With the international break over and it finally decided that Scotland will be home alone next summer, we can finally get back to the important things in life such as trolling celebrities, cyber-stalking and how to make money off the hyper-competitive battlefield that is the Championship.
Brentford v Nottingham Forest – Saturday 3pm
Since Lee Carsley took over at Brentford, they’ve had a mini revival. Of sorts. A mini-revival of sorts, eh? That’s basically not a revival at all. Before he took over they had only won twice in eight, but now sit rather comfy in 11th. Woooo! The sky is the limit!
In the last 10 meetings between these two sides, there have been goals galore with six finishing all square. Forest have had a meltdown similar to Britney Spears circa 2007 and have only won twice since September. Alan Judge has six goals this season () 1st Goalscorer and with Brentford liking the oul 2-1 scoreline, a 40/1 scorecast is worth a small investment. Worth a bigger investment is a win for the Bees at .
Ipswich v Wolves – Saturday 3pm
Mick McCarthy is not the type of man to get on the bad side of. When that brow is furrowed, he has the appearance of what we’d think a mid-ranking Barnsley crime-boss would look like. He hasn’t ever come close to killing anyone, but if you need your mileage counter reversed or some low priced brand name kitchen cleaner, he’s your man. That’s quite enough fantasising about the Yorkshire Sopranos.
In the last five meetings between Ipswich and Wolves, Wanderers have a slight edge with three wins over the Tractor Boys’ two. After a run of seven without a win for McCarthy’s side, they’ve won their last two and Daryl Murphy ( 1st Gaolscorer) has finally put down the hairspray and started scoring goals again. A hat-trick last time out coupled with the fact that he scored both goals in a 2-1 victory in this fixture last season points towards a repeat. 30/1 scorecast anybody? Bank on the Tractors Boys to harvest a win out of this one at .
Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield – Saturday 3pm
Huddersfield have won three and drawn two in their last five visits to Hillsborough, but they’ve lost three of their last four so past victories are about as relevant as what Joey Essex to say about string theory. Nine goals conceded in those four games will not have David Wagner best pleased and with Fernando Forestieri on fire at the moment with three goals in four games, he may have to wait a little longer for his defence to shore up. The Owls are unbeaten in six at home winning four and are playing well. The Terriers are not playing well and conceding goals by the truckload. It’s a small truck admittedly, but it’s a recipe for defeat. A home win here at and the 3-0 scoreline at is worth a nibble.
Leeds v Rotherham – Saturday 3pm
Leeds United have won two games. In a row. Including one at home. What a time to be alive. This game shows everything that’s mad about the Championship. Steve Evans returns to Rotherham while Neil Redfern returns to Leeds. Strange times. The Millers are unbeaten in five against Leeds, but they’ve not won in seven and lost six of those.
Leeds haven’t put back to back home wins together since November 2014, but that has to come to an end at sometime. You’d think. Rotherham have conceded 18 goals in the first half this season. Chris Wood scored before leaving on international duty and then scored for New Zealand while away, so he looks to be in fine form. However, Leeds always concede goals. It’s as consistent as Yorkshire gravy, but they will win at . A home win with both teams to score is a tempting .
Preston v Blackburn – Saturday 3pm
With Tim ‘59% Win Ratio’ Sherwood proving his Villa’s decline may not all be down to Paul Lambert, the Scot is back in management with Blackburn. But how long will he last before he realises they’re the Aston Villa of the Championship? Poor and with one half decent footballer. He can really pick them that Lambert fella.
Despite the local rivalry atmosphere of this fixture, Preston have just one win against Rovers at home and have failed to score in four of the last five meetings at Deepdale. Jordan Rhodes has three in three against the Lilywhites, but only one win in 11 away games for Rovers isn’t promising. It’s been 540 minutes of Championship football since Preston conceded, but the new manager factor might just scrape it for Lambert. Rovers to win is the pick at with a tight 1-0 scoreline at worth a shot at .