Two huge games this weekend which could either help us pull away from the relegation scrap, or put us right in the middle. Currently we sit in 17th place on 46 points, only 4 points above Peterborough who occupy the last relegation spot.
First up this afternoon is the Lancashire derby against Chicken FC who are also in the thick of the relegation battle. Onto their 4th manager of the season after the departure of Michael Appleton they have the squad win the remaining games but have relied on their home form too much this season. They are one place below on the same points, but with one game in hand due to their FA Cup run. Their run in isn’t too bad with them only having to play Cardiff and Palace, the rest of their fixtures are against fellow relegation threatened sides.
Checking the odds at TFBets Blackburn are favourites for today’s game but have a long injury list at the moment, including DJ Campbell who won’t be returning to face us due to an ankle injury.
Then on Monday we face Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace. The meeting at Selhurst Park earlier this season had a little extra about it and we did well to grab a last minute point thanks to a strike from Dicko, how we could use him! I expect the reception to be good for Holloway, however once the game kicks off I’m sure he’ll start to get some stick.
The fixtures this weekend are pretty spread out, today only the Derby vs Bristol City match involves a team in the relegation battle. Bristol are rooted to the foot of the table and look to be odds on to go down at this stage. Tomorrow the big fixture is Sheffield V Barnsley who occupy the two spots above the relegation zone.
Two wins this weekend is a big ask. It would but us up to 52 points with 6 to go. No points could be disastrous, considering in the remaining six games we have to face Forrest, Burnley, Sheffield, Brighton, Derby and Bolton! Realistically a couple of points would be a good return from the Easter weekend fixtures.
Using the BBC Championship predictor I have us ending up on 52 points, however that target only being achieved on the penultimate fixture against Derby. Squeaky bum time as Fergy would say!