Championship Previews


Aston Villa (5) v Norwich City (1)

With Villa already cemented into fourth place and a Playoff semi final against Midland rivals West Brom I fully expect Dean Smith to give his key players a rest, so their form of ten wins and a draw from their last eleven matches might not come into the equation. Premier League bound Norwich still have the title up for grabs and have been unbeaten in thirteen games. I fully expect a party atmosphere and a victory for the Canaries.



Blackburn Rovers (15) v Swansea (9)

Blackburn have had a successful season back in the Championship and will be looking to finish on a high and make it five wins out of six. The Swans have just missed out on the playoffs and with seven defeats out of eight on their travels I fully expect Blackburn to gain at least a point.



Brentford (12) v Preston (13)

Preston briefly flirted with the playoff zone but with five defeats from their last seven games they fell short but will still acknowledge this season as a success. Brentford will be disappointed as if their away form was anything close to their superb home form they would be up challenging for promotion. With nine home wins out of their last eleven I am going for a Bees victory.


DERBY@ 10/11

Derby County (6) v West Brom (4)

West Brom have known they have qualified for the end of season playoffs for weeks now and I think they will rest players in readiness to play Aston Villa. Derby will need all three points to make certain that they will face Leeds United. I am going for a Derby win.


OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 8/13

Hull City (14) v Bristol City (8)

If Derby and Middlesbrough slip up a win will take Bristol City into sixth, but they have taken just four points out of a possible fifteen and with Hull City able to play free flowing football, expect goals.



Ipswich Town (24) v Leeds United (3)

Ipswich’s tale of woe will finally come to an end on Sunday and they will be relegated to league one for the first time in 57 years. Ipswich go into this game on the back one win in their last eighteen. Leeds United will bring four thousand fans to Portman Road but will not be having a promotion party as they expected as they have missed out on automatic places due to losing two of their last three matches.



Nottingham Forest (11) v Bolton (23)

Bolton’s season of woe ends on Sunday but relegation to league one is the least of their problems as their entire exsistance is in jeopardy. Bolton have lost their last six matches on the trot. Forest were just shy of the playoffs but have won their last two matches and I fully expect them to make it three.


BTTS @ 4/7

Reading (20) v Birmingham City (17)

With just one win in their last six matches this dismal run sums up their season, however, scoring and conceding goals have not been a problem this season. Reading entertain Birmingham who are unbeaten in six matches and safe from relegation.



Rotherham United (22) v Middlesbrough (7)

Rotherham’s relegation was finally sealed last weekend after  a poor run of form losing four of their last five matches. Middlesbrough need a win to have any chance of sneaking into sixth and need to go all out to gain it. Boro have won four of their last five matches and I think their fire power and urgency will be too much for the Millers.



Sheffield Wednesday (10) v QPR (19)

QPR have had a very poor season but did survive for another season, but it was close. They have recorded just one win from their last eleven. Wednesday have been in storming form since Steve Bruce took the helm, but left too much to do to make the playoffs, Bruce will  want to finish on a high and make it just one defeat in their last fifteen at home.



Stoke City (16) v Sheffield United (2)

The Blades promotion to the Premier League was confirmed last weekend and Chris Wilders side will want to nick the title from under the noses of Norwich City. The Blades recent form of one defeat in seventeen says it all. Stoke on the other had have not taken to the Championship at all and a return to the Premier League will have to wait for another season. Four  draws on the trot at home tells the story, they have drawn the most of any team in the whole division.


WIGAN @ 8/7

Wigan (18) v Millwall (21)

Millwall escaped the drop on the back of four draws from their last six games and the poor run of results for Rotherham. Neil Harris will look back on this season as a failure though. Newly promoted Wigan will be playing Championship football again next season and have been on a good run of form of late and are unbeaten in four but more impressively unbeaten in nine home matches.


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