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Vital Preview - Championship, 7th May 2017

Vital Preview - Championship, 7th May 2017

The 2016-17 season concludes with the final round of games this weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Previous results

Friday 28th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Cardiff City 0-2 Newcastle United 19:45

Saturday 29th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Barnsley 1-1 Burton Albion 15:00
Birmingham City 2-0 Huddersfield Town 15:00
Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Aston Villa 15:00
Derby County 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00
Fulham v Brentford 15:00
Ipswich Town 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday 15:00
Leeds United 3-3 Norwich City 15:00
Preston North End 1-1 Rotherham United 15:00
Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Nottingham Forest 15:00
Reading 1-0 Wigan Athletic 15:00
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Bristol City 17:30

What will happen in this one though? Cast your vote so we know if you think it'll be all smiles or disappointment come the full time whistle.

Fixtures

Sunday 7th May 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion 12:00
Brentford v Blackburn Rovers 12:00
Bristol City v Birmingham City 12:00
Burton Albion v Reading 12:00
Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City 12:00
Newcastle United v Barnsley 12:00
Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers 12:00
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town 12:00
Rotherham United v Derby County 12:00
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham 12:00
Wigan Athletic v Leeds United 12:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Preston North End 12:00

Three defeats in four has seen Aston Villa end a disappointing season on a low - title-chasing Brighton will aim to inflict another on Steve Bruce's side. Albion know a win and they'll be champions whatever Newcastle do.

Brentford can finish no lower than 11th, victory could see the Bees, currently 10th, end as high as eighth. The equation is pretty simple for Blackburn, win at Griffin Park and it should be enough to keep them in the Championship - anything less and Rovers will probably be relegated, goal difference could play a part though.

Four wins in a five game unbeaten Bristol City run has assured them Championship safety, Birmingham, 20th, know only three points at Ashton Gate will assure they enjoy a similar fate. Defeat, even a draw, and the Blues could drop below Nottingham Forest and Blackburn into the bottom-three.

Burton's prime objective of staying in the Championship has been confirmed ahead of the visit of Reading. A top-six place was confirmed for the Royals, third, who will consolidate a third-place finish heading into the play-offs if all three points are secured at the Pirelli Stadium.

Huddersfield, fifth, know a win against 13th-placed Cardiff, who can finish a place higher or one lower, and Town could finish in third ahead of a confirmed play-off bid in the coming weeks.

Back-to-back wins coupled with successive Brighton defeats means Newcastle will go up as champions with another win should Albion fail to do so - promotion is assured for the Magpies whatever the outcome of Barnsley's visit to St James' Park.

Norwich and QPR will meet again next season as the Canaries have missed out on a top-six finish whereas the R's confirmed their survival with a victory over Nottingham Forest a week ago.

A fourth defeat in five and Nottingham Forest are likely to be relegated in place on Blackburn, however, goal difference could safe them if Rovers also lose? Victory from the visit of Ipswich, 16th, wouldn't necessarily confirm Forest's safety but that - in what would be a third straight defeat for the Tractor Boys - should be the case, unless Blackburn win heavily and Birmingham also collected all three points.

Bottom-of-the-league Rotherham have shown improved form of late but relegation was confirmed long ago with the Millers 19 points adrift of second-bottom Wigan. Derby, ninth, bid to end an ultimately disappointing season with a win.

Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham are in the play-offs, the Whites position isn't mathematically secured but only a Leeds win along with a 13 goal swing in their favour will alter things. The Owls, fourth, can finish no lower than fifth with the visitors sixth.

Wigan, who saw relegation confirmed a week ago, will look to go down with a win against Leeds, almost 100% certain to miss out of the top-six unless they produce a remarkable win and Fulham are hammered at Sheffield Wednesday.

A Wolves win and 15th-place is secured, far from the expectancy when the season got underway. Preston go to Molineux looking for a first win in six, which could secure a top-10 finish.

It goes without saying the expectation; most definitely the hope at least, will be for a positive result. But will this happen? We'll find out soon enough.

Ahead of the game we're looking for your views on what way you think it will go, which requires you to vote in the latest poll in one of the options you have been given.

However, don't just look also have a say. We don't just want your vote, which you can do to the right, we also want some thoughts and views ahead of the game as well so share these below.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Thursday May 4 2017
Time: 12:00PM

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# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
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