As not all sides have reached the scheduled 40 games, an amputated mid-week round is upon is to level out the differences.
Tuesday 1st April 19:45
Coventry City – Bradford City
Both sides have been unable to find some consistent form recently and find themselves neck-and-neck on the middle of the League One table. Only one goal separate the Sky Blues and the Bantams, as they’re level on 48 points. The home side spent the weekend grinding out a 2-1 victory against Crewe Alexandra away, thanks to a Callum Wilson brace. This was Wilson’s 21st and 22nd league goal of the season, making him the club’s top goalscorer by an eight-goal margin. On the other hand, Bradford managed to get away with all three points from the Matchroom stadium, as Aaron McClean’s 27-minute opener against Leyton Orient was enough to silence the home crowd. John Fleck, who has appeared in 37 of Coventry’s 39 games, is suspended after picking up his tenth booking of the season against Stevenage the previous weekend. The guests reportedly have all their players available.
Port Vale – Crawley Town
Vale Park is the venue of a showdown between two clubs that don’t have too much to play for. The Vale have a slight chance of snatching the final play-off spot on Peterborough’s behalf, but that would require some miracle-esque scenes as they’ve only won one of their last five games, and that win even came against a Tranmere side on the brink of relegation. At the weekend they saw Stevenage level out Tom Pope’s opener and subsequently picked up their sixth draw of the season. Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal is (still) ruled out for the rest of the season, after suffering an ankle ligament injury against Tranmere on the 22nd March.
John Gregory’s Crawley Town are escaping the drop zone by some distance, currently measured to six points with four games in hand. However, the Red Devils have lost three games on the trot and better rediscover their form to avoid mixing into the relegation battle. Then the club’s top goalscorer and Bournemouth loanee, Matt Tubbs, better put his scoring boots back on, as he only has managed to find the back of the net once in his past five games. That’s a dark contrast to the five games prior, when he scored six times, including a brace against Walsall. Another issue for the reds is their lack of sorting out their defending lines, as they only have got one away clean sheet on their cards all season. The defender Kyle McFadzean, who has started 32 league games this season, is ruled out through suspension.
Stevenage – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton have won twelve and drawn one of their past fourteen games, and will probably keep on marching towards the Sky Bet Championship in this fixture against the rock bottom side in the league. Stevenage haven’t won a game in five attempts, mind three are draws, and managed a nice comeback to 1-1 against Port Vale at the weekend. Graham Westley has seen his side concede 26 goals at home this term. That is one more goal than Wolves have conceded in total all season! Additionally, The Boro are missing their midfielder Michael Doughty through suspension. The 21-year-old has played 2281 minutes this campaign, sixth most in Stevenage’s squad, and scored one goal in the process.
Wednesday 2nd April 19:45
Peterborough United – Colchester United
The Posh’ manager Darren Ferguson stated that he hoped for a league form boost after his side won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Sunday, and we don’t have to wait for long to see whether Peterborough actually get the wanted spark. This game is probably an opportunity better than most, as the guests have been in poor away form, with a record of W3 D8 L8 on the road. Additionally, the U’s have only won one of their last six games, with their most recent result being a 2-0 loss against table neighbours Notts County. The Posh have struggled to find consistency recently as well, but ten wins in 18 home games make an okay record at London Road. Both Peterborough’s Michael Bostwick and Colchester United’s Craig Eastmond are one caution away from a suspension.