With the FA Cup coming up again next weekend, the Championship clubs still in it are trying to pick up as many points as possible. Back to back wins can see a team fly up the table, and it’s all about the home comforts this week.
Middelsbrough vs Nottingham Forest
With Hull beginning to motor, Middelsbrough are starting to come under a little bit of pressure for the first time. Dropped points this weekend against Forest will give the Tigers the chance to roar to the top of the Championship table.
Boro have only lost once at home all season – to Bristol City, who beat them last weekend as well.
That was Middlesbrough’s first loss in two months, and fans will want a reaction from a wounded animal. They’ve conceded just two goals at the Riverside all season. Against a Forest side without a win in nine away from the City Ground, and with just nine goals on the road all season. Home win at
Leeds United vs Bristol City
That victory for the Robins at Boro last week gave them a much needed boost in their fight against relegation, but they are still in trouble. They’ve failed to score in over half of their away games and are on a three game losing streak on the road. Leeds’ delightful run in December was brought to a shuddering halt by back to back defeats against Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday. They’re not fully clear from the scrap down the bottom yet, but have a favorable run of fixtures, starting with this one on Saturday. Home win at
Bolton vs MK Dons
Another week, another bad story coming out of the Macron. Staff’s wages being delayed, training grounds and car parks being put up for sale in order to save the club, and barely scraping by a non league club in the FA Cup. But a win is a win, and it was a feel-good moment amongst the doom and gloom for Neil Lennon. A winding up case against the club has been delayed until the end of next month.
Call us crazy, but we’re thinking that they’re going to beat MK Dons this weekend. The Dons haven’t won away since the opening game of the season at Rotherham, both of Bolton’s wins have came at home and it’d be classic Championship to see the team that shouldn’t win, come away with all three points. Bolton win at
Cardiff vs Rotherham
Cardiff have been yo-yoing their way through this season. Their form in the last 10 games reads four wins, three draws, three defeats. Their ten draws is the second highest of the sides in the top half, but they came away from Molineux last weekend with an impressive 3-1 victory. They are one of the few teams to have toppled Middlesbrough and are still hopeful of a playoff place, currently sitting five points off sixth.
Rotherham on the other hand are sinking and sinking fast. Contrary to Cardiff, they’ve not been drawing (just three all season), instead they are losing. A lot. A fruitful Christmas period saw them beat Hull and Brighton, but sandwiched around them were heavy defeats to Fulham and QPR, leaving the Millers out of the relegation zone on goal difference. No win in their last four away games points to a Cardiff win at