27 December 2019 13:02
Championship fans will be growing increasingly nervous as the end-of-season run-in begins the gather pace. Sheffield United and Leeds remain firmly in the hunt with the likes of West Brom and Middlesbrough trying to consolidate their play-off positions. Televised fixtures have been confirmed until April with the final batch of TV games to be selected closer to the time. Promotion contenders and relegation battlers can all expect to feature heavily on Sky Sports at the end of April and into May. RadioTimes.com has rounded up the full list of Championship fixtures live on TV and online this season. Blackburn v Wigan (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football Red Button Bristol City v Ipswich (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football and NOW TV Bristol City v Ipswich full match preview and prediction here Sheffield United v Brentford (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football Red Button Sheffield United v Brentford full match preview and prediction here Bolton v Sheffield Wednesday (8:00pm) Sky Sports Football Red Button Reading v Leeds (8:00pm) Sky Sports Action and NOW TV Reading v Leeds full match preview and prediction here Birmingham v Millwall (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football Red Button Derby v Stoke (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football Red Button Middlesborough v Preston (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football Red Button Norwich v Hull (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football and NOW TV Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa (7:45pm) Sky Sports Action and NOW TV QPR v Rotherham (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football Red Button West Brom v Swansea (8:00pm) Sky Sports Football Red Button Leeds v Sheffield United (12:30pm) Sky Sports Football and NOW TV West Brom v Birmingham (8:00pm) Sky Sports Football and NOW TV Middlesbrough v Norwich (5:30pm) Sky Sports Football and NOW TV Norwich v QPR (12:30pm) Sky Sports Football and NOW TV Bristol City v West Brom (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football and NOW TV Preston v Leeds (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football Red Button Birmingham v Sheffield United (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football and NOW TV Norwich v Reading (7:45pm) Sky Sports Football Red Button Wigan v Norwich (12:00pm) Sky Sports Football and NOW TV Danny Graham scored his 50th and 51st goals in Rovers colours Blackburn Rovers ended a seven-game winless run with victory against strugglers Wigan Athletic, who are now seven matches without a win themselves.
Danny Graham put Rovers ahead from the spot in the first half, smashing into the top corner for his 50th goal for the club, after Reece James fouled Harrison Reed in the box. Rovers midfielder Bradley Dack put the result beyond doubt, capping an influential night for the home side with a third when he picked off Jonas Olsson's back-pass to slide in. The same cannot be said for Wigan who, despite just three defeats in eight games, sit only three points off the drop zone. Blackburn captain Charlie Mulgrew has been ruled out of Tuesday's match against Wigan at Ewood Park. Tony Mowbray's Rovers, 17th in the Sky Bet Championship, are looking to halt a seven-match winless run that has featured six defeats.
Wigan are winless in 17 away matches in all competitions (W0 D3 L14) since winning 3-0 at Stoke City in August. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Wigan Athletic. Blackburn haven't lost four consecutive home league matches since October 2003 under Graeme Souness in the Premier League. Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Nick Powell has been involved in 37 league goals for Wigan (26 goals, 11 assists), more than any other player at the club. David Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet) BLACKBURN ROVERS v WIGAN ATHLETIC Pick: Blackburn Rovers AH0 An all-Lancashire tussle is up next with bottom half outfits Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic meeting at Ewood Park as we continue with the betting tips with a valuable three points at stake for both teams here… Championship Betting at Marathonbet Blackburn Rovers Prediction It's been an all-or-nothing sort of campaign for Tony Mowbray's Blackburn Rovers side as they started the season in positive and solid fashion as they'd lost just once in their first 10 league matches of the season in their return to the Championship.
But Rovers have since failed to maintain any sort of consistency as they've lurched from three defeats on the trot at the end of December (to Norwich City, Leeds United and Sheffield United) to four wins on the trot during January (over West Brom, Millwall, Ipswich Town and Hull City), back to six defeats from their last seven matches overall leading up to tonight's match. It certainly seems a case of wondering which Blackburn Rovers side will turn up in any given match now, but although they've lost their last three home matches on the trot, tonight's clash with Wigan Athletic represents a great opportunity to get their season back on track. Rovers possess an okay looking home record of 7-6-5 23/18 which has been dented by their three recent defeats, but the likes of Dack (11 goals), Armstrong (4 goals) and Graham (11 goals) should be able to find the net on Tuesday night. Key-Facts – Blackburn Rovers v Wigan Athletic Blackburn Rovers have lost their last 3 home matches on the trot Blackburn Rovers are unbeaten in their last 5 home meetings against Wigan Wigan are without an away win from their last 16 matches on the road Wigan Athletic Prediction Wigan Athletic's situation down near the bottom of the Championship continues to be a precarious one as The Latics suffered their second defeat on the trot on Saturday when they lost a relegation 'six-pointer' away at Reading in a 3-2 loss at the Madejski Stadium. That defeat to The Royals followed an earlier 2-1 loss away at Derby County and extended Wigan's run of matches without a win in the Championship to six matches, with their last success coming in a 2-1 home win against QPR at the start of February. The story gets worse when looking at Wigan's results away from home as the visitors have lost four of their last five matches on their travels, and indeed, are without a win from their last 16 matches on the road. An away record of 1-3-14 16/35 is a very poor return indeed for Paul Cook's side but they may fancy their chances of ending this horrific sequence of results away from home against an out of sorts Blackburn Rovers outfit on Tuesday night. Blackburn Rovers arguably possess greater quality in attack and this could be the difference in this clash. Tickets for Rovers' home game against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday 12th March are now on sale from the ticket office. The game has been listed as Category B, and ticket prices for adults, concessions, 18-21, juniors (12-17) and under-12s are as follows: Stadium Adult Concessions 18-21 Juniors (12-17) Under-12s Riverside Stand £21 £15 £11 £7 £5 The Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End £24 £17 £11 £7 £5 The Jack Walker Family Stand £24 £17 £11 £7 £5 Jack Walker Lower £24 £17 £11 £7 £5 Jack Walker Upper Wings £26 £21 £15 £7 £5 Jack Walker Upper Centre £28 £25 £20 £9 £7 Please note: concessions are for supporters aged 18-21 and 65+, and Under-12 tickets must have an accompanying adult. There will be a £3 price increase from 6pm on Matchday for Adult and Concession tickets and a £2 increase for Junior and Under-12 tickets.