Championship preview

ashtongate2 150x112 Championship previewIn our review of Tuesday’s Championship fixtures we pointed to the game at Ashton Gate between Bristol City and West Ham as being the key fixture. This proved to be correct as West Ham’s inability to win the match handed Reading the chance to secure promotion to the Premier League – and they duly obliged.

This weekend another key fixture will take place at Ashton Gate with Barnsley this rounds’ visitors. The fixture is key because Bristol City find themselves 5 points clear of both Coventry and Portsmouth with 2 games remaining. Therefore, if Bristol City can beat Barnsley (and on current form that looks probable) both Pompey and the Sky Blues would be confined to League One.

Coventry and Portsmouth must win both of their remaining games to have any chance of staying up, and this weekend they face Doncaster and Derby respectively.

At the right side of the table, Southampton, who have lead the division for most of the season, can secure a second successive promotion with a win against Middlesbrough. Otherwise promotion would be secured on Monday evening if Leicester can prevent West Ham from taking all three points.

Elsewhere, a point for Birmingham will be enough to guarantee a playoff spot, and if Middlesbrough fail to beat Southampton, Cardiff and Blackpool will also secure play-off qualification.

Therefore, tomorrow could quite conceivably see all promotion and relegation spots tied up in the Championship, with only play-off positioning and the title to be decided by the final round of fixtures.

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