Championship Round-Up: 08/12/2018

Championship Round-Up: 08/12/2018

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Wigan vs Derby

Frank Lampard’s men face a tricky test as they travel to the DW Stadium to face Wigan, who have the joint-best home record in the division, having lost just one game on their own patch. They can be backed at 12/5 with Bet365 to win once again at home. Derby, who are backed at 23/20 with the same bookmaker, come into the game in mixed form, losing two and winning three in their last five fixtures, but in Jack Marriott they boast a striker in a purple patch, having scored in six of his last nine matches.

Recommended Bet: Jack Marriott to score anytime at 6/4 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Birmingham vs Bristol City

Two teams that were in poor form have turned things around a little in recent weeks. Gary Monk’s Birmingham come into this game on the back of two emphatic, professional wins – 2-0 away at Millwall, and 3-0 at home to Preston. Heavy favourites, they can be backed at 23/20 to win with Bet365. After losing four games on the bounce, Bristol City have since taken four points from their last two games against struggling Ipswich and Millwall. They’ve picked up more points on the road than at home this season and have won two of their last four away matches and can be backed at 5/2 with Betfair to win here.

Recommended Bet: Birmingham to win to nil at 5/2 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Brentford vs Swansea

Brentford got a good result on Monday night as they scored a late equaliser, to take a point from in-form promotion-chasers West Brom. That put a stop to a run of three straight losses, but just one win in their last 13 league games will be of concern. It’s also worth considering they’re far stronger at home, having picked up 17 of their 22 points at Griffin Park, including all five of their league wins so far this season. A Brentford win can be backed at 21/20. Swansea can be backed at 13/5 with William Hill, understandable underdogs given they’ve lost their last three matches, conceding eight goals in the process.

Recommended Bet: Both teams to score at 8/15 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Leeds United vs QPR

Leeds come into the match with injuries in the backline. They’re down to a fourth-choice right-back in Jamie Shackleton, and with Liam Cooper joining Gaetano Berardi on the sidelines, they’ll either look to the youth team or play someone out of position for central defence. Nevertheless, injuries were problems against Sheffield United and Bristol City, and Marcelo Bielsa’s men overcame them. It’s three in a row for Leeds and they remain favourites, with odds of 8/13 at Bet365. QPR’s resurgence looks to have stalled – they’ve won just one of their last five games and have conceded nine goals in their last four matches, including last week’s poor home defeat against Hull. They can be backed at 9/2 with William Hill to win.

Recommended Bet: Leeds to win at 8/13 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Middlesbrough vs Blackburn

Blackburn haven’t lost any of their last six meetings with Middlesbrough, but Tony Pulis’ side are strong favourites for this one, with the best odds of a home win 3/4 at SkyBet. Blackburn travel to the Riverside having conceded two or more goals in each of their last three matches, although they did manage to beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 last week. Seven of their last eight matches have featured goals at both ends. Middlesbrough will be looking to bounce back after they suffered their third league defeat of the season last week, 3-0 at Aston Villa. It’s now three games without a clean sheet for the side with the best defensive record in the division.

Recommended Bet: Both teams to score at 1/1 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Millwall vs Hull

Millwall could get themselves out of the relegation and leapfrog their opponents Hull in the process if they win here, but the form book doesn’t suggest that will happen. Usually formidable at home, after winning three league games in a row at the New Den, they’ve since been held by fellow strugglers Bolton and lost 2-0 to Birmingham. They’ve picked up just two points from their last five fixtures. Hull are quite the opposite – they’ve only lost one of their last six games, winning three and drawing two in that run. Last weekend’s 3-2 victory away at QPR was one of their best performances of the season.

Recommended Bet: Hull to win at 5/2 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Norwich vs Bolton

Daniel Farke’s league leaders are also top of the form league, having won four of their last five games and drawn the other. Hosting second-bottom Bolton, who are also second-bottom of the form table – it’s now seven defeats and two draws in their last nine games. Predictably, Norwich are odds-on to win, with odds of 4/11 with BetVictor, while Bolton are a massive 11/1 with Bet365 to record an away win. Bolton have failed to score in seven of their last ten games, although they did in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Wigan.

Recommended Bet: Norwich to win to nil at 1/1 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Nottingham Forest vs Preston

Aitor Karanka has made Nottingham Forest difficult to beat – nobody in the division has fewer than their total of two in the league. The league leaders Norwich are the only side to have beaten them in their last fourteen Championship outings. However, they draw too often and haven’t been able to record back-to-back wins since September. After beating bottom side Ipswich at home last week, they’re the favourites to win again here, with odds of 1/1 with Betfred. Visitors Preston were recently in good form, going nine games unbeaten themselves – however, that all changed in last Saturday’s dismal 3-0 defeat at Birmingham.

Recommended Bet: Draw at 5/2 with Betway at BET HERE

Sheffield Wednesday vs Rotherham

This South Yorkshire derby is between two sides who have been struggling to pick up points, and Sheffield Wednesday could unthinkably be within just a couple of points of the drop zone if they were to lose this. Jos Luhukay could be facing the sack after his team have won just one of their last eight matches, and that against strugglers Bolton. They’ve lost six of their last eight. Rotherham recently took a point from the other side from Sheffield, United – who have been doing far better than Wednesday this season. They might be battling relegation, but they’re tough to beat, with just two defeats from the last 11 games, although that run includes eight draws and just one win.

Recommended Bet: Draw at 12/5 with Bet365 at BET HERE

Stoke vs Ipswich

Paul Lambert’s misery could be further compounded at Ipswich this weekend as they travel to a gradually-improving Stoke team. The two sides haven’t played one another in a decade. He’s yet to win, and Ipswich have picked up just one win all season, losing six and drawing two of their last eight games. They’re currently seven points adrift of safety and look doomed for the drop. Stoke are unbeaten in their last seven games, but don’t tend to pick three points often enough; with a total of 9, only Nottingham Forest have drawn more than Gary Rowett’s side, who were tied yet again in a 2-2 draw with Reading.

Recommended Bet: Stoke to win at 1/2 with BetVictor – BET HERE

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