Championship Preview – Week 41

Nick Robinson takes us through the Championship fixtures this weekend:

Friday 19:45 KO Brighton vs Fulham

Both teams go into the match full of confidence with Fulham winning their last three and Brighton unbeaten in their last 9. Brighton have the home advantage so will have the crowd behind them. Although Fulham have one of the best strikers in the league in Ross McCormack, it won’t be enough for them to collect 3 points at the Amex Stadium.

Prediction: Brighton 2-2 Fulham

Friday 19:45 KO Hull vs Wolves

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Hull have gone on a rough patch of late only winning one of their last six games, but they need to turn it around quick if they even want to think of automatic promotion and I think they’ll overcome this strong Wolves side.

Prediction: Hull 2-0 Wolves

Saturday 12:30 KO Bolton vs Middlesbrough

Bolton were relegated last week, so I find it difficult to see where they’re going to be motivated to face table toppers Boro at the weekend, who have won their last five. This should be an easy win for Boro as they look to hold onto top spot.

Prediction: Bolton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Saturday 3pm KO Birmingham vs Burnley

Birmingham on a poor run of form and losing mid-week to Leeds didn’t help their confidence. Burnley on a great run and didn’t play mid-week, so I fully expect Burnley to continue this form as they look for automatic promotion.

Prediction: Birmingham 0-1 Burnley

Saturday 3pm KO Blackburn vs Huddersfield

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Both these teams on a similar run, and Huddersfield would like to win to leapfrog Blackburn in the table. This game will be a close one and will have only one goal to separate both sides.

Prediction: Blackburn 1-2 Huddersfield

Saturday 3pm KO Brentford vs Bristol City

Brentford have won the last three and will look to continue this run of form against a Bristol side who are full of confidence after their remarkable 4-1 victory over promotion chasing Sheffield Wednesday. This will be close to call, with Lee Tomlin on a fine run of form, but Brentford have the home advantage in this exciting clash.

Prediction: Brentford 2-1 Bristol City

Saturday 3pm KO Cardiff vs QPR

Cardiff will be pushing for the play-offs and this game is massive for them if they want to think about being a part of them. QPR have looked stronger under Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink losing only one of their last six games, but on Saturday I think they will fail to gain any points against a determined Cardiff side.

Prediction: Cardiff 2-0 QPR

Saturday 3pm KO Charlton vs Derby

Charlton are 10 points adrift safety and with 5 games remaining against a strong Derby side it will be unbelievably difficult for them. Derby have won their last two quite comfortably and I expect them to continue this run and probably condemn Charlton to relegation as the fans continue with their protests against the board.

Prediction: Charlton 1-3 Derby

Saturday 3pm KO Leeds vs Reading

84924244_readingReading currently sit one place above Leeds in the table on goal difference and I don’t expect these two sides to switch. Leeds got a fantastic result at Birmingham mid-week, whereas Reading narrowly lost to Middlesbrough in the last few minutes. This game will be tedious to watch since both teams have struggled to score as of late.

Prediction: Leeds 0-0 Reading

Saturday 3pm KO Preston vs MK Dons

Both newly promoted teams from League 1 and Simon Grayson has done a fantastic job at Preston sitting comfortably in 10th. Unlike MK Dons who have found this season to be a struggle. Karl Robinson’s men are 9 points from safety and a win is crucial to try secure Championship status for next season.

Prediction: Preston 2-0 MK Dons

Saturday 3pm KO Rotherham vs Nottingham Forest

Neil Warnock has revived this Rotherham who look like they’ll stay in the Championship for next season. Nottingham Forest have been poor and their recent results suggests relegation form. They need to quickly turn it around to hope they don’t get involved in a relegation scrap at the end of the season.

Prediction: Rotherham 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Saturday 3pm KO Sheffield Wednesday vs Ipswich

Sheffield Wednesday had been excellent all season until last week, hammered 4-1 away at Bristol the team will need to bounce back this week against. Ipswich currently are having a bad run of form, with only one win in the last six they need to show up against a strong Wednesday side if they want to think of making the play-offs.

Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Ipswich

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