My Sunday Picks: Blackburn & Leyton Orient
It's close to the kick-off time for Derby v Everton - Pick Away
But I already submitted it in my six weekly picks of which five already won.
1. Tottenham v Blackburn – Away Win + ( A draw cover with AH)
Juande Ramos will be new Tottenham boss replacing Martin Jol. They can be expected to be somewhat boosted but the turmoil and the problems in the team are not yet eased and the team is vulnerable today again when hosting in-form and ambitious Blackburn.
Tottenham (1-4-5) are winless in their last five (DDDLL) while Blackburn (5-3-1) won all of their last five games of which one away at Sunderland by 2-1.
Blackburn played 9 games and currently stand with 18 points at 8 from leaders Man U who played 11. They’ll be in a very good position if they win today as two of the teams in front of them Liverpool and Arsenal meet each other in a cut throat game one hour later.
Blackburn have not won on Tottenham in last six H2H drawing four times and losing twice. But their current stats and form talk in their favour and it can be expected that Blackburn will bank on these to get that rare away win on the Spurs.
Spurs will be without defender Anthony Gardner and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas.
I believe Blackburn able to get that useful edge here. Away win
2. Doncaster – Leyton Orient – Away Win + ( A draw cover with AH)Leyton Orient (7-2-3) have not won any in last four H2H against Doncaster (4-3-5) losing twice successively followed by two draws. Their recent patchy form with four successive defeats before their last two unbeaten games can also explain their quote as underdogs today at their visit at Doncaster.
But I believe the team has improved in the last two games with one draw at very good Leeds and a win at home on Port Vale who on their part had shown some recent improvement.
Leyton Orient currently in fourth place can take back the lead in League One as they are now at only one point from new leaders Carlisle while having same number of 23 points as Tranmere and Swansea. This is big motivation and they will look forward top get that useful win today.
However, Doncaster will not be pushovers as they won five of last six home games on lower division Bradford 5-1 in the cup, 16th placed Crewe 2-0, second-bottom Cheltenham 2-0, declining 17th placed Huddersfield 2-0 and 21st Oldham 3-0. They lost the remaining one to in-form and now fifth placed Southend 2-3. These wins were on all teams in the bottom half of the tables and standing below Doncaster in the tables.
Leyton Orient will be another kettle today and have found back their good form.
Defenders Tamika Mkandawire and Adam Chambers are expected to shake off knocks in time while other defender Alton Thelwell should be fit after resting a knee problem last week, but may have to start as a substitute.
On Doncaster side Gareth Roberts is a major doubt after being forced off the game against Oldham.
Steve Roberts is back in contention after injury.
I believe Leyton Orient boosted to get the win here and are able to get it. I take the away win.
There's still some forty-five minutes before kick-off of the Derby v Everton game.
I send in my analysis for the game.
Derby v Everton - Away
(Derby might face a defensive crisis)
Everton (4-1-5) are in good form and will look forward to pick another win at their visit at second-bottom Derby (1-3-6) who count their sole win on Newcastle five games ago. From last ten Everton won five games drew one with Metalist in European Cup and lost four games at home to Man U and Liverpool and away at Newcastle and seven games ago to Aston Villa.
They’ve lost against the very good and high-flying teams, but should have good chances against poor Derby who have been winless in nine of last ten.
Derby will also face some players problems today as their central defenders Dean Leacock and Claude Davis are doubtful with injuries while Andy Todd may also miss for back and hamstring injury and their better news is on full-back Jay Mc Eveley who is hopeful.
Everton are for their part boosted by the return of Tim Cahill (absent since March) in their Premiership games after he scored on his return against Larissa in the European Cup in mid-week.
They will however miss suspended Phil Neville and Tony Hibbert while Andrew Johnson remains out for injury.
Everton are hogh scorers. In last six (WWWLLW) they scored 11-3 in the wins and 2-3 in the defeat by Newcastle and 1-2 to Liverpool.
I believe they should be able to score here against Derby’s possibly depleted defense.
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