Skybet Championship Previews – Saturday 10 December

Tommy Mc previews the Saturday Championship action and he has bets on Aston Villa and QPR and a draw between Ipswich and Cardiff.

Aston Villa to beat Wigan

Aston Villa suffered their first defeat of the Steve Bruce era last Saturday evening when Leeds beat them 2-0 at Elland Road. Villa were unbeaten in seven games going into this one and I think you will see them get back to winning ways against Wigan at Villa Park on Saturday.

Wigan failed to build on their win against Huddersfield the previous week when they lost 1-0 at the DW Stadium to Derby last Saturday. The Latic's are still in relegation trouble, as they are second bottom and two points from safety and unless they put some kind of a run together it's going to be a long season.

Wigan's biggest problem is consistency and when they do pick up a win they can't build on it the following week, leaving big pressure on them every week to try to get some points on the board. Villa are a changed team since Bruce took over and I wouldn't read too much into last week's defeat, as Leeds are on their best run of the season and have stormed up to 4th in the table. Villa are now winning games they were previously drawing and summer signing Jonathan Kodjia is starting to hit the net on a regular basis as well as the defence tightening up at the back. Villa should be too strong for Wigan in this game and I fully expect them to win this and heap more misery on Athletic.

Advised Bet:

1.5 points win Aston Villa to beat Wigan at 3/4 with BetVictor and William Hill

Ipswich v Cardiff

Ipswich were on the wrong end of a 2-0 score-line last Saturday when Bristol City beat them at Ashton Gate. Mick Mc Carthy must be pulling his hair out with this Ipswich team as their inconsistencies have taken them closer to the relegation zone than the play-off places.

Cardiff picked up a very good point last Saturday against second placed Brighton when their game finished 0-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Bluebirds surprised me last week as I didn't give them a hope however they remain in the relegation places and are a point from safety.

When you look at this fixture it screams out draw for a number of reasons. Both of these sides are very inconsistent and can look very nervy at times leading them to draw or lose games they should possibly win. Both of these managers are under pressure, even though Warnock is not that long in the Cardiff job. These two sides are separated by just five points in the table and although Ipswich are at home and will obviously be trying to win the game, I think both would settle for a point roll around five o clock on Saturday evening. I think this will be a low scoring, nervy affair with chances at a premium, so a draw looks the best option.

Advised Bet:

1 point win Ipswich v Cardiff Draw at 13/5 with Bet365 and Betfair Sports

QPR to beat Rotherham

QPR lost 2-1 to Wolves at Loftus Road last Thursday evening. However they were well on top until James Perch got himself sent off midway through the first half leaving them an uphill task for the rest of the game. QPR have become more attacking since Ian Holloway took over and he has had a over a week to get his side ready for this game and implement the way he wants them to play.

Rotherham's dreadful season continued last Saturday when they lost 2-1 away to Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium. The Millers also have problems off the pitch as new manager Kenny Jackett walked out the Monday before this game leaving them looking for a new manager for the second time in five months.

Rotherham have one solitary win from their 19 games so far, which came against Brentford in August. They are rooted to the bottom of the table with just seven points and are 13 points from safety and from the outside looking in it looks like they are already relegated. Ian Holloway has had nearly a month now to change things at Loftus Road and I think you will see a big performance from his side on Saturday at the New York Stadium. They have also been better away from home so far this season and in two of Holloways three games in charge so far they have played well, even with ten men against Wolves.

This is the perfect game for QPR before hosting Derby on Wednesday night and I think they will bring the three points back to West London.

Advised Bet:

1 point win QPR to beat Rotherham at 13/10 with Betfred and Coral