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Another Fun Weekend In Store?

By Bikersharks
As we are reaching the business end of the season, it is a time of no excuses but to perform for all teams in all divisions so that they can either sustain promotion push's or negotiate relegation escapes! With a full list of fixtures from the Premier League to League 2, your weekend preview comes from here first, with me Peter Taylor. 
Who needs the weekend anyway? After a week which has seen Chelsea and Manchester United progress their way to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and join Tottenham in the draw on Friday, an angry Sir Alex Ferguson receive a five-match touchline ban and Jens Lehmann return from lets be frank (An Old people's home) to Arsenal, what more could you want?
Stamford BridgeOk so on to Saturday, and the early kick off takes place at White Hart Lane where The Spurs take on The Bubbles (forever blowing they are). A local derby which hopefully will be full of fun loving goalmouth action! Tottenham feeling buoyed from their European progression, will take the three points here, and I think many will expect this. Elsewhere in the Prem, another feisty derby takes place in the Midlands where Wolves travel to the Park to see if they can gain any much needed puntos. Man United will expect to roll over Wanderers at home whilst the other fixtures on Saturday will be tightly contested affairs. Turning attention to Sunday, and a  big one at Stamford Bridge where Mancini takes his City to. The corresponding fixture of last year was hampered by the Terry Bridge affair. But this time around, Ancelotti to will want his team to make Dog's meat of Manchester City, despite their charge towards the Premier League summit.
In the Npower Championship, Norwich occupy 2nd place, and back to back promotions could definitely be on the agenda now. A city feeling excited that Holt and the boys might make it happen. But come 3pm on Saturday, they'll need to be at their best to take points away at Hull. QPR travel to unpredictable Doncaster Rovers side who you would say have had a bog standard season, if Taarabt and the boys get going though, there's only one winner in the North there. Hopefully, Leicester will make a late charge for the play-offs, there are plenty of teams who feel they can be the Blackpool of last year, I'm just hoping it can be the foxes under the guidance of the ever sophisticated Sven Goran Eriksson. At the bottom of the league, I think its a case of too little too late for Preston despite the appointment of Phil Brown and an upturn in results.

League 1. Well it never fells to entertain you does it? Peterborough, just two words sum up these guys, GOAL MACHINE! I mean any team who scores 86 goals in 36 games. Very much a Blackpool of league 1, Darren Ferguson, taking his second spell as manager, will want to guide his side to the Auto's. At this moment of time, I feel that they could outscore anyone, and even though they travel to MK Dons which is to be a tricky tie on Monday night, I just think they'll have too much quality for them to deal with. Dagenham and Redbridge play Charlton in which should be another fiery derby to take place in London. Looking at the form book I can't look past a home win but then you can never know? Or can you (I live in hope being a Charlton fan)? The front runners Brighton come up against Oldham whilst Southampton entertain Wednesday in which should be a compelling game on the South Coast.
Let's not forget League 2. Chesterfield continue to set the pace whilst Stockport and Barnet leave much to be desired. Bradford take on Northampton in a mid-table fixture which suggests a dull and boring tie, however, sometimes these games can surprise you and I suspect this one will be a cracker. Bury will want to cement their place in the automatic places when Cheltenham come to town. Whilst Burton Albion will be after some much needed points at home against Gillingham.
Lets hope its a great weekend for all, and an entertaining one at that. I'll be having my fingers crossed that Charlton and Leicester both pick up valuable wins for both their causes in The Championship and League One.

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