Date: 14th August 2009 at 4:24pm
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After the Carling Cup in midweek, it’s back to league matters on Saturday.

Accrington Stanley host Lincoln after an impressive mid-week win over League One outfit Walsall which will give them a boost after their opening day defeat at Rotherham, however Lincoln will be wanting to bounce back from their defeat at home to Barnsley and after their 1-0 win over Barnet on the opening day will be tough opposition. I think if Stanley are to survive their home form will be vital and it’ll be a tough place to go; I can see this being a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, Lincoln’s opponents from last week Barnet take on Shrewsbury at Underhill, after both sides were beaten in midweek. The Bees had a disappointing result at Sincil Bank and will want to get their first win under their belts infront of their own fans, while Shrewsbury will want to build on their opening day success and show they have what it takes to make a challenge for promotion. I think Shrews will have too much and think they’ll pick up a 2-1 victory.

Fresh from opening day success Bournemouth face Rotherham at Dean Court. The Cherries will be in high spirits after an impressive 3-0 win over Bury last week and will want to add to that win at home to Rotherham, who had a very impressive 2-1 win over Derby in midweek. The Millers are expected to be challening for promotion and with the signing of Adam Le Fondre will be a good test for Bournemouth who could be this season’s dark horses. I can see both teams cancelling eachother out and I can see this one ending in a draw.

Two teams with very differing fortunes meet at Valley Parade as Bradford face Port Vale, fresh from a stunning 2-1 win at Brammal Lane in midweek. Bradford, on the other hand were on the recieving end of two sound beatings in Nottingham as County hit five past them, before Forest dumped them out of the cup. The pressure will be on McCall to get a result infront of a big expectant crowd on Saturday and I can see the players responding; Bradford 2-0 Port Vale.

League Two new boys Burton Albion face Morecambe at the Pirrelli Stadium, desperate to get their first points of the season. They’ve recieved a baptism of fire so far, with a 3-1 defeat at Shrewsbury on Saturday before a 5-1 humbling at the hands of Reading in the League Cup. Morecambe, on the other hand, held Hereford to a draw on Saturday before being thrashed at Preston on Tuesday. It’ll be a close game, but for Burton’s first home game in the League I can see a home win; 2-1.

Two more teams who had disappointing opening games meet at Saltergate as Chesterfield face Northampton. The Spirites were beaten 2-0 by new-boys Torquay on Saturday, while Northampton had a disappointing start to life in League Two with a 0-0 draw at home to Macclesfield. Both sides are also out of the cup and the pressure will be on for them to get a result. I expect Chesterfield to do the business in the first home game of their last year at Saltergate, Chesterfield 1-0 Northampton.

Dagenham & Redbridge welcome Torquay to Victoria Road on Saturday, after both sides got off to good starts last week. Dagenham come into this game fresh from an impressive 2-1 win at Crewe, while Torquay marked their return to League Two with a 2-0 win at home to Chesterfield. Both sides made early exits from the Carling Cup but will want to continue their good starts. I think Dagenham’s home form will be key to them having another good season and expect them to record a victory here; 3-1 home win.

Two more sides who were beaten in mid-week meet at the Darlington Arena as Darlington take on Bury. After coming out of administration 7 days ago, a new look Darlo suffered defeat at the hands of Aldershot, but gave an improved performance in the cup as they were narrowly beaten by Leeds. After missing out on automatic promotion by one goal, and losing in the play offs on penalties, expectations are high at Gigg Lane. After having the best home record in the division last term, they were soundly beaten 3-0 by AFC Bournemouth last Saturday in one of the shock results of the opening weekend. They also suffered disappointment on Tuesday as they were dumped out of the cup 2-0 by West Brom. I think Bury will get their act together and record a victory over a Darlington side still waiting to gel; Darlo 1-2 Bury.

Following a dissapointing opening game, Crewe travel to Grimsby hoping to put Saturday’s defeat behind them. Grimsby were also beaten on Saturday, going down 2-1 at Whaddon Road. Today, the Crewe chairman stated that he wants promotion and the pressure is really on for the players to perform. Grimsby will also want an improvment on last year’s effort, where there were only saved by other teams having points deducted. I can see an away win here; 1-0 to Crewe.

There’s a local derby at Edgar Street as Hereford take on Cheltenham, after both clubs suffered relegation last time out. Hereford’s season began with a frustrating 2-2 draw at Morecambe, but recorded an impressive win over Charlton in the Carling Cup on Tuesday evening. Cheltenham made a winning start, coming from behind to beat Grimsby, but suffered a 2-1 defeat against Southend during the week. Hereford did a double over The Robins last season and I can see their good run against them continuing; Hereford 2-0 Cheltenham.

Macclesfield face Notts County at Moss Rose, after they were beaten 2-0 at home by Leicester on Tuesday evening. However, a spirited 0-0 draw away at Northampton was a good start for Macc, but they may have their work cut out against title favourites County. With the much publicised appointment of Sven-Göran Eriksson as director of football, they began the League Two campaign with an emphatic 5-0 win over Bradford City at Meadow Lane. They were bought down to earth in mid-week with a 1-0 defeat by Championship side Doncaster, but I can see them bouncing back with a victory here; Macclesfield 0-3 Notts County.

Last but not least, Rochdale take on Aldershot Town at Spotland. After missing out in the play offs for the second year in a row last time out, expectation is high at Rochdale this year as they bid to get out of the fourth tier for the first time since 1974. Following a 1-1 draw at Port Vale last week, they were soundly beaten 3-0 by Sheffield Wednesday in the Carling Cup. Aldershot got off to a good start with a 3-1 home success against Darlington, but also suffered defeat in the week as they lost 2-1 away at Bristol Rovers. Last season Rochdale enjoyed two comfortable victories against The Shots and despite the loss of Adam Le Fondre, I can see Dale recording a win to please the home fans; Rochdale 2-0 Aldershot.