THE ANDY WARREN COLUMN: Predicting the play-offs
HERE’S how it’s all going to play out, trust me.
The make up of the play-offs will be decided tonight, and while I imagine Sky are going to try and ramp up the tension, I think it’s all going to end quite predictably.
The Robins will beat Lakeside by around 20 points, I’m sure of that, and that will mean the Hammers destiny is out of their own hands and their play-off hopes ultimately over.
Up in Manchester the Aces will struggle without Craig Cook despite staying with Poole throughout the early stages of the meeting up until around heat 11, and from there the Pirates will take control and win the match.
The only thing I’m not sure about, gazing into my crystal ball, is whether or not Poole pick up three or four points, but assuming Lakeside get nothing it really doesn’t matter.
Peterborough will beat Wolves at home tonight which will mean the Robins will finish second going into the play-offs, and even though they will also beat the Aces at the Showground a week today, they will have unfortunately fallen just short in their last-ditch bid to reach the last four.
Birmingham will beat King’s Lynn at home on Wednesday night to secure their place at the top of the table and will choose to face Wolverhampton in the semi-finals, leaving the Robins with a difficult clash with Poole.
Now that will be a spectacle and given how close the two meetings were when they met at the end of August, it’s going to be really hard to pick a winner if they do end up meeting.
The Robins were without Peter Kildemand at Wimborne Road as they lost 49-41 and with rider replacement picking up less than half of what Kildemand would have been expected to, I’m sure the deficit would have been much less had he been around.
I would back the Robins to win that two-legged clash and make the final and from there I would say it’s theirs to lose. Anyway, that’s for the future.
It’s great to see the Robins and loyal sponsors Pebley Beach and Excalibur are offering discounted admission for tonight’s meeting and hopefully the place will be packed to cheer on Rosco’s boys in their final outing before the real stuff begins.
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