Once again we’ll get to see a lot of action in Championship this weekend as many teams will continue their fight for promotion or survival. Leeds United got their second place back and they are once again fighting for the first place. These are out prediction for this round in Championship.
Norwich City vs Queens Park Rangers
Steve McClaren has been sacked as Queens Park Rangers manager as they have been in awful form recently; they went from fighting for play-offs back to fighting for survival. When it comes to Norwich City, they have been excellent this season, they are still holding the first place and although there is a big fight for straight promotion, I believe that Norwich will be in Premier League next season. Teemu Pukki has by far been the best player in Championship this season with 24 goals and 10 assists for Norwich City, so I expect him to continue that form and score again on Saturday against Queens Park Rangers.
Norwich City to win: 2-0
Birmingham City vs Leeds United
Another team that went from fighting for play-offs to fight for survival is Birmingham City, but they did it in one week and although moral around the team can’t be high, I expect them to fight hard for every point now. Leeds United has got their second place again with a little bit of luck, but I am not confident that they will get all three points on Saturday. Birmingham is quite dangerous at home and Leeds United is having a lot of problems with injuries. However, I do expect a lot of action on both sides in this one
Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City
The last four matches that Stoke City has played have all finished 0-0, things like this are not coincidence and that result is telling us what we should predict here. The thing is, Stoke City is quite good in defence at the moment, while their attack is failing them almost every game. They are struggling to find the back of the net this whole season. Blackburn Rovers are far from their best form and they are also struggling to get a win, so both teams are currently in similar form.
Bolton Wanderers vs Ipswich Town
Now, this match is by far the best chance for Bolton Wanderers to get some points and continue their fight for survival. They are in awful financial situation at the moment, but if they lose this game they can consider themselves a League One team. Ipswich Town really doesn’t have a chance anymore and with their group of players they might struggle in League One too. I don’t expect a lot of goals in this one, but I expect Bolton Wanderers to get a win with a minimum result.
Bolton Wanderers to win: 1-0
Brentford vs Derby County
This is another tough match for Derby County as Brentford has been outstanding at home this season. Their awful away record is the only reason why they are not in play-offs at the moment. Derby County is struggling to get back in top 6, but they have to get as many wins as they can now. They had a better season than Brentford and they are slowly getting back in their best form. This will definitely be a tough challenge and I expect both teams to score here, but I think that Derby County really needs to win this one.
Derby County to win: 1-2
Bristol City vs Wigan Athletic
Bristol City is back in play-offs after their incredible wins against Sheffield United and Middlesbrough. It will definitely be a tough challenge for them to keep that play-off spot, but with a game in hand they should be quite motivated to win this one. Wigan Athletic is fighting for survival and they will work hard to get at least a point form this game, but their away form has been awful this season and they are still struggling to get a good result away from home.
Bristol City to win: 2-0
Hull City vs Reading
With all the positive changes that they’ve made since appointing a new manager, it seems that Reading will stay in Championship this season. They have been in good form lately and they are slowly figuring out their best team and formation. However, this will be a tough match for them as Hull City is still hoping to reach the play-offs and for that to happen they need to win games like this. I believe that Hull City is having a better team at the moment and they are in better form so they should be getting all three points on Saturday.
Hull City to win: 2-1
Millwall vs West Bromwich Albion
Millwall is currently in awful form and if they don’t change something soon, they can be back in League One after spending only two seasons in Championship. They are currently only one point above relegation zone and things don’t look good for them with a game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. When it comes to West Bromwich Albion, they are in excellent form as they are looking to get back in fight for straight promotion. They have won their last three matches and I think that they’ll get all three points again on Saturday.
West Bromwich Albion to win: 1-3
Preston North End vs Sheffield United
These two teams are both having a very important match, but only one team can win. I expect a lot of action here on both sides as Sheffield United is fighting for second place while Preston North End is looking to stay in fight for play-offs. Both teams are currently in good form and although Preston North End have a slight advantage of playing at home, I think that Sheffield United can’t afford to lose points here as they don’t won’t to lose their chances of getting a straight promotion.
Sheffield United to win: 1-2
Rotherham United vs Nottingham Forest
If we are looking at which team is better, Nottingham Forest is by far the better team with better form this whole season and a big chance of getting into play-offs. However, Rotherham United has been excellent at home this season and they are currently working hard to get out of the relegation zone. They have lost 6-1 in their last match against Derby County, but this time they play at home and they can’t afford to lose again.
Rotherham United: 1-0
Sheffield Wednesday vs Aston Villa
This will be quite a tough match as both teams are in excellent form and this is the only match between direct opponents this weekend (other than Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers, but they are not fighting for promotion this season). Sheffield United has been excellent under Steve Bruce and it will be great to see what he can do against his former club. Aston Villa is on the winning run and they will look to get another win in order to secure the play-off spot as soon as they can. However, I don’t think that any of these two sides will get all three points.
Swansea City vs Middlesbrough
After spending the whole season in play-offs, Middlesbrough chose the worst timing to get in bad form. Tony Pulis needs to figure out how to get his team back in good form as soon as possible and considering their away form this season; this is a good opportunity for them to do that. Swansea City is far from their best form, and although they have a game in hand, I don’t think that they will compete for play-offs this season. I definitely don’t expect a lot of goals from this one, but I think that away team can get all three points on Saturday.
Middlesbrough to win: 0-1