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Big names to stay safe but it could be bye bye Burton

Big names to stay safe but it could be bye bye Burton


With all the excitement over proceedings at the top of the Championship, one can be forgiven for losing track of the drama at the other end.

For all of interim boss Paul Warne’s efforts, bottom club Rotherham look gone, while Wigan are also in danger of suffering the same fate. The 23rd-placed Latics are seven points adrift of safety and recently sacked Warren Joyce.

Will Grigg’s knee injury, which could rule him out for the season, is also working against them and their price of 1/10 to go down illustrates their issues.

However, who will join them in League One is less than clear, with only five points between 16th-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers in 22nd.

Rovers have improved under new boss Tony Mowbray and are currently on a run of seven matches unbeaten. They are 33/20 to be relegated but their favourable fixture list, which includes numerous teams with little to play for, could see them survive.

Realistically, having won their last three games, Wolves should be safe and are priced accordingly at 40/1 for the drop. However, the team below them, Ipswich, seem in a somewhat precarious position. Mick McCarthy’s men have lost just one of their last nine but seven have been draws. They are 22/1 to go down and those searching for value may choose the Tractor Boys.

Birmingham City (14/1) are also treading water, with the decision to sack Gary Rowett looking worse by the week. Two wins in 17 Championship games under Gianfranco Zola is relegation form but they do have players coming back to fitness at the right time.

They meet Bristol City on the final day, a team who appear on the up again after two recent wins. The Robins, are 6/1 to be relegated, but having been plagued by inconsistency, seem to have got their act together and can rely on Tammy Abraham to fire them to safety.

Lee Johnson’s men currently sit on 41 points, the same as Nottingham Forest (3/1) and Burton. Mark Warburton’s appointment at the City Ground looks a canny one and he will have used the international break to give his side much-needed structure.

Their neighbours the Brewers have enjoyed a meteoric rise but may just fall short this time around. Despite facing a number of teams around them, their other fixtures look tough and at 9/5, could well be the ones to go.

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