Vital Preview – Championship, 7th-8th April 2017

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The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Previous results

Tuesday 4th April 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa 1-0 Queens Park Rangers 19:45
Barnsley 0-0 Cardiff City 19:45
Brentford 2-0 Leeds United 19:45
Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Birmingham City 19:45
Derby County 4-2 Fulham 19:45
Ipswich Town 3-0 Wigan Athletic 19:45
Preston North End 5-0 Bristol City 19:45
Rotherham United 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday 19:45
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Nottingham Forest 19:45
Reading 3-1 Blackburn Rovers 20:00

Wednesday 5th April 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Huddersfield Town 3-0 Norwich City 19:45
Newcastle United 1-0 Burton Albion 19:45

What will happen in this one though? Cast your vote so we know if you think it’ll be all smiles or disappointment come the full time whistle.


Friday 7th April 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Queens Park Rangers v Brighton & Hove Albion 19:45

Saturday 8th April 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Birmingham City v Derby County 15:00
Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley 15:00
Bristol City v Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00
Burton Albion v Aston Villa 15:00
Cardiff City v Brentford 15:00
Fulham v Ipswich Town 15:00
Leeds United v Preston North End 15:00
Norwich City v Reading 15:00
Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town 15:00
Wigan Athletic v Rotherham United 15:00
Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United 17:30

QPR are well clear of relegation trouble but will be keen to avoid a third straight defeat when title chasing Brighton visit Loftus Road. Victory for Albion and they’ll return to the top of the Championship, for 24 hours at least.

The St Andrew’s meeting between Birmingham and Derby comes with both in need of the points – the Blues are just six points off the relegation zone whereas the Rams have an outside chance of the play-offs, Sheffield Wednesday are seven points above of them.

Blackburn look for a first win in three, the midweek defeat made it back-to-back defeats, when Barnsley visit Ewood Park. Victory for Rovers could take them out of the bottom three.

Having previously gone on a four game unbeaten run, Bristol City are now looking to avoid a third straight defeat – matching Blackburn’s result will ensure the Robins remain above the bottom three. Wolves, the Championships most in-form side, head to Ashton Gate off the back of five straight wins and Paul Lambert collecting the Manager of the Month award for March.

Burton would have happily taken a four point advantage over the bottom three at this stage heading into the season. However, if the midweek defeat at Newcastle is followed up by another against Aston Villa – who have won seven of the last eight – at the Pirelli Stadium the Brewers could be dragged very much into the relegation dogfight.

Cardiff look for a first win in three when Brentford visit the Cardiff City Stadium. The Bees, including a midweek victory over promotion chasing Leeds at Griffin Park, have won three in a row.

A second defeat in three, when beaten by Derby, saw Fulham drop out of the play-off places in midweek. Victory against Ipswich – who won for the first time in 10 – would take the Cottagers into the top six, at least until Sheffield Wednesday face Newcastle later that evening.

Leeds’ position in the top six would become uncertain should the Whites suffer a third successive defeat. Simon Grayson’s Preston, as he faces his former side, look to close the five points between them and the play-off places – victory at Elland Road would move North End to within five points of their hosts too.

Back-to-back defeats has ended Norwich’s slim hopes of getting back into play-off contention. Reading visit Carrow Road well placed to finish in the top six but are 10 points adrift of automatic promotion.

Mark Warburton will look for his team to react to a first defeat since his appointment as Nottingham Forest boss, they lost at Wolves on Tuesday, when promotion chasing Huddersfield visit. Forest could drop into the bottom three if they fail to win whereas Town bid to keep alive an outside chance of finishing in the top two.

Wigan, seven points from safety and on a four game losing run, are likely to join Rotherham, already relegated, in League 1 next season. A Latics win at the DW Stadium is a must if Championship survival is to remain a possibility.

A first win in five took Sheffield Wednesday back into a play-off place in midweek. The Owls might have lost this place by the time title chasing Newcastle come to Hillsborough in the last kick off – both sides have plenty to play for.

It goes without saying the expectation; most definitely the hope at least, will be for a positive result. But will this happen? We’ll find out soon enough.

Ahead of the game we’re looking for your views on what way you think it will go, which requires you to vote in the latest poll in one of the options you have been given.

However, don’t just look also have a say. We don’t just want your vote, which you can do to the right, we also want some thoughts and views ahead of the game as well so share these below.


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