English Championship Preview and Betting Tips
Tuesday 26th – Wednesday 27th September
Match Previews and Betting Tips
Following last weekend’s latest Championship results it’s a case of as you were with all top four clubs winning their respective matches. Whether that remains true following Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s matches remains to be seen as Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City all go into the midweek games locked together on twenty points at the top of the table.
Tuesday 26th September
Cardiff City v Leeds United. Level on points at the top of the table, Cardiff City and Leeds United face off on Tuesday night and an explosive encounter can be expected. Of the two, Leeds have the better recent record having won four of the last five league games while Cardiff have dropped points in two recent draws and a defeat. The bookies clearly expect home advantage to count in Cardiff’s favour and make a home win the even money favourite result but Leeds are flying at present despite a recent loss to old enemies Millwall. At odds of 5/2 an away win for Leeds looks overpriced and definitely worth a bet.
Prediction: Leeds United to win
Hull City v Preston North End. Without a win in four games, Hull City’s hopes of promotion this season are fading fast and the Tigers have now dropped down to seventeenth in the table. A record of two draws and two defeats in the last four outings does not bode well for Tuesday’s home game with a Preston North End side that has climbed steadily to fifth place and lost just one of nine games this season. Hull have managed to draw their last two games and that would appear to be the best they can hope for on Tuesday but an away win for Preston makes much more appeal at around the 9/4 mark.
Prediction: Preston North End to win
Middlesbrough v Norwich City. Win one, draw one seems to be the Middlesbrough way at present and if that pattern continues a home win on Tuesday against Norwich City should be the outcome. Norwich are plodding along in mid-table with a similar recent record to Wolves and a drawn game would not be a huge surprise next Tuesday. However, home advantage should be enough to see Middlesbrough come out on top at odds of 5/6 although it could be a lot closer game than those odds would suggest.
Prediction: Middlesbrough to win
Ipswich Town v Sunderland. Despite having lost three of their last four games, Ipswich Town are still in seventh place but even that poor record should be good enough to secure a home win on Tuesday night against a very poor Sunderland side. Third from bottom of the table and with just one victory from nine games, Sunderland have now lost four of the last five games and that losing sequence should continue on Tuesday night with a home win for Ipswich a banker bet at generous odds of 8/5.
Prediction: Ipswich Town to win
Barnsley v Queens Park Rangers. Two defeats in two games have seen Barnsley drop to the fringes of the relegation zone and badly in need of a confidence building victory. That should be achievable in Tuesday’s home game with Queens Park Rangers who have hit a bit of a bad patch recently. Two draws and a defeat in the last three matches is hardly inspiring form but QPR are capable of pulling off the occasional surprise result and might do just that against a jittery Barnsley at a nice price of 6/4.
Prediction: Queens Park Rangers to win
Brentford v Derby County. Brentford were in freefall down the Championship table before last Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers stopped the rot. However, Bolton are the worst team in the Championship so far so it may be dangerous to read too much into that particular result. This Tuesday the Bees face mid-table Derby County in what will definitely be a tougher game than last weekend’s romp against Bolton. Derby are not performing particularly well this season and have lost two of their last four matches. If Brentford have turned a corner, which is impossible to be certain about, then a home win is a possibility and worth a small wager at around 11/8.
Prediction: Brentford to win
Wednesday 27th September
Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers. Depending on the result of Tuesday’s game between Leeds and Cardiff, Wolverhampton Wanderers could be playing Sheffield United on Wednesday with the possibility of going to the top of the table. Regardless of Tuesday’s game, Wolves will be all out to secure an away win but it will be far from easy against a Sheffield side that will be brimming with confidence following last Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the Sheffield Derby. That win also moved United up to fourth in the table and victory on Wednesday would see the club leapfrog their opponents in the table. With so much at stake for both sides this could be a very cagey and tense affair with goals at a premium and a drawn game is highly probable at odds of 23/10.
Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday. Having won just once in nine attempts this season and with a miserable total of five points on the board, Birmingham City already look set for relegation unless things improve and quickly. This Wednesday night Birmingham will hope that Sheffield Wednesday’s exertions in Sunday’s Sheffield Derby will work in their favour but that would seem to be a forlorn hope. Despite the fact that Wednesday have dropped points in their last two games, and are playing away from home, a seventh defeat of the season for Birmingham looks virtually assured and an away win for Sheffield Wednesday a great bet at 7/5.
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday to win
Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers. Bristol City to win at 4/9
Burton Albion v Aston Villa. Aston Villa to win at 10/11
Millwall v Reading. Draw at 5/2
Nottingham Forest v Fulham. Fulham to win at 11/8