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Vital Preview - Championship, 13th-15th April 2017

Vital Preview - Championship, 13th-15th April 2017

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games to start this Easter weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Previous results

Friday 7th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion 19:45

Saturday 8th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Birmingham City 1-2 Derby County 15:00
Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Barnsley 15:00
Bristol City 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00
Burton Albion 1-1 Aston Villa 15:00
Cardiff City 2-1 Brentford 15:00
Fulham 3-1 Ipswich Town 15:00
Leeds United 3-0 Preston North End 15:00
Norwich City 7-1 Reading 15:00
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Huddersfield Town 15:00
Wigan Athletic 3-2 Rotherham United 15:00
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Newcastle United 17:30

What will happen in this one though? Cast your vote so we know if you think it'll be all smiles or disappointment come the full time whistle.

Fixtures

Thursday 13th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Wigan Athletic v Barnsley 19:45

Friday 14th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Brentford v Derby County 15:00
Bristol City v Queens Park Rangers 15:00
Huddersfield Town v Preston North End 15:00
Norwich City v Fulham 15:00
Nottingham Forest v Blackburn Rovers 15:00
Rotherham United v Birmingham City 15:00
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City 15:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion 17:00
Burton Albion v Ipswich Town 19:45
Newcastle United v Leeds United 19:45

Saturday 15th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa v Reading 15:00

Wigan, still seven points from safety despite a first win in five last time round, have the chance to close the gap on their relegation rivals - they welcome Barnsley to the DW Stadium on Thursday evening. The Tykes, 13th, are safe in midtable and unbeaten in three.

One defeat in four - last time round - means Brentford are in good form ahead of the visit of Derby to Griffin Park on Saturday. Three successive wins has revived the Rams' play-offs hopes, however, they still have seven points to overturn in order to catch Sheffield Wednesday, 6th.

Victory for Bristol City and they'll remain at least four points ahead of Blackburn, outside of the bottom three. Alternatively, defeat from visiting QPR - who have lost the last three - and the Robins will remain in 21st-place and could see the gap between them and Rovers down to a solitary point.

Three defeats in the last four has all but ended Huddersfield's automatic promotion hopes, the play-offs are pretty safe though for third-placed Town. It's now unlikely Preston, ninth yet eight points off the top six, can challenge for an end of season play-off spot following defeat at Leeds last time round - but, a North End victory at the John Smith's Stadium and you never know?

An amazing 7-1 win over Reading isn't going make a difference to Norwich's play-off hopes but the Canaries will aim to end the season on a high. Fulham, assuming they win at Carrow Road - unlike potential play-off rivals the Royals, could move above Sheffield Wednesday, sixth.

Nottingham Forest's survival hopes were boosted by a win last time round whereas Blackburn's third straight defeat pushed them closer to relegation. Forest hold a five point advantage over the visitors, 22nd, who would remain in the bottom three regardless but could move to within a point of safety should Rovers win at the City Ground.

Already relegated Rotherham could draw Birmingham very much into the battle to avoid the drop too with a rare win - the Millers have lost each of their last 10. The Blues haven't won in the last seven but do hold a six point advantage on the bottom three.

Sheffield Wednesday are masters of their own destiny - keep winning and they'll definitely finish in their current sixth-place, at least, to secure a play-off spot aiming to go one better than last season. Cardiff are playing for a top half, potentially even top 10, finish so will aim for the points at Hillsborough.

Wolverhampton, in spite of a five game winning run ended last time round, are near certainties to stay up - next season much, much more will be expected of Paul Lambert. When this arrives (next season) chances are Brighton are going to be in the Premier League, victory at Molineux and Albion move five points clear of Newcastle at the top. Well, at least until they play later that evening.

Five points clear of the bottom three, five to play - Burton would have taken that at this stage back in August wouldn't they? The Brewers could move a step closer to safety with a victory over Ipswich - they visit the Pirelli Stadium nine clear of relegation in 17th.

Newcastle will respond to the result of title rivals Brighton in the late kick off against Leeds, fifth, at St James' Park. The Magpies - beaten last time round - go into the weekend two points behind Albion but 10 clear of third-placed Huddersfield. The Whites presently hold a five points cushion over Fulham, seventh, chasing down a play-off spot.

The only game on Saturday will see Aston Villa - beaten just once in the last nine, winning seven - host play-off chasing Reading, smashed 7-1 at Norwich last week. The Royals, fourth, could have a lead over play-off chasing Fulham cut to just three points by the time the take to the field at Villa Park.

It goes without saying the expectation; most definitely the hope at least, will be for a positive result. But will this happen? We'll find out soon enough.

Ahead of the game we're looking for your views on what way you think it will go, which requires you to vote in the latest poll in one of the options you have been given.

However, don't just look also have a say. We don't just want your vote, which you can do to the right; we also want some thoughts and views ahead of the game as well so share these below.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Thursday April 13 2017
Time: 10:10AM

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