Monday, May 20, 2019

Championship Preview – Matchday 13

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The Championship returns on Friday evening with Sheffield Wednesday taking on Middlesborough at Hillsborough.

Victory for Tony Pulis’s side would lift them to the top of the table ahead of Saturday’s fixtures while a win for the Owls would move them level on points with their opponents.

Sheffield United go in to the weekend on top of the pile and are one of four sides in with a chance of being in that position come Saturday evening.

They face Derby County in the days late kick off with the Rams just a point outside of the top six while second place West Bromwich Albion face a trip to Wigan Athletic.

Tight at the top

Leeds United slipped outside of the Championship promotion places in matchday twelve after only managing to draw against Brentford but will, at least temporarily move back into the top two with a win over Blackburn in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Nottingham Forest will be looking to tighten their grip on a play-off place as they host Norwich City while Brentford, who are among a clutch of sides ready to pounce on any slipups from their fellow promotion hopefuls take on Bristol City at Griffin Park.

The Bees are without a win in five league games and are also on the lookout for a new manager after losing Dean Smith to Aston Villa in the international break.

New era

Smith begins his new role with a trip to Swansea City, who they will leapfrog should they pick up a first win in

The Villains are just four points off the play offs with just over a quarter of the season gone and they can currently be backed at a price of 5/1 for promotion.

Stoke City are just behind Villa in the promotion market and will aim continue their charge against Birmingham City after back-to-back wins.

Birmingham themselves are upwardly mobile after piecing together an eight-game unbeaten run though six of those games have ended all square.

Two of the divisions favourites for relegation meet at the New York Stadium as Rotherham United take on Bolton Wanderers while six of the division’s bottom seven meet each other.

Battles at the bottom

Twentieth place Millwall travel to face a Reading side who sit just one point and one place below them while Ipswich Town play Queens Park Rangers.

Finally, there is a six-pointer taking place at the KCOM Stadium where bottom-of-the-table Hull City host Preston North End.

The Tigers are propping up the rest of the decision after losing five of their last seven games, a run which has seen them pick up just four points, just one less than their opponents.


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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