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Preview of This Weekend’s Championship Matches, Gameweek 13

After getting 58% of the predictions correct last weekend, I feel I deserve another shot at attempting to predict the outcome of this weekend’s Championship fixtures!

All times Eastern. TV/Internet times listed for US readers/viewers.

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Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday; Saturday, October 26, 7:15am, beIN SPORT Play

A Yorkshire derby. Paddy McCourt looks like a gem of a player for the Tykes – as demonstrated by his superb solo goal last weekend! Wednesday still haven’t won a game this season and Dave Jones must surely be treading on thin ice. I fancy Barnsley to record back-to-back wins this weekend.

VERDICT: Home win

Huddersfield v Leeds; Saturday, October 26, 7:30am, Not on US TV/Internet

Another Yorkshire derby! I was commenting on Leeds’ lack of goals scored last week and they ended up putting 4 past Birmingham. Huddersfield will be without leading goalscorer James Vaughan, who serves the first of a three-match suspension. This will be a tight game.


Burnley v QPR; Saturday, October 26, 10am, beIN SPORT Play

I have no idea. Burnley picked up a fantastic win at Portman Road last weekend to really announce themselves as serious promotion contenders. QPR have further strengthened their squad with the free signing of USA international defender Oguchi Onyewu. Their squad is too good not to finish in the Top 2 this season. Expect Charlie Austin to score the winner against his former club.

VERDICT: Away win

Blackpool v Blackburn; Saturday, October 26, 7:15am, Not on US TV/Internet

A Lancashire derby! The absence of manager Paul Ince did not seem to affect the Tangerines last week at all. Blackburn will be looking to bounce back after their disappointing defeat at home to Charlton and I think they will. Expect Jordan Rhodes to score a brace.

VERDICT: Away win

Bolton v Ipswich; Saturday, October 26, 7:15am, Not on US TV/Internet

Surely Bolton will eventually start picking up some wins? They will have to do without goalkeeper Adam Bogdan though, who is out for six weeks with a knee injury. Mick McCarthy is being heavily linked with the vacant Republic of Ireland job – a job he is probably interested in after his previous stint over ten years ago. Could this be Dougie Freedman’s last game in charge of Bolton? After the departure of Ian Holloway this week, it would be highly ironic.

VERDICT: Away win

Derby v Birmingham; Saturday, October 26, 7:15am, Not on US TV/Internet

Steve McClaren has enjoyed a fantastic start at Derby – emphasized by their superb 3-2 win at Vicarage Road last weekend. Currently sitting in 8th, that result will give them confidence as they attempt to mount a serious playoff push. Lee Clark is another manager who must be perilously close to being sacked, even if Birmingham have no money at the moment. I’d expect a response after their drubbing at Elland Road and, knowing the Championship as I do, this will probably be a draw.


Leicester v Bournemouth; Saturday, October 26, 7:15am, Not on US TV/Internet

Leicester continue to march on. I predicted that Bournemouth will get a draw at Nottingham Forest last week and I think they’ll give Leicester a good game this weekend. I expect the Foxes to slightly edge it though.

VERDICT: Home win

Reading v Milwall; Saturday, October 26, 7:15am, Not on US TV/Internet

Milwall will be buoyed by their late equalizer against QPR last weekend and I think Steve Lomas has done a good job so far. Although Royston Drenthe is a doubt, the Royals will have been pleased to see Pavel Pogrebnyak back on the scoresheet last weekend. I think Millwall will battle for another point.


Yeovil v Nottingham Forest; Saturday, October 26, 7:15am, Not on US TV/Internet

Yeovil are currently bottom of the Championship and urgently need to start picking up points to avoid being cut adrift. Forest will be very disappointed with conceding a late goal against Bournemouth, but they find themselves in a strong position in the league. This will be a high intensity game and Yeovil might well nick it. Billy Davies will undoubtedly be moaning about a referee decision.

VERDICT: Home win

Charlton v Wigan; Sunday, October 27, 11am, Not on US TV/Internet

This really could go either way. Wigan picked up a very impressive draw against Rubin Kazan on Thursday night in the UEFA Europa League but they will be tired going into this game. Will Charlton be able to capitalize on their surprise win at Ewood Park last weekend? Home win for me.

VERDICT: Home win

Brighton v Watford; Monday, October 28, 3:45pm; beIN SPORT and DishWorld

Another game that is hard to call. Although Derby played well, Watford’s defending last weekend was very poor and is something they will have to rectify as soon as possible if they want to be challenging for promotion this season. Brighton have had a particularly uneventful start to the season and you really do not know what to expect from them. Watford should edge this.

VERDICT: Away win

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  1. Smokey Bacon

    October 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Lomas has done a good job? You are having a laugh!

    • Nick Ottman

      October 27, 2013 at 10:00 am

      He is!

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