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Boro to boost promotion hopes

Boro to boost promotion hopes


More drama is promised from the latest round of Championship fixtures and Friday’s match between Middlesbrough and Leeds United could be the perfect way to start.

Both continue to harbour play-off aspirations and seem to be finding some consistency heading into the real business end of the campaign.

Seven points from the last nine available at the Riverside bodes well for Boro, while Leeds have not won on the road in their last six away trips.

The home win at 10/13 therefore makes sense but with no clean sheet in six for the hosts, 11/4 for a Middlesbrough win and both to score certainly appeals.

Three o’clock on Saturday sees some potential crackers, most notably Fulham’s trip to Derby.

The Cottagers are one of the form teams in the division, while the Rams have not won any of their last four and not for the first time, appear to be faltering after flirting with the automatic positions.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s men can go above their opponents with a victory and look a handy price to do just that at 9/5.

Another game that jumps out at three is the Lancashire derby between Bolton and Preston.

The Trotters have started to move away from the relegation places after avoiding defeat in their last two while Preston’s play-off push is on the slide due to them failing to win in their last four.

It promises to be a cagey game at the Macron but something’s got to give and North End could sneak home at 21/20.

Elsewhere and Millwall are unbeaten in four and having conceded just twice in that time, should beat Sunderland to zero at 13/10, while Cardiff are another decent option at Brentford.

Neil Warnock signed a new contract earlier this week and faces a Bees side capable of magical things but without the consistency to back them up.

The Bluebirds are unbeaten in their last six, winning on five of those occasions and their 39/20 to triumph at Griffin Park could be the price of the weekend.

Finally at 5:30, it could be a bloodbath at Molineux where Wolves host Reading.

The Championship leaders went down 2-0 at Fulham last time out but will be raring to go against a Royals side who have not won this year and were crushed 3-1 by Sheffield United in midweek.

A home win looks a formality but with it so short and Reading having conceded six in their last two games, over 3.5 goals looks exceptionally generous at 39/20.

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