Brentford secured just their second win of the season last weekend when they beat Preston 2-1 at home, and the Bees look set to surge up the table now they’ve found their feet after a difficult start. Much was expected of Brentford this season as they follow a new management style based on numbers and statistics in terms of player recruitment, but inconsistent early season form has left them in 17th place with plenty of catching up to do.
There’s a common theme among all of our tips for Saturday, and it’s that each of the away teams have tough Capital One Cup ties in midweek, whereas each of the home sides will have had an extra few days rest after a blank midweek. Along with Brentford we’re also tipping Burnley and Cardiff to come out on top in front of their own fans at the weekend.
Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday
Brentford are a very big price to beat Sheffield Wednesday at home, and the 7/52.40+1401.401.40-0.71 on offer with Skybet, Bet365 and William Hill looks to be one of the bets of the weekend.
The Bees had to work hard to come from behind against Preston having gone 1-0 down after just 16 seconds, but second-half goals from Vibe and Djuricin secured a 2-1 win and three valuable points. Head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen said he was pleased with the character his team showed, and they now have the opportunity to climb the table with a run of ‘winnable’ home fixtures, starting with Sheffield Wednesday.
The Owls are also finding life tough in the Championship and have also won just two games. They currently sit in 14th place, just a point better off than Brentford, but they also have the distraction of a Capital One Cup match on Wednesday night. They face a tricky away tie at Newcastle in the cup, and although they may choose to rest players, it will affect preparation and fitness levels for Saturday’s game at Brentford.
Last weekend’s victory over Preston was only Brentford’s third win in the last seven at home, and they do need to start turning Griffin Park into a fortress if they want to challenge for promotion. They’ll have a good opportunity here against a Sheffield Wednesday side that have lost four of the last six on the road.
Burnley v Reading
It’s a similar situation for Burnley, who were knocked out of the Captial One Cup by Port Vale in an earlier round, as they face Reading just four days after the Royals take on Everton in the Cup.
Burnley have won three on the bounce at home and odds of 11/82.38+1381.381.38-0.72 with BetVictor and Betfair on them making it four from four are well worth taking.
Sean Dyche’s men had a stuttering start to life back in the Championship and didn’t get their first win until four games into the season, but they’ve gone from strength to strength with four consecutive wins and an away draw at Derby since then. That run has seen them climb to third in the table behind early leaders Middlesbrough and Brighton, and they are in a great position to push for automatic promotion.
Reading have had an equally good start, with three wins and three draws under the belt, giving them 12 points and putting them in 6th place. If they can hold on to a play-off spot by the end of the season it will have been a successful campaign, but not many sides will take points away from a trip to Burnley. The Royals face a home cup tie against Everton on Tuesday, and that game is bound to take plenty of energy out of the players. Burnley have the luxury of the extra rest and preparation time, and that could make a huge difference.
Burnley have won the last three in a row at home, and although Reading have won three of the last five on the road, this is a tougher assignment than they’ve faced previously and odds against on a Burnley home win is more than reasonable.
Cardiff v Charlton
Finally Cardiff are also worth an interest when they welcome Charlton to the Cardiff City stadium, with the Addicks early form apparently having dried up.
Cardiff at 1/12.00+1001.001.00-1.00 with Skybet is a generous price under the circumstances.
Charlton play away at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup, and it’s hard to see them getting much from that game. After going unbeaten in the first four games, Charlton have now lost three of the last four, including a confidence-sapping 3-0 reverse at Blackburn last weekend. They’ve also lost to Wolves and Huddersfield in that run, as well as being held to a 1-1 home draw by bottom club Rotherham. They’ve dropped back to 15th in the table, and any fans hoping for a promotion push have been brought crashing back down to earth.
Cardiff went six games unbeaten at the start of the season (three wins, three draws), and are currently 8th in the table, just outside the play-off zone on goal difference. In a complete turnaround, they went on to lose the next two to Hull, and more surprisingly to Rotherham, who grabbed their first win of the season with a shock 2-1 win over the Bluebirds. The victory was secured by a 90th minute own goal after Cardiff were down to ten men, and they will appreciate a full week to regroup and prepare for this game.
The Bluebirds have won five of the last seven on home soil, and Charlton have now lost their last two on the road. With the extra hassle of a midweek League Cup tie, Charlton will do very well to come away with anything from this game, and all signs point to a comfortable home victory.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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