Январь 25, 2019

EFL Championship Match Previews – 26th January Saturday

Rotherham v Leeds

A great battle is set to take place on Saturday when league leaders Leeds United travel to the AESSAL New York Stadium to take on Rotherham United for their EFL Championship clash. Despite being at the top of the table, the past few weeks haven’t been that great for the visitors. They suffered four defeats in their previous five outings throughout the competition. Can they overpower a struggling Rotherham side and boost their team’s spirits?

Even though Leeds United have been experiencing some scraps lately, they are till the heavy favourites to win this match. Being at the top of the table has some advantages though since a narrow win is enough to keep their position especially with their overall performance this season. However, Leeds are just a point clear at the top since they encountered four losses in their previous give fixtures. They will enter Saturday’s match with a consistent record of 100% in their fixtures on the road though, so the hosts should expect quite a challenging match.

Rotherham United, on the other hand, is quite an entirely different story. They are currently hovering just 2 points above the drop zone at the 21st place. With Leeds as their opponent, it will be a challenge for them to come out successful. Apart from this, they haven’t been great in front which was proven during their 4-2 loss against Brentford and their tragic 7-0 thrashing to Manchester City. However, they’ve definitely been great at home this season, relying on their home form especially with 84% of their points coming from their fixtures at home.

Leeds have shown a very impressive run all throughout the season despite encountering a few setbacks lately. Saturday’s match should be a perfect opportunity for them to return to their winning ways.

Norwich v Sheffield United

Another huge clash will take place on Saturday as two high-profile teams take on each other. Sheffield United will be visiting Carrow Road to face Norwich City in the battle for supremacy in the EFL Cup. These two teams are fighting for an automatic promotion after Norwich City rose to the second spot. The hosts are definitely aiming for a promotion to the English top flight; however, they must first come out successful against another top-ranked team—Sheffield United.

The massive 52 goals they acquired has been one of the reasons why Norwich City are at the second spot in the table. Only one point separates them from the top of the standings and a win will further push their chances. Norwich have definitely been remarkable with their performances, especially with the help of the complex Marco Stiepermann, who has been one of their key players this season. Their hopes of making it to the top flight have taken another hit when they outclassed Birmingham in a 3-1 victory. Apart from this, the Canaries have been unstoppable at home, scoring at least thrice in their last six matches.

Meanwhile, Sheffield United are also a hopeful for a Premier League promotion, and they are just 3 points below Saturday’s opponents. Apart from this, their performances current performances have definitely been better compared to Norwich’s recent run. Sheffield were able to gather 3 victories and 2 defeats in their previous 5 fixtures. One of the reasons for Sheffield’s impressive display lately could be the fantastic addition of Oliver Norwood who has proven to be an integral part in their successes. However, it won’t be easy for them to come out victorious at Carrow Road especially since the hosts are powerful at home.

Nottingham Forest v Wigan

Nottingham Forest will be looking forward to a comeback after encountering three successive league losses when they face a struggling Wigan Athletic on Saturday at the City Ground. Nottingham currently sit at the 12го spot in the standings, 7 points behind the top 6 following loss to Chelsea (2-0), Reading (2-0), and Bristol City (0-1). Wigan, on the other hand, just earned their first victory in their previous ten outings. The hosts will welcome Wigan on Saturday as the favourites to come out as winners.

Nottingham Forest will definitely enter this match desperate to put an end on their unwanted losing streak despite some challenges in scoring at home lately, though they do have a two match-winning streak against Saturday’s opponents at the City Ground. Martin O’Neill does not have much time left to remedy such dilemmas; however, this match may be the perfect opportunity for them to bag a victory since they will be taking on a vulnerable side like Wigan.

Wigan Athletic, on the other hand, are almost near the relegation zone in every loss they encounter match after match. What once was the team who used to play at the top ranks of English football are currently seated at the 20го spot in the table. They recently faced a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday during their last outing, and they currently have one of the worst on the road records in the competition with 11 losses so far this season. Apart from this, they were able to acquire just two points in 12 of their previous away league fixtures since August, as well conceding in four of their last matches on the road which is even more distressing.

По @EliaasMJ

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