Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Championship Preview – Matchday 15

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Championship 1 Nov 2019

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Bristol City travel to bottom-of-the-table Barnsley looking for three points that would see them move level with top of the table West Bromwich Albion.

The Robins have lost just once since their opening day defeat to favourites Leeds United, and while they are without an away win in their last three, they will fancy their chances against the Tykes, who haven’t won since they beat Fulham on August 3rd.

Going into the weekend, only three points separate the sides sitting from second to eleventh and two teams in that cluster meet at Elland Road, where favourites Leeds in third take on Queens Park Rangers while two other sides two points off the top, Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday are at Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers respectively.

Seventh place Fulham have suffered just one defeat in nine ahead of Hull City’s visit to Craven Cottage though the Tigers will be no pushovers after recording back-to-back wins over Nottingham Forest and Derby County.

Grant McCann’s side go into the game just five points off the play-off places and are currently priced at 33/1 to win promotion back to the Premier League after an absence of three seasons.
After two straight losses and last week’s postponement Nottingham Forest will be keen to get back on track as they travel to Luton Town, who themselves are just two points off the drop zone after three defeats in four.

Middlesbrough are without a win in seven – a run that has seen them slip into the bottom three and face a tough trip to Derby County.

Jonathan Woodgate’s side are the lowest scorers in the division and have failed to find the net in each of their last three games ahead of back-to-back away games, and with two of the top four on the horizon they will be desperate to get back on track as soon as possible.

Reading host Millwall just one point and one place above the relegation zone, though they do have a game in hand over all the sides around them after missing out last weekend.

A six-game unbeaten run under new manager Danny Cowley has seen Huddersfield Town climb out of the relegation zone and victory at Brentford will see them pull further away from trouble.

There is a midtable clash in south Wales where Cardiff City host Birmingham City, where the visitors have on eye on the top six while on Sunday Preston North End head to Charlton Athletic.

Preston head into the weekend in second place but could be outside of the play-offs by the time their game kicks off while West Bromwich Albion can guarantee they will remain top if they win at managerless Stoke City on Monday evening.


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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