Blackburn v Sheffield Wednesday – Saturday 3pm
Paul Lambert had as good a start as he could have as Blackburn manager when he saw his new side beat Preston. However, in the the Championship that first day luck doesn’t last all that long. The visit of Sheffield Wednesday should bring Lambert back down to earth in proper Yorkshire fashion.
Of the last six meetings between the sides they can’t be split. Two wins apiece and two draws makes it slightly more difficult to predict a winner. Last season Wednesday nicked a 2-1 win at Ewood Park after Kieran Lee opened the scoring. Three goals so far this season, including one against Huddersfield last time out is a promising stat. A 16/1 first goalscorer punt looks enticing, but a 14/1 wincast with young Lee might tickle your fancy even more.
Brighton v Birmingham – Saturday 3pm
Brighton have surprised everyone this season with the way they started. They’re second and only off top by goal-difference, but they’ve drawn seven of their last 13 games. Chris Hughton and his beauty can only take you so far in this league. A win could put them top depending on Hull’s result at home to Derby.
Since the 2011/2012 season the sides have met eight times in the league. Brighton have the slight advantage with three wins. A narrow 1-0 victory feels very plausible.
Huddersfield v Middlesbrough – Saturday 3pm
Middlesbrough have slowly improved with every season that has gone by since they were relegated and now it finally seems they might actually go up. Support has been flowing in from none other than the Spanish maestro Xavi and he’ll be in good sprits after they trounce Huddersfield on Saturday.
The Terriers haven’t won in their last five games and survival looks as promising as Paddy’s love story with Julie. Boro, on the other hand, are smashing teams left, right and centre. Four wins in five and eight goals scored looks lovely. Diego Fabbrini has four goals so far this season and a 7/2 wincast could light up your Saturday night like Rihanna’s forehead.
QPR v Leeds – Saturday 3pm
Neil Warnock faces former employers Leeds United and what a game it should be. Well not really. Both teams aren’t playing particularly well and goals have been hard to come by, but any game that pits Steve Evans against Neil Warnock should make for exciting viewing.
QPR have only won once in their last five and have failed to score in four of those games. Leeds have the slightly better record of two wins in five and have scored five. Chris Wood has six goals to his name so far this season and has a habit of scoring goals when Leeds need them. The visitors are good value for a win.
They were most peoples promotion favourites at the start of the season, but Wolves have been awful since the season began. Kenny Jacket has a lot of work to and the visit of MK Dons could be the game to turn it all around.
One win in five games makes for dire reading for the Wolves faithful, but the same form for MK Dons makes for slightly better reading. The Dons have conceded eight in that time, but Wolves have only scored four. Wherever Benik Afobe happens to be there is likely to be goals. A 4/1 first goalscorer punt looks promising but a Wolves win is a safer bet.