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Rooney’s Championship football preview

by Thomas Rooney

With every single Championship team in action over the weekend, what better way to look forward to it than some predictions to assist you in your football betting?

Like we have said time and time again, anyone can beat anyone in this league, but with a look at the form of each team, the predictions can be made that little bit easier.

As for Norwich, well I just hope that it’s a case of maintaining some decent form at Carrow Road. The away performances are a right off at the moment, but as long as we can continue to pick up home wins we should stay clear of the relegation zone. Forgive for not getting to excited though.

Barnsley v Sheffield United: This Yorkshire derby will be a very competitive contest. Sheffield United are a good bet for a play-off place while Barnsley will be in good spirits after winning three of the last four games. 2-2

Blackpool v Ipswich: Blackpool are often underestimated and there current position of 13ths means they shouldn’t be. Ipswich are unbeaten in five games. 1-1

Coventry v Crystal Palace: Both teams sit in mid-table and will expect to kick on in the coming weeks. Coventry have ‘turned a corner’ after their win at Birmingham according to Chris Coleman. Palace haven’t won in four. 2-1

Norwich v Preston: For some reason, I think we will go on a decent run at Carrow Road. We’ve won the last two and if Lita can continue his good form it could become three on the spin. Preston have been inconsistent in recent weeks. 1-0

Nottingham Forest v Birmingham: Forest have done better in the last couple of games, picking up four points. They face a Birmingham side that has lost their last two games by the single goal. 2-3

Plymouth v Charlton: Alan Pardew is under a lot of pressure after watching his team slip into the bottom three. They haven’t won since the beginning of October. You never quite know what to expect with Plymouth though. 0-0

QPR v Cardiff: Michael Chopra has re-joined Cardiff in a two-month loan deal and he will look to get on the score sheet for the 6th placed Welsh side. QPR are just a place below them though and have home advantage. 1-0

Reading v Derby: This is probably the pick of the Championship fixtures this weekend. The football odds will slightly favour the home side, but Paul Jewell’s team have only lost once in 12 games. 1-1

Sheffield Wednesday v Doncaster: The away side look destined to return to League One unless they pick things up soon. They sit rock bottom after 11 games without a win. Sheffield Wednesday haven’t won since beating Sheffield United in October. 2-0

Southampton v Bristol City: Southampton will be looking to build on their win at Preston last week with another three points here. Bristol City on the other hand need to get back to winning ways after the thumping at home to Reading. 0-1

Wolves v Burnley: Mick McCarthy’s men find themselves four points clear at the top of the table and will looking to make it four wins in a row since Norwich battered them at Carrow Road. Burnley continue to over achieve though and sit in 4th position. 2-1

Swansea v Watford: Sunday sees Malky Mackay take temporary charge of the home side after Aidy Boothroyd left the club in the week. It won’t be easy for the Scot though as Swansea haven’t lost at home this season. 4-2

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