Sky Bet Championship predictions: Middlesbrough to close gap on Sheffield United?

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Hull v West BromFriday 8pm – Live Sky Sports Football

Hull City are currently struggling with goals, which is hindering their progress in the table. I’m interested to see what they do with such a dangerous side this time around.

West Brom beat Middlesbrough and will need to keep working to get back into the play-offs. This should be an interesting game, I think it will be a draw.

Prediction: 1-1 (Sky Betting Odds)

Friday, March 3 at 7:30pm

8:00 p.m. start

Blackburn v Sheffield UnitedSaturday 12.30pm – Live Sky Sports Football

Blackburn celebrate after scoring against Leicester at the King Power Stadium

Blackburn is the right song. Three wins in the Championship and the FA Cup at Leicester in midweek. Confidence will be high.

You could say something similar about Sheffield United. They scored a crucial win against Watford last weekend before beating Tottenham in the cup. This should be a premium game, but I can’t tell them apart.

Prediction: 2-2 (Sky Betting Odds)

Saturday, March 4 at 12:00 noon

Start at 12:30 noon

Cardiff v Bristol CitySaturday 12.30pm – Live Sky sports football red button

You’re a little worried about Cardiff. They were comfortably beaten at Norwich last week, with the bottom three teams eyeing them.

Bristol City lost to Manchester City in the midweek cup tie, but that’s no shame. They are in great form and have a long unbeaten run in the tournament, and I hope they continue that form against their opponents.

Prediction: 1-2 (Sky Betting Odds)

Blackpool v BurnleySaturday at 3pm

Conor Roberts celebrates his last minute win

Blackpool is in trouble. Bringing in Mick McCarthy hasn’t really worked out yet, and if he can’t get a tune from them in this situation, you fear no one can.

Burnley are also a formidable opponent. They are returning to the Premier League and I don’t see the Seaside getting in the way here.

Prediction: 0-2 (Sky Betting Odds)

Middlesbrough v ReadingSaturday at 3pm

It was a real setback for Middlesbrough last weekend, losing to West Brom and seeing Sheffield United win. It might just dash their hopes of automatic promotion. But there is still a way to go.

Reading are against it, facing another point deduction in what could be a troubling end to the season. They have players who threaten Boro but I think the home side are too good.

Prediction: 2-1 (Sky Betting Odds)

Millwall v NorwichSaturday at 3pm

What a frustrating night for Millwall. They were 2-0 up against a play-off rival in Luton, but they couldn’t hold on. It would be such a huge win, but Gary Lovett might get a point before the game.

Norwich lurks on their shoulders. They’ve been impressive under David Wagner, but I think they’ll be lacking in The Den.

Prediction: 2-1 (Sky Betting Odds)

Other predictions (3pm kick-off all Saturdays)

Birmingham v Luton: 0-1

Bristol City v Hull City: 1-1

Preston v Wigan: 1-1

QPR v Blackburn: 2-1

Reading vs Blackpool: 0-1

Stoke v Millwall: 0-1

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