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Birmingham v ReadingFriday 20.00 – Live on Sky Sports Football

Friday Night Football is back in the Sky Bet Championship! It has been gone far too long. Two of the season’s real surprise packages meet here in Birmingham and Reading.

Birmingham are slightly lower in the table but have been buoyed by an excellent defensive record and a few loan gems brought in by John Eustace. Reading prove the doubters wrong again and can return to the top six with a win. I think they will draw this one though.

Prediction: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Friday 16 December at 19.30

Kick-off at 20:00

Norwich v BlackburnSaturday 17.30 – Live on Sky Sports Football

Norwich took an early lead against Swansea last weekend and held on throughout. It wasn’t the most convincing display, but it’s the win that counts in the end.

Blackburn were so bad against Preston, and were bad against Burnley before the break. They start the weekend in third place in the table, but still need to prove themselves to some extent. I can’t see them breaking their losing run at Carrow Road though.

Bet: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Saturday 17 December at 17.00

Kick-off 17:30

Luton v MillwallSunday 11.30 – Live on Sky Sports Football

A bizarre kick off time at Kenilworth Road! I can’t think of anything else that could happen on Sunday in the world of football that would necessitate that.

Rob Edwards lost his first game in charge of Luton last weekend, so he will want to get out of here quickly. Millwall have slipped a bit recently but I think they will come back to win here.

Bet: 0-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Sunday 18 December at 11.00

Kick-off at 11:30

Wigan v Sheffield UnitedMonday at 20.00 – live on Sky Sports Football

A very respectable draw for Kolo Toure in his first game for Wigan last weekend. They took the lead at Millwall but couldn’t quite hold on to all three points.

Sheffield United found their way past Huddersfield to keep pace with Burnley. But at this stage they will be more interested in what is happening below them, rather than above. I think they win again here.

Prediction: 1-2 (Sky Bet odds)

Monday 19 December at 19.30

Kick-off at 20:00

Other predictions (all Saturdays 3pm kick-off)

Bristol City v Stoke: 2-0

Burnley v Middlesbrough: 2-1

Cardiff v Blackpool: 1-0

Coventry v Swansea: 1-0

Huddersfield v Watford: 0-1

Hole against Sunderland: 2-1

Preston v QPR: 2-1

West Brom v Rotherham: 2-0

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