QPR, Derby and Reading come in at 9/2 Championship treble
There’s weekend money to be made on the Championship. Place a treble on three of the second-tier’s top six – QPR, Derby County and Reading – all to win with Coral, and receive enhanced odds of 9/2.
Harry Redknapp’s Hoops host Blackpool, the Rams lock horns with relegation-threatened Charlton Athletic and the Royals are at home to mid-table team Huddersfield Town.
QPR, Derby and Reading all won the reverse fixtures against their respective opposition but, if that isn’t reason enough for punters to pile money on this treble, here follows a more detailed look at why this is such a great bet.
QPR v Blackpool
The Hoops have lost just once to the Seasiders since 1972, so they start as odds-on favourites at 4/7 for a win.
Blackpool caretaker player-boss Barry Ferguson is finding management a tough proposition to boot, having earned just two victories in a dozen attempts.
Away form for the Tangerines is simply abysmal. They have picked up a paltry two Championship points on their travels since the start of November, when they beat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
Former England target man Bobby Zamora has three goals in two appearances against Blackpool, so back him in the absence of other QPR striking options for to score first at 7/2.
Derby v Charlton
East Midlands outfit Derby are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Charlton, so the Rams are odds-on 8/13 favourites for three points. County (34) have taken more than twice as many points at home as the Addicks (15) have managed away.
Charlton’s Belgian boss Jose Riga has enjoyed a couple of wins, but between them came a reality check against automatic promotion candidates Burnley. Steve McClaren and his Derby side are made of similar stuff, so back a 3-0 home win at 11/1.
Goal-scoring midfielder Craig Bryson was on target in the reverse fixture – a 2-0 away win for the Rams – at The Valley. Fresh from a recent hat-trick over County’s bitter rivals Nottingham Forest, back him to net anytime at 6/4.
Reading v Huddersfield
Berkshire side the Royals have won each of the last four against the West Yorkshire Terriers in all competitions by the same scoreline of 1-0. Odds of 7/1 say this will happen yet again.
Nigel Adkins’ Reading are odds-on favourites to beat Huddersfield once more at 10/11. A clean sheet for them is a 7/4 shot, and win to nil for the hosts is more attractive at 5/2. Mark Robins, meanwhile, has seen Town lose 11 times on the road this term.
Royals top scorer Adam Le Fondre has been waiting since 2005, over nine years, to play against the Terriers again. He tuned out for Stockport County in a thrilling 5-3 loss in Huddersfield, without scoring. Back him to avenge that here some nine years on by netting the opener at 4/1.