EFL Weekend Preview
Match Previews: Pick of the bunch
EFL Championship – Saturday
Norwich vs Bournemouth
This game could easily be a Premier League match, and that could possibly be the case next season if things go their way.
It looks as though Norwich will be returning back to the Premier League as champions after just one season out of the top league. They’ve done fantastically well to keep most of their team together, with a lot of those players capable of playing at a higher level than the Championship. They’ve deserved to be run away leaders, and it now looks to be a formality that the club will be champions. Bournemouth are one of the toughest teams to play in the league, and this one should be close.
Bournemouth have put themselves in a great position to finish in a playoff spot, as it looks like an automatic place will be out of reach. They will have to pick up some victories if they are to cement down a playoff spot from the last few fixtures in the league, and this one could be crucial. They’re in good form, but Norwich have been a different animal against teams as of late, and it will be interesting to see how Bournemouth cope with them on Saturday.
EFL League One – Saturday
Blackpool vs Sunderland
Back-to-back losses for Sunderland has put any contention of automatic promotion into doubt, while Blackpool have been one of the inform teams in recent months and looking to secure a playoff spot.
There isn’t much football left to be played, but this game is vital for Blackpool to get a result as they’re only 3 points away from dropping out of the playoffs. With only 6-7 games to go in the league, Blackpool have gone unbeaten since early February and they deserve to finish in the playoffs with form like that. A home game to Sunderland will be a real test for the side, with the away team needing to get back to good form themselves.
Sunderland’s last two games have resulted in losses, and it looks as though they’re faltering again as playoffs could be where they end up. An automatic place looked certain for much of the season, but they’re slipping up, and this one could also prove tricky. A win is needed here for Sunderland to put any pressure on the team above, but it could be the playoffs again for this club which is disappointing.
EFL League One – Saturday
Wigan vs Crewe
Relegation is still in sight for Wigan, who have had some great results in their last 2 fixtures. Crewe are struggling themselves at the moment, and this could be a game that Wigan look forward to.
Beating Sunderland last time out and Doncaster before that, has seen Wigan head out of the relegation places for the time being. This club can’t head down to League Two, no matter what it takes and it looks as though they’re up for the fight. All season they’ve been disappointing, but it’s an important time for the club and they have to continue to perform in every game from now until the end of the season if they are to remain in this league.
Crewe earned themselves a 0-0 against Portsmouth in their last game, which was a positive result given that they were hammered 6-0 the previous game against Oxford. They could potentially spoil Wigan’s hopes of survival here if they show up, which is possible. Form isn’t on their side though, and as this club is safe from any relegation, it could be Wigan that are more up for it.