Thursday, 29 November 2007

Weekend Championship Preview & The Big Bet

The Big Bet first - £30 accumulator on Blackburn, Reading, Man City, Plymouth and Sheffield Wednesday. Blackburn were surprisingly beaten by Villa 4-0 at home on Wednesday and I can't see them losing two home games in a row, especially against a Newcastle side low on confidence. Reading won't win too many games this year but Boro at home will be one they will be targetting in order to stay out of the relegation zone. I fancy Man City to win at Wigan - City are still fighting to maintain early season form and Wigan will be struggling with Steve Bruce. Plymouth to bounce back from home defeat by West Brom to beat Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday to thump Colchester at Hillsbrough - just hope the Manager of the Month prize doesn't choke them. I am very confident of a win before Christmas, so get on it!

Weekend Championship Preview

Blackpool v QPR

Blackpool suffered their first home defeat of the season in midweek and I don't expect them to repeat the feat on Saturday

Prediction; 1-0

Charlton Athletic v Burnley

Three home defeats is enough for promotion contenders at year-end, let alone pre-Christmas. Pards to go 4-4-2 from the off, Charlton to score first and take the points. Let's send the repugnant Hillbillies home empty handed.

Prediction; 2-0

Coventry City v Sheffield Utd

On the evidence of Tuesday night I am going to go for United to win again. I think they counter-attacked very well at the Valley and didn't get the recognition from Addicks fans that their performance deserved. We might feel a bit better about Tuesday if they do win again too.

Prediction; 1-2

Crystal Palace v West Bromich Albion

Last Saturday I would have gone for a home win here but West Brom's resilence in winning at Plymouth midweek has made me think again. I'm going to opt for another West Brom win - two-in-a-row for Warnock is more than he deserves as well.

Prediction; 1-2

Hull City v Cardiff City

Hard one this, so I'm going for the home win and no Fowler/Hasselbaink goals.

Prediction; 1-0

Ipswich Town v Barnsley

Can Ipswich extend their impressive home record to 9 wins with no draws and no defeats? My take is yes, especially against a Barnsley side that don't travel too well.

Prediction; 2-0

Leicester City v Southampton

Leicester drew 0-0 at home to Cardiff last time out and Southampton lost at Ipswich. I'll plump for another scoreless draw here in the circumstances.

Prediction; 0-0

Plymouth Argyle v Scunthorpe

Argyle to bounce back from home reversal by the Baggies.

Prediction; 2-0

Sheffield Wednesday v Colchester United

Brian Laws' side to avoid the Manager of the Month award curse and beat Colchester comfortably.

Prediction; 4-1

Stoke City v Norwich City

Glenn Roeder has got the first couple of performances that Norwich were looking for when they appointed him. I can see them getting another at an inconsistent Stoke.

Prediction; 1-1

Watford v Bristol City

Good to see that Watford are human after all. They are in danger of a Charlton-esque wobble if they don't get something out of this game. City too are flapping badly at the moment. Watford to edge it and settle the nerves.

Prediction; 1-0

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Preston North End

Wolves are grinding out the results and remaining in the hunt. I think they will be too determined for Preston.

Prediction 2-0

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