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Sky Bet Championship weekend betting preview

26 September 2014

Millwall 2-1 to bring the three points back to SE16

Birmingham City v Fulham

Fulham remain rooted to the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table after their disappointing start under the departed Felix Magath but a fresh approach and a midweek Capital One Cup win makes them a shorter price at 6/4 with Sky Bet than the hosts (13/8) here. The draw can be backed at 5/2. Birmingham are playing some good football but have not won a game since the middle of August and the mood will not have been lightened after blowing a 2-0 lead at Norwich last weekend. Bryan Ruiz got on the scoresheet in midweek for the Cottagers and the classy Costa Rican could be worth a shot at grabbing the first goal here.
Top Tip:Bryan Ruiz and Ross McCormack both to score during the match at 17/2

Blackburn Rovers v Watford

The action seems to flow freely when Blackburn are involved and their 1-0 win at Fulham last weekend was the first occasion in six games that there were not at least four goals.  They are favoured by Sky Bet at 6/5 with the Hornets 21/10 while the draw is on offer at 5/2. Watford sit comfortably inside the play-off places and could be boosted by the return of manager Oscar Garcia after his recent illness. Both sides are well capable of hitting the target frequently if on song and over 2.5 goals represents the best wager at Ewood Park.
Top tip: Back over 2.5 goals at evens

Blackpool v Norwich City

The Canaries are one of the shortest-priced favourites (7/10) on the coupon as they head to the North-West and will look to keep tabs on leaders Nottingham Forest at the sharp end of the Sky Bet Championship. They were ousted in midweek by Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup but boss Neil Adams made 11 changes to the side that fought back from 2-0 down to snatch at draw last week at home to Birmingham. Blackpool can be backed at 4/1 and although things look somewhat bleak with no wins and just three goals scored, they are improving defensively and two goalless draws from their last three outings suggest Norwich may not run away with this.
Top tip:Back under 2.5 goals at 10/11

Bolton Wanderers v Derby County

Struggling Bolton are 11/4 to make home advantage count with a win against Derby on Saturday while the Rams are 10/11 for victory and 13/5 to take a point. The Trotters have one win in eight Championship matches this term but gave Chelsea’s second string a decent game in a 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge in midweek and should take heart from their performance.  In-form Derby have yet to lose since a 3-2 defeat at Charlton back in August and have since then won four and drawn three in all competitions, including a 2-0 League Cup triumph over Reading. Chris Martin is 9/2 favourite to score first and 5/4 to net anytime while Bolton duo Joe Mason and Jermaine Beckford are both 13/2 and 2/1 in the respective markets. Over 2.5 goals in the game is 8/11 and both teams to score is 8/13.
Top tip: Both teams to score in the first half of 100/30

AFC Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic

The Latics produced a strong finish at home to Ipswich in Monday but left themselves just a bit too much to do in a 2-1 defeat at the DW Stadium. They are 13/5 with league sponsors Sky Bet to get back to winning ways on the south coast against a Cherries side (evens) who have drawn three of their last four in the league and won handily at Cardiff in the Capital One Cup in midweek. Little separates the pair in the league standings and the draw is a 5/2 chance. But a better punt may be Oriol Riera to find the target for the visitors as he looked very lively on his introduction as a substitute last time out. 
Top tip :Back Oriol Riera to score anytime at 2/1


Brentford v Leeds United

Leeds look to have turned a corner and are unbeaten in four games with three of those wins. Sky Bet make them 13/5 chances to claim three more points - bear in mind the last time that they headed south, they were impressive 3-1 winners at Bournemouth. Soulemayne Doukara has made a real impact with goals in his last two games and it would be no shock to see him pop up again to help the cause. The Bees are even-money for victory but they have questions to answer following heavy defeats to Norwich and Middlesbrough without scoring and they will have to avoid being bullied by the confident visitors. Andre Gray is considered their most likely scoring threat and is the 11/2 favourite to get the first goal of the game.
Top tip: Back Soulemayne Doukara to score anytime at 2/1

Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday may be licking their wounds following a comprehensive defeat at Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, but they held their own until half-time and their next Championship fixture should be much closer as they prepare to visit stuttering Cardiff. The high-flying Owls are 19/10 to pick up their fifth league win of the season and fourth on the road while the Bluebirds, who are down in 16th place, can be backed at 7/5, with the draw priced at 23/10. Wednesday haven’t lost away from home in the league so punters may take the safer option of backing them in the ‘draw no bet’ market at evens, while Cardiff have lost their last three here, including Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup. Kenwyne Jones is 5/1 favourite to score first and 11/8 to net anytime while Wednesday’s Stevie May and Atdhe Nuhiu can both be backed at 13/2 and 2/1 in the respective markets.
Top tip: Sheffield Wednesday to score two or more goals at 7/4

Charlton Athletic v Middlesbrough

Boro have found their stride in recent weeks with three wins on the spin in the Sky Bet Championship and are 5/4 to make it four here. They were involved in a remarkable Cup game in midweek at Liverpool where they were eventually ousted on penalties after a mammoth shootout and they will need to dig deep into their resources to overcome the fatigue. The Addicks have drawn more games than anyone in this league – five – and another stalemate is 23/10 at Sky Bet, while they are 11/5 for victory. A draw looks a distinct possibility, but both sides have plenty of confidence and goals ought to be on the agenda.  
Top tip: Back both teams to score at 8/11



Huddersfield Town v Millwall
You have to go back to the middle of August for the last time the hosts picked up three points but they are fractional 19/10 market leaders to boost their current position which sees them inside the bottom three. They have failed to find the net in three of their last five outings and a Millwall side in mid-table are 2/1 to add to the Terriers’ woes and take three points back to south London. Millwall’s strength so far seems to come at The Den and there are enough question marks over the killer instinct of both sides to suggest a stalemate might be the likeliest outcome. 
Top tip: Back the draw at 12/5

Ipswich Town v Rotherham United

The Tractor Boys are going for a third win on the trot and are odds-on to achieve just that at 10/11 with Sky Bet back at Portman Road. They were efficient on the road at Wigan and have conceded just one goal in their current winning streak. The Millers are 3/1 to take the three points with a draw on offer at 12/5 and they continue to battle admirably since their promotion. Boss Steve Evans will hope to keep things tight here as they have started to concede a few recently. The hosts have been far from prolific scorers themselves so far this season, so there may not be too many goals for the faithful to cheer.
Top tip: Back under 2.5 goals at 8/11


Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove Albion

Championship leaders Nottingham Forest are evens to continue their flying start to the season at home to mid-table Brighton, who are 13/5 to pick up all three points and 5/2 to earn a draw. Forest come into this clash on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham in the League Cup although they rested a host of first-team players including goal machine Britt Assombalonga, who has netted eight times in the division so far this season, and gave a fine account of themselves for most of that game. Brighton are on a high after a 3-0 win at Burton saw them progress to the fourth round although their Championship form needs improving having gone four games without a victory. It’s 8/11 that under 2.5 goals are scored (over is evens) while both teams to score is 4/5. Assombalonga is 7/2 to score first and 10/11 to net anytime in the match while Sam Baldock and Craig Mackail-Smith can both be backed at 15/2 and 5/2 in the respective markets.
Top tip: Britt Assombalonga and Craig Mackail-Smith both to score at 13/2

Reading v Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Royals have lost their last couple of matches away from home, but are 19/10 to bounce back here on their own patch. They scored three times against Fulham and Millwall and a 3-0 success against Wolves is on offer at 33/1. The away team have lost just once on their return to the second tier and Sky Bet make them favourites to take three points here at 7/5 with the draw a 23/10 chance. They sit in third place in the table and are unbeaten since the middle of last month. This could be very close indeed and a scoring stalemate looks a decent wager.
Top tip:Back the draw and both teams to score at 3/1

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