With no Friday night game in the Championship this weekend we’re treated to no less than ten games this Saturday, with a Yorkshire derby to kick us off as Leeds Utd face Barnsley at Oakwell, while Middlesbrough take on Derby, Aston Villa play Ipswich & Chris Coleman’s Sunderland will look to find a win at Burton.
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Wolves increased their lead at the top of the Championship to four points on Wednesday after a comfortable win over fellow promotion hopefuls Leeds. Nuno Espírito Santo’s side ran out 4-1 winners in what was expected to be a much closer affair. On Saturday they’ll be looking for a similar result when they host struggling Bolton Wanderers.
The North West side remain in the relegation zone after squandering a two goal lead late on against Reading mid-week and face a Wolves side looking to make it seven league wins in eight. Phil Parkinson’s side have enjoyed an upturn in form of late and are unbeaten in seven, that’s likely to change on Saturday though. The hosts should have too much class for the newly promoted side and Wolves to win to nil at 11/10.
Saturday’s lunchtime kick off sees Barnsley face Leeds United in what could be a feisty Yorkshire derby. The Tykes are plodding along nicely in mid table and are six points above the relegation zone, while their rivals have slowly slipped down the table and are now three points off those all important play off places.
Leeds will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s thumping by taking all three points at Oakwell, and I expect them to do just that. I do, however, think it will be an end to end game with both sides getting on the score sheet, Leeds and BTTS 4/1.
Just goal difference separates Boro and Derby in sixth and seventh and the two playoff hopefuls go head to head at the Riverside on Saturday. Both sides head into the game after 2-0 wins in midweek so confidence will be high in both camps. Neither side will want to lose ground on their promotion rivals so I wouldn’t be too surprised if this one ended in a score draw 7/2. After a slow start Britt Assombalonga has finally hit form.
The striker has 11 league goals so far this campaign including a brace against Birmingham on Wednesday – he’s 3/1 to score first.
Two teams at opposite ends of the table go head to head at teatime on Saturday as Sheffield United host Birmingham. The Blades lost a nine goal thriller against Fulham on Tuesday and are now five points off high flying Wolves at the top of the table. As for Birmingham they’ve just one point above the relegation zone after winning just one of their last six league games.
United have been scoring for fun of late, with Leon Clarke leading the Championship’s top scorer chart with 12 goals – he’s 9/2 to score first. The same can’t be said about Birmingham though who’ve bagged just two goals in eight games, and I can’t see them getting on the score sheet on Saturday despite Sheffield United’s iffy defence.
Sheffield United win to nil 6/4.
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