Aston Villa vs Blackburn Preview and PredictionEmbed from Getty Images
Aston Villa will host Blackburn at Villa Park as they look to strengthen their playoff chances this season. They are in sixth place and on 57 points, which is the same as Preston. Villa are ahead due to their superior goal difference.
Blackburn are in 16th place, and they have no danger of relegation. Their defence has been a major letdown this season, and it has let in 60 goals. That tally is the fourth-worst in the league. Their recent form has been poor, with just one win in their last 5 games.
Villa dominate the head to head record, and they have won 16 of the last 21 meetings. They will be the favorites again, and expect more than 2.5 goals in the game courtesy of Blackburn’s poor defence.
2019 English Championship Preview and Prediction: Aston Villa vs Blackburn Prediction
Total Goals: Over 2.5 @ 1.65 at Pinnacle Sports
Derby County vs Rotherham Preview and PredictionEmbed from Getty Images
Derby County will take on relegation-threatened Rotherham at the iPro Stadium on Saturday. Derby are in eighth place, and Frank Lampard’s side is gunning to get into the playoffs. They are just a point behind the last playoff place of sixth.
Rotherham are in 22nd place, which is the last relegation spot. They are one point behind the likes of Reading and Millwall, and relegation can be avoided. Their away form has been terrible though, and they have won just one game on the road this season.
Derby County’s games see less than 2.5 goals on average, and the clash against Rotherham should also see less than 2.5 goals. It will be a close game, and Rotherham will adopt a defensive approach to stop Derby. The home side should nick a close win on Saturday.
2019 English Championship Preview and Prediction: Derby County vs Rotherham Prediction
Derby County To Win @ 1.70 at Pinnacle Sports
Ipswich vs Hull City Preview and PredictionEmbed from Getty Images
Bottom side Ipswich will host Hull City as they look to avenge some lost pride. Ipswich are all but relegated, and they are 13 points below safety with 8 matches to go. They have not won a Championship game since their win over Rotherham in January.
Hull City are comfortable in 12th spot, with faint playoff hopes. They are six points behind Aston Villa in sixth, which gives them something to play for in the coming weeks. Away from home, they have failed to impress, picking up just 19 out of their 51 points.
Despite that, they will go into the tie as favorites due to how poor Ipswich are. They have conceded 62 goals all season, which is the second-worst. But they have scored in 11 of their last 12 home matches, which bodes well for the neutral. Hull should win the game, with the total goals in the match above 2.5.
2019 English Championship Preview and Prediction: Ipswich vs Hull City Prediction
Hull To Win @ 2.44 at Pinnacle Sports
Nottingham Forest vs Swansea City Preview and PredictionEmbed from Getty Images
Nottingham Forest will host Swansea City at the City Ground in the Championship on Saturday. Nottingham are 11th in the table, just three points behind the last playoff spot. It is very tight in the playoff battle, and anyone can sneak in after a good run of results.
Swansea are 14th, with nothing left to play for this season. Their recent form has been bad, and they have lost 4 out of their last 5 games. Nottingham meanwhile have won 2 out of their last 5 matches.
Swansea have lost their last 5 away games, scoring just 2 goals in total. Nottingham should take advantage of that, and hold Swansea scoreless in the process. Swansea last won at their opponents more than a decade ago, and that is unlikely to be changed on Saturday.
2019 English Championship Preview and Prediction: Nottingham Forest vs Swansea City Prediction
Nottingham Forest To Win @ 2.46 at Pinnacle Sports
QPR vs Bolton Preview and PredictionEmbed from Getty Images
Bolton will travel to QPR as they look to keep their survival hopes alive in the Championship. They are in 23rd place, and 8 points below safety. Last time they were demolished 5-2 by Wigan, and they have won just once in the league this calendar year.
QPR are safe from relegation, but their recent form has been troubling. They have won just once in the last five games, and find themselves 17th in the table. Bolton have lost 9 of their last 10 away games, which is encouraging news for the Rangers.
Goals are common when these two sides meet, and 10 of their last 14 meetings had goals from both the teams. Bolton have scored in five of their last six outings, and QPR’s home attack has been good. The total goals should be above 2.5 in this one, with both sides to score.
2019 English Championship Preview and Prediction: QPR vs Bolton Prediction
Both Teams To Score- Yes @ 2.00 at Pinnacle Sports
Reading vs Preston Preview and PredictionEmbed from Getty Images
Playoff-chasing Preston will travel to Reading on Saturday to get into the playoff places. They are currently in seventh place, behind Aston Villa on just goal difference. With eight games to go, the race for promotion is bound to be an interesting one.
Reading are just one point above the relegation zone, and they will want to increase that gap quickly. They have lost just one of their last five games, but Preston’s form is good as well. Preston are unbeaten in their last 12 matches, and have won eight of them.
Preston will be the heavy favorites, and expect them to clinch the three points. Both teams should score in the game, with total goals over 2.5.
2019 English Championship Preview and Prediction: Reading vs Preston Prediction
Both teams to score- Yes @ 1.80 at Pinnacle Sports
Wigan vs Brentford Preview and PredictionEmbed from Getty Images
Wigan will host Brentford as they look to seal their Championship status for another season. They are 19th in the table, just three points above the relegation zone. Three points will be huge for them, and it will increase the gap to 22nd place.
Brentford are in 13th place, and they suffered consecutive losses before the international break. They are one of the worst away teams in the league and have managed just two wins on the road all season.
They score 1.1 goals on average away from home and concede 1.67. Wigan will fancy their chances, and it will be a close game. The total goals should be less than 2.5 in the match.
2019 English Championship Preview and Prediction: Wigan vs Brentford Prediction
Total Goals: Under 2.5 @ 2.09 at Pinnacle Sports
Middlesbrough vs Norwich City Preview and PredictionEmbed from Getty Images
Leaders Norwich City will travel to Middlesbrough as they look to extend their lead at the top of the table. Currently, their lead is four points, but Middlesbrough will give them a tough battle for the three points.
Middlesbrough are 5th in the table, and they are aiming to stay above the chasing pack. Direct promotion is not achievable at this point, so making the playoffs is their aim. But they have lost their last three games, which is good news for Norwich.
The away side will be the favorites, and they have scored in 21 of their last 22 away games. Norwich should win the game, but the total goals will be less than 2.5.
2019 English Championship Preview and Prediction: Middlesbrough vs Norwich City Prediction
Norwich City To Win @ 2.55 at Pinnacle Sports
Leeds United vs Millwall Preview and PredictionEmbed from Getty Images
Leeds United will host Millwall as they look to get into the top two in the Championship. Marcelo Bielsa’s side is now third in the table after they were at the top for many weeks. To gain direct promotion they will need to be in the top two, and Sheffield United in second are just a point above them.
Millwall are 20th in the league, and they are just one point above the relegation places. Their recent form has been terrible, and they have managed to lose 4 out of their last five games. Millwall is one of the worst away sides in the Championships, and their measly tally of three wins on the road attests to that.
Leeds have lost 2 out of their last 5, and this game is a perfect chance to build some momentum. They have won 14 out of the last 17 meeting between the two sides, which is a huge point in their favour. Total goals in this game would be over 2.5, as Leeds have one of the best attacks in the league. Bielsa’s side should win the game as they chase that second spot in the Championship table.
2019 English Championship Preview and Prediction: Leeds United vs Millwall Prediction
Total Goals: Over 2.5 @ 1.88 at Pinnacle Sports
Sheffield Wednesday vs Stoke City Preview and PredictionEmbed from Getty Images
Sheffield Wednesday will travel to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City on Saturday in the Championship. Sheffield are 10th in the table, but tight competition means that they are chasing for a playoff spot as it stands.
They are just two points behind sixth-placed Aston Villa, who occupy the last playoff spot. Sheffield are unbeaten in their last five games, winning three of them. Stoke are in 15th place, and their poor attack has let them down severely this season. Only two sides have scored fewer goals than the 37 Stoke have managed this season.
Their home form is good though, and Wednesday will find it tough to continue their good form. Stoke have conceded just twice in their last seven games, and the game is likely to be devoid of many goals. Total goals in the match should be less than 2.5, as the scoreline is bound to be a narrow one. Seven of their last 13 meetings were stalemates, and something similar could happen again.
2019 English Championship Preview and Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday vs Stoke City Prediction
Total Goals: Under 2.5 @ 1.50 at Pinnacle Sports
Sheffield United vs Bristol City Preview and PredictionEmbed from Getty Images
Sheffield United will host Bristol City on Saturday in the Championship at Bramall Lane. Both sides are chasing promotion, despite the sizeable gap of 19 points between them.
Sheffield are chasing direct promotion to the Premier League, and a win is important to stay ahead of the chasing pack. They are in second place, just one point ahead of third-placed Leeds United. The first two sides will gain direct promotion to the Premier League. Sheffield trail leaders Norwich who are four points ahead.
Bristol are in 9th place, just two points below the last playoff spot. Their recent form has been woeful, and they are winless in their last five league games. The only side who can match them is Ipswich, who are last in the table. Meanwhile, Sheffield are unbeaten in their last 10 matches, and they have won 8 of their last 9 home ties.
Incredibly, Sheffield have kept a clean sheet for seven consecutive games, and Bristol will find it hard to breach the opposition goal. Another clean sheet looks to be on the cards for the home side. Sheffield need to keep on winning to stay clear of Leeds, and they should do it against Bristol.
2019 English Championship Preview and Prediction: Sheffield United vs Bristol City Prediction
Sheffield United To Win @ 1.70 at Pinnacle Sports