Congratulations everyone, we have survived the international break. Now it’s time to turn our attention back to the bread and butter of the league. We have now reached gameweek 12 of the SkyBet Championship and here are my predictions for the weekend in what is one of the hardest leagues in the world to predict.
TV and Internet times for matches shown in the US are included, where applicable.
Blackpool v Wigan; Saturday, 7:15am EST; live on beIN SPORT Play
This game marks the start of Blackpool manager Paul Ince’s five-match stadium ban. The Seasiders have drawn their last 4 games, whilst Wigan’s current league position of twelfth is somewhat misleading considering they have two games in hand over most other teams. After a promising start, I expect Blackpool to gradually slide down the table.
Prediction: Away win
Barnsley v Middlesbrough; Saturday, 10am EST
A tough one to call. Despite sitting bottom of the league, Barnsley have had a very tough run of fixtures at the start of the season, playing most of the sides in the top half. Boro thumped Yeovil 4-1 before the international break, but have struggled to find any form of consistency this season and haven’t recorded back-to-back wins in the league since last December.
Prediction: Home win
Blackburn v Charlton; Saturday, 10am EST
Where would Blackburn be without Jordan Rhodes? The former Huddersfield man is already top scorer of the Championship with 9 goals to his name. Charlton have had a very disappointing start to the season, but Chris Powell is a good manager and I expect them to start climbing the table soon. However, they haven’t won a game away from home this season and Blackburn have been particularly strong at Ewood Park this season.
Bolton v Sheffield Wednesday; Saturday, 10am EST
An important game at the bottom of the table. I suspect the losing manager of this one will be out of a job on Monday morning. Have Bolton finally turned the corner after their 2-1 win at St Andrews? With their squad they should be challenging for the Top 6, not languishing in 20th place. Sheffield Wednesday have been really poor and haven’t won a single game all season. I fear for them and Dave Jones.
Prediction: Home win
Ipswich v Burnley; Saturday, 10am EST
Top of the league, 26 points off 11 games – Burnley have been on fire this season! Helped by the forward partnership if Sam Vokes and Danny Ings, the latter who was rewarded with an England U-21 call-up, Sean Dyche’s team have so far exceeded all expectations. How long can they keep going? Ipswich have picked up almost all of their points from Portman Road this season and could mount a serious playoff charge as the season progresses.