13 games into the Championship and it still looks like Amanda Bynes after a weekend in Vegas. Brighton sit top of the table in Chris Hughton’s greatest achievement since getting Andy Carroll out of Greggs while Bolton are showing the form of Peyton Manning.
Middlesbrough have now knocked out Manchester City and Manchester United in successive cups in successive years. After that gutsy and wonderful performance they get brought back to rather grim reality with the visit of Charlton. Not that Aitor Karanka will be overly worried. The Addicks have lost seven of their last eight and been spanked 3-0 three times this year.
Boro have only one once in their last four league games, but had won the six previous to that. 20 goals has them with the second most goals this season and with Charlton conceding 21 this could be a bloodbath. Dave Nugent hasn’t scored in three league games and needs a goal. Boro 3-0 with Davy to find the onion bag first throws up a lovely little 28/1 punt.
Sheffield Wednesday have been going unbelievably well this year and a win against a Forest side that are struggling for form could put them within a point of the play-offs. Forest have won four of the previous meetings between the sides, but the last time they picked up maximum points this season was seven games ago when they beat Birmingham.
Wednesday are unbeaten in nine and have won six of those. They have won by a 2-1 scoreline on two occasions while The Tricky Trees have lost by the same scoreline twice. A 2-1 victory for the Owls with Fernando Forestieri scoring the first goal works out at 30/1.
The sides have only ever met twice competitively way back in the 2004/2005 season with Hull winning one and drawing the other. This game should be as straightforward as Oliver Giroud turning the male population of England gay, but it’s the Championship and anything can happen in the Championship.
Hull are unbeaten in nine with five wins in that period while the Dons have only won once with seven losses in their last 10 games in the Championship. Abel Hernandez is hotter than Kate Upton at the gym at the moment with four goals in his last five. No one has more clean sheets than Hull with six and a 3-0 win with the big Uruguayan is at a delicious 75/1. That’s your Halloween pints sorted.
The power of Mick McCarthy compels you to back Ipswich to win this one. Two wins for both sides and a couple draws make for both satisfying reading and an interesting tie. Ipswich have won four of their last five games while Cardiff have only won one of their last five away from home.
Daryl Murphy has scored four goals in his last six games including two in two. He’s yet to score from 13 this season, but with Cardiff having conceded 25 goals from their last 12 visits to Portman Road now is the time to break that particular duck. A 2-1 Tractor Boys win with Murphy to rattle the net first is a tantalizing 30/1.
Burnley want to go back up to the big leagues and the Ginger Mourinho that is Sean Dyche is going the right way about getting them there. Seven wins in their last 10 games is promotion form and that included a hard fought win against their biggest rivals, Blackburn, last week.
One away win all season for the Terriers is not the most promising of form to be taking to the thirds placed side and with George Boyd having scored three goals in his last three games against Huddersfield they could be in big trouble. A 2-0 win for Dyches men with Boyd to bang in the first goal is a wonderful 40/1.