Tommy Mc previews the Skybet Championship this weekend and his best bet is Ipswich to beat Huddersfield with other bets on Preston, Blackburn and Brentford to draw with Rotherham.
Ipswich v Huddersfield
Ipswich's three game unbeaten run came to an end before the international break when Blackburn beat them 2-0 at Ewood Park. Rovers were 2-0 up after 16 minutes courtesy of a Jordan Rhodes brace and a shell shocked Ipswich failed to recover from this early setback. This result has left The Tractor Boys on 15 points and 12th in the league. I think the international break probably came at the right time for Ipswich because after a promising start they have been stuttering a bit in recent weeks and although they have only lost once in their last four games, they have also only won once. Mick McCarthy will have used the break to regroup and get his charges fired up again and I think they will fancy themselves against a struggling Huddersfield side especially at Portman Road. They are also strong at home and have lost there just once so far which was a narrow defeat to leaders Brighton.
Huddersfield's three game unbeaten run also came to an end before the international break when they lost 3-0 away to Wolves at Molineux. The Terriers were 1-0 down at half-time however they couldn't manage to get themselves back into the game before Benik Afobe scored a second half brace to give Wolves a comfortable win. Huddersfield secured back to back wins in mid September and looked to be climbing the table however they have only managed to take one point from their following two games and now find themselves in 18th spot, just two points away from the relegation zone. Chris Powell looks like he has a squad capable of finishing in mid-table however their inconsistencies may cause them to be involved in a relegation scrap this year as they have only managed two wins from their ten games so far and have a goal difference of -4.
On their day Huddersfield can be hard to beat however this doesn't happen enough and I think they will struggle again at Portman Road on Saturday. Ipswich are good at home and I think they will see this game as a good chance to get back to winning ways, so I fancy them to pick up the win and get their promotion charge back on track.
1.5 points win Ipswich to beat Huddersfield at 19/20 with William Hill, Coral and Betfred
Brentford v Rotherham
Brentford suffered their third defeat in a row before the international break when Derby beat them 2-0 at the iPro Stadium. Chris Martin and Tom Ince scored the two goals which had the Rams 2-0 up by half-time and the game over as a contest. These are worrying times for the Bees who are just one point off the bottom of the table and look to be in serious relegation danger after a poor start which has seen them lose six of their opening ten games. There was a lot of upheaval at the club during the summer with the departure of their best players and manager Mark Warbutton leaving after he had guided them back to the Championship and took them to the play-off semi-finals. The owners replaced him with Marinus Dijkhuizen who had no experience of English football and lasted only eight games before they got rid of him as well. They have now turned to Lee Carsley to save their season which is a major gamble as it his first managerial job and it remains to be seen if he can turn their fortunes around.
Rotherham looked to have turned a corner with back to back wins before they faced Burnley two weeks ago; however they lost 2-1 to the Clarets at the New York Stadium. The Millers looked to have rescued a point with an equaliser in the 75th minute however Sam Vokes popped up nine minutes from time to secure the win for Burnley. The Millers were without a manager for this game after Steve Evans surprising left his position after a successful three and a half years in charge which took Rotherham from League Two to the Championship. During the international break former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn was appointed their new manager and he now has the task of guiding them away from the relegation places as like Brentford they are also just one point off the bottom of the table.
Lee Carsley goes into this game looking for his first points as Brentford manager after losing his first two games in charge and likewise Neil Redfearn will be looking for a positive return from his first game in charge, so I think a draw looks the best option here as if will be a nervy affair with both teams desperate not to lose and I think both managers would settle for a point.
1 point win Brentford v Rotherham-Draw at 27/10 with Betfred and BetVictor
MK Dons v Blackburn
Blackburn stretched their unbeaten run to four games before the international break when they beat Ipswich 2-0 at Ewood Park. This run has lifted them up to 15th and seven points off 6th placed Burnley. Gary Bowyer's men took a while to get going however they look to be firing on all cylinders now and a big part of this has been due to the form of Jordan Rhodes, who scored both goals in the Ipswich game taking his tally to seven out of ten games so far. He also picked up the September player of the month award as he scored five out of Rovers seven goals last month. Rovers have also tightened up at the back and have only conceded one goal in their last three games which has been as big a contributing factor as Rhodes's goal scoring exploits at the other end. I expect Rovers to push on now in the coming weeks as they have two home games in a row after this one and I think they could be in the play-off places by the end of the month.
MK Dons stopped the rot a little before the international break when they secured a hard earned point against Bristol City at Ashton Gate with the game finishing 1-1. Jonathan Kodjia opened the scoring for City after just six minutes and looked like he had scored the winner until Daniel Powell scored a dramatic equaliser for the Dons four minutes into stoppage time. This was the first point Milton Keynes had picked up in six games however it was still not enough to lift them out of the bottom three and Karl Robinson looks like he has an extremely difficult job on his hands to keep the Dons in the Championship this season. Although this point would have given them a lift they still have a daunting few weeks ahead with games against Blackburn, Huddersfield, QPR and Hull all to come before the end of the month and I really can't see them taking many points from these fixtures.
MK Dons will not relish playing an inform Rovers side even if they are at home and the fact that they have conceded 12 goals in their last six games makes me believe that they will not be able to stop Rhodes either and I really can't see anything other than an away win for Rovers in this game.
1 point win Blackburn to beat MK Dons at 8/5 with Betfred
Preston v Cardiff
Preston suffered their 5th defeat of the season before the international break when they lost 3-1 away to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. North End put up a battling display and got a goal back in the 76th minute to set up a grandstand finish however they were caught on the counter attack and Lewis McGugan made sure of the points six minutes into stoppage time. It has been a tough return for Simon Grayson's men to the Championship as they have only won one game so far however at home in recent weeks they have improved with two consecutive 1-1 draws with Wolves and Bristol City and the international break would also have given Grayson time to work on what they are doing wrong before this Cardiff game. A win on Saturday would also put them on a good footing going into the next few weeks as they have a couple of very winnable games coming up against fellow strugglers Charlton and Bolton.
Cardiff picked up a good point away to leaders Brighton before the international break when they drew 1-1 at the Amex Stadium. Joe Mason gave Cardiff a 5th minute lead in this one however Dale Stephens equalised before half time and that was the way it finished. Cardiff have had a good start to the season with four wins so far and only two defeats however those two defeats have come in their last four games against Hull and Rotherham and a narrow 2-1 home win over struggling Charlton sandwiched in between these and the Brighton game. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying Cardiff are a weak team as they are only two points off the play-off places however they have been a bit inconsistent in recent weeks and they can be vulnerable at times as I don't think Russell Slade has them just at the level he wants them to be at yet and I think they still need a few more additions to the squad to get there.
Cardiff are no easy team to beat and this will be a tough game for Preston however they need to start picking up points, especially at home and I know this is a risky choice, but they have been improving at home and I fancy them to sneak a narrow win in this game.
1 point win Preston v Cardiff at 7/5 with William Hill