Derby, Wigan and Brighton in fabulous 5/1 Championship treble
Coral kick off the new Football League season with a tasty enhanced treble on three of last term’s Championship play-off sides at a fantastic 5/1.
Wigan Athletic, Derby County and Brighton and Hove Albion all feature. Each side on their own are odds-on, but can be backed together by punters at this boosted price for a hat-trick of home wins.
Derby v Rotherham
The Rams have won three of their last four meetings with the Millers, so starts as 4/7 odds-on favourites for victory. Steve Evans’ side, meanwhile, are joint-second favourites for the drop this term along with Millwall at 3/1.
Steve McClaren has kept the bulk of his youthful side together, supplementing the team with loan signing Leon Best to help ease the burden on top scorer Chris Martin. Republic of Ireland striker Best is 5/4 to break his Derby duck against Rotherham.
Wigan v Reading
The Latics have done the double over the Royals in both 2012/13 and 2013/14, and are therefore odds-on 5/6 favourites for an opening day victory. While Uwe Rosler has replenished the Latics by adding full backs Aaron Taylor-Sinclair Andrew Taylor and James Tavernier to his squad, Reading have managed no new arrivals.
Royals boss Nigel Adkins knows the new owners are close to officially taking full control at the Madejski, but in the meantime he has lost skipper Jobi McAnuff. Ex-Real Madrid man Royston Drenthe has been frozen out and not allocated a squad number, further reducing Reading resources in midfield. This present stagnation, despite Nottingham Forest forwards Simon Cox and Jamie Mackie joining, makes Wigan a worthy bet, coupled with County and Albion.
Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday
The Seagulls are unbeaten at home against the Owls since 2006, so Sami Hyypia looks a great shout at 19/20 to begin his managerial career in England with a win. Brighton have cashed in on top scorer Leonardo Ulloa, but secured a like for like replacement in Barnsley’s Chris O’Grady, who is 6/5 to net on his debut.
Welcoming Wednesday to the Amex should be a breeze, not least because Stuart Gray has lost influential winger Michail Antonio to Forest. The Owls have taken gambles on defensive duo Sam Hutchinson, who has a terrible injury record, and Tom Lees, a player that struggled to perform consistently for Yorkshire rivals Leeds United. Brighton look tempting as part of this treble, then.