Monday, 26 January 2009

Midweek Championship Preview, Game 29

A full Championship programme again this week with all bar one of the matches tomorrow night. Losing interest rapidly though I am, I will maintain my professionalism and continue to give a view on all of the matches!

Barnsley v Ipswich Town 
Barnsley are not out of the woods yet and could do with two or three more wins in the next month or two to be sure they will gain the necessary points total to avoid being dragged back into a relegation fight. Town are hard on the heels of Palace and will fancy another crack at the play-offs. They might just want it a bit more than the Tykes tomorrow.
Prediction; 1-2

Birmingham City v Derby County
Brum blew their game in hand at Blackpool and are now two points behind Reading in third. They need to win this to maintain the pressure and I think they will have enough for Derby.
Prediction; 2-0

Blackpool v QPR
I wouldn't fancy this as a Hoops fan and their players might fancy it even less. Blackpool will be up for it after seeing off Birmingham at the weekend. A day off work and all that way for nothing.
Prediction; 2-0

Charlton Athletic v Crystal Palace
I can't see us winning this one but there should be enough fight to keep it close. Palace have lost three on the spin and their vocal backing might just help spur some of players on as well as the home fans. It's the sort of game Darren Ambrose might fancy a goal and Chris Dickson if Plucky can swallow his pride and give him a start.
Prediction; 1-1

Norwich City v Southampton
Norwich can climb further out of the mire here and press Southampton faces deeper in the mud in the process. Southampton are in a Charlton-like mess and them being relegated with us will soften the blow in some ways.
Prediction; 1-0

Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday
Forest are on the up and with Tyson and Earnshaw in tandem, they have strike-force that can win you games. Wednesday will fight here but it could be a good night match in the Trent End.
Prediction; 2-1

Plymouth Argyle v Bristol City
West country derby of sorts and City should be well backed. Both sides are mid-table this year and I'll go for Plymouth to take the points.
Prediction; 1-0

Reading v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Match of the Evening here and Reading know they are on the home run. A twelfth home win would put them within two points of Wanderers.
Prediction; 3-2

Sheffield United v Doncaster Rovers
United won at Rovers earlier in the season and I am confident they will complete the double here. 
Prediction; 3-1

Swansea City v Preston NE
A fine F A Cup win over Premier League opposition and more to come at the Liberty Stadium. Martinez won't have given up on the play-offs either and a win here would be a six pointer.
Prediction; 2-0

Watford v Burnley
A good win for free-scoring Watford on Saturday to dump Palace out of the cup. Brendan Rodgers has got them playing and scoring again and Jack Cork will be looking to score again as he follows in his Dad's prolific footsteps. Burnley have had a fine season so far but have been slipping up here and there of late and this might be another.
Prediction; 2-1

Coventry City v Cardiff City
This is the Wednesday evening game and I can't see the Sky Blues winning. Fresh from holding the Gunners, Cardiff might find more joy attacking Coventry and they have a play-off place to fight for.
Predcition; 0-1

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