English Championship Preview and Betting Tips
Tuesday 31st October – Wednesday 1st November
Match Previews and Betting Tips
The combination of results at the weekend mean that there are once again new leaders of the Championship as Sheffield United’s victory at Leeds United saw them leapfrog Wolverhampton Wanderers and move into pole position. This Tuesday and Wednesday there is another full schedule of fixtures and it could be a case of all change once again at the head of the table with three teams in contention for top spot.
Tuesday 31st October
Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield United. New league leaders Sheffield United have a tricky away game against an unpredictable Queens Park Rangers side. Although in the bottom half of the table having won just four of fourteen games this season, QPR are more than capable of producing the occasional good display and beating the top sides. Last Saturday’s excellent 2-1 home victory over then table-toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers showed just what QPR are capable of and another good home display this Tuesday could deliver a shock win for the London club at a big price of 8/5.
Prediction: Queens Park Rangers to win
Norwich City v Wolverhampton Wanderers. A shock 2-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers last weekend cost Wolverhampton Wanderers the top spot in the Championship. This Tuesday Wolves face another possible banana skin of a game when they travel south to face an erratic Norwich City. Currently eighth in the table, the Canaries have had a mixed season to date but have shown some improvement in recent weeks with three wins and a draw in the last five games before losing narrowly to Derby County last Saturday. Wolves are expected to win this match but Norwich are no pushovers and could be good value for a home win at around the 17/10 mark.
Prediction: Norwich City to win
Cardiff City v Ipswich Town. Despite having dropped points recently with two draws and a defeat in four games, Cardiff City remain third in the table and just two points behind leaders Sheffield United. This Tuesday’s home game against Ipswich Town should yield another three points for the Welsh outfit as the Tractor Boys were in a poor run of form when losing three games in a row before last weekend’s narrow 2-1 victory over third from bottom Burton Albion. Playing away at third-placed Cardiff will be a lot harder than last weekend’s assignment and a home win for Cardiff is the logical bet at 4/7.
Prediction: Cardiff City to win
Fulham v Bristol City. Now six points off the pace and fourth in the table, a recent dip in form for Bristol City has proved costly but the team may have turned the corner with a victory last weekend. Although it was only a narrow 2-1 win against a very poor Sunderland side, Bristol looked to be getting back to some sort of form and will approach Tuesday’s game against Fulham with some confidence. Fulham have also been out of sorts in recent weeks as two draws and a defeat have seen the club slip down to thirteenth place. A draw on Tuesday night would be no major surprise and is a good betting proposition at 5/2.
Leeds United v Derby County. In spite of a dismal recent record of four defeats in five games, Leeds United remain fifth in the table but in serious danger of blowing this season’s title challenge. Last Friday night Leeds lost 2-1 at home to new league leaders Sheffield United and will be desperate to make amends in Tuesday’s game with Derby County. That may not be easily done as Derby registered their third successive victory last weekend with a good win at Norwich and could heap further misery on Leeds in midweek. An away win for Derby is far from being a forlorn hope given Leeds’ current form and is worth a small punt at odds of 21/10.
Prediction: Derby County to win
Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers. Two teams in dire trouble at the bottom of the Championship table face off on Tuesday night when second from bottom Sunderland play host to rock bottom Bolton Wanderers. Between them, the two clubs have won just two of twenty-eight games this season and this match bears every indication of ending in a low-scoring draw with both teams seemingly incapable of winning a game at present. Home advantage should benefit Sunderland but a draw is still the standout bet at around the 13/5 mark.
Wednesday 1st November
Preston North End v Aston Villa. After a dismal start to the season, Aston Villa have steadily improved and have now climbed into the top six. Although held to a scoreless draw at the weekend by lowly Birmingham City it was still a positive result for Villa in a derby game that is always a close affair. Prior to that draw Aston Villa had won three of the preceding four matches and should be capable of returning to winning ways next Wednesday. Although playing away from home, Villa should prove too good for a Preston North End team that hasn’t won in four outings and lost their last two matches. Preston are the 6/4 favourites to win Wednesday’s match but would do well to manage a draw and the 9/5 quoted for a Villa win is simply too good to ignore.
Prediction: Aston Villa to win
Birmingham City v Brentford. Just three wins in fourteen games sees Birmingham City struggling at the foot of the Championship table. Now four places off the bottom and just two points above the relegation zone, Birmingham really must starting winning games against other struggling teams such as this Wednesday’s opponents Brentford. Just three places above Birmingham in the table and four points better off, Brentford have shown some recent improvement with three wins and two draws in the last five games. Last weekend’s 3-2 victory at mid-table Preston North End was particularly encouraging and another victory for the Bees in midweek is worth backing at nice odds of 9/5.
Prediction: Brentford to win
Burton Albion v Barnsley. Barnsley to win at 15/8
Hull City v Middlesbrough. Draw at 9/4
Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall. Draw at 5/2
Reading v Nottingham Forest. Forest to win at 23/10