The Rugby World Cup has arrived, but the important stuff continues with the Championship continuing on it’s train wreak of a journey. There’s no other league where a team can get spanked 5-1 one night and then go out and beat one of the only unbeaten teams in the league the next day. Ahh the ways the Championship can f*uck up a good bet.
This weeks round of fixtures throw up some fantastic games for punters. There’s money to be made, tears to be shed and beer to be drank while you watch your bets burn. But as usual we are here to
take make you money and feel good doing it.
Leeds are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 1-0 loss to Ipswich and MK Dons is a good game to bounce back. That being said it’s Leeds so of course they’ll go 2-0 and then concede twice in the four minutes of added time. Jordan Botaka looks set to make his debut today and a 13/2 first goalscorer looks like the bet of the game.
For the Dons they are looking to avoid their fourth loss in a row, but they have only scored once in their last three games against Leeds so the form book would suggest a first home win for the Yorkshire men. But this is Leeds we’re talking about so of course they’ll blow up like my toilet after a nasty Saturday night out on the ale. Leeds should have enough in the tank to see off the Dons and pick up their first home win of the season.
How Rotherham stayed up last season is a mystery in the same vain of how the Pyramids were built or how Nick Cage won an Oscar. They won’t stay up this year. They aren’t good enough, they don’t have the players and their manager is Steve Evans. Enough said. Rotherham have shipped 16 goals so far this season and today they face the man with the most shots on target in the league in Joe Mason so expect a first goalscorer at 5/1.
Cardiff aren’t that much better to be honest, but they are marginally better then Rotherham at the moment. They haven’t started badly, but when they got into the Premier League they cocked it up and now they are back to where they belong. Lounging around with the rest of us schmucks in the ‘most competitive league in the world’. A 2-0 win with Mason to nick the first goal is at a rather appealing 40/1.
Wolves are sitting 15th in the table and they’ve had as about as good a season as the one armed bricklayer from Baghdad (thanks Honey Badger). At the beginning of the season they were one of the favourites to win the league. Now they don’t look like they’ll even make the top six. Nouha Dicko is out for the season and Adam Le Fondre is a major doubt for the game leaving Kenny Jacket with two fit strikers – Benik Afobe and 17-year-old Bright Enobakhare. Not the situation you want when playing the league leaders and only unbeaten side left in the league.
Brighton are flying, they really are. Chris Hughton is getting the best out of a limited team, but their run will have to come to an end at sometime. Tomer Hemed has five goals and four in his last three games so looking past him as a first goalscorer is like asking Charlie Sheen for marriage advice. An 11/2 shout is the best goalscorer bet, but with Brighton having won all their games this season by a goal a correct score of 1-0 at 14/1 looks like a safe bet. Well as safe as the Championship can be.
Led by Steve Bruce and his endless supply of sausage rolls Hull have started well this season. The promise of sausage rolls has gotten Abel Hernandez scoring goals at long last. Only £1,428,571 a goal, but who’s counting? Hull have only lost once to QPR in their last seven and when you take into account that QPR have conceded nine goals in the second half of games (top of the league) you have to imagine their will be goals. Hernandez to score first and a 3-1 win is 250/1. At those odds what’s a quid?
QPR have done OK so far this season, but you have to imagine what would they be like without the brilliance of Charlie Austin? He will leave in January and when he does QPR will be up shit creek without a paddle as they say. Today even with Austin and his glorious cheeks they won’t be able to come out of Hull with a win. It’ll be tight, tense and there will be a vague smell of fish, a bit like Hull itself but a 2-1 win for Hull is what seems likely. But I still reckon Austin will get the first and Hull will grab two second half goals. Hull 2-1 with Austin to score first is at 60/1 and that is the much safer bet.