Overview-Championship Game week 40

Bristol City set sight on Play-off spot

Bristol City recovered from the early goal down setback in first half. They came back with two goals in second-half. However, the sorry home side did slip in the final minute and allow Anthony Pilkington’s strike to end the game in a 2-2 draw.

Stellar away form has continuously propelled Bristol City into the Play-Off chase but their chances of staying there now depend on improving patchy results at Ashton Gate. It will start from next mid-week fixtures. The Robins can stay in the Play-off should they avoid heavy defeats results at home.

Clearly, with four of the remaining seven league fixtures on the road, a trip to Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall and Hull City will be some stern tests of whether Lee Johnson’s side can maintain a hot streak of 8 points from the last 12 available in the Championship.

Bristol City had won Sheffield United and claimed the victory over Middlesbrough. However, a league table on home form only, it would place them down the bottom-half with just seven wins from 20 matches. In this perspective, they will host two play-off rivals, WBA, Derby County and bottom-half side Reading. It is not inconceivable that the last play-off place is down to the wire. The Rams is hot on their heel throughout the season when they failed to capitalise the advantage after conceding a late goal against Brentford in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

While Bristol City still clinched a berth in Play-off this week even though conceding a late equalizer, Aston Villa make up Play-Off place with a win and their superior goal differences by winning Sheffield Wednesday. Thanks to two goals from Albert Adomah and Tammy Abraham within the space of 4 minutes stoppage time. 

On the other side of Sheffield, Chris Wilder’s United back on the winning track after losing to Bristol City 3-2 last match day. They fought back and denied Preston North End’s promotion hope by one goal margin. 

Since the Lilywhites had halted their unbeaten run by Reading last time, who also suffered a 3-1 defeat blow in Kcom stadium, both sides had a bad spell. 

Reading will face off their relegation rivals again, with Millwall and Rotherham’s victories on Saturday. Both sides pushed down Reading to 21st place. 

Teemu Pukki scored a double in 4-0 victory over QPR and led the golden boot race by 26 goals in a season. Che Adams is also on target and now with 22 goals in total. His importance again brought his Birmingham side to defeat Leeds United by his single goal.

Elsewhere, Ipswich Town won a rare away victory in 2019 while Stoke City kept their six consecutive clean sheets in a row of their first victory in last five. Middlesbrough moved out of the promotion race from afar after their 3-1 loss in Wales.

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