Harry’s Picks: Week Six7 min read
No worries at Wembley
No Premier or Championship action this weekend with Euro 2020 qualifying taking place. England host Bulgaria at Wembley looking to make it three consecutive victories in Group A.
The Three Lions are big favourites to win the section and beat Bulgaria who have started their campaign with two draws. England beat the Czech Republic 5-0 in their opener before winning 5-1 away in Montenegro and it’s no surprise only France are shorter than them to lift the European Championship crown next summer.
The Bulgarians only managed a 1-1 draw with Montenegro in Sofia, easily explaining why England are so short Saturday evening, and with a near fully fit squad to pick from, manager Gareth Southgate can unleash his big guns expecting another goal fest. We can confidently expect England to run out comfortable winners and continue on their merry way to the finals.
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Cov adapting well at St Andrews
Coventry are currently ground sharing with Birmingham City at St Andrews but despite this inconvenience are riding high in League One after a promising start to their season. The Sky Blues are unbeaten in their opening nine league matches and with six wins find themselves in fourth place, just two points behind leaders Ipswich.
They would have been disappointed to concede in injury time at Oxford last week, having to share the spoils from a 3-3 thriller, which prevented them hitting the summit. Matthew Godden was an eye-catching summer signing from rivals Peterborough and he has bagged twice, playing an influential role leading the line.
They face a tough test against another surprise package in Blackpool, who are starting to finally see an upturn in fortunes with fans flocking back to Bloomfield Road. The Tangerines are a place above City with an almost identical playing record. A useful 1-1 draw with Portsmouth maintained their unbeaten start but they have arguably had an easier set of fixtures and a trip to the Midlands represents a rise in class.
Coventry are a sleeping giant and with success at this level could really start to see the return of the huge crowds that once followed the club. A win here can help them stay involved in the promotion race.
Can the Imps pass a tough away test?
Lincoln City, who find themselves in second and after lifting the League Two title last season, have certainly used that momentum to continue their winning ways. Manager Danny Cowley is becoming much sought after and has overseen two promotions since taking over at Sincil Bank.
The Imps have seen rising crowds on the back of success and playing attractive football are on the crest of a wave that doesn’t appear to be stopping. They travel south to Wycombe in confident form, albeit the hosts are in fifth place having been expected to be nearer the bottom than the top of League One at the start.
However, I remain unconvinced the Chairboys can continue this form, and City can maintain their automatic promotion position with victory at Adams Park.
Argyle to continue home form
Plymouth suffered relegation last season but are intent on making a quick return with the appointment of former Bury gaffer Ryan Lowe exciting Pilgrim fans in the summer.
Work continues upgrading their stadium and the club have always been well supported despite never managing to move out of the lower reaches of the football League.
The Green army sit handily in sixth place, despite suffering two defeats, and will look to bounce back from a disappointing 3-1 away loss at Northampton last weekend when they host Oldham in Devon.
The visitors find themselves in the bottom three and, with just a solitary victory, look beatable. Plymouth will expect to keep the pressure on the leaders and I will be surprised if they fail on this occasion.
Robins could rock the orient
Swindon are hoping for a promotion push after a couple of seasons without really mounting an assault and sitting in fifth are handily placed after the early rounds.
Striker Eoin Doyle has come in on loan from Bradford and made an immediate impression with five goals and the Robins have high hopes he can lead them to the next level.
They readily accounted for Morecambe 3-1 at the Country ground last time out and now face an intriguing clash with last season’s National League champions Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.
The ‘O’s had to cope with the tragic news of manager Justin Edinburgh passing away in the summer but have opened encouraging and sit mid table. They sold star forward Macauley Boone to Charlton and realistically are looking to stabilise in their first season back in the football league.
They may need longer to adjust, however, and Town have the look of a side that will be hard to beat this season. With attacking options and a resolute defence, they can confirm why they rate as one of the sections’ title contenders.
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