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Wolves to continue title hunt

Wolves to continue title hunt

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High-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers will be looking to continue their push towards the title when they take on one of the surprise packages in the Championship so far in the form of Preston North End on Saturday.

Big-spenders Wolves have not taken long to find their stride under manager Nuno Espirito Santo and the 2-0 victory over rivals Aston Villa last time out shows this team could be the ones who go all the way and finish top of the pile this season.

Portuguese star Diogo Jota, who Wolves are hoping to land on a permanent deal, is currently joint-top goalscorer in the league and is once again set to be a real threat when Wolves entertain Preston.

Former Norwich City manager Alex Neil has done a fine job to take Preston up to fifth place in the Championship table after their 2-2 draw at Fulham last time out. The Scottish tactician has got the Lancashire outfit playing some attacking football, but they might just meet their match at the weekend.

It was a 1-0 victory for Wolves in the last meeting between these two teams and it could well be a similar outcome, with the hosts 4/5 to claim the three points.

Cardiff City were previously flying high at the top of the Championship, but Neil Warnock’s side could come unstuck once again when they make the trip to Middlesbrough.

The Bluebirds have gone two games without a victory and suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat against strugglers Birmingham City the last time they took the field.

After high expectations before the start of the season, Boro have not set the Championship alight after life in the Premier League last term and currently sit down in 11th place in the standings.

Boss Garry Monk made a slow start during his time at Elland Road with Leeds United last season before nearly guiding the Whites to the play-offs.

The former Swansea manager could well do the same with Boro, who are 11/10 to make home advantage count and get back to winning ways against the south Wales outfit.

Another side who made a strong start to the season before somewhat losing their way are Leeds, who make the trip to Bristol City.

A frustrating 1-0 defeat at the hands of Reading at the weekend, with the Whites missing a late penalty, has seen Leeds lose their last three games.

Manager Thomas Christiansen is still getting used to the highs and lows of the Championship and will be determined to steady the ship as soon as possible.

Leeds still find themselves in sixth place in the table, a position they would have taken at this point of the campaign, having changed manager and lost top striker Chris Wood to Burnley in the summer window.

It won’t be easy for Leeds to get their next win this weekend, with the Robins enjoying a fine start to the season.

Sitting pretty in fourth place in the table, Bristol City have been playing some great football and will go into this game eager to get back to winning ways after a frustrating goalless draw against Burton Albion.

Leeds are due a performance and look a good price at 5/2 to claim all three points.

Reading were the last side to upset the Leeds applecart and they will be looking to build on their three points at Elland Road when they make the trip to Sheffield United.

After a setback against Nottingham Forest, the Blades got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory against Ipswich Town. Having previously faced Wolves and before that Sheffield Wednesday, it has not been an easy run for Chris Wilder’s team.

However, that has made them battle-hardened and Reading have had the tendency to give teams chances and leave themselves exposed, even with iconic defender Jaap Stam as their manager.

With Bramall Lane being somewhat of a fortress this season, the Blades should keep their push for promotion going and are 21/20 to get the victory.

Moving to matters across the Steel City and Wednesday are also in action on Saturday when they make the trip 35 miles south to Derby.

With the Owls in 12th and the Rams just a place behind them, the two clubs are neck and neck at the start of the season.

Looking at form going into this one, Wednesday will want a response after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers. The Trotters have been poor this season although they earned their first win of the season with those three points against the Owls.

In contrast, confidence will be high in Gary Rowett’s squad after a 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Nottingham Forest last Sunday.

With a price of 6/5 for a Rams win on home soil, it’s hard to look past the hosts continuing their winning run as they look to make up ground on the play-off places.

Bolton could find themselves with that sinking feeling once again when they welcome Queens Park Rangers to the Macron Stadium.

Not many would have predicted the Trotters getting that result against Wednesday, but the same problems still haunt Phil Parkinson’s side, who have simply not got to grips with life back in the Championship and League 1 football once again appears to be waiting for them.

A lack of firepower could well be their undoing and the R’s, who have won three and drawn one of the last four meetings between the two sides, should have enough attacking prowess to get the result in Lancashire and narrow the six-point gap on the play-off places.

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Alex Jack

As a regular at Murrayfield and Headingley, Alex’s knowledge of both Rugby Union and Rugby League is undoubted.

He also takes in plenty of Football League action and particularly specialises in Championship betting.