Wolves can inch closer to a return to the Premier League after a six-year absence by beating, and keeping a clean sheet, against Norwich City at Molineux on Wednesday.
Wolves’ success has been built on a water-tight defence which has only conceded 24 goals in their 32 Championship matches. They have kept clean sheets in more than half their games and are 20/21 to do so once again against the mid-table Canaries.
Wolves have already earned 72 points this season, at the same stage last term they had accrued only 35, and their improvement under head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has been remarkable.
In contrast Norwich are enduring a disappointing campaign with a lack of goals behind their poor form. They have only scored 32 goals to date although they are solid defensively.
Daniel Farke’s team have scored just four goals in their last four games, but they are unbeaten in that sequence and have managed to pick up eight points.
Wolves won 2-0 at Carrow Road in October and a repeat of that scoreline is available at 6/1.
Fulham are the division’s form team and they can extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches by beating Bristol City.
The Cottagers clinched an impressive 2-0 victory against Aston Villa on Saturday which has helped to catapult then up to fifth in the table, one position and two points better off than the Robins, who have managed to win just one of their last eight league encounters.
Only Wolves have found the net more often than Fulham this season who are 3/1 to beat Bristol City with both teams to score.
Second-placed Cardiff City have hit form again after their festive blip and should be able to beat Ipswich Town by one goal at Portman Road, available at 49/20.
Neil Warnock’s team are 19 points better off than at this stage last season and are doing well despite not having a regular scorer in their team – Junior Hoilett is currently their most prolific player with eight goals to his credit.
Aston Villa may find it hard to bounce back following their Craven Cottage setback as they entertain draw specialists Preston North End on Tuesday.
Alex Neil’s side have drawn 14 matches and six of their last 10, including at the weekend when they held Wolves to a 1-1 draw.
Middlesbrough and Hull City were both playing in the Premier League last season but the Teessiders have stuttered in their attempt to return to the top-flight at the first time of asking, while the Tigers are in danger of slipping into the third tier.
Boro have struggled for consistency all season and have lost four of their last eight matches, all by 1-0 scorelines.
They won 3-1 at the KC Stadium in October and have been better away from home all season, scoring 17 goals at the Riverside Stadium but 23 on their travels.
There has been little sign of a revival at Hull since Nigel Adkins was installed as manager in early December.
They were brushed aside by Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday and are only one point above the relegation zone.
They did win at Nottingham Forest in their last Championship clash though and are 5/2 to draw at Middlesbrough.
Two teams currently in the relegation zone – Barnsley and Burton Albion – meet at Oakwell and the Tykes can ease their drop concerns by beating Nigel Clough’s struggling outfit.
Both teams are in dire form and a low-scoring affair could be on the cards with a 1-0 victory for Barnsley available at 21/4.
Brentford have moved quietly into play-off contention by winning six of their last 10 matches and can extend that impressive run by coming out on top against Birmingham City, who have struggled for goals all season – their record of 22 is the worst in the Championship.
A Bees victory by a two-goal margin is good value at 7/2.
Millwall are safely in mid-table after winning three and drawing three of their last six games and have only been beaten three times at the New Den in 16 matches this season.
Sheffield Wednesday also look set for a mid-table spot this term but could become the Lions’ latest victims on Tuesday with a Millwall victory from behind worth backing at 6/1.
Nottingham Forest are in danger of slipping into a relegation battle after taking only one point from their last four games.
They could not have wished for much better opposition on Tuesday than Reading though as Jaap Stam’s side have struggled all season.
The Royals have only won one of their last 11 Championship fixtures – at rock-bottom Burton – and are a massive 25 points worse off than they were at this stage last term
Forest can be backed at 33/10 to win the game with both teams to score.
Sheffield United put on a creditable display on Friday in the 1-0 loss to Leicester City in the FA Cup and can get their play-off push back on track by beating mid-table Queens Park Rangers 2-1 (8/1), while the relegation six-pointer between Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland has all the signs of being a grim stalemate with a goalless draw between two poor teams available at 7/1.
Leeds United’s fine start to the season is now a distant memory and it already appears as though they are going to be starting the 2018/19 campaign in the Championship.
Leeds won six of their first nine games but have only triumphed seven times in the last 23 and are winless in eight.
In contrast Derby still harbour promotion hopes despite a recent spate of draws that have stalled their push for a top-two finish. They have only lost one of their last 10 fixtures but drawn five of them. However, the Rams can get back on track by beating United at odds of 4/5.