Tommy Mc previews the Championship and he expects both Brentford and Fulham to score on Friday night and also picks wins for Nottingham Forest and Brighton.
Brentford v Fulham
Brentford picked up their first win in five games last Friday night when they beat QPR 2-0 in the West London derby at Loftus Road. The Bee's looked to be back to their old selves last Friday as they comfortably won this game and if it were not for Alex Smithies in the home goal they would have scored another two or three.
Fulham were back with a bang last Saturday when they hammered Huddersfield 5-0 at Craven Cottage. The Cottagers had only won one game in their nine games previous to this one. However last Saturday's performance was reminiscent of the good form they had shown in the early stages of the season.
This is a hard game to call as both sides are pretty evenly matched and separated by just one point in the league and the local derby factor also complicates matters. The one thing that does look predictable is that there should be goals as both of these sides are strong going forward and not overly tight at the back. Brentford have scored 21 goals and conceded 14 and Fulham have scored 21 goals and conceded 18, so I think the best option in this fixture is both teams to score as it should be end to end football with plenty of chances created.
1.5 points win Brentford v Fulham- both teams to score at 4/7 with Stan James
Nottingham Forest v QPR
Nottingham Forest's away woes continued last Saturday when they lost 2-0 away to Reading at the Madejski. Forest can't seem to get it going on the road for some reason. However at home they are a completely different story, where they have only lost twice by slim margins and won four and drew one at the City Ground.
QPR suffered their second defeat in a row last Friday night when they were soundly beaten by rivals Brentford at Loftus Road. These are worrying times for the Rs faithful as this was a very poor performance with players playing out of position, the manager looking lost on the side line and a lone striker who wasn't strong enough to lead the line.
Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink is under severe pressure going into this game as the rumours are flying around that Tim Sherwood is waiting in the wings should he not get a positive result and I think this will play into Forest's hands. Forest will be confident going into this game and will be going at QPR from the start so I wouldn't be surprised if they got an early goal. I think QPR are going to struggle at the City Ground on Saturday and I would be surprised if they got any kind of a result as Forest play good football at home and are more than capable of winning this by one or two goals.
1 point win Nottingham Forest to beat QPR at 13/10 with William Hill and BetVictor
Bristol City v Brighton
Brighton made it three wins in a row last Saturday when they thumped Norwich 5-0 at the Amex. Brighton are unbeaten now in nine games, have not conceded a goal in their last three and have moved into second spot, just three points behind leaders Newcastle.
Bristol City were involved in a four goal thriller last Saturday when their game with Barnsley at Oakwell finished 2-2. The Robins have hit the skids a bit in recent weeks with just one win from their last four games and it has cost them as they are just holding on to the last play-off spot by virtue of goal difference.
This game is live on Sky on Saturday evening and I think it should be a decent one as both of these sides play a good style of football. Bristol City are a strong enough side and won't be easily brushed aside at home, however Brighton are playing very well and like last year they are up there challenging again as Chris Hughton tries to take them to the Premier League. Brighton are a very dangerous team going forward and they can hurt you from all areas of the pitch and I think City will struggle to contain them. This will not be easy however I do expect Brighton to win and keep the pressure on Newcastle.
1 point win Brighton to beat Bristol City at 6/4 with Betfred and Coral