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Vital Preview - Championship, 17th April 2017

Vital Preview - Championship, 17th April 2017

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games to round off the Easter weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Previous results

Thursday 13th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Wigan Athletic 3-2 Barnsley 19:45

Friday 14th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Brentford 4-0 Derby County 15:00
Bristol City 2-1 Queens Park Rangers 15:00
Huddersfield Town 3-2 Preston North End 15:00
Norwich City 1-3 Fulham 15:00
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Blackburn Rovers 15:00
Rotherham United 1-1 Birmingham City 15:00
Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Cardiff City 15:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion 17:00
Burton Albion 1-2 Ipswich Town 19:45
Newcastle United 1-1 Leeds United 19:45

Saturday 15th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa 1-3 Reading 15:00

What will happen in this one though? Cast your vote so we know if you think it'll be all smiles or disappointment come the full time whistle.

Fixtures

Monday 17th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Fulham v Aston Villa 14:45
Barnsley v Brentford 15:00
Birmingham City v Burton Albion 15:00
Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City 15:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Wigan Athletic 15:00
Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest 15:00
Ipswich Town v Newcastle United 15:00
Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00
Preston North End v Norwich City 15:00
Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday 15:00
Reading v Rotherham United 15:00
Derby County v Huddersfield Town 17:00

With Fulham kicking off slightly earlier than Sheffield Wednesday the Whites know a win over Aston Villa - beaten for the first time in six on Saturday - would move them into the top-six, albeit for as little as 15 minutes or so.

Barnsley were on for all three points against Wigan - pushing them closer to League 1 - but a dramatic comeback saw them beaten on Thursday. The Tykes host a Brentford side who boosted their hopes of a top-10 finish with a crushing victory over Derby on Good Friday.

A failure to win in the last eight means Birmingham return to St Andrew's in desperate need of a win over relegation rivals Burton - a place and two points above the bottom-three ahead of the game.

Blackburn boosted their survival hopes with a Good Friday win. If Rovers can make it back-to-back victories over Bristol City it should take them out of the relegation zone, bringing the Robins - looking for a third successive win - very much back into the picture.

A fifth straight Brighton win would keep them at least four points clear of Newcastle at the top - it would also leave Albion on the brink of having automatic promotion mathematically confirmed, unless Huddersfield fail to match their result. Wigan will aim to ruin the party at the Amex Stadium though, keeping the survival hopes alive.

Cardiff are looking to end the season positively so will target a victory over relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest. A Bluebirds win and Forest - with what would be a third defeat in four - could slip into the bottom-three?

Two wins in three has basically ended any lingering Ipswich relegation fears. The sides shouldn't meet next season but if Newcastle drop points at Portman Road the Magpies' title ambitions could be close to ending - a Huddersfield victory and they also apply added pressure.

Leeds' long-term position in the top-six could be lost if they slipped to a defeat at Elland Road against Wolves - who visit looking to avoid a third straight defeat.

Preston - who have lost their last two - and Norwich - beaten in three of the last four outings - are now playing to secure a top-10 finish with a play-off place out of reach for both.

A seven point gap between QPR and the bottom-three should see the R's confident enough of staying up but if a fifth successive defeat should be suffered at Loftus Road against play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday they could worry? The Owls have to win to ensure a top-six place is retained.

Reading could move a step closer to confirming a play-off place if they can see off already relegated Rotherham - who ended a 10 game losing run with a Good Friday draw.

Good Friday's defeat for Derby ended any slim chances of finishing in the play-offs. Huddersfield are close to securing this but Town will still have an outside chance of finishing in an automatic promotion spot - improved with a win and dropped Newcastle points again.

It goes without saying the expectation; most definitely the hope at least, will be for a positive result. But will this happen? We'll find out soon enough.

Ahead of the game we're looking for your views on what way you think it will go, which requires you to vote in the latest poll in one of the options you have been given.

However, don't just look also have a say. We don't just want your vote, which you can do to the right, we also want some thoughts and views ahead of the game as well so share these below.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Sunday April 16 2017
Time: 5:45PM

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15 Wolves 44 15 10 19 55 -3
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
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