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This week the matches have been plucked from both the Premier League and Championship, with our predictions listed below.
Bournemouth v Stoke
Bournemouth are on cloud nine after conjuring up a stunning 3-0 win at Chelsea. Who saw that one coming? Eddie Howe’s men are now unbeaten in six matches since Christmas, and they’ll be expected to edge past Stoke on home soil. The Potters are so far unbeaten under boss Paul Lambert (W1 D1), but we’re backing Bournemouth to end this mini-manager-bounce.
Brighton v West Ham
Brighton clung on to bag a precious point away to Southampton in the south coast derby, and now they return to their own patch to face an injury-plagued West Ham side. Brighton may be struggling to carve out wins, but they’re difficult to beat at home – losing just 2 of their last 13 – and we fancy Chris Hughton’s men to snatch the spoils in a gritty game against the Hammers.
West Brom v Southampton
Well it’s difficult to build up the excitement for this clash between two struggling teams stuck in the relegation zone. But while Saints are winless in a woeful 12 league games – the worst streak in the top-4 divisions – their opponents West Brom have enjoyed a real transformation of late, recording three wins from five games in all competitions. Expect Pardew to come back and haunt his former employers.
Derby v Brentford
Derby are flying high in 2nd spot following a superb unbeaten run that dates back to November. The Rams haven’t lost in 10 Championship clashes, a streak they’ll be aiming to extend to 11 on Saturday when they come up against an improving, yet unpredictable, Brentford side. It’s a tough one to call given the form of both teams, but we think the hosts will edge it, just.
Leeds v Cardiff
Neil Warnock returns to former club Leeds looking to grab the win that could close the gap between Cardiff and their automatic promotion rivals. After a worrying slump the Welsh outfit have registered four points from their last two games, while Leeds are in real trouble, dropping down to 10th after a five-game winless run. Expect a sprinkling of Warnock magic at Elland Road.
Norwich v Middlesbrough
Three wins in four games have given a rejuvenated Norwich hope of a play-off push. Considering there’s still 17 games remaining the Canaries have plenty of time left to gobble up the eight-point deficit, although they have a battle on their hands this weekend as Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough make the trip down to Norfolk. Boro have won each of their last three away games on the spin, but while we don’t think the visits will extend that run to four victories, we fancy them to return home with an extra point on the board.
Preston v Hull
Preston lost star striker Jordan Hugill to West Ham on Deadline Day, but Alex Neil’s men should still be confident of swatting aside Hull at Deepdale. The Tigers have lost their roar, failing to win any of their eight league games, while they’ve bagged one win in 16. Further still they’ve been beaten 1-0 in each of their last four away games, and few will fancy them to upset a Preston side who are unbeaten in 12 of their last 13 matches.
QPR v Barnsley
Two teams on the back of consecutive league defeats lock horns at Loftus Road. The R’s haven’t enjoyed life on their own patch of late, carving out just the one win in seven dating back to October. Fortunately for Ian Holloway’s men Barnsley are having a real shocker, winning once in 15, nine of which they’ve lost. Don’t expect an enthralling encounter, but if the hosts can give their fans something to shout about early on, then they’ll have every chance of returning to winning ways.
Reading v Millwall
Since losing at Norwich on New Year’s Day Millwall have been on a five game unbeaten run, firing in four goals against both Barnsley and Leeds. During the week the Lions held 2nd-placed Derby to a credible draw, and come Saturday they’ll have high hopes of recording a result against a Reading side who have finished each of their last three home games pointless.
Sunderland v Ipswich
Sunderland suffered a dire 3-1 battering at the hands of fellow strugglers Birmingham in the week, a result Chris Coleman labelled “unacceptable”. It’s now four defeats in five games for the Black Cats, however they have gathered seven points from their last four matches in front of their own fans. Coleman will demand a reaction this weekend against an Ipswich side who have suffered nine defeats from their previous 14 away outings.
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