The Sky Bet Championship weekend continues on Saturday afternoon when all but four teams are in action on a day where another chapter will be written in the race for promotion and teams gather in the bid to avoid the drop.
Usually we would have a TV match to enjoy over the course of Saturday but that isn’t the case this time around so all of the matches will kick off in the traditional slot. That means that updates will come in the usual places.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (All 3pm UK time)
Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers
Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday
Hull City v Millwall
Norwich City v Coventry City
Preston North End v Ipswich Town
Rotherham United v Southampton
Stoke City v Leicester City
Swansea City v Plymouth Argyle
Watford v Cardiff City
West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City
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We have already seen Leeds United pick up a win in the race for automatic promotion this weekend and the three other sides at the top have the chance to reply on Saturday afternoon. All three face away matches with the leaders Leicester City making the short trip to the Bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City while Ipswich Town will be looking to reclaim second spot in the table when they head to Deepdale to face Preston North End. Southampton are the other team in the automatic shake up and they will make the journey to bottom of the pile Rotherham United.
Best of the Rest
There are two big matches towards the bottom end of the table on Saturday afternoon, the biggest of which comes from the John Smith’s Stadium as two Yorkshire rivals meet when Huddersfield Town, one spot above the drop, host Sheffield Wednesday, who will move to within a couple of points of safety with a win. The other game down the bottom comes from Ewood Park where troubled Blackburn Rovers if the rumours are true play host to a QPR side who will be keen for three points which could finally take them out of the bottom three. Elsewhere, West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City will be looking to preserve their top six spots. West Brom host local rivals Birmingham City while Coventry head to Carrow Road to face Norwich City. The other game of note sees free spending Hull City looking to launch a push for the top six when they entertain Millwall.
I’m always a little reluctant to get too involved in the first set of matches after the transfer window because squads have changed quite a bit since we last saw them in action, although maybe not quite to the magnitude that we have seen in the past. I am still a little cautious though so I will go with the one bet which comes in the form of Hull City to beat Millwall in a clash between a side who are clearly going for it based on their transfer activity and one who aren’t.
Hull City spent big in January and that has to come with returns on the pitch. The Tigers had a good win at Sunderland last time out and have had a couple of weeks on the training ground to form a plan for the remainder of the season. Ryan Giles is a very good signing for them in a month of good signings. Millwall looked like they were getting their act together towards the end of 2023 but they have gone three without a win now which includes losing at QPR. I expect good things from Hull for the remainder of the season and that can start with a win in this one.
Back Hull City (-0.25AH) to beat Millwall for a 3/10 stake at 1.81 with Bet365