Football expert @TonyIncenzo gives his best bets and Championship predictions ahead of a huge round of fixtures in the Football League...

THIS IS the last weekend of fixtures in our topsy-turvy EFL Championship before that unprecedented break for the World Cup Finals.

Lancashire rivals Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are currently in the automatic promotion rankings whilst have been some major managerial stories unfolding over the past few days.

Here are the fixtures I am looking forward to most alongside my usual score predictions…

Saturday 12th November

Cardiff City v Sheffield United

Sheffield United sit third but their three match winning streak ended on Tuesday in a shock 1-0 home defeat against local rivals Rotherham United – the exact scoreline I predicted in my 888sport preview!

Blades duo Oli McBurnie and John Fleck are doubtful for this trip to South Wales due to injuries (calf and ankle respectively). However, midfielder Tommy Doyle should return to Paul Heckingbottom’s squad.

As for Cardiff City in 18th position, the 3-2 home setback at the hands of Hull City was a fifth loss in seven. Nevertheless, interim boss Mark Hudson has been offered the manager’s post until the end of 2022/23 following fruitful talks with club owner Vincent Tan this week.

Score prediction: Blades edge it 2-1.

Norwich City v Middlesbrough

Norwich City are in fourth spot on the back of two victories from a three match unbeaten sequence.

Their home form of five wins and three draws is decent. Making the trip down to Norfolk are a 16th placed Middlesbrough side fresh from impressively cantering 3-0 at Blackpool on Tuesday. That completed a second triumph from four games for new boss Michael Carrick since he took charge. 

Score prediction: Canaries chirping 3-1.

Bristol City v Watford

Watford have moved up to fifth thanks to four maximum pointers from five - the latest being 2-0 at home to Reading on Tuesday evening. In fact, they have been victorious six times in 10 outings since Slaven Bilic was appointed to their hot seat.

On the other hand, homesters Bristol City are 20th and haven’t won in five League or Cup contests.

Robins’ boss Nigel Pearson questioned the “moral fibre” of his team when reflecting on a miserable 3-1 midweek home defeat versus lowly Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup and said: “We had players who copped out.” Twenty four hours later, ex-Bristol City player and manager Brian Tinnion stepped up from his role as the club’s academy director to become technical director at Ashton Gate. He will supervise player recruitment.

Score prediction: Watford march on 2-0. 

Luton Town v Rotherham United

Ninth placed Luton Town have to massively regroup after boss Nathan Jones left to take over the vacant post at Southampton in the Premier League on Thursday morning.

Assistant manager Chris Cohen and coach Alan Sheehan also departed Kenilworth Road to join the Saints. All-time Hatters legend Mick Harford will be in caretaker mode for this upcoming home encounter against Rotherham United.

The Millers are 14th and their run of five games devoid of a win ended on Tuesday night with that stunning 1-0 scoreline away to high flying neighbours Sheffield United. It was Rotherham’s first conquest at Bramall Lane for 42 years

Score prediction: Rotherham rack up another 1-0 away day.

Wigan Athletic v Blackpool

Wigan Athletic lie second bottom and Tuesday’s 2-0 reverse at Coventry City stretched their misery to just a single point from seven matches. In direct consequence, manager Leam Richardson was sacked on Thursday morning. This development surprised me because Richardson had only signed a new three year contact on 25th October. Further bad news for the Latics is that defender Jason Kerr will miss the rest of the 2022/23 campaign having suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Motoring some 36 miles down the M55 and M6 are fourth bottom Blackpool hoping to recover from the 3-0 home thumping by Middlesbrough. That was a third straight defeat for the Tangerines.

Score prediction: Not pretty 0-0.

Sunday 13th November

Burnley v Blackburn Rovers

This mouth-watering 12.30pm lunchtime kick-off sees the top two clash head on.

Championship leaders Burnley enjoy a two point cushion and have the only undefeated home showing in this division courtesy of six wins and four draws. Travelling the 13 miles to Turf Moor are Blackburn who head the recent form table by virtue of five successes from six. It should be noted though that Rovers have lost six times away from home so far overall.

Score prediction: Thrill a minute 4-4 draw to dramatically send the Championship into World Cup recess.

Check out the latest Championship odds at 888Sport. 

Championship predictions

The Championship is the second highest division in the English football league system after the Premier League and it is often labelled as the toughest league in world football.

Popular with football betting fans around the world, the Championship has a gruelling 46-match schedule that is designed to separate the men from the boys.

Securing promotion to the Premier League is the ultimate objective for the 24 Championship clubs at the start of every campaign but reaching the promised land is easier said than done.

The EFL Championship was founded in 2004 after it was previously known as the Football League First Division. Punters looking for tomorrow prediction tips on English football can find betting advice on the second tier here...

The winning team is awarded the EFL Championship trophy, which happens to be the same trophy as the old First Division before the Premier League was formed in 1992.

The topic of Championship salaries is always intriguing, especially when the likes of Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Fulham have dropped out of the Premier League.


Tomorrow Match Prediction:

Punters can find the latest Championship betting predictions at 888sport, as well as interesting articles on England’s second tier – including a look at the best Championship teams of all-time.

Ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, Derby County and Nottingham Forest hold the longest tenure in the Championship having played in the second tier since 2007/08. Find the best football prediction for tomorrow on English football today.

So whether you want to check out the Championship top goal scorers by season or simply browse the Championship betting odds, 888sport is the place to be.

Championship tips & predictions

Which Championship teams will feature in our expert correct score prediction tips next season? Only time will tell – the race to secure promotion to the top flight is well and truly on!

Follow this page throughout the season for the best EFL Championship predictions, tomorrow match prediction advice and betting tips on one of the greatest competitions in football.

Championship Predictions Today:

Punters can find upcoming Sky Bet Championship tips here throughout the domestic football season. Our football experts offer their free Championship predictions on the biggest matches in England's second tier...

Whether you are looking for midweek fixtures or Saturday football tips, Championship betting tips can be found ahead of each gameweek. Bet on the Championship today at 888sport!

Football fans, free sports betting tips for today can be found on all major sports. Championship betting odds chop and change over the course of the season so keep an eye on the latest football tips.

*All of our 888 Experts picks and betting tips can be considered as a suggestion only.*

*Odds correct at the time of writing - subject to change*

*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to AP Photo*


FIRST PUBLISHED: 20th December 2020

About the Author
Tony Incenzo

Tony is a football reporter for talkSPORT Radio and Sky TV. He previously worked for Clubcall and Capital Gold.  

His devotion to Queens Park Rangers has now reached 50 seasons. Tony is also a Non-League football expert having visited almost 2,500 different football grounds in his matchday groundhopping. 

You can follow Tony on Twitter at @TonyIncenzo.