It’s another quick turnaround for many of the Championship clubs, who return to action this weekend after midweek fixtures.
Top from bottom are separated by 10 points and some clubs and managers are already starting to feel the pressure. We’ve been looking at the best three bets for this weekend’s fixtures.
Sheffield Wednesday to beat Ipswich @ 13/10
After a quiet transfer window and a poor start to the season, questions were starting to be asked about Sheffield Wednesday (22/1 – To be promoted).
But a midweek win over Millwall could be the kick-start their season needed and they will expect to increase their points tally and move into the top half with victory over Ipswich.
The Tractorboys (23/10 – To win) are one of five teams still without a victory this term and the spotlight is beginning to fall on new boss Paul Hurst, especially after some of his transfer dealings.
Clearly goals are going to be a problem for Ipswich – they are currently the league’s joint second lowest goalscorers with just three – and they are likely to have to score to get something from their trip to Hillsborough.
Leeds to win at Norwich @ 33/20
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are top of the table, after playing some impressive football in the opening few weeks of the season.
Their midweek draw at Swansea showed the West Yorkshire side (15/4 – To score Over 2.5 goals) are also capable of battling hard to gain points when not playing at their best.
Leeds’ next test is a trip to East Anglia to face a Norwich team that gained their first win in midweek, with a 2-0 home success over Preston.
But it wasn’t a great performance from the Canaries (8/5 – To win) and this is a much stiffer test against a side that have lost just once in their last four visits to Carrow Road.
Bolton v Sheffield United – Under 2.5 Goals @ 5/7
It’s hard to call a winner in Saturday’s clash between Bolton and Sheffield United, with both teams going into the match after back-to-back wins.
Bolton (29/10 – To claim a home win) are the surprise package of the Championship to date, with three wins and a draw in their opening four league games.
Phil Parkinson’s men have kept two clean sheets in those four matches and their success has been built on a solid backline, which includes experienced centre-back pairing David Wheater and Mark Beevers.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, have scored five goals in their four league games and one of those came from the spot. Both games between these sides last season finished 1-0 to the visiting team and a 0-1 win for The Blades can be backed at 25/4.
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