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Championship predictions: Watford, Bolton, Brighton and Crystal Palace will contest the play-offs

By: David Smith Updated 03 May 2013 10:44:48

Championship predictions: Watford, Bolton, Brighton and Crystal Palace will contest the play-offs

What a fascinating climax we can expect with so much still at stake at the top and bottom of the Championship as what many have described as ‘a crazy season’ in the second tier draws to a dramatic close.

Putting on our tipster’s hat, we have predicted the results of all the Saturday lunchtime kick-offs in the Championship and can exclusively reveal who will be toasting their respective successes with champagne – and who will be crying in their milk!

At the top of the division, we know that Cardiff are already champions but the big question ahead of the final day is...who will claim the second automatic promotion spot? Our man in the know reckons Hull will be celebrating as Watford prepare for the play-offs.

At the bottom of the table, Bristol City have long-since been doomed and we’re predicting that Wolves – in free-fall under Dean Saunders – and Barnsley will be joining them in League One next season.

That means a reprieve for Peterborough, Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall, Huddersfield and Blackburn who were all sweating going into the last round of games.

CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES AND FORECASTS

Birmingham v Blackburn – Blues home win but Blackburn safe

Bolton v Blackpool – Bolton win to secure sixth play-off spot

Brighton v Wolves – Seagulls win to secure fourth and send Wolves down

Burnley v Ipswich – score draw and both teams safe in mid-table

Charlton v Bristol City – home win as Addicks finish with a flourish

Crystal Palace v Peterborough – score draw will please both sides

Derby v Millwall – away win will keep the Lions in the Championship

Huddersfield v Barnsley – home win means triumph for the Terriers; tears for the Tykes

Hull v Cardiff – Tigers to triumph and clinch second spot behind the champions

Nott’m Forest v Leicester – victory for Forest as both teams miss out on play-offs

Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough – home win means the Owls are safe

Watford v Leeds – victory for the Hornets but they have to settle for the play-offs

CHAMPIONSHIP TOP SIX

1.Cardiff
2.Hull
3.Watford
4.Brighton
5.Bolton
6.Crystal Palace

CHAMPIONSHIP BOTTOM THREE

22. Barnsley

23. Wolves

24. Bristol City

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Do you agree with our predictions? Who do you think will be celebrating or commiserating tomorrow afternoon?


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