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Blackpool v Cheltenham: full-backs key

Gary Bowyer’s smart tactics helped Blackpool on their way to a 1-0 Easter Monday win at Doncaster. After Matty Blair was sent off for the hosts, he resisted assistant Richie Kyle’s suggestion of going from three to four at the back. Instead, he split the three centre-backs and replaced holding midfielder Jack Payne with the… Read more →

Port Vale v Bolton: the struggle for goals

Of the 12 League One games this weekend, only four can mathematically affect the division both teams will be in next season. One of those four sees relegation strugglers Port Vale take on promotion-chasing Bolton Wanderers. They meet with neither side in the best of form, particularly in goalscoring terms, 2nd place Bolton netting just… Read more →

Grimsby v Crawley: the summer ahead

Unless an extra space is randomly added on to the League Two play-off and relegation places, the Towns of Grimsby and Crawley are set for low key finales to their respective campaigns. To make the play-offs, Grimsby need from their final nine games around 21 points. That tally is almost double their total from the previous nine,… Read more →

Blackburn v Preston: rejuvenated Lilywhites

These teams met at Deepdale last season, when Blackburn won 2-1 in Paul Lambert’s first game in charge. A Jordan Rhodes strike and an own goal from Jordan Pickford – who was otherwise outstanding for North End that year – set up a solid if uninspiring second half of the season. This year, Tony Mowbray has had a similarly stabilizing impact… Read more →