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Championship - Football: Cherries hoping to bring Fulham back down to earth

There is a full fixture list planned in the Championship on Saturday, with some crucial games to come at both ends of the table.

Fulham confirmed their automatic promotion in midweek, but they still have a title to win this season.

Their game against Bournemouth is the pick of the bunch, with Scott Parker's side still hoping to follow them into the Premier League.

Saturday's early kick-off comes from Kenilworth Road as Luton Town host Blackpool, with the former harbouring promotion hopes of their own.

There are then eight games scheduled at 15:00.

Still work for Luton to do

Luton Town are aiming to make it three Championship victories in a row this week when they host Blackpool in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

Nathan Jones' men are fourth in the Championship table at present, but they still have to pick up more points to confirm their spot in the playoffs.

The Hatters are six points ahead of seventh-placed Millwall, but they cannot rest on their laurels, even though Blackpool have nothing to play for.

The Tangerines ended a five-match winless run on Monday when they hammered Birmingham City 6-1.

However, Blackpool have only won once in 13 on the road, and a home win looks the way to go at 10/11.

Bournemouth eager to catch Fulham off guard

Fulham's players will have been allowed a small celebration in midweek, having confirmed their return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The Cottagers are nine points ahead of Bournemouth ahead of kick-off, but the Cherries have only lost one in nine under Parker.

At home, Bournemouth are unbeaten in seven on the south coast, and they know they can produce the goods against Fulham, having drawn the reverse fixture 1-1.

Bournemouth are 5/4 to land all three points as they try to move one step closer to promotion.

All to play for at Weston Homes Stadium

Nerves will likely play their part in Peterborough this week as Grant McCann's side host Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.

Posh need to win if they want to avoid relegation as they are currently seven points behind 21st-placed Reading.

Forest's fortunes could not be any different, with Steve Cooper's men still in the playoff places and looking to solidify their top-six spot.

In fairness to Peterborough, they are going down fighting at the moment, with McCann's side unbeaten in four.

Forest have only lost two in their previous 15 matches in the second tier, but this game looks hard to call considering Peterborough's plight, so it may be beneficial to back Peterborough in the double chance market at 11/10.

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Home comforts should help the Blades get back on track

Sheffield United currently occupy the final playoff spot, but Paul Heckingbottom's men are in danger of dropping out of the top six.

The Blades have hit a sticky patch at the wrong time, having won just one in five.

Their defeat to Reading on Good Friday was a hammer blow, and goals have become hard to come by for Sheffield United.

They welcome Cardiff City to Bramall Lane, and thankfully for the Blades, the Bluebirds have nothing to play for.

Steve Morison's men have lost three of their final four, and motivation is an issue for the current group.

Only Reading have beaten Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in 2022, and a home win and under 2.5 goals looks a sensible play at 5/2.

Timing is perfect for Millwall

Millwall need those in front of them to slip up if they are to have any chance of playing at Wembley this season, but they will head into this weekend's game with a spring in their step.

The Lions have enjoyed a three-match unbeaten run of late, and they should be able to add to that when they travel to St Andrew's.

Birmingham have only won one of their last five home matches, losing three times during that sequence and they could be in for another tough afternoon.

An away win looks the way to go at 5/4 as Millwall look to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Swans can crush Boro's dreams

Middlesbrough's playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, the very thinnest of threads at that.

Chris Wilder's team looked on course for a top-six spot, but a run of four games without a win means it is now out of their hands.

Saturday's opponents, Swansea, are enjoying a seven-match unbeaten run and are ending the campaign on a high under coach Russell Martin.

Boro's lack of goals is also a real worry at this stage of the campaign, with Wilder's side failing to find the back of the net in their last four.

A home win to nil at 9/2 offers excellent value as Swansea look to hamper Boro's playoff hopes even further.

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