With the F.A Cup out of the way for the new few weeks, focus in the Championship turns back to the playoff and relegation battles on Tuesday evening. With leaders Hull and second placed Middlesbrough not in action it’s a chance for the chasing pack to heap the pressure on.
Derby vs Preston
Derby are still in the playoffs but are in a bit of a rut form wise. They haven’t won a game since Boxing day and have conceded 11 goals in their last four games, dropping them from 2nd to 5th in the table. Preston on the other hand are one of those teams that won’t go down, but are too far off the playoffs. Three wins in their last eight has them languishing in 16th. Just 11 goals in 14 away games isn’t good enough for North End though. Back the Rams at home at
Ipswich vs Reading
Ipswich are out for revenge as they look to stay in the playoff hunt against Reading.
Mick McCarthy recently signed a new two year contract at Ipswich, one of his key tasks is surely getting the Tractor Boys back to the big time. They were looking good over the winter, until Birmingham dismantled them at Portman Road last weekend, in the process leapfrogging them in the table.
Reading beat Ipswich 5-1 at the Madejski earlier in the year but have collapsed since then. Despite being in the top five as we went into November, Reading are now ten places lower in the table. But they’re still a tough team to break down away from home, as Sheffield Wednesday found out last weekend. Look at an Ipswich win at
Sheffield Wednesday vs Burnley
Two of the highest-scoring teams in the division meet at Hillsborough.
Sheffield Wednesday haven’t lost in 11 games at home, scoring 27 goals in that period. It’s been their form away from home that has let them down. Burnley have more goals than any other side in the division. The two sides are in the exact same form over the last eight games – five wins, a draw and two defeats. Definitley back over 3.5 goals, and as a result I’m tipping a draw at
Wolves vs Bolton
Bolton look to back up a victory over MK Dons last weekend as they visit Molineux, without a win on their travels in 14 games.
Wolves will be hopeful of a late charge towards the playoffs. They’ve scored a goal in each of their last ten games, which is not good news for the Trotters, who’ve failed to score in two thirds of their games away from the Macron. They did manage to beat Wolves there earlier in the season though. They won’t do a double over the West Midlands side though. Home win at