While everyone else is fixating on potential giant killings (which will lead to nothing in the end) and days out at Wembley, there are six Championship sides who are already out of the F.A Cup and are instead playing on Saturday in the league. Despite only three matches, Paddy’s picked out a tasty 16/1 treble.
Rotherham vs Charlton
This is a massive relegation six pointer. Charlton are in disarray both on and off the field. No wins in 11 has fans frustrated, and coupled with ongoing protests about club owner Roland Duchatelet, all is not well down at the Valley. On Saturday they make the trip up the M1 to Yorkshire and to Rotherham United who sit just four points above the Addicks in 21st. A victory for the Millers would give them a bit of breathing room with all the other clubs in cup action. They’ve beaten Hull and Brighton at the New York Stadium and should add Charlton to that list. Home win at
Bristol City vs Birmingham
Birmingham are peaking at the perfect time. Unbeaten since Boxing Day, Gary Rowett has got his side scoring , with six in their last two against Derby and Ipswich (rivals in the hunt for the playoffs, or maybe even automatic promotion). They were busy in the transfer market during the week, bringing in Diego Fabbrini from Watford, the Italian having made five appearances for the Blues in 2015.
Bristol City have themselves been active, signing Lee Tomlin on loan and Scott Gouldbourne (England’s next big thing of 2009). Performances have been improving under John Pemberton and Wade Elliot, but Paddy doesn’t think they’ll have enough to topple a well-oiled Brum machine. Away win at
Huddersfield vs Cardiff
Despite losing just two of their last eight games, Huddersfield are still nervously peering over their shoulder (like Louis Van Gaal) at the relegation zone. They’ve scored in each of their last ten games, and are unbeaten in their last four games at the John Smith’s Stadium.
They’ll be tested on Saturday though by the visit of Cardiff, who have been in relatively good form themselves, losing once since the turn of the year. But they haven’t put back to back wins together since September, which is why they’re not really being talked about as realistic playoff contenders. This one is sure to be entertaining (both sides are in the top five in the league in number of shots – and defensive errors), and we can’t split them – Draw at