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Craig Chisnall previews this weekend's action in the npower Championship and League One.

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David Flitcroft: His Barnsley side can beat Charlton

David Flitcroft: His Barnsley side can beat Charlton

The three managers that take their teams to the Premier League will be rightly lauded at the end of the season - but if David Flitcroft completes the job of hauling Barnsley to safety he would surely take the Championship manager of the season award.

Flitcroft has done an incredible job since replacing great mate Keith Hill in the Oakwell hotseat at the turn of the year when the Oakwell outfit were dead and buried in the drop zone.

But after eight wins from the last 16 Championship games they have a great chance of beating the drop and the last-gasp draw at Cardiff in midweek is a sign of the never-say-die attitude they have developed in recent months.

A win over Charlton, who still aren't safe despite having 54 points - a fact that sums up the crazy nature of this season's second tier, would move them to within two points of the Addicks. Such has been their form I'd take the Tykes at 13/10 with Coral.

Bolton are also enjoying a meteoric 2013 so far and look one of the bets of the weekend away at doomed Bristol City.

Dougie Freedman always believed his side would make a challenge for the top six despite a perilous position as recently as February - and his players are proving him right.

Seven wins in their last nine has moved them to within two points of the play-offs and they will fancy their chances of cranking up the pressure still further at Ashton Gate.

The Robins are eight points adrift of safety and appear to have given up the ghost of staying up by picking up a solitary point from the last 12 available.

Bolton should have too much quality and at 29/20 with William Hill I'd back them to send City a step closer to League One.

Sheffield Wednesday could hardly have timed their best run of the season better by winning three of their last four but could do with one more victory to dispel any lingering fears of an immediate return to the third tier.

Tuesday's last-gasp win at Millwall will send them to Yorkshire rivals Leeds, who are now a point and three places worse off in the table, in great shape.

With the Whites seemingly in limbo off the pitch without a manager following Neil Warnock's departure they could yet get sucked into trouble.

They've lost their last four and that makes the 85/40 on the Owls too good to ignore.

In League One Bournemouth are finishing the season like a train so William Hill's decision to offer them at better than evens on the road at Shrewsbury looks risky on their part.

Eddie Howe's side have won their last six with star striker Brett Pitman scoring in each of those wins and they are just two points behind leaders Doncaster, who I believe they will topple in the run in.

In those six wins they've conceded just twice while scoring plenty at the other end and I just can't see the Shrews stopping them.

William Hill's price of 21/20 means I will be investing in the away win.

For my long shot in League One look no further than Stevenage toppling high-flying Yeovil at Broadhall Way.

Graham Westley has wasted no time in stamping his mark all over Boro since returning for a third spell in charge with four points from six and two clean sheets in the process.

The Stevenage boss will have had ambitions of being in the Glovers lofty position when he started the season at Preston North End.

That of course didn't work but he'd love nothing more than ending the season unbeaten and they look juicy at 21/10 with Ladbrokes and William Hill to come out on top in this clash.


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