There is another potentially decisive 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 Hull vs Leeds, Blackburn vs Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby.
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Hull are slowly slipping towards the relegation zone and following their midweek defeat to Barnsley, they not sit just four points shy of the bottom three. With the three sides below the dotted line beginning to pick up points, the Tigers are in genuine danger of slipping into League One.
Grant McCann’s side are without a win since New Year’s Day and they’ve picked up just a single point from a possible 25 at the KCOM.
Leeds were 1-0 winners at the Riverside at the weekend, yet they were far from convincing in the second half. They did have a couple of penalty shouts, and missed several chances in the first half, however, just a single goal was enough to secure maximum points.
The Whites have won nine times on the road this season, although they’ve only won twice since the beginning of December. This is a little easier than some of the more recent assignments and they will be expected to collect another vitally important three points in East Yorkshire.
Betting tip for Hull vs Leeds – Leeds win – 4/9
What score will Hull vs Leeds be? 0-2 – 11/2
Blackburn are now unbeaten in 12 of their last 13 home matches, and they picked up yet another point at Ewood Park on Wednesday night. Rovers were the better side against Stoke, yet they were unable to find a way through.
They remain on the fringes of the play-offs, and have an outside chance of nicking sixth spot. Tony Mowbray’s side have kept three clean sheets in their last four and despite the absence of Derrick Williams, they’ve looked very assured at the back.
Swansea were desperately unlucky in midweek, losing in the dying minutes to Fulham. It was a first defeat in four for Steve Cooper’s side, who still harbour hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs. The Swans were away specialists at the beginning of the campaign, yet they are winless in five on their travels, losing three of them.
The Welsh side may just be edged out once again here.
Betting tip for Blackburn vs Swansea – Blackburn win – 6/5
What score will Blackburn vs Swansea be? 2-1 – 8/1
A late goal prevented Fulham from dropping yet more points in midweek and they will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins this weekend. The Cottagers have won three of their last four home matches, and only a comprehensive defeat to Barnsley has blotted their copybook in recent weeks.
Despite their good form, many people remain unconvinced about Fulham’s promotion challenge, and Scott Parker’s side may be forced to settle for a play-off spot. The over-reliance on Aleksandar Mitrovic is a slight concern, with the Serbian having found the net 23 times. No other Fulham player has struck more than seven times this campaign.
Preston didn’t offer much against West Brom in midweek. PNE may have the best home in the division, yet they often struggle away from home. They haven’t beaten a side above 14th on their travels, and although they’ve recently dispatched of Stoke, Charlton and Wigan, this will be much tougher.
Betting tip for Fulham vs Preston – Fulham win – 88/100
What score will Fulham vs Preston be? 1-0 – 6/1
Mark Warburton’s side got back to winning ways in midweek with a 2-1 victory over Derby. QPR are decent on their own patch and they’ve won four of their last five matches at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
When they click in the final third, they’re exceptionally potent and have netted 13 goals in their last five matches. The form of Bright Osayi-Samuel and Eberechi Eze has provided plenty of joy for the home fans whilst the likes of Marc Pugh and Geoff Cameron have helped them tighten up.
Birmingham picked up a point in midweek, drawing 0-0 at the Den. The Blues are on one of the longest unbeaten runs in the Championship and have avoided defeat since New Year’s Day. Pep Clotet’s men have also managed to pick up something in each of their last five away games.
The form of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Scott Hogan has helped Birmingham climb the table, and they will feel confident about their chances in West London. The points may well be shared on Saturday.
Betting tip for QPR vs Birmingham – Draw – 5/2
What score will QPR vs Birmingham be? 1-1 – 5/1
Reading slipped to one of their worst defeats of the campaign, going down 3-0 to relegation threatened Wigan. The Royals are struggling for form, and have won just one of their last ten games. They are winless at the Madejski since Boxing Day, and although they are no immediate danger of relegation, they desperately need to improve on their recent displays.
Worryingly, they’ve also failed to score in each of their last two games and they may find it tough against an upwardly mobile Barnsley. The Tykes were victorious again on Wednesday night, winning 1-0 at the KCOM. A Cauley Woodrow goal was enough to seal all three points and the South Yorkshire club have now won three on the bounce. They’ve also kept three consecutive clean sheets, and look defensively assured.
Barnsley are showing signs of life, and look extremely competent at the back. They should be able to capitalise on the hosts lack of confidence.
Betting tip for Reading vs Barnsley – Barnsley Draw No Bet – 5/4
What score will Reading vs Barnsley be? 0-2 – 16/1
Following a drab spell, Sheffield Wednesday have now picked up four points from a possible six and look to have shaken off their recent woes. The Owls have been much better, although they needed a late Steven Fletcher winner on Wednesday night. The Scot’s return is a huge coup for Sheffield Wednesday and he seems to be the only player who is capable of scoring on a regular basis.
Fletcher’s goal was their first strike in five home matches, and with four goals in their last two games, they will feel confident about notching here.
Derby are the only side in the Championship who have failed to keep a clean sheet away from home this season, and their wait for a shutout on the road continues after going down 2-1 to QPR on Tuesday night. Phillip Cocu’s side have conceded 12 times in their last five matches away from Pride Park, although they have found the net in each of their last six.
Each of the last three meetings between these sides have seen both sides find the back of the net and this one could go the same way.
What score will Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby be? 1-1 – 24/5
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