Tommy Mc previews the weekend Skybet Championship matches this weekend with Brighton, Fulham and Preston all fancied to secure home wins.
Brighton v Aston Villa
Brighton made it four wins on the bounce before the international break when they beat Bristol City 2-0 at Ashton Gate. Chris Hughton's men have kept four clean sheets in these games and have also scored an impressive nine goals at the other end as they have cemented second place, opening up a five point gap over third placed Huddersfield.
Aston Villa's move away from the relegation places continued before the international break when they beat Blackburn 2-1 at Villa Park. This was Steve Bruce's fifth game in charge of Villa and he has yet to taste defeat with three wins and two draws so far in his tenure.
Villa have definitely improved under Bruce and look a better side. However this is by far the toughest opposition he has faced yet and I don't think they will take anything away from the Amex on Friday Night. The Seagull's are on their best run of the season and are unbeaten now in their last ten games and a win on Friday night will see them go joint top before Saturday's fixtures. Brighton have really tightened up at the back also and have plenty of options going forward, so I think they will be too strong for Villa and should win this one.
1.5 points win Brighton to beat Aston Villa at 10/11 with Boylesports
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham came out on top in their West London derby with Brentford before the break when they beat them 2-0 at Griffin Park. Fulham look to be back to their early season form as they have only lost one of their last five games and have also banged seven in, in their last two, keeping two clean sheets in the process.
Sheffield Wednesday lost their second game in a row before the break when Ipswich beat them 2-1 at Hillsborough. Carlos Carvalhal's men have hit a bit of a slump in recent weeks with just one win in four and have fallen out of the play-off places now sitting in tenth spot.
Sheffield Wednesday can be inconsistent, especially away from home and have only managed two wins from their eight away games so far which will leave them vulnerable at Craven Cottage. Fulham on the other hand look to be over their rocky patch and most of the time are very hard to beat at home so I think they will be going into this game full of confidence. They looked impressive against Brentford where they controlled the game well and never looked like losing it and I think you will see a similar performance on Saturday and another win for the Cottagers.
1 point win Fulham to beat Sheffield Wednesday at 29/20 with BetVictor and William Hill
Preston to beat Wolves
Preston got back to winning ways before the break when they beat Rotherham 3-1 at the New York Stadium. With the exception of back to back defeats to Newcastle in the league and cup, Preston have been playing well since the end of September and have moved to within three points of the play-off places.
Wolves winless run continued before the break when Derby beat them 3-2 at Molineux. Wanderers have failed to win a game since they beat Brentford 3-1 on the 24th of September and they have now replaced the sacked Walter Dunga with Paul Lambert, whose first task will be to get this group of players performing to their abilities.
Only time will tell whether Lambert gets this lot going or not, however it definitely won't happen over night and his first game in charge is a tough one. Simon Grayson is doing an outstanding job at Deepdale considering the size of the squad and the lack of investment available to him and I think they have surprised a few teams this season. They are well organised, very hard to beat and play together as a team which are three factors that always work well for you in this division. I don't think Preston will hold any fears going into this game and although the Wolves players will be out to impress their new manager I still think North End have enough about them to win.
1 point win Preston to beat Wolves at 6/4 with Betfred and BetVictor