Written by Owen Knight
Gameweek 7 has fast approached us, and on a quite rare occurrence we see all 24 teams play their fixtures this Saturday. The midweek splurged up an array of fantastic meetings, full of goals, cards and comebacks. With the Championship as competitive as ever, it’s coming to that time of the season where teams are looking to divide themselves from the pack and make their presence known. Here are my three games to keep an eye on this Saturday:
Newcastle vs Wolves
There will be very few game-weeks where we don’t see Newcastle in the top 3 games of the lot. After Tuesday night’s 6-0 drubbing of QPR at Loftus Road the Magpies are starting to show why they’re in a crop of their own by setting the competition aside with results like that. It’s been countless times already so far we’ve heard about the Toon being too good for the league, Rafa is too good a manager, they’ll walk it etc. I’ve been fully behind these quotes but this will be the toughest test for the big guns, in how they deal with the pressure of consistently proving their worth week after week. Some will get complacent if they think they’re too good, becoming lazy and believing they will win, so games like Wolves we’ll see the real intent of how good Newcastle are all round, and whether the complacency that resulted in relegation last season still remains.
It’s been a mixed start for Wolves, two wins, two defeats and three draws. the last away match for them came in a close 1-0 loss to early table toppers Huddersfield Town, so they will be looking to keep the match tight and hope to sneak in a victory. Wolves haven’t beaten Newcastle since 2003 in a 3-2 victory, and all other affairs have been very tight. Keeping it out of their own net, and breaking down a tough Newcastle team will be the test for Zenga’s men of the back of a 4-0 defeat to Barnsley, I can see them stepping up to the occasion and possibly taking something from Newcastle in this game.
My Prediction: Score Draw
Blackburn Rovers vs Rotherham United
A relegation 6 pointer on the cards this early into the season? Surely not? In what could be a dog-fight all season for both teams, fans will be biting their nails in this early season encounter, and will be thrilled to see their side nick the all important three points. Blackburn are the only team that are still yet to take a win from a game in the league this season, however will be significantly boosted with the stats firmly in their favour for this encounter. Rotherham have conceded 10 goals in their 3 away games this season so far, something the likes of Emnes, Graham and Gallagher will be rubbing their hands together in anticipation to kick-start their tallies for the season.
It’s a season Rotherham will be looking for solidarity, and hopefully without the worry of a relegation battle, a win for The Millers will see it begin to look a promising start to the season, with Cardiff next week also, it’s a big chance for them to get some important points on the board as they face tough opponents in the coming weeks when they play Huddersfield, Newcastle and Norwich. Many fans will be happy with the signing of Chelsea prospect Izzy Brown in which could be an important season for the youngster he will be looking to make the most of his chances in the games such as these.
My Prediction: Blackburn win
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Nottingham Forest vs Norwich City
Forest are a team who want to be going places this season, with the strange transfer of Oliver Burke to Red Bull Leipzig, the best business this season has been keeping hold of Britt Assombalonga as well and going one better by pinning him down to a 5-year contract. However if they are wanting to challenge this season it will be important for that man to keep fit, even if they do have Nicklas Bendtner, take with that what you will. Third in the goal-scoring charts means nothing to the 10th placed side if they’re going to continue to pick the ball out of the net as much as they have, joint second with the most conceded goals this season. A disappointing draw in the week Forest will be looking for a big win against top opponents this week.
Norwich are always a team nobody are raving about but it seems they are happy to be the quiet and consistent performers. A team which seem to find themselves like a yo-yo between the Premiership and Championship, many expect a return to top status with Newcastle this season. With a well-rounded squad consistency will again be everything for Norwich. All round the park they’ll be a hard team to break down and I can see them taking an immediate hold of the game, leading to an uneasy crowd. Vellios for Forest is trying to get a string of goals together which he’s not proven before, so this will be a big game for proving his ability. We all know what Norwich offer in this division, it’s whether the others can cope with what they have to show.
My Prediction: Norwich win
What are your predictions for these games? Let us know in the comments below!
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