The incentive could not be higher for Bournemouth and Bristol City, as the winner of Wednesday’s clash at the Vitality Stadium will move into the automatic promotion positions in the Championship (Match Result – Bournemouth 4/5, Draw 13/5, Bristol City 7/2).
Bournemouth have certainly not been suffering a hangover following their relegation from the Premier League, as the Cherries sit alongside table-toppers Reading as the only unbeaten side in the division.
However, Jason Tindall’s side needed a 90th-minute goal to salvage a point at Watford at the weekend and they have drawn their last three games, a run that has seen them slip down to sixth in the standings.
Bristol City are a point and two places better off than Bournemouth and a draw on the south coast would be enough to lift the Robins back into the top-two, although they have taken just two points from their last three games.
There are five other matches taking place in the Championship on Wednesday, including at Kenilworth Road where Luton will play host to a Nottingham Forest side that are unbeaten in three games since Chris Hughton was appointed as manager (Match Result – Luton 9/4, Draw 11/5, Forest 13/10).
Forest drew 1-1 with East Midlands rivals Derby on Friday and the Rams will be looking to move out of the bottom-three by gaining a positive result against Cardiff on Wednesday at Pride Park – The Bluebirds for their part have lost only one of their last nine Championship games on the road.
Bottom of the table Sheffield Wednesday, who started the season with a 12-point deduction, could move to within one point of zero if they win away at South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham, while mid-table Birmingham and Huddersfield will meet at St Andrew’s.
The night’s other match comes from Deepdale where Preston will play host to a Millwall side that will be without manager Gary Rowett and the rest of their first-team coaching set-up due to positive coronavirus tests within the camp (Match Result – Preston 7/5, Draw 21/10, Millwall 11/5).
That means under-23’s boss Kevin Nugent will take charge of the Lions on Wednesday and he will be assisted by player/coach Shaun Williams and club captain Alex Pearce.