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Five Championship tips for matchweek nine, featuring Aston Villa v Newcastle United

Robbie Purves | September 23, 2016

Five Championship tips for weekend clashes

The next wave of Championship fixtures are here as the relentless league continues to produce some intriguing encounters.

Leaders Huddersfield Town are back in action as they look to maintain their superb start to the season, while the chasing pack including Newcastle United will be eager to draw closer to automatic promotion.

Read on to check out Coral’s five Championship tips for matchweek nine’s action…

Both teams to score in Wigan win

Friday, 19:45 BST – Live on Sky Sports 1

The omens look in Wigan's favour coming into their crunch clash with the Lilywhites.

The omens look in Wigan’s favour coming into their crunch clash with the Lilywhites.

Wigan Athletic haven’t lost to Preston North End in a run stretching back 16 years and look likely to maintain their superb record at the weekend.

In three of their last four wins against the Lilywhites, the Latics have allowed Preston onto the scoresheet and are 24/5 with Coral to do it again on Friday.

Neither sides have experienced a particular stellar start to the season, but Wigan’s fantastic away record from winning League One last term should pay dividends.

Terriers to run Royals ragged

Saturday, 15:00 BST

David Wagner has done wonders with Huddersfield this season so far.

David Wagner has done wonders with Huddersfield this season so far.

Huddersfield sit top of the Championship and came out the blocks flying, in an undefeated opening run of six games under David Wagner. The Terriers overpower most they play against and boast a superb record against Reading.

Jaap Stam’s side have never beaten the Yorkshire outfit in the Championship and have already dropped 10 points so far this campaign, possessing a meagre ninth-best home record in the league – Wagners men are 21/10 to triumph on the road at the Madejski.

Blades to blast Forest

Saturday, 15:00 BST

Wednesday look likely to continue their fine form against Forest.

Wednesday look likely to continue their fine form against Forest.

In their last three encounters, Sheffield Wednesday have triumphed over Nottingham Forest without Philippe Montanier’s men finding the net and are 7/4 to repeat history this weekend.

Forest come into this fixture struggling, without a win in four outings in all competitions, only managing a single goal in their last two games.

Blades should fancy their chances, especially with the fixture’s recent history in their favour.

Tykes to topple Seagulls

Saturday, 15:00 BST

Barnsley have made a great start to the season and look likely to continue it this weekend.

Barnsley have made a great start to the season and look likely to continue it this weekend.

Barnsley have been of one the Championship’s surprise packages this term, after their arrival in the division through League One’s play-offs this past summer.

Paul Heckingbottom has the Tykes playing some brilliantly effective football and recent form against Brighton and Hove Albion suggests their great start to the season will continue.

In their previous three games against the Seagulls, they have won two of them 2-1 and are a generous 14/1 to repeat the score this Saturday.

Gayle to fire on Villains

Gayle has flourished since his move to Newcastle this summer.

Gayle has flourished since his move to Newcastle this summer.

Saturday, 17:30 BST – Live on Sky Sports 1

After a difficult start, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle have been on a superb run, dropping just three points out of a possible 18, and sit only four points off top spot.

New arrival Dwight Gayle has been on fire for the Magpies and has netted four in the six league games he’s played. Gayle should be licking his lips at the sight of Aston Villa’s vulnerable defence and is 5/1 to bag a brace or against Roberto Di Matteo’s men.

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