The top two in the Premier League meet on Saturday, but at Wembley as Chelsea face Tottenham for a place in this year’s FA Cup final. Elsewhere, Man City face Arsenal in the other semi-final on Sunday.
In fact, there are just four Premier League games on Saturday with many teams battling relegation in action. Middlesbrough who sit second bottom need maximum points from their long trip down to Bournemouth, who aren’t yet themselves safe. Boro then face bottom side Sunderland next Wednesday in a huge fight for survival. Swansea, also in the drop zone, welcome Stoke to south Wales, whilst Hull who sit one place above the Swans host Watford. Away from the relegation zone, the other game on Saturday sees Everton travel to West Ham looking for a win that could see them go fifth.
A few things could be decided in the Championship on Saturday, but a win for already promoted Brighton at Norwich on Friday night will see them crowned champions. Newcastle are stumbling their way over the finish line, but don’t play until Monday when a win at Preston will see them return to the Premier League at the first attempt. Reading in third can keep their slim automatic promotion hopes alive with a win at relegation threatened Nottingham Forest, whilst also securing their play-off place. There is a huge game at the Galpharm Stadium as fourth-placed Huddersfield welcome sixth-placed Fulham, with both sides wanting to boost their play-off hopes. In fact a win for the Terriers will also keep their small automatic chances alive. Sheffield Wednesday’s run of four wins in a row has seen them move to fifth, and they can aid their play-off hopes by beating Derby County at Hillsborough. Leeds are the only other side who can achieve a top-six finish but must beat Burton away to have any chance. At the bottom, Wigan could be relegated if they lose at home to Cardiff and other results go against them, whilst Blackburn travel to Wolves looking for a win to help them climb out of the drop zone.
Sheffield United are League One Champions after what has been a sensational finish to the season. They could top 100-points with wins in their last two games, starting at MK Dons. Bolton in second are hoping a win at relegation threatened Port Vale will see them promoted if results go their way, whilst Fleetwood in third will want to keep the pressure on with a win at Gillingham. Scunthorpe in fourth still have an outside chance of automatic promotion, and face a trip to another side in the drop zone in the shape of Swindon. Bradford just need a draw at home to AFC Wimbledon to secure their play-off place, whilst Millwall cling on to the last top-six spot and will need to beat Oxford at home to keep their noses in front. Southend are hot on the heels of Millwall and will need maximum points at Shrewsbury to keep their hopes alive. Coventry and Chesterfield are down.
The automatic promotion places in League Two are sorted but Doncaster still haven’t wrapped up the title and face a tough trip to Wycombe. Plymouth are looking to catch them, but also face a tough game on the road at Colchester, whilst Portsmouth who also gained promotion last week host Cambridge. The play-off spots below the top three are then incredibly close, with just four points separating Luton in fourth with Wycombe way down in thirteenth. Luton host Notts County, whilst Stevenage in fifth welcome twelfth-placed Mansfield. Exeter in sixth face Morecambe, and Blackpool in seventh welcome relegation battling Cheltenham. Of the teams just outside the play-offs, Carlisle go to Crawley, Cambridge are at Portsmouth, Colchester host Plymouth, and Accrington travel to Newport. Defeat for Newport could see them relegated if results go against them, whilst bottom side Leyton Orient will be relegated if they lose at Crewe.
Here are our tips for Saturday’s football.
HOME WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – LUCKY 31:
- BRISTOL CITY – C
- WIGAN ATHLETIC – C
- MILLWALL – L1
- GRIMSBY TOWN – L2
- LUTON TOWN – L2
Bristol City can secure their Championship survival by beating Barnsley at Ashton Gate. We see there being goals from both sides, but a win for the home side.
Wigan have won their last two home games and can win again to keep their survival hopes alive against Cardiff. It could be a nervy afternoon for the Latics who need to win, and with the Bluebirds having little to play for, it should be an open game. We see goals, but a win for for Wigan.
Millwall can take a huge step towards securing a play-off place by beating Oxford at The New Den. We’re predicting goals from two sides who often find the net, but Millwall should be a little too strong and secure a big win.
Grimsby and Yeovil look like playing out an end of season game with the Mariners in mid-table and Yeovil surely now safe. It could be an open game with both teams looking to finish the season well and we do see goals. We’re backing a Grimsby win, but see both teams scoring.
Luton can take another big step forward to securing their play-off place by beating Notts County at home. Luton should score against a defence that rarely keeps clean sheets and go on to win, but County have the firepower to score too.
OVER 2.5 GOALS – ACCA:
- West Ham v Everton – PL
- Brentford v QPR – C
- Nottingham Forest v Reading – C
- MK Dons v Sheffield United – L1
- Peterborough v Bristol Rovers – L1
- Blackpool v Cheltenham – L2
- Crewe v Leyton Orient – L2
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – ACCA:
- Chelsea v Tottenham – FA
- Swansea v Stoke – PL
- Huddersfield v Fulham – C
- Sheffield Wednesday v Derby – C
- Bury v Northampton – L1
- Crawley v Carlisle – L2
- Exeter v Morecambe – L2
- Stevenage v Mansfield – L2