We have a reduced fixture list in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend due to three teams in the division competing in the FA Cup quarter finals. It leaves us with nine matches on Saturday afternoon as we head into the international break.
We usually get a TV game on a Saturday to enjoy but that has been canned because the two sides involved are looking to book their place at Wembley in the FA Cup. The matches that do remain will have updates in the usual places.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (All 3pm)
Blackpool v Coventry City
Middlesbrough v Preston North End
Millwall v Huddersfield Town
Queens Park Rangers v Birmingham City
Reading v Hull City
Rotherham United v Cardiff City
Stoke City v Norwich City
Sunderland v Luton Town
Watford v Wigan Athletic
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The top two are both in FA Cup action this weekend which means that the chasing pack get the chance to close in on Sheffield United in second and put some pressure on them. Middlesbrough are the closest challengers and they will look to move to within three points of the Blades when they host Preston North End at the Riverside. Luton Town are only a point behind Boro and they face a lengthy trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland. Millwall are the other team in the top six in action on Saturday. They host struggling Huddersfield Town.
Best of the Rest
Norwich City sit just outside the playoffs and will close to within no more than two points of them if they can go to Stoke City and find a win. Stoke have found some form in recent times though so that isn’t guaranteed. At the other end of the table Wigan Athletic will go in search of a win which could take them off the bottom when they head to Watford while Blackpool could move to within a point of safety if they can see off Coventry City. Cardiff City will look to move further clear of the drop zone when they go to Rotherham United who begin the day just a point above them. Two struggling sides meet at Loftus Road when QPR host Birmingham City.
Millwall were good to us in midweek and I see no reason not to back them again on Saturday against a Huddersfield Town side who have got big problems. Neil Warnock has pulled off some miracles in his time but if he keeps the Terriers in the division this season it will have to go down as their finest achievement because the club is in a mess on and off the pitch. I don’t see it happening and the worst thing for him here is Millwall are perfectly setup to nullify his direct style of play.
That is meat and drink to a Millwall side but the difference between this one and the ones which have gone before it is this one has that little bit of class at the top end of the pitch in the likes of Zian Flemming in particular that can prove the difference in matches like this. What might also help Millwall is Huddersfield are getting into the territory where draws aren’t much use to them so they might need to push forward late on and try to win the game. Millwall have enough about them to deal with that and with the form of Flemming and Tom Bradshaw they can run out comfortable winners.
Back Millwall (-1AH) to beat Huddersfield for a 3/10 stake at 2.01 with Bet365