That’s right. Either Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers or Birmingham City could be playing their football in League One next season if they fail to win on the final day and other results go against them.
Tony Mowbray and his Blackburn side travel to Griffin Park which has proved a tough place to go with the West London side making it hard for both the top 2 in Brighton and Newcastle with Dean Smith’s side also beating Reading, Leeds and drawing to Sheffield Wednesday. In fact the only 2 top 6 sides currently to go and win at Griffin Park this season are Fulham and Huddersfield.
Brentford vs Blackburn will be live on Sky Sports as part of Survival Sunday knowing that a win would give them some hope depending on the results of Birmingham, who have Bristol City (Away) and Nottingham Forest, who play Ipswich at home. If Blackburn were to beat Brentford and Forest lost and Birmingham won then Forest would go down. If Blackburn and Forest won and Birmingham lost the the blues would go down.
Here’s my predictions for the 3 fighting to stay in the League:
Brentford vs Blackburn
Brentford midfielder Nico Yennaris told GetWestLondon that they would be taking the game seriously and not giving Blackburn an easy ride as the West London side aim to finish 8th which would be Dean Smith’s highest finish with the man who took over in 2015 seeing his side finish 9th last season.
After seeing them play Fulham last week I think there will be something in the players saying that they want to finish the season as strong as possible. Blackburn have to stop Canos, Vibe and Jota as those 3 when they get going are dangerous and can finish more or less anything.
Brentford at home play lovely football, just look at some of their recent results against Derby, QPR and Leeds. They have also let in 12 goals since January at home and have scored 28 since Jota’s return and I do fear Blackburn will be open at the back if they have to go for it and risk it all which could lead to Brentford sending Tony Mobray down.
SCORE: 3-1 Brentford (Jota and Vibe(2))
credit Ben Sutherland
Bristol City vs Birmingham City
Tammy Abraham and Brownhill have been exceptional this season for Lee Johnson’s side and they put the cats amongst the pigeons last weekend when Brownhill stunned the AMEX which left Brighton players, staff and fans speechless. The title will go down to the last day with their being a point in it.
Birmingham. Away from home it is hard to say what you may get. I have hardly seen their games and the same goes with Bristol City but from the squads that they both have there is some talent in there and that could be the game changer determining which side will prevail…. It is a tough one to call. I would love to see Harry Redknapp complete the great escape and after their performance against a weak Huddersfield side I would love to see an away win. If they are confident after last week then they can not get too confident as Bristol City are dangerous at home when it comes to attacking.
Bristol City, as I said shocked the AMEX last week and they could be looking to beat Birmingham and finish the season on back to back wins. Abraham will play his last game for Bristol City before returning to Chelsea so maybe he will give the fans a game to remember. So for me its a draw.
SCORE: BRISTOL CITY 2-2 BIRMINGHAM (BROWNHILL, ABRAHAM) (MAGHOMA GROUNDS )
Nottingham Forest VS Ipswich
Mark Warburton could be heading back down to League One where he was promoted in 2nd place with his former club Brentford. Ipswich have really not done much all season and have been up and down more times than a Yo-Yo.
I have been to an Ipswich game this season and overall they look like a team who could be in the Championship for the long term future. Such an ageing squad and they do not really have a Chris Wood or a Kodjia in their team. There is not a shadow of doubt that Sears and Tom Lawerence have been gems for them and the team is built around them most of the time so without them I think they could be in trouble.
Forest under Warburton. Well I guess I have mixed emotions about this. The one thing I would of loved being a Championship supporter is to have beaten him on that cold night in Nottingham just to wipe that smug look off his face. I guess I also want him to be successful as he did wonders for my team and the players he brought in and achieved and the work he did behind the scenes was amazing. We are in the Championship because of the work he did.
Losing Lansbury has been a massive blow for them and should they stay up they should find a similar player like him. Cash is a good young player that has a lot to offer the league. Britt Asombolonga is such a threat as we have seen in the last few games.
Both sides have weak back fours and I can see this going to the wire.
SCORE: IPSWICH 1-2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST (LAWRENCE) (CASH, BRITT)
Who’s going down? Let us know your predictions in the comments below!
featured image by the stadium guide