The Championship returns on Friday night as Derby host Hull at Pride Park. Neither side have set the league alight with their starts this season, with both teams languishing in mid-table. The Rams have been particularly slow at home with just one win and one goal in their two games on their patch, while Hull are the early-season pace setters in the goals category, with a dozen in their opening five games. Throw in the fact that Hull have won on four of their last five visits to Derby and 29/10 for a Tigers away win becomes a very interesting price.
On to Saturday now and Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp was hanging out of car windows as usual on deadline day, whilst also making three signings from Brentford, including the marquee capture of attacking midfielder Jota. His side travel to a Norwich side in need of a kick start to their season after just one win and one clean sheet so far. I fancy a few goals in this thanks to Harry’s deadline day additions, so get on over 3.5 goals at a great price of 9/5 with Ladbrokes.
My tip of the day is for out-of-form Middlesbrough to pick things up with a win at struggling Bolton. Just one win and one goal in three games for Garry Monk’s side has slowed them down a touch, but with the quality they have going forward they should have way too much for Phil Parkinson’s Wanderers. Back the Boro at even money with BoyleSports.
The Saturday evening game in the Championship is at Hillsborough, where Sheffield Wednesday take on Nottingham Forest. Not many punters would have backed Forest for such a strong start but their expansive football is reaping results and should give us a decent open game against the Owls. I fancy a Sheffield win, but Forest will make them work for it, so stick a tenner on the Sheffield Wednesday win at full-time, after going into half-time all square.
Bankers of the weekend in League One have to be Oxford United, who are hosting struggling Gillingham. The U’s haven’t lost, or even conceded, in five consecutive games against this weekend’s opponents, and both sides go in to the game at opposite ends of the table. 4/7 isn’t the best price in the world for the home win, but should give your acca at least one winning leg.
Rotherham shook off their away day hoodoo last week with their first win on the road in 27 games. A cracking 1-0 victory over Portsmouth could well be the catalyst for their rise up the table as they prepare to welcome struggling Bury to the New York Stadium. The visitors haven’t won since the opening day, and it appears their summer signings aren’t quite gelling yet. The Millers look a solid bet at 4/5 for another three points this weekend.
The both to score banker for the weekend has to be at the Memorial Stadium where Bristol Rovers take on Walsall. All the stats point towards a goal or two: Both sides have scored in their last three meetings, the last three Bristol Rovers matches have seen both teams bag, and the last five Walsall games have fetched 19 goals. So if a BTS acca is your cup of tea, this game is the metaphorical turning on of the kettle – I’ll get my coat for that shocking play on words, while you back both teams scoring at 8/11.
Crawley Town have recovered well from a piss poor start to their season, largely thanks to brilliant back-to-back wins over Swindon and Yeovil. Next up is a trip to slow-starting Colchester, who despite their struggles, are an incredibly short 19/20 for victory over the in-form visitors. I’m having none of that, and neither should you if you want a bit of bang for your buck. A much smarter bet is Crawley to win a half at a lovely 13/10 with BoyleSports.
Elsewhere, Crewe look like good news at 13/10 at home to Chesterfield. Gary Caldwell won’t be happy with his side’s defending in recent weeks, having conceded eight in three games in a start that has him under the cosh in the Chesterfield board room, while the Alex have enjoyed an unbeaten home start this campaign.
Last up is a look at two of the recently relegated teams as Coventry host Port Vale at the Ricoh Arena. Both sides are struggling for goals – with Coventry drawing blanks in three of their last four, and Port Vale failing to score at all in the same period. As someone who knows all about not scoring in every sense of the word, I know a bore draw when I see one. Backing a 0-0 could make your weekend a belter at odds of 9/1. Think about it…
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Middlesbrough at evens to win at Bolton in the Championship.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Wolves, Middlesbrough, Charlton and Notts County returns a tidy £134 with BoyleSports. Back it here!