In-form Forest to fire
In-form Championship and League One tipster Craig Chisnall previews this weekend's action with Nottingham Forest among his picks.
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Billy Davies' return to Nottingham Forest could hardly have started better and that's why I'm going with them on their travels for a second successive weekend - this time at Sheffield Wednesday.
The diminutive Scot has barely been back a fortnight but there's already been a huge upturn in performances to move within touching distance of the top six.
The 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield set the tone but what impressed me was the way they followed it up at Charlton last time out.
- 2pts Nottingham Forest to beat Sheffield Wednesday at 15/8 (BetVictor, BlueSq) - Forest's play-off push finally seems to be gathering pace; another win at Wednesday will have them right in the mix.
- 2pts Blackburn, Hull and Leeds win treble at 6.35/1 (BetVictor) - All three are strong at home; treble looks good value.
- 2pts Bolton to beat Barnsley at 17/10 (General) - The Trotters finally seem to be coming good under Dougie Freedman; upturn can continue.
- 2pts Sheffield United to beat Oldham at 13/10 (Coral, BetVictor) - The Blades have been flying on the road in recent weeks.
- 1pt Hartlepool to beat Doncaster at 4/1 (General) - Pools are busy mounting a stirring survival fight and won't fear a trip to the leaders.
Forest had been a bit of a soft touch at times on their travels but with Davies' organisational and motivational skills coming to the fore they made it two wins on the spin by grounding out a 2-0 victory.
It also made us a nice tidy profit if you took the 2/1 on offer and at 15/8 with BetVictor they are too good to ignore again at Hillsborough.
Leeds begin Saturday's action with an early home game against Millwall and I'd take them in a home treble with Blackburn and Hull.
All three will believe they've still got a chance of going up this season with the Tigers right in the mix for the top two.
They were left stunned last weekend by a 4-1 thumping at Bolton but that might just be the wake-up call they needed. A return to winning ways should follow against Steve Bruce's old club Birmingham.
Rovers have improved under Michael Appleton, Tuesday's 3-0 defeat at Leicester aside, and that's why they are a short odds-on price to see off Peterborough.
But it's Leeds to see off Millwall who provide the value in this with their fine home form the only reason they are still in the play-off mix.
They've already won 10 times at Elland Road and the 6/5 on offer will bump this treble up.
It's taken a lot longer than I thought but Bolton finally seem to be showing some sort of consistency at last.
Their poor early-season form cost Owen Coyle his job and Dougie Freedman's arrival had hardly been a roaring success as they slipped towards a second successive relegation battle.
But they now head to Barnsley in good heart following a season's best display against Hull last weekend, which was followed up by a workmanlike 1-0 win over rock-bottom Peterborough.
Barnsley's hammering at Bristol City last weekend ended their good run and they might just be running into Wanderers at the wrong time. I like the look of 17/10 on the away side at Oakwell.
In League One, Sheffield United's four-match winning run ended on Tuesday as they were held at home by Leyton Orient but I fancy them to get back on track at Oldham.
The Blades had stormed to top spot with four wins on the spin but were a shadow of the side that had won at fellow high-fliers Bournemouth last Saturday against the O's.
That has allowed Doncaster back into top spot but Danny Wilson's men have saved their best form for on the road this term.
Away from the expectant Bramall Lane faithful they've won nine times, including the last three and at 13/10 I wouldn't ignore them.
At the turn of the year just thinking of backing Hartlepool to win any match would have seen madness let alone at the leaders but I'm making a case for them to see off Doncaster as my big outsider of the weekend.
Manager John Hughes has galvanised Pools in recent months and they made it three wins on the trot at home to Crewe and are now just six points from safety.
They have taken 17 points from the last 21 available and will relish a trip to the Keepmoat. Rovers, much like the rest of the top six in League One, have been far from their fluent best with just one win in six and at 4/1 the visitors are worthy of consideration.