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Premier League Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Premier League Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Premier League is once again a two-horse race. Liverpool and Manchester City have been the dominant forces in the 2018/2019 season so far, but Tottenham should not be written off just yet.

Liverpool impressed in the first half of the season, with the team finishing the process without a single defeat. Jurgen Klopp is doing a great job with the Anfield outfit, but the Reds will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if they are to win their first Premier League trophy since 1990. Mohamed Salah is still the team’s key player, but both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will surely play important roles in Jurgen Klopp’s team in the second half of the season.

Manchester City dropped a number of points in the first half of the season, but they are still considered one of main favourites to win the national championship. Pep Guardiola has a number of top-class players to choose from and his rotation policy could prove to be his advantage over fellow contenders for the trophy. Kun Aguero has found his goal-scoring touch of late and there is every chance Gabriel Jesus will remain in his shadow in the second half of the season. Anyhow, the Etihad Stadium outfit are capable of defending their title.

Over the years Tottenham have established themselves as one of the best sides in England. Spurs are enjoying yet another successful season and they are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League. Mauro Pochettino’s troops are dreaming about the Premier League title as well, but seeing that key players Harry Kane and Dele Alli suffered injuries, we do not believe that the capital club will clinch their first domestic trophy since 1961.

Seeing that Chelsea struggled in front of goal in the first half of the season, the club chiefs decided to sign Gonzalo Higuain in the January transfer window. The Argentine striker scored a brace on his Stamford Bridge debut against Huddersfield Town and there is every chance he is going to help Maurizio Sarri’s team improve offensively. Eden Hazard is still considered the team’s key player, but the Blues need to keep on improving their game if they are to secure a top-four finish.

Arsenal continue to struggle in matches against top-table sides and despite the fact that they were scoring goals for fun in the first half of the season, Unai Emery’s troops are likely to represent England in the Champions League next season. Manchester United have been impressive ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the reins, meaning that they should not be written off speaking of the race for a place in the elite competition.

As for the survival battle, Fulham and Huddersfield Town just can’t find their best form and it is no surprise they are considered main favourites to suffer relegation to the Championship at the end of the season. Burnley and Cardiff City will find it difficult to survive in the English top flight as well.

 

Championship Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Championship Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Yet another entertaining Championship campaign is under way. Several teams are eyeing automatic promotion to the Premier League, but it remains to be seen who will have a reason for celebration.

Leeds United are on a quest to return to the Premier League where they undisputedly belong. Experienced tactician Marcelo Bielsa has been chosen to help the Whites secure promotion to the English top flight and he is doing a great job with the Elland Road outfit. Leeds United are sitting in top two in the Championship standings, but the season is quite long and Marcelo Bielsa’s men need to keep on improving their game if they are to return to the Premier League. The Whites face a tough fixture list in February and matches against Middlesbrough and Leeds United could be crucial in their quest for promotion.

Norwich City are enjoying a successful season as well. The Canaries have been scoring goals for fun in the Championship this term and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in the remainder of the season. Norwich City proved their worth in a 3-1 win over Leeds United and, no doubt, the victory over the fellow promotion-chasing side gave them a confidence boost. The attacking partnership of Jordan Rhodes and Teemu Pukki has been in a perfect working order and if they remain unstoppable in front of goal, Daniel Farke’s charges are likely to return to the Premier League following a three-year absence.

Sheffield United should not be written off just yet when it comes to promotion as they have been impressive in 2019 in the English second tier. The Blades are playing with confidence and despite the fact that they face the likes of Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and WBA in February, we believe that they are capable of spoiling Leeds United and Norwich’s party at the end of the season.

Both WBA and Middlesbrough are widely expected to book their place in the play-offs, but a number of teams are still in the race for a top-six finish. Frank Lampard is doing a good job with Derby County, but the Rams need to improve their away record if they are to book their place in the Championship play-offs. Bristol City made a very slow start to the season, but they have been raising their form week by week and, as a result, they are sitting in top six in the Championship standings ahead of the trip to Blackburn. Aston Villa rely on one man – Abraham, but his teammates will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if the Villans are to secure top-six finish. Hull City have found their best form of late as well.

As for the battle for survival, Ipswich Town will almost certainly compete in the League One next term as they just can’t find their form in the 2018/2019 season. The likes of Bolton, Reading and Rotherham United are considered favourites to suffer relegation to the English third tier as well.

SUNDAY FUNDAY FOLD SUCCEEDS

SUNDAY FUNDAY FOLD SUCCEEDS

The accumulator special was focused on two games being played in the La Liga and Premier League on the 7th of October 2018!

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Arsenal to Win
Fulham – Arsenal

Valladolid to Win
Valladolid – Huesca

 


The games end in the following results:

Fulham 1 – 5 Arsenal
As expected, Arsenal extended their thrilling winning run in the Premier League, with the team rolling over their local rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage. The Gunners opened the scoring after 29 minutes, with Alexandre Lacazette smashing a low shot into the bottom left corner from inside the box. However, the Cottagers leveled the score on the stroke of half time, with Andre Schurrle finding the net with a beautiful chipped finish. Arsenal , though, dominated the game in the second half, with the team scoring the second goal of the match in the 49thminute. Alexandre Lacazette fired the ball into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box to make it 1:2. Fellow striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then proved his worth, with the former Borussia Dortmund man scoring two goals in 12 minutes. To make thing even better for Unai Emery’s troops, Aaaron Ramsey put icing on the cake in the stoppage time to set up the final score of the match – 1:5.

 

29′ Alexandre Lacazette 0 – 1
44′ Andre Schurrle 1 – 1
49′ Alexandre Lacazette 1 -2
67′ Aaron Ramsey 1 – 3
79′ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1 – 4
90′ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1 – 5

Valladolid 1 – 0 Huesca
Real Valladolid are determined to secure the La Liga survival. The newcomers have been producing fine performances in the 2018/2019 season and thanks to a hard-fought win over Huesca they climbed to seventh place in the standings. La Pucela missed a good chance to break the deadlock after 24 minutes, but Duje Cop’s shot eventually went just over the crossbar. However, four minutes later, Real Valladolid opened the scoring, with Ruben Alcaraz taking the set piece from about 22 meters out and sending the ball inside the left post. What a cracker! Huesca then did their best to level things up, but they eventually failed to grab something from the match. La Pucela adopted a defence-minded approach in the second half of the match, with the team managing to defend their slim lead and record their third consecutive win in the Spanish elite division.

28′ Ruben Alcaraz 1 – 0


 

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PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND 7 THREEFOLD BANKS!

PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND 7 THREEFOLD BANKS!

The accumulator special was focused on three games being played in round 7 of the English Premier League!

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Arsenal to Win
Arsenal – Watford

Tottenham Hotspur to Win
Huddersfield Town – Tottenham Hotspur

Wolverhampton Wanderers to Win
Wolverhampton Wanderers – Southampton

 


The games end in the following results:

Arsenal 2 – 0 Watford
Despite failing to impress in Saturday’s clash against Watford, Arsenal did well to extend their wining run in the Premier League to five matches. The Gunners were struggling to break the deadlock in the first half of the game, but then Watford centre-back Cathcart helped the capital club take the lead. The slightly disoriented defender put the ball into his own net after 81 minutes, with Unai Emery’s troops finally taking the lead. Two minutes later Arsenal doubled their lead, with Mesut Ozil beating the goalkeeper with a shot into the bottom right corner. Roberto Pereyra and Abdoulaye Doucoure then missed good chances to score a consolation goal for the Hornets and, as a result, 2:0 was the final score of the match. As previously mentioned, the Gunners failed to impress in the clash against Watford, but they eventually gave fans yet another reason for celebration.

81′ Craig Cathcart 1 – 0
83′ Mesut Ozil 2 – 0

Huddersfield Town 0 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Huddersfield Town hosted Tottenham at the John Smith’s Stadium on day 7 of the new Premier League campaign. As expected, Spurs took the lead after 25 minutes, with the team’s top scorer Harry Kane finding the net from inside the box. Kane doubled Tottenham’s lead nine minutes later as he scored from the penalty spot. The capital club then decided to slow the tempo down and they managed to defend their two-goal lead without any difficulties. It has to be noted, though, that the Terriers missed a couple of good chances to score the consolation goal, but the likes of Isaac Mbenza and Chris Lowe failed to find the net in the 71st and the 79th minute respectively. Taking everything into account, Tottenham wanted this win more than Huddersfield Town, who remained in the danger zone in the Premier League standings.

25′ Harry Kane 0 – 1
34′ Harry Kane 0 – 2

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 – 0 Southampton
Wolverhampton continue to impress in the 2018/2019 Premier League season. After holding Manchester United to a draw at Old Trafford, the Wolves defeated Southampton at their Molineux Stadium, but this game was anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The newcomers were struggling to break the deadlock in the first half of the match, but they never gave up. Wolverhampton continued to dominate the game in the second half, with the team finally scoring the opener after 79 minutes. Ivan Cavaleiro opened the scoring for the Wolves and eight minutes later former Celta Vigo defender Jonny set up the final score of the match. Matt Doherty teed up Jonny inside the box, who kept his cool and scored low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton’s victory is well deserved, but it has to be noted that Southampton had 17 goal attempts in the 2-0 loss to the Wolves.

79′ Ivan Cavaleiro 1 – 0
87′ Jonny Castro 2 – 0

 


 

 

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PREMIER LEAGUE ACCA COMES IN!

PREMIER LEAGUE ACCA COMES IN!

The accumulator special was focused on two games being played in the Premier League and one game being played in the La Liga!

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Chelsea to Win
Chelsea – Bournemouth

Arsenal to Win
Cardiff City – Arsenal

Liverpool to Win
Leicester City – Liverpool

 


The games end in the following results:

Chelsea 2 – 0 Bournemouth
Bournemouth travelled to Stamford Bridge hoping to carry on their good from at the start of the season. But it wasn’t to be. Chelsea manager has brushed away all critics by winning their three opening matches. Bournemouth coach Howe made three changes from last weekend, bringing in new signings Lerma and Rico into the starting eleven and Francis instead of Daniels. Chelsea made one change putting Willian in instead of Pedro. Not much happened in the first half even if Chelsea did have more of the ball. Then, only seven minutes after replacing Willian, Pedro got a lucky deflection and scored a goal to give Chelsea the lead in the 72nd minute. Chelsea never looked back after that, especially after Hazard was rewarded for his good play by placing the ball past the Bournemouth goalkeeper Begovic in minute 85. That secured the win and all three points for the Blues making it four out of four at the start of the season.

72′ Pedro 1 – 0
85′ Eden Hazard

Cardiff City 2 – 3 Arsenal
Early noon on Sunday, before kick-off, Neil Warnock had hoped that his side could take advantage of Arsenals current problems. Danny Ward made his first start in the Premier League for Cardiff. Arsenal coach Unai Emery brought back Mesut Ozil on the left and Alexandre Lacazette in attack in place of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. It all started with Mustafi’s header in the 12th minute giving Arsenal the lead. Then, just before the break, in the 47th minute, Camarasa scored to even the score at 1:1. In the 62nd minute Aubameyang scored a beautiful goal form all of 20 yards to give Arsenal their 2nd lead of the match. But, eight minutes later, Ward celebrated his premiership start with a 2nd equalizer for Cardiff giving them hope that they could turn this around. However, Lacazette had other ideas, scoring a powerful goal in the 81st minute giving Arsenal a much welcomed away win.

11′ Shokdran Mustafi 0 – 1
45′ Victor Camarasa 1 – 1
62′ Patrick Aubameyang 1 – 2
70′ Danny Ward 2 – 2
81′ Alexandre Lacazette 2 – 3

Leicester City 1 – 2 Liverpool
Liverpool haven’t won in the opening four games of the season since 1990.  Leicester City had to play without Vardy who was serving the last of his three-match suspension. They also gave Rachid Ghezzal a start instead of Kelechi Iheanacho. Liverpool’s skipper Henderson got the nod instead of Keita, who had been brilliant so far. Liverpool were quick out of the gates with Salah missing a great chance before Mane managed to score his 4th of the season in the 10th minute. Liverpool kept on attacking and finally got their second just before the break, courtesy of a nicely placed Firminho header. Things changed in the 2nd half with Leicester having more of the ball, forcing Allison to make a mistake in the 63rd minute and concede Liverpool’s first goal of the season. Liverpool held on to win 2:1 and continue their great start of the season. Klopp was afterwards happy Allison made the mistake because now he knows it can never happen again.

10′ Sadio Mane 0 – 1
45′ Roberto Firmino 0 – 2
63′ Rachid Ghezzal 1 – 2

 


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SECOND ACCA IN A ROW LANDS!

SECOND ACCA IN A ROW LANDS!

The accumulator special was focused on two games being played in the Premier League and one game being played in the La Liga!

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Chelsea to Win
Newcastle United – Chelsea

Arsenal to Win
Arsenal – West Ham United

Real Madrid to Win
Girona – Real Madrid

 


The games end in the following results:

Newcastle United 1 – 2 Chelsea

76′ Eden Hazard 0 – 1
83′ Joselu 1 – 1
87′ DeAndre Yedlin 1 – 2

Arsenal 3 – 1 West Ham United

25′ Marko Arnautovic 0 – 1
30′ Nacho Monreal 1 – 1
70′ Issa Diop 2 – 1
90′ Danny Welbeck 3 – 1

Girona 1 – 4 Real Madrid

17′ Borja Garcia 1 – 0
39′ Sergio Ramos 1 – 1
52′ Karim Benzema 1 – 2
59′ Gareth Bale 1 – 3
80′ Karim Benzema 1 – 4

 


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PREMIER LEAGUE ACCA HITS!

PREMIER LEAGUE ACCA HITS!

The accumulator special was focused on three games being played in the Premier League round 1 opener!

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Man United to Win
Man United –  Leicester City

Chelsea to Win
Huddersfield Town – Chelsea

Liverpool to Win
Liverpool – West Ham United

 


The games end in the following results:


Man United 2 – 1 Leicester City
Despite the fact that Jose Mourinho could not count on several first-team regulars for the opening match of the season, Manchester United did well to beat Leicester City at their Old Trafford. The Red Devils took the lead after just three minutes, with Paul Pogba scoring the opener from the penalty kick. Manchester United continued to dominate the game in the second half and ten minutes before the final whistle Luke Shaw doubled their lead. The left-back scored his first ever goal for the Red Devils in the Premier League, but that was not the final score of the match as Jamie Vardy scored a consolation goal for the Foxes. The experienced attacker found the net in the dying seconds of the match, meaning that there was no time left for Leicester City to spoil Manchester United’s party at Old Trafford.

3′ Paul Pogba 1 – 0
83′ Luke Shaw 2 – 0
90′ Jamie Vardy 2 – 1

Huddersfield Town 0 – 3 Chelsea
Huddersfield Town and Chelsea faced each other at Kirklees Stadium on the opening day of the season. Even though many people expected that the Terriers would make life difficult for the Blues, Maurizio Sarri’s men made a flying start to the season. Chelsea took the lead after 34 minutes, with N’Golo Kante finding the net from inside the box. 11 minutes later the Blues doubled their lead, with summer signing Jorginho scoring from the penalty spot for the visitors. Maurizio Sarri’s team continued to dominate the game and ten minutes before the final whistle Pedro set up the final score of the match (0-3). Eden Hazard found the Spanish winger, who beautifully chipped the ball over the goalkeeper. Huddersfield Town failed to impress in their opener, with the team having no more than one shot on target during the match. Taking everything into account, Chelsea’s victory is well deserved.

34′ N’Golo Kante 0 – 1
45′ Jorginho 0 – 2
80′ Pedro 0 – 3

Liverpool 4 – 0 West Ham United
Liverpool continue where they left last season. The Reds kicked off the new Premier League campaign in style, with the team rolling over West Ham United at their Anfield. The team’s top scorer from last season Mohamed Salah opened the scoring after 19 minutes, with left-back Robertson providing his first assist of the season. Sadio Mane doubled Liverpool’s lead on the stroke of half-time and, to make things even worse for the Hammers, the Senegal international scoring his second goal of the match 8 minutes into the second half. Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp then made three changes and Daniel Sturridge, who came as a substitute for Mohamed Salah, put the game to bed in the 88th minute. The Reds totally deserved to pick up all three points from the match as they had 18 goal attempts (8 on target) during the game.

19′ Mohamed Salah 1 – 0
45′ Sadio Mane 2 – 0
53′ Sadio Mane 3 – 0
88′ Daniel Sturridge 4 – 0


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Premier League Season Preview 2018/2019

Premier League Season Preview 2018/2019

We are right around the corner from the start of the new Premier League season. Top clubs’ owners were not too active in the summer transfer window, but, no doubt, yet another entertaining campaign in the English top flight is ahead of us.

Manchester City are on a quest to defend their Premier League trophy and signing of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez could help the reigning champions meet the goal. The club chiefs did well to keep hold of key players Kevin De Bruyne and Kun Aguero and it is no surprise the Citizens are considered No. 1 favourites to win the Premier League title.

Their local rivals Manchester United, on the other hand, signed a contract with prolific midfielder Fred, with Michael Carrick retiring from professional football. Jose Mourinho obviously has faith in his players, who will square off against Leicester City at their Old Trafford in the opening game of the season. The Red Devils were having their ups and downs in pre-season, but given the quality of Mourinho’s squad, the English giants are definitely capable of playing an important role in the upcoming season.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp obviously doesn’t want to count on Loris Karius anymore as the German goalkeeper committed a couple of dreadful mistakes in the Champions League final. Karius continued to struggle in pre-season and, as a result, the club management decided to sign Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson. Mohamed Salah is still part of the team and seeing that Xherdan Shaqiri joined the club from Stoke City, the Reds could go all the way in each and every competition in the 2018/2019 season.

Chelsea failed to impress in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign, with the team finishing the season in 5th place in the standings. The Blues did well to sign midfielder Jorginho from Napoli earlier this summer, but it has to be noted that first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is on the verge of leaving the Old Trafford outfit. Eden Hazard could leave the club as well, meaning that the Blues are unlikely to regain the domestic trophy. New coach Maurizio Sarri, though, could help the team regain a much-needed confidence.

Arsenal continue life without Arsene Wenger and it remains to be seen if Unai Emery is capable of helping the Gunners bring glory days back to Emirates Stadium. The capital club aim to regain their place in top 4, but that is easier said than done. The likes of Stephen Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Soktratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi joined the club earlier this summer, but Santi Cazorla (released), Per Mertesacker (retired) and Jack Wilshere (signed for West Ham) are no longer part of the team.

Tottenham Hotspur have yet to sign a player in the summer transfer window, but seeing that they managed to keep hold of star players Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, Mauro Pochettino’s men are widely expected to secure yet another top 4 finish.

Wayne Rooney left Everton to try his luck in MLS, whereas Dusan Tadic joined Ajax from Southampton. Brighton chiefs were very active in the summer, with the likes of Florin Andone, Leon Balogun, Joseph Tomlinson, Jason Stele, Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior, Hugo Keto, David Button, Percy Tau, Yves Bissouma, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Anders Dreyer signing for the Seagulls.

Speaking of the relegation battle, the likes of Huddersfield Town and newcomers Fulham and Cardiff City could fail to secure the top-flight survival.

The new Premier League campaign returns on August 10 and, as always, it is likely to bring football fans from all around the globe a lot of joy.

Championship Season Preview 2018/2019

Championship Season Preview 2018/2019

Yet another interesting Championship campaign is on the horizon. Swansea City, Stoke City and WBA aim to secure a quick return to the English top flight, but that is easier said than done.

Last season the likes of Wolverhampton, Cardiff City and Fulham secured promotion to the Premier League and this time out Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Stoke City are considered main favourites to secure a top-two finish.

Stoke City chiefs did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window, but it has to be noted that Switzerland ace Xherdan Shaqiri joined Liverpool.

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The likes of Ashley Williams, Tom Ince and Benik Afobe signed for Stoke City in the summer and seeing that Joe Allen, Saido Berahino, and Choupo-Moting are still part of the team, it is no surprise the Potters are seen as main candidates for automatic promotion. Gary Rowett will be in charge of the team in the 2018/2019 Championship season.

Middlesbrough did well to make it to the Championship play-offs last term, but they eventually failed to return to the English elite division. Tony Pulis’ men are eager to make amends for the “unsuccessful” season and seeing that the likes of Assombalonga and Downing are still part of the team, the Boro are definitely capable of securing a top-two finish. You should bear in mind that Manchester United product Paddy McNair joined the club in the summer transfer window.

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Nottingham Forest were struggling in the Championship in the last few seasons. The Reds finished the 2017/2018 campaign in 17th place in the standings, but it seems as if the club chiefs now want to bring glory days back to City Ground. The club owners did well to sign several high-profile footballers in the summer transfer window, with the likes of Hillel Soudani, Gil Dias and Lewis Grabban joinining the Reds. Aitor Karanka is still in charge of the team and, no doubt, he is capable of recording a good result with Forest in the 2018/2019 Championship season.

Leeds United, Swansea City, Aston Villa, Derby County, Brentford and Sheffield United could play important roles in the upcoming season as well, whereas Bolton and Rotherham United are seen as main candidates for relegation.

Bolton were having their ups and downs in the Championship last season, but they eventually managed to secured the survival. However, the Trotters will have to be at their sharpest in each and every game in the upcoming season if they are to repeat the success.

Rotherham United impressed in the League One play-offs last term, but the lack of top-class footballers could prove to be the team’s biggest problem on their return to the English second tier.

Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers return to the Championship as well and they will surely be highly motivated when they square off against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town respectively on the opening day of the season.

The new Championship campaign starts on August 3, 2018, with Reading and Derby County facing each other at Madejski Stadium.

Championship Season Preview 2017/2018 (Second Half)

Championship Season Preview 2017/2018 (Second Half)

We are witnessing yet another entertaining Championship campaign. Wolverhampton are on the right track to finish the season in top position in the standings and it remains to be seen who else will sneak into the top two.

Wolverhampton have been producing splendid showings in the Championship this season. The Wolves are leading the standings ahead of Matchday 27 and they look unstoppable at the moment. Coach Nuno Espirito Santo is doing a great job with the Molineux Stadium outfit, but it has to be noted that he has a number of top-class players to choose from. Thanks to back-to-back wins over Bristol City and Brentford Wolverhampton moved one step closer to securing automatic promotion to the Premier League, but they can’t afford any complacency in the remainder of the season. However, given their current form and seeing that they are 12 points clear of second-placed Derby County at the moment, the Wolves are widely expected to return to the Premier League following a six-year absence.

Aston Villa have been playing below expectations in the 2017/2018 season, but they are still seen as one of main favourites to secure a top-two finish. The Villans made a very slow start to the season, but they have been making progress week by week and we believe that John Terry and Co. will, in the worst case scenario, book their place in the Championship play-offs. Cardiff City suffered a dip in form and, as a result, they are no longer sitting in top two in the table. The Bluebirds impressed in the first half of the season, but, as things stand now, the Welsh team will be more than happy should they happen to make it to the play-offs.

Derby County seem to be on top of their game at the moment and it seems as if the time has come for the Rams to return to the English top flight. Czech attacker Matej Vydra has been scoring goals for fun in the Championship this term and if he remains injury-free, there is every chance Gary Rowett’s men will secure a top-six finish. Bristol City have been impressive at their Ashton Gate Stadium this season, but they need to improve their away record if they are to be promoted to the Premier League.

The likes of Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Preston, Sheffield United and Fulham are eager to book their place in the Championship play-offs as well and we predict that the Cottagers will continue to raise their form. Serbian tactician Slavisa Jokanovic did well to help Watford return to the Premier League and he is likely to repeat the success with the capital club.

As for the relegation battle, many people expected that Bolton, who made a very slow start to the season, would suffer relegation to the League One, but the Trotters are determined to prove the doubters wrong. The newcomers have been in a fine form of late, but they need to continue with fine performances in the remainders of the season if they are to secure the Championship survival. Sunderland are running down a blind alley at the moment and the club chiefs should be very active in the January transfer window if they are to help the Black Cats avoid relegation to the English third tier.

As before, Burton Albion, are fighting hard to survive, but they are on a very difficult quest. Birmingham City and Barnsley are seen as candidates to suffer relegation as well and, taking everything into account, yet another interesting Championship season is on the horizon.