It’s called the most unpredictable league in world football for good reason, and, yet again, the 2020/21 EFL Championship delivered a few surprises last weekend as in-form Bournemouth and Norwich stuttered against struggling opposition.
The gap to the current top two has closed up yet again after impressive wins for Swansea City, Reading and Watford.
Could the lead change hands yet again at the end of Gameweek 15?
We’re back with our latest EFL Championship predictions…
EFL Championship Predictions | Gameweek 15
The battle for promotion to the Premier League is hotting up, but financial muscle and squad depth already seem to be telling in the first half of the Championship season.
Bournemouth, Norwich and Watford now occupy the top three, with the Hornets’ 4-1 thumping of Preston a much-needed return to goalscoring form for Vladimir Ivić’s side after a slightly stingy start to the campaign in front of goal.
Unsurprisingly, the consistency of the relegated EPL trio means the Championship winner betting still leans firmly in their direction, but early pace-setters Reading received a much-needed boost to their unlikely promotion challenge with an eye-catching 3-1 over fellow leftfield contenders Bristol City.
If Wayne Rooney was in any doubt just how difficult life in the dugout can be compared to showcasing your natural talent on the field, the former England ace received a blunt reminder on Saturday as his first game as sole caretaker ended in an underwhelming 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers. Rooney’s decision to ring the changes and throw seven new faces into the side failed to get the reaction he desired, and the Rams could be in danger of being cut adrift this Christmas without a prompt turnaround in fortunes.
New Rams Technical Director Steve McClaren and the Derby board will be hoping Rooney doesn’t keep fluffing his lines as his extended audition continues at home to Coventry City.
Another new boss experiencing some teething troubles towards the bottom of the table is Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton.
The vastly experienced Championship campaigner may well be revising his ambitions towards stabilising Forest for the time being before a longer-term rebuild in the summer.
Patience might be a virtue for the Tricky Trees, given Hughton took time to turnaround former club Brighton before he turned the Seagulls into promotion candidates in his first full season on the South Coast.
However, his Forest side can’t afford to slouch for too long.
Back-to-back battling draws for second-bottom Sheffield Wednesday under their new boss Tony Pulis suggest the Owls could be primed to start playing catch-up with the rest of the division – with 21st-place Forest now firmly in their sights.
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Championship Correct Score Predictions: Gameweek 15
Here are our Championship score predictions in full ahead of Gameweek 15…
TUESDAY 1ST DECEMBER
CARDIFF CITY 1-1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
BIRMINGHAM CITY 1-0 BARNSLEY
BOURNEMOUTH 2-1 PRESTON NORTH END
DERBY COUNTY 1-1 COVENTRY CITY
QPR 2-1 BRISTOL CITY
ROTHERHAM UTD 1-2 BRENTFORD
WEDNESDAY 2ND DECEMBER
MIDDLESBROUGH 1-2 SWANSEA CITY
BLACKBURN ROVERS 1-0 MILLWALL
LUTON TOWN 0-1 NORWICH CITY
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1-1 WATFORD
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0-0 READING
WYCOMBE WANDERERS 1-2 STOKE CITY
Championship Betting Tips
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
Our Predicted Championship Table For 2020/21*
1. NORWICH CITY
3. CARDIFF CITY
4. DERBY COUNTY
6. STOKE CITY
7. SWANSEA CITY
8. NOTTINGHAM FOREST
11. PRESTON NORTH END
13. BLACKBURN ROVERS
15. BIRMINGHAM CITY
16. LUTON TOWN
17. HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
18. BRISTOL CITY
21. COVENTRY CITY
22. ROTHERHAM UTD 23. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 24. WYCOMBE WANDERERS *Table prediction September 2020