With the Championship season at a crucial stage all eyes are currently on the push for promotion, as the Football League's best teams eye a prized place in the Premier League.
In one of the most exciting and unpredictable leagues on the planet there is still everything to play for. GMS Academy member Ashvin Sharma has attempted to pick apart the promotion contenders and plot the path towards Wembley and the play-off final, with surprising results.
1. Leicester City
Leicester have been superb this season under Nigel Pearson, and are ever so close to securing promotion to the Premier League.
After last season's heartbreak in the play-off semi-finals against Watford, promotion would mean so much to Leicester, who have picked themselves up and worked harder to achieve promotion.
Six points ahead of Burnley with a game in hand, and 15 in front of third placed QPR, it would be a huge failure if Leicester were unable to gain automatic promotion, as there is still some work to do win the Championship outright.
Consistency has been key to their title aspirations all season, and with six wins out of their last 10 games, their progress doesn't seem to be slowing down. Even the stoppage time equaliser against Yeovil last week shows how good their team spirit is, as they try right until the end of the game.
However, I believe this consistency will help them win the Championship and achieve promotion to the Premier League.
I don't think many would have expected Burnley to be in the position they are in today. Sean Dyche's men have definitely proved many critics wrong, especially after losing their star striker Charlie Austin to promotion rivals QPR.
However, Dyche has managed to work his magic, and currently, Burnley are on a phenomenal run of 8 wins in the last 11 matches. This puts them in a very strong position to achieve promotion, as they are nine points ahead of QPR in third. I can't see another team making up a 10 point gap, and I also think that just won't have enough to catch Leicester, although it'll be close. For these reasons, I think Burnley will finish as runners up in the Championship.
Potential play-off matches
QPR vs Brighton
With their season back on track, I think Harry Redknapp's side will push for second place, but ultimately have to be content with a play-off spot. I believe Oscar Garcia's side will pick themselves up from the recent slump they have been experiencing and steal 6th place from the likes of Reading and Nottingham Forest. If this is the match for the play offs, I think QPR will come out on top and advance to the final.
Derby vs Wigan
It's fair to say that Derby County under Steve Mcclaren have been a surprise package this season. Since he took over, the Rams have looked better in each performance and have rocketed up into 4th place with a settled young side.
Uwe Rosler has had a similar effect at Wigan after Owen Coyle's departure, and has put his, Dave Whelan's, and Wigan's promotion hunt right back on track. Just like Rosler was victorious against Manchester City, I think he will be victorious over Derby, as I think it's too much too soon for Steve Mclaren's side.
QPR vs Wigan
In a closely contested match, I believe Harry Redknapp's side would be slight favourites with if these two teams do make the Wembley showpiece.
With his experience, I think many would label QPR as 'favourites'. However, I think Wigan will put in a superb performance on the day, and will win to earn promotion one year after being relegated.
These are only predictions. These views are my own. Share your predictions in the comments below.
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