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Reaching boiling point

23 April 2013


The relegation battle is set to reach boiling point over the next week as the engrossing 2012/13 Championship campaign approaches its conclusion.

Ahead of a big week of action in the Championship, looks at the key games around the grounds and the possible outcomes of interest for those of a blue and white persuasion.

Bristol City became the first side to have their fate sealed with relegation to League One confirmed after their 1-0 defeat to Birmingham earlier this month.

But the Robins may yet have a big say on who will follow suit and drop into the third tier.

Sean O’Driscoll’s men face Huddersfield on Saturday at Ashton Gate. The Terriers gave themselves a timely boost with a 3-0 win over Millwall last time out and as such, are now three points clear of the drop with two games left to play.


But defeat to Bristol City, who took a point from promotion candidates Hull last time out, could make for a tense finish to the Terriers’ season.

Baring the surprising 6-0 thrashing at home to Charlton, Barnsley have been resilient under David Flitcroft.

In recent weeks, the Reds have gained creditable draws with Crystal Palace, Cardiff, Derby and Nottingham Forest but four draws from five games has not done many favours for the Oakwell side, who head into the weekend in 23rd position.

Barnsley have a tough game on the horizon as they welcome Hull on Saturday, who can secure an automatic promotion spot to the Premier League.

Wolves were dealt a late blow at Charlton last weekend, conceding in the dying seconds of the game to lose 2-1.


That setback saw Dean Saunders’ side slip back into the bottom three and with a tough final game of the season away at Brighton, this weekend’s fixture at home to Burnley could prove crucial for the Molineux outfit.

Blackburn fans will be breathing a sigh of relief atfter picking up a 2-1 win away at Millwall on Tuesday. That win has seen Rovers climb five points clear of the drop with two games to play.

Wednesday know that a win over Peterborough would secure second tier safety in the Saturday evening kick off at London Road.

Depending on results elsewhere, it could be the case that the Owls will kick off at Peterborough already safe of the drop, if for example, Wolves and Barnsley are both defeated in their 3.00pm kick offs.

At the bottom


TeamPlayedPointsGoal difference
Bristol City4441-20

Key weekend fixtures
Barnsley v Hull (3.00pm)
Bristol City v Huddersfield (3.00pm)
Wolves v Burnley (3.00pm)

Millwall v Nottingham Forest (3.00pm)

Peterborough v Owls (5.20pm)

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