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Sky Bet Championship Betting Preview

15 September 2015

Birmingham v Nottingham Forest

Birmingham are 5/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure three points with Nottingham Forest 2/1 and the draw available at 5/2. The Blues are now into 12/1 to secure promotion after their unbeaten start to the season with opponents Forest now 5/4 to secure a top half finish after their victory at Loftus Road. Dave Cotterill scored the first goal in both meetings between these sides last season, which both ended in Birmingham wins. The midfielder is 10/1 to extend the run and 11/2 to score in a home win. Nelson Oliveira, who scored the winner for Forest on Saturday, is 9/4 to net anytime for the visitors. 

Brighton v Rotherham

The Millers are 9/2 to bring back three points this evening whilst the draw available at 13/5. Goals have been at a premium in recent meetings between the sides with just six goals scored in as many matches. Last season's meeting at the AMEX finished 1-1, an 11/2 shot this time. Rotherham secured a point at The Valley on Saturday after Farrend Rawson's first-half goal and the defender is 16/1 to get his name on the scoresheet again. 

Burnley v MK Dons

Burnley are 5/6 with the League sponsor to secure a fourth successive Sky Bet Championship win on the bounce with MK Dons 100/30 and the draw available at 5/2. The Clarets are now 7/2 to secure automatic promotion and 5/4 to grabs a top six finish with MK Dons now 9/2 to be relegated. It will be only the fourth meeting between the sides with Burnley winning the last two 2-1, a 15/2 shot on Tuesday night. Andre Gray is 9/4 to net in a win for the hosts and 13/8 to net anytime.

Cardiff v Hull City

Sky Bet can't separate second-placed Cardiff and sixth-placed Hull in the betting ahead of their clash on Tuesday night with both sides priced at 17/10 and the draw a 21/10 shot. The Bluebirds have won their last three on the bounce and are now 11/4 to secure a top six finish with Hull 2/1 shots to make a first season return to the top flight. The Welsh side don't have a great record against the Tigers, winning only one of the last six and were hammered 4-0 the last time these sides met at the Cardiff City Stadium - an 80/1 shot this time. Joe Mason has scored three goals in his last four appearances for Cardiff and 2/1 to add to his tally and 11/2 to break the deadlock. Abel Heranandez is deemed Hull's biggest threat with the striker a 7/2 to score in an away win or 2/1 to net in 90 minutes.

Middlesbrough v Brentford

Middlesbrough entertain Brentford on Tuesday evening having won all four clashes with the Bees last season, including both legs of their play-off semi-final. Indeed you have to go back to December 1938 for Brentford’s last league win over Boro. Stewart Downing opened the scoring against MK Dons at the weekend and is 8/1 with Sky Bet to do so again here and 5/2 to score any time. Kike is favourite to grab the first goal of the game at 4/1 while David Nugent, the other weekend scorer, is 5/1 in the same market. Marco Djuricin, on target for Brentford in Saturday’s 1-1- draw at Leeds, is 11/4 to hit the target again in this one and 17/2 to open the scoring.

Preston v Bristol City

Preston are unbeaten in four games against the Robins, winning twice. They have scored exactly one in all of those games while the visitors have only managed one clean sheet in their last ten games against the Lillywhites Sky Bet make the hosts 7/5 chances to win this one, the draw is 9/4 and Bristol City 19/10. It’s 8/11 that both teams score but if you fancy Preston to win to nil that can be backed at 3/1. Aaron Wilbraham and Jonathan Kodjia are seen as the biggest goal threats for the visitors and are both 6/1 to score first and 2/1 in 90 minutes. Preston’s Joe Garner is 11/2 to grab the opening goal of the game ahead of William Keane, Stevie May and Eoin Doyle who are all 6/1.

Bolton v Sheffield Wednesday

Bolton have won six and lost just one of their last nine league meetings with Wednesday but the Owls are unbeaten in three at the Macron Stadium. The visitors have scored in all six of their league games this season and Sky Bet offer 8/11 that both teams find the target in this one. The hosts are 7/5 to win in 90 minutes, Wednesday are 19/10 and the draw 23/10. Liam Feneey opened the scoring for Bolton at home to Wolves on Saturday and is 17/2 to do so again and 3/1 to score any time. The visitors head back over the Pennines hoping for a better result than Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Burnley. Atdhe Nuhiu was on target in that game and is 5/2 to score any time here and 13/2 to net any time.

Reading v Derby

It was honours even between these two sides last season, Derby winning the first two meetings and Reading the final two. The Rams’ win at the Madekjski Stadium was their first win in Berkshire since 2005. Sky Bet make the hosts 6/4 chances to win this one, the visitors are 17/10 and the draw 23/10. The Royals thumped Ipswich 5-1 on Friday evening and are full of confidence. Orlando Sa grabbed a hat-trick in that game and is 80/1 to do likewise here. More conservatively he’s 11/2 to open the scoring and 2/1 to score any time. Derby finally got their season up and running at Preston on Saturday with a 2-1 win and Chris Martin, scorer of both of those goals, is 5/1 to score the first one in this game. He’s 15/8 to score any time and 10/1 to bag another brace.

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