Saturday, April 16, 2011

STANLEY ON THE RISE ............


Stanley have won eight home games in a row, a tremendous sequence of results which have seen them climb the table and lie in eigth place only outside the playoffs on goal difference, they will be hungry for the points to keep that run going and the pressure up on the teams above them in the table.

United have had a pleasing first season back in the Football League and perhaps could have been further up the table if they had strengthened their defence a little in the transfer window, instead they concentrated on upgrading their already decent strike force and they are very potent going forward. The U's have scored in 10 of 13 road games, five times notching two or more, including two at leaders Chesterfield and four at post season bound Torquay. They were coasting at 2-0 up at home to another top three side in Wycombe last week, before letting two points slip through defensive errors. They are without a key central defender today and proably know that their only chance to get a result today and keep their own slim promotion hopes alive is to score a couple of goals and that is what I suggest we bet them to do.

Stanley have tightened up considerably in recent months, but still play a wide open style here and have conceded two or more on seven occasions this season.

Constable, Cradock, Potter and MacLean will all be josting to form part of the U's usual three pronged strikeforce and each is better than your average fourth tier frontman, surely goals today and hopefully two for the visitors.

Oxford to score "over" 1.5 goals 3.0 + ........... 3.30 in a place.

Good Luck.

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