It's tighter than a Glazer's wallet at the top
1st and 2nd collide but we focus on the relegation fight
Burnley can’t mathematically do it this Saturday, but a victory at home to second placed Brighton will put them minimum seven points clear of 3rd place. Down the bottom just six points separate five teams. To reflect the craziness of this season, we’ve dug out a 67/1 fivefold.
Wolves vs Ipswich
The Mick McCarthy derby! Two teams who looked for a while to be in with a chance of making the playoffs comfortably. Now though, Ipswich are hanging on in the fight, while Wolves are settled in mid table.
The Tractor Boys have topped this fixture in recent years – Wolves haven’t beaten them since September 2012. But McCarthy’s men aren’t in good form at all. Their loss to Rotherham before the break was their fourth defeat in eight. Big Mick can take solace in the fact that Ipswich’s away form is only topped by the top two in the league. 28 points from 19 games is not to be sniffed at.
Kenny Jackett has managed to steady the Wanderers ship with three games unbeaten. But even he must be disappointed that the season has petered out. I don’t see Ipswich losing this one. Ipswich draw no bet at
Rotherham vs Leeds
Both the Steve Evans and Neil Warnock derby! Fantastic!
It’s been yet another turbulent week at Elland Road. Evans came out again and said he was uncertain about his future under Massimo Cellino. A bizarre quote to the papers was “I’m 100 per cent convinced that if we win matches then the president will make the decision I’d like him to make”. Barack Obama clearly very worried about the plight. To top it all off Souleymane Doukara was banned for 8 games after doing a Luis Suarez impression and chomping down on Fernando Amorebieta.
Rotherham are flying under Warnock, they’re unbeaten in five which included wins over Middlesbrough and Ipswich alongside a draw against Derby. Not too shabby. Rotherham are unbeaten in six league contests with Leeds
But if there’s two things the Championship has taught us it’s that 1) hoof ball can be brilliantly entertaining and 2) expect the unexpected.Leeds have a knack of pulling a win out of nowhere when everything is doomed. Back the Whites at
Hull City vs Bristol City
Tigers hunt,amongst other things, Robins. That happens in the natural world and it happens in the footballing world as well. Hull have lost just two of the last ten meetings between themselves and Bristol City and are trying to reel in Middlesbrough who sit 3rd at time of writing.
Five wins from their last eight games has seen Bristol City go from 23rd to 19th and six points clear of relegation. Ever since Mark Watson wrote his piece about the Ashton Gate side, the Robins have taken flight. But Hull just need this win more to cement a play off place, and going by history this is pointing to a home victory. Hull win at
Charlton vs Birmingham
Charlton’s situation isn’t much better than Leeds.
An owner that fans want to go away – check. A manager that is popular but unsure of his future – check. A half decent football team – err, no. Despite beating Middlesbrough, just one win in two months between November and January means that the Addicks are almost certainties to be playing League One football in August. They’re bottom of the home form table, bottom of the defensive table and second bottom of the overall table.
Coming up against a Birmingham City side who still have hopes of a playoff spot with a game in hand, they’ll lose again. Birmingham win at
Cardiff City vs Derby County
Two of the more inconsistent sides in the division meet in Wales. Both are mulling in and around the playoffs. Derby are sitting 5th at the moment but defeat to Cardiff will see the gap between the two narrowed to just two points. The Bluebirds have won over half of their home games, taking on average just under 2 points per game. Derby have been pretty good away from Pride Park, matching Ipswich’s record of 28 points from 19 away games.
This will be close but Cardiff have shown enough in performances against Brighton, Preston and Ipswich to have the ability to snuff teams out. Derby will need to hope that Russell Slade is still on the international break mindset. Cardiff win at