It’s crunch time in the Championship, with sides desperate to gain some points ahead of the demandin Christmas schedule. Leaders Brighton have a tough trip to Pride Park, while there’s a London derby in Craven Cottage
Fulham against Brentford – Over 2.5 goals
Fulham have only failed to score in three games so far this season, despite lying in the bottom half and along with Rotherham have the highest percentage of games with over 2.5 goals (68%).
Brentford are the visitors for a London derby, with 1/3rd of their away games so far topping that margin as well. A comfortable 2-0 victory over the MK Dons last Saturday was their third in the last six games.
Preston vs Reading – Draw
Preston have been the draw specialists so far this season in the Championship, with nine, the same as bottom club Bolton. Averaging 0.89 points at home, North End won the first Lancashire Derby last week, beating Burnley confidently 2-0.
This week’s visitors to Deepdale are managerless Reading. The Royals parted ways with Steve Clarke during the week after an alarming drop in form which saw them slip to 11th, and club favourite Brian McDermott is set to take over. Preston haven’t beat Reading since 2008.
Derby vs Brighton – Both teams to score – YES
Brighton the only unbeaten side left in England, against third placed Derby who are the clean sheet kings, keeping 10 shut outs in their first 18 games. Winning five of their last eight matches has Derby second in the form table, only behind Middlesbrough. Brighton have been poorer away from the Amex, but have been averaging nearly two goals per away game, coupled with Derby’s good home record, both sides should net at least one.
MK Dons vs Ipswich – Daryl Murphy to score
After going 15 games without scoring, Ireland international Daryl Murphy has found his scoring boots. The Waterford native won the Championship Player of the month for November, after scoring six times in four games, with five of those coming away from home.
It hasn’t been such a good month for the MK Dons, who sit second last in the form table with just one win in their last eight games, and are only out of the relegation places on goal difference
Put all these together and you have yourself a 22/1 accumulator to help get the snacks in ahead of the McGregor fight.