Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Midweek Championship Preview, Game 31

Hard to believe with most of the country struggling under several inches of snow, but this evening's match at Ashton Gate is still on. No doubt there will be a pitch inspection this morning but the team are down there and we are preparing to play.

Bristol City v Charlton Athletic
City gained only their fourth home victory of the season on Saturday at home to Barnsley. They have drawn eight games at Ashton Gate, more than anyone else in the division and this probably accounts for them sitting outside the play-off zone as opposed to being firmly amongst it again where Gary Johnson would have expected them to be. Another win this evening would move them closer and I can see them getting the win. We look like we will start with Holland and Ward in the middle and, again, I can't see us getting more than one goal.
Prediction; 2-0

Crystal Palace v Birmingham City - OFF

Derby County v Blackpool
I'll be amazed if this game goes ahead. A real six pointer in prospect and Nigel Clough will be looking for a repeat of the 2-1 home win over Coventry. Blackpool pulled off a great win at Palace without Paul Rachubka on Saturday but a repeat here might be asking too much.
Prediction; 2-1

Preston NE v Plymouth Argyle
Wouldn't fancy setting off from Plymouth this morning in the hope of seeing this played. Both of these sides drew 0-0 on Saturday and Preston will be under prssure to go one better this evening. Plymouth haven't been great of late and a defeat here would continue their slide.
Prediction; 2-0

QPR v Swansea City - OFF

Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley
Only a late, late goal from Kevin Phillips prevented Wednesday winning their ninth home league match and I am sure they will secure the points earlier against Barnsley if this one gets played.
Prediction; 3-0

Southampton v Sheffield United
Maybe the South Coast escaped the worst of it yesterday. Southampton are in real trouble and a loss here would leave fourth bottom Doncaster three clear with two games in hand. Lights out for Southampton.
Prediction; 1-2

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Norwich City
Norwich's survival chances look like they will come at Carrow Road. Wolves will be expecting to increase their lead at the top and new signing Christophe Berra may prove inspired.
Prediction; 3-0

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