The latest round of Championship matches continues on Saturday afternoon with nine more games as the second tier campaign carries on at quite some pace. We are one more set of fixtures after this away from the next international break so all the sides will be eager to pick up points here.
As always on a Saturday we have a TV match to get things underway followed by the rest of the matches that are taking place on what has the feel of being a competitive afternoon, as they all seem to be in this league.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (3pm unless stated)
Wigan Athletic v Swansea City (12.30pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday
Brentford v Huddersfield Town
Cardiff City v Birmingham City
Derby County v Middlesbrough
Fulham v Hull City
Leeds United v Queens Park Rangers
Luton Town v Nottingham Forest
Reading v Millwall
It is Wigan Athletic against Swansea City in the televised match on Saturday afternoon. There is plenty of intrigue in that one as Wigan have a fine home record whereas Swansea City are undefeated on the road this term. Both sides will be eager for the points there. The top two are not in action on Saturday so Leeds United have the chance to move to the top of the table when they host an entertaining QPR side.
Best of the Rest
The only other top six side in action on Saturday are Sheffield Wednesday and they make the trip to Blackburn Rovers. At the other end of the table, Middlesbrough will look to come out of the bottom three when they head to Pride Park to take on Derby County while Huddersfield Town make the trip to the capital to take on a Brentford side who are in good form at long last. Reading welcome Millwall and Luton Town take on Nottingham Forest.
I’ll go with a couple of favourites over the course of Saturday. The first of those are Fulham who should have far too much for a limited Hull City side. Fulham have all the attacking mite you need in this league and while their defence can be fragile I’m not convinced Hull City are going to see enough of the ball to threaten it. Fulham will have been frustrated at being shutout by Middlesbrough last week even with 10 men and I expect Hull to face the full force of that. Even money on the home side to cover a goal with the caveat of getting our cash back on a one goal win will do for me.
The other favourite I like is Leeds United. They haven’t always convinced this season but they should feast on this weak QPR defence and potentially tear it to pieces. QPR might threaten the other way but it is no guarantee that they will find the net against a resolute and tough Leeds defence. With Pablo Hernandez back in the side and Eddie Nketiah potentially starting I think we could see the very best of Leeds here. If we do they’ll be too good for QPR regardless of how impressive the Londoners are.
Back Fulham (-1AH) to beat Hull City for a 4/10 stake at 2.00 with Betfred
WON – Back Leeds United (-1AH) to beat QPR for a 4/10 stake at 1.85 with BetVictor