Forget the Christmas turkey and all the trimmings. The start of December indicates the festive period in football is officially about to begin. Games will come thick and fast from now until the New Year, with another hotly contested round of games set for the weekend.
The Npower Championship is always full of twists and turns and is a league where ‘anyone can beat anyone’, which has been the case many a time this season.
This weekend’s fixture list kicks off with a Friday night clash between Blackburn and Cardiff. Cardiff are flying high at the top of the pile, while Blackburn currently sit in 9th place. It is sure to be a close fought game, but I can see Blackburn winning this, as Cardiff’s lofty position is testament to their home form and not their away form.
Prediction: Blackburn 2 Cardiff 1
Watford host high-flying Hull City this weekend at Vicarage Road. Both teams are in superb form, with Watford sitting 6th and Hull City lying just one place above them in 5th. Hull City come off the back of an impressive away victory at Nottingham Forest (1-2), whilst Watford head in to the game following a 4-1 thrashing of Barnsley.
This is sure to be another tightly contested game (touch wood). I’m going for a Hull win.
Prediction: Watford 0 Hull 1
My beloved Leeds United have finally got their act together – winning three on the bounce – against Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Huddersfield Town. Leeds United head to Derby County this weekend, for the 1pm kick-off. Derby County are an indifferent side, but seem to get the better of Leeds United, having won back to back victories against us for the past two seasons.
With new owners and a new perspective, Leeds United head in to this game full of confidence, so I see no other result other than a win. Not your 4-0 or 5-0 but perhaps the solid 2-0, or a nail biting 2-1 will come good.
Prediction: Derby County 0 Leeds United 2
Charlton v Brighton (1-3)
Crystal Palace v Blackpool (1-1)
Huddersfield v Bolton (0-2)
Ipswich v Millwall (1-0)
Leicester v Barnsley (5-1)
Nottingham Forest v Burnley (2-2)
Peterborough v Middlesbrough (1-2)
Sheff Wed v Bristol City (2-3)
Wolves v Birmingham (0-0)