Thursday, 1 November 2007

Weekend Championship Preview

I said I'd share my tips with you this week, so here goes. My five result accumulator this week is Arsenal, Fulham, Scunthorpe, Stoke and Leyton Orient.

It's not often you get Arsenal at odds-against at home. Yes they have to beat Man U but they are top, at home and flying. It's also the live midday game so gives watching it a bit more interest. Fulham will be targeting games this season for points and will expect to beat Reading. The Royals are having the dreaded second season and although showing signs of recovery of late have been leaking goals. I wouldn't ordinarily bet against Palace at Scuthorpe but the Warnock factor is the encouragement here and Scunthorpe are also odd-against. Stoke are slight favourites and I fancy them to beat Coventry. The O's are 4-5 at home which is a good price and Oldham are languishing.

I do a 5 game accumulator most weeks (except international weekends and poor weather) and typically gets odds from 25-1 to 35-1. I usually win 1-3 times a season and believe I end up every year in pocket. This season I am only betting on line so I can actually record what I spend/lose! This weeks selection could net close to 39-1 with Paddy Power. It's worth a punt - good luck!

Barnsley v Preston

Routine home win for Barnsley in the Yorks/Lancs derby. Eeee, it's grim up north.

Prediction; 1-0

Colchester v Leicester

Leicester are at least competing under the temporary guidance of Frank Burrows. Colchester will be keen to avenge their defeat at Ipswich and I fancy Lisbie and Teddy to do some damage.

Prediction; 2-1

Plymouth v Sheff Wed

The personality disorder that is Sheffield Wednesday meet the bouyant Argyle who will be under orders from Hollers to erase the memory of defeat at Preston last week. Argyle to grind this out.

Prediction; 2-0

QPR v Hull

Interesting! After something of a revival under care-taker Mick Harford, Rangers moved to appoint an Italian on Monday. You have to suspect there's some unrest at the club and Hull have enjoyed their away-days so far this year.

Prediction; 1-1

Scunthorpe v Crystal Palace

No bounce from introducing Mr Warnock and Palace have roared into the relegation places. He's upset the backroom staff and given the players a 5-game warning. There's no sign yet that anyone's listening - that or they really are one of the worst three sides in the division. Scunny to heap on the misery.

Prediction; 2-0

Sheff Utd v Burnley

Dour match in prospect this one. Neither side prolific and both scrapping for everything in recent weeks. More of the same which will be bad news for Bryan Robson.

Prediction; 1-1

Southampton v Charlton

I'm going to stick my neck out here. On the evidence of the QPR debacle this should be a home banker. However, Southampton ship goals like no-one else in the Championship and we can definately score here. If we create chances like we have been doing prior to Saturday and can score first, I think we can take the points. Whatever happens, I can't see this being 0-0.

Prediction; 2-3

Stoke v Coventry

Coventry were unfortunate to be undone by West ham in midweek but class will out and they might look a bit ragged come 5pm Saturday. Stoke lost 4-2 at home to Wednesday last time out and I can't see a repeat showing.

Prediction; 2-0

Watford v West Brom

This looks like a Premiership clash all of a sudden. Watford look streets ahead of the rest at the moment but West Brom have the talent to beat anyone in this division and they will be keen to match the Hornets.

Prediction: 1-1

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bristol City

Tough one this but I'm going for City to maintain their impressive recent run of form by doing what Charlton should have and winning at Molineux.

Prediction; 1-2

Norwich City v Ipswich Town

The Farmers derby is a Sunday lunchtime kick-off. Form won't necessarily favour Ipswich here and the Norwich boys have a new manager as well as pride to play for. I can see this being a very close game but will go for Norwich to nick it.

Prediction; 2-1

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