With no Premier League football until Saturday, we look at a full fixture list from the Football League.
Defeat for Newcastle last weekend allowed Brighton to regain top-spot in the Championship with a win at QPR. With just five games to go, Brighton go into their away trip at Wolves with a two-point lead, whilst Newcastle, now in second, are at home to fifth-placed Leeds with both sides needing the points to aid their own promotion hopes. Huddersfield in third welcome Preston, who still have hopes of snatching a play-off space, but Reading in fourth don’t play until Saturday at Aston Villa. Sheffield Wednesday continue to occupy the last play-off place and need maximum points to maintain that spot when they host Cardiff City. Fulham are just one win from getting into the top-six, but they face a tough trip to Norwich City.
League One leaders Sheffield United won promotion to the Championship with a win at Northampton last week. The Blades can now all but wrap up the title with a win at relegation threatened Port Vale. Bolton in second don’t play until Saturday at Oldham, but they could secure promotion with a win if results have gone their way on Friday. It’s tight for the play-off places with Fleetwood in third leading the race to secure a spot. They make the trip to Peterborough looking to improve their chances, whilst Bradford in fourth and on the same points as Fleetwood welcome Oxford United hoping to do the same. Scunthorpe in fifth go to an improving MK Dons, and Millwall in sixth will look to hang on to that final play-off position by beating Northampton at home. Southend are still very much in the hunt for a top-six finish, and make the trip to Chesterfield, where the home side could be all but relegated to League Two if they lose. Elsewhere, anything but a win for Coventry against Charlton will also see the Sky Blues relegated.
League Two leaders Doncaster secured promotion to League One last week with a win over Mansfield. They can now take a step closer to the title with a win at Colchester, who themselves have a chance of a play-off place. There is a huge game at Fratton Park as second-placed Plymouth travel to third-placed Portsmouth. A win for Argyle will see them go up. Below the top three, there is just six-points separating Luton in fourth with Colchester in tenth. Luton welcome bottom club Leyton Orient who can be relegated out of the football league. Stevenage in fifth welcome Morecambe, whilst Exeter in sixth host Barnet. Carlisle are currently in the final play-off place and face a big game at Hartlepool, with the home side desperate for the points to avoid potentially slipping into the drop-zone. Elsewhere, Blackpool, one place out of the top-seven are at home to Accrington, whilst Cambridge, also in with a play-off shout, go to Grimsby Town.
Here are our tips for Friday’s football.
HOME WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – TREBLE:
- HUDDERSFIELD – C
- NORWICH CITY – C
- SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY – C
Huddersfield can take a step closer to securing a play-off place and keeping pressure on the top two by beating Preston at home. The visitors have an outside chance of the play-offs so will arrive knowing they have to win. That should make for an open game and we see both teams scoring, but the home side just doing enough for the win.
Norwich are excellent at home and can back up their 7-1 win against Reading last week by beating Fulham. The visitors will be looking to win to try and break into the top-six and another open game is expected. We see goals, but Norwich winning at home again.
Sheffield Wednesday are hanging on to the last play-off place and will need the win at home to Cardiff. It could be a nervy afternoon for the Owls, as we see the bluebirds scoring, but the home side handled the pressure to beat Newcastle last week and can follow that up with another win.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – ACCA:
- Brentford v Derby County – C
- Wolves v Brighton – C
- Coventry v Charlton – L1
- Gillingham v Bristol Rovers – L1
- MK Dons v Scunthorpe – L1
- Blackpool v Accrington Stanley – L1
- Crawley v Cheltenham – L2
- Grimsby v Cambridge United – L2