We're getting to stage of the season when I expect one or two of the relegation threatened clubs will start to pick up points out of pure fear of the drop. Additionally, before long we'll start to see the comfortable mid-table clubs getting complacent, giving some of their squad players a run out, and dropping points to the teams around us.
No Easy Games
Burton (A) will likely be relegated by the time we meet them. This won't be easy with them playing for pride in front of their fans in their last home game.
Barnsley (A) fighting for their lives, and with a tough run in (Bristol City, Sheff Utd, Ipswich, Brentford, Derby) will see their home game against us as their best opportunity to pick up 3 points.
Birmingham, who will no doubt be much improved under Gary Monk, will look at their upcoming games against Bolton (A) and Burton (H) as an opportunity to drag themselves out of the bottom three and gather some momentum before their difficult run-in (Ipswich, Bristol City, Wolves, Sheff Utd, Fulham). Let's hope Wolves and Fulham are still taking it seriously then because I think they're going to survive.
THREE of the past 5 Championship relegation battles have been decided on goal difference with Blackburn relegated on 51 points last season!
Nottingham Forest survived with 51 points (-10)
Blackburn relegated with 51 points (-12)
Rotherham survived on 49 points
Charlton relegated on 40 points
Rotherham survived with 46 points
Millwall relegated on 41 points
Birmingham survived with 44 points (-16)
Doncaster relegated on 44 (-31)
Barnsley survived with 33 points (-19)
Birmingham relegated on 33 points (-29)
Our Goal Difference column does not make good reading and is unlikely to change with our approach to each game. Only Birmingham and Burton have scored less goals than us.
Today's GD Column:
19. Sheffield Wednesday -11
18. Hull -6
19. Bolton -23
20. Reading -13
21. Barnsley -19
22. Birmingham -29
23. Burton -40
24. Sunderland -30
8 Games To Go
Although Sunderland and Burton look dead and buried, there's still a massive 24 points for everyone else to play for.
How many points do you Nutters predict we'll pick up from out remaining fixtures? Let's do our best to get 8 or 9 comments in before someone mentions fanny farts.