It was a great weekend last week in the Championship with Burnley leading the way for our winning treble with an away win at Huddersfield. The Clarets are the headline pick again this week as they try to extend their lead at the top of the table with a home victory over Wolves.
Sean Dyche has successfully navigated the disappointment of relegation from the Premier League and the loss of big name players like Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier. He’s moulded a new squad with some astute signings such as leading scorer Andre Gray, and at this stage Burnley look primed for an automatic return to the big time. At the other end of the table there’s a huge relegation battle going on, and we’re siding with Bristol City this week as they entertain bottom club Bolton. The Robins have given themselves a Championship lifeline over recent weeks and the last-gasp 2-1 win at Fulham last Saturday was a massive result. A win at Ashton Gate would put them within touching distance of survival. Meanwhile Leeds have quietly helped themselves to three Championship wins on the bounce, and they are worth a poke at a very tasty price when they welcome an out-of-sorts Huddersfield side.
Burnley v Wolves
The days of Burnley being offered at odds-against at home are long gone, but they can still be backed at a more realistic 31/501.62-1610.62-1.610.62 with BetVictor, Betfred and Totesport to beat Wolves.
We’ve made hay with the Clarets this season as they’ve been consistently under-rated by the layers, but the six-game winning streak that has taken them six points clear at the top has made everyone sit up and take notice. Another win here could see them forge further clear at the top and with promotion in sight, we don’t expect them to make any mistakes. The winning run has seen them beat Rotherham, Forest, Bolton, Blackburn, Fulham and Huddersfield, and they are plenty capable enough of beating mid-table Wolves. They’ve won every home match in this calender year since the 0-0 draw with Ipswich on the 2nd of January, and another three points beckon.
Wolves have relatively little left to play for and the challenge they made for the play-offs last season hasn’t quite materialized this time around. They’re in 12th position in the table with 47 points and while relegation is out of the question, so is a play-off spot with a huge 12-point gap to 6th placed Sheffield Wednesday. They’ve only won twice in the last ten games (lost four, drawn four), but more tellingly they haven’t won away from home since New Year’s day. The last six Championship road games have resulted in two draws and four defeats, and they’re travelling to the division’s in-form side on Saturday afternoon.
Bristol City v Bolton
Bristol City haven’t made the shortlist very often this season, but odds of 4/51.80-1250.80-1.250.80 with BoyleSports, Betfred and William Hill about a home win over Bolton are worth taking.
Bolton may have had good news lately with the takeover of a new consortium, but it looks highly unlikely to assist them with this season’s battle against relegation. Manager Neil Lennon left the club after the 2-1 home defeat to Preston condemned the Trotters to their fourth defeat in five, and academy coach Jimmy Phillips has been placed in interim charge for the rest of the campaign. Fans who were hopeful of a financial injection from the new backers were given a signal of caution when the news came out that on-loan midfielder Jay Spearing could no longer play this season as it would trigger an appearance-based payment to parent club Liverpool. It would appear that the hierarchy of the club have accepted relegation this term and are already looking to the future in League One next year.
City meanwhile have had no such defeatist attitude and they came from behind to win 2-1 at Fulham last weekend with a last-minute goal. That was their 5th win in eight matches and put them four points clear of the drop zone. A win here could take them further ahead of their basement rivals and they can be expected to come out with attacking intent from the off. Bolton haven’t won away all season and have only managed to draw 4 of their 18 matches on the road with 14 ending in defeat. The Robins won’t get many better chances to get much-needed points on the board and are well worth backing on this occasion to come good.
Leeds v Huddersfield
Our final tip is on Leeds who look a very good price to beat Huddersfield on home soil at 47/252.88+1881.881.88-0.53 with BetVictor, Betfred and Totesport
Leeds are another club that have had to contend with ownership and financial issues, but Steve Evan’s men have done little wrong on the pitch in recent weeks, winning three league games on the spin. Those wins include good victories over Cardiff and Blackburn, and their home record ensures that they command respect. It’s only one defeat in the last ten at home (five wins, four draws), and they’ve beaten this week’s visitors 3-0 and 5-1 on their last two visits.
The Terriers meanwhile, are on a run of three defeats in the last four games, and they’ve also lost four of the last six on the road. They’re still only six points above the bottom three so survival isn’t guaranteed by any stretch, but one suspects they’ll have enough about them to steer clear of trouble. Whether they gain anything this weekend is another matter, and at the odds Leeds look far too big to record their fourth win in a row.
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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