Burnley, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull did the business for us on Saturday to make it a profitable weekend in the Championship. The fixtures continue to come thick and fast though, with another round of games set to take place on Tuesday evening, and we’ve got three more tidy bets lined up for the night’s action.
Burnley were 2-1 home victors over Huddersfield to make it four wins from five games, and the relegated side look determined to get straight back up at the first time of asking. They now occupy 3rd position but are within two points of long-time leaders Brighton. Sean Dyche must prepare his men for another home game on Tuesday, this time against a Fulham side who routed strugglers Bristol City 4-1 away from home at the weekend.
Derby meanwhile, have climbed into the play-off zone after Saturday’s comfortable 3-0 win against Rotherham, and that makes it five from six for former Real Madrid coach Paul Clement. Tuesday night sees them welcome an inconsistent QPR to the iPro stadium, and with just three points to gain on the leaders, Derby will be aiming to continue that great form.
Another side making waves in the division is Reading, who have dropped out of the play-off zone after a couple of tough results, but who showed their resolve to fight back for a draw against Brighton on Saturday. They host mid-table Huddersfield on Tuesday, and manager Steve Clarke will know that these are the kind of games they have to win if they have any pretensions of promotion.
Reading v Huddersfield
Steve Clarke has developed a good team at Reading, and in Nick Blackman they have the division’s hottest striker. Matej Vydra also opened his account for the club in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brighton, having scored 16 league goals for Watford last term. The fact that he’s off the mark will have pleased his boss just as much as the character his team showed to fight back from a goal down against the league leaders. The Royals are currently 7th in the table after draws with Rotherham and Brighton as well as a shock 4-2 defeat at Fulham. Prior to that they’d won four on the spin, and it’s vital they get back to winning ways against mid-table Huddersfield.
The Terriers have been in and out of form this season and currently reside in 14th place in the league, a mere four points above the drop zone. Saturday’s 2-1 reverse to Burnley came off the back of the same result against Derby, and the trip down to Reading after back-to-back defeats is not one they’ll be looking forward to. Manager Chris Powell will at least be pleased that his side showed some fighting spirit against Burnley, getting a goal back late in the second half after going 2-0 down early, but it was all too little too late in the end.
Huddersfield have lost seven of ten away from home, and while Reading have hardly been a model of consistency on their own soil, they have at least won two of the last three in front of their own fans, and they have a pair of quality strikers who are both among the goals.
Burnley v Fulham
They have an excellent record at Turf Moor, winning five of the last six at home, and Andre Gray is on fire at the moment adding two goals to his tally in the 2-1 win over Huddersfield, to bring his total to eight for the season so far. They were our headline tip for that game, and they can go in again, albeit against a hard-to-predict Fulham side.
The Cottagers are unbeaten in five and they’ve been banging the goals in of late with four in each of the last two matches. After successive draws with Charlton, Middlesbrough and Leeds, they found themselves 2-0 down at home to Reading, only to produce a remarkable second-half comeback to win the game 4-2. They followed that up with an excellent 4-1 win a relegation candidates Bristol City at the weekend, with 19 year-old striker Moussa Dembele on target twice. Fulham manager Kit Symons has intimated that he would like to sign the youngster on a long contract amid reports that he is interesting some of the big Premier League clubs.
Although they will provide a test for Burnley, it’s telling that Fulham have conceded six goals in their last five games, compared with Burnley’s two – and it may be a case of the strongest defence winning out.
Derby v QPR
QPR’s season is also littered with inconsistency, and Derby make plenty of appeal at -138 with Coral
The Rams had an inauspicious start to the season under rookie manager Paul Clement, but they’ve turned the draws into wins lately to surge up the table to 5th place. They’ve now won 7 of 9 games, with the other two finishing all square, and it’s three in a row at home from wins against Rotherham, Wolves and Brentford. Saturday’s 3-0 result over Rotherham never looked in doubt after Andreas Weimann put them in front in the 7th minute, with Jacob Butterfield and Richard Keogh also on the scoresheet.
QPR can find no consistent form under Chris Ramsey and they followed up a 3-0 victory over MK Dons with a 1-0 defeat last weekend at the hands of Brentford. Away form was their nemesis in the Premier League last term, and they’ve now lost their last three road trips on the bounce – to Fulham, Birmingham and Brentford. With Derby in such imperious form right now, another home win looks to be on the cards.
Reading to beat Huddersfield
Tuesday 3rd November, 20:00 GMT
Burnley to beat Fulham
Tuesday 3rd November, 19:45 GMT
Derby to beat QPR
Tuesday 3rd November, 19:45 GMT
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