With just four games remaining for most sides in the Championship this season, the crucial matches are coming thick and fast.
With all teams playing twice in the space of just four days, it could be a decisive weekend at the top and the bottom of the table.
Norwich City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Seven points clear of third place Sheffield United, Norwich City can secure promotion to the Premier League with two more victories and they could claim the first of those against Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road.
Wednesday have been inconsistent of late, winning just one of their last four in the league and with their playoff hopes starting to fade, Steve Bruce’s men may not want this quite as much as the Canaries.
Norwich have drawn their most recent two matches but remain unbeaten in their last 10 games in the division and have scored in each of their last 23 league matches. They should be backed to move a step closer to the promised land with three more precious points in this one.
Norwich to win to nil @ 7/5
Leeds United vs Wigan Athletic
After two hard fought victories, Leeds have opened up a three point gap between themselves and Sheffield United but their promotion is far from signed and sealed and this game against struggling Wigan will be seen as a must win for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The men from Elland Road have kept five clean sheets in their last eight matches and should have too much on the day for a Wigan side that have failed to win any of their last four Championship games.
Pablo Hernandez has been Leeds’ star man all season. The Spaniard has five goals from his last eight appearances and can add to his tally in this fixture.
Leeds United to win and under 2.5 goals @ 14/5
Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest
Seven points dropped from the last 12 available could prove very costly for Sheffield United come the final day. After winning seven of their previous nine matches, the Blades have stuttered at exactly the wrong time.
Fortunately for Chris Wilder and his team, their opponents on Friday, Nottingham Forest, have also gone off the boil of late. Forest have lost each of their last three and have waved goodbye to any lingering playoff hopes in the process.
Martin O’Neil’s men are still scoring goals but they’re also conceding with regularity at the other end, and Sheffield United can come out on top in what should be an entertaining clash.
Sheffield United to win and both teams to score @ 51/20
Bolton Wanderers vs Aston Villa
These two sides could barely be in more contrasting form. Where Villa’s promotion charge has been in full flow with eight consecutive wins, Bolton are all but relegated after eight defeats in their last ten.
Defeat to Villa will confirm Bolton’s fate and it’s hard to see any other outcome at the Reebok Stadium.
Dean Smith’s Aston Villa are scoring goals for fun, with 20 in their last eight, and with an in-form Tammy Abraham leading the line they’ll have far too much firepower for the Trotters.
Aston Villa to win with a -1 handicap @ 87/100
Bristol City vs Reading
Two sides with different aspirations as we enter the final games of the season. Bristol City are looking to bounce back from defeat last time out as they try to maintain their place in the final playoff spot. Meanwhile victory last time out has left Reading four points clear of the drop zone and the Royals know one more win could be enough to preserve their Championship status.
Goals look on the cards in this one with 12 being scored in the Robin’s last three matches and 14 finding the net in Reading’s last four games.
Both teams may ultimately succeed in their missions but it would be a surprise if promotion chasing Bristol City didn’t come out on top in this match.
Bristol City to win and +3.5 goals @ 71/20