We’re heading into another action-packed weekend full of English football, much to the delight of viewers. The Premier League and Championship league games will take place. As will several FA Cup fixtures as well. So, let’s see what could be in store.
Saturday Football Action
The only Premier League fixture taking place on Saturday sees Aston Villa host Wolves at Villa Park. Villa battled back to secure a point at Newcastle midweek, to add to the one they earned against Sheffield United. However, they could do with a win to lift them out of the bottom three. Wolves are looking fantastic, they’ve won two from two, without conceding. They won’t leave Villa Park empty-handed.
There are football nine games in England’s second tier, and several will be significant for one reason or another. If Charlton pick up a point or three against QPR, it will see them continue to move away from the drop zone. The game between Preston and Cardiff at Deepdale will impact the playoff places, with goal difference separating the pair who are in sixth and seventh respectively.
Swansea is another outfit pushing for the top six, and they face a Luton side trying to pull off a miraculous escape. Barnsley, who face Millwall, are also battling to beat the drop. Phillip Cocu’s Derby is making a late charge towards the top six, and they’ll fancy their chances against Reading.
If Birmingham shows up, you’d expect them to beat relegation-threatened Hull, while Leeds vs Fulham is a top end of the table clash which will get the juices flowing. Stoke and Boro face off at the wrong end of the football division, with Neil Warnock taking charge of his new team for the first time. And Blackburn will want three points against Wigan to keep them in the race for the top six.
The FA Cup could provide Norwich with a bit of respite, as the Canaries look sunk in the Premier League. However, they face a Manchester United side which looks more and more like the United of old. Norwich’s form has been terrible, and Man Utd will want to continue on their current path. So, it will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men who triumph here.
Sunday Football Action
Sunday’s Premier League football fixture sees Watford host Southampton at Vicarage Road. The home side is still in danger of sliding out of the division, and they’ll want to get their first three points following the restart on the board. Southampton impressively beat Norwich but lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal last time out. It could be a stalemate between the pair this weekend.
The Championship sees Bristol City take on Sheffield Wednesday, and Nottingham Forest host Huddersfield Sunday afternoon. Lee Johnson’s Bristol City will want to stay with the chasing pack for a top-six spot, while Wednesday are picking up points ahead of a possible points deduction. Forest and Huddersfield are football teams with different aspirations. The former are cementing their place in the playoffs, while the latter continues to battle against the drop.
Sunday’s FA Cup schedule kicks off with Sheffield United hosting Arsenal at Bramall Lane. The Blades have been out of sorts since the restart, and the Gunners picked up a much-needed win against Southampton. Leicester vs Chelsea is an exciting fixture, with both teams enjoying similar league seasons, so it will be another game too close to call. Newcastle will make it hard work for Man City at St James’, but Pep Guardiola’s side have the quality to guide them through.