The Championship is the most competitive league in the world and I really don’t care what anyone else has to say on the matter. Show me another league where the top three teams are separated by goal difference and the two teams behind them are only a point off the top and I’ll get Massimo Cellino’s face tattooed on my back. The Championship is harder to predict what sort of nutjob will be on Jeremy Kyle next week, but we’re here to help. Sort of.
After eight long months Leeds United have finally won a game at Elland Road courtesy of an absolute belter from Alex Mowatt. The last time Leeds won a home game they went on to beat Wigan 1-0 with Mr. Mowatt scoring the decisive goal. Their record against the Terriers in recent years has been very, very good with four wins including the 5-1 trouncing at Elland Road in 2014. Who scored you ask? Alex Mowatt.
In the same fixture last season Leeds won 2-1 and no Mowatt didn’t score. It was Sam Byram. A punt on either to bag the first of the day is tempting, but two of Leeds three wins this season have been 2-1 away victories. Mowatt scored his first goal in seven months on Tuesday. A pants-tightening 60/1 scorecast with Mowatt to score first and a 2-1 victory for the Whites would set you up nicely for the start of the weekend.
Blackburn are red hot favourites to win this one even though they were beat twice by Brentford last season, have only won once in five games, only scored in one game and are lower in the table. Brentford, on the other hand, have won four of their last five, scored eight goals in five games and have Lee Carsley. Odds of seem like a bargain, but the real money is wherever Alan Judge happens to be.
The Irish midfielder won October’s player of the month after scoring three goals in five games along with a handy four assists. A first goalscorer punt is safe, but safe is for bacon haters! Brentford to win 2-0 and Judge to hit the onion bag first at 125/1 is just what the bacon Gods demand. If Blackburn are conceding three goals against MK Dons what chance do they have against the power of the Carsley?
Top meets third in what will easily be the most exciting game of the weekend (move over Arsenal and Spurs). Only a point separates two of the promotion favourites and it could be a case of “f*ck it lets bomb forward and see who scores more goals”. Boro have the current lead in the head to head records between the clubs, but the one draw in the last six meetings between the sides that ended 2-2 could be the winner winner chicken dinner.
There have been 47 goals scored between the two sides and only 17 goals conceded, but because we like goals as much as Wayne Rooney likes Findus Crispy Pancake’s we’re going for a massive score draw. 7-7 anyone? If you’re a historian nerd who likes to back the past results a 2-2 draw at might tickle your fancy, but as you may have noticed we do like a little scorecast here in the Power Tower. Abel Hernandez has been hotter than a Victoria Secret’s Halloween party with seven league goals for sausage roll city and a 60/1 bet for the Uruguayan to bag first and our little 2-2 could make a trip to Hull slightly more bearable.
QPR have been the Chelsea of the Championship this season. They were most people’s bankers to go up at the start of the season, but more losses than wins and 24 goals conceded in 15 games is dire form. For a team with Charlie Austin in the side they should be at least top six during the bad spells. He’s back from injury now and needs to rediscover that scoring touch. Preston have been in a tidy little run of form. Two wins and no losses in their last five has taken them out of danger, but with the new manager effect bound to play a role for QPR a home win should be on the cards.
Austin is the obvious bet to net first because QPR have the firepower of Pikachu. A punt to find the onion bag first looks the safe bet, but really where’s the fun in that? To the scorecastmobile! Four of QPR’s five wins have seen the R’s score three or more goals. A 3-1 victory against the men from Lancashire with Austin bagging the first of many is a tasty 55/1.
Wolves are languishing firmly mid-table in 14th while Burnley are flying high in second. Should be clear cut shouldn’t it? Well yeah it kinda it is. Burnley are unbeaten in six and have four wins in that period whereas Wolves have lost four of their last five. But the Championship is what it is. More confusing and difficult than a girl trying to choose a restaurant.
Andre Gray has scored eight goals this season including four in the last two games. A punt on the striker to bang in yet another goal looks like a great little bet, but confidence will be low in Wolverhampton and a 2-1 win with Gray to score first at 60/1 is the better of the punts. Or you could go really mad and bet on Michael Keane to score first and a 2-1 at 200/1 for the ‘bantz’ as one unnamed person in this office would say.
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