The international break is over and league football has finally returned. England, Northern Ireland and Wales are all going to France while Ireland are going to the play-offs. But none of that matters now because the Championship is back. Tears, cheers and beers are the norm today as your surefire acca goes up in flames.
If QPR had Charlie Austin fit there’s only one team I’d be backing, but they don’t and with the form that Birmingham have been showing so far this season they should have more than enough to beat QPR. The Blues have lost their last two league games at home, but have not lost three home games in a row since October 2014.
Six wins and only one loss from their last nine home games against the R’s looks promising, but no one has scored more goals than QPR this season. 18 goals is mainly thanks to Austin and the 20 goals conceded is a tribute to a backline as effective as the Lib Dems. Clayton Donaldson has scored four goals and set up five so expect the big striker to be involved. Birmingham seem to like their 2-0 wins. Donaldson and 2-0 is a tasty 35/1 and the best bet of the game.
Burnley have only beaten Bolton twice in their last 13 meetings, but that was before the reign of Sean Dyche. Burnley sit sixth, Bolton sit 23rd and are in some serious trouble. They need points the way Katie Hopkins needs the souls of young children. Burnley are grinding out results without racking up the goals, but Bolton have conceded 16 so a couple of goals may not be all that unlikely.
Sam Vokes has three goals so far this season and is starting to show the form from his last stint in the Championship. A 2-0 win with the Welshman to find the onion bag first is a saucy 25/1. Fresh off the back of qualifying for the Euro’s with Wales Vokes will be high on confidence.
Mick McCarthy. That’s why Ipswich will win. Who can look at that beautiful face and dare to upset it by beating his side? 13 wins in 17 games against Huddersfield makes for good reading for McCarthy’s side and with only one win on the road in seven for the Terriers there doesn’t seem to be any doubt that Ipswich can crack the top ten.
With 24 goals scored in 11 of their last 12 games against Huddersfield Ipswich find the net easier then a Scotsman finds haggis abroad. Freddie Sears has four goals in the league so far this season and after Ryan Fraser’s injury the goal expectations will fall on his shoulders. The last time Ipswich beat Huddersfield 3-0 was 1999, but with Huddersfield record on the road and Ipswich’s record against the Terriers it’s not crazy. Sears and a 3-0 at 66/1. Need I say more?
Brighton are the only undefeated side in England’s top four divisions and a game against a Leeds team that got schooled against Middlesbrough last time out looks like an easy game for Chris Hughton’s side. But with the Championship being as predictable as what comes out of Boris Johnson’s mouth next and Leeds’s habit of winning games they have no right winning.
Leeds haven’t won or scored in their last three meetings with the Seagulls, but they need to win and they need a big performance. Chris Wood has been involved in five goals in his last seven games and he was badly missed against Boro.
With Massimo Cellino’s habit of sacking mangers the second things go bad Uwe Rosler know’s he needs a win. Chris Wood to get his fifth of the season and Leeds to win 2-1 because they couldn’t keep a clean sheet if a night with Miranda Kerr was promised is the most likely Leeds outcome. 40/1 for you little rascals is a delicious bet.