League action is back in full swing this weekend with key battles across the Premier League and the Championship taking place.
Manchester City will start the weekend top of the Premier League – hosting the very team who ensured they stayed there midweek. Sheffield United secured a stunning win at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, denying Manchester United the chance to return top with City now occupying that spot courtesy of their midweek thrashing of West Brom.
Down in the Championship meanwhile, Derby County head into the weekend after two wins on the bounce. Wayne Rooney’s side remain 21st in the Championship but are now level on points wit Nottingham Forest.
Here, we pick through Sky Sports’ Super 6 fixtures for 3pm this Saturday and offer you tips and predictions based on the latest Opta data and Sky Bet odds.
Man City 3-0 Sheffield United
City have been rampant form as of late with 23 goals scored in their last eight games across all competitions. Sheffield United will look to replicate the sort of resilience Brighton demonstrated at the Etihad during that run and will of course be emboldened after their midweek win across town at Old Trafford.
The Blades are still 10 points from safety however and their next fixture against West Brom is likely to represent a better opportunity to claw their way back.
Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolves
With just one win in 2021, Palace’s form has been a cause for concern with Roy Hodgson’s once defensively sound unit now leaking goals at an alarming rate. Only Sheffield United have conceded more goals than Palace this term (36), 14 more than this stage last season.
Wolves’ problems at the other end of the pitch continue with just 21 goals scored in their 20 games this season – but come into the fixture after a very credible draw against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
West Brom 1-2 Fulham
No team in Europe’s top five divisions has conceded as many goals at home as the Baggies this season. Once again on Tuesday, Sam Allardyce’s side were torn to shreds with Manchester City capitalising on their frailties at the back to leave them seven points adrift of safety.
It’s a crucial clash for both sides with Fulham just two points above them – Scott Parker will be eager to see his side start to reap the rewards for their improving performances with points on the board.
Defeat to Manchester United last Wednesday is the only time the Cottagers have conceded more than once in the league since December 5.
Derby 2-1 Bristol City
Big wins over Queens Park Rangers and Bournemouth have seen the Rams rediscover some cohesion on the pitch even if chaos continues off it. A sixth win of the season – and another clean sheet to boot – provided a welcome boost amid uncertainty over the club’s proposed takeover.
Bristol City meanwhile are the lowest scorers in the top 12 of the Championship but have won five of their last seven heading into Saturday’s fixture.
Sky Bet odds: Derby to win and BTTS: 4/1
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Barnsley
A run of six games without defeat for Forest ended last week at home to Middlesbrough. Their response to that loss wasn’t great – dumped out of the FA Cup by fellow Championship side Swansea who scored five at the Liberty Stadium to send them packing.
Barnsley meanwhile booked their place in the FA Cup fifth round with a fine victory over Norwich bur league form has been a concern, picking up just one point from a possible 12 in January.
Sky Bet odds: Forest to win and both teams to score: 11/2
Huddersfield 0-1 Stoke
Huddersfield have started 2021 with five defeats from five, a horrendous run of form that has seen them slip to 14th in the table. Leaking goals has been a major problem for the Terriers who have shipped 37 in their 26 games – two more than bottom side Wycombe.
Stoke’s form hasn’t been much better – they are yet to win a game since the start of the year, picking up draws with Nottingham Forest, Rotherham and Blackburn.
Sky Bet odds: Stoke to win
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