EFL: Norwich Gunning For More Clean Sheet History

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EFL: Norwich Gunning For More Clean Sheet History

James Capps

The Championship

There’s a west London derby to kick things off in the Championship on Friday night as QPR host Fulham at Loftus Road. The Cottagers are picking up a decent run of form, courtesy of last week’s draw with Middlesbrough and an impressive win at Forest in midweek. QPR, meanwhile, are winless in four, and have only beaten Fulham at home once in the last 34 years. Make your Friday night interest bet a Fulham away win at 5/4 with BoyleSports – a result that will put them on the cusp of the play-offs.

Norwich pulled off the result of the night on Tuesday when a James Maddison screamer secured a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough to make it five consecutive clean sheets for the first time since they joined the EFL back in 1920. There’s every chance of another shutout this weekend when they visit a Reading side that have only scored once in their last two home outings and are winless in five games. The Canary clean sheet is a great price at 11/4 with Ladbrokes.

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Two of the division’s highest scorers should give us a decent game at Portman Road as Ipswich face off against Bristol City. The Tractor Boys thrashed Sunderland on Tuesday to keep themselves in the top six, while Lee Johnson’s Brizzle City have only failed to score once away from home this season. 7/10 for both sides to nick a goal is by no means a bad price in the Both to Score stakes…

Sheffield Wednesday are in action on a Sunday for the second week running as they host Yorkshire rivals Leeds United. The Owls will be hoping for better luck this Sunday after being well beaten by their city rivals Sheffield United last week. Leeds come into the game off the back of their first defeat of the season at the hands of Cardiff, but they don’t have a bad record at Hillsbrough, winning on two of their last three visits. Wednesday have lost back-to-back games, and you can forgive me for thinking 11/5 for a dangerous Leeds side to make it three defeats in a row for the Owls is a bumper price.

League One

Fleetwood surprised the form book on Tuesday with a superb 3-0 win at Bradford City, and they’re a scorching 9/5 to build on that with a home win against an out-of-form Charlton side. The Addicks are winless in four, and haven’t kept a clean sheet since August – Not the kind of defensive form you want when you’re coming up against the likes of Devante Cole.

Five wins in six have seen pre-season title favourites Wigan leap to second in the League One table, and they’re better than even money to keep their fourth straight home clean sheet when they host Walsall – who have only won once away from home this calendar year, but that was last time out, a result that busted last weekend’s acca… the swines.

A Nick Powell goal did the trick in Wigan's 1-0 win over Plymouth last time out. (Source: Daily Mirror)
A Nick Powell goal did the trick in Wigan’s 1-0 win over Plymouth last time out. (Source: Daily Mirror)

Oldham delivered a great response to manager John Sheridan’s departure on Monday with a surprise 3-2 victory over Peterborough the following day. Caretaker boss Richie Wellens will be hoping for more of the same when they travel to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth. Pompey have had an inconsistent start to the season, summed up by their L-W-L-W-L-W sequence in their last six games, and that could well play into the hands of the Latics, who will be keen to build on their encouraging midweek result. An Oldham away win may well be a bridge too far, but 23/10 for them to win just one half is worth a tenner of anyone’s money.

League Two

Exeter lost out in the battle of the top two against Notts County on Tuesday, but they have a great chance to bounce back against a Morecambe outfit that have only bagged maximum points on their travels once since February. 8/11 for the Grecians to get back to winning ways would have been shorter if they didn’t get a hammering in midweek, so take advantage of it this weekend.

Barnet’s promising league start is slowly fading away, and three defeats in four isn’t helping their slide down the League Two table. They’re facing Wycombe this weekend, who have won their last two games and look set for another tilt at the play-offs this season. Both teams have no problems finding the back of the net, so 7/10 for both to score is a near-certainty. The Wycombe home win is going into Cappa’s Acca, and should go in yours too, at 19/20.

Last up is a feisty Nottinghamshire derby between Mansfield and Notts County. If you’re not afraid of a potential bout of early-kick off syndrome then you simply have to go with the Magpies at 23/10. They’re top of the league, winning their last six games (including their last four away games), and come into the game following their most impressive display of the season at Exeter in midweek. Mansfield’s promotions ambitions took a hit following defeat to Cheltenham, and consistency continues to be a problem for Steve Evans’ side. League Two games can be hard to call, but this looks pretty black and white…

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Notts County at 23/10 to win at Mansfield in League Two:

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Wolves, Middlesbrough, Fleetwood and Wycombe returns £172 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!