It’s two from four as the post-season race hots up in the Elite League and Swindon’s rivals have question marks

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SWINDON Robins are going to make the play-offs, comfortably.

Just my opinion of course, and there’s still a long way to go for sure, but having studied the remaining fixtures and predicted the outcomes I’m certain the Robins’ season is going to be extended.

With King’s Lynn and Poole long gone and assured of their places there are four teams, Lakeside, Swindon, Eastbourne and Coventry all fighting for the two remaining places. As luck would have it, the Robins have the Eagles and Bees twice and the Hammers once between now and the end of the season, meaning it’s all in their own hands.

Lakeside and Eastbourne have combined for just one away win all season, earning only 10 points between them, which as usual will be their downfall as the majority of their remaining fixtures are on the road.

For me, Eastbourne will be as good as out the picture by this time next week once they have taken on both Swindon and Coventry twice, taking only two points off opposed to their opponents’ four according to my predictions. The loss of Lewis Blackbird, who broke his leg riding in Denmark on Wednesday, will be a huge factor too given the reserve’s stunning Elite League form.

With seven of Lakeside’s 11 remaining meetings being away from home, I predict they will earn just one more points to take them out of the running.

Their decline leaves the door open for both Swindon and Coventry to surge through and take the two remaining play-off places due to their predicted consistent form in the run-in.

It will then be up to King’s Lynn to decide where the Robins will travel for the play-offs and, be it Norfolk or Poole, it will be a real tough ask. But, as we know, anything can happen.

LAKESIDE HAMMERS

Wednesday, August 13: Poole A – Zero points

Friday, August 15: Belle Vue H – Three points

Saturday, August 16: Leicester A – One point

Monday, August 18: Belle Vue A – Zero points

Friday, August 22: Coventry A – Zero points

Saturday, August 23: Coventry H – Two points

Monday, August 25: Swindon A – Zero points

Saturday, August 30: Eastbourne A – Zero points

Friday, September 5: Poole H – Two points

TBA: King’s Lynn A – Zero points

TBA: Poole H – Three points

FINAL TOTAL: 48

FINISHING POSITION: 5th

 

SWINDON ROBINS

Monday, August 11: Eastbourne A – One point

Thursday, August 14: Eastbourne H – Three points

Monday, August 18: Coventry A – One point

Thursday, August 21: King’s Lynn H – Two points

Monday, August 25: Lakeside H – Three points

Wednesday, August 27: King’s Lynn A – Zero points

Thursday, August 28: Wolverhampton H – Three points

Saturday, September 6: Leicester A – Three points

TBA: Coventry H – Two points

TBA: Belle Vue A – Three points

FINAL TOTAL: 55

FINISHING POSITION: 4th

 

 

EASTBOURNE EAGLES

Monday, August 11: Swindon H – Two points

Thursday, August 14: Swindon A – Zero points

Friday, August 15: Coventry A – Zero points

Saturday, August 16: Coventry H – Two points

Monday, August 18: Belle Vue A – Zero points

Friday, August 22: King’s Lynn A – Zero points

Saturday, August 23: Wolverhampton H – Three points

Monday, August 25: Wolverhampton A - One point

Wednesday, August 27: Poole A – Zero points

Saturday, August 30: Lakeside H – Three points

Saturday, September 6: King’s Lynn H – Two points

Friday, September 12: Coventry A – Zero points

Monday, September 15: Belle Vue A – One point

TOTAL: 46

FINISHING POSITION: 6th

 

COVENTRY BEES

Monday, August 11: Belle Vue A – Three points

Friday, August 15: Eastbourne H – Three points

Saturday, August 16: Eastbourne A – One point

Monday, August 18: Swindon H – Two points

Friday, August 22: Lakeside H – Three points

Saturday, August 23: Lakeside A – One point

Monday, August 25: Leicester H – Three points

Monday, August 25: Leicester A – One point

Monday, September 1: Belle Vue A – Three points

Friday, September 5: King’s Lynn H – Two points

Friday, September 12: Eastbourne H – Three points

Monday, September 15: Poole H – Zero points

TBA: Swindon A – One point

TBA: Wolverhampton H – Three points

TOTAL: 59

FINISHING POSITION: 3rd

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12:58pm Mon 11 Aug 14

mikeinwanborough says...

I agree. My simple theory/calculation is just to assume that each team wins their remaining home meetings and gets all 3 points. On this basis, Robins tie for fourth spot with Lakeside (behind Coventry in third). When I then look at their actual fixtures, Lakeside have to face Poole twice out of their four remaining home meetings, which convinces me that the Robins will finish in the top 4.
I agree. My simple theory/calculation is just to assume that each team wins their remaining home meetings and gets all 3 points. On this basis, Robins tie for fourth spot with Lakeside (behind Coventry in third). When I then look at their actual fixtures, Lakeside have to face Poole twice out of their four remaining home meetings, which convinces me that the Robins will finish in the top 4. mikeinwanborough
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4:37pm Mon 11 Aug 14

longtermrobin says...

Known we are safe for ages, all we got to do is make the semi-finals, almost certainly Poole!!!, then instead of a collapse at Kings Lynn hold on to the lead we build up, and finish them off at home, as per last time, remember you heard it here first😃
Known we are safe for ages, all we got to do is make the semi-finals, almost certainly Poole!!!, then instead of a collapse at Kings Lynn hold on to the lead we build up, and finish them off at home, as per last time, remember you heard it here first😃 longtermrobin
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4:10pm Tue 12 Aug 14

PeeGee says...

And which planet are you on? Far too inconsistent. I'm predicting 6th. Good on them if they do make fourth. It's unlikely. But as for as for "comfortably" qualifying??? Stop being the local hack who writes what the locals want to hear and either a) tell the truth and/or b) learn something about the sport
And which planet are you on? Far too inconsistent. I'm predicting 6th. Good on them if they do make fourth. It's unlikely. But as for as for "comfortably" qualifying??? Stop being the local hack who writes what the locals want to hear and either a) tell the truth and/or b) learn something about the sport PeeGee
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4:20pm Tue 12 Aug 14

PeeGee says...

.... correction. 5th above Lakeside. The rest still stands though.
.... correction. 5th above Lakeside. The rest still stands though. PeeGee
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