A full quota of midweek fixtures tonight sees our sides take on teams whom they’ll be confident of getting a result against.
But will they do just that? Chris Holt attempts to predict the outcomes.
Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday
It’s certainly not a time to be getting edgy but, that said, Sheffield Wednesday need to start putting more points on the board before their impressive start to the campaign becomes a distant memory. On Saturday against Watford, the Owls were thoroughly outplayed, but against, arguably, the best team they’ve faced this season. Brentford won’t provide a task of the same magnitude but the Bees have had a similar campaign to Wednesday so far and their home form has been impressive of late. A point might be the best the Owls get from Griffin Park.
Prediction: Brentford 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1
Rotherham v Fulham
The big games keep coming for the Millers and if they don’t have a spring in their step now, coming off the back of their victory over Leeds United on Friday, they never will. However, Fulham are now the type of team, that everyone wishes they had got out of the way early when frankly they were rubbish. There has been an improvement under the temporary stewardship of Kit Symons but the Cottagers remain suspect on the road and that could be the difference tonight.
Prediction: Rotherham United 2 Fulham 1
Sheffield United v Yeovil
A run of consistency is needed is United are to placate those doom-mongers in the stands who are panicking a little too much at this stage and they’ve a good chance of making it two wins on the bounce tonight. At the back the Blades looked much steadier aagainst Bradford than in recent weeks and that’s perhaps the impact of Paddy McCarthy, now adjusted to the division. And up front Marc McNulty staked his claim for a run up front with his third successive league goal. All signs point to a comfortable home win, but Yeovil have taken points off Peterborough and Swindon in recent weeks so they are capable of more than their form suggests. Any win would do for the Blades and another clean sheet would be a bonus.
Prediction: Sheffield United 1 Yeovil 0
MATCH PREVIEW Alcock intent on wrecking a reunion with old Yeovil pals
Barnsley v Notts County
Danny Wilson was proud of his players despite their loss to Peterborough at the weekend, especially playing with ten men for much of the second half, and he will need another battling display against visiting County tonight. The Magpies are one of the division’s surprise packages and have impressed with their neat football and entertainment value but the Reds have tightened up lately and aren’t likely to ship in five like Crawley Town did at the weekend. Devante Cole is key to Wilson’s side...if he can finish off the chances created by the likes of Conor Hourihane then the Reds have a chance, but they may settle for a point against an in-form team.
Prediction: Barnsley 1 Notts County 1
Doncaster Rovers v Leyton Orient
Rovers did what they have done for much of this season on Saturday against Fleetwood - showed that you just don’t know what they’re going to be like from one week to the next. With a small squad and a fair few inexperienced players, that’s to be expected but in keeping with the theme of being consistenly inconsistent, I’ve a feeling Rovers will be back to winning ways tonight with the recovering Curtis Main providing a boost.
Prediction: Doncaster Rovers 1 Leyton Orient 0
MATCH PREVIEW Paul Dickov asks Rovers players to go the extra yard
Colchester v Chesterfield
Not an easy one on the road for the Spireites but if they are to be genuine play off contenders - they have to be at least spoken about in that sense considering their season so far - it’s these types of games they’ll have to win and having only bagged all three points once in the last six games, any win will do. Their firepower should see them through.
Prediction: Colchester United 0 Chesterfield 2
MATCH PREVIEW Paul Cook to make changes for latest test