Donny set for more delight

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: April 3 2014, 18:28 BST

Doncaster get the vote from our expert Craig Chisnall to beat Birmingham City this weekend in the Sky Bet Championship.

Doncaster can continue their climb away from danger
Doncaster can continue their climb away from danger

Doncaster look to be timing their push for safety to perfection - and I'm going with them to take another huge stride towards safety with victory over fellow strugglers Birmingham.

After their 5-0 thumping at Bournemouth on March 1, Rovers looked doomed but anyone who wrote them off has been made to look daft.

Boss Paul Dickov, a surprise choice to many when he got the nod in the summer, always maintained their performances had been better than results were suggesting.

And they have been in inspired form in recent weeks with four wins from six to put eight points between themselves and the bottom four.

Their only defeat in that time was at high-flying Burnley and they've conceded just four goals in the run that has seen them take 13 points from the last 18 available.

Donny's run of form is in stark contrast to that of Birmingham's, who they have now jumped above in the table.

City have won just one of their last seven to slip to 20th and are in deep trouble with the likes of Charlton and Barnsley showing signs of improvement.

Donny are the price to get on here at 29/20 with BetVictor.

For me there's no way Sam Baldock should be a League One player and after a rotten run of injuries in recent years he's back in top form.

When the 25-year-old was at MK Dons he was one of the hottest properties outside the top flight and that helped him earn a move to West Ham.

But injuries and a lack of opportunities ruined his year-long stay at Upton Park before a £1m move to Bristol City at the start of last season.

He struggled to justify that price tag last term as the Robins were relegated but this season he's back to his best.

He's been key to the Robins much-improved form under Steve Cotterill and his 20 league goals, 22 in all, have helped City climb away from danger.

He's 2/1 to score at anytime this weekend against Preston and I will be investing, as I did at the start of the season when I tipped him up at a whopping 18/1 to be the division's top scorer.

He's currently one behind Coventry's Callum Wilson so let's hope his form holds up this weekend and in the run in.

Portsmouth's decision to axe Richie Barker last week worked a treat immediately with a win at Newport and I'm going with them to follow it at home to Hartlepool.

Pompey were plummeting towards the Conference, inconceivable when you think they won the FA Cup in 2008, before the crucial 2-1 success in South Wales last Saturday.

So the decision to hand club legend Andy Awford the reins already looks a masterstroke, uniting their passionate support that never really took to Barker.

Barker's rein lasted just 20 games and saw just four wins following the sacking of Guy Whittingham in November but Pompey's fans now have renewed hope they won't be playing in the fifth tier next term.

They are far from safe but with a packed Fratton Park and the confidence of that win last weekend I'm backing to earn a massive three points against Pools, who have lost the last three.

The home win is available at 13/8 with BetVictor and I will be investing.


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