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Saturday's Championship predictions including Norwich City vs. Ipswich Town

Sports Mole provides score predictions and previews for all of today's Championship fixtures, including Norwich City vs. Ipswich Town.

Norwich vs. Ipswich (Saturday, 12.30pm)

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna celebrates after the match on March 29, 2024© Reuters

Ipswich Town make the short trip to Norwich City for the East Anglian derby on Saturday looking for the win that will keep them at the top of the Championship standings.

At a time when the Tractor Boys are vying for automatic promotion, the Canaries are sixth and hold a four-point cushion in the race for the playoffs.

We say: Norwich City 1-2 Ipswich Town

Norwich's relentless home form means that they are likely to match their rivals blow for blow on Saturday. Nevertheless, we are backing the Tractor Boys to again battle their way to a thrilling win, potentially through a late goal at Carrow Road.

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Blackburn vs. Southampton (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Southampton manager Russell Martin after the match on April 1, 2024© Reuters

Southampton square off against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon looking to strengthen their hold of fourth place in the Championship standings.

Meanwhile, the home side head into this encounter with the opportunity to move further clear of the relegation zone, the current gap being five points.

We say: Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Southampton

All the signs are there that this could be somewhat of a goal-fest, although it is unclear who may prevail at Ewood Park. For us, we have to give the nod to the visitors, who have more reason to throw caution to the wind in the latter stages.

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Cardiff vs. Hull City (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Hull City manager Liam Rosenior on March 9, 2024© Reuters

Cardiff City and Hull City square off in the Championship on Saturday afternoon with both clubs aware that only a win will do if they are to retain any playoff ambitions.

As it stands, the 10th and 11th placed sides in the standings are at least six points adrift of sixth spot, although Hull do possess a game in hand.

We say: Cardiff City 1-1 Hull City

Cardiff's victory at Coventry has provided them with fresh impetus and they will fancy their chances over an under-performing Hull outfit. However, with the stakes high, do not be surprised to see a low-scoring draw play out in South Wales.

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Coventry vs. Leeds (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Leeds United manager Daniel Farke reacts after the match on March 29, 2024© Reuters

Leeds United make the trip to Coventry City on Saturday afternoon looking for the victory that will keep the club in the top two of the Championship standings.

Meanwhile, the Sky Blues head into this contest needing to close the current four-point gap to the playoff spots.

We say: Coventry City 1-2 Leeds United

With Coventry generally strong at the CBS Arena, they should give a good account of themselves on Saturday. Nevertheless, we would back Leeds to defeat anyone in the division right now, leading us to predict a hard-earned triumph for the visitors.

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Huddersfield vs. Millwall (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Huddersfield Town's Michal Helik celebrates scoring their first goal on September 25, 2023© Reuters

With the fight at the bottom end of the Championship table heating up in the run-in, Huddersfield Town will welcome Millwall to the John Smith's Stadium for a crucial encounter on Saturday.

The hosts currently occupy the final relegation place but only sit a point adrift of safety, while their visitors have pulled four points clear of the bottom three in recent weeks.

We say: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Millwall

Millwall have certainly enjoyed the much more pleasing adjustment to new management in the fight for survival, but their eye-catching upturn in form has been halted in recent weeks.

Knowing they cannot afford to suffer a defeat to a side just above the bottom three, we back the hosts to fight hard and take a share of the spoils.

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Leicester vs. Birmingham (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca reacts on March 17, 2024© Reuters

Aiming to keep up with the unrelenting pace of their promotion rivals at the top of the division, Leicester City will welcome a relegation-threatened Birmingham City side to the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Championship.

The Foxes showcased their powers of recovery to secure three points versus Norwich City on Easter Monday, whilst Blues enjoyed a memorable day at St Andrew's @ Knighthead Park, defeating Preston North End.

We say: Leicester City 3-1 Birmingham City

Leicester cannot afford any more unexpected slip-ups in the automatic promotion race, with Saturday's clash against Birmingham a good chance to earn maximum points.

Blues will be more confident heading to the King Power following the Preston success, but we are still expecting the Foxes to come out on top in the East Midlands.

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Middlesbrough vs. Swansea (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Middlesbrough manager Michael Carrick reacts on March 12, 2024© Reuters

Hoping to continue their last-gasp push towards the top-six positions, Middlesbrough will welcome Swansea City to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Championship.

Boro were able to keep their playoff dreams alive with a victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Easter Monday, whilst the Swans suffered defeat at home to Queens Park Rangers on the same afternoon.

We say: Middlesbrough 1-0 Swansea City

Middlesbrough have found their rhythm in recent matches and should be confident of easing past Swansea at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Swans' season is petering out massively, so we are envisaging a poor performance and defeat for the visitors on Teesside during this Championship clash.

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QPR vs. Sheff Weds (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Queens Park Rangers manager Marti Cifuentes before the match on January 14, 2024© Reuters

With 18 points left to fight for in the fight at the bottom end of the Championship table, Sheffield Wednesday will travel south to take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.

A dip in form has seen the visitors fall two points adrift of safety, while their hosts have moved six points clear of the bottom three with back-to-back wins.

We say: Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Queens Park Rangers have found their groove at a crucial time in the fight for survival, and we back them to make it three wins on the bounce against a Sheffield Wednesday who have lost a degree of momentum in recent weeks.

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Stoke vs. West Brom (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Stoke City manager Steven Schumacher on March 5, 2024© Reuters

After drawing back-to-back matches over the Easter weekend, West Bromwich Albion will be aiming to return to winning ways when they face Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Championship.

The Potters had to settle for a point against relegation-threatened Huddersfield Town on Monday afternoon, whilst the Baggies shared the spoils with a resurgent Watford side at The Hawthorns.

We say: Stoke City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Stoke have endured a mixed run of form in recent times and could struggle to keep hold of the likes of Johnston and Fellows in the West Brom attack.

The Baggies will be raring to get back to winning ways following successive draws, and we are expecting the visitors to collect three points in Staffordshire on the weekend.

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Sunderland vs. Bristol City (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Sunderland's Trai Hume and teammates applaud the fans after the match on January 13, 2024© Reuters

Aiming to bounce back following their heaviest defeat of the season, Sunderland will welcome Bristol City to the Stadium of Light for a Championship clash on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Cats were thumped in the North-East by Blackburn Rovers on a woeful Easter Monday for the hosts, whilst Bristol City recorded a victory over Plymouth Argyle on the same afternoon.

We say: Sunderland 2-1 Bristol City

As bad as the performance against Blackburn was on Easter Monday, we believe that the injection of Clarke and Bradley Dack into the starting XI could fire Sunderland towards three points this weekend.

Bristol are aiming for three-straight wins, but we feel that the Robins' problem with consistency will rear its ugly once again at the Stadium of Light.

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Watford vs. Preston (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Watford interim manager Tom Cleverley applauds the fans before the match on March 29, 2024© Reuters

Preston North End make the trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford on Saturday afternoon searching for the victory that will keep them in the Championship playoff race.

As for the home side, they have recently put together a three-match unbeaten run, putting Tom Cleverley in contention to keep the job on a permanent basis.

We say: Watford 2-1 Preston North End

On the back of losing to Birmingham, Preston's belief may have been impacted in the short term, and facing an improving Watford side has come at the wrong time. We feel that the Hornets could do enough to edge this contest by the odd goal in three, helped by a fast start to the contest.

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