Things are getting crazy in Championship and with every round it is harder to predict which team will get promoted to Premier League this season. Leeds United is back on 2nd place, but they will have a tough match against Bristol City on Saturday. These are our predictions for this weekend in Championship.
Norwich City vs Swansea City
With every game they play, Norwich City looks even better. They have done an excellent job this season and there is no reason for anyone to think that they won’t win this one. Swansea City is having a solid season, as most of the teams in Championship right now, they have a slight chance of getting into play-offs, but I simply can’t see them getting a good result against Norwich City. They have struggled to win against Bolton in their last game even though Bolton had two red cards. Teemu Pukki is still Championship top scorer and I expect him to continue his excellent form and score again on Friday against Swansea City.
Norwich City to win: 2-0
Blackburn Rovers vs Preston North End
Preston North End is one of the few teams that are currently in excellent form. They are unbeaten in their last nine matches and they will be working hard to make it ten. Blackburn Rovers dropped their form recently and although they could’ve been in play-offs right now, they are losing a lot and finding it hard to get a good result. It will certainly be a tough match for Preston North End as they play away from home, but I believe that they can get all three points with their current form.
Preston North End to win: 1-2
Sheffield United vs Rotherham United
After finishing 0-0 with their biggest rivals, Sheffield United has dropped to 3rd place again. However, they have an excellent opportunity to move up as Leeds United will have a tough match against Bristol City. When it comes to Sheffield United, they have been excellent this season and they look ready to play in Premier League. Rotherham United on the other side has been in good form recently, but their overall away performance this season has been awful so I can’t see them getting a good result from this one.
Sheffield United to win: 1-0
Bolton Wanderers vs Millwall
When it comes to these two clubs, they are currently direct rivals in fight for survival. Millwall is currently in awful form and they have lost their last three matches. Bolton Wanderers are still hoping to somehow get out of the relegation zone and games like this are certainly their biggest chances. However, Bolton Wanderers are not playing good enough to survive this season, and this game is the better opportunity for Millwall to improve their form. They’ve managed to get only two away wins this season, but I believe that they can get their third on Saturday as a better team.
Millwall to win: 0-2
Bristol City vs Leeds United
This simply has to be the biggest game this weekend. Leeds United is having a tough challenge as they need to improve their form in order to get their first place back, while Bristol City is looking to stay in play-offs. 4-0 win against West Bromwich Albion has to be a big boost for Leeds United, but considering that this is an away match against the team that has been in excellent form this year, I can’t say if any of these two teams can get a win.
Derby County vs Sheffield Wednesday
It was a tough match for Derby County on Tuesday, but they’ve somehow managed to get a win against Wigan at home. This game will be harder for them as Sheffield Wednesday is in amazing form under Steve Bruce. Both teams will be looking for a win here as both teams are fighting for play-offs, but for me Derby County is having a better chance to get all three points. They’ve had an excellent season so far and they have an advantage of playing at home.
Derby County to win: 2-1
Middlesbrough vs Brentford
If this was an away match for Middlesbrough, I’d say that this is the game in which they’ll drop points. However, this is a home game, and although their home performance has been far from good this season, Brentford only has one away win so far. Middlesbrough is excellent in defence, but it will be a tough challenge to keep Brentford from scoring. Although this really is an unpredictable match, I think that both teams are quite similar in terms of quality and that both teams can get a point from this one.
Nottingham Forest vs Hull City
At the moment it’s hard to find a match that isn’t between direct rivals as most of the teams in Championship are either fighting for play-offs or hold a play-off spot. Both Nottingham Forest and Hull City are having 50 points, with Nottingham Forest having a better goal difference. This is a tough match to predict, but Nottingham Forest has better team and they have an advantage of playing at home, so I expect them to get all three points on Saturday.
Nottingham Forest to win: 1:0
Queens Park Rangers vs Stoke City
Queens Park Rangers have completely dropped their form and I can’t see them getting back in fight for play-offs. Stoke City has been awful this season, but with everything that’s going on in Championship at the moment, it is not impossible for them to move up and maybe fight for a play-off spot. They certainly have a better team, they have been in better form lately and they will work hard to get all three points here. This will be a tough away game for them, but I think that with their current form they can get a good result.
Stoke City to win: 0-1
Reading vs Wigan Athletic
Another game between the rivals that are fighting for survival is the clash between Reading and Wigan Athletic. Both teams will look at this match as a great opportunity to get all three points, but for me Reading is having a better chance to win. Wigan Athletic has been awful away from home this season and their recent form has been far from good, while Reading has massively improved under new manager and they should be winning matches like this, especially at home.
Reading to win: 2-1
West Bromwich Albion vs Ipswich Town
West Bromwich Albion has been extremely inconsistent this season which is the main reason why they haven’t been fighting for the first place. They have lost 4-0 against Leeds United in their last game, but they have a much easier challenge in front of them on Saturday. Ipswich Town has been by far the worst team in Championship this season, and although they could’ve won their last few matches, they simply have no chance of staying in league this season. Considering that they are by far better team and that they play at home, I’d say that this should be an easy win for West Bromwich Albion.
West Bromwich Albion to win: 3-0
Birmingham City vs Aston Villa
On Sunday we’ll have another derby. Birmingham City will meet with Aston Villa as both teams need a win in their fight for play-offs. For me, Birmingham City has been a better team this season, but Aston Villa can do wonders on their day. Both teams will certainly put effort and I expect both teams to score, but I can’t say if any of these two sides will get all three points. Just like the Sheffield derby on Monday, this one can end with both teams getting a point.