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Portsmouth recovered from two crushing home defeats against the top two in League One to pick up seven points from their last three games and can now leapfrog Hull into second place with a win at struggling Bristol Rovers.
Rovers are without a win in their last six league games and have collected just one point in that run, leaving them outside the bottom four on goal difference. Considering all four teams in the relegation zone are within a point of them, Bristol can ill afford to drop points on Tuesday night. But, their perilous run of form points to a sixth league defeat in seven.
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Watford ended a three-game winless run in some style on Saturday by beating Bristol City 6-0 and they simply have to capitalise on that result to build momentum ahead of the Championship run-in. They are currently six points off the automatic promotion places and desperately need a win on Tuesday night to keep their promotion push going.
Meanwhile, Preston have been stuttering in 2021, but did record an important win over fierce rivals Blackburn on Friday night to put a spell of one win from seven games behind them. They have an outside chance of reaching the play-offs, but can’t afford to drop many points between now and the end of the season. Unfortunately for them, they may come up against a rejuvenated Hornets side on Tuesday.
Both Middlesbrough and Huddersfield suffered disappointing results against the relegation-threatened sides above over the weekend, but one defeat was far worse than the other.
Huddersfield were without a win in 2021 and had the perfect opportunity to arrest their slide down the Championship table against a Wycombe side that was also without a Championship win in 2021 and seemed to have given up the fight. However, It was Wycombe who secured their first win of the year on Saturday, scoring three goals in a Championship game for the first time in their history.
Huddersfield have now grabbed just two points from their last seven league games and have another chance to turn their form around on Tuesday against Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough, who have now gone five games without a win.
Both teams have been terrible in recent weeks, but Huddersfield have been worse, granting Middlesbrough an opportunity to get back on the horse.
Derby gave their survival chances a huge shot in the arm with an impressive win over promotion-chasing Middlesbrough. Wayne Rooney’s side desperately needed a result at the weekend following a dismal 3-0 defeat to Rotherham and can put some real distance between themselves and the bottom three against a Wycombe side that already looks set for life in League One next season.
Gareth Ainsworth’s outfit may have recorded a surprising win at Huddersfield on Saturday, but they remain nine points behind second-last and the chances of them stringing together enough results to pull themselves out of danger look extremely remote.
This is a huge opportunity for Derby to really move up the Championship table in earnest, with a win potentially sending them to 16th.
They’ve collected 12 points from their last five league games and really should have no trouble disposing of a Wycombe side that has been comfortably the worst team in the division.
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