Ollie's predictions: Crewe to beat 'unacceptable' Sheffield United
Last Updated: 25/03/16 9:59pm
Ian Holloway previews a busy Football League fixture list and provides his selections for the £250,000 Super 6 jackpot, with it being a Sky Bet League 1 special on Good Friday.
Swindon v Wigan, Friday, Sky Sports 1, 5:30
Wigan will have eyes on Burton Albion at the top but the County Ground is a tough place to go and win. The crowd there can make it really intimidating, but Wigan have the experience to deal with the occasion. They're flying. To go 17 games unbeaten is sensational at any level.
Peterborough v Coventry, Friday, Sky Sports 1, 7:45
Coventry are certainly doing things the hard way this season. They looked set for the play-offs but have won just one of their last six games. This is another tough fixture and I'm not sure Coventry have the ability win ugly, especially without their best player in Adam Armstrong, who is missing because he's on international duty. This time of the season unfairly handicaps teams with international players. Peterborough score plenty of goals at home, they should have enough to see off Cov.
Barnsley v Scunthorpe, Friday 3:00 - (Super 6 fixture)
Barnsley's charge towards the play-offs in 2016 has been phenomenal. Everyone involved needs to give themselves a huge pat on the back. They've won 12 of their last 15 games! That'll do for me. Home win.
Blackpool v Bury, Friday 3:00 - (Super 6 fixture)
I've got everything crossed for the Pool. This is a massive game. It's scary to think that five years ago to the day we were preparing to take on Manchester United in the Premier League. Football is like a fast flowing river - you're standing on a bridge admiring the view and whoosh, a few seconds later, you're whisked away by the tide. You've got to enjoy the good times while you can. We had some sensational days in the sun and I hope it starts to shine on them once again soon. I just hope the supporters stick with the team.
Colchester v Doncaster, Friday 3:00 - (Super 6 fixture)
I felt for Colchester last weekend. They were 1-0 up with 89 minutes played against Walsall and ended up losing 2-1 - that just sums up their season. Doncaster are struggling themselves but they've just signed Gary McSheffrey, who could make the difference in the run-in. He's a big-game player. I tried to sign him at Blackpool but he was out of our price range - I could barely afford his left big toe! He can make the difference.
Rochdale v Southend, Friday 3:00 - (Super 6 fixture)
The last thing these two needed was to face each other. It's a nightmare playing a team in your same scenario - both these teams are on the cusp of the play-offs and need to start winning. It's a must-not lose for both, which usually means the smart play is to back the draw.
Sheffield United v Crewe, Friday 3:00 - (Super 6 fixture)
This season has been unacceptable for a club like Sheffield United. The natives weren't happy when I went up there on the 10 in 10 bus - it seems not much has changed either. It's a huge club and the fans deserve better. Some of those players need to sort their lives out. When you wear that wonderful striped shirt, you are supposed to give everything.
The fans will be desperate for a win this weekend to keep their play-off hopes alive but Crewe probably have more to play for. They are fighting for their lives and I can see a shock here.
Ollie's Super 6 predictions
|Super 6 game||Ollie's tip|
|Barnsley v Scunthorpe||2-0|
|Blackpool v Bury||1-0|
|Colchester v Doncaster||1-2|
|Rochdale v Southend||1-1|
|Sheffield United v Crewe||0-1|
|Shrewsbury v Port Vale||1-0|
Shrewsbury v Port Vale, Friday 3:00 - (Super 6 fixture)
Robert Page is doing a magnificent job at Port Vale - it's not an easy gig there. He's done brilliantly on such a small budget. However, Shrewsbury are unbeaten in eight games and have pulled clear of the relegation zone. I had Sullay Kaikai at Crystal Palace and he's really pushed for Micky Mellon. He's not the prettiest player with the ball at his feet but he's very explosive and is a nightmare for defenders. He can get the winning goal.
Bristol Rovers v Cambridge, Friday 3:00
GO ON THE GAS! Automatic promotion, here we come! I fancy Bristol Rovers strongly this weekend. The place is rocking after four straight wins. We are cooking on full gas. Although I'm a bit of a jinx - everytime I predict a win, they lose.
OLLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (Sky Bet odds 6/1)
Burton Albion v Oldham Athletic, Saturday, Sky Sports 1, 12:30
I'm looking forward to watching Burton Albion on Saturday. It looks like a banker home win, but there can be funny results at this time of the season and teams can slip up - unless your name is Northampton. Burton are a great side too, but you don't always get what you want. Oldham's players will raise their games in front of the cameras.
OLLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds 5/1)