Championship Round-Up: 22/12/2018

Championship Round-Up: 22/12/2018

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Reading vs Middlesbrough

A meeting between two out-of-form sides. Reading are rudderless and look in poor shape following the sacking of Paul Clement, but they’re somewhat stubborn and have been drawing enough games to just about keep themselves out of the bottom three. They’re without a win in six but have drawn four of those. A win for the managerless side can be backed at 19/5 with William Hill, while a draw is 5/2 with Betfred. Middlesbrough might have swerved a gruelling double leg Carabao Cup semi-final against a big Premier League team, but the loss to Burton in midweek won’t do their confidence any good; it follows four Championship games without a win. They remain favourites though, and can be backed at 10/11 with Bet365 to get a win and turn their form around.

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Blackburn vs Norwich

With a nice cushion over the rest of the chasing pack, Norwich are guaranteed to spend Christmas in the automatic promotion positions, but they could see their lead cut down as they face a difficult trip to Ewood Park, where only Sheffield United have won, out of 11 visiting sides. Another Blackburn home win can be backed at 19/10 with Coral. Norwich visit hoping to bounce back from a 2-2 draw away at Bristol City last week – although with one defeat from their last 17, and 12 wins, they need not start panicking. A Norwich win can be backed at 11/8 with SkyBet. Eight of Norwich’s last 10 games have featured three goals or more, including each of the last three.

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Brentford vs Bolton

Two desperately out of form teams meet here as Bolton travel to Griffin Park to face Brentford. No two teams have picked up fewer points from the last ten fixtures. New Brentford manager Thomas Frank has won just one of his first ten games in charge, but they remain favourites given who they’re facing – Bolton have lost nine and drawn three of their last 12. Brentford are odds-on across the board, with 6/11 with Unibet the best odds on offer. Bet365 offer odds of 6/1 that Bolton can pick up three points.

Recommended Bet: Draw at 31/10 with BetVictor – BET HERE

Ipswich vs Sheffield United

Playoff-chasing Sheffield United have a trip to bottom side Ipswich as they look to consolidate their place in the top six at the midway point of the season. Last weekend, with a 1-0 against Wigan, Ipswich recorded just their second win of the season, and first under Paul Lambert, although there was quite a touch of fortune in Freddie Sears deflected winning goal. They can be backed at 18/5 with SkyBet to make it two in a row. Sheffield United put in a perfectly decent performance in their most recent outing last Friday and have picked up more points on the road this season than at Bramall Lane. Another away win can be backed at 4/5 with SkyBet

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Rotherham vs West Brom

Rotherham might be dwindling towards the bottom of the table, but they rarely losing, rather picking up a lot of draws – with 10 from 22. Another draw can be backed at 5/2 with PaddyPower, while a big upset and a Rotherham win has odds of 7/2 with Unibet. Since the opening day defeat to Hull, nine teams have gone to the New York Stadium and failed to pick up three points. Darren Moore’s third-placed West Brom will fancy their chances though, as the division’s top scorers, with six more than next-best Norwich, and four wins from their last six – they can be backed at 4/5 with Ladbrokes. However, they’ve only kept one clean sheet all seasons – both teams to score can be backed at 8/11 with Bet365.

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Sheffield Wednesday vs Preston

Last weekend, Preston leapfrogged Sheffield Wednesday in the table, underlining how sharply both teams have turned their form around since September when Jos Luhukay’s side were sniffing around the playoffs and Alex Neil’s were in the relegation zone. Over the last ten games, only Bolton and Brentford have picked up fewer than their ten points, while in the same period which Preston have only lost one match and only Norwich, Leeds and Derby (three of the top four) have picked up more points. Preston come into this fixture on back-to-back wins against Nottingham Forest and Millwall and can be backed to make it three in a row at 13/10 with Bet365, while a home win for Sheffield Wednesday is 21/10 with the same bookmaker.

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Stoke vs Millwall

Gary Rowett’s men are gradually climbing up the table, finally making up some ground on the top six, by going unbeaten in nine games and alternating between wins and draws. Sam Clucas, returning from injury, has improved Stoke’s midfield while Joe Allen has been showing his technical class at this level. Hosting Millwall is an excellent opportunity to extend their unbeaten run to ten games, given that the visitors are currently in the bottom three and boast the worst away record in the Championship this season, one of only two teams yet to record a win on the road. A first Millwall away win of the season can be backed at 39/10 with MarathonBet, while Stoke are strong favourites at 3/4 with SkyBet.

Recommended Bet: Stoke to win at 3/4 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Wigan vs Birmingham

Wigan’s comfortable position in midtable is based on their home record; they have picked up 21 of their 25 points this season at the DW Stadium. However, such an imperious record has slipped in recent weeks: they’ve only won one of the last four at the DW, as Leeds followed by Derby became the first teams to win there. Wigan can be backed at 11/8 to get back on track. Birmingham’s recent form has been mixed; two defeats, two wins and one draw from their last five fixtures since the November international break. Generous odds of 21/10 with Ladbrokes are available for Garry Monk’s men to get the away win. Che Adams 80th-minute equaliser last week the seventh goal from his last ten appearances.

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Derby vs Bristol City

Bristol City have been suffering mediocre form for some time, but last weekend they demonstrated their ability to frustrate and stifle promotion-chasing favourites by drawing 2-2 with the then-league-leaders Norwich as goalscorer Callum O’Dowda produced an eye-catching performance from the left wing. Another draw can be backed at 5/2 with BetVictor, while a Bristol City home win has available odds of 29/10 with Marathon. Derby County were somewhat frustrated in Monday night’s goalless draw against local rivals Nottingham Forest, but are in decent form having won three of the previous four. It’s also been back-to-back clean sheets for the backline. A Derby win can be backed at 1/1 with Unibet, or 12/5 with Bet365 to win to nil.

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Nottingham Forest vs QPR

Aitor Karanka’s men can be satisfied with the point they took from Pride Park on Monday evening, moving within a point of the playoff positions in the process, but might look back on Joe Lolley’s late golden opportunity as a big chance missed. It’s now just one win from their last four matches, as they’ve failed to find the back of the net twice in a row. They’re favourites for the win here though, and can be backed at 11/10 with William Hill to come out on top. Visitors QPR could move within a point of Forest if they leave the City ground with a win, and will believe they have every chance of doing so after beating Middlesbrough 2-1 at Loftus Road last week. Beware their patchy away form, though: two defeats and two losses from their last two games on the road can explain the long odds of 5/2 (SkyBet) available.

Recommended Bet: Nottingham Forest to win to nil at 5/2 with Bet365 – BET HERE

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