The Championship season is fast drawing to a close and we bring you the lowdown on what we believe will happen in the 3pm kick-off matches on Saturday afternoon.
The season is fast approaching its climax and while Brighton & Hove Albion are assured of promotion to the Premier League, who will be joining them in the top-flight is still very much wide-open. Newcastle United sit firmly in the second automatic promotion places as things stand but the fight for the play-offs is still on. Can Leeds United climb back into the top-six this weekend? Can Sheffield Wednesday hold on to their play-off position? Here’s what we think!
Brentford v QPR
Brentford have been a mixed bag this season but they will be confident of managing three points against struggling QPR side at Griffin Park. A consolation goal should come the way of the visitors and as such we’ll be going for a Brentford win with both teams scoring.
Bristol City v Barnsley
The Robins are languishing dangerously close to the relegation zone although we believe that they will boost their chances of dropping into League One by collecting all three points against a Tykes side which are experiencing something of a slump of late.
Burton Albion v Leeds United
Leeds United have fallen out of the top six but what are their chances of returning there this weekend? Pretty good actually, given that they are facing a Burton Albion side which may have improved of late but which remain in danger of making the drop to League One. Back Leeds United to win.
Huddersfield Town v Fulham
Huddersfield Town have slipped up in their pursuit of a top-two finish to the season but they remain very well placed for a play-off position. Nevertheless they will have their work cut-out against Fulham this weekend and we’ll be backing the Cottagers to win what looks set to be a thrilling encounter.
Nottingham Forest v Reading
Nottingham Forest have never been too far away from the relegation zone this season and given that they will be facing high-flying Reading at the City Ground this weekend, we don’t envisage the home side getting anything for their troubles, not even a consolation goal.
Rotherham United v Ipswich Town
The Millers will be anxious to put what has been a nightmare season firmly behind them and whilst the pressure has now been lifted following their confirmed relegation, the defeats will continue this weekend when they go head-to-head with Ipswich Town at the New York Stadium.
Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County
The Owls remain in the hunt for a top-six finish to the season and whilst they will be presented with a tough challenge by Derby County, they should manage to squeeze past a Rams side which have been disappointing this season. Back Derby to score a consolation though.
Wigan Athletic v Cardiff City
Wigan Athletic are sitting in a rather precarious position to say the very least and they will be desperate to clinch a maximum points haul in front of their ever-hopeful supporters on Saturday afternoon. Will they manage it? No, however a point apiece looks a likely outcome to this match.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers
Wolverhampton Wanderers have lifted themselves clear of the relegation zone thanks to some excellent recent results but things aren’t so rosy for this weekend’s opponents Blackburn Rovers and the visitors to Molineux will be pushed further into the mire on Saturday afternoon.