The Championship season is in full flow now and the table is beginning to take shape. Unbeaten Leeds United are top of the summit whilst winless Ipswich sit rock bottom. That Mick McCarthy wasn’t doing a bad job after all, eh?!
In big bold letters, Sky constantly tell you to ‘Bet Responsibly’ and ‘When the fun stops STOP.’ Thirty seconds later, they try their best to entice you to place a number of bets. F**k off will ya! That’s like telling an unfaithful married bloke to be more responsible and stop cheating. Then proceeding to send a hooker down his house. What do you think is going to happen? Unbelievable Jeff!
Anyhow, here are a few tips for the weekend:
Nottingham Forest v Rotherham
The last time Rotherham won an away game in the Championship, Donald Trump was grabbing erm, I mean he wasn’t president yet. Nonetheless, the Millers suffered a 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Tuesday night and they now face another team aiming for promotion. Forest won only their second game of the season in midweek and you’d be a fool not to back them here. You can get odds of 4/7 on that happening.
Leeds United v Birmingham
Who’d of thought sitting on a bucket would be the secret to sitting top of the Championship? There is no doubt that Marco Bielsa has got the Elland Road faithful dreaming. Their 14-year absence from the top-flight could be coming to an end. Saying that, there is still a long way to go. One team that could be changing division’s this season is Birmingham City. Winless, being threatened with a points deduction and the lowest scorers in the Championship. Trips to Accrington Stanley await Garry Monk’s side. Despite the gulf-in-class, it won’t surprise if both teams score at Elland Road. You can get odds of 4/5 on that happening.
Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday
Under-pressure Steve Bruce picked up a much-needed three points at home to the feared Rotherham on Tuesday night. After the game, he hit out at critical supporters telling them he knows what he’s doing. Since the start of the campaign, he has played an RB at RW, a CB at RB, a CDM at CB and another RB at LB. Sure thing, Steve! Sheffield Wednesday will be Villa’s opponents at the weekend. They were one of only two sides to pick up three points at Villa Park last season. Another win here could potentially see the Yorkshire club climb from 13th place into the play-offs. Odds of 10/11 on both teams to score.
Derby County v Brentford
Dean Smith has been doing one of the best jobs in English football in recent years, despite Brentford’s limited resources. The Bees are currently three points off high-flying Leeds and they will be looking to cause an upset at Derby on Saturday. It has been a bit of a mixed bag for Frank Lampard, with his side winning four and losing three of their eight games. A win for the home team could send them shooting into the play-offs. But I am backing Brentford to clinch all three points here. You can get odds of 6/5 on that happening.