Don't desert Donny

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: February 1 2014, 15:13 GMT

Craig Chisnall previews this weekend's Sky Bet Football League action and expects Doncaster to beat Middlesbrough.

Dickov and Doncaster can claim another three points
Dickov and Doncaster can claim another three points

What a couple of weeks it has been for Paul Dickov's Doncaster - and such is their fine I'm backing them to continue their upsurge in the Sky Bet Championship by seeing off Middlesbrough at a huge price.

Rovers have climbed four points clear of the drop zone by taking seven points from the last nine available.

Six of those points have come from resounding 3-0 home wins over Wigan and on Tuesday night against fellow strugglers Charlton.

Former Bolton and West Brown Abdoulaye Meite has been a great addition to their backline with their previously leaky defence conceding just one goal in the last three.

The high-profile return of striker Billy Sharp has also given the whole club a lift and they breezed past the Addicks in midweek.

There was a feeling Dickov's side had been playing better than their results had suggested before the last three so confidence must be coursing through their veins.

Boro arrive having lost at Leicester and drawn a blank at home to Wigan in midweek so get on Rovers.

In League One I'm putting my faith in Bristol City, Swindon and Wolves to come good at home to Carlisle, Oldham and Bradford respectively.

Struggling City simply have to start winning and with the quality they have in their squad they really shouldn't be anywhere near the bottom four.

That's where they find themselves after the midweek defeat to leaders Brentford but the addition of Wade Elliott in midfield will add vital experience.

They must be targeting all three points for the visit of the Cumbrians, who have won just twice on the road this season.

Swindon's home form is keeping them in touch with the play-offs - they've already won ten matches at the County Ground compared to just two on their travels.

And they are 5/6 at Sky Bet, which should be snapped up considering Oldham have won just three times away from Boundary Park, and that's the value in this trio.

Completing the treble is high-flying Wolves, who have also won ten times at Molineux this term.

After a wobble over the festive period Kenny Jackett's side are back in form with three wins on the spin while the Bantams haven't won since the end of November.

In League Two there's a couple of crunch clashes between struggling teams and I like the look of Bury to jump above Wycombe with a win at Gigg Lane in one of them.

New Shakers boss David Flitcroft has been one of the busiest managers about in January but his team have only played three times in the month thanks to the weather.

The former Barnsley manager has added eight new players since the window opened with midfielder Andrew Tutte and strikers Clive Platt and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro all arriving since Bury's 0-0 draw with Burton on January 18.

All three, along with their five other new additions, will be chomping at the bit to finally get some action and Wycombe arrive on the back of a woeful run of form.

Gareth Ainsworth's side have lost five of their last seven and Tuesday's defeat to Portsmouth dropped them to 21st, just a place above the Shakers.

I'm starting to fear the worst for the Chairboys, who have a squad full of youngsters, and I'd take Bury at 5/4 with Sky Bet to take a huge three points.

  • Posted at 1925 GMT on 29/01/2014.


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