Hudderfield were beaten 3-1 by Newcastle on Saturday evening as the Magpies strengthened their grip on the title, but they could bite back against Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
The Terriers laid siege to the Black and Whites goal in search of an equaliser, but Marcus Gayle pounced in injury-time to put the result beyond doubt after Huddersfield ‘keeper Joel Coleman struggled to clear on his way back from going up for a corner. Aston Villa have won three games on the spin without conceding a goal, but their away record still leaves plenty to be desired. The Kirklees stadium has been one of the toughest grounds to visit in this season’s Championship, and at odds-against, the division’s 3rd placed side are good value to register another home victory.
Leeds and Fulham are two more clubs in the promotion fight, with the former holding on to 4th position, and the latter sitting 7th trying to close the gap on the teams above. Fulham have won four of the last five league games, but Leeds are on a run of three wins in four and the Whites look overpriced to get a result at Craven Cottage.
Finally Sheffield Wednesday are clinging onto 6th place – five points ahead of the Cottagers – and a home fixture against Burton could see them stretch the lead if Fulham fail to beat Leeds. The Owls were beaten play off finalists last season, and haven’t moved from 6th position for the whole of 2017. They thrashed Norwich 5-1 at Hillsborough on Saturday, while Burton were grinding out a 0-0 draw against Bristol City. The Brewers are three points clear of the drop zone and giving themselves every chance of staying up, but they will be doing very well if they return from Sheffield with anything on Tuesday night.
Huddersfield v Aston Villa
Fist we’ll take the 21/202.05+1051.051.05-0.95 on offer with William Hill and BetVictor about a Huddersfield victory when they host Villa.
The Terriers dominated possession against Newcastle, and were probably a shade unfortunate to come away with nothing. They were camped in the Newcastle half for long periods, and if they can do that to the league leaders they will pose plenty of problems for the claret and blues. Their home record reads 12-2-3 and is the fourth best in the division. Prior to the Magpies defeat Huddersfield had won six of the previous seven on home soil, and normal service should be resumed on Tuesday.
Aston Villa have won the last three, but it’s hard to get too carried away with the results. Two victories were against sides in the bottom three, and the other against a Derby side that was woefully out-of-form. Beating Bristol City at home is nothing to shout about, and it took an own goal and an 87th minute second to secure a 2-0 win at the Championship’s worst club, Rotherham. True, three wins and three clean sheets is a great run after five successive defeats, but one is not convinced the corner has been turned.
Huddersfield are playing well, they have a strong home record, and Villa still look vulnerable on their travels.
Fulham v Leeds
Leeds look overpriced to come away with at least a point from their trip to Fulham, and odds of 1/12.00+1001.001.00-1.00 with BoyleSports, Betway and Ladbrokes on the double chance are worth taking.
The Whites are 4th in the table after the 3-1 win at Birmingham over the weekend, and eight points clear of Tuesday’s rivals. Fulham are desperate to force their way into the play off picture, but a draw at the least here for Leeds would maintain that current gap.
Garry Monk has done a good job at the Yorkshire club since taking over, and dreams of a return to the Premier League are not unrealistic. On the road this season, Leeds have the 6th best record in the division, with figures of 8-2-7 from their 17 away matches. Fulham are 3rd in the Championship ‘away’ table, but surprisingly their home form would see them in 12th. A record of 8-5-4 from 17 games means they’ve won just under half of their home fixtures for the season.
Leeds won 3-0 at Craven Cottage in March 2015, and the three meetings between the sides since then have all ended in 1-1 draw.
Sheffield Wednesday v Burton
Sheffield Wednesday can be backed at 67/1001.67-1490.67-1.490.67 with Betfred to beat Burton, a price which seems more than fair.
The Owls are 6th in the table, but still only five points ahead of the chasing pack. Saturday’s match against Norwich was a true ‘six-pointer’ and Wednesday rose to the occasion to thump the Canaries 5-1. That result put them nine points clear of the Norfolk club, but there is a long way to go and no shortage of challengers.
Burton face their own six-pointer on Saturday away at Bristol City, but came away with a very creditable point. A point which keeps them three points clear of the relegation zone, and left their rivals in the bottom three. They’ve managed to lose just once in six as they battle for survival points, but Wednesday have won 7 of the last 9 at Hillsborough, and will want revenge for the early season 3-1 loss at the Brewers.
Huddersfield to beat Aston Villa
Tuesday 7th March, 19:45 GMT
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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