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16 October 2015


Bristol City v Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest are the 11/5 outsiders to take all three points from Friday night’s Sky Bet Championship clash despite it being against rock-bottom Bristol City.
Forest are unbeaten in their last four away games with two wins and two draws while their only defeat on the road came on the opening day against leaders Brighton.
Dougie Freedman’s men will be eager to bounce back from a 1-0 home defeat to Hull before the international break while if you fancy them to earn a point at Ashton Gate then a draw is available at 12/5. Bristol City, who have just managed one victory this season, are 6/5.
Nelson Oliveira, Dexter Blackstock and Chris O’Grady are all 7/1 to open the scoring and 9/4 to net anytime while the team are 13/8 to score two or more which could attract punters considering Bristol City have conceded 11 times in five home games.
Forest’s three victories this campaign have been by a single goal and it’s 7/2 they manage another by that margin again on Friday night.
 
Brentford v Rotherham United

Rotherham United are 12/5 to claim all three points against Brentford as Neil Redfearn takes charge as Millers manager for the first time.
Although Rotherham suffered a late 2-1 defeat at home to Burnley before the international break, they will head into this fixture with confidence having won their previous away game 2-0 at Birmingham while Brentford lost by the same scoreline in their last match on home soil, also against the Blues. Another 2-0 win for the visitors on Saturday is 16/1.
The hosts have actually lost the last three – two of which being at home – and conceded twice in each of them. You can back Rotherham, who have never failed to score on the road this season, to manage two or more goals at 15/8.
Jonson Clarke-Harris, who has netted three goals this season, is 7/1 to net first on Saturday and 9/4 to strike anytime while Matt Derbyshire is the same price in both markets.
 
Burnley v Bolton Wanderers

Burnley will be looking to boost their promotion bid with a derby victory over Lancashire rivals Bolton, who have managed to win just once this season.
The sixth-placed Clarets, who won 2-1 at Rotherham before the international break, are 17/20 favourites to pick up all three points while the Wanderers are 16/5, with the draw priced at 13/5.
Burnley lost their previous home game to Reading but apart from that, Sean Dyche’s side are in form at Turf Moor with three wins and a draw from their five games. Two of those victories have been by a single goal so you can back them to win by that margin again at 11/4.
Bolton did score three times in an agonising 4-3 defeat at QPR last time out but they only managed one goal in their other four away games. Burnley are 21/10 to win to nil on Saturday.
Andre Gray and Sam Vokes were both on target against Rotherham and the duo can both be backed at 9/2 to score first against Bolton and 13/8 to strike anytime.
 
Ipswich Town v Huddersfield Town

Ipswich Town are 10/11 to get their promotion bid back on track against Huddersfield, who are 3/1 to come away from Portman Road with maximum points and 5/2 to earn a draw.
The Tractor Boys started the Sky Bet Championship season with three wins and a draw but have picked up just one victory in their last six so they’ll be eager to give the home fans something to shout about on Saturday.
Freddie Sears remains the club’s top scorer this season with four goals despite not finding the net since September 11 and he can be backed at 5/1 to net first and 13/8 to strike anytime. Daryl Murphy is 5/1 and 7/4 in the respective markets.
Three of Ipswich’s four Championship wins this season have been by a single goal so punters may be keen to back them at 11/4 to triumph by this margin once again. Huddersfield have failed to score in three of their away games so the hosts are 9/4 to triumph to nil.
 
Derby County v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Derby County host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday with both sides hoping to stay well in touch with the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.
The charging Rams head into the clash as 5/6 favourites having won four of their last five before the international break while Wolves, also on a high after back-to-back wins, are 100/30 to pick up all three points, with the draw 5/2.
Derby have found real form since a sluggish start to the season and part of that is down to three clean sheets in this recent run and a win to nil on Sunday is available at 21/10.
Chris Martin is among the leading scorers in the division with five goals so he’ll have plenty of punters backing him as the 4/1 favourite to score first and 11/8 to net anytime while Tom Ince, who has been on target three times in the last four games, is 11/2 and 15/8 respectively.
Wolves are enjoying an unbeaten league run of four games, including two 3-0 wins on the trot, although another triumph by the same scoreline is unlikely at 50/1. Nevertheless this fixture could well feature over 2.5 goals (10/11) and both teams finding the net (4/5).
Benik Afobe, who struck a brace in the 3-0 win over Huddersfield, is 13/2 to net first on Sunday and 9/4 to strike anytime.


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