brown spoke of revenge in a pre match interview:
“We are now away from home against a Championship team that stuck a little spanner in the works last year”.

“We are still smarting from that one because they weren’t too nice to us in defeat, shall we say”.

“There was no love lost after the game. They may have been gloating a wee bit because they knocked one of the wheels off our trolley”,

“We have got a score to settle and hopefully we will do that”.

I was surprised to see Premiership Hull available at such a big price and part of the reason is possibly Brown’s tendency to rotate his squad in cup competitions. However, I do not think this will be too big a factor in this case at all. There are not many superstars at Hull and many of the players in the squad are of a similar standard. Therefore, making changes to the line up does not affect them too much, especially as those coming into the side will be eager to impress. Brown rotated the squad against Newcastle in the last round and managed to knock the Geordies out on their own turf. I am only expecting one or two changes anyway, especially considering this is a Yorkshire derby and that Brown has been talking of settling scores.
Sheffield United are a side with just one win from four in the Championship and that was an injury time winner against whipping boys Southampton. Last weekend’s derby defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday was the first time in ninety five years that Wednesday had completed the double over them. It has not gone down well and boss Kevin Blackwell is a man under pressure:
“I would say without question it’s been the hardest week since I’ve come back. It’s the lowest point of my career since I’ve been here”.
“So much good has been undone by one game. People have been dwelling on the Sheffield Wednesday game, like I have done. I had nothing to eat for three or four days”.
“I just apologise to the fans. It was something we didn’t set out to do and it hurts greatly. I couldn’t speak to anybody for four or five days. This is the first time I’ve spoken to the press because it’s taken me that long to get over it. It hurts badly.”
It was the second home game United had lost in a row and to make it worse, they were both local derbies. Upon closer inspection of Sheffield United’s results this season, a clear pattern emerges. The Blades do not seem to be able to compete against stronger opposition and have performed terribly in nearly every big game this season. As well as losing two big local derbies at home to Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster, United have also managed just one win in seven games against top six sides. They are fifth in the league only as a result of beating bottom half opposition on a regular basis.
Most clubs would be quite happy to be sitting fifth in the league but United fans are not keen on Blackwell or his long ball style of football. He expressed disappointment this week that the fans have not been more supportive. I think it is starting to affect the players too and especially at home where they are under pressure to perform. United have picked up more points away from home this season and they have now won just two of their last eight home games. Both of these victories were against bottom half opposition. Yet another example of Sheffield United performing poorly in big games was their Carling cup exit to Arsenal. Arsene Wenger virtually fielded a youth team but that did not stop the Blades being ripped to pieces in a 6-0 humiliation.
Along with the several negatives I have mentioned above, Sheffield United are further hindered by selection problems ahead of this cup tie. Star striker James Beattie was sold in the January transfer window and his replacements, Jamie Ward and Arturo Lupoli, are both cup tied. Fellow forward Darius Henderson is suspended leaving Blackwell with limited options in attack. Defender Leigh Bromby is also cup tied whilst Captain Chris Morgan, Gary Speed, Ugo Ehiogu and Derek Geary are all injured.
With several positives for Hull and even more negatives for Sheffield United, I think Phil Brown’s men rate a very good bet to progress to the next round.
Minimum price to take – 13/8
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