We’re heading into another week of action across multiple competitions in English football. The start of the week has some exciting fixtures in store for us, with games in the Premier League, Championship and the FA Cup. And, we’re going to give you the lowdown on what to expect.
Monday Night Football
Premier League – Crystal Palace vs Burnley
The clash between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park is an intriguing one. Palace are enjoying a good season and looked bang at it before succumbing to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. Burnley, on the other hand, were hammered by Man City on their return to action but earned a 1-0 victory against Watford most recently. Palace will be without Wilfried Zaha for this one; which will be the key to Burnley grabbing a share of the spoils.
League Two Play-Off Final – Exeter vs Northampton
The League Two playoffs have proven to be an exciting change of pace, and Exeter vs Northampton at Wembley is the game of the day. Both sides were losing on aggregate heading into the second legs of their respective semi-final fixtures. They are both committed and determined sides, which will make for a thrilling game. It’s difficult to separate the two, and it could go all the way to penalties.
Tuesday Night Football
Premier League – Brighton vs Manchester United
Brighton have had a couple of good results since their return, beating Arsenal and drawing with Leicester. However, Manchester United are slowly beginning to look like their former selves. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rotated his team for their victory over Norwich in the FA Cup, and his side will show their class against Graham Potters’ Brighton. It’ll be close, but the points will be travelling north.
Millwall vs Swansea
Two teams separated by a point and a place in this football league. Both look out of sorts and will cancel each other out here. We expect a draw here.
Barnsley vs Blackburn
Barnsley may be rock bottom of the league table, but they’ve taken four points from six since the break. Blackburn slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Wigan last time out, and the most they can hope for is a draw at Oakwell.
Cardiff vs Charlton
Two teams in perfect form heading into this one at the Cardiff City Stadium. The home side have forced their way into the top six, while Charlton continues to pull clear of relegation. We think Cardiff will edge it. But Lee Bowyer’s men have plenty of fight and could take a point back to London.
Reading vs Brentford
You could say Reading is safe, while Brentford continues to make a late push for automatic promotion. The Bees are buzzing, having won two from two, turning West Brom over last time out. They will make it three wins from three against Reading, moving two points behind second-placed West Brom.
QPR vs Fulham
QPR and Fulham were doing fine before the break. But since football’s return, they’ve both lost two from two. QPR are in midtable, so, it’s less of a worry. However, Scott Parker’s Fulham could drop out of the playoff places if they don’t get back on track. We don’t think Fulham will leave Loftus Road empty-handed, but they may only have a point to show for their efforts.
Leeds vs Luton
Leeds showed their class in their 3-0 win against Fulham, and when it clicks for them, they’re the best side in the league. Luton are unbeaten since Nathan Jones returned, as they battle against the drop. We suspect Leeds will have too much in terms of quality, but Jones won’t let his side give up without a fight.
Wigan vs Stoke
Wigan are bang in form, winning both football games since the break and not conceding a goal in the process. Stoke are out of sorts, which is typical for them this season. Paul Cook and Wigan will march on here; putting more space between themselves and the relegation places. Stoke look to be in real trouble.