With just Middlesbrough playing Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday, the main focus will be on the rest of the fixtures in the country.
Brighton managed to extend their lead at the top of the Championship to four-points thanks to their win at Wolves, and Newcastle’s draw at home to Leeds. Brighton can take another huge step towards the Premier League by beating relegation threatened Wigan at the Amex. Newcastle face a potentially difficult trip to Ipswich looking to keep their title hopes alive and extend their lead in front of the promotion chasing pack. Huddersfield in third go to Derby, with the home side needing to win to keep any hope of making the play-offs alive. Reading in fourth host already relegated Rotherham, whilst Leeds in fifth welcome Wolves. Sheffield Wednesday continue to hold on to the last play-off place after three wins in a row, and will look to extend that run when they go to QPR. At the bottom, Blackburn need a much needed win at home to Bristol City in a big relegation battle.
Sheffield United were crowned League One champions after Bolton’s defeat at Oldham. The Blades face a Bradford side in fourth who still need the points to ensure they make the play-offs at least – but they are only four-points off automatic promotion too. Fleetwood in third host Millwall in sixth, with both sides having promotion ambitions. Elsewhere, Scunthorpe in fifth can keep their play-off and promotion hopes alive by beating Chesterfield at home, which will also result in relegating the visitors to League Two.
Already promoted Doncaster welcome play-off chasing Blackpool with both sides needing maximum points. A win for Rovers will see them edge closer to the League Two title, whilst Blackpool need the win to keep their play-off hopes going. Plymouth host relegation threatened Newport, with the visitors on a run of three wins in a row to try and keep them in the football league. Plymouth will be promoted with a win, a draw or defeat for Luton. Portsmouth go to Notts County knowing a win and defeat for Luton will also see them promoted, whilst Luton in fourth go to Mansfield looking to spoil two promotion party’s and keep their outside chances of automatic promotion alive. Exeter in fifth travel to Cambridge, with the hosts still in with a sniff of the play-offs. Their is also a huge game at Brunton Park, where Carlisle in seventh welcome sixth-placed Stevenage. At the bootom, their is another massive game, with bottom club Leyton Orient hosting Hartlepool. A defeat for Orient will see them relegated to the National League, whilst Hartlepool sit just one place above the drop zone.
Here are our tips for Saturday’s football.
HOME WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – LUCKY 63:
- BRIGHTON – C
- PRESTON – C
- SOUTHEND UNITED – L1
- NOTTS COUNTY – L2
OVER 2.5 GOALS – ACCA:
- Barnsley v Brentford – C
- Cardiff v Nottingham Forest – C
- Reading v Rotherham – C
- Cambridge v Exeter – L2
- Carlisle v Stevenage – L2
- Cheltenham v Grimsby Town – L1