TommyMc previews 4 Championship matches this weekend with his first and best bet coming in Rotherham v Sheff Wed match on Friday night in addition to QPR, Middlesbrough and Preston to draw.
Rotherham v Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham picked up a good point against an in form Reading side on Tuesday night, when their game against them at the New York Stadium finished 1-1. The Royals opened the scoring in the first half as they looked to earn their fifth consecutive win. However Danny Collins scored three minutes after the break to ensure there was a share of the spoils for both sides. This was Neil Redfearn's second game in charge after a narrow defeat away to Brentford last Saturday and he has to be happy with the point and the way his side fought back against a Reading side that had beaten Middlesbrough and Burnley in recent weeks. Redfearn got off to a good start in his first spell in charge of Leeds and I fancy him to repeat that at the New York Stadium and I think you will start to see the Millers pull themselves away from trouble in the coming weeks.
Sheffield Wednesday played out a 0-0 draw with QPR at Loftus Road on Tuesday night as both sides cancelled each other out. I would have assumed that this would have been the first game on every both teams to score coupon as Sheffield Wednesday had only kept one clean sheet in their ten previous away games and QPR had only kept one clean sheet in their previous eleven matches however amazingly nobody scored. Carlos Carvalhal's side have had a decent start to the season with only three defeats so far as they sit in 9th spot however after three wins in a row they have gone off the boil a little in recent weeks with two consecutive draws against Hull and QPR and I think they might be a little bit vulnerable in this Yorkshire derby at the New York Stadium on Friday night.
This will be a close game, competitive game and although Wednesday are not easy to beat I think Rotherham are starting to build a bit of momentum and this coupled with the Owls only keeping two clean sheets in their last eleven away games sways me towards the home side as I think they will win by the odd goal.
1.5 points win Rotherham to beat Sheffield Wednesday at 21/10 with Betfred and Ladbrokes
Brighton v Preston
Brighton continued their unbeaten start to the season on Tuesday night, when they beat a spirited Bristol City side 2-1 at the Amex Stadium. The Robins took an early lead in this game and it took Brighton until the 53rd minute to equalise before super sub Bobby Zamora came on and scored a late winner for the second time in the space of four days. This result kept the four point cushion between themselves and 2nd place as Birmingham have become the latest team to try to close the gap on them. There is no way Chris Hughton's team will be able to go the entire season unbeaten as the Championship is too hard a division to do that in and Wolves, Bolton and Cardiff have all come close in recent weeks to ending that unbeaten run. Although I don't think Preston will be the team to do it either, I do think they are good enough to go to the Amex on Saturday and come away with a point.
Preston recorded their second win of the season on Tuesday night with an impressive 3-0 win over Charlton at the Valley. Paul Gallagher scored a brace in the first half and then Daniel Johnson scored North Ends third in the 62nd minute to effectively end it as a contest. I know Charlton have been struggling badly in their last few games and 3-0 was not that big of a surprise, but Simon Grayson's men have been steadily improving in recent weeks and after suffering four defeats in their first seven games they have only lost once now in their preceding five and are looking more confident as they have pulled themselves a point clear of the drop zone and are moving in the right direction. I don't think they will hold any fear on Saturday and I think they will be set up to go there and defend to try to pick up a point.
There is big pressure on Brighton now every week to keep this run going and every team playing them will be up for it to try and be the first to beat them and I think this could lead to a nervy affair however like I said I don't think Preston will do it, but they are definitely capable of getting a draw.
1 point win Brighton v Preston-Draw at 13/5 with Betfred, Coral and Bet365
QPR v MK Dons
QPR kept only their second clean sheet of the season on Tuesday night at Loftus Road when their game against Sheffield Wednesday ended 0-0. The Rs had a couple of chances to win this game with Matt Phillips blazing over the bar when he was one on one with the keeper and Tjaronn Chery brought the best out of Keiron Westwood when he saved his volley at the far post. This QPR side are still gelling together and they will get stronger as the season progresses especially when their talisman Charlie Austin returns from injury. Chris Ramsey might not have been pleased with the draw however he would have been pleased with the clean sheet as his side defended a lot better than they had been and I think they will be confident of beating the struggling Dons at Loftus Road on Saturday in a game that they probably should and need to be winning.
MK Dons were on the wrong end of a 2-0 score line against Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium on Tuesday night. Nahki Wells opened the scoring for the Terriers in the 58th minute and then Jamie Paterson made sure of the three points with a second goal five minutes into second half injury time. It has been a tough maiden season so far for Milton Keynes as they have only managed three wins from their opening twelve games with seven defeats and two draws coming from the other nine. They beat Blackburn 3-0 last Saturday however they could not build on that on Tuesday night and that has been their problem as consistency is key in this division if you want to have a chance of staying in it. The Dons have lost three of their last five games and I think there will be a similar outcome on Saturday.
QPR have been strong in their six home games this season, losing just one of them to Nottingham Forest after they were reduced to ten men and I think they will have too much attacking threat for the Dons even with Austin missing.
1 point win QPR to beat MK Dons at 11/10 with Betfred, Bet365 and BetVictor
Wolves v Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough suffered just their third defeat of the season on Tuesday night when they lost 1-0 away to Cardiff. This was a game in which both defences had been on top throughout and it looked to be heading for a draw until Cardiff scored with four minutes remaining courtesy of a George Friend own goal. Aitor Karanka's men have been struggling a bit in recent weeks and as well as not hitting the net in their last three games they have also only taken one point from them in a goalless draw at home to Fulham. However a good team doesn't go bad over night and everyone of the top sides go through a slump in Championship at some stage in the season and this looks to be Boro's turn and despite this run they are still in the play-off places and just seven points behind leaders Brighton.
Wolves suffered their second defeat in four days when Brentford beat them 2-0 at Molineux on Wednesday night. The Bees scored early in the first half and late in the second half to wrap this one up leaving Wanderers in 12th spot and six points off the play-offs. Kenny Jackett's men were brought back down to earth this week after two consecutive 3-0 wins over Huddersfield and Fulham they conceded six goals against Derby and Brentford in four days they will want to forget. Wanderers were expected to be challenging for at least the play-offs this year however with five defeats, three draws and just four wins from their opening twelve games it's hard to know whether they have a team that are good enough or will just be hovering around mid-table.
Neither of these sides have set the world alight in recent weeks and they might cancel each other out however I think Wolves will be the more nervous of the two and I fancy Middlesbrough to capitalise on this and sneak an away win to get their season back on track.
1 point win Middlesbrough to beat Wolves at 7/5 with Betfred, William Hill and Bet365