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Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday Prediction & Betting Tips, 19th August 2018

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Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday Championship Preview, 19th August 3.00pm

Brentford have produced a solid start to the new season with four points from their opening two games of the Championship season. They will be looking for more on home soil against a Sheffield Wednesday side who are still on the hunt for their first success of the term. Read our Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday betting tips for more.

Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Odds*

Brentford 1/2
Draw 3/1
Sheffield Wednesday 6/1
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 5:41 p.m.)

Brentford News and Form

So it has been a nice positive start from Brentford who opened with a thumping 5-1 home success over Rotherham. They then held themselves together strongly to come back from a goal down out on the road against Stoke last weekend. Ollie Watkins has returned a couple of goals for them already this season and he is a decent 7/5 anytime goalscorer option for the fixture* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 5:41 p.m.).

The Bees were top ten finishers in the Championship last season and they posted a W9 D11 L3 record on home soil, so there is enough there to certainly warrant backing them to avoid defeat here. They have looked really strong and positive so far and they looked good down the flanks. There will just be that concern that they haven’t taken a clean sheet yet and both teams to score in the fixture is a decent 8/11 odds option* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 5:41 p.m.).

Sheffield Wednesday News and Form

The Owls have one point to show from their opening two games of the new Championship season. The Owls had a Thursday night game against Sunderland in the EFL Cup to deal with, whereas Brentford played on Tuesday. So that’s a bit of a disadvantage in terms of preparations for the Owls ahead of this game. The Owls opened their league account with a 3-2 away default out at the newly-promoted Wigan, falling behind twice in the game.

Then against Hull in their first home game of the season, they conceded the first goal again but managed to drag out a draw. Striker Fernando Forestieri has scored in each of their league games this season and is at 11/4 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 5:41 p.m.). The Owls produced just a W6 D8 L9 record away from home last season in the Championship.

Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday Head to Head

Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday traded home wins last season in the Championship and things between them over the last few season have been pretty level. In the last six Championship meetings, Brentford holds a W3 D1 L2 record against the Owls. There have been five red cards in the last six meetings between these two sides, three of those Brentford.

Who will win – Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday Predictions

The Bees have made the stronger start of the two and we have to stick with them pulling out the win on home soil. We are going to back a Brentford to win & both teams to score option for the fixture as neither have taken a clean sheet yet.

17th August 2018 / lee - Category: Uncategorized

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Preston v Stoke Prediction & Betting Tips, 18th August 2018

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Preston v Stoke Championship Preview, 18th August 5.30pm

Preston have earned three points from their opening two games of the season and will be keen to build on their home success from the opening weekend of the new term. Preston just missed out on the play off last season in the second tier. They will play host to Stoke who have made a less than spectacular start to life in the Championship as the Potters are still looking for their first win. Read our Preston v Stoke betting tips for more.

Preston v Stoke Betting Odds*

Preston 11/8
Stoke 2/1
Draw 9/4
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.)

Preston News and Form

The Lilywhites opened with a 1-0 home win over QPR for the season in the Championship but they couldn’t add to their tally in their second match. Preston suffered a 1-0 loss at Swansea in their second fixture of the season. So we are expecting another low scoring affair involving the Lilywhites to be churned out and under 2.5 goals is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.). Preston put together a good season in the Championship last term as they came home seventh, missing out on the play offs by just two points as they produced some fine form down the back stretch.

They produced a W9 D8 L6 record in the league at Deepdale last term and they were only losing at half time in four home games. Taking that forward we are going to back the half-time draw at bet365 for our Preston v Stoke betting tips. The Lilywhites have produced 13.5 shots per game on average in the league so far this term. This would be a good recovery for them after their loss against Swansea last weekend.

Stoke News and Form

Things haven’t kicked into gear for Stoke yet in the Championship. They suffered a heavy loss out at Leeds on the opening weekend of the season and they could only manage a point in their first home game of the season in a 1-1 draw with Brentford. In the bet365 correct score market the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.). For having one of the better and more experienced of squads in the Championship this season, they haven’t looked great.

There has been a lot of individual errors and they have let too much through their defence really. Benik Afobe though has started well with a brace of goals for them and he is the 7/4 anytime goalscorer favourite for the fixture* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.). They did at least get a break in midweek as they didn’t have an extra EFL Cup to go through like Preston did. Will that give them an edge as they go in search of their first league win of the season?

Preston v Stoke Head to Head

The Lilywhites have won three of their last four home games against Stoke so they have that to look at. This will be the first meeting between the two sides since the 2007/08 Championship when the two sides traded home wins. From the eight previous Champions meetings, Preston are narrowly ahead with a W3 D3 L2 record against the Potters.

Who will win – Preston v Stoke Predictions

Stoke haven’t looked anything special so far in their Championship games and we are expecting Preston to be strong once more on home soil. This early in the season Stoke look there for the taking and we are just backing the home win in the match outright.

16th August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Birmingham v Swansea Prediction & Betting Tips, 17th August 2018

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Birmingham v Swansea Championship Preview, 17th August 7.45pm

There is some early pressure mounting on Birmingham after picking up just the one points from their opening two games of the new season. It is likely that they won’t get an easy home game on Friday night either as they play host to Swansea. The Swans have come firing out of the gate banking back to back wins and they are going into the fixture as favourites. Read our Birmingham v Swansea betting tips for more.

Birmingham v Swansea Betting Odds*

Swansea 6/4
Birmingham 7/4
Draw 23/10
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.)

Birmingham News and Form

After their struggles against relegation last season, Birmingham would have been hoping for a more positive start to the new Championship season. It has not quite happened though for them after they opened with a 2-2 home draw against Norwich and then suffered a 1-0 defeat out at Middlesbrough. The Blues had Craig Gardner sent off late at the Riverside. So that is no clean sheet for them so far but we are going to go with the option of both teams not to score at 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.) as we see this being a low-scoring game.

So far the Blues haven’t looked particularly good in possession and not particularly clinical in front of goal although Lukas Jutkiewicz has looked sharp and he is a 5/2 anytime goalscorer option for the Blues* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.). Last season the Blues produced a W10 D3 L10 record on home soil in the Championship. A win here relieves some pressure for boss Garry Monk who will be facing his former team.

Swansea News and Form

The Swans have made a flying start to the new season with them having collected back to back wins over Sheffield United and Preston. Both of those successes were by a one-goal margin and a Swansea to win by a one-goal margin is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.) and is one of our top Birmingham v Swansea betting tips. In their first game of the season against Sheffield United, the Swans fought back from a goal down on the road to take the win and then held out after a first-half goal against Preston.

They do actually look pretty organised and strong at the back while going forward they have averaged 9.5 shots per game so far. There probably were concerns at the start of the season as to where the goals were going to come from, but it has been a positive start from them and they will have plenty of appeal to go out and get a win in this one. We see the game ending under 2.5 goals though at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 17th, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.).

Birmingham v Swansea Head to Head

Swansea and Birmingham last met in the 2013/14 season in Cup action. Birmingham won a League Cup tie on home soil against the Swans and then suffered an FA Cup home defeat against the Welsh club later that season. The last league meeting between them was in the 2008/09 Championship with Birmingham collecting four points from the two meetings. The overall head to head has Birmingham 16-8 up with the seven drawn matches.

Who will win – Birmingham v Swansea Predictions

We are siding with the Swans to get a one-goal margin victory out at St Andrew’s. They showed good character in taking a win at Bramall Lane on the opening weekend and they may find Birmingham not quite so much of a challenge.

16th August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Norwich v West Brom Prediction & Betting Tips, 11th August 2018

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Norwich v West Brom Championship Preview, 11th August 3.00pm

The Canaries picked up a point on the opening weekend of the season as they twice had to fight back from behind out at Birmingham. It’s their home opener this weekend as they play host to West Brom who haven’t had the greatest of starts to life in the Championship. After two games in, they are still looking for a win.

Norwich v West Brom Betting Odds*

Norwich 8/5
West Brom 17/10
Draw 9/4
* (Betting Odds were taken on 10th August, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.)

Norwich News and Form

Norwich fought for their 2-2 draw at Birmingham on the opening weekend of the season and they can build on that back on home soil for this one. Onel Hernandez got both goals of the game for the Canaries, including the 90th-minute equaliser. The Canaries posted a W8 D8 L7 record last season in the Championship on home soil. Not a fantastic return but three of those defeats were against the three sides who got promoted to the Premier League.

There is a decent chance that boss Daniel Farke is going to shuffle the pack a little bit to the one that played last weekend as they are players still working their way back to full fitness and defender Felix Passlack could be in line for a debut. They are going to need a little more time to gel together and we can only see this ending up as being a low scoring game. For our Norwich v West Brom betting tips we are going under 2.5 goals at bet365 for 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on 10th August, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.) They will be taking on a West Brom side who had an extra midweek game.

West Brom News and Form

The Baggies had a rough introduction back into Champions League. They opened with a surprise home defeat against Bolton and then in midweek they had to go and face Nottingham Forest in a rescheduled fixture. The Baggies found themselves down in that one as well but fought back to grab an equalizer three minutes from time to relive a little pressure. But it’s certainly not been the start that Darren Moore would have wanted from his charges.

So there are some early-season stresses on them which will grow if they don’t win this one. They don’t have Nacer Chadli available and Salomon Rondon has gone off to Newcastle, so they are still looking to settle into the season as well. Dwight Gayle made his debut against Forest in midweek, coming on in the second half and he is the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken on 10th August, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.) because he’ll probably get a start here. This is not an easy away game for them at Carrow Road.

Norwich v West Brom Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Norwich and West Brom since the 2015/16 Premier League season. The two traded away wins on that occasion and both of them were 1-0 away successes as well. Both teams have scored in none of the last six meetings in all competitions and Norwich are W2 L2 in their last four home games against the Baggies in all competitions. Each of the last three league meetings have ended in a 1-0 away win.

Who will win – Norwich v West Brom Predictions

We would have expected a better start from the Baggies but it hasn’t happened and they could be vulnerable in this one as well. We are going to just lean on the Canaries in the match outright, as spirits will be high this being their opening home fixture of the new season. Home win.

10th August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Derby v Leeds Prediction & Betting Tips, 11th August 2018

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Derby v Leeds Championship Preview, 11th August 5.30pm

These are the kinds of games from the Championship that make the league so interesting and unpredictable at the same time. Derby opened their season with a narrow win at Reading without playing particularly well but at least they got the points. Leeds were a bit more impressive as they steamrollered Stoke in a 3-1 win. This should be a great match up so read our Derby v Leeds bettings tips for more.

Derby v Leeds Betting Odds*

Derby 21/20
Draw 12/5
Leeds 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.)

Derby News and Form

The Rams had a strange game against Reading to open the season with and they got out with a 2-1 win but they looked a bit directionless in terms of creativity in the final third. They were most effective from long efforts, but they got their win and they certainly knocked the ball around a lot. They are going to have to do a little more with it though. Still, Derby do look as if they are going to be strong again this season because of starting the season with a strong squad and we are backing both teams to score at 4/5 odds here* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.).

The Rams were strong at home last season with a W12 D5 L6 record posted and they were pretty rampant in front of goal, scoring a total of 41 goals and they conceded an average of under a goal per game. They collected a clean sheet in 48% of their home games but had just one in their last eight. But they are facing a powerful looking Leeds side in this one, so we are backing their defence to concede. They may not get off as lightly as they did against Reading.

Leeds News and Form

Marcelo Bielsa had an immediate impact at Leeds as he steered them to 3-1 home win over Stoke last weekend in their opening game. That was a pretty big statement against the pre-season Championship favourites. It was a good all-around performance from them and certainly their manager Bielsa has a wealth of experience over that of Derby’s Frank Lampard. We are going to see a much different Leeds this season with Bielsa’s style stamped all over that opening win.

So we are looking over 2.5 goals for the game at even money at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.). Leeds lost each of their final four away games of last season and they failed to win any of their last eleven away from Elland Road. We fully expect that to improve drastically this season and they have a decent chance of making a pretty bold statement at Pride Park too.

Derby v Leeds Head to Head

Derby edged things in last season’s Championship meetings with Leeds, picking up four points from the two meetings. There was a 2-2 draw in this corresponding fixture last season. Things are even between the two of them in the last three Championship seasons with two wins each and two drawn matches. Derby have taken four points from their last two home games against Leeds.

Who will win – Derby v Leeds Predictions

It is still early season so anything can happen and we are just leaning on underdogs Leeds to come away with the three points in this one. Derby struggled to get offensive momentum going against Reading and while they got out with a win still, they may not be let off the hook so easily in this one. Away win.

9th August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Nottingham Forest v West Brom Prediction & Betting Tips, 7th August 2018

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Nottingham Forest v West Brom Championship Preview, 7th August 7.45pm

Forest are squeezing in this extra game early in the season. It was originally scheduled for August 22nd, but that would clash with the cricket Test Match being hosted at Trent Bridge between India and England. So they get this fixture against West Brom earlier than planned. Forest bagged a 1-1 draw at Bristol City over the weekend, but West Brom’s start to life back in the Championship didn’t go well as they lost against Bolton. Read our Nottingham Forest v West Brom betting odds preview for more.

Nottingham Forest v West Brom Betting Odds*

Notts Forest 11/8
West Brom 9/4
Draw 12/5
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 p.m.)

Nottingham Forest News and Form

Forest tied up their game against Bristol City on the weekend early in the second half of the fixture, but couldn’t push on and get the three points, settling for one. Still, a decent enough start for themselves they will feel. More so if they can push on and get three points out of this one too. Forest wasn’t all that reliable on home soil last season with a W10 D3 L10 record and they did only just average over a goal per game. For our Nottingham Forest v West Brom betting odds, we are going to roll with under 2.5 goals for our Nottingham Forest v West Brom betting odds in this one at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 p.m.).

They did have a pretty solid pre-season behind them and did pick up three clean sheets in four games, so that’s three in their last five played if you count the weekend’s game against Bristol City. Forest did make some really positive moves last month in the transfer market with Lewis Grabban, Costel Pantilimon, Jack Colback and Luke Steel coming into the club. It was Daryl Murphy who got their goal on the weekend and will be a popular option in the anytime goalscorer market for them.

West Brom News and Form

So West Brom got themselves off to a bit of stinker on the weekend. Ahead of the season, they were the outright favourites to win the Championship this term. They suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Bolton, conceding the hammer blow in the 89th minute to sink them. After the stresses of last season that was the last thing they needed. It does also put some pressure on them now going into this one as they need some points on the board without question. They were pretty solid through their pre-season as they were scoring well, but we were wondering pre-season if they had enough punch and quality up front to carry them through the season.

It was younger Harvey Lewis Barnes, who upstaged everyone else to get their goal on the weekend. There is a lot of experience in the West Brom squad having kept most of their best assets from last season. They just need to shake off the nerves and get something on the board. That’s not going to be easy and we are going to back both teams not to score actually at 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 p.m.) considering the quick turnaround in games.

Nottingham Forest v West Brom Head to Head

This is the first meeting between the two sides since the 2009/10 Champions season when they traded away wins. Actually five of the last six meetings have been won by the away game, but that is looking back a fairly long way with few recent meetings.

Who will win – Nottingham Forest v West Brom Predictions

We are going to back the home side a little bit cautiously here with 21/20 odds on a -0.25 Asian Handicap for our Nottingham Forest v West Brom betting odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 p.m.). That means if they draw it is only a half loss. They will still be fresh and their energy can start to put some pressure on the visitors.

6th August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Hull v Aston Villa Prediction & Betting Tips – 6th August 2018

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Hull v Aston Villa Championship, 6th August 7.45pm

Hull were scrabbling around the bottom third of the table for most of last season’s Championship campaign and will be looking for some kind of improvement from somewhere. They get a start in a tough one fixture against Aston Villa who failed in last season’s play offs. The Villains have been backed heavily for promotion as they have had some heavy investment from backers over the summer. Read our Hull v Aston Villa predictions for more.

Hull v Aston Villa Betting Odds*

Hull 29/20
Aston Villa 15/8
Draw 9/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 1st, 2018 at 8:17 p.m.)

Hull News and Form

So the Tigers didn’t have a fun time of things in the Championship last season as they finished down in 18th position. They were comfortably enough above the drop zone despite winning just two of their final nine games of the term. Their home form read W7 D8 L8 last season. Transfer business has been slow from them over the summer and so the degree of improvement from last term is negligible. They are going to of course, come out with some fresh legs and enthusiasms and were are looking under 2.5 goals at 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 1st, 2018 at 8:17 p.m.). 61% of Hull’s home games last season in the division ended under the goal line and the most frequent scoreline at the KCom was a 0-0 draw. Hull weren’t short of goals last season and they were actually the top scoring team of the bottom half of the table finishers. Their defence was just a total shambles through which let the whole thing down.

Aston Villa News and Form

So with a bit of fresh backing coming into the club after their costly failure to earn promotion to the Premier League through the play offs, things look brighter again for Aston Villa who are 12/1 odds to win the Championship outright this term* (Betting Odds were taken from August 1st, 2018 at 8:17 p.m.). Steve Bruce is staying on as boss and while they are expecting the impending departure of Jack Grealish. Villa have picked up young Portugal keeper Andre Moreira on a loan deal, that’s the height of their transfer business over the summer. However, they did have one of the strongest squads last term of course. They did win four of their five pre-season friendlies in the month of July and while there is plenty of experience in their squad, it’s not a particularly young one. We are going to back both teams not to score at even money odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 1st, 2018 at 8:17 p.m.) as Villa collected a clean sheet in 43% of their away games last season but aren’t particularly prolific in front of goal.

Hull v Aston Villa Head to Head

Both league meetings last season ended in a draw and three of the last six have ended in parity. Hull are unbeaten in their last three home games against the Villains (W1 D2) so they do have that on their side. Both teams have scored in just three of the last thirteen meetings between Villa and Hull across all competitions.

Who will win – Hull v Aston Villa Predictions

We are just going to back the draw in this one. It’s early season so it’s not entirely clear how either side are going to be lining up. Neither club have made drastic changes to their respective squads over the summer and on the back of the draw matches last season, we are sticking with that trend for our Hull v Aston Villa betting tip.

1st August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Leeds v Stoke Prediction & Betting Tips – 5th August 2018

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Leeds v Stoke Championship, 5th August 4.30pm

Stoke begin their campaign to try and get themselves back up to the top flight as they make a tricky trip to Elland Road on Sunday. The Potters have pretty much kept their squad from last season together and they are the 5/1 outright favourites to win the Championship* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.). Leeds had another disappointing season, particularly over the second half of the term, getting only a mid-table finish.

Leeds v Stoke Betting Odds*

Stoke 8/5
Leeds 13/8
Draw 23/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.)

Leeds News and Form

Leeds didn’t do too badly at home last season, posting a W10 D6 L7 record. But they only took one home win against the top eight finishers in the league. So they couldn’t live with the better teams in the league. They had a really bad patch of form from the end of September to the beginning of November but their season really fell apart at the turn of the net year. They won just four times over the season half of the season. After a strong start, their defence became a huge liability and there hasn’t been a great deal to fix that over the summer.

However, in head coach Marcelo Bielsa they have a very savvy boss who should get them into shape. We are going to be looking at goals in this fixture and both teams to score is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.) and that is one of our top betting tips for Leeds v Stoke. Leeds won their last two pre-season friendly games before the start of the season against Guiseley and Las Palmas. This is going to be an important start for them to try and get themselves some early confidence.

Stoke News and Form

Stoke then are the outright favourites to win the Championship this season, not because they have been out and spending lots of cash in the summer, they haven’t. It is because they have, to their credit, managed to hang on to the bulk of the squad that they had last season. Their big summer transfer was the sale of Xherdan Shaqiri. They have added to their squad with Tom Ince, James McClean and Adam Federici coming in and so they have done some smart business as well. So they look strong overall and in the bet365 correct score market a Stoke 2-1 success isn’t unappealing really at 9/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.). This is just early season of course and we’ve no real idea of how sharp defences are, so we are going to snap up the value of 21/20 on the game going over 2.5 goals* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.) regardless of the final scoreline.

Leeds v Stoke Head to Head

The last time Stoke and Leeds met was in the 2006 Championship with Stoke winning both games, scoring a total of seven goals as well. There have been the six previous Championship meetings between the two and things are even with two wins each and two draws. Both teams scored in just one of those six meetings and Leeds are D2 L1 on home soil in the Championship against the Potters.

Who will win – Leeds v Stoke Predictions

We think Stoke are going to start strongly as they have a point to prove that they are too good to be in the Championship. With the squad that they have brought down with them, that is surely what they will be thinking. You never know what is to come from Leeds so we are backing an away win & both teams to score.

31st July 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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West Brom v Bolton Prediction & Betting Tips – 4th August 2018

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West Brom v Bolton Championship, 4th August 3.00pm

The Baggies start life back in the second tier on home soil as they get a fixture against Bolton. Can West Brom recover from the harrowing season they had the last term in the top flight and put together a solid campaign? Bolton had big struggles last season as well as they were fighting relegation most of the way and only just survived on the final day thanks to a precious three points.

West Brom v Bolton Betting Odds*

West Brom 4/9
Draw 16/5
Bolton 13/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.)

West Brom News and Form

Last season’s Premier League campaign turned out to be a nightmare for the Baggies as they couldn’t avoid the drop. So now it is a season in the Championship where they will strive to get themselves up to the top flight again. They are a strong contender in the Championship outright winner market to do so. The thing about Albion, who have Darren Moore in charge is that they haven’t been that active in the summer transfer market. But what they have done is keep the core of their squad together from last season and that means their experience from the top flight could translate over well into the second tier. They did add keeper Sam Johnstone from Manchester United for £6.5 million, the only money they have really spent over the summer. One of the issues they had last season was a lack of goals and you wonder if what they have is going to be enough?

They are going to be reliant on Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez to deliver the goods for them. The Baggies do look relatively strong at the back and are 10/11 to get a clean sheet* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.). That is one of our top tips for West Brom v Bolton betting. They were active of course over the pre-season and put some positive results up and they scored quite freely actually. But of course, it’s hard to take a lot from that. The Baggies do look well equipped to put a fairly strong reason together though and they will look a pretty decent bet to go and get themselves a win in this one. In the bet365 correct score market there is some appeal on a West Brom 1-0 option at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.).

Bolton News and Form

The Trotters only just avoided relegation last season in the Championship and only got themselves safe on the final day of the season with a win. Their pre-season has produced a mixed bag of results really as they are W2 D2 L1 in the month of July. Bolton had a dreadful season away from home last term, losing thirteen of their 23 road games and winning just the one. That’s just about as bad as it gets and considering they are on the road here for their opener, they have to be just a little bit nervous.

They haven’t done a great deal of movement in the summer transfer window, grabbing free transfers here and there to make up for the players who have also left on a free transfer. Boss Phil Parkinson has a job on his hands here and Dutch loanee Yanic Wildschut has been brought in on loan to try and boost their goal output. Still, we have to have a look at West Brom to win to nil at 13/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.) as one of our top betting tips for West Brom v Bolton.

West Brom v Bolton Head to Head

The last time that West Brom and Bolton met was in the 2011/12 Premier League. The Baggies collected four points from those two meetings. In their last six meetings, there is nothing to split them with the one win each and four drawn matches. There have been eight draws in the last twelve games between the pair.

Who will win – West Brom v Bolton Predictions

This is a big home game for West Brom as a confident start will mean a lot to them at the end of the day. They look to have a much better squad on paper to that of Bolton’s and we can see the three points being landed by them. West Brom to win to nil doesn’t look a bad option.

31st July 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Sheffield United v Swansea Prediction & Betting Tips – 4th August 2018

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Sheffield United v Swansea Championship, 4th August 5.30pm

Swansea couldn’t hold onto their Premier League status last season and so have to go and scrap things out in the second tier now. They get a tough opener out on the road as well as they have to go to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United. The Blades were one of the early front-runners for promotion last season but fell away over the second half of the season. Can they get back in the picture?

Sheffield United v Swansea Betting Odds*

Sheffield United 5/4
Swansea 21/10
Draw 12/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.)

Sheffield United News and Form

The Blades had a blistering start in the Championship last season after their promotion from League One. They were a real force to be reckoned with at Bramall Lane and that makes them very appealing to come away with the wind in this one. At 5/4 odds in the match outright as well* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.), we like that as one of our top betting tips for Sheffield United v Swansea. Ultimately the Blades couldn’t sustain their form over the course of the season and they ended up down in tenth place but overall it was a pretty big success for them having just been promoted to the second tier for that season.

The question is, can they push on from there? They have been relatively quiet in the summer transfer market but did spend £4 million on John Egan from Brentford which was a big investment. But they shipped off David Brooks to Bournemouth for almost triple that so they have spending cash. In the bet365 correct score market a Sheffield United 1-0 is sitting at a good tempting price of 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.), especially given the home form of Sheffield United against Swansea. Seven of Sheffield United’s home wins last season in the league were by a one-goal margin.

Swansea News and Form

So how do Swansea respond having suffered relegation last season? That was rough on the club and boss Graham Potter has some work to do here. They have never been a club with a great deal of cash to splash around and they haven’t done that in the summer. So it is pretty much as they were last season really, which is a good thing for them. That is plenty experience of top-flight football that their squad has had, and that should be able to steel them for a decent season in the season tier.

One of the huge problems that Swansea had last season was putting the ball in the back of the net and we’re not entirely sure where the goals are going to come from them for them this season? Jordan Ayew? Wilfried Bony? We are going to take a chance on both teams not to score at 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 31st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.). Swansea results in the pre-season won’t have instilled a lot of confidence having lost three in a row ahead of the new season.

Sheffield United v Swansea Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since the 2010/11 Championship season and on that occasion, the two of them traded home wins. Four of the last five meetings between Sheffield United and Swansea have ended in a win for the home side. In the last six meetings (all Championship fixtures) Sheffield United are up with a W3 D1 L2 record. All three of those wins for them were on home soil.

Who will win – Sheffield United v Swansea Predictions

We are leaning on the home side to come up with the points. They produced some great performances on home soil last season and they won’t make life easy for the Swans. It’s not an easy place for anyone to visit. Back the Blades to open with a three-point haul.

31st July 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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