Seagulls to soar in the north

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: April 16 2014, 14:51 BST

Craig Chisnall previews Friday's action in the Sky Bet Football League and fancies Brighton to win at Huddersfield.

Brighton look a great price to win again on their travels
Brighton look a great price to win again on their travels

Brighton look to be timing their run into the top six at the perfect time and look great value to continue it at Huddersfield on Good Friday.

The Seagulls have won their last two, including a 4-1 thumping of already-promoted Leicester in their last away game, to join the clutch of clubs in the hunt for the final two places in the play-offs.

Boss Oscar Garcia has done a fine job this term after picking up the pieces from the disastrous end to last season.

A play-off defeat to arch rivals Crystal Palace was followed by the messy departure of Gus Poyet and his staff with Garcia a surprise choice by many to take on the Amex role.

But with little fuss he's kept Albion on track, even overcoming the loss of star man Liam Bridcutt to Sunderland in January.

They don't concede many - just 17 on the road, the best record in the division - and seem to have solved their problems at the other end recently.

Seven goals in their last two games point to that and they also have record-signing Craig Mackail-Smith back after 13 months on the sidelines.

Town on the other hand have been woeful of late, losing six in a nine-match winless run. The latest of those was at Derby 3-1 in which defenders Peter Clarke and Joel Lynch both saw red.

They will now miss this clash and Brighton look primed to take advantage at 23/20 with BetVictor and Sky Bet.

In League 1, Colchester's crucial win at Stevenage last weekend will surely give them great heart ahead of their clash with Oldham.

The U's desperately needed that three points as a four-game losing run had dragged them dangerously close to the bottom four.

They are still far from safe but a win in this one, and against a fellow struggler, would put them within touching distance of avoiding the drop.

Boss Joe Dunne will surely be targeting this game as another crucial one and will need the likes of former West Ham youngster Freddie Sears to step up again. Sears scored twice in the win at Boro and his form could prove the difference this weekend.

The Latics are a place and a point better off after a recent improvement that has seen them go five unbeaten but they aren't great travellers.

Both clubs have struggled for goals this term so it's hardly likely to be a goal fest but I'm going with United to nick it. They are a very healthy 9/4 with bet365 to do that.

Another big price are Northampton in their vital clash with fellow League 2 strugglers Wycombe at Adams Park.

The Cobblers have hauled in the pack above them in recent weeks with just two defeats in ten, crucially winning their last two matches against Accrington and high-flying Burton and are a very attractive 2/1 to add a third on Friday.

They are now only in the bottom two on goal difference with Wanderers just a place above but the home team are fading fast.

While Town's squad is now packed with experience, most of it brought in by boss Chris Wilder since he was appointed at the end of January, Wycombe's lack of older heads could well prove costly.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth revealed after their latest defeat at Newport last weekend that they looked nervous - that's not what you want to hear at this stage of the season, particularly in such a precarious position.

They have lost five of their last eight matches and having eight matches in a hectic March could well have taken its toll. Go with the Cobblers to add to their gloom.