Championship Previews

OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 8/11

Aston Villa (5) v Bristol City (6)

Villa have won seven on the trot to move from Mid table mediocracy to playoff certainties, Bristol City are in decent form too with impressive victories over their promotion rivals, including a 3-2 victory over  Expect lots of goals as at Villa park they have averaged nearly four goals per game and the last five featured over 2.5 goals.


DERBY @ 2/5

Derby (8) v Bolton (23)

Derby had a very disappointing result in midweek and have lost form at the wrong time, they currently sit five points off the playoffs. The Rams are four unbeaten at home and hit Rotherham for six in their last home match. Bolton are in a complete mess and almost certainly will drop into league one next season, they did win their last away match but I think the Rams will be far too strong for them.



Ipswich Town (24) v Birmingham City (17)

The Tractor boys will finally be put out of their misery this weekend, a win will not be enough due to their poor goal difference. Town have failed to win a home match in six and have fielded their youth players to give them game time for next season.  Birmingham have secured two impressive results over top three opponents in their last two matches and still require a win to make them safe this season.



Middlesbrough (7) v Hull City (9)

Both sides still have a faint chance to make the playoffs, with Boro winning their first game in seven in midweek after suffering six straight defeats including four straight home losses. Hull have won three on the trot and have scored over two goals in each of their last five matches.


BTTS @ 8/11

Nottingham Forest (11) v Blackburn Rovers (16)

After two straight league defeats Forest will almost certainly be in the Championship next season as their faint playoff hopes have now been dashed. Blackburn won in midweek, which was just their second in twelve matches. They will look to put to an end a run of six successive away defeats. Blackburn have won just once in fourteen on their travels but have only failed to score in two of these, their problem is conceding goals with them conceding an average of three goals in their last six.



QPR (18) V Swansea City (13)

QPR picked up their first point under their Caretaker Manager in midweek but a run of only one win in twelve has them looking nervously over their shoulders. Swansea have won their last three matches but these have all been at home, the reason they are not in the promotion race is their abysmal away record where they have lost six on the trot. I think this will be cagey but I think the confidence of the Swans last three games will see them take something from this match.


BTTS @ 8/15

Reading (20) v Brentford (14)

Reading picked up a great draw at Norwich in midweek and will be confident at home with a run of just one loss in seven at home. They do concede goals at home though with an average on 1.5 goals scored by the opposition at the Madejski. Brentford’s away form has been very poor this season with just two wins on their travels but they are one of the divisions highest scorers.



Sheffield United (3) v Millwall (19)

With eight wins out of their last ten at home Sheffield United will be looking to climb back into second with a victory over Millwall. The Lions sit just two points outside the relegation zone but have been in better form lately with a win and a draw from their last two matches.



Stoke City (15) v Rotherham United (22)

Stoke are unbeaten in four at home but overall their home form has been under par, which sums up their season and with nothing to play for might just come unstuck against the relegation threatened Millers. Rotherham have done well just to be in the mix and will want to put aside their drubbing at Derby last time they were on their travels.


WEST BROM @ 9/10

West Brom (4) v Preston (12)

West Brom have lost their last two games for the first time this season but are still right in the playoff picture, goals have not been an issue at home and with Preston losing their last three I think this will be all the encouragement the Baggies need to secure a much needed victory.

BTTS @ 10/11

Leeds United (2) v Sheffield Wednesday (10)

Leeds occupy the second automatic promotion place on the back of five wins out of their last seven and overall their home form as been very impressive this season. Wednesday still have a slight chance to gate crash the playoffs and are in terrific form since the arrival of Steve Bruce with just one defeat in thirteen. I think both teams will score in this feisty Yorkshire Derby.  


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