Week two of the Championship i.e. more goals, more drama and of course more tears. But if you happen to be one of the
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Burnley nicked a point at the death away to Leeds on the first day of the season, but they will fancy their chances to go one better against Brimingham. The return of Sam Vokes to side was a massive boost for Sean Dyche’s side. Turf Moore was a fortress when Burnley went up two years and it could well be the difference between the sides on Saturday.
Gary Rowett pulled of the biggest miracle since Jesus turned water into wine when he kept Birmingham up and then got them a top ten finish the season after. They will be full of confidence going into this one after a 2-1 win over Reading at St. Andrews. It’ll be tight and tense, but I reckon a 2-1 in Burnley’s favour.
- Burnley to win @ 5/6
This is a tough one to call. Fulham drew last time out with Cardiff, while Brighton beat Forest in the first game of the new season. Fulham were a bit like Rocky 5 last season. They promised so much and delivered so little.
Traitor Ross McCormack will be hoping to better his 19 goals last season. He could well be the difference between promotion and watching Hollyoaks during the Play-Offs.
Brighton will be looking to build on their win against Notts Forest, but they will find it tough primarily due to the fact that they have the goal threat of a six month old toddler. Kazenga LuaLua is their biggest threat which is slightly depressing. McCormack and co should see this one out, but they won’t make it easy.
- Fulham to win at 6/4
Magic Mick McCarthy will be out to avenge his slain Play-Off dream from last season and after a 2-2 draw with Brentford on the opening day he won’t be happy. A home game against Sheffield Wednesday won’t be easy, but if any man can do it it’s this man. How could you not trust this man to take care of your dreams.
Wednesday, on the other hand, will be looking to continue from beating Bristol City 2-0. Now don’t get to excited Wednesday fans that’s like pulling Susan Boyle on a night out. Wednesday have the same problem as Brighton. They have no strikers, but they are solid at the back and Westwood is a fantastic goalkeeper. But at home Ipswich should nudge it and collect 3 points.
- Ipswich to win @ 11/10
Boro are favourites to win the title this season and for good reason. They have the strongest team, Nugent is a proven goalscorer and they don’t ship goals. A draw against Preston wasn’t disastrous, but Aitor Karanka wouldn’t have been happy about it. Nugent will add the goals that Bamford left behind. Expect this to be easy. If Boro are the Leo DiCaprio of the Championship then Bolton are the sad guy on The West End who works in McDonald’s during the week. Bolton are in
- Middlesbrough to win @ 11/20
Benik Afobe. That is all. Wolves had a very good season last season and will be pushing hard for a top two spot which means beating teams that are likely to be top ten without too much hassle. Players like Dave Edwards and Jed Wallace will be key for the season. Hull will be happy with their 2-0 win against Huddersfield, but relegated teams tend to struggle and I can’t see Hull being any different to anyone before them. Hull’s best bet is to get close to a top 6 finish. Or hope that Steve Bruce doesn’t eat all the sausage rolls….
- Wolves to win @ 6/4
I am not saying this because I’m a Leeds fan. OK I am, but hear me out. Leeds have been playing well and they have to win eventually. Leeds played well against a good Burnley side and should have seen the game out, but they were unlucky. Antenucci is playing very well and there’s goals in him.
— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) August 9, 2015
Reading lost to Birmingham last week and will be looking to make amends, but their best striker is Simon Cox which says it all really. Leeds won’t make it easy, they never do, but Leeds to win is my final bet of the weekend.
- Leeds to win @ 3/1