The Championship is starting to heat up rather nicely. Brighton currently sit top with a five point lead, but in this league that’s as stable as Zimbabwe’s currency in 2008. There are some cracking games for punters everywhere. But of course it’s the Championship and that means that just about anything can happen. Fulham were 4-0 winners over QPR last night even though they only had two wins prior to Friday nights game.
Cardiff will be without David Marshall after his red card against Rotherham which leaves Russell Slade with a massive gap to fill. Cardiff have won three at home so far this season and only lost once. Joe Mason had three goals this season, but he hasn’t scored in his last two. A 4/1 first goalscorer is a good punt, but if you really want to splash on that limited edition FIFA 16 a Joe Mason goal and a 2-0 win for Cardiff is a lovely 25/1.
Charlton have had a poor start to the season and haven’t won since the 22nd of August, but they do have a good record against Cardiff. Four wins and only one loss since 2007 isn’t a bad record to have. Charlton scored three goals against Cardiff last season all of which came after the 74th minute. An in-play bet perhaps?
Burnley may give a debut to the ‘world’s biggest wanker’ Joey Barton, but ‘£9 million for a guy who had six good months’ Andre Gray remains a doubt. Since an opening day draw against Leeds Burnley have had a terrific season. Danny Ings and Kieran Tripper leaving were big losses, but the Ginger Mourinho Sean Dyche is pulling off his brilliance once again. Michael Keane is the top scorer with three goals, but he’s a center back. That’s not a good thing. But an 11/1 anytime goalscorer is the bet you need to making.
Reading are going quite well in the Championship this season for a team that looked as vulnerable as Milhouse last year. Nick Blackman has five goals in the league and is the best bet for a goal in the game. The same fixture last season ended 2-1 to Burnley and I have a sneaky suspicion that a repeat may be on the cards. That being said Blackman looks to be the best shout for the first goal and that bet is at an outstanding 100/1.
Preston have only won once this season, but they have a very good side and a terrific manager. How they aren’t further up the table is as confusing as why people continue to sign Roger Johnson. Joe Garner is back from his one mach suspension, but he’s yet to score from 26 shots. He’s bound to score at some stage and a 9/5 anytime goalscorer is a very good bet to back.
Wolves have had an indifferent start to the season and have f*ucked up a lot of bets for people who had them backed to win the league. They lie 18th with only eight points from seven games. They do have Benik Afobe who has 12 goals in his last 20 games and is always worth a punt, but at home and with Preston needing a win I can only see one outcome. Preston 1-0 with Garner to score the goal at 25/1.
Middlesbrough have only won once in their last seven meetings with the Whites winning five of those meetings. Boro have are unbeaten since they lost to Bristol City in August and are currently sitting second in the league. Stuart Downing and David Nugent were good signings that showed intent. The latter has scored twice since signing in August. A 5/4 anytime goal is worth a shout, but the best bet for Boro fans is a Stuani goal and a 1-0 win is 20-1.
Leeds have only lost once this season, but they’ve drawn five times from eight games. Leeds have conceded six goals in 10 games against Boro and only one goal a game. Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci have seven goals between them. Wood has three goals in his last three away games and a 2-1 win with Wood to score first is a wonderfully enticing 125/1.