Crystal Palace welcome Burnley to Selhurst Park in the only Premier League fixture to feature in this week’s Super 6 picks.
The Eagles were uninspiring against Leeds on Monday and will need to step it up in the final third to break down Sean Dyche’s defence. Palace have failed to score in each of their last two meetings with Burnley, losing on both occasions.
In the pick of the Championship match-ups, Norwich host draw specialists Stoke and promotion-chasing Swansea face a Sheffield Wednesday side who look a different force under Neil Thompson as they bid to pull away from the trap door.
Here, we pick through Sky Sports’ chosen matches and offer you tips and predictions based on the latest Opta data.
Crystal Palace 1-1 Burnley
Burnley have scored five goals on the road all season, registering just two away wins (Arsenal, Liverpool). The Clarets have the worst attack in the league but might only need one goal to snatch the points against a Palace side who rank 19th in the league for penalty area entries and 18th for xG this term. Remember, Wilfried Zaha will again be absent.
Eze has scored three goals for Palace, with all three coming at Selhurst Park and two from outside the box.
Cardiff 2-1 Coventry
Cardiff are unbeaten (W2 D2) since Mick McCarthy was brought in as manager on January 22. However, three of those fixtures have been on the road and the Bluebirds would be right in the play-off mix if they brought their away form to the Cardiff City Stadium this season. Saturday presents a good chance to start putting that right as only Wycombe have picked up fewer points than Coventry away from home this term.
Derby 0-1 Middlesbrough
Boro have picked up one point from a possible 12 and head to Derby aiming to reignite their play-off push. Neil Warnock’s men have picked up 28 of their 40 points against sides currently in the bottom half and will go in confident against a Derby side who were thrashed at Rotherham last time out. The Rams have the worst attack in the Championship and only Wycome and Birmingham have picked up fewer points at home this season.
Norwich 3-1 Stoke
Draw merchants Stoke have picked up a single point from eight of their last 11 matches. Four of those games have been goalless but Stoke are more than capable of going to-to-toe against freescoring sides, beating Brentford 3-2 and losing to Norwich by the same scoreline at the Bet365 Stadium this season. Only Watford have picked up more points than Norwich at home this season.
Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Swansea
Wednesday have won five of seven since Thompson took temporary charge in December, but are preparing to face a Swansea side who have shipped just 15 goals all season. This match pits together two of the form sides in the Championship, but also one of the worst attacks (Wednesday, 21 goals) against the tightest defence. The Swans should have the edge.
Watford 2-0 Bristol City
Bristol City have lost 10 of their last 15 fixtures ahead of Saturday’s trip to Watford. The Robins remain in the play-off hunt, but their form against the current top seven (W0 D2 L6) will have Watford licking their lips. The Hornets boast the best home record in the Championship and have scored at least one goal in each of their last six matches at Vicarage Road.
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