There is another cracking round of Championship matches taking place this weekend and we have taken a look at some of the best matches and picked out betting tips for each game – the fixtures include Brentford vs Blackburn, Preston vs Hull and Stoke vs Cardiff.
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The lunchtime kick-off sees Blackburn travel to West London to face high-flying Brentford. The Bees sit four points off the automatic spots and will be determined to put pressure on both Leeds and West Brom, who play later in the day.
Thomas Frank’s men have failed to win either of their last two matches, although they’ve been tough fixtures. At home, they’re extremely strong and have avoided defeat in 13 of their 16 matches at this ground this season. Only Preston, Fulham and Derby can boast better home form than the West Londoners and they’ll be once again hoping that their front three can fire them to victory.
Brentford have not been at their best in recent weeks, yet they have still been picking enough points to stay competitive, and that is the sign of a top side. With just 13 home goals conceded, they’ll be tough to break down here.
Blackburn are one of the most in-form sides in the division, and would be sat comfortably inside the top six if the table only accounted for 2020 form. Tony Mowbray’s men won in the capital seven days ago, beating Charlton 2-0, but this will be far from straightforward. They’re unbeaten in three matches away from Ewood, yet this is their toughest assignment in a while.
Betting tip for Brentford vs Blackburn – Brentford win – 6/10
What score will Brentford vs Blackburn be? 2-1 – 7/1
Barnsley gave their survival hopes a significant boost last weekend with an unexpected 3-0 success at Craven Cottage. The general consensus is that the Tykes have been playing much better than recent results would suggest, and it was a thoroughly deserved victory. Gerhard Struber’s side have been ranking highly on the XG scale, and they continue to carve out chances on a weekly basis.
The South Yorkshire side statistically have the weakest home form in the division, yet they’ve suffered just six defeats at Oakwell. They’ve also avoided defeat in five of their last seven games at this ground and last week’s success should give them a much-needed lift. They remain bottom of the table, yet can realistically bridge the gap over the coming weeks. They will see this as a golden opportunity to drag another side back into the relegation picture.
Middlesbrough put in their worst performance of the campaign last weekend, going down 1-0 at the Riverside to Luton. The fans bemoaned the limp performance from the Teessiders and Jonathan Woodgate must find a way to lift his young squad ahead of this crucial contest.
Boro have won just twice on the road all season, and have registered just three clean sheets. They could be a response to last week’s underwhelming display, however it’s hard to back them with any confidence. The hosts may want this more.
Betting tip for Barnsley vs Middlesbrough – Barnsley Draw No Bet – 8/11
What score will Barnsley vs Middlesbrough be? 2-0 – 11/1
Despite some questionable form at Deepdale in recent weeks, Preston still possess one of the division’s best home records and the Lilywhites will be fancied to collect three points against struggling Hull. PNE are still clinging onto the final play-off spot and have been putting in some eye-catching performances on the road, however they are now winless four of their last five matches at this ground.
Despite not possessing an out-and-out goalscorer, the hosts have plenty of firepower and the goals have been spread around the squad this season. Daniel Johnson has been the catalyst to their return to form and he is likely to pull the strings once again in the centre of the park.
They have two extremely tough away games coming up with trips to the Hawthorns and Craven Cottage coming up, so they’ll be keen to take maximum points here.
Hull were involved in one of the matches of the season last weekend as they drew 4-4 with Swansea. Despite the loss of key players, Grant McCann’s side are still scoring plenty of goals, it’s at the other end where the problems lie.
They’ve shipped 13 goals in their last four matches and could struggle to contain Preston’s attack in this game. They could easily get on the scoresheet, but taking three points from this trip to Lancashire is unlikely.
Betting tip for Preston vs Hull – Preston win – 6/10
What score will Preston vs Hull be? 3-1 – 11/1
Michael O’Neill’s Stoke had improved in recent weeks, yet they appear to have taken a backwards step with back-to-back defeats and three losses in their last four. The Potters are looking far more threatening going forward, yet they still concede sloppy goals. They’ve lost just one of their last seven fixtures at the 365, and will be suitably tough to break down.
The form and return to fitness of Tyrese Campbell is a huge positive whilst Sam Clucas and James McLean continue to put in above average performances.
Cardiff haven’t set the league alight under Neil Harris, yet they’ve become one of the toughest sides to beat in the second tier. The Bluebirds have lost just one of their last twelve and still harbour faint play-off hopes. An over-reliance on Lee Tomlin could potentially be their downfall this season, although other players have now begun to chip in as well.
The visitors have won back-to-back away games coming into this fixture and have kept clean sheets in both. Their 3-0 demolition of Huddersfield was very impressive and they could nick this one as well.
Betting tip for Stoke vs Cardiff win – Cardiff Draw No Bet – 13/8
What score will Stoke vs Cardiff be? 1-2 – 12/1
Realistically, Swansea’s play-off hopes are over. The Welsh side have been hovering around the top half for the majority of the campaign, although they now find themselves comfortably in mid-table, and will need to significantly pick up their performances over the coming weeks.
Steve Cooper’s men had a decent January transfer window and their young squad is still showing a few signs of naivety at times. They drew 4-4 with Hull last weekend and their defending left plenty to be desired. They haven’t won any of their last five matches, yet have lost just two of their last nine Championship games. Too many draws are holding them back.
Huddersfield enjoyed a fruitful second half against Derby last weekend and managed to claw back a 1-1 draw at Pride Park. Very few teams have left that ground with anything to show for it, so it was a decent outcome for Danny Cowley and his men.
They’re extremely difficult to predict, so backing a draw seems like the logical option.
Betting tip for Swansea vs Huddersfield – Draw – 12/5
What score will Swansea vs Huddersfield be? 1-1 – 24/5
Wigan were the only side in the bottom three who failed to pick up maximum points last weekend. The Latics still managed to draw in South Wales, and are now unbeaten in four of their last five outings. Unfortunately, Paul Cook’s side are finding it tough to win games and they cannot afford to give away cheap goals in this one.
At home, they boast a 5-5-6 record, which is reasonable enough and have suffered just two defeats in their last seven matches at the DW. Keiffer Moore has looked sharp in recent weeks whilst the defensive duo are always a threat from set-pieces.
Since taking charge of Millwall, Gary Rowett’s record on the road has been excellent. His side have lost just a single game since the beginning of November and that came at Elland Road. They’ve won at Deepdale and Pride Park and will be incredibly tough to beat once again.
Although most of their best work goes through Jed Wallace, the Lions have a number of dangerous players, who could all test Wigan’s resolve in this one.
Betting tip for Wigan vs Millwall – Millwall Draw No Bet – 17/20
What score will Wigan vs Millwall be? 0-1 – 13/2
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