It was another cracking weekend of betting in the Championship for us with all three bets landing, although it wasn’t without a heart-stopping moment or two along the way! Bristol City and Rotherham left it oh so late to secure our tips but all’s well that ends well as they say and along with Burnley they made it a tasty pay day on Saturday afternoon.
The Clarets were a massive price away at Huddersfield and duly earned their sixth league win in a row with a comfortable 3-1 scoreline. We backed Fulham and Bristol City to go over 2.5 goals and it was a last-gasp winner from City’s Lee Tomlin that got us over the line, while Rotherham produced the mother of all comebacks to secure a point at home to Derby. Having gone three goals down to the Rams in the second-half Neil Warnock’s men looked dead and buried, but an incredible fightback saw them score three in the last seven minutes to secure our bet on the home side getting a win or draw on the double chance.
Tuesday’s action only features three fixtures but each one has plenty of appeal for different reasons. Brighton face a Reading side that was cruelly knocked out of the FA Cup on Friday night at the hands of Crystal Palace, and the Seagulls look a good shout to bag all three points and keep alive their hopes of automatic promotion. The same can be said of Steve Bruce’s Hull team which has faltered lately but is level on points with Brighton and just two points behind Middlesbrough in second place. The Tigers are at home to Notts Forest in a game that they surely have to win to stay in the hunt and avoid the prospect of a play-off campaign. Meanwhile Ipswich host Blackburn in a game that looks rather tight, and the sensible money is arguably on the stalemate.
Brighton v Reading
Brighton are the headline pick at a cracking odds-against price of 27/252.08+1081.081.08-0.93 with Marathonbet
Chris Hughton has done a cracking job on the south coast and his team broke their own unbeaten record earlier in the season and looked primed for promotion, if not the league title itself. They experienced a lengthy blip though during late December and early January, which has probably put them out of the title race as they’re now nine points adrift of leaders Burnley. Automatic promotion however, is still a distinct possibility and they will be treating every game from here on in as a cup final. The return to form has seen them win six and draw three of the last ten, with the only defeat a 4-1 thumping away at Cardiff. On home soil they’ve been a solid proposition for most of the season though, with 12 wins from 18 games in front of their own fans.
Reading thought they may be heading for a real cup final after putting in such a great performance against Palace in front of the TV cameras on Friday night, but they were dealt a cruel blow as the Premier League side were awarded an 86th minute penalty before adding insult to injury with a second right at the death. That will have hit the Royals hard and this game could easily be a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’, as they have little left to play for now this season. They’re 15th in the table, more or less safe from relegation but with no chance of promotion, and they’ve lost 7 of the last 10 on the road to boot.
Brighton were held to a 0-0 draw in their last home game by Sheffield Wednesday, but they’d won the previous four and are well worth following on Tuesday night.
Hull v Nottingham Forest
Hull are another side who at one point looked as if they were odds-on for automatic promotion, but a run of three without a win has dented their hopes. However, they are strong at home and face a Forest side which has lost 4 out of 5, and the price of 29/501.58-1720.58-1.720.58 with Marathonbet looks worth a nibble.
Having won six on the trot in front of their own fans they’ve now been held to three consecutive draws by MK Dons, Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton, and of course they were given a 4-0 drubbing by Arsenal in the FA Cup. Bruce will be asking his team for a reaction here and Forest could well bear the brunt of it.
The Nottingham side had been on a brilliant 13-game unbeaten run up until a few weeks ago, but five defeats in the last six has left them floundering in mid-table a full 14 points from the play-offs. The only bright spot was the 1-0 win against Preston, but they look opposable against a team packed with Premier League quality.
Ipswich v Blackburn
Four of the last five between Ipswich and Blackburn have ended all -square, and the draw makes plenty of appeal at a tasty 23/103.30+2302.302.30-0.43 with BetVictor, 888Sport and Unibet
Ipswich are still within four points of the play-offs and won’t have given up hope of the same result as last year when they crept into the top six at the last minute. Blackburn meanwhile, have been having something of a resurgence under new manager Paul Lambert, but even he admitted that his players have had too tough a schedule lately and were suffering from burn out. This is the sort of game that could go either way, but with two teams who are of a solid, defensive mindset a draw is probably the most likely outcome.
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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