CHARLTON - NORWICH CITY
City are really up against it, to preserve their Championship status, they have to win and hope that Barnsley lose to a Plymouth Argyle side who have nothing to play for. Of course they will go for it big time and just hope that Barnsley slip up.
That will result in an open game, which will probably suit Charlton, who might like to take Norwich down with them, another "big" club in Division 1 next season, might take some of the focus off them. They have been involved in a couple of high scoring games recently winning at Southampton and sharing the spoils with high flying Birmingham and Reading, so today's visitors will hold few fears.
It is very unusual for an english side to "lay down" in these type of games, especially in front of their own fans, when money is tight and there are season tickets to be sold for next season. This is Charlton's last chance to prove to their fans that there is still life at the Valley and to advertise the product. Their season was decided before Christmas, since when the level of performance has improved and they will be keen to finish on a high.
All the pressure is on Norwich and if news comes through from Plymouth that Barnsley are leading, heads might drop. They battled hard at home to Reading on Monday, but created next to nothing by way of real chances, hosts look overpriced.
4.5 points Charlton Athletic to win 3.50 general quote.... bigger in places.
CRYSTAL PALACE- SHEFFIELD UNITED
This is a strange situation for United, they need to win and hope that Reading take a point off Birmingham, to clinch the remaining automatic promotion spot. The problem is that Birmingham need a win to clinch it themselves, or Reading could claim it with three points, if United to not win !
The danger for United is that if they go racing into a 2-3 goal lead, there will be little for Reading to play for and that might allow Birmingham to take charge. I think that we will see a cagey opening period here, with the visitors happy to keep things tight and push on after the break. Palace have not scored a first half goal in seven starts and only two in total over that sequence, United have managed only one in the opening 45 in their last five.
Conspiracy theorists will have a field day here too, with Palace boss Neil Warnock, being a lifelong United fan and former boss. anyway, regardless of any of that, the half time stalemate makes a lot of sense and is competitively priced.
5.5 points Half Time draw 2.25 + ..... up to 2.375 in places.