Brighton went behind twice in midweek, but eventually secured promotion with a slender 4-3 home success against Dagenham and Redbridge, prompting jubilant scenes at the Withdean Stadium. The League One title will inevitably follow for the Seagulls but with Championship football already secured, Gus Poyet’s men could be vulnerable as they head to Walsall.
The Saddlers gave their survival hopes a shot in the arm on Tuesday as they edged past Brentford and as Tranmere host Dagenham this weekend, another victory for Dean Smith’s troops could see them climb out of the bottom four. They’ll sense that this is the perfect opportunity to face Brighton, whose hangover may mean their guard is down a touch and on that basis, Walsall have to be backed at 11/4 with Betfred to chalk up a crucial victory at the Bescot Stadium.
MK Dons have lost just once in their last ten and that defeat was a forgivable one at second-placed Southampton, where they led 2-0 until Saints mounted a comeback. Karl Robinson’s men head to Swindon in decent shape then and they look overpriced at 15/8 with to see off the rock bottom Robins.
Admittedly the hosts ended their lengthy winless streak with a narrow success at Brentford last weekend but that doesn’t mean they’ve turned the corner and indeed they haven’t won at home since 4th December, so it’s hard to make a case for them in this one. Nevertheless, that triumph will give them heart and they are scrapping for their lives so it’s worth taking out a little bit of insurance by backing Dons in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market at 11/10 ().
Rochdale are now in sixth after an impressive 2-0 triumph against Southampton on Tuesday and Keith Hill’s in-form side should tighten their grip on a play-off place by getting the better of Brentford. The Bees have lost to two of the division’s strugglers in the space of a week, so there seems little reason to believe they can get anything against a top six hopeful. Take a ‘Dale victory at 5/6 with Totesport.