EFL Preview: Cardiff to March On and A Fabulous Five-Fold

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EFL Preview: Cardiff to March On and A Fabulous Five-Fold

James Capps

We kick things off with a huge game at the top of the Championship, where Huddersfield are hosting Newcastle in a game that will add a few more finishing touches to the automatic promotion picture. The Terriers sit third, while Newcastle returned to the summit in midweek thanks to their victory over now second-placed Brighton. Stakes are high, but Huddersfield aren’t the types to be cagey – proven by the fact they’ve scored first in seven of their last eight league games, and they’re 11/10 to continue that run of form here. 

If Huddersfield-Newcastle is the game of the day in the second tier, then Sheffield Wednesday v Norwich is a more than worthy bridesmaid. Norwich are one of a handful of teams aiming to dislodge the Owls from the top six, so will be licking their lips at the prospect of closing the gap on their rivals to three points with a victory here. Both sides are struggling for form and clean sheets, with just one between them in their last ten games, making both teams to score a near-cert at 8/11 with Ladbrokes.

And speaking of certs, you won’t come across many better than the 15/8 on offer for Cardiff to win at QPR. If the Championship started on New Year’s Day, Cardiff would be top of it. QPR, on the other hand, haven’t posted a clean sheet at Loftus Road since mid-October.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock realising he forgot to set the Sky+ box on record for the latest episode of Judge Rinder. (Source: Wales Online)
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock realising he forgot to set the Sky+ box on record for the latest episode of Judge Rinder. (Source: Wales Online)

Down in to League One now, and Fleetwood are looking to extend a 17-game unbeaten run when they visit second-placed Scunthorpe. Fleetwood’s last defeat came back in mid-November, and have been unstoppable ever since. Scunthorpe’s promotion charge is going the other way, and are without a win in six. I’m going to stick my balls on the line and go for the Fleetwood win at a huge 13/5, which could leave me with a wad of cash, as well as a charge for indecent exposure.

Shrewsbury are another decent pick in League One if you’re after a couple of quid. They’re hosting a Coventry side that are bottom of the form table, as well as the actual table. The Sky Blues are winless away from home since October and are 14 points adrift from safety. 6/5 is your price for what should be a pretty run-of-the-mill home win.

Bury have been in resurgent form since bringing Lee Clark to the managerial helm a fortnight ago. Three straight wins have put Clark’s side four points clear of the drop zone. They’re also now a point ahead of Saturday’s opponents Gillingham, who are in freefall following a run of just one win in 14 games. Get on the 13/10 BoyleSports are offering for Bury to take another step towards safety.

James Vaughan has scored ten goals in his last seven games for Bury. (Source: Bury Times)
James Vaughan has scored ten goals in his last seven games for Bury. (Source: Bury Times)

Our foray into League Two takes us to a basement battle between Newport County and Leyton Orient. Both sides are well adrift at the bottom of the table, so will be  desperate for a positive result – a key ingredient for a both to score banker at 4/5 with Ladbrokes. If the table was based purely on away form, Orient would be sitting comfortably in mid-table, so go for them to claim three vital points here at a very chunky 5/2.

We finish things off with a Lancashire derby between Blackpool and Morecambe. The tangerines have drawn three in a row, while the Shrimpers have had two stalemates in their last trio of fixtures, so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (trust me, I’m not one) to reckon a draw at 13/5 is the way to go. 

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Cardiff City at a massive 15/8 to win at QPR in the Championship on Saturday:

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Derby, Bolton, Oxford, Shrewsbury and Stevenage returns a bang tidy £323 with BoyleSports. Back it here!

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