EFL 2021 Fixtures Betting Tips and Match Predictions (March 16-20)
- 1 EFL (English Football League)
- 2 March 16, 2021
- 2.1 Cardiff City vs Stoke City
- 2.2 Derby County vs Brentford
- 2.3 Luton Town vs Coventry City
- 2.4 Middlesbrough vs Preston North End
- 2.5 Rotherham United vs Watford
- 2.6 Bournemouth vs Swansea City
- 2.7 Nottingham Forest vs Norwich City
- 2.8 Queens Park Rangers vs Millwall
- 2.9 Wycombe Wanderers vs Barnsley
- 2.10 Birmingham City vs Reading
- 2.11 Blackburn Rovers vs Bristol City
- 2.12 Sheffield Wednesday vs Huddersfield Town
- 3 March 20, 2021
- 3.1 Brentford vs Nottingham Forest
- 3.2 Barnsley vs Sheffield Wednesday
- 3.3 Bristol City vs Rotherham United
- 3.4 Coventry City vs Wycombe Wanderers
- 3.5 Millwall vs Middlesbrough
- 3.6 Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers
- 3.7 Preston North End vs Luton Town
- 3.8 Reading vs Queens Park Rangers
- 3.9 Stoke City vs Derby County
- 3.10 Watford vs Birmingham City
- 3.11 Swansea City vs Cardiff City
- 4 Conclusion
In this article, we discuss odds, predictions and tips for the English Football League (EFL) 2021 matches (March 16-20). We have considered the recent form of the various teams in contention, including their home and away performances, as well as the head-to-head stats, before making predictions about the outcomes.
While the three bottom-placed teams will be relegated to League One, the top two teams will get automatic promotion to the Premier League. After the completion of 35 out of 46 matchweeks, Norwich City are favourites to win the title, 10 points adrift of second-placed Watford. While Norwich are almost assured of promotion to the Premier League in the next season, Watford are likely to face stiff competition for second place from Swansea and Brentford
EFL (English Football League)
On Tuesday, 16 March 2021, the EFL Championship fixtures will get underway with five games at 19:00 GMT (India time 00:30 on 17 March): Cardiff City host Stoke City at the Cardiff City Stadium, while Brentford will play on the road at the Pride Park Stadium against Derby County. Luton Town play host to Coventry City at Kenilworth Road. Middlesbrough get a home game at Riverside Stadium against Preston North End and Watford play away at New York Stadium against Rotherham United. At 19:45 (India time 01:15 on 17 March 2021), Bournemouth take on Swansea in a home fixture at Victoria Park.
On Wednesday, 17 March 2021, five matches are due to kick off at 19:00 GMT (India time 0:30 on 18 March). Nottingham Forest play host to Norwich City at City Ground, while Queens Park Rangers welcome Millwall to Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium and Barnsley visit Adams Park to face Wycombe Wanderers. At 19:45, (India time 1:15 on 18 March 2021), three other EFL Championship games are scheduled to take place. Birmingham City host Reading at St Andrew’s. Blackburn Rovers play host to Bristol City, while Huddersfield Town travel to Sheffield Wednesday.
On Saturday, 20 March 2021, the EFL Championship will kick off at Brentford Community Stadium when Brentford take on Nottingham Forest at 12:30 GMT (India time 18:00). Nine matches are due to kick off simultaneously at 15:00 GMT (India time 20:30): Barnsley play host to Sheffield Wednesday; Bristol City take on Rotherham United at Ashton Gate. Wycombe Wanderers visit Coventry City. Millwall and Middlesbrough clash at The Den. Norwich City welcome Blackburn Rovers to Carrow Road. Preston North End and Luton Town face off at Deepdale. Reading host Queens Park Rangers at Madejski Stadium. Derby County travel to Stoke City. Watford take on Birmingham City in a home game at Vicarage Road. At 17:30 GMT (India time 23:00), Swansea City play host to Cardiff City.
March 16, 2021
Cardiff City vs Stoke City
Cardiff and Stoke have won two matches each and drawn three of the seven games between the sides. Cardiff are currently 8th on the Championship table, two rungs above and 6 points adrift of Stoke. While Cardiff have won 3 of their last 5 games, Stoke have lost 3 of their last five matches.
Based on home advantage and form, we are backing Cardiff to win at 5/4.
Derby County vs Brentford
Though Brentford are placed 4th on the points table, much above Derby who are in 19th place, neither side have been in great form recently. While Derby have lost 3 of their last 6 games, Brentford have lost 4 of their last 6. The head-to-head stats in the last five games between the sides read 2-1 in Brentford’s favour, with the remaining two games ended in stalemates.
We predict a draw at 13/5.
Luton Town vs Coventry City
Luton Town are currently 16th on the table, four rungs above Coventry. Both teams have lost 3 of their last 6 games. In the last 9 games between the sides, Coventry have won 4, while Luton have won 2, with the remaining games drawn. Incidentally, the last three matches between Luton and Coventry ended in stalemates.
We back Luton to win at 5/4.
Middlesbrough vs Preston North End
Middlesbrough, in 9th position on the points table, have won 3 of their last 6 games, while Preston, 6 rungs below Middlesbrough on the table, have lost 3 and won only 1 of their last 6. Middlesbrough have registered an 8-2 h2h advantage in the last 17 games between the sides.
We back Middlesbrough to win at 11/10
Rotherham United vs Watford
Rotherham who are in the relegation zone, placed 22nd, have lost 5 of their last 6 games. Second-placed Watford have won 5 of their last 6 games. Watford have won 6 and lost 2 of their 11 games to Rotherham.
You can back Watford to win at 11/10.
Bournemouth vs Swansea City
Both teams have won 3 of their last 6 games. While Swansea are in 3rd place on the points table, Bournemouth are 4 rungs below them. Bournemouth enjoy a 10-6 advantage in the h2h comparison in the last 18 games between the teams.
We back Bournemouth to beat Swansea at 5/4.
March 17, 2021
Nottingham Forest vs Norwich City
While table-toppers Norwich City have won all of their last 6 games, Nottingham Forest have lost three of their last six. Norwich have registered a 2-1 h2h advantage over 17th-placed Forest in the last 5 games between the sides. In the latest match on December 12, 2020, Norwich prevailed over Forest, 2-1 at home.
We back Norwich to beat Nottingham Forest at 1/1.
Queens Park Rangers vs Millwall
Queens Park Rangers, placed 12th on the points table, have been in good form recently, winning their last two games. By contrast, Millwall, one rung below QPR on the table, have lost two of their last three. QPR have established a clear 3-0 h2h advantage over Millwall in the last 5 games between the sides.
We back QPR to win at 13/10.
Wycombe Wanderers vs Barnsley
Wycombe Wanderers (currently 24th on the table) have lost four games in a row, while Barnsley (6th place) have won five on the trot. Barnsley have won 2 and lost 1 of the 3 games they have played against Wycombe.
You can back Barnsley to beat Wycombe at 4/5.
Birmingham City vs Reading
Reading are currently in 5th place on the points table, while Birmingham City are 16 places below them in 21st. Birmingham have lost 3 of their last 6 games, winning two. By contrast, Reading have won four of their last 6 games, including their last three in succession. The h2h comparison between the sides is however 10-9 in Birmingham’s favour, in the last 22 games between the sides. Their last game hosted by Reading was won 2-1 by Birmingham.
Judging by the current form, we back Reading to win at 7/5.
Blackburn Rovers vs Bristol City
There’s not much to choose between these two sides. Blackburn Rovers are placed 14th on the points table, just one rung below Bristol City. However, Blackburn are slightly ahead on form, having lost only one of their last four games, while Bristol City have lost four of their last 6, including their last two games in succession. In the last 12 games between the sides, Blackburn have won 6, while Bristol have prevailed on 4 occasions.
We back Blackburn to win at 3/4.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Huddersfield Town
Sheffield Wednesday are firmly in the relegation zone, in 23rd place on the table, while Huddersfield are just four rungs above them, in 19th. But while Huddersfield have won one and lost three of their last 6 games, Sheffield Wednesday have lost six on the trot. However, Sheffield Wednesday enjoy a h2h advantage over Huddersfield, having won 7 and lost 5 of the 19 games between the sides.
We back Sheffield Wednesday to win at 29/20.
March 20, 2021
Brentford vs Nottingham Forest
Fourth-placed Brentford have lost 4 of their last 6 games. However, they have won 2 of their last 3. Nottingham Forest, in 17th place on the table, have lost 3 of their last 6, with two losses in succession in their last 2. Brentford have established a 9-7 h2h advantage in 18 games between the sides. However, the sides are tied 2-2 in their last 4 matches.
We back Brentford to win at 9/5.
Barnsley vs Sheffield Wednesday
Sixth-placed Barnsley have been in irresistible form, winning 4 and drawing 1 of their last 5 games. By contrast, Sheffield Wednesday have lost 5 games in succession. However, Sheffield Wednesday have enjoyed a 9-3 h2h advantage over Barnsley in 19 games between the sides. But Barnsley won 2-1 away at Sheffield Wednesday, in their last encounter on December 12, 2021.
We back Barnsley to win on 20 March 2021.
Bristol City vs Rotherham United
Bristol City are 13th on the table, 9 rungs above Rotherham. Bristol have lost 4 of their last 6 games, while Rotherham have lost 5. However, while Rotherham won their last EFL game, Bristol lost their last 2. The h2h comparison after 13 games between the sides is 5-4 in Rotherham’s favour. Rotherham won the last match between the sides, 2-0.
We back Rotherham to win at 9/5.
Coventry City vs Wycombe Wanderers
While Wycombe are at the bottom of the points table, Coventry are not much better placed, just 4 rungs above, in 20th position. Coventry have lost just one of their last three games, while Wycombe have lost 4 on the trot. The h2h comparison between the sides is an overwhelming 9-0 in Coventry’s favour. In their last meeting, Coventry won 2-1 away at Wycombe.
We back Coventry to win on 20 March 2021.
Millwall vs Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough are 9th on the points table, two rungs above Millwall who are in 11th. While Millwall have lost 2 of their last 3 games, Middlesbrough have won 3 of their last 6. Middlesbrough have established an 8-6 advantage over Millwall in the last 19 games between the sides. In fact, Millwall haven’t beaten Middlesbrough since 2017. The last match between the sides, hosted by Middlesbrough on 12 December 2020 went 3-0 in the home side’s favour.
We back Middlesbrough to beat Millwall on 20 March.
Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers
Table-toppers Norwich City are on a roll, winning their last 6 games in succession. Blackburn Rovers, in 14th place on the table, have lost 3 of their last 6 games. Norwich lead 6-4 in the h2h comparison over the last 15 games between the sides. Norwich won the last meeting away at Blackburn Rovers on 12 December 2020.
We back Norwich to win on 20 March.
Preston North End vs Luton Town
Preston North End are placed 15th on the points table, just one rung above Luton Town who are in 16th position. Both teams have lost 3 of their respective last 6 games in the whole competition. In 4 games between the sides, Preston have established a 2-1 h2h advantage over Luton. However, Luton won the last meeting, 3-0 at home on 12 December 2020.
We back Preston to win their home game against Luton on 20 March.
Reading vs Queens Park Rangers
Fifth-placed Reading have won their last 3 games on the trot, while Queens Park Rangers have enjoyed wins in their last two matches. Both teams have lost 2 of their respective last 6 games. Reading have won 12 and lost 7 of the 30 matches between the sides.
We back Reading to beat QPR on 20 March.
Stoke City vs Derby County
While 10th-placed Stoke have won their last two games, 18th-placed Derby have lost their last two. While Derby have established an 8-7 h2h advantage in the last 19 games between the sides, we believe that Stoke will turn their home advantage to good effect.
We back Stoke City to beat Derby County on 20 March.
Watford vs Birmingham City
Second-placed Watford have been in great form recently, winning 5 of their last 6 games, including the last 2 in succession. By contrast, Birmingham have lost 3 of their last 6. Watford have also enjoyed a 7-6 h2h advantage in the last 15 matches between the sides.
We back Watford to beat Birmingham City on 20 March.
Swansea City vs Cardiff City
While 3rd-placed Swansea have lost 2 of their last 6 matches, 8th-placed Cardiff have stayed unbeaten in their last 6. However, Swansea have remained unbeaten in their last three games. Additionally, Swansea have established a 6-3 h2h advantage in the last 12 games with Cardiff.
We back Swansea to win on 20 March.
While the recent form is a good indication, home teams traditionally enjoy an advantage over visitors. We have factored the above assumption in our predictions, except where there is a huge gap between the sides, in terms of quality. Thus, in the game between Nottingham City and Norwich, we have predicted victory for the visitors, Norwich, who are currently leading the points table, while Nottingham Forest are 16 places below them. Similarly, we expect Reading in 5th place to beat Birmingham City in 21st position on the points table, although Birmingham have home advantage. We also expect 6th-placed Barnsley to win on the road against bottom team Wycombe Wanderers.
However, in many cases, we have given precedence to form. For instance, in the match between Bristol City and Rotherham, we have considered recent form as the guiding factor. Though Bristol City are the home side, and Rotherham are several rungs below Bristol on the table, we expect Rotherham to beat Bristol City on 20 March, especially as Rotherham have enjoyed an h2h advantage over Bristol in 13 past matches. In another similar instance, we have backed Middlesbrough to beat Millwall, although Millwall are the hosts and are higher placed on the points table. In the match between Brentford and Derby County, we do not expect Derby to win despite their home advantage. However, although Brentford are placed far above Derby on the points table, we believe they are not in sufficiently good form to convert their superior class into victory. Thus, we have predicted that the game between the sides will end in a stalemate.