Nottingham Forest’s quest to gatecrash the play-offs continues against Rotherham United this weekend. 

With just seven games left to play, the stakes are rising with each passing game.

The Reds find themselves just three points off the top six. But there are a number of teams who are arguably in a better position.

Martin O’Neill would be first to acknowledge that anything other than three points against the Millers would all-but end their hopes.

He will be fully focussed on the game at the New York Stadium. However, there are many other games involving teams around them which could either bolster or hamper their chances.

The Reds could potentially move into the play-offs on goal difference if other results go their way. Alternatively, they could find themselves six points adrift with as many games left.

Here, Seat Pitch takes a look at five games elsewhere which could have an impact on the Reds.

BRISTOL CITY (5th) vs. Wigan Athletic

There’s no doubt that Lee Johnson’s side arguably have the easiest game on paper out of all the teams in the play-off picture this weekend.

The Robins picked up two massive away wins against Sheffield United and Middlesbrough last week, which has boosted their play-off chances considerably.

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They’ll be full of confidence heading into this game, although they were held to a draw by Ipswich Town in their last game at Ashton Gate.

SHEFF WEDNESDAY (11th) vs. VILLA (6th)

This would be an intriguing game even if it wasn’t for the position of both sides. Steve Bruce will be desperate to get one over on his former club.

 

However, with both sides still in the hunt for the play-offs, the focus will be firmly on securing the three points.

As the Reds travel to Hillsborough themselves next week, a win for the Owls would be the preferred result.

DERBY COUNTY (7th) vs. Brentford

Frank Lampard’s side looked to be on the slide when the Reds beat them at the City Ground not so long ago.

However, they’ve picked up enough points since then to keep them firmly in the mix.

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Their 6-1 win against Rotherham last weekend at Pride Park suggests that they’ve found their goalscoring touch at the perfect time.

Swansea vs. MIDDLESBROUGH (8th)

There’s no doubt that Tony Pulis’ side are the team looking least likely to make the play-offs at present.

This isn’t to do with their current league position, but more to do with the fact they’ve now lost five consecutive matches in the Championship.

They’ll be desperately looking to end this run of form against the Swans.

PRESTON (10th) vs. Sheffield United

Preston are currently sat below the Reds in the Championship table by two goals.

Alex Neil has done a superb job at Deepdale on a relatively shoestring budget.

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They are in for a tough game at the weekend though, against a Blades side still firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion.

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