All 24 Championship teams are in action on Tuesday as the season draws to an end.
It’s all to play for at the top and bottom, and any points picked up at this stage of the season could be crucial.
Here’s a look ahead to all 12 games:
Birmingham Vs Brighton – Third place Brighton travel to ninth place Birmingham hoping to close the game on the Top Two. Saturday’s draw against Burnley left Brighton four points behind the leaders with just seven games to play. Birmingham are eight points outside the play offs, and know that every game between now and the end of the season is a must win. Tip: The game carries more importance for the visitors, and because of that, they should leave St Andrews with all three points.
Brentford Vs Bolton – This match shouldn’t make much difference towards the final Championship table. Brentford are nine points clear of safety, and know that one or two more wins will see them maintain their Championship status. Bolton are a massive 15 points from safety, and with just seven games to go, they’re all but down. Tip: Bolton don’t seem to be able to pick up a win at all right now, and Brentford should take a step to guaranteeing their safety with a victory at Griffin Park.
Bristol City Vs Rotherham – A Huge game at the bottom of the table takes place at the City Ground, as 20th place Rotherham visit 19th place Bristol City. Both sides have a small gap between themselves and the relegation zone, but a win for either side here will give them an excellent chance of surviving, and plunge their opponents right back into trouble. Tip: Rotherham’s recent form under Neil Warnock has been excellent, but Lee Johnson has done a brilliant job at Bristol City since joining. A draw looks the most likely result.
Burnley Vs Cardiff – A huge game for both teams, as Burnley look to extend their lead at the top of the table, while Cardiff hope to reach the Play Offs. Burnley have a three point lead at the top, but know they’ll need to keep winning if they’re to win the Championship. Cardiff are two points outside the Play Offs, and a win at Turf Moor will go a long way to helping them reach the Play Offs. Tip: Burnley know the importance of going up automatically rather than via the Play Offs, and this should drive them to a victory against their Welsh counterparts.
Derby Vs Hull – This match sees two sides hoping for promotion come head to head at the iPro Stadium. The home side are sixth, just two points clear of Cardiff, and alarm bells will be ringing for Rams’ fans who saw their side throw away their play off spot last season. Hull are fourth, and haven’t given up hope of returning to the Premiership automatically. They’re just four points behind Middlesbrough and need a win at Derby to close the gap. Tip: It’s a difficult one to call, but Hull’s quality should shine throw and they should leave Derby with a valuable three points.
Ipswich Vs Charlton – This is a game which could make a difference at the top and the bottom. Ipswich are 8th, just five points outside the play offs and will see this as an excellent opportunity to close the gap on Derby. Charlton are six points from safety, but Saturday’s win at home to Birmingham will give them the confidence to push on. Tip: Ipswich should have the quality to see off Charlton and close the gap on the play offs, whilst pushing Charlton closer to League One.
Leeds Vs QPR – This match will have little impact at the top or bottom of the table, but Leeds fans will want to see an improved performance to that which their side put in at Rotherham on Saturday. Leeds are 14th, and 10 points clear of the drop zone, whilst QPR sit 11th, 13 points outside the play offs. Tip: Steve Evans will demand an improvement on recent performances, and because of this, the Leeds players will rise to the occasion and earn all three points.
Middlesbrough Vs Huddersfield – This is a crucial game for the home side as they look to cement their place in the automatic promotion places. They’re currently just one point ahead of third place Brighton, although they do have a game in hand. At the other end of the table, Huddersfield are eight points clear of safety, and should have done enough by now to remain in the Championship. Tip: Middlesbrough need the win, and they should have what it takes to see off Huddersfield.
MK Dons Vs Wolves – A crucial game for MK Dons, who need top start winning games soon to avoid an immediate return to League One. They’re four points from safety and will see this as a good opportunity to close the gap, against a Wolves side who have performed far below expectations this season. The visitors are 12th, with nothing to play for. Tip: This game carries more importance for the home side, and with the crowd behind them, three points are certainly there for the taking.
Preston Vs Fulham – The home side have an outside chance of reaching the Play Offs, while the visitors need to pick up points soon to avoid being dragged into League One. Preston are eight points outside the Play Offs, and need a good run of results if they’re to stand any chance of reaching them. Fulham are one place outside the relegation zone, just four points ahead of MK Dons. Tip: Preston’s home form has been good recently and they should win this, plunging Fulham into more danger.
Reading Vs Nottingham Forest – A mid table clash that will have no real affect at the top or bottom of the table, two sides who have had disappointing League campaigns will hope to end as strongly as they can. Tip: Forest are on an awful run of form, and home advantage should earn Reading all three points.
Sheffield Wednesday Vs Blackburn – Promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday host mid table Blackburn, hoping to move closer to guaranteeing themselves a play off spot. They currently sit fifth, three points clear of Cardiff in seventh place. Blackburn’s recent form looks to have guaranteed them safety, and they know have little to play for except pride. Tip: Home advantage should help Sheffield Wednesday earn a comfortable three points against Blackburn.