London Soccer Shorts…

Friday, April 2

Sky Bet Championship

Millwall v Rotherham United – The Den

Millwall will be looking for back-to-back league victories when struggling Rotherham United visit The Den on Good Friday.

The Lions currently occupy tenth place in the table, ten points off the play-off places. Nevertheless, following a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough last time out, emphasis will be on finishing the campaign with a flourish.

Queens Park Rangers v Coventry City – Loftus Road

One defeat in five has lifted the R’s away from the bottom end of the table. They will be looking to follow-up a remarkable win over Millwall and a draw with Reading when struggling Coventry City visit Loftus Road.

Watford v Sheffield Wednesday – Vicarage Road

Watford will be hoping for a sixth straight victory to enhance further their chances of an immediate return to the Premier League.

The Hornets are currently in second place, six points clear of Swansea City.

Visitors, Sheffield Wednesday find themselves embroiled in a desperate relegation scrap and are currently six points from safety despite a win and a draw in their last two matches against Yorkshire rivals, Barnsley and Huddersfield.

Sky Bet League One

Doncaster Rovers v Charlton Athletic – The Keepmoat Stadium

Charlton are five without defeat but must start turning draws into wins if they are to sneak into the play-off places.

The Addicks have drawn three of their last five, leaving them two points shy of the top six. They face a Doncaster side, themselves slipping off the pace following a five-match winless run.

Plymouth Argyle v AFC Wimbledon – Home Park

Wimbledon are unbeaten in four and could take another step towards survival with a win over Plymouth at Home Park.

The Dons had drawn three before seeing off fellow strugglers, Northampton Town last time out. Host’s Argyle has won one of their last five.

Sky Bet League Two

Mansfield Town v Leyton Orient – One-Call Stadium

The Jobi McAnuff revolution has seen the O’s win three on the bounce, rekindling their hopes of a play-off place.

The East Londoners won on the road at Newport and Carlisle before seeing off Oldham in E10, extending their unbeaten sequence to five.

Nigel Clough’s Mansfield still requires points to ensure their EFL place. They are without a win in five but have drawn each of their last four. 

Saturday, April 3

Premier League

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion – Stamford Bridge

Chelsea should have too much for relegation-haunted Albion when the pair goes head-to-head at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues remain unbeaten in all competitions since Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January.

West Brom arrives in the capital ten points from safety and looking odds on for a swift return to the Championship.

Arsenal v Liverpool – The Emirates Stadium

Arsenal are unbeaten in four and might fancy extending that sequence against a Liverpool side that has slipped from grace this season.

The Gunners clawed back a three-goal deficit to earn a share of the spoils at West Ham last time out. Visitors, Liverpool sit four points above them in seventh place having struggled to maintain last seasons title-winning form.

Sky Bet Championship

Huddersfield Town v Brentford – John Smith’s Stadium

Brentford needs to rediscover some consistency, and quickly if they are to stand any chance of grabbing an automatic promotion place.

For so long, the Bees looked set to make the step into the Premier League. However, they currently occupy fourth place, seven points off the top two. A frustrating 1-1 draw with struggling Nottingham Forest last time out highlighting the West Londoners recent inability to kill matches off. 

Sunday, April 4

Premier League

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur – St James Park

Tottenham head to struggling Newcastle looking for a fifth Premier League win in six in a bid to close the gap on the top four.

The Lilywhites recovered from a disappointing derby defeat to Arsenal, coupled with a shock Europa League exit by seeing off Aston Villa by two unanswered goals last time out.

Aston Villa v Fulham – Villa Park

One win in five has left Fulham two points adrift of Newcastle in their bid to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

Scott Parker’s side might fancy their chances of rectifying that situation a little against a Villa team without a win in four.

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Brian Jeeves

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