Championship Round-Up: 10/11/2018

Championship Round-Up: 10/11/2018

Birmingham vs Hull

Following another poor season of last, Birmingham have rather surprisingly established themselves as play-off contenders, albeit with the season yet to reach the halfway mark. The Blues are currently in 10th place, just three points off the top six and that’s after suffering defeat to Derby last time out. Prior to that, Garry Monk’s men had gone 11 games unbeaten, winning four on the bounce and they will be looking to return to form against a struggling Hull side at home this weekend. The Tigers head to the Midlands no longer feeling sorry for themselves after two crucial wins on the bounce, beating West Brom and Bolton. Those wins have helped them make up ground on those above them, but they remain 23rd. The Tigers are now within goal difference of safety, however, and they can move out of the drop zone with a win here. The home side are favourites at 10/11 with Ladbrookes, while Hull are at 16/5. A draw is priced at 11/4 with Bet365.

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Bolton vs Swansea

Bolton are set for another long season near the bottom of the Championship, sitting in 20th position after 16 games, just one point clear of the drop. That position hasn’t been helped by a run of three straight defeats, including a 2-0 loss to Aston Villa last weekend. The Trotters are now six without a win and they’ll be looking to end that streak with a home clash with an inconsistent Swansea side this weekend. The Swans are probably one of the play-off contenders, occupying ninth position with three points separating them from the top six. However, their inconsistency makes them unlikely candidates at this stage, even if part of that comes from their misfortune in injuries. Last time out, the Swans squandered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 away from Rotherham after conceding two penalties. Despite last weekend, the Swans are favourites here at 23/20 with William Hill. Bolton are at 13/5, but a draw is more likely at 5/2 with Betfred..

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Norwich vs Millwall

In-form Norwich City host an out of sorts Millwall this weekend as they look to continue their fine run. The Canaries have won each of their last four league games and they are now in second place, just goal difference behind leaders Leeds. Daniel Farke’s men ran riot at Hillsborough last weekend, winning 4-0 away from home to storm into the top two. Millwall, meanwhile, are having no such joy. Despite enjoying a good season of last, they currently find themselves in 19th place, just one point above the dotted line. They head to Carrow Road on the back of a defeat to London rivals Brentford, but prior to that, they had put together a run of two wins, beating Wigan and Ipswich. Norwich are overwhelming favourites here at 3/4 with Sky Bet, while Millwall are 10/3 to cause an upset. Unibet are offering the best price on a draw at 14/5.

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Bristol City vs Preston

Bristol City welcome strugglers Preston to Ashton Gate this weekend as they look to get their play-off bid back on track. The Robins will be targeting a top six finish after missing out last season, but they just can’t seem to put together a good run of results. In fact, they head in to this weekend on the back of two defeats, losing to strugglers Reading on the road and also against Stoke at home. Those results leave City in 12th place, four points off the top six. Preston are enduring a tough season despite doing well last season. They are now in 21st place, just goal difference above the bottom three. They did manage a point last week, drawing against Ipswich thanks to the heroics of midfielder Paul Gallagher who scored, before going in goals and making a tremendous save to protect the point. The home side are favourites here at 21/20 with Bet365. Preston are at 11/4 with Betfair, but it may be worth backing a draw given these two teams’ form – you can get 5/2 on that eventuality with Betfred

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QPR vs Brentford

A West London derby sees QPR hosting Brentford this weekend and it’s set up to be an intriguing contest. QPR head into this one hoping to beat Brentford for the first time since 2016 and on the back of a disappointing defeat on the road to Blackburn. Prior to that, Steve McClaren had won over many of his critics by going five unbeaten and winning three on the bounce. Rangers head into this weekend in 11th position, three points off the top six. Brentford head to Loftus Road on the back of an important 2-0 win over Millwall. The victory was Thomas Frank’s first as Bees boss and he will be hoping it’s a platform to kick on. Before the Millwall win, Brentford had lost three on the bounce under their new manager. The Bees have the best home record in the league, but can they do it at Loftus Road this weekend? Most bookmakers back them to do so, pricing them as favourites at 7/5, with Bet365. QPR are at 15/8 with Ladbrokes while a draw is 5/2 with Betfred.

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Blackburn vs Rotherham

Blackburn welcome Rotherham to Ewood Park as they look to build on a dramatic late win over QPR last time out. Ol’ reliable Bradley Dack tucked away a penalty with three minutes remaining to take all three points and to stay within one point of the play-offs. Blackburn had gone two without a win going into that one and are currently in eighth position. Rotherham head to Lancashire having picked up a big win of their own, scoring two penalties to come back and win 2-1 against Swansea at home last time out. Rotherham are well on course to better their last season in the Championship when they managed just 23 points, but despite being on 17 already for this campaign, it doesn’t mean it will be any easier. United are currently in 18th and just two points clear of the drop zone. They’ve won only one of their last nine games and it’s no surprise to see them ranked as underdogs here. Betfred have Rotherham at 9/2 to win this weekend, while Blackburn are at 7/10. Most bookmakers are offering 13/5 for a draw.

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Nottingham Forest vs Stoke

Two play-off hopefuls meet at the City Ground this weekend as Nottingham Forest host Stoke City. Forest come into this one off the back of a huge home win over former leaders Sheffield United thanks to Lewis Grabban’s first-half goal. That makes it two wins and a draw in Forest’s last three games, taking them up to 6th place, one point clear of West Brom in 7th. Looking to challenge Forest for a play-off spot is Stoke, but they’ve struggled to adjust to Championship football, currently in 15th and five points off the pace. They’ll be looking to close that gap with a win this weekend, but they’ll have to do a little more than last time out when they drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough. Stoke are now three without defeat, but they have only won one of those games. This is a difficult one to call, but the bookies rank the home side as favourites at 8/5, a price you can get with Marathon. Stoke are at 9/5 with Bet365, and a draw could be worth backing at 12/5.

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Reading vs Ipswich

There’s an early season Championship relegation six-pointer at the Madejski Stadium this weekend as Reading host Ipswich Town. Both teams sit inside the relegation zone after 16 games and this meeting could prove crucial. Pressure is beginning to mount on Reading boss Paul Clement with the Royals in 22nd, goal difference from safety. Though, the pressure slightly eased thanks to a 3-2 win over Bristol City last time out. Ipswich have already replaced their manager and replaced him with former Norwich boss Paul Lambert. Lambert could only manage a point in his first game in charge, drawing with Preston who ended the game with midfielder Paul Gallagher in goal. Ipswich are four games without a win and five points from safety, or even their nearest opponent at the bottom of the Championship. This is a huge game for the Tractor Boys and one they simply can’t afford to lose. Reading are favourites at 11/8 with Betfair. Betfred are offering 12/5 on a draw and 9/4 on an away win.

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Derby vs Aston Villa

One of the games of the weekend sees Derby County host Midlands rivals Aston Villa this weekend. Both of these teams hold play-off aspirations, but it’s Derby who look the most likely after the first 16 games. The Rams are in fifth position just two points off the top two, and they do look capable of challenging for the automatic promotion placed. Lampard’s men returned to winning ways last time out, ending Birmingham’s unbeaten run with a 3-1 home win. That followed a narrow defeat to Chelsea in the cup and a draw with Middlesbrough in the league. Aston Villa have struggled to bounce back from their failure in the play-off final last season and they have already replaced manager Steve Bruce with Dean Smith. The former Brentford boss hasn’t made an immediate impact, but he did manage to win for the first time as Villa boss last time out. The Villains overcame Bolton to move into 14th, five points off the top six. That result followed back-to-back defeats at the hands of Norwich and QPR. The home side are favourites, priced at 23/20 with William Hill. Betfred are offering the best price for a draw at 13/5 and a Villa win at the same price.

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Middlesbrough vs Wigan

Promotion chasing Middlesbrough host Wigan this weekend as they look to close the gap on the top two. Boro currently occupy fourth position and sit two points outside the top two following a draw with Stoke away from home last weekend. Tony Pulis and his men are favourites to win the title in the eyes of many, but they have some work to do to catch up with the pace-setters, starting this weekend. Boro have only won one of their last four games and they will need to correct that form if they hope to compete for the top two this season. Wigan, meanwhile, are performing respectably in their first season back in the second tier. The Latics are 16th, five points clear of the bottom three and that’s following a 2-1 loss against Leeds. Home form has been the foundation of Wigan’s season, but they will need to take a few more points away from home if they want to avoid the relegation battle comfortably this season. Boro are predictably favourites here at 4/6 with Ladbrokes. Wigan are 5/1 with Bet365, while a draw is 13/5 with Sky Bet.

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