It has got to that stage of the season when everyone is starting to look at everyone’s run in. Whether you are vying for promotion or desperate to avoid relegation, who the teams around you are playing seems to suddenly become very significant.
This is definitely the case for Norwich who currently sit in the bottom three of the Championship. In fact, it could actually be other teams failures rather ran Norwich’s successes that determine whether Bryan Gunn’s men stay up or not.
With this in mind, I decided to spend 20 minutes going through the BBC Predictor to see how the Championship table might look come the end of the season. Now, this isn’t something you should base your football betting on, because who has the ability to predict results in this league exactly?
However, it does make me feel slightly better about everything. I was rather pessimistic (or so I thought) about Norwich’s results and we still managed to stay up! The bottom half of my final league table is below, but before looking at that, let me make you aware of where Norwich got our points from in the remaining games.
Burnley (H) 1 Point
Coventry (H) 3 Points
Blackpool (A) 1 Point
Plymouth (H) 3 Points
Sheff Wed (H) 3 Points
Watford (H) 3 Points
Ipswich (A) 1 Point
Reading (H) 1 Point
This gives us a total of 48 points, which will be enough according to my predictions! (Yes, I’m aware my predictions could be completely wrong, but it gives us a little bit of hope!)
17th Sheffield Wednesday – 51 points
18th Nottingham Forest – 50 points
19th Norwich – 48 points
20th Watford – 47 points
21st Barnsley – 46 points
22nd Southampton – 45 points
23rd Plymouth – 44 points
24th Charlton – 36 points
Overall, it is going to be close and considering that we travel to Charlton, Forest host Southampton and Plymouth play Barnsley on the final day, it could be a very interesting finale!
Hopefully though, we will have just about enough. There is no doubt that it is all about the home fixtures. I only expect us to get two points away from home in the last few fixtures and that means the games against Coventry, Plymouth, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford are particularly crucial.
Something I have been surprised about is that some football odds still expect us to avoid the drop despite our current league position. Someone else out there must have hope!
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By Thomas Rooney – a sports writer for Betfair – check them out for the latest on the Cheltenham Festival