Norwich have the chance to secure automatic promotion this weekend while Leeds United and Sheffield United will be hoping for a slip up.
Norwich City will look to move another step closer to the Championship title (Norwich 1/5 Outright) on Good Friday evening when they play host to Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road.
Daniel Farke’s side didn’t appear to be in any danger of being caught at the top of the table eight days ago, but having been held to a 2-2 home draw against Reading on April 10, Norwich needed a late goal from top-scorer Teemu Pukki to rescue a point at struggling Wigan last Sunday.
However, a win against Steve Bruce’s Owls on Friday (Norwich 8/15, Draw 7/2, Sheffield Wednesday 11/2 – Match Betting) followed by an Easter Monday triumph against Stoke City would be enough to at least get them over the line in terms of promotion.
Before Norwich kick-off at 7.45pm, Sheffield United (4/5 To be Promoted) will be aiming to get their automatic promotion push back on track, having been held to a 1-1 draw against lowly Millwall on Saturday.
Chris Wilder’s men get under way against Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane at 12.30pm (Sheffield United 8/15, Draw 16/5, Forest 6/1 – Match Betting) knowing they will go second with a win, but the Blades are set to be without influential pair Billy Sharp and Chris Basham due to injury, while John Egan is suspended following his red card against the Lions for deliberate handball.
A Sheffield United win would put some pressure on Leeds when they host Wigan in a 3pm start at Elland Road (Leeds 4/11, Draw 4/1, Wigan 17/2 – Match Betting), but Marcelo Bielsa’s side have picked up two successive wins, while their two promotion rivals have been held to consecutive draws.
The Whites (9/2 Outright) appear to have momentum on their side and will fancy their chances of seeing off a struggling Latics side in front of a vociferous packed-out home crowd, which would take them to within a point of Norwich.
West Brom appear to have a top-six place sewn up, but could finally end Hull’s bid for the end-of-season play-offs with a win at The Hawthorns, while fifth-placed Midlands rivals Aston Villa (2/1 To be Promoted) are the form team going into the run-in and could relegate Bolton with a ninth win on the spin in Lancashire.
The fight for the final play-off place looks like being between Bristol City, Middlesbrough and Derby County.
Bristol City hold on to sixth spot by one point ahead of Good Friday’s games and they host struggling Reading at Ashton Gate at 12 noon, while Boro face boss Tony Pulis’ former club Stoke at the Riverside Stadium, having bounced back from four straight defeats to win their last two.
Frank Lampard’s Rams, who are another point behind Boro in eighth, face a tricky trip to Birmingham.
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