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Blue Square Bet Premier weekend betting preview

Friday Apr 1, 2011

Blue Square Bet Premier weekend betting preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Looking at this weekend's full programme of fixtures in the Blue Square Bet Premier division


Blue Square Bet Premier weekend betting preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Looking at this weekend's full programme of fixtures in the Blue Square Bet Premier division you would be hard pressed to find more than three games with nothing riding on them. As we move into the final month of the season it promises to be an exciting run-in for both the race to be in the play-offs and the scrap to get out of relegation trouble. Without doubt the game of the day takes place at Aggborough where fifth placed Kidderminster Harriers host third placed Luton Town. Just five points separate both clubs, but that's a gap that has been in Luton's favour by as much as eleven points when the clubs reached the halfway stage of the season. Kidderminster's improved form of late has given them a real shot of extending their campaign, whilst Luton have only won six of their last fifteen league matches. That's why Luton feature at the biggest price they have been for a game this season - a record sure to be broken again on April 12th when they visit Crawley Town. The Hatters are 7/4 to get the first victory of Gary Brabin's reign, a home win is offered at 11/8 with the draw priced at 9/4.


Luton's inconsistent form has given AFC Wimbledon a real chance of clinging on to the runner-up spot in the division. The Wombles have suffered some bad luck with injuries, as they did at the end of last season, but only need a few more points to finish in the play-off zone. They are odds-on favourites at 8/15 to beat Barrow at home this weekend. The Bluebirds had a long journey to Luton in midweek and were thoroughly deserving of the point they gained from that game. Another point here would help in their quest to avoid relegation and a draw is on offer at 11/4. I wouldn't expect a hatful of goals in this match and ‘under 2.5' makes plenty of appeal at 10/11.


I don't think any club outside the top seven as this weekend begins can actually make the play-off places but Darlington will be aiming to prove that wrong as they visit champions elect Crawley Town. Darlo have only lost two of their last sixteen matches in the league and have proved hard to break down and dogged in defence. Crawley may not have this their own way and we're offering a best price of 1/2 on a home win. A win for the visitors is unlikely at 5/1 but I could fancy a draw here at 11/4.


Altrincham extended their unbeaten run to four games in the relegation clash at home to Southport in midweek, they now welcome Cambridge United to Moss Lane. The U's could easily be sucked into the relegation fight if Alty pull off a home win at odds of 6/5 here. Southport themselves host Eastbourne Borough which is a must win game for both sides. I'd have to fancy the home side at odds of 8/11 - albeit one of the shortest prices they have been all season - as you cannot fault their record at Haig Avenue.


Fleetwood Town are solid 4/7 favourites to win at home to Tamworth. The Cod Army will have one eye on results from sides just above them in the table. They are two points outside the play-off zone with a relatively easy run-in. Kidderminster and Wrexham will certainly be looking over their shoulders at Fleetwood and the side just below them in the table York City. The Minstermen blew a good opportunity at struggling Cambridge United a fortnight ago and just about made amends at home to Histon last week with a narrow 1-0 win. They are 5/4 favourites for a difficult trip to unpredictable Kettering.


Wrexham are the shortest priced favourites in the division this weekend at 2/5 to beat Hayes & Yeading United, who have slipped into the relegation zone after midweek results. Newport County were narrowly beaten by their countrymen Wrexham last Sunday but bounced back against Gateshead in midweek. They will look to finish the season on a high after a miserable start to 2011. The Exiles host Grimsby Town in a game in which the losers slim play-off hopes will be crushed. I feel a very likely draw at 12/5 will eliminate both sides from the promotion equation.


Mansfield's injury woes have reached such a level that assistant manager Paul Hall has come out of retirement to help fill the bench at former club Rushden & Diamonds this weekend. The Stags only named three substitutes at Crawley in midweek and we're taking no chances by offering a Rushden win as short as 8/5 here. A win for Forest Green Rovers at Histon will mean there is no way back for The Stutes in the relegation zone. Forest Green are 8/5 outsiders to pull off an away win in this six pointer. Bath City and Gateshead have both had fantastic seasons and their game at Twerton Park doesn't seem to have much riding on it other than pride. I'd also take a draw in this game at 12/5.



SOUTHPORT to beat Eastbourne Borough

ALTRINCHAM to beat Cambridge United

UNDER 2.5 GOALS AFC Wimbledon v Barrow

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