Another exciting weekend of unpredictable Championship action awaits over the weekend, starting with two games on Friday.
Leeds United host Aston Villa in a game between two clubs whose history suggests they are better than this level. Their performances this season have not always reflected this though but the Whites have won two of their last three, while Villa head to Elland Road on the back of a trio of victories.
Interestingly, Leeds lost their last outing on a Friday against Sheffield United and having struggled at home this season, the away win looks good at 9/5.
A home win though is likely in Friday’s other game where Cardiff welcome Norwich. One of the toughest away trips in the league, this arduous journey is unlikely to be rewarded and the promotion-chasing Bluebirds should take the points at 20/21.
Three o’clock on Saturday sees eight games on the agenda and bottom club Bolton could gain some joy when Barnsley come to town. A defeat last time out ended the Trotters’ seven-game unbeaten run but the Tykes have lost their last three and 6/4 for a home triumph jumps off the screen.
Elsewhere and 7/5 for Sheffield United to get back on track at Millwall seems very good, with the Lions without a win in six, and there will be personal pride at stake in the East Midlands where Gary Rowett’s Derby meet Nigel Clough’s Burton.
Both men formally coached their opponents but on paper this should be no contest and the Rams are unlikely to disappoint at 5/12.
The late game on Saturday sees two of the play-off hopefuls clash at Ashton Gate where Bristol City welcome Middlesbrough. City came back from the dead to win 3-2 at Hull on Saturday, the same time as Boro lost 3-0 at home to Derby.
Lee Johnson’s men have proved themselves to be amongst the Championship’s entertainers this term and having been pretty streaky at times, it would be no surprise if they make it two wins in a row at 31/20.
Finally on Monday, there’s a West Midlands derby to get stuck into as Birmingham host Wolves. Whatever happens earlier on in the 20th round of Championship fixtures, Nuno Santo’s men will still be top of the division, but the Blues could be in the bottom three.
Their rivals are unlikely to show any sympathy though and it is hard to look past an away win. A Wolves win is short though so perhaps aim for over 2.5 goals at 1/1.
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