Burnley and Derby made it five out of six winning tips for us in the Championship on Tuesday night, with just Reading letting us down after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Huddersfield. We’re pressing on full steam ahead for Saturday’s games and we’ve got some cracking value bets lined up at some very tasty prices.
Regular readers will know we’ve been following the Clarets for a few weeks now, and the bookies continue to offer tempting odds on Sean Dyche’s men. Burnley made a good fist of things when they were in the Premier League last season and the 3-1 win over Fulham on Tuesday night took them into second place, level on points with leaders Hull and now third placed Brighton. Meanwhile Sheffield Wednesday are hovering just outside the play-off zone, after a nine-game unbeaten run, and they pay a visit to the capital to play a Charlton side which has lost 9 of its last 10 games. Finally, there is a top-of-the-table clash between Hull and Middlesbrough who are separated by a single point in 1st and 4th places respectively.
Wolves v Burnley
Burnley stand out at 2/13.00+2002.002.00-0.50 with BetVictor, Bet365 and BoyleSports to beat Wolves, who have lost four of the last five games.
It was a cracking season for Wolves last year, and they were unlucky to miss out on a play-off place on goal difference in their first year back in the Championship after promotion from League One. They seem to have been suffering from a bit of ‘second season syndrome’ this time around, and currently sit 14th after a poor run that has seen them lose to Derby, Brentford, Middlesbrough and Bristol City. That includes the last two home games, and all is not well at Molineux.
Burnley by contrast, have been on an excellent run, and summer signing Andre Gray has notched twice in each of his last two games to bring his tally for the season to ten goals. His form is going a long way towards filling the hole left by the departure of Danny Ings who made the big money move to Liverpool, and the team is riding high on confidence at the moment. They’ve won five of the last six games, including three of their last five away games against Blackburn, Rotherham, and Bristol City.
At the price, Burnley are well worth backing to continue the good form on Saturday afternoon.
Charlton v Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday are another away side who can make Saturday’s trip a fruitful one at 13/102.30+1301.301.30-0.77 with Skybet and Paddy Power
Charlton’s season has gone from bad to worse and after some promising early results they’ve now lost nine of the last ten games. Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to MK Dons was particularly damaging as it was against a relegation rival, and the Addicks now find themselves second-bottom of the table just a point ahead of rock-bottom Rotherham. They’ve failed to score in five games and interim boss Karel Fraeye admitted he was concerned by the lack of chances they created in that latest loss.
Sheffield Wednesday on the other hand, are having a good campaign so far which has seen them win five of the last eight games to rise to 8th position, a mere point outside of the play-offs. They’ve also been showcasing their quality in the Capital One Cup, scoring excellent wins over Newcastle, and more impressively, Arsenal. They’ve won two of the last three away games in the league – at Brentford and Rotherham – as well as securing a 0-0 draw away at QPR. Saturday’s 0-0 draw with then leaders Brighton was also a good result, and the Owls are a decent bet to take apart a struggling Charlton side.
Hull v Middlesbrough
Our final tip concerns two promotion candidates in Hull and Middlesbrough, and with both sides in great form the draw looks very appealing at 12/53.40+2402.402.40-0.42 with Unibet and 888Sport
Steve Bruce has got the Tigers purring again and they jumped above Brighton and Burnley on goal difference with Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at Brentford. That was their fourth win in a row, and they also beat Premier League high flyers Leicester on penalties in the Capital One Cup. They’ve won 7 and drawn 3 of the last ten at home this season, and you have to go back to the 12th of September for their last defeat – a 1-0 loss to Brighton. Brentford head coach Lee Carsley was actually pleased with his side’s application in the 2-0 defeat, and remarked that Hull are full of Premier League quality with the likes of Huddlestone and Diame able to come off the bench to influence the game.
Boro lost out in the play-off final to Norwich last season, but Aitor Karanka has recruited exceptionally well in the summer with the likes of Downing, Nugent and Stuani joining the fold. Most pundits predicted that they would be much stronger this season, and so it has proved. They’ve won their last three in the league and also completed their own cup giant-killing, knocking out Manchester United on penalties at Old Trafford. Those sort of results inspire confidence, and the Smoggies will provide a very stiff test for Bruce and his men. Karanka was known last season for setting his side up to be compact and hit other teams on the break. While Boro have been a little more expansive this season, they are still a solid proposition defensively, with the second-best defence in the league after Hull.
This has all the hallmarks of a tense and tight encounter, and in private, both managers would probably be happy enough with a point from this game to keep them in and around the two automatic promotion places.
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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