All games this weekend will be played on Saturday with two matches that have been postponed due to Millwall and Swansea City still playing in FA Cup. We’ll get to watch some great matches in Championship this weekend and we can only hope that it will be as entertaining as it has been in past few weeks. These are our predictions for this Championship round.
Leeds United vs Sheffield United
The biggest match this weekend will be the first match we’ll be able to see on Saturday. Leeds United is playing at home against their direct opponents, Sheffield United. I will definitely be expecting a lot of action in this game as these two teams both need a win to secure direct promotion to Premier League. Sheffield United is currently in slightly better form, but this is their biggest chance to prove if they are ready to play Premier League football next season. In terms of quality, I’d say that these two teams are about the same, but Leeds United made some incredible results this season and will be aware of how much this match means to them.
Leeds United to win: 2-1
Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough
After winning in derby against Birmingham, Aston Villa has won their next match against Nottingham Forest. They are currently in excellent form and they are only two points away from play-offs. Middlesbrough, on the other side, is struggling to get points at the moment, and although they are still safe, they need to get a win as soon as they can. For me, Aston Villa simply needs to win this, they had an awful season so far and they have to grab this chance to reach play-offs. Middlesbrough is excellent away from home, but with their current form I wouldn’t expect them to get a win.
Aston Villa to win: 2-0
Brentford vs West Bromwich Albion
Brentford has won all of their last five home games, and although their place on table doesn’t label them as tough opponent, they certainly are one. West Bromwich Albion doesn’t seem capable of getting direct promotion, and they are the only team that is actually safe in play-offs, so I can’t see them fighting for win as much as Brentford will. I expect a lot of goals on both sides, but for me Brentford is the team that will get all three points.
Brentford to win: 3-2
Hull City vs Queens Park Rangers
With the way thing are happening in Championship for the last few weeks, Hull City still has a chance of getting into play-offs, but they need to get all three points here. Queens Park Rangers has been in awful form lately, and the fact that they have lost at home against Rotherham in their last game says it all. Hull City has been excellent this season and although they have dropped their form lately, they are still excellent in attack and they are still a tough opponent, which they showed in their last match against Norwich.
Hull City to win: 2-0
Ipswich Town vs Nottingham Forest
These games are quite hard at this stage of the season and Nottingham Forest will certainly have a hard time trying to beat Ipswich Town on Saturday. However, Ipswich Town doesn’t have a real chance of getting out of relegation zone, while Nottingham Forest is quite close to play-offs at the moment. They are only three points behind Derby County and they have to get an away win on Saturday if they want to continue their fight for play-offs and promotion. They certainly have a better team so I expect them to win on Saturday.
Nottingham Forest to win: 1-2
Preston North End vs Birmingham City
Another team that is really pushing for play-offs right now is Preston North End and they have actually been in excellent form lately. They are only two points behind Derby County and they are unbeaten in their last eleven matches. Birmingham City has been near play-offs this whole season, but after their recent losing run they don’t seem to be ready to fight for promotion this season. I expect Preston North End to keep more possession and create more chances in this one.
Preston North End to win: 1-0
Rotherham United vs Norwich City
Although nobody expected them to be so, Norwich City has been the best team in Championship this season. They are currently holding the first place and they simply look unbeatable. Rotherham United on the other side is struggling in relegation zone and they will certainly work hard to get a good result, but I don’t think that this will be one of these stories when the relegation side beats the league leader. Norwich City simply can’t afford to lose points with Leeds United waiting for them to drop points.
Norwich City to win: 1-2
Sheffield Wednesday vs Blackburn Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday has been a different team under Steve Bruce and they are also fighting for play-offs. They have been in incredible form lately, while their opponents have been struggling to get points in recent weeks. Blackburn Rovers really have a good team and if they haven’t dropped their form in crucial moment this would be a fight between direct rivals, but they are currently not fighting for anything. Sheffield Wednesday on the other side needs to secure another home win in order to continue their fight for play-offs.
Sheffield Wednesday to win: 1-0
Stoke City vs Reading
Stoke City still can’t get in their best form, but they are at least unbeaten in their last six matches. However, I don’t think that they will continue that run on Saturday. Reading has been a different side after sacking Paul Clement and they have been in quite a good form lately. They are fighting for survival and every point is important, so they will certainly work hard to get all three points on Saturday. I believe that they can easily do it considering their recent form.
Reading to win: 0-1
Wigan Athletic vs Bolton Wanderers
Although this is an important match for both sides, I believe that this is a bigger opportunity for Wigan Athletic as they simply shouldn’t go all the way down to relegation zone after the season they’ve had. They have an excellent team, good manager, but they had a tough period and now they are fighting for survival. They are excellent at home, and I don’t think that Bolton Wanderers can get a good result on Saturday.
Wigan Athletic to win: 2-0