Weekend Predictions: 31st January

Here are this blog’s predictions for the weekend’s games in the Premier League, Championship, League One & League Two.

In the Premier League, Manchester United look to bounce back from Friday’s humiliating 0-0 draw with Cambridge, they face a Leicester team who have won 4 of their last 6 games. Arsenal are in search of a 5th consecutive win when they play Aston Villa, a side who have won just twice in the league since mid-September.

In the Championship, we have the prospect of another exciting West Yorkshire Derby, as Huddersfield play Leeds in a bottom half clash at the Galpharm Stadium. Ipswich and Wigan are both in need of 3 points for very different reasons, as Ipswich are aiming to end their 13 year top flight exile, while Wigan are in danger of returning to the 3rd tier for the first time in 12 years.

In League One, struggling Coventry host Rochdale, who put in an encouraging cup display against Stoke on Monday night. Oldham and Notts County look to get back to winning ways, after a poor run of form for both teams has dealt a blow to their respective play-off ambitions. Yeovil ended their winless home run against Peterborough back in September, and Posh will hope to do likewise in the return fixture.

In League Two, Dagenham & Redbridge and Cheltenham meet as 2 out-of-form sides, both currently embroiled in a very tight relegation battle. Cambridge prepare for Tuesday night’s fairytale trip to Old Trafford with a game away to promotion contenders Luton, while Morecambe and Wimbledon meet at the Globe Arena, with a midtable finish looking likely for both clubs.

Fixture Prediction
Premier League
Hull v Newcastle Return of key strikers gives Hull a minor boost – 1-1
Crystal Palace v Everton Pardew’s honeymoon period at Palace to continue – 2-1
Liverpool v West Ham A reformed Liverpool side will just overcome West Ham – 2-1
Man Utd v Leicester Leicester will nick a point, if United’s poor showings continue – 1-1
Stoke v QPR A Stoke win, on the basis of QPR’s dire away form – 2-1
Sunderland v Burnley Negative vibes at Sunderland, Burnley to get a narrow win – 0-1
West Brom v Tottenham If West Brom score first, it’s hard to see them conceding – 1-0
Chelsea v Man City Both Mourinho and Pellegrini would take a draw – 0-0
Arsenal v Aston Villa Arsenal to continue their good form with a comfortable win – 2-0
Southampton v Swansea Swansea starting to leak goals, a convincing home win – 3-1
The Championship
Bournemouth v Watford A 7th win in 9 for Watford, in an entertaining affair – 2-3
Brentford v Middlesbrough Middlesbrough’s organization will defy Brentford’s attacking fluency – 0-1
Huddersfield v Leeds Huddersfield to continue their good form with a derby win – 3-1
Birmingham v Norwich Alex Neil will get a reaction from Norwich, after last week’s defeat – 1-2
Blackburn v Fulham Blackburn struggling for goals, they won’t halt Fulham’s momentum – 0-2
Blackpool v Brighton Brighton can take confidence from Sunday’s 2nd half. Comfortable win – 0-2
Bolton v Wolves Wolves are in great form, but Bolton yet to lose at home under Lennon – 1-1
Cardiff v Derby Uncertainty at Cardiff. Derby have the quality to take advantage – 1-4
Charlton v Rotherham Tuesday’s 4-2 win will boost Rotherham’s confidence in attack – 1-2
Ipswich v Wigan A comfortable afternoon for the Tractor Boys – 3-0
Nottm Forest v Millwall An important game for both clubs, and for both managers – 1-1
Reading v Sheff Wed A low-scoring game, defence is 1st priority for both teams – 1-0
League One
Barnsley v Port Vale Both sides without a draw in 6, expect an open climax – 1-2
Bradford v Colchester After last week’s cup heroics, Bradford morale will be boosted – 3-0
Chesterfield v Doncaster Chesterfield missing their creative stars, Doncaster to nick a win – 0-1
Coventry v Rochdale Rochdale to win on Saturday, potentially by a few goals – 0-3
Crawley v Preston Crawley look doomed. This will be a commanding win for Preston – 0-3
Crewe v MK Dons Crewe are a different team to the one thrashed by MK Dons last time – 1-1
Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe In-form Scunthorpe will continue Orient’s awful home record – 1-2
Oldham v Notts County Both sides need to rediscover their defensive solidity. Narrow home win – 2-1
Peterborough v Yeovil Ugwu’s arrival could be key for Yeovil, he will make an impact here – 1-1
Sheff Utd v Swindon Swindon look a lot more fluid in attack than Sheffield United – 1-3
Bristol City v Fleetwood City have failed to win just 3 times at home, not about to make it 4 – 2-0
Walsall v Gillingham A party mood at Walsall will continue, Gills have won just twice away – 2-1
League Two
Accrington v Northampton Stanley starting to stutter, Northampton may be boosted by signings – 1-2
Burton v Bury Burton’s side is made for these type of games, they’ll grind out a win – 1-0
Carlisle v Mansfield Carlisle showing signs of life, a big incentive for them to win – 2-1
Dag & Red v Cheltenham Cheltenham to come out on top, in another crucial game at the bottom – 1-2
Exeter v Tranmere Exeter’s form has plateaued lately, while Tranmere are on the rise – 1-2
Hartlepool v Plymouth Neither side playing with confidence, Plymouth’s Reuben Reid will be key – 0-1
Luton v Cambridge Luton not scoring enough, lack of cutting edge may cost them – 1-1
Morecambe v Wimbledon A draw. Both teams lack the quality to push above midtable – 1-1
Newport v Shrewsbury Exiles starting to look shaky at the back, Shrewsbury may take advantage – 1-3
Southend v York York will be solid, and Southend struggle to break teams down at home – 0-0
Stevenage v Oxford Stevenage in great form, a routine home win – 2-0
Wycombe v Portsmouth League Two’s overachievers v League Two’s underachievers. Home win – 2-0