Tommy Mc previews Saturday's Championship action and has bets on Aston Villa, Newcastle and Reading.
Aston Villa v Cardiff
Aston Villa picked up a good point against high flying Brighton last Friday night when their game at the Amex finished 1-1. The Villans are now six games unbeaten since Steve Bruce took over as new manager and although they are still in mid-table, it is only a matter of time before they are challenging for the play-offs.
Cardiff came out on top in a five goal thriller last Saturday when they beat Huddersfield 3-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Bluebirds have had mixed results since Neil Warnock became new manager at the start of October and they still have a lot of work to do to pull themselves away from the drop zone.
Cardiff are just two points clear of the relegation places and so far are not consistent enough to go on a run to move up the table and I think it will tough for them again at Villa Park. Villa have yet to taste defeat at home this season, as they have turned Villa Park into somewhat of a fortress and this coupled with the improvement they have shown under Bruce are the reasons why I think they will pick up the three points against the Bluebirds who are just not strong enough at this point in time.
1.5 points win Aston Villa to beat Cardiff at 17/20 with Paddy Power
Newcastle v Blackburn
The Newcastle juggernaut kept thundering along last Sunday when they beat Leeds 2-0 in the early kick off at Elland Road. This was the Magpies 8th consecutive win, opening a five point lead over Brighton at the top and it looks like they could have this league wrapped up early.
Blackburn produced a brave display last Saturday when they beat an out of sorts Brentford team 3-2 at Ewood Park. This was Rovers first win in four games, however it wasn't enough to take them out of the relegation places as they are 3rd bottom and two points from safety.
Blackburn look like they are going to be in a relegation dogfight for the rest of the season as they have managed to obtain less than a point a game in their 17 played so far. Newcastle on the other hand are different class at this point in time, with strength in all areas of the pitch and Dwight Gayle on fire at the business end with 13 goals so far. I know Newcastle will have an off day and will lose to somebody however it won't be Blackburn and I would fear for Rovers at St James's Park on Saturday as I fancy Newcastle to win this by two or more goals.
Newcastle (-1.25 Asian Handicap) to beat Blackburn at 3/4 with Bet365
Reading v Bristol City
Reading made it four wins on the bounce last Saturday when they beat Burton Albion 3-0 at the Madejski. The Royals are going through their best patch of the season at the minute and have kept four consecutive clean sheets, scoring 9 goals in the process.
Bristol City have now gone four games without a win after losing 1-0 away to Birmingham last Saturday at St Andrews. The Robins had started the season strongly however they have seriously went off the boil since the start of October and have fallen down to 10th in the table.
This could be a close game however I do think it is the wrong time for City to be playing Reading as their good run has taken them to third and they would now be considering themselves as serious promotion contenders. It took Jaap Stam a little while to get this Reading side playing the way he wanted, however they now look to be up and running and are capable of giving anybody a game. I think Reading will be just that little bit too strong for City and although they won't be easily beat I still think it will be a home win.
1 point win Reading to beat Bristol City at 6/4 with BetVictor