The Championship weekend concludes on Saturday afternoon with 11 more matches to take us into the international break and after a tough week for the sides already, another huge effort is required from the teams involved.
As with most Saturdays we have a TV match to get us underway and then there are a number of other appealing contests to take a look at on a day where three points will be valuable given the tightness of the table.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (3pm unless stated)
Fulham v Charlton Athletic (12.30pm)
Bristol City v Reading
Derby County v Luton Town
Huddersfield Town v Hull City
Millwall v Leeds United
Nottingham Forest v Brentford
Preston North End v Barnsley
Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan Athletic
Swansea City v Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion v Cardiff City
We have a London derby for the TV match on Saturday afternoon as Fulham look to make it three wins in quick succession when they host a Charlton Athletic side whose start to the campaign continues to defy belief. Elsewhere it might get tasty at The Den where Millwall begin a new era after Neil Harris when they host second placed Leeds United. It is Swansea City who go into the day on top of the pile and they will look to stay there when they host bottom of the lot Stoke City.
Best of the Rest
Two sides with eyes on promotion this term meet at The Hawthorns where West Bromwich Albion take on Cardiff City while Nottingham Forest host Brentford with the home side looking to build on their fourth placed spot heading into the international break. Preston North End are another of the season’s surprise packages and they host Barnsley looking to remain in the top six. At the other end of the table Huddersfield Town take on Hull City while Reading make the short trip to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City.
I like three bets over the duration of Saturday afternoon. Both Derby County and Luton Town are used to taking part in high scoring matches this season and I don’t think anything is going to change in that regard on Saturday. Luton’s draw in midweek was just the second time they have not gone over 2.5 goals this season and it took a pretty strong performance from the Millwall goalkeeper for that to be the case. Derby are no strangers to going over 2.5 goals themselves and with the attacking potential on display and weaknesses in both defences the goals should flow in this one.
It is pretty well known that the away record of Wigan Athletic since they got promoted back into this league is ordinary to say the least. I expect Sheffield Wednesday to exploit that. Wednesday should end up going very well under Garry Monk this season. He has a squad to suit his style and I expect to see that play out at Hillsborough. Sheffield Wednesday should be looking to build up a head of steam and while they are rightful favourites here I still think there is enough juice in their 5/6 price for this one.
There is something about the Swansea City and Stoke City match which I have my doubts about from a home side point of view even though I can’t put my finger on it, but what I do know is the bare facts suggest that Swansea should not be odds against to win. They are top of the table on merit whereas the struggles of Stoke are well documented. Amazingly Nathan Jones is still in charge at the Bet365 Stadium. That can only be because his replacement hasn’t been found yet because he sounded like a man who was ready to leave after yet another loss in midweek. I can’t ignore this Swansea price try as I might.
Back Derby vs Luton – Over 2.5 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.70 with Wiliam Hill
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WON – Back Sheffield Wednesday to beat Wigan Athletic for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with Coral
Back Swansea City to beat Stoke City for a 4/10 stake at 2.05 with Boylesports
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