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After a cracking week of international action it’s back to the bread and butter for English sides with the return of the Premier League and the Championship. It’s been a successful few days betting across the various international and lower league matches, and we’re hoping to take that good form into the weekend where we’ve got three great bets lined up for England’s second tier.
Hull pulled off the result of the weekend last time out in the Championship, running out 3-0 winners in the top-of-the-table clash with Middlesbrough. That cemented their position in the top two – level on points with Brighton – and they can forge clear at the top with a win away at struggling Bristol City on Saturday. We’re also keen on the chances of Middlesbrough as they look to bounce back from that result with a home win over QPR on Friday night; while Burnley and Brighton face off in a 2nd v 3rd encounter on Sunday afternoon.
Bristol City v Hull
Steve Bruce has got the Tigers purring again, and it’s now five wins in a row for Hull. That run has seen them rise to the top of the table, ahead of Brighton on goal difference, and they are very well-poised for a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. The 3-0 win over Boro was a huge result for all concerned, and it wasn’t just the victory that was noticeable, but they way in which they dominated one of the division’s best sides sent a signal of intent to the whole league.
The Tigers are now unbeaten in 12 games in all competition, with their last defeat coming away at Brighton in early September. They retained the nucleus of the Premier League squad which came down with the club last term, and at this level they are a force to be reckoned with. The form has been good both home and away, with four wins from the last five games on the road. They should have far too much quality in this kind of mood for a Bristol City side that is struggling to adjust to life back in the Championship.
The Robins are 20th in the table, and although they’ve only lost three of the last ten league games, they’ve also only won twice and are just two points above the relegation zone. It will be a long battle for survival this season with a small squad, but their season certainly won’t be defined by results against the top teams such as Hull. They’ve lost three of the last six on home soil, with Reading, Burnley and Fulham all leaving with three points, and it would be no surprise to see Hull do the same on Saturday.
Middlesbrough v QPR
In the weekend’s first game on Friday night, Middlesbrough will be looking to press their own promotion credentials with a victory over manager-less QPR. Former boss Neil Warnock has taken temporary charge as the West London club search for a replacement after parting ways with Chris Ramsey earlier in November.
Boro have generally been very consistent this season, but boss Aitor Karanka hinted that they paid for their attacking ambition in the defeat to Hull. Since signing so many quality players in the summer, the Boro coach has said that the approach this season has been more ‘ambitious’, and they will certainly take the game to QPR at the Riverside. It was three wins in a row prior to the Hull loss, with Rotherham, Charlton and Wolves comfortably put to the sword, and Boro’s home record shows eight wins in ten matches. They will be formidable for any club at home this season, and QPR are not at their strongest for this visit.
Rangers have some real class througout the team with Rob Green in goal, Leroy Fer in midfield and Charlie Austin up front, but the results simply haven’t been coming this year. They’re languishing in 13th place in the table, and the 0-0 draw with Preston in Warnock’s first game in temporary charge was not the result they wanted. He will look to inspire the players, and he certainly has the experience, having brought Rangers up before. However, he has his work cut out to get anything out of this game, and Boro ought to be much stronger on the night.
Burnley v Brighton
Chris Hugton’s Seagulls are still yet to be beaten this year, after nine wins and seven draws from their 16 games saw them create a new club record. Burnley is one of the toughest places they’ll visit this season, but they’ve drawn four of their last five away games (won the other one), taking points from good sides in the shape of Sheffield Wednesday and Reading. They will lose the unbeaten record at some point – that much is almost certain – but they are more than good enough to secure a point here.
Burnley, it has to be said, have won six of the last seven on home ground, but they were against mid to lower table teams. It’s interesting to note that when they faced a top eight side in Reading, they were beaten 2-1 in front of their own fans. Brighton have only lost once in their last six visits to Turf Moor, and the corresponding fixture last term ended in a 0-0 draw. It promises to be a thrilling encounter as 2nd and 3rd face off, but both may have to settle for a point in a stalemate.
Hull to beat Bristol City
Saturday 21st November, 12:30 GMT
Odds: 7/5 2.40 +140 1.40 1.40 -0.71
Middlesbrough to beat QPR
Friday 20th November, 19:45 GMT
Odds: 7/10 1.70 -143 0.70 -1.43 0.70
Burnley and Brighton to Draw
Sunday 22nd November, 13:15 GMT
Odds: 23/10 3.30 +230 2.30 2.30 -0.43
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