West Brom are now in very immediate danger of dropping out of the automatic promotion places and could do so by the end of this week if results go against them.
They face an extremely tricky fixture against a resurgent Fulham, while third-placed Brentford appear to be unrelenting and will be confident of beating Preston on Wednesday.
West Brom haven’t been particularly bad since the restart, picking up 11 points from a possible 18, but Brentford have still managed to cut a ten-point lead down to three thanks to their scintillating form.
Fulham, on the other hand, started poorly with two defeats against Leeds and Brentford but have given their play-off hopes a real shot in the arm with four wins on the bounce, including impressive wins over Nottingham Forest and Cardiff.
The Cottagers can still technically make the automatic places and a win over West Brom on Tuesday would cut the gap to just two points, but it is unlikely that they will overtake both Brentford and West Brom with just three games remaining.
They have, however, been in better form than West Brom and will fancy their chances of throwing a real spanner in the works at the Hawthorns. Fulham can win here.
It is now all hands for the pump for Hull in their bid to retain their Championship status following yet another disappointing defeat over the weekend.
This situation would have been unfathomable at the turn of the year with the Tigers eying a spot in the top-six more than fearing a place in the bottom three, but an unforgivably bad run of form has precipitated a treacherous slide down the table.
They come up against a Wigan side who should be free of any relegation worries but now have to face the threat of a 12-point deduction.
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Wigan have been terrific since the restart, picking up 13 points from a possible 18 and keeping five clean sheets in the process.
Their form has been so good that even if they were to be stripped of 12 points, they would still be level on points with Hull so long as they beat them.
And they should beat them on Tuesday night.
Hull have been abject since the restart, picking up four points from six games and conceding a hatful of goals. It speaks volumes that the four points they picked up is double the amount of points they picked up in the 11 league games before the lockdown.
Anything other than a Wigan win would be massively surprising.
Luton simply refuse to go away in their fight to remain in the Championship and have come back from setback after setback.
They had picked up 11 points from six games in March to claw their way back into contention before coronavirus halted their progress, but rebounded brilliantly to take five points from their first three games after the restart to further boost their survival hopes.
However, a crushing five-goal defeat to Reading coupled with the concession of a late equaliser at home to relegation rivals Barnsley threatened to doom the Hatters.
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Yet again, however, Nathan Jones’ side recovered brilliantly with an impressive away win at rivals Huddersfield and they can now move out of the bottom three for the first time since Christmas with a win at home to QPR.
The R’s have been extremely charitable since the restart, losing five of their six games and they would be looking nervously over their shoulder if the season were a few weeks longer.
However, the London side are comfortable in mid-table and their season will most likely continue to peter out on Tuesday night. Back a home win.
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