Sky Bet Championship Predictions and Preview of top matches
Nottingham Forest vs Bolton
Relegated Bolton will travel to face Nottingham Forest on Sunday. Bolton are in 23rd place, and they were relegated a couple of weeks ago. Meanwhile, Forest are in 10th place, and their push for the playoffs was an unsuccessful one. They will be the favourites going into this game, and a heavy home win is on the cards.
Derby County vs West Bromwich Albion
Playoff-chasing Derby will host West Brom as both sides are looking to make the cut. Derby are in sixth place, and they have a game in hand against Swansea City. West Brom are in fourth, and they have secured their playoff spot already. The likes of Middlesbrough and Bristol are just behind Derby, so Frank Lampard needs points to keep them at bay. It will be a close game at the iPro Stadium, and both sides should score in this one.
Reading vs Birmingham City
Reading will host Birmingham City at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday. Both sides have avoided relegation this season, and they have nothing left to play for. The EFL deducted 9 points from Birmingham’s total for financial breaches, and that spurred a fall down the table. Despite some disappointing results, they have managed to stay safe. Neither side is in great form going into this one, and we should see more than 2.5 goals in the game.
Hull City vs Bristol City
Bristol City will travel to face Hull City as they look to make the playoffs in the last round of fixtures. Bristol are 8th in the table, and they have accumulated 69 points thus far. Both Derby County and Middlesbrough are on 70 points. Only one out of these three can make it to the playoffs, and Derby are favourites as they have a game in hand. Hull City’s season has petered out, and they are winless in their last four games. Bristol should win the game, but it will be a tough contest.
Aston Villa vs Norwich City
Aston Villa will host leaders Norwich who will look to seal the Championship crown. Norwich are three points ahead of Sheffield United, and they have a superior goal difference by a margin of two. But results on the last day could change things, and Sheffield have a chance of nipping in to steal the title. Meanwhile, Villa are certain of a playoff spot. Norwich should win this game, which will make their Championship title secure. It will be a close game, with both sides likely to score.
Blackburn Rovers vs Swansea City
Two mid-table clubs will face off when Blackburn entertain Swansea at Ewood Park on Sunday. It is the last game of subpar seasons for both the sides. Blackburn are in 14th place, and Swansea are three points ahead of them in 11th spot. Both sides will go for the win, and we could see some goals in this one. Expect the total goals to be over 2.5 in this match.