Championship Previews

BTTS @ 4/6

Bristol City (6) v Reading (19)

Despite the Robins losing their last match they remain in sixth and a win today would move them four points clear of seventh and cement their playoff place. Reading have been in good form recently with just two defeats in their last nine matches and have moved clear of the relegation zone. Reading boast a great record against Bristol City with eight wins out of their last ten and BTTS have featured in five of the last six matches at Ashton gate.

 

UNDER 2.5 GOALS @ 5/6

Sheffield United (3) v Nottingham Forest (11)

Sheffield United have a major injury crisis and the timing could not be worse with top scorer Billy Sharp one of the casualties. They have three points to make up on 2nd placed Leeds but go into this match winless in two home matches. Forest’s season is over after three successive defeats and Martin O’Neil intends to utilise his whole squad in the remaining matches as he prepares for a promotion challenge next season.

 

UNDER 2.5 GOALS

Millwall (20) v Brentford (14)

With only two away wins all season and one win in their last seven, Brentford head to the New Den with nothing to play for and will either be on the beach or play carefree football which could be a danger sign for the Lions who are still deep in relegation trouble. Millwall have lost just one in five games and kept three clean sheets. Under 2.5 goals has featured in the last three H2H’s.

 

DERBY @ 15/8

Birmingham City (18) v Derby (8)

Birmingham head into this game with just one win in their last eleven over today’s visitors. The Blues are unbeaten in their last three matches and have almost certainly secured their status in the Championship for next season. Derby still have dreams of promotion but will need to dramatically improve their away form as they are winless in seven on their travels. Due to the importance of this match and their superior H2H record I am going for Derby.

 

ASTON VILLA @ 2/5

Bolton (23) v Aston Villa (5)

On paper this looks like the easiest prediction of the weekend with Aston Villa’s superb form and the woes of doomed Bolton. Bolton almost certainly will be in the third tier of English football next season with five defeats in their last six at home whilst Villa have won eight straight games and now look like they have cemented their playoff spot.

 

LEEDS UNITED @ 4/11

Leeds United (2) v Wigan (21)

Leeds moved three points clear of third placed Sheffield United last weekend and with five wins in their last six at Elland Road they will be very confident in consolidating their position in the last automatic promotion spot.

Wigan are in a torrid run of form with just one win in their last eleven and sit nervously in fourth bottom just two points ahead of Rotherham.

 

UNDER 2.5 GOALS @ 8/15

Middlesbrough (7) v Stoke City (16)

After suffering six straight defeats and dropping out of the playoff zone, Boro have come back fighting in true Tony Pulis fashion with two straight wins, sitting just one point off the playoff zone, however, Bristol City due have a game in hand. Stoke have lost just one in eleven but most of these matches have been drawn and they lost their last away match. With Middlesbrough having scored the third lowest goals and home and Stoke loving their goalless draws I am prediction a very low scoring contest.

 

IPSWICH TOWN -DRAW @ 5/4

Preston (12) v Ipswich Town (24)

The Fat Lady finally sung for Ipswich last weekend and will be playing third tier football for the first time in 57 years next season. They head to Deepdale looking ahead to next season with Paul Lambert giving the whole  squad a chance to shine and see who he wants to keep for next season. Preston’s unbeaten run which saw them flirt with the playoff zone seems a long distant memory with them losing their last four and dropping back down to midtable. Prediction hard to call as both will field fringe players as theirs not much left to play for.

 

OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 8/11

QPR (17) V Blackburn Rovers (15)

With both sides securing their place in next seasons Championship with good recent form their will be a carefree approach to this game and with both teams fixtures securing the most goals per match in the division and both I good form I think over 2.5 goals is a good shout.

 

SWANSEA @ 2/3

Swansea (13) v Rotherham (22)

With eight wins, two draws and just one defeat from their last eleven at home Swansea’s season could so easily have ended in promotion if they could have improved their wretched away record. Rotherham still occupy the last relegation spot but are still fighting with a win and a draw in their last three matches. Rotherham have only won once on their travels all season.

 

WEST BROM @ 4/5

West Brom (4) v Hull City (9)

Hull City still have a slim chance of the end of season playoffs but will need to improve their away record of just one win in nine and also hope for favourable results from their fellow rivals. West Brom have won three home games on the trot and are now back to their best form at the right time of the season. They are the divisions highest scorers and the Hawthorn’s have witnessed the most goals in the division.

 

NORWICH TO SCORE 2 + GOALS @ 8/15

Norwich City (1) v Sheffield Wednesday (10)

After eight straight wins Norwich have had too comeback from a goal down to draw their last two. They still remain on course for securing the Championship title and throughout the season they have averaged at least two goals per game. Sheffield Wednesday’s defeat against Leeds finally killed off any chance of them sneaking a playoff spot and have failed to score in their last two matches.

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