FA Cup and Championship Predictions – what the experts think

We are starved of Premier League action this weekend, but Premiership teams are playing in the FA Cup, with the pick of the ties undoubtedly Manchester United v Arsenal at Old Trafford, while Reading are the last remaining Championship outfit in the world renowned competition.

The Championship is hotting up as the race for promotion reaches the finishing line as teams battle for the top places. There is a good chance that there’ll be a Welsh team in the Premier League next season, and Cardiff and Swansea will both be looking for three points at home to Barnsley and away to Derby respectively. Elsewhere QPR can will look to extend their lead at the top of the Championship league table against Crystal Palace at Loftus Road.

Here are those all-important predictions from the country’s newspaper jounalists…

Glenn Moore:

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Patrick Barclay:

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Martin Lipton:

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Glenn Moore (The Independent):

Birmingham V Bolton D

Cardiff V Barnsley H

Coventry V Hull D

Derby V Swansea D

Leeds V Ipswich H

Notts Forest V Doncaster H

Portsmouth V Middlesbrough H

QPR V Crystal Palace H

Scunthorpe V Leicester A

Watford V Sheffield Utd H

QPR V CRYSTAL PALACE: Palace are becoming strong defensively but Rangers have enough to edge a low-scoring game.

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Patrick Barclay (The Times):

Birmingham V Bolton D

Cardiff V Barnsley H

Coventry V Hull A

Derby V Swansea A

Leeds V Ipswich H

Notts Forest V Doncaster H

Portsmouth V Middlesbrough D

QPR V Crystal Palace H

Scunthorpe V Leicester A

Watford V Sheffield United H

BIRMINGHAM V BOLTON: Big Eck’s double dream still on.

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Martin Lipton (The Mirror):

Birmingham V Bolton A

Cardiff V Barnsley H

Coventry V Hull A

Derby V Swansea A

Leeds V Ipswich H

Notts Forest V Doncaster D

Portsmouth V Middlesbrough H

QPR V Crystal Palace H

Scunthorpe V Leicester A

Watford V Sheffield Utd H

NOTTINGHAM FOREST V DONCASTER: Forest’s promotion charge has stalled recently and the extra pressure could take its toll with Doncaster free to just go out and play their game. More dropped points at the City Ground