Seven points separate the bottom five. Six points separate the top five. Welcome to the Championship. The lead at the top changed hands three times over the last month, and it’s currently Hull sitting as kings of the hill up to the Premier League.
Middlesbrough vs Blackburn
Boro were flying high at the top as we went towards Christmas. But they’ve lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, and as a result slipped to second (albeit with a game in hand over Hull, and two over nearest challengers Burnley). Up against Blackburn, who haven’t won in their last seven games, but are third best in the league for goals conceded. It’s been going forward has been the problem.
Boro have only lost twice at home, and only conceded three goals at the Riverside all season. There’s also the small mater of Jordan Rhodes making his debut for them against the side he’s left. Home win at
Cardiff vs MK Dons
MK Dons are averaging less than a point per game and were played off the park by Bolton in their last away game. Bolton. The side EVERYONE beats. Cardiff are sitting four points off the playoffs at time of writing, and have only lost once in their last six, including an impressive victory over Huddersfield last week.
The Dons actually beat Cardiff on Boxing Day. They won’t do the double. Home win
Fulham vs Derby
Two sides whose form has fallen off a cliff. Derby have lost their spot at the top, and Fulham have been dragged into the multi-team relegation battle, sitting just three points off the bottom three at time of writing. Fulham haven’t won at home since Christmas week when they beat Rotherham, the Rams haven’t won away in nearly two months. Both sides are desperate for a result, but it may be a case of which side is better at being bad. Draw
Burnley vs Hull
The biggest game of the weekend, and possibly of Burnley’s season. A loss to Hull will leave them seven points behind the Tigers and effectively end any chance of the title given the games in hand held over them by Hull and Middlesbrough. They need to be aware of Derby circling in as well.
Hull’s gap at the top is one point. A loss will almost certainly see them drop to second, and the gap between them and the clarets will be one. They’ve won their last four, but Burnley are unbeaten in six. Both are scoring for fun. Draw