Tommy Mc previews 4 matches in the Championship on Saturday & he likes Asian Handicap bets on Watford, Derby and Brentford while he predicts a draw at Ewood Park between Blackburn and Ipswich.
Watford v Sheffield Wednesday
Watford made it five wins in a row last Saturday when they beat Brighton 2-0 at the Amex Stadium. This result secured promotion to the Premier League for the Hornets and a win on Saturday will give them the title.
Sheffield Wednesday lost a Yorkshire derby last Saturday when Leeds beat them 2-1 at Hillsborough. The Owls have only won one of their last six games which came against Brentford a few weeks ago.
Sheffield Wednesday's season has petered out in recent weeks as they are sitting comfortably in mid-table. The Owls will be rebuilding in the summer to compete for promotion next season. Watford's superb run which has seen them take 16 points from the possible 18 that was available to them and has deservedly taken them to the top of the Championship and promotion with a game to spare.
As I have outlined before the Hornets ability to score goals from midfield as well as from their front men makes them a hard side to stop as many teams have found out this season. I think they will be determined now to go on and lift the title especially in front of their home fans and I fancy them to do it in style, so I'm recommending them as a handicap bet as it is better value and I also expect them to win this by two or three goals.
Derby v Reading
Derby rescued a point last Saturday with a late goal from Jeff Hendrick when they drew 3-3 with Millwall at the Den. The Rams have made hard work of it in recent weeks and need a draw from this game to guarantee the last play off spot.
Reading made it four defeats in a row on Tuesday night when they lost 2-1 away to Rotherham at the New York Stadium. The Royals have had a very disappointing season considering they would've expected to be at least challenging for the play-offs.
Despite Reading's poor league form they amazingly made it to the FA Cup semi-finals narrowly losing out to Arsenal AET. It's hard to explain why Reading have been so poor this season and that reason coupled with the fact they last won on the 10th of March is why I think they are the perfect opposition for a Derby side who have been stuttering towards the play-offs. At the turn of the year Derby looked like they would gain automatic promotion however in the last few months they have looked at times like they might not even make the play-offs and two wins and four draws from their last six games have been indicative of how they have been performing.
They will be nervous at the iPro Stadium on Saturday, but I think an early goal will settle them and I fancy them to go on and win the game comfortably by a couple of goals as Reading have been very poor in recent weeks.
Brentford v Wigan
Brentford picked up a crucial win last Saturday when they beat Reading 2-0 at the Madejski. Brentford need to win on Saturday and hope that either Ipswich or Derby slip up so they can make the play-offs.
Wigan's slim hopes of survival were dashed last Saturday when they lost 1-0 at the DW Stadium to Wolves. Athletic have to contend themselves with League One football next season after a disastrous season in the Championship.
Wigan went from making the play-off semi-finals last season to relegation this one and look like a club that is in serious difficultly after being relegated from the Premier League two seasons ago and will now be plying their trade in the third tier of English football. Brentford are hoping to make it back to back promotions and are now depending on other results to get them there as well as winning themselves.
The fact that this game is being played at Griffin Park where Brentford have been outstanding this season and also the quality of the opposition make me confident that the Bee's will take all three points. Goal difference could also come into play if Ipswich who are + 19 get beat then a win by 3 goals or more would be enough for Brentford who are + 16 to steal their play-off spot.
Brentford are well capable of scoring goals and that is why I'm recommending the handicap option.
Blackburn v Ipswich
Blackburn made it six games unbeaten last Saturday when they drew 2-2 with Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium. Although Rovers have nothing left to play for they have been playing well and were unbeaten in the month of April.
Ipswich put their destiny in their own hands last Saturday when they beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at Portman Road. Mick Mc Carthy's men now know that whatever happens elsewhere a draw will be enough for them to secure their play-off spot.
Blackburn have been having a strong finish to the season and are proving hard to beat with two wins and four draws from their last six games as their players look to secure their place in the squad for next seasons campaign and with a few additions I think they will be up there challenging next year. Ipswich's remit for Saturday is simple, draw and you're in the play-offs and I think that is exactly what they will be going to Ewood Park for. I can't see McCarthy taking the chance of going for all out attack against a side that can be dangerous on their day and I am expecting a low scoring, cagey affair.
Rovers will want to win their last home game for the fans however chances will be at a premium and I wouldn't be surprised if it finished 0-0. Blackburn have drawn 16 games this season and with a point being enough for Ipswich I expect it to be the most probable outcome.