More misery likely for lightweight Latics
The race for Sky Bet League One playoff berths looks wide open and Peterborough can ramp up the pressure on the top six by defeating second-bottom Oldham at Boundary Park.
Victory for Posh would send them seventh – as high as they have been this year – and take them to within a point of sixth-placed Rochdale.
Peterborough have a reputation as a free-scoring team with a tendency to concede too easily but their defending has improved and they were rock-solid in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Swindon, denying their Wiltshire hosts any shots on target.
The performance was a vast improvement on the 5-1 loss at Bury in Peterborough’s previous match and sets them up nicely for the trip to Greater Manchester.
Another Peterborough clean sheet looks likely as Oldham are the lowest scorers in the top four divisions – netting 13 goals in 26 games.
The Latics had their transfer embargo lifted last week and immediately set about increasing their attacking options by signing Michael Ngoo and Aaron Amadi-Holloway from Bromley and Fleetwood.
Both made low-key debuts in Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 loss at Shrewsbury and will probably need a few more games before getting their fitness levels up to scratch.
Oldham may have to do some more last-ditch January shopping to give themselves a good chance of survival but they look a poor side and are likely to suffer a sixth defeat in eight games.
Fifth-placed Reading are six points above Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship table but are 23-10 outsiders to win tonight’s match at the Madejski.
At first glance it looks a huge price but punters should be wary of opposing the visitors, who have lost just two of their last 13.
Reading must make at least one change with left-back Jordan Obita suspended, while Fulham are without the service of Floyd Ayite and Neeskens Kebano, who are awat at the Africa Cup of Nations.
In tonight’s other second-tier match, title-chasing Brighton are 9-13 to displace Newcastle at the summit with a home win over Cardiff.
However, the Seagulls will be without suspended top-scorer Glenn Murray, who was sent off during Friday’s 2-1 victory at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
Brighton and Newcastle are no bigger than 8-5 and 4-7 to win the division and bet365 are betting without the top two.
The market looks like being a Yorkshire tussle with Leeds the 11-4 favourites and Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield priced up at 7-2 and 4-1.
Tuesday’s League One clash between Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon is off as the frozen Priestfield Stadium pitch has been deemed unplayable.
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