After a rare midweek off, the Championship resumes at the weekend, starting at The Hawthorns where West Brom host Aston Villa on Friday evening.
WBA v Aston Villa – over 3.5 goals @ 29/20
The Baggies are on a run of four unbeaten but dropped points last time out, conceding a late equaliser against out-of-sorts Brentford.
In contrast, Villa produced one of the performances of the season as they defeated Middlesbrough 3-0 at The Riverside on Saturday night.
Striker Tammy Abraham is 1/1 in the Anytime Goalscorer market, having scored seven in his last four outings, including a four-goal haul in the 5-5 draw against Nottingham Forest.
There is just over four miles between the club and these two look tough to split. It promises to be an open game, with both teams scoring in six of WBA’s last seven outings.
Norwich to win and BTTS @ 21/10
Leaders Norwich will look to further their promotion hopes at three o’clock on Saturday against a Bolton team without a victory in 10 matches.
The Trotters made a decent start but are heading in the wrong direction and rumour has it Phil Parkinson has been a touch lucky to keep his job, while the club’s financial situation has hardly helped morale.
Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Wigan means a win in this game could take them out of the bottom three, but they face a Canaries team who have won seven of their last nine although they were held to a stalemate in this fixture last season.
With Norwich having netted seven in their last two Championship outings at Carrow Road, but with only one clean sheet in their last four, there are likely to be goals.
Brentford to win @ 21/20
While there may be more entertaining games elsewhere at on Saturday, the fixture at Griffin Park has plenty riding on it.
Both Brentford and Swansea had promotion aspirations earlier in the season but neither can be said to be in form, with the Bees winning just one of their last 13 Championship fixtures, while the Swans have lost four of their last five.
Thomas Frank will have been encouraged by his side’s late show in Monday’s 1-1 at West Brom and this looks a great chance for them to get over their post-Dean Smith hangover by grabbing all three points.
Sheffield United to win and BTTS @ 21/10
Finally, at 5:30pm on Saturday, struggling Reading welcome Sheffield United to the Madejski Stadium.
The Royals have won just one of their last seven to leave them 21st and only out of the bottom three on goal difference.
But Paul Clement’s side have drawn three of their last four, an outcome that is 53/20, and face a United team still in the play-off spots despite winning just one of their last five.
That success came in the Blades’ last away game, beating Brentford 3-2 late last month, and so boss Chris Wilder will see this match as an excellent chance for points.
United won this fixture 3-1 last season and another away win and both teams to score looks a great price.
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