Chris Holt has a go at predicting the outcome of all the games involving our clubs in the Championship and League One this weekend.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v NORWICH
After last week’s hammering by Watford at Hillsborough, the Owls’ defence at least got back to doing what they have been in the majority of league games this season by keeping it tight against Brentford on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, from attacking point of view, nothing much changed and no goals meant that the word ‘drought’ is becoming perilously close to being brought in. While Stuart Gray is scrambling around trying to find someone to find the net, Norwich have an embarrassment of riches up front, yet in the past month they have hardly been banging them in either. I’d expect the Canaries still to have too much firepower for the Owls to cope with, though.
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 0 Norwich 1
BRIGHTON v ROTHERHAM UNITED
At the beginning of the season when Millers fan were having a look down the fixtures, this will have been one they will have looked forward to (who doesn’t love a trip to the seaside?) but arguably also a match they would have expected to struggle in. As it turns out, Brighton have been hugely disappointing, in this a campaign in which they were tipped to at least push for a Play Off spot as they did last year. The Seagulls haven’t won in the league since August and at the minute don’t look like breaking that duck. On the other hand, Rotherham are quietly sneaking up the table thanks to some great performances and super results to the point where they’ll probably be expected to win this one now.
Prediction: Brighton 1 Rotherham 2
CREWE v SHEFFIELD UNITED
The Blades are beginning to build up a head of steam - Marc McNulty has stepped in to become the goal hero that fans apparently so desperately craved, while at the back, where the real problems have lay, things have looked a lot tighter in recent weeks. It shouldn’t be too long before United are hovering in and around the automatic promotion places (there’s arguably only one given Bristol City’s form) and that should placate Blades fans who have been far too edgy this season. Crewe have picked up lately after a horrible start to the campaign, but Nigel Clough’s men should be heading back with all three points in the bag.
Prediction: Crewe 0 Sheffield United 2
BARNSLEY v BRISTOL CITY
Performance-wise Barnsley haven’t been too bad of late - losing narrowly to two in-form teams in Peterborough and Notts County off the back of a win over Bradford City. However the fact that the Reds led in both games against Posh and the Magpies will be a source of immense frustration. The problem Danny Wilson faces now is that while trying to build on decent displays and turn them into points on the board, in come the best team in the league. Hard to see past an away win here.
Prediction: Barnsley 1 Bristol City 2
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DONCASTER ROVERS v MK DONS
The pressure is, harshly given the hand he was dealt in the summer, beginning to build on Paul Dickov after two more defeats in a week, this time to Fleetwood Town and Leyton Orient. While Rovers were until a few weeks ago it was hard to tell what you were going to get from Rovers, unfortunately they have found consistency...losing. The boss managed to add to a relatively inexperienced squad this week with Doncaster-born Andy Butler arriving from Sheffield United and that will help strengthen the defence. And they will need to be at their best with League One’s second highest goalscorers heading for the Keepmoat. More disappointment for Rovers on the cards.
Prediction: Doncaster Rovers 0 MK Dons 2
WALSALL v CHESTERFIELD
Spireites have lacked a bit of a spark in the past few games and Paul Cook has sought to address that by bringing in Oscar Gobern on loan from Huddersfield. It was always going to be difficult to maintain the superb start they had to the campaign, especially operating with a small squad, but while Walsall have lost just twice at home this season, it’s not a bad game for Spireites to attempt to get back to winning ways...and they can do just that.
Prediction: Walsall 0 Chesterfield 1