Norwich City v Birmingham City Pick: Both Norwich City and Birmingham City will look at this fixture as a chance to get a little closer to the Play Off positions in the Championship and perhaps give them some momentum to take into the remaining months of the season. Both came into the season with the belief that they could earn promotion to the Premier League, but both are falling short of their goals.
Birmingham City's owners will take their share of the blame for their current position having replaced a popular and successful manager in Gary Rowett with Gianfranco Zola. The fact they have not won a game since that decision has seen Birmingham City slip down the League table.
On the other hand some Norwich City fans might be hoping their club does decide to dispense of their own manager as Alex Neil has seen his side fall short of their lofty ambitions. However Norwich City have been just good enough at home to stay in touch with the top six places and that is keeping Neil in his current role.
I do think this game being played at Carrow Road gives Norwich City an edge and will see them have enough to win the game. They have been like Jekyll and Hyde depending on where they have been playing, but Norwich City have remained strong at home where they have won 4 of their last 5 League games.
It does have to be said that Birmingham City have earned positive results at Barnsley and Blackburn Rovers in recent away games, but they had to come from 2-0 down to do that at the former while the latter have been struggling at the wrong end of the table. I will look for Norwich City to have a little too much in the final third in this one and I expect them to win this game.
Preston North End v Ipswich Town Pick: These two clubs look to be trending in opposite directions through the next three months and I would be surprised if Mick McCarthy is able to turn things around at Ipswich Town with limited funds available. They have previously come close to earning a promotion to the Premier League, but Ipswich Town look as far away as ever this season with McCarthy feeling some of the pressure.
That isn't the case for Simon Grayson at Preston North End where it feels he is overachieving for a second season in a row since earning promotion from League One. They are not that far off the top six places in the League, but Preston North End don't look like a team that will have the consistency to stay with the teams above them over the coming months.
However I do think Preston North End can earn the win this weekend after impressive performances against Sheffield Wednesday, Arsenal and Brighton at Deepdale in recent weeks. All three of those clubs are above Preston North End in the League standings, but the home team could easily have won all three of those games.
Only a late Sheffield Wednesday equaliser saw The Owls come away with a point here while Brighton were seen off and that should mean Preston North End have the confidence levels to win this game. Preston North End came from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa last weekend too and they look in a better place than Ipswich Town who have lost 5 of their last 6 away from home and failed to score in their last 2.
At just under odds against, I will back the home team to earn the three points.
Queens Park Rangers v Burton Albion Pick: This is an important game for both Queens Park Rangers and Burton Albion who will consider one another relegation rivals as they battle for a big three points on Saturday.
It is a big ask of Burton Albion to avoid finishing in the bottom three and while they have to be respected for the fight shown, it also should be noted they have lost 8 of 9 in all competitions. They have really begun to struggle away from home and now face a Queens Park Rangers team who have produced 10 points from a possible 12 in the League to move away from trouble.
Things aren't completely better for Queens Park Rangers, but it does look like Ian Holloway is getting the best out of a squad of players that have struggled following relegation from the Premier League a couple of seasons ago. You would say Queens Park Rangers are underachieving, but recent wins will have given them a boost in confidence to take into this fixture.
Burton Albion have just had a few more issues at both ends of the field in the last couple of months and I think it will be difficult for them to contain Queens Park Rangers. However this should be a close game because the home team are not exactly watertight at the back having not kept a clean sheet at Loftus Road in their last 7 League games.
That suggests this will be a tight match but I do think Queens Park Rangers are just playing a little better than Burton Albion at the moment and that can make a difference in the match. A tense atmosphere is likely to keep the players on their toes, but Queens Park Rangers can earn a narrow win at odds against.
Reading v Cardiff City Pick: This has all the makings of a tight game on Saturday with Cardiff City likely to come to Reading to make life as difficult for the home team as possible. They had some success doing that to frustrate Brighton on Tuesday, but it was poor finishing from the Championship leaders that prevented them running away with the win.
On the same evening Reading were beating Fulham 1-0 in a big game with Play Off implications and now The Royals are looking to close the gap on the two teams above them. Both Newcastle United and Brighton look very strong, but Reading will hope pressurising them by putting a run of wins together may seen one, or both, teams struggle down the stretch.
Jaap Stam will be focused on his own team which snapped a 3 game losing run in all competitions with the win over Fulham. They were fortunate as Fulham missed a penalty in that game in the 90th minute, but that also means Reading have won 6 of their last 7 at home.
That should give them an edge against a tough Cardiff City side, but one that does concede goals on their travels. As much as Neil Warnock will look to provide a defensive foundation to build upon, Cardiff City have not been at their best at the back and have been conceding too many goals, especially away from home.
Cardiff City do have a very positive record here in recent seasons, but Reading can snap that this weekend at odds against to win another home game.
Norwich City @ 1.73 Coral (2 Units)
Preston North End @ 1.95 William Hill (2 Units)
Queens Park Rangers @ 2.10 Bet365 (2 Units)
Reading @ 2.20 Bet365 (2 Units)
December Final: 38-40, - 7.93 Units (153 Units Staked, - 5.18% Yield)
October Final: 29-41-2, - 21.23 Units (139 Units Staked, - 15.27% Yield)
Season 2015/16: 133-174-2, + 0.89 Units (669 Units Staked, + 0% Yield)