It’s Saturday which means tears, acca’s that go down on the first game and the return of Chris ‘Kammy’ Kamara for another week God bless his soul. There’s money to be won and pints to be drank, but not before we set you up for the weekend.
Brentford have had a good start to the season bar getting trashed by Oxford, at home, 4-0 in the cup. If they want to start moving up the table they’ll need to start picking up wins. A win against Reading should be as straightforward as pulling a nurse in Coppers. Alan Judge has netted three in his last four against Reading and already has two this season. 11/1 first goalscorer perhaps?
Poor oul Reading. They couldn’t score with the cougar from Blue Mountain State. (Really you’ve never seen BMS??) One win in 14 league games is shocking form and if they don’t pull out of this slump soon they will be in for a relegation battle. Expect a Brentford win, but having conceded two goals in six of their last seven a 3-2 with Judge to net first at 150/1 could be the bet of the weekend.
What a result for Bristol City last weekend against Middlesbrough. No one saw that one coming. They won’t do it again. They’ve spent big, but losing Andre Gray to Burnley would have hurt. Burnley’s new star striker is 6/1 to nab the first goal on his debut.
Burnley have scored never won three games in a row against Bristol City, but the win against Brentford last weekend will give them confidence. Burnley will be expecting to brush aside teams like Bristol City with ease. Three of Burnley’s four goals this season have come from headers. Michael Keane scored last weekend and Sam Vokes likes a sniff. Anytime goalscorers at 13/1 and 23/10 could be worth a punt.
Three 1-1 draws and a defeat for Chris Powell’s side isn’t what was needed in West Yorkshire. Especially not when Charlie Austin and QPR are making the trip up. Huddersfield have lost three of their last four to QPR, but the Hoops have only won twice on the road to Huddersfield.
Huddersfield couldn’t score in Glasgow with an unlimited giftcard for ASDA. Nahki Wells has scored two of the three goals Huddersfield have scored this season and is 11/2 to open the scoring. Charlie Austin on the other hand has four from four. At 9/2 he’s the best shout for first goalscorer. Austin is either going to end up with 30 goals in the Championship or end up at Newcastle. I’d chose the Championship.
The legend that is Mick McCarthy just keeps on growing. A draw on the opening day has been followed by five wins in a row for the Tractor Boys. Three wins in their last four against Brighton is reason to believe that the run will continue. Daryl Murphy has scored in his last three games against Brighton and the Irish beauty is 5/1 to score the first of the afternoon.
A draw with Huddersfield is the only blemish on Chris Hughton’s record this season, but a loss to Walsall in the cup will have surprised Brighton during the week. Kazenga LuaLua is top scorer this season with three goals, but when your relying on the brother of Lomana LuaLua is a problem for any team. Still a 9/1 first goalscorer could be worth a flutter.
Drew with Hull, lost to QPR and Cardiff. Not the best of starts to one of the pre-season promotion favorites. A home game at Charlton is a good way to get back to their best. No clean sheets in five at home will be a cause for concern for Kenny Jacket. The return of the King that is Benik Afobe is cause for celebration. 9/2 is the only possible first goalscorer bet to have.
Charlton have had a fantastic start to the season. Two wins and two draws have them sitting third, but they won’t be sitting there at the end of the season. Wolves should be. They have a chance to kickstart the season with a win today.