Friday, 14 September 2012

Championship Preview

Championship Preview

Two games on Friday night to kick the weekend off. The first is at Brighton who entertain Sheff Wed, both teams are in a play off spot and have only lost the one game each. There have been plenty of goals in their games so far this season, Brighton's matches averaging just under 3 and Sheff Wed averaging just over 4. The other Friday night game is at the other end of the table where Charlton host Crystal Palace. Charlton are unbeaten this season at home and Palace are yet to pick up a point away from home.

Onto Saturday's games and top of the table Blackpool travel to Barnsley. Blackpool will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at Leicester last time out but they travel to a Barnsley team who have a 100% home record so far this season. Second place Blackburn travel to Bristol City. Under fire Blackburn boss Steve Kean remains unbeaten so far in the league and sit second but they travel to a Bristol City team who have won both matches at home so far scoring 4 goals in each game. A Midlands match up sees Nottingham Forest host Birmingham, Forest remain unbeaten and will be confident of continuing that against a Birmingham team who have struggles so far this season. Hull welcome Millwall with both teams relative happy about the start they have made to the season. Hull are 100% at home so far whilst Millwall have been a bit hit and miss. The match of the weekend looks to be at the Cardiff City Stadium where Leeds travel to Cardiff. These are usually fiesty affairs and with both teams looking even so far this season this could turn out to be a cracker.

There have been plenty of goals so far at the Riverside but with travellers Ipswich only averaging a goal a game Middlesbrough will be confident of maintaining their 100% record. Owen Coyle will be hoping that his Bolton team can respond to all the criticism that's been coming their way and beat a Watford team that is blowing hot and cold so far this year. Bolton remain unbeaten at home but confidence is not high at the reebok. Will Huddersfield miss Jordan Rhodes' goals this season as they take on Derby at home. Neither team are setting the league on fire and this has a bore draw written all over it.

The final game on Saturday is at Turf Moor where a Burnley team will be looking to end their 3 game losing streak against a Peterborough team who have lost all their league games so far. This is looking like it's going to be a tough long season for Peterborough but they feel like they might have a chance away at Burnley this weekend.

One game on Sunday and that sees Leicester travel to Wolves. Leicester will be on a high after beating Blackpool last time out and they will be hoping for more of the same against a Wolves team who are still trying to find their feet after relegation last season.

Matches and table below with my predictions for the weekends games aswell:

Friday 14th September 2012
Brighton v Sheff Wed19:45
Charlton v Crystal Palace19:45
Saturday 15th September 2012
Barnsley v Blackpool15:00
Bolton v Watford15:00
Bristol City v Blackburn15:00
Burnley v Peterborough15:00
Cardiff v Leeds15:00
Huddersfield v Derby15:00
Hull v Millwall15:00
Middlesbrough v Ipswich15:00
Nottm Forest v Birmingham15:00
Sunday 16th September 2012
Wolves v Leicester13:15

PosTeamPldWDLGDPts
1Blackpool 430189
2Blackburn 422028
3Nottm Forest 422028
4Brighton 421157
5Hull 421127
6Sheff Wed 421117
7Leeds421117
8Cardiff 421117
9Bristol City 420236
10Leicester 420216
11Millwall 420206
12Middlesbrough 4202-16
13Watford 4202-26
14Barnsley 4202-46
15Derby 412125
16Huddersfield 412115
17Charlton 412105
18Ipswich 4121-55
19Wolves 4112-14
20Bolton 4112-24
21Birmingham 4112-24
22Burnley 4103-33
23Crystal Palace 4103-43
24Peterborough 4004-50


Predictions:
Brighton v Sheff Wed 2 1
Charlton v Crystal Palace 2 0
Barnsley v Blackpool 1 1
Bolton v Watford 1 0
Bristol City v Blackburn 1 3
Burnley v Peterborough 1 0
Cardiff v Leeds 3 2
Huddersfield v Derby 0 0
Hull v Millwall 2 1
Middlesbrough v Ipswich 0 1
Nottm Forest v Birmingham 2 1
Wolves v Leicester 1 0


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