We know Aston Villa are down and we know that Burnley will replace them. We know three of the four playoff contenders. But we still don’t know our champions of the second tier, as Burnley, Middlesbrough and Brighton all still have a shot of winning the title. The latter two meet on Saturday with the winner going up automatically, the loser heading to the playoffs.
With all games kicking off at 12:30, we’ve picked a 37/1 fourfold to finish with a flourish.
Derby vs Ipswich Town
Derby can be happy with their season. After Shteve McClaren made an absolute pig’s ear of promotion last year, they secured their playoff spot comfortably two weeks ago. They’ve only had three home losses all season, have scored in each of their last nine games with just one defeat in that period. Ipswich’s race for the playoffs faded fast after just two wins in a ten game run. Derby have a home second leg to aim for so back the Rams at
Hull City vs Rotherham
We already know Derby’s opponents in the playoffs. Hull will visit the iPro, we just don’t quite know the dates yet. Unbeaten at the KC in 13 league games,scoring 1.4 goals per game and leading a match for 25 minutes on average. Can you tell that we’re throwing all of our stats book into our final week?!
Hull’s home form is mirrored by Rotherham’s overall form. One loss in twelve, including a victory over Middlesbrough, a five game unbeaten run away from home and safe from relegation. Neil Warnock deserves a shot at it again next year.
Steve Bruce needs to be careful not to pick up any injuries. It’s a rubber match, back the draw.
Fulham vs Bolton
The two worst defences in the second tier. Fulham have conceded at least a goal in their last 13 games, including 12 in their last four games. Three wins in a row at the start of April saved their season, without those they’d be in the bottom three.
A bottom three which has becomes Bolton home as they went down despite the efforts of Emile Heskey. They somehow turned over Hull last weekend but haven’t put back to back wins together all year. Nor have they won away from home at all this season. Fulham win at
Middlesbrough vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Bit unfair that Boro have to play two teams isn’t it? A mouthwatering shootout between them and Brighton to see who’ll play in the Premier League next year.
Brighton recovered from a Christmas slump to claw themselves back into the title race thanks to just one loss since the middle of January. Tomar Hemed’s tally of 17 has the Seagulls flying high.
Aitor Karanka’s Boro were in the driving seat up until March when three defeats derailed their title charge slightly. Three straight draws meant Burnley were first up last weekend. But it’s these two sides that’ve provided the most entertainment and it’s only fitting that it’s come down to this.
Boro hammered Brighton at the Amex 3-0. A draw will do for their promotion thanks to a superior goal difference. A win for either side coupled with a Burnley defeat will crown them champions.
But we all know the Championship is full of twists and turns. Boro’s home form is impeccable (two losses all season),. But all good things must come to an end. Brighton win at