CARLISLE UNITED - COLCHESTER UNITED
I have to give the visitors a chance at big looking odds this afternoon. They still have an outside chance of promotion, but to get involved would probably have to win all of their five remaining games, however, with the first four of those coming against teams with nothing really to play for, it is far from a totally lost cause. They will also be buoyed by a win over Rochdale last time out, who were unbeaten in six ( five wins) before that and have since beaten classy Southampton to bounce staright back, so the form lines are solid.
Home boss Greg Abbott was talking yesterday about naming an unchanged team, previously he had stated that he would blood some youngsters in the remaining games, whatever he decides neither will be ideal in my opinion, the youth players will lack experience and the regulars are surely going to feel the strain sooner or later. The Blues played road games in the South on March 1,5,12,25,29 April 3,9 and 12th, that is just scheduling madness ! They have not played a home game in a month and the surroundinga might seem almost as alien to the home team as the visitors. Either way, Colchester have the greater motivation and arrive looking for the win and far fresher, having just played three games in the last 24 days.
Colchester United to win 3.30.... a little 3.45 on the exchanges.