Predictions: Chris Holt attempts to call this weekend's games

Chris Holt's predictions
Chris Holt's predictions

It doesn't often happen but it was three from five in last week's predictions, including two correct scores. I'm aiming for a full house this time.

Rotherham United v Burnley

What a week it has been at the New York Stadium. Steve Evans leaving came as a shock to all, moreso the timing of it, given he'd just masterminded another win. But, the king is dead, long live the (albeit temporary) king as Eric Black leads Millers into Friday night's match against Burnley. It will be interesting to see how the the players respond, but they've a tough task in front of the TV cameras, with Burnley, who appeared to be just beginning to move through the gears, looking to bounce back from defeat to Reading. Prediction: Rotherham 0 Burnley 1


Sheffield Wednesday v Preston North End

There's a definite buzz around S6 at the minute and rightly so after a couple of impressive performance and a fine, albeit somewhat fortunate win at Brentford last week. Wednesdayites' expectations are rising and Carlos Carvalhal is correct in saying the players must stay grounded. The cliche says there are no easy games in the Championship, which is true, but there are plenty of winnable ones and the visit of Preston falls into that category. Four wins in a row? It's been a while. Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Preston North End 1


Port Vale v Sheffield United

I know Blades are a bit sniffy about it, but a point in midweek against the current league leaders no matter that the table toppers are Burton Albion is far from the worst result. United played very well against Doncaster Rovers last week and with players coming back from injury they are getting stronger. Port Vale should provide a reasonably tough test but Billy Sharp's blank at Pirelli Stadium (he looked very annoyed coming off) might well fire him up to find the net again. Prediction: Port Vale 0 Sheffield United 2


Doncaster Rovers v Barnsley

Another South Yorkshire derby for Doncaster and a crucial one for Rob Jones. The caretaker manager lambasted his side last week after a defeat to Sheffield United but the general consensus from those watching was that Rovers weren't really that bad. However, he did get a reaction of sorts with a decent display in drawing with Swindon in midweek, though conceding a late equaliser will have been hard to take. Rovers players say they want Jones to get the job and with the club stating they hope to appoint someone in the next ten days, it's really time to make sure he does. Derby spoils to the home side and the Keepmoat board with plenty to think about. Prediction: Doncaster Rovers 2 Barnsley 1



Crewe Alexandra v Chesterfield

It was all going so well for Dean Saunders a month or so ago and now the Spireites confidence looks shot. He claims there isn't a crisis and he's right. But if they keep shipping goals as they have the word will rightly be brought up very soon. And I think it could be this week. Prediction: Crewe 2 Chesterfield 1