Forest to finish off Foxes

Craig Chisnall previews the action on the final day of the Championship season with plenty still to be decided.

Last Updated: 03/05/13 at 18:00 Post Comment

Nottingham Forest can claim a crucial final-day win

Nottingham Forest can claim a crucial final-day win

I always thought it would come down to a dramatic final day such has been the competitiveness of the Championship this season - and that's what we're in for in the battle for the top two, play-offs and survival.

Nottingham Forest and Leicester would both have been expecting to challenge the top two and the Foxes have been a big letdown for me after I backed them for the title.

And I fear they won't have any joy this weekend at the City Ground either to consign them to another season in the second tier.

Forest go into this clash two points and a place better off in seventh and must be hoping for a favour from Peterborough or Blackpool - the visitors to fifth placed Crystal Palace and Bolton in sixth.

Billy Davies' side haven't been at their best in recent weeks but last week's win at Millwall kept their play-off hopes alive and I think they could well sneak sixth spot.

Therefore I feel the home win is worth investing in.

Watford automatic promotion hopes are still alive with Hull's nerves getting the better of them in recent weeks and they head a home treble with Sheffield Wednesday and Derby.

I believe the Hornets will do their part and see off Leeds at Vicarage Road and then all eyes will switch to what the Tigers can do at home to champions Cardiff.

At the other end Wednesday have been dragged back into the survival fight after taking just two points from their last 12 available.

But with woefully out of form Middlesbrough arriving at a packed Hillsborough the Owls should seal their safety with a win.

And the Rams provide the value in this treble as they welcome stuttering, and still not safe, Millwall to Pride Park.

To not be safe on 56 points sums up just how crazy the second tier has been this term and the point at home to Palace on Tuesday, their first in four matches, could well be a godsend.

I can't see them going down with the three teams below them all needing to win but County are strong at home and will bump this treble up nicely.

Brighton are one team assured of a play-off spot and a second leg home semi-final so it must be going through boss Gus Poyet's mind to rest his key players for the visit of doomed Wolves.

The Black Country outfit have had a second woeful season on the trot and to drop into League One wouldn't have been the Championship exit they were planning last summer.

Dean Saunders will be looking for a response to the horror showing against Burnley last week and I like the look of the draw in this one.


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