EFL: Ghost of Britt to Haunt Forest & Bradford to Compile Blackburn’s Blues

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EFL: Ghost of Britt to Haunt Forest & Bradford to Compile Blackburn’s Blues

James Capps


For those who can’t wait until Saturday to get your footy fix we’ve got a Friday night game in the Championship, as Burton face Birmingham at the Pirelli Stadium. Both sides struggled last season to say the least, and neither manager will be happy with their starts this campaign. The two have mustered just one win in the six games between them, and there are far worse bets than them both to fail again, courtesy of a draw at 21/10.

On Saturday, Bristol City look a good bet to continue their strong start with a win over Millwall. The combination of a late equaliser for the Robins at Brentford and the Lions losing late on in midweek mean both sides go into the game on opposite ends of the shithouse scale of late goals. A home win for City looks decent at 20/21 with BoyleSports.

Britt Assombalonga opened his Middlesbrough account with a double in their win over Burton on Tuesday, and next up his former club, Nottingham Forest, at the City Ground. The only consistency in Forest’s game is their tendency to leak goals, and the one man they can’t afford to give a sniff to is their former marksman. Get on Britt to score anytime at 6/5 – that’s if you don’t fancy the Boro win at 6/5…but you should really fancy both.

Could Britt Assombalonga return to haunt his former club? (Source: The Mirror)
Could Britt Assombalonga return to haunt his former club? (Source: The Mirror)

Last up in the Championship is the game of the day, as two sides with perfect records go head-to-head at Molineux. Wolves passed a tough opening test with flying colours as they beat Middlesbrough, Derby and Hull with a real degree of comfort, while Cardiff have beaten more modest opponents in their opening trio. Wolves’ 3-4-3 formation will win them plenty of plaudits among the football hipster community, and their strength out wide should be enough to get them past a Cardiff side that look a bit light in the wide defensive positions. Even money is your price for a home win here.

League One

Wigan have resumed life back in League One strongly, and should make a third small step towards a return to the Championship with a win over local rivals Oldham. Paul Cook’s Latics have won their opening two games, while Oldham (also called the Latics, you couldn’t write this stuff!) haven’t picked up a point so far. They’re just shy of evens, but Wigan should be a solid leg on at least one of your twelve accumulators this weekend.

Now I know you lot love a Both To Score Banker, so my tip this week is at the Valley where Charlton host Northampton. Both sides have scored in this one in the last four meetings, and the two have only kept one clean sheet between them in their opening three league and cup games.

Northampton have today completed the signing of Swansea midfielder Matt Grims (Source: BBC Sport)
Northampton have today completed the signing of Swansea midfielder Matt Grims (Source: BBC Sport)

Back to cold hard wins now and you can’t see past Bradford at 13/10 to dispose of recently-relegated Blackburn at Valley Parade. The Bantams have lost just once in a remarkable 33 games at home, while Blackburn have begun life in League One with defeats at Southend and Doncaster. One more win to add to the Bradford collection is the only result I can see here.

League Two

Coventry are the only side in the fourth tier to win their opening two games, and next up is Newport County at the Ricoh Arena. The Sky Blues have also begun the league campaign with two clean sheets, but Newport have shown great quality going forward in score draws either side of a great League Cup win over League One Southend. I think this game will see the end of the Coventry’s perfect start, so get on a third straight Newport draw at 23/10 with Ladbrokes.

Yeovil recovered brilliantly from their 8-2 opening day mauling at Luton with a 3-2 win over Accrington last Saturday. Those two little snippets should tell you everything you need to know about what kind of game to expect against a Forest Green side that have failed to keep a clean sheet in their opening three in league and cup. Both to score is a banker here at 8/11.

The final destination on the Cappa Tour of Betting Oblivion is a trip to sunny north Derbyshire as two relegated sides face each other in the form of Chesterfield and Port Vale at the Proact. The Spireites have kicked off with two defeats, while Michael Brown’s Vale have turned in questionable defensive performances in their win over Crawley and home defeat to Wycombe. Both sides can clearly ship goals so your best bet is both teams scoring at 7/10, but if you want to pick a winner, get on the Vale at a massive 19/10.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Wolves at even-money to beat Cardiff in the Championship.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Derby, Ipswich, Fleetwood and Wycombe returns a tidy £254 with the boys at Ladbrokes. Back it here!