Nick Hext has three selections for the final round of Sky Bet Championship, including a defeat to send Bolton to relegation.
Wait to start the Car
Promotion to the Premier League is within reach for Cardiff as they get to the final fence of the regular season. Victory at home to struggling Reading will confirm a return to the Premier League for the Bluebirds and I can't see a surprise success for the Royals. Fulham, who travel to Birmingham, need Neil Warnock's men to drop points but Reading are not the team that you'd choose to deliver a favour. The Royals could still suffer relegation (more on that to follow) and I'm going for the most goals to be scored in the second half as my selection at the Cardiff City Stadium. This bet has been a winner in four of Cardiff's last six games and I expect the Bluebirds to seal promotion with a flourish and plenty of goals after the break.
Bolton to go back down
Bolton need to win at home to Nottingham Forest and favours from elsewhere if they are to avoid a return to Sky Bet League One at the first time of asking. The Trotters are odds-on to defeat Forest and I can't agree with that assessment. Phil Parkinson's men have lost six of their last seven outings and there has been nothing in the run-in to suggest that they have one big performance left in them. Forest have won all of their last four games against sides in the bottom half of the table and over 4/1 just has to be taken for the away win at the Macron Stadium. I reckon resurgent Burton will join Sunderland and Bolton in finishing in the bottom three. The Brewers face a tough trip to Preston and I believe only victory will be enough to avoid the drop. I think Barnsley, with a vastly superior goal difference over Burton, will avoid defeat at Derby and that leaves Birmingham and Reading both breathing a sigh of relief after defeats against Fulham and Cardiff respectively.
Go for goals again with Hull
I'm going for goals to end the season at Griffin Park when Brentford host Hull in a clash between two sides with little to play for. Brentford have fallen short in their push for a play-off place and Hull have managed to pull away from the scrap for survival.
The Tigers have enjoyed an entertaining end to the campaign, drawing 2-2 with champions Wolves, winning 4-0 against QPR, beating Burton 5-0 and drawing 5-5 with Bristol City in four of their last five matches. Go for goals again with Hull on the final day of the campaign as I reckon this will be the most entertaining of the games on the Sky Bet Championship schedule.
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Posted at 1035 BST on 04/05/18