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Friday's Championship predictions: Huddersfield could continue improvement at Watford
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Warren Ashurst
Huddersfield have undoubtedly improved under Neil Warnock
Huddersfield have undoubtedly improved under Neil Warnock

Easter weekend is always crucial at both ends of the Championship, with two games in three days for the teams in the second tier.

We have three selections for Good Friday's action in matches that could significantly impact the standings.

QPR vs Preston (Friday, 3pm)

The stats

QPR head into Friday's clash just three points outside of the relegation zone, with just one win in their last 16 league games.

It has been a huge drop off in form since Michael Beale's departure to Rangers and they go into this encounter having lost their last three matches and just one goal during that run.

Preston head to the capital with just one defeat in nine, with four wins and four draws getting them to within striking distance of the play-offs.


The confidence levels are at completely opposite ends of the scale for these two teams, with Preston going into this off the back of a 3-1 win over local rivals Blackpool.

Not only have QPR lost their last three but those defeats have come against teams in the bottom half of the table and they are now embroiled in a relegation battle.

Watford vs Huddersfield (Friday, 3pm)

The stats

Just one win in their last six Championship matches has left Watford's promotion hopes in tatters, with them now six points outside the play-offs.

In contrast, Huddersfield could still pull off the great escape after collecting eight points from a possible 15 in their last five games.

The Terriers are only in the relegation zone on goal difference and with Blackpool and Cardiff playing each other at the same time, could be out of the bottom three on Friday evening with a positive result at Vicarage Road.


Neil Warnock looks to have weaved his magic on his return to Huddersfield, whilst Chris Wilder has found life tough since being appointed by the Hornets.

The experienced Danny Ward has played a key role in Huddersfield's turnaround and having scored in the recent win at Millwall, could be one to consider in the goalscorer markets.

Sunderland vs Hull (Friday, 5.30pm)

Tony Mowbray's Sunderland could again be left frustrated against Hull
Tony Mowbray's Sunderland could again be left frustrated against Hull

The stats

Sunderland and Hull have struggled for goals in recent weeks, with neither team scoring more than one goal per game in their last four matches.

Both have recorded 12 draws already this season, which includes the 1-1 scoreline the sides played out in the reverse fixture.

The hosts go into this game off the back of two draws and have failed to win any of their last four Championship matches. Hull have also drawn their last two and have not won on the road since January 2.


Hull find themselves nine points above the relegation zone and another point on Friday will edge them closer to safety.

Both teams are out of form in front of goal and Sunderland, in particular, have struggled to deal with the absence of leading scorer Ross Stewart.


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