Five Championship tips for weekend games featuring derby between Birmingham and Villa
Lee Gormley | 30 October 2016
Five Championship tips for weekend games
The Championship campaign continues this weekend in what should be an exciting matchweek 15 in the second tier, with league leaders Newcastle United in action against Preston North End among many tasty tussles.
Rafael Benitez’s Magpies will look to extend their lead at the summit of the table this weekend, while the likes of Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday are also involved in promising match-ups.
So, ahead of the latest encounters, Coral outline five Championship tips for weekend games, including Newcastle odds against Preston. Enjoy…
Brentford and QPR to share spoils
Both Brentford and QPR are currently level on points ahead of their Friday night meeting at Griffin Park in the Championship standings, and the two sides each earned a win apiece in their clashes last season.
With little to separate the teams going into this match-up, a draw looks promising and a stalemate between them can be backed at 23/10.
Toon to topple Preston to nil
The Toon currently lead the league standings by three points, with Brighton and Hove Albion being their closest challengers in second place, and Benitez’s Toon will be confident of downing ninth-positioned Preston.
Newcastle odds of winning without conceding a goal at 17/10 could be worth backing after the Northeast club have done so in their previous four outings, as well as being undefeated in an impressive eight matches.
Hooper to net anytime past Derby
In another one of Saturday’s 3pm match-ups, Derby County take on Sheffield Wednesday at Pride Park, with the hosts entering on the back of a disappointing start to the campaign.
The Rams are down in 21st position while Wednesday are sitting in a promising play-off place of fifth. Carlos Carvalhal’s visitors will hope Gary Hooper can continue his fine form in front of goal and the former Celtic marksman is a tasty 12/5 to dispatch anytime in his latest appearance.
Wolves to down Rovers and both score
In Saturday’s evening kick-off between Blackburn Rovers and Wolves, it’s a battle of sides who are fighting to move away from the basement of the Championship standings.
The away team are without a win in five games in all competitions, while Rovers have prevailed just once in as many outings. Though, with Wolves having won three of the last four fixture meetings they are 21/5 to earn another victory over Blackburn with both teams sides getting on the scoresheet.
Gestede to strike anytime in West Midlands derby
Sunday’s only Championship clash sees a tasty West Midlands derby take place, as neighbours Birmingham City and Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa collide at St Andrew’s.
The pair have not met in a league game since 2011, though Villa did edge a narrow 1-0 result in a League Cup clash last season. Rudy Gestede was the match-winner in that cup victory and, having struck three league goals this term, he is 12/5 to bag another goal anytime this time out.
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