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Hatters to bounce back? Get League One tips for April 19-20

Leigh Copson 15 Apr 2019
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League One predictions for Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20. Can Luton Town make a return to winning ways and move within touching distance of promotion, and will Sunderland boost their bid to return to the Championship with an important home win? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Coventry City v Bradford City (Friday 13:00 BST)

This is a must-win match for both clubs for very different reasons. Coventry City have to win the match to keep alive their incredibly slim chances of finishing in the play-off places, while Bradford City know that a defeat or draw here will either result in relegation or leave them on the brink of plummeting down to League Two. So who will get the victory they so desperately need in this Good Friday clash? Coventry have lost only one of their last six games, but a three-match winless run between late March and early April dealt a massive blow to their bid for a top-six finish and left them in a precarious position when they visited Sunderland this past weekend. The Sky Blues needed to beat the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light and they did just that in thrilling fashion as Conor Chaplin’s late goal handed them an incredible 5-4 victory and all three points. They must now follow that up with three more points against the rock-bottom Bantams and I fully expect that to happen. Coventry are hardly free-scoring, but they are coming up against the second-worse defence in the league so we should see at least a couple of goals in this one.

Sunderland v Doncaster (Friday 17:15 BST)

Sunderland’s quest for automatic promotion back to the Championship was dealt a blow last Saturday as they fell to a 5-4 home defeat at the hands of Coventry City. The Black Cats showed their resolve as they came back from 3-1 down and 4-3 down in that one, but they conceded for a fifth time with just 12 minutes remaining and finally they were unable to respond. That loss means they go into the crucial Easter period two points behind second-place Barnsley and in desperate need of an immediate response to that loss, but it will not be easy because visitors Doncaster Rovers will arrive in good form having won four straight games to take a firm grip of the last play-off place. A couple more positive results should see Rovers into the play-offs this season, but I do not see them getting one of them at the Stadium of Light. That defeat to Coventry was actually Sunderland’s first home loss in the league this season and while their form at the Stadium of Light hardly suggests they have made their home a fortress, it does give me confidence that they can get back on track. Doncaster, meanwhile, have not been great away from home and when they visited league leaders Luton Town a few weeks back they were walloped. Rovers could grab a goal against this leaky home defence, but ultimately I expect Sunderland to claim all three points.

Accrington v Luton Town (Saturday 17:30 BST)

Luton Town’s unbeaten run was ended at 28 games by Charlton Athletic this past weekend, and although they will have been disappointed to see their sensational streak come to an end nobody at the club will be too worried by that 3-1 loss. The Hatters are still sitting pretty at the top of the table and it is only a matter of time before they are promotion, and it also highly likely that they will go into the Championship as League One champions. It has been a fantastic season for a club that just a few short years ago were languishing in non-league football and when you look at their remaining fixtures there is real opportunity for them to go up in style. Next up for them is a trip to face Accrington on Saturday. The hosts were able to halt a five-match winless run with a 2-1 victory over Walsall last time out, but they have found positive results very hard to come by over the past few months and the same cannot be said for Luton. The visitors should win this one rather comfortably.

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