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Midweek Betting Preview

3 November 2014

Birmingham City v Watford

Sky Bet Championship leaders Watford will hope to maintain their advantage at the top of the table with victory at Birmingham on Tuesday night. The Hornets are the 11/10 favourites to pick up the three points as they look to extend a nine-match unbeaten run. Birmingham drew 0-0 at Wolves in Gary Rowett’s first game in charge and can be backed at 11/5 for a much-needed three points at St Andrew’s. The draw is priced up at 12/5. Blues lost 8-0 to Bournemouth in their last home game and you can get 10/1 for over six goals to be scored in this match. 

Top tip: Over six goals to be scored at 10/1

Brighton and Hove Albion v Wigan Athletic

Both of these clubs will be frustrated with their starts to the season after losing in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-finals last term. Brighton sit one point and one place above the relegation zone but have been made the 13/10 favourites to bag the win on Tuesday night. Wigan can be supported at 19/10 and the draw is available at 23/10. Brighton are without a victory in the league since August 23rd and could really do with three points to get on track. Wigan, who sit 18th in the standings, are on a six-match unbeaten run but five of those games have finished in draws. It should be close again in this contest.

Top tip: The draw at 23/10

Derby County v Huddersfield Town

Derby are the odds-on favourites at 4/7 to get back on track with victory at home to Huddersfield on Tuesday night. The Rams suffered a last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Brentford on Saturday to slip down to fifth in the Sky Bet Championship table. Huddersfield are the outsiders for the win at 9/2 but they are in great spirits after the weekend’s 3-0 success at home to Nottingham Forest. The draw at the iPro Stadium is priced up at 14/5. Both teams have scored in Derby’s last three games and also in three of Huddersfield’s previous four contests so that is a record to keep a note of.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 4/6

Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy takes on his former club when Wolves make the trip to Portman Road. McCarthy’s Tractor Boys can be backed at 11/8 for the three points, Wolves are 9/5 to get the win and the draw is available at 23/10. Ipswich sit two points outside the play-offs after Saturday’s 2-0 victory at bottom-of-the-table Blackpool but they are without a win in their last couple of home games. Wolves drew 0-0 at home to local rivals Birmingham at the weekend and Kenny Jackett’s men are unbeaten in their last five matches. Two of Wolves’ previous three away games finished in a 3-3 draw so you could be tempted by the 66/1 for a repeat of that scoreline!

Top tip: A 3-3 draw at 66/1

Leeds United v Charlton Athletic

Leeds are the 6/5 favourites for a first win in seven matches when Charlton make the trip north to Elland Road on Tuesday night. The visiting Addicks can be backed at 21/10 and the draw is priced up at 23/10. One of Leeds’ main attacking threats comes from Mirco Antenucci with two goals netted in his last four games. The Italian is joint-favourite at 5/1 in the first goalscorer betting alongside Charlton’s Igor Vetokele. Charlton battled back to draw 1-1 with Leeds’ Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and that made it four times in a row that Bob Peeters’ men have failed to score the first goal of the game.

Top tip: Leeds to score the first goal of the match at 5/6

Middlesbrough v Norwich City

There is a big match at the Riverside on Tuesday night when third in the Sky Bet Championship hosts sixth. Middlesbrough have home advantage and have been priced up as 7/5 favourites for the win by the league’s sponsors. Norwich are available to support at 7/4 and the draw is 23/10. Boro won 3-0 at Rotherham on Saturday to climb the standings and they are unbeaten in their last four home games. Norwich snapped an eight-match winless run by beating Bolton 2-1 in front of the Sky Sports cameras thanks to two goals from Cameron Jerome last Friday night. The Canaries forward heads the first goalscorer betting at 9/2 followed by Boro striker Kike. 

Top tip: Cameron Jerome to score first at 9/2

Millwall v Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn are one of the Sky Bet Championship’s form sides with three wins in a row. Rovers, though, are outsiders at 17/10 to win at Millwall, who have been made the 7/5 favourites to claim the three points. The draw can be backed at 12/5. Millwall lost 3-1 at leaders Watford on Saturday but defeated Cardiff 1-0 in their last match at the New Den. Blackburn forward Jordan Rhodes is the 9/2 favourite in the first goalscorer market but his strike partner Rudy Gestede is the man in form with three goals in his last two games. Gestede can be backed at 5/1 to net first and Ricardo Fuller is the top Millwall contender at 11/2.

Top tip: Rudy Gestede to score first at 5/1

Sheffield Wednesday v AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth climbed to second in the Sky Bet Championship by beating Brighton 3-2 on Saturday. The Cherries are a side in great form with six victories in a row, including the 8-0 success at Birmingham, and can be backed at 11/8 for another three-point haul against Sheffield Wednesday. Hosts Wednesday have been priced up at 7/4 to get the win and the draw is a 12/5 shot. The Owls are a tough side to beat with five draws claimed in their last six matches so don’t expect this to be another big win to the Cherries. Five of those six Wednesday contests have resulted in under 2.5 goals and below that mark on Tuesday night can be backed at 5/6.

Top tip: Under 2.5 goals at 5/6

Bolton Wanderers v Cardiff City

Neil Lennon won his opening home match as Bolton manager and now he hopes for more success at the Macron Stadium. Wanderers beat Brentford 3-1 in Lennon’s first match in front of the Trotters faithful and his side are 11/8 favourites to beat Cardiff on Tuesday night. The visiting Bluebirds can be backed at 9/5 and the draw is available at 23/10. Cardiff are starting to get on track under the management of Russell Slade and they have won three of their last four matches. Both teams scored in three of those games and Bolton’s previous three contests have seen both sides find the back of the net. It’s 8/11 for both teams to score on Tuesday night.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/11

Reading v Rotherham United

Reading are the even-money favourites to bag three points when they host Rotherham on Tuesday night. The visiting Millers are the 12/5 outsiders for the win and the draw can be backed at 5/2. Only one point separates these two sides in the Sky Bet Championship table. Reading have lost four of their last five matches, conceding exactly three goals in every one of those defeats. Rotherham are inconsistent with two wins, three draws and one defeat from their previous six matches. It looks like goals are on the cards at the Madejski Stadium so over 2.5 goals at 5/6 is the call.

Top tip: Over 2.5 goals at 5/6

Nottingham Forest v Brentford

Nottingham Forest are the even-money favourites to claim a much-needed victory at home to Brentford on Wednesday night. Stuart Pearce’s men have dropped to 10th in the Sky Bet Championship after a run of eight league matches without a win. Brentford are on a high ahead of their trip to the East Midlands after beating Forest’s rivals Derby 2-1 on Saturday courtesy of a late, late winner. The Bees are priced up at 12/5 for a three-point haul at the City Ground and the draw can be backed at 5/2. Two of Brentford’s last four games have finished without a goal and there shouldn’t be much to choose between these sides.

Top tip: A 0-0 draw at 11/1

Fulham v Blackpool

Fulham are the big odds-on favourites at 8/15 to claim victory at home to bottom-of-the-table Blackpool on Wednesday night. The Cottagers are now under the permanent management of Kit Symons and the Welshman started his full-time reign with a 3-3 draw against Wigan on Saturday. Lee Clark is the new man in charge of Blackpool and the Seasiders are out at 5/1 to pick up three points in London. The draw can be backed at 14/5. Fulham’s last four matches have produced a total of 16 goals so there could be plenty of action at Craven Cottage. Over 4.5 goals at 9/2 provides an interesting option.

Top tip: Over 4.5 goals at 9/2

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