Championship tips for weekend duels including Derby v Forest and Leeds’ Brighton battle
Holly Thackeray | 11 December 2016
Championship tips for matchweek 20
England’s exciting second division looks primed for another weekend of top notch wrangles, with derbies and big name teams in action from Friday to Sunday. So, dig into Coral’s tasty Championship tips for matchweek 20, featuring the best Derby v Forest odds and Leeds v Brighton bets.
There’s also an awesome recommended acca to take as well. Enjoy…
Brighton to sink Leeds at home and both score
Friday’s TV fixture features in-form pair Brighton and Hove Albion and Leeds United, with both teams currently in the top four.
The Seagulls certainly have the advantage playing on their own seaside soil, where they have not lost to Leeds since 2009, winning all of their past three as hosts.
In fact, the Yorkshire club have failed in their last five attempts to beat the Brighton boys. But, with both in flying form, backing Chris Hughton’s side for victory and each team to score at 7/2 looks to be where the smart money is.
Newcastle to beat Birmingham blues and under 3.5 goals
Expect Newcastle United to get back on track at St James’ Park on Saturday, though it won’t be easy against a Birmingham City side currently sat fifth and eyeing a promotion play-off finish.
The two clubs both come into the clash on the back of defeats, having each seen the goals dry up somewhat of late. The Championship Blues and Magpies have each only hit five apiece across as many of their last league match-ups.
Rafa Benitez’s boys still look a cut above, however, so plumping for the Tyneside team to win and under 3.5 goals in the game is better value at 6/5 than simply backing Magpies success at 4/9.
Preston and Blackburn Lancashire liaison to end evenly
There’s also a feisty Lancashire derby duel to look forward to at Saturday teatime, as Preston North End host Blackburn Rovers, with just five points but seven places between them as the division remains finely balanced.
Last term it was one victory apiece from two all red rose rumbles and, with nine draws combined between them this term, a point each looks likely this time. So a splitting of spoils is tempting at 23/10.
Derby to defeat Forest by a one goal margin
While, the weekend’s Championship actions ends in style with the Brian Clough derby, aka Derby County v Nottingham Forest.
The Rams are just four points ahead of their rivals, making this a fairly evenly poised and intriguing encounter.
As two inconsistent teams this term, it is Derby that standout as home favourites, though, on the back of three successive triumphs. Though the Tricky Trees are on an improved streak of three back-to-back victories themselves.
Expect this tangle to be as tight and heated as ever, then, on Sunday. Looking to recent editions of this Midlands rumble also tips things in favour of the Rams as they won the previous scuffle 1-0, with the hosting side the winner from four of the last six frays too.
So, Derby at 5/2 to prevail by exactly one goal is our pick for this battle.
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*All odds correct at time of writing.
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