Fight on for second spot

With Fulham appearing on course for the Championship title, that leaves just one automatic promotion spot available and Blackburn Rovers (13/2 – Top 2 Finish), who play host to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, currently occupy second position.

Blackburn have faltered in recent weeks and only recorded two victories from their last six league matches, a run of form that has allowed the chasing pack to close in on them as the battle for second intensifies.

Rovers need to start firing again but they face a difficult home clash (19:45 KO) against promotion-chasing Forest, who have won five of their last six games across all competitions and are just two points off the top six.

Tony Mowbray’s men are unbeaten in their last seven home assignments and they can be backed at 23/10 to pick up the win, while the draw is priced at 9/4 and the visitors are available at 23/10 to triumph.

If Blackburn slip up, it would allow third-placed Bournemouth, just one point behind, the opportunity to move back into the automatic positions as they play host to Birmingham City at the same time (Bournemouth 9/20, Draw 7/1, Birmingham 7/1 – Match Betting).

The Cherries suffered a shock FA Cup fourth-round exit to Boreham Wood last time out and Scott Parker will be demanding a response from his side against 18th-placed Birmingham, who have just one win from their last 11 matches across all competitions.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Queens Park Rangers play host to eighth-placed Middlesbrough, with just six points separating these two teams, and this is a massive game in the race for promotion.

Championship Betting Odds

If QPR chalk up a victory, which is available at 13/8, they could end the night second in the table if Bournemouth and Blackburn both falter. A win for Boro is 9/5 and they are full of confidence after knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup on penalties.

Over at Bramall Lane, Sheffield United, 11th in the standings but only three points off the top six, play host to sixth-placed West Brom, who will have Steve Bruce in charge for his first game since being appointed.

The Blades are 11/8 to make it four league victories on the spin, having defeated Luton, Peterborough and Birmingham, while the draw is 9/4 and the Baggies can also be backed at 9/4.

Another team vying for promotion, Huddersfield Town, are also in action as they travel to Deepdale to take on 13th-placed Preston North End (Match Betting – Preston 5/4, Draw 11/5, Huddersfield 5/2).

Wednesday’s other two fixtures will see Bristol City take on Reading and Cardiff City face Peterborough United.

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