Championship Previews

MILLWALL – DRAW @ 1/4

Millwall (21) v Stoke City (16)

Stoke are a bit of a bogey team for Millwall as the Londoners have failed to beat Stoke since 2003. Millwall are still in relegation trouble but three points will surely seal another season in the Championship. The Lions have lost just once in five and with a big and hostile atmosphere they should garner points against a Potteries team that has picked up just one win in fifteen.

BTTS @ 4/6

Birmingham City (17) v Wigan (18)

Wigan secured their safety with an impressive run of just one defeat in seven, the highlight being a shock victory with only ten men away at Leeds United. Birmingham have also secured anther season in the Championship with an unbeaten run of five matches, this despite having a nine point deduction.

BTTS has featured in four of last five matches for both respective teams.

BRENTFORD @ 7/10

Bolton (23) v Brentford (15)

Relegated Bolton are in complete dire straits their in turmoil on and off the pitch, with players not getting paid and fans calling for the resignation of Phil Parkinson. The Trotters have lost five straight games and are up against a Brentford side who are very poor away from home but are in promotion form on home soil. Due to Brentford being a free scoring side and pressure free I can only see Brentford taking away all three points.

BRISTOL CITY – DRAW @ 4/11

Bristol City (8) v Derby (6)

After Easter Monday’s dramatic injury time win the Ram’s are right back into the playoff race, leapfrogging this weekend’s hosts, however Derby have failed to win in eight away games. Nothing but a win will do for Bristol City as they require maximum points from their last two games to secure the final playoff spot, winless in three Lee Johnson’s team talk should do the trick and I expect them to gain an important victory to keep them in the mix.

READING – DRAW @ 6/5

Middlesbrough (7) v Reading (20)

Other then a mighty goal difference swing Reading have done enough to play Championship football again next season after an impressive run of just two defeats in their last eleven games. Reading are poor away from home but with all the pressure on Tony Pulis’s side they will be a threat. Middlesbrough have won their last two at home but suffered a morale zapping defeat at Nottingham Forest on Monday and now their playoff chances are not in their own destiny. I fancy Reading gaining at least a point from this game.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY @ 19/10

Preston (12) v Sheffield Wednesday (9)

Preston’s playoff challenge came to an end with a run of five defeats out of their last six matches but did seal a emphatic victory in their last home match over already relegated Ipswich Town. Wednesday picked up a key victory over promotion rivals Bristol City and still have an outside chance  of the playoffs. Since Steve Bruce took over the helm at Hillsborough they have recorded just two defeats in nineteen matches and due to them having something still to play for I am expecting them to pick up three precious points at Deepdale.

OVER 1.5 GOALS @ 1/4

QPR (19) V Nottingham Forest (11)

Forest are  winless on their travels in 2019 and that’s the main reason why they will not feature in the season ending playoffs. QPR have the second worst record over the last twenty games with just two victories to their name. Expect goals though as 64% of their home games have featured over 2.5 goals.

SWANSEA @ 7/11

Swansea City (10) v Hull City (13)

With three games still to play Swansea still have a decent shout to gate crash sixth place, they are slap bang in form at exactly the right time, winning five of their last six matches and boasting a brilliant home run of form with nine wins and a draw from their last ten matches at the Liberty Stadium. Hull City’s promotion dream has come to an end but Nigel Atkins will be encouraged for next season if they can sort their away form out, they have suffered seven defeats out of their last eight on their travels.

WEST BROM @ 3/5

West Brom (4) v Rotherham (22)

The Millers relegation fight could  come to an end on Saturday if they do not better what Millwall do on Saturday due to Millwall’s superior goal difference. They travel to the Hawthorns with just a solitary win away from home and with West Brom winning their last four at home and wanting to keep up the consistency and form ahead of the playoffs I think the Fat Lady will finally sing for the Millers survival chance.

SHEFFIELD UNITED @ 1/6

Sheffield United (2) v Ipswich Town (24)

The Blades had a fantastic Easter weekend with two successive victories which has seen them go three points clear of Leeds United and with their superior goal difference a victory against relegated Ipswich will promote them into the Premier League for the first time since 2007. Sheffield United could not have picked a better team to play as the doomed Tractor Boys have won just once in eighteen matches.

OVER 2.5  GOALS @ 1/2

Norwich City (1) v Blackburn Rovers (14)

Norwich need just a single point to secure promotion to the Premier League and with just one league defeat in 2019 this should be achieved. After a woeful run of form Blackburn have  subsequently won four on the trot and will want to finish in the top ten, which would rank as a marvellous achievement on their first season back in the Championship. Norwich fans have witnessed an average of nearly four goals per game at Carrow Road this season and I think over 2.5 goals looks a certainty.

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