15:00 Saturday

Watford vs Burnley

Burnley’s resurgence in the post-Dyche era continues and The Clarets still find themselves unbeaten after parting ways with their long term gaffer. I for one was sceptical of making such a change at this stage of the season and given Dyche’s record of saving Burnley in the past, I think everyone thought he could pull off the unthinkable.

Yet without him, Burnley are a side full of confidence and although survival isn’t quite in their own hands just yet, given Everton’s game in hand, a win over fellow strugglers Watford would be a huge step to staying in the Premier League. Watford have been man-handled on every outing lately with four straight losses against Liverpool, Leeds, Brentford and a 5-1 battering at the hands of Man City last weekend.

During that run, they’ve shipped 12 goals, but it’s their home form which is even more astonishing. Their last win here was that 4-1 win over Man United which seems like yesterday but was back in late November.

Since then they’ve lost 10 straight here at Vicarage road including against the likes of Norwich and conceding at least two goals in each of their last six home games. Nine points adrift of safety with five games to play, I think it’s a matter of when Watford go down, not if, and with a confident Burnley side coming to town, the visitors look a cracking price to pick up some vital points here.

15:00 Saturday

Nottingham Forest vs Swansea

Swansea’s valiant effort to snatch a playoff spot in what is a tightly packed midfield in the Championship ended in the week with their fourth successive draw against Bournemouth, but while they’re not able to close the eight point gap to Sheffield United in 6th now, that draw against promotion-chasing Bournemouth did open the door for this weekend’s opponents, Nottingham Forest. After an incredible turnaround this season, Forest now find themselves just three points behind an automatic promotion spot and with a spot in the playoffs locked in.

There’s plenty to play for in their remaining games against Swansea this weekend before they face off in a huge game against Bournemouth in the week before a final trip to Hull, and given their current run of form it’s hard not to fancy them. During the week they saw off Fulham at Craven Cottage, something few sides have managed to achieve this season and they’ve won six of their last seven Championship games, conceding just two goals in the process. With Swansea having nothing to play for but pride here I’d expect Forest to have the edge and nick this one.

15:00 Saturday

Swindon vs Barrow

Massive game for Swindon here as they look to break into the playoffs right at the death. An impressive run including a massive 2-1 win over Forest Green in the week in their game in hand means they’re now just two points off the pace with two to play and League Two’s joint best goalscorers have a huge chance here against a Barrow side who have struggled this season. The visitors had an impressive run going before a 2-1 loss against Exeter in the week, but despite that loss ending a run of three games without a loss, their safety was already assured and they’ll be playing League Two football next season.

With nothing to play for in their penultimate game of the season I’d expect Swindon to have the advantage in this one and edge closer to a playoff spot, if not into the playoffs with a win, and they’re more than capable of scoring three goals themselves in this, but Barrow have also been on a decent run for goals, so rather than backing the home win, I’m going to bank on a few goals in this one.