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Sky Bet Championship preview

28 November 2014

All the latest odds from the weekend's big games

Charlton Athletic v Ipswich Town (12.15pm)
Charlton are marginal outsiders at 19/10 to extend their four-match unbeaten run with victory over high-flying Ipswich on Saturday as they look to stay well in touch with the play-off places. The ninth-placed Addicks are just three points behind their opponents, who lie fourth, so will be confident of at least a draw, which is 9/4. Ipswich are 7/5 for all three points and although Town have won three and drawn two of their last five, no team has beaten Charlton at The Valley this season.  It’s 8/11 that fewer than 2.5 goals are scored (over is evens) while it’s 4/5 that both teams manage to find the net (10/11 they don’t). Ipswich’s Daryl Murphy is favourite to score the first goal at 5/1 and 11/8 to net anytime while Charlton's best hope is Igor Vetokele at 11/2 and 6/4 respectively.
Top tip: Draw and under 2.5 goals in the match 11/4

Birmingham City v Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest are 11/8 favourites to win a third successive Sky Bet Championship game when they visit a Birmingham side hoping to maintain their recent revival. Forest had been on a worrying nine-game winless run in the league but back-to-back triumphs over Norwich and Wolves have put them within touching distance of the play-offs again. Birmingham, unbeaten in their last four since an 8-0 home defeat to Bournemouth, are 15/8 as they chase a third win in five while the draw is 12/5. The last four games involving the Blues have featured just four goals in total so anyone backing less than 2.5 in this match can get 5/6 (over is also 5/6). Forest striker Britt Assombalonga is 4/1 favourite to score first and evens to strike anytime while Birmingham’s Clayton Donaldson is 11/2 and 6/4 respectively. 
Top tip: Britt Assombalonga to score a brace at 5/1

Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town
Bolton have won all three of their home games under Neil Lennon and they are 5/4 for a fourth when they host Huddersfield on Saturday. The Trotters have only lost one of their last seven games since the former Celtic boss took charge so will be confident against the Terriers, who are 2/1 to win and 5/2 to earn a point. Bolton have also scored three in each of those home wins and are 11/2 to repeat the trick this weekend. The bookies expect an entertaining affair, with over 2.5 goals priced up at 8/11 (under is evens) while both teams to score is 4/7 (5/4 they don’t). Joe Mason is 5/1 to score first and 11/8 to net anytime while Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells can be backed at the same prices. 
Top tip: Over 2.5 goals at 8/11

AFC Bournemouth v Millwall
High-flying Bournemouth are hot favourites to chalk up all three points at 8/13 when they face struggling Millwall on Saturday. The Cherries lie second and haven’t lost since defeat to Derby at the end of September but their last two games were drawn which may give Millwall, who are 9/2 to win, some hope. The Lions have taken just two points from their previous four outings but they’ll still view a draw, which can be backed at 14/5, as a decent result. It’s 10/11 for there to be under 2.5 goals (over is 4/5) while both teams to score is 4/5 (10/11 they don’t).  Callum Wilson is favourite at 100/30 to net first and 4/5 to score anytime while Millwall striker Ricardo Fuller is 8/1 and 11/4 in the respective markets.
Top tip: Draw and both teams to score at 7/2

Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Brentford are 5/4 favourites to make it five wins in a row when they face Wolves on Saturday as they look to further strengthen their credentials as promotion hopefuls. The Bees are sitting pretty in fifth having only lost once in their last eight games and will be confident of stinging a Wolves side who are 2/1 following a run of three straight defeats. The draw is 5/2. Considering the visitors have conceded eight goals in their last two contests, Sky Bet make over 2.5 goals in this clash 8/11 (under is evens) while both teams to find the net is 4/7 (5/4 they don’t). Andre Gray is 5/1 favourite to score the first goal and 11/8 to net anytime while Wolves striker Nouha Dicko is 11/2 and 6/4 in the respective markets.
Top tip: Brentford to score two goals or more at evens

Brighton & Hove Albion v Fulham
Struggling Brighton are 11/10 favourites to get the better of Fulham this weekend as they seek just their fourth win of the Sky Bet Championship campaign. The Seagulls are one of the draw specialists in the division having shared the spoils in nine of their 18 encounters so the 5/2 about them picking up another point in this clash may attract attention. Fulham lost to high-flying Brentford last time out but five wins in the nine contests before then helped them climb away from the drop zone and they’ll surely have backers at 2/1 to claim victory here. Craig Mackail-Smith is 5/1 to score first and 11/8 to net anytime while Fulham duo Hugo Rodallega and Ross McCormack are both 13/2 and 2/1 in the respective markets.
Top tip: Hugo Rodallega to score anytime at 2/1

Leeds United v Derby County
Leeds remain inconsistent in the Sky Bet Championship and suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Blackburn last time out after taking the lead in Lancashire. Neil Redfearn’s team are 14/5 to claim victory on Saturday at Elland Road as they take on the league leaders, who have been priced up at 10/11. The draw can be backed at 13/5. Derby have won their last three games and with both sides more than capable in front of goal, the 4/6 about them both scoring with Sky Bet looks a bit of a steal. Derby striker Chris Martin provides the biggest threat to Leeds so it’s no surprise to see the Scotland international head the first goalscorer betting at 4/1. Mirko Antenucci and Billy Sharp are the top two Leeds contenders at 7/1.
Top tip: Both teams to score at 4/6

Middlesbrough v Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn deserve plenty of credit for a late rally to beat Leeds 2-1 last weekend and Sky Bet make Rovers 11/4 to follow up with three points against Middlesbrough at the Riverside. Boro sit in third place on the back of a five-match unbeaten run and go into the game as 17/20 favourites. The draw is 5/2 and that is perhaps the safest play in the game as Rovers look competitive after striker Jordan Rhodes found his scoring touch again last week with a brace. Rhodes can be backed at 11/2 to open the scoring on Saturday with Middlesbrough forward Kike topping the first goalscorer market at 4/1.
Top tip: The draw at 5/2

Norwich City v Reading
Norwich shared six goals last weekend as they drew 3-3 at home to Brighton so that means it is no wins in nine games for the Canaries. Sky Bet make them 8/13 to finally end that win-less spell at Carrow Road against a Reading team that has lost back-to-back games. The Royals are 15/4 to claim three points and the draw can be backed at 14/5. Norwich duo Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban heads the first goalscorer odds at 4/1, while Glenn Murray is the top Reading prospect at 7/1.
Top tip: Over 2.5 goals at 8/11

Rotherham United v Blackpool
Both Rotherham and Blackpool are in the bottom three of the Sky Bet Championship and it’s the Millers who are made favourites for victory by Sky Bet on Saturday. Steve Evans’ side are priced up at 3/4 for the three points. A win-less spell for Rotherham though now stretches back six games and they have managed just one goal in their last five contests. Bottom club Blackpool are 18/5 chances for the win and the draw is available at 12/5. As the pair continue to struggle along  it could be worth a punt on no goalscorer in the game at 9/1 with Sky Bet.
Top tip: No goalscorer at 9/1

Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan Athletic
The clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan looks a closely matched affair with both sides priced at 13/8 for the victory by Sky Bet and the draw trading at 2/1. The Owls have failed to find the net in their last three outings while Wigan got off to a solid start under new boss Malky Mackay with a 1-1 draw at home to in-form Middlesbrough. Under 2.5 goals seems an obvious pick at 4/7 and this is an encounter that really does scream low-scoring on current form. You can also back no goalscorer in the match at 13/2.
Top tip: Under 2.5 goals at 4/7

Watford v Cardiff City
Cardiff won 2-1 to get back to winning ways last weekend against Reading but did so against a side that played the second half with 10 men. The Bluebirds head to Watford as 23/10 chances with Sky Bet while the hosts are even-money favourites to win despite losing their last three games. Both are useful outfits at their best and the draw at 12/5 provides a reasonable option for punters. Watford strikers Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra are 9/2 co-favourites in the first goalscorer odds and Kenwyne Jones is the top Cardiff representative at 13/2.
Top tip: The draw at 12/5

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