Championship Round-Up: 15/09/2018

Championship Round-Up: 15/09/2018

Bolton Wanderers vs QPR

QPR have enjoyed a recent upturn in form and are unbeaten in three games in all competitions and they were left frustrated as they only came away from their match against Birmingham with a point after a goalless draw. They dominated the possession stats but couldn’t turn that into an all important goal as they were forced to take a point by a stern defensive Birmingham side. Tomer Hemed and Nahki Wells will be hoping to continue their good form since arriving on loan from Brighton and Burnley respectively. Bolton have been in the media a considerable amount this week due to the off-field problems the club is facing. They were faced with possible administration and a points deduction but the club managed to avoid that in the last hour of negotiations so that is a small positive for the club’s supporters. They earned a hard-fought point against Preston recently with goals from Sammy Ameobi and Pawel Olkowski scoring for Bolton.

Recommended Bet: Tomer Hemed to score at 21/10 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Brentford vs Wigan Athletic

Brentford will be the favourites for this game after a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Nottingham Forest, courtesy of a late Ollie Watkins winner. The win maintained Brentford’s 100% home record in the league this season and they will be confident of maintaining that record at the weekend. They are likely to name an unchanged side when Wigan visit. Wigan currently occupy 10th position which is a fair reflection on their performances this season, with some good and bad performances. They overcame Rotherham 1-0 before the international break with James Vaughan scoring just 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute for Paul Cook’s side. They face a difficult task to come away from this game with any points.

Recommended Bet: Brentford -1 handicap at 2/1 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Bristol City vs Sheffield United

Two sides who come into this one off the back of 4-1 wins, so there will be confidence among the players when they face off on Saturday! Both teams have now won three games in a row in all competitions, so they couldn’t be more similar in form. Goals from Josh Brownhill, Marley Watkins, Famara Diedhiou and Marlon Pack saw Bristol City comfortably overcome Blackburn Rovers. Whilst Jack O’Connell, Mark Duffy, Oliver Norwood and Billy Sharp were all on the scoresheet for Sheffield United in a clinical mood against Aston Villa. Both teams to score in this one is the easiest outcome to predict here!

Recommended Bet: Both teams to score at 4/6 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Hull City vs Ipswich Town

Two sides who are both struggling for form recently face off this weekend as Hull take on Ipswich. Ipswich remain winless this season and are only above bottom side Reading on goal difference so they will be eager to get their first three points of the season here. They drew 1-1 against rivals Norwich before the international break with summer signing Gwion Edwards scoring for the home side. Nigel Adkins’ Hull side currently sit 21st and one place above the relegation places in the early stages of the season and are winless in three after a narrow defeat to Derby at the weekend. Todd Kane had equalised for Hull before a late Derby goal saw the home side leave empty handed. Nouha Dicko will be pushing for a start in this one.

Recommended Bet: Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Millwall vs Leeds United

This game will arguably be the game of the weekend as Marco Biesla’s Leeds side look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. They drew 0-0 with Middlebrough who are also unbeaten before the international break and will be hopeful they can maintain that run for as long as possible. They have been rocked by the news that Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford are set for some time on the sidelines through injury, meaning youngster Tyler Roberts is expected to lead the line for Biesla’s side. Millwall boss Neil Harris has come under pressure recently after suffering his third straight league defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by a Swansea side who were reduced to ten men after just five minutes. Murray Wallace gave the home side the lead before two late goals from Kyle Naughton and Oliver McBurnie saw the hosts fall to 16th place in the table. They face a difficult task to stop this run against a Leeds team who are full of confidence this season.

Recommended Bet: Leeds to win and both teams to score at 7/2 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Norwich vs Middlesbrough

Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough side maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a hard-fought goalless draw away to Leeds United in front of the Sky Sports cameras, and it was a typically well-disciplined defensive display from a Tony Pulis side. They are likely to be unchanged for this one, even with firepower such as Martin Braithwaite and Jordan Hugill among their substitutes in the draw against Leeds. Norwich have shown glimpses of their quality this season with wins over Preston and Cardiff (In the Carabao Cup) but laboured to a 1-1 draw with rivals Ipswich Town with Moritz Leitner equalising for the away side after Gwion Edwards had given Ipswich the lead.

Recommended Bet: Britt Assombalonga to score at 11/5 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Preston North End vs Reading

Paul Clement’s Reading side face a stiff ask if they are to get their first win of the season at Deepdale this weekend. Reading currently sit rock bottom of the Championship table and the pressure on both Clement and the Reading board to take some action. Tyler Blackett will be pushing for a start, having been ousted by Chris Gunter on his return to injury in the 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday before the international break. Preston have struggled for league form this season as they currently sit in 19th position and have only one win from their opening six fixtures. They are without midfielder Ben Pearson who was sent off in the closing stages for violent conduct in the 2-2 draw to Bolton.

Recommended Bet: Preston to win at 4/5 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Rotherham United vs Derby County

Frank Lampard’s Derby side come into this one in a rich vein of form, with four wins from their last four games. Florian Jozefoon netted the winner for Derby as they narrowly beat Hull City 2-1 at the KC Stadium and the new signing will be hopeful on building on what has been a quiet start to life in Derby so far. Rotherham fans will be optimistic coming into this game as they have six points from their opening six games which is certainly a positive position to be in, bare in mind they were favourites for an immediate return to League 1. They were defeated by Wigan in their last game but with both their wins in their league campaign coming from home this season, they will fancy their chances.

Recommended Bet: Derby to win at Evens with Bet365 – BET HERE

Sheffield Wednesday vs Stoke City

Sheffield Wednesday come into this game off the back of their first away win of the season-away at Reading, with goals from Adam Reach and Lucas Joao sending the travelling supporters home happy. Stoke were undone by a Dwight Gayle masterclass as his brace gave West Brom the three points. Erik Pieters scored a stoppage-time consolation for Stoke, whilst Benik Afobe struck the woodwork with a second-half penalty which proved pivotal. New signing Ryan Woods will be pushing for a start, having come on as a substitute early in the second-half in the defeat to West Brom.

Recommended Bet: Both teams to score at 8/11 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Swansea City vs Nottingham Forest

If you wanted a classic example of a “smash and grab victory” then just watch Swansea’s last match against Millwall. Swansea were reduced to ten men after just five minutes after Courtney Baker-Richardson was dismissed on his first team debut. The points looked to be going Millwall’s way after Murray Wallace opened the scoring on the hour mark but two late goals from Kyle Naughton and their top goalscorer Oliver McBurnie saw Swansea take all three points back to Wales. Jefferson Montero will be pushing for a start in this one after assisting both of the Swansea goals, having come off the bench on the hour mark. Nottingham Forest will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Brentford with a win here. In a feisty game which had a total of 12 bookings, Ollie Watkins scored a late winner after Matty Cash had equalised after coming off the bench.

Recommended Bet: Both teams to score and Swansea to win at 7/2 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Blackburn Rovers vs Aston Villa

Blackburn were given a reality check to Championship life after they were thrashed 4-1 by Bristol City before the international break. Rovers took the lead through Charlie Mulgrew but a second-half collapse so them head back to Lancashire empty handed. New signing Ben Brereton will be pushing for a start with Danny Graham having only scored once this season for Tony Mowbray’s side. Aston Villa also come into this one off the back of a 4-1 thrashing. Despite seeing 61% of possession, they failed to take many of their chances with Anwar El Ghazi scoring to make the score 4-1 late on. Steve Bruce might recall Conor Hourihane to the side, having only featured as a substitute in the defeat.

Recommended Bet: Aston Villa to win at 8/5 with Bet365 – BET HERE