by Thomas Rooney
With Norwich sitting in the top half of the table for the first time in what feels like an age, I’m hoping that the Championship is beginning to take shape. In reality though, even after this games this weekend – everything could be turned on its head. A victory for Norwich and we could be in the top six; a defeat and it could be back to the familiar surroundings of lower mid-table.
That’s the way it is in this league – we all know that by now. One thing I will say though is that the top two looked fairly well set. Wolves and Birmingham should be operating around the automatic promotion places for the majority of the campaign. Having said that, this time last year, Watford were Champions elect were they not?
Nevertheless, as ever, I will be indulging in some football betting this weekend. Based on nothing other than my own opinion – below are the predictions for this weekend’s Championship football.
Barnsley v Norwich: We have an excellent record at Barnsley and I expect it to continue. I’m actually more confident about us away from home at the moment. 1-2.
Blackpool v Coventry: Both teams are doing ok right now. Each of them sit in the top 10 of the division. Can’t see many goals in this one. 1-1.
Burnley v Preston: You never know what to expect from a local derby, but this one normally delivers goals. Preston will be slight favourites – they sit in 3rd. 1-2.
Cardiff v Birmingham: The away side will be looking for a response to their first defeat last week. Cardiff though, are unbeaten and difficult to beat. 0-0.
Charlton v Sheffield Weds: Sheffield Wednesday have conceded 11 goals in three away games so far this season. Charlton are inconsistent but should nick it. 3-2.
Doncaster v Southampton: The away side have started poorly and their midweek defeat at Rotherham hasn’t help proceedings. Doncaster haven’t scored more than one goal in a game so far. 0-0.
Ipswich v Crystal Palace: Ipswich should win this one. They need to kick start their season against struggling Palace. Hope they won’t – but they need to. 2-1.
Plymouth v Forest: After their abysmal display against us, they went and won at Watford and Palace to get their season up and running. The home crowd will be on their backs at the first sign of danger though. 1-1.
QPR v Derby: The football odds will have this one down as a tough one to call and I have to agree. Derby have improved of late and QPR sit in 4th. 2-2.
Reading v Swansea: Reading are very strong at home and I placed a football bet on them winning the league, so hopefully they will continue to be! 3-1.
Sheffield United v Watford: After being ‘robbed’ at Carrow Road last week, I expect a tough game for the home side here. Watford are 17th but should improve. 1-2.
Wolves v Bristol City: This is the early kick off tomorrow and it should be a cracker. Both teams are flying high and Bristol City are rubbishing the ‘difficult second season’ theory. The home side will get the points though. 4-2.