We are reaching the ‘business’ end of the Championship season now and there are some crucial fixtures this weekend.
The top two in the Championship, Wolves and Birmingham, face-off in front of the Sky cameras on Monday night. A win for Mick McCarthy’s side would surely seal a return to the Premiership after five years away, while a Blues win would boost their own promotion chances.
Looking to capitalise on any slip-ups by the top two is third placed Reading. They are on the road on Saturday against Chris Coleman’s Coventry. Just two points behind Reading are Kevin Blackwell’s Sheffield United, who are at home to mid-table Ipswich. Owen Coyle’s Burnley meanwhile are on the road at Nigel Clough’s Derby.
There is no lazy-lie in on Sunday for Swansea and Cardiff fans. The bitter Welsh rivals clash at Ninian Park at ELEVEN O’CLOCK on Sunday morning!
Two other play-off rivals square off in the Saturday evening TV game. Alan Irvine’s Preston, just two points and one place outside the play-offs, take on Bristol City, who are three points behind North End.
Southampton will be glad to concentrate on matters on the field after more financial woes this week. But unfortunately their league position isn’t anything to smile about either - they lie second bottom. But they may be hopeful for a result on Saturday as they take on rock-bottom Charlton at St Mary’s.
Nottingham Forest occupy the third relegation spot and face a relegation six-pointer away at Barnsley. Billy Davies' side can draw level with their opponents with a win.
Bryan Gunn’s Norwich may have picked up recently but they are still dangerously close to the bottom three and will hope to pull further away with a win at home to Sheffield Wednesday. 21st placed Plymouth meanwhile......
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