Friday, 17 April 2009

Championship Preview

Hello and welcome to my latest preview of this week's Championship fixtures as we approach the final stages of what has been another exciting season.

It’s the day of destiny for Mick McCarthy’s Wolves. The Midlanders can secure automatic promotion with a win over QPR at Molineux, and all but guarantee the title in the process. Looking to capitalise on any slip-ups is Alex McLeish’s Birmingham who travel to Watford. Lurking just a point outside the top two is Sheffield United. Kevin Blackwell’s Blades are looking to pinch second place but will have to wait until Monday to play their game, against play-off chasing Burnley at Turf Moor.

Cardiff’s recent good run has seen them rise to fourth and they can go level with Sheffield United in third with a win over Alan Irvine’s Preston at Deepdale. Reading are wobbling at just the wrong time and have slipped to fifth. They will look to arrest the slide at home against relegation threatened Barnsley. Swansea still hold outside hopes of snatching a play-off place but they will need a win against Bristol City at the Liberty Stadium.

It is getting tense at the bottom and it's my Championship football prediction that it will go right to the very last day. Charlton are on the brink, anything other than a win against Blackpool will see their relegation confirmed. Above them it cannot be closer. Southampton are on 44 points and travel north to play Sheffield Wednesday. Above them are three clubs on 46 points - Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and Norwich. Forest have the worst goal difference of the three and will look for a repeat of their dramatic win over Bristol City last time out when they tackle Coventry at the City Ground. Bryan Gunn’s Norwich face....

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