After a pretty dull opening to the weekend lit up by a piece of magic on Friday night, a lot more will be expected in the Championship when the latest round of games continue behind closed doors up and down the country on Saturday.
10 matches will take place overall on Saturday with none of them being shown live on TV due to the Old Firm match getting the televised treatment. Despite that, it should be a much more entertaining main course than the starter was.
Saturday’s fixtures as follows: (All games kick off at 3pm)
Barnsley v Bristol City
Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday
Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest
AFC Bournemouth v Queens Park Rangers
Brentford v Coventry City
Luton Town v Stoke City
Middlesbrough v Reading
Rotherham United v Norwich City
Swansea City v Huddersfield Town
Wycombe Wanderers v Millwall
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The top two both face lengthy away trips as they return from the international break on Saturday afternoon. The leaders Bristol City make the journey to take on a Barnsley side who did some good business late on in the transfer window while Reading have an even longer trip to take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside. There were two divisions between Rotherham United and Norwich City last season but on Saturday they will meet as equals up in Yorkshire. Third placed Bournemouth welcome QPR to the Vitality Stadium while Swansea City, in fourth going into the weekend host Huddersfield Town.
Best of the Rest
There are a couple of grudge matches on the card on Saturday with managers taking on their former clubs. Garry Monk takes his Sheffield Wednesday side back to former club Birmingham City while Luton Town boss Nathan Jones hosts his previous club Stoke City. The Chris Hughton era at Nottingham Forest begins with a trip to a side who are very much promotion chasers in Blackburn Rovers while down at the bottom of the table Wycombe Wanderers go in search of a first goal let alone a first point when they host Millwall at Adams Park. Brentford begin life without Said Benrahma by hosting Coventry City.
I’ll go with a couple of bets in this division on Saturday. Neither are the best prices but I do think they’ll win and we can get back to the proper prices with the insane amount of matches on the horizon. I also don’t want to go too mad while squads settle again after deadline day. The first bet I like is for Bournemouth to see off QPR. You might look at QPR and think they are going well as they sit eighth in the table but that isn’t really the case. They have been flattered by their opening day win at Nottingham Forest which looks a much more ordinary win than it might have at the time with the struggles Forest have had. Rangers haven’t won since then. Bournemouth are only likely to get better from here on in but the only points they have dropped this season was in their second game at Middlesbrough. Admittedly that isn’t a brilliant result but wins over Blackburn and Norwich are very good and I expect them to have too much for a QPR side who I expect to really struggle this season.
I saw Wycombe Wanderers against my own team Luton last time out and they looked every bit the poor side I expected them to. There was no goal threat at all in open play and you felt it was a matter of time before they went behind, which proved to be the case. I don’t think Millwall are much better than a plodder side at this level but that should be enough to come out on top here. It doesn’t come out as often as perhaps it should so but there is more quality at The New Den than their opponents here. It is kind of fortunate that fans aren’t allowed to watch this match as it would be a very tough watch but it is one I expect the visitors to come out on top in.
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