Boro had a slip on the weekend in their push for a top six finish. They suffered a home defeat against Brentford. They stay at home for midweek action as they welcome Preston. Preston are on a good run of form at the moment as well having climbed up into the top ten. Read our Middlesbrough v Preston betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 12th, 2019 at 3:35 p.m.)
It was a 2-1 home loss that Middlesbrough suffered against Brentford on the weekend. That was an upset as Boro hadn’t conceded a goal in any of their three league games prior to that. It leaves Boro at W7 D6 L4 for the season. The loss against the Bees saw a four-match home unbeaten streak snapped for Boro. It does also actually only leave them with two wins in their last eight at the Riverside (D3 L4).
So it’s not been the strongest of home form. Boro have only scored 18 goals in 17 home games for the season and only 18% of games at the Riverside have gone over 2.5 goals. Defensively Boro have done well with a clean sheet earned in 53% of home fixtures. Both teams have scored in just 29% of Boro’s home games. Of the seven home wins recorded by Boro, four of them have been by a two-goal margin. 61% of their home goals have been scored in the first half of matches.
There was a 1-1 draw between these two earlier this season
There was also a draw in an EFL Cup meeting
Three of the last four meetings have ended in a draw
Boro are unbeaten in 13 against Preston in all competitions
Preston claimed a 1-0 away win at Blackburn on the weekend which keeps them in very good form. They are now unbeaten in their last ten Championship fixtures, winning six of those. So it has been very good stuff from them and there is every chance that they will push Boro hard here. Preston are on a five-match winning streak away from home at the moment and they scored at least two goals in all but one of those.
Preston are W7 D3 L8 on their travels in the division this season. It is worth noting that they have lost all four away games played this season against current top-six sides and they failed to score in three of those four games. Preston have scored in each of their last six games away from home, with 64% of all their away goals coming after the half time break. They have conceded two-thirds of their away goals in the second half of fixtures too.
Preston are full of confidence at the moment and are so hard to beat. With Boro not having done a great deal of winning at home recently, there is every chance that the visitors can turn up at the Riverside and grab a point.
13th March 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Norwich strengthened their position at the top of the table on the weekend with a good win over rivals Ipswich in the East Anglian derby. Can they push on further as they head out to face Preston? Preston are down in the bottom half of the table but have put together some good form lately. Read our Preston v Norwich betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 11:44 p.m.)
Preston got a good 2-1 away win at Bolton on the weekend, making it a five-match undefeated streak of form for them in the division (W3 D2). So that alone makes this a tricky away game for leaders Norwich. On home soil Preston have drawn each of their last three, their most recent being against playoff hopefuls Derby. Preston’s home record is W5 D7 L3 this season. They have scored pretty well too at Deepdale, averaging 1.9 goals per game there.
Each of Preston’s last three home games have ended up under 2.5 goals. However, 60% of all of their home games have finished above the line, with 53% of league games at Deepdale this season seeing at least four goals in them. Both teams have scored in 80% of Preston’s home games. Whilst Preston are without a win in their last four home games, they have only lost one of their last ten league home fixtures. They have opened the scoring in nine of their fifteen home games.
Norwich were 2-0 winners at home against Preston in August
Norwich are unbeaten in four against North End (W2 D2)
Preston are winless in three Championship home games against Norwich (D1 L2)
Norwich got three points out of a feisty East Anglian derby against Ipswich on the weekend. That is back to back league wins for Norwich now, the Canaries scoring exactly three goals in those two wins. The derby win also pushed Norwich on to a six-match undefeated streak of Championship form. Overall this season they are W7 D7 L1 on their travels this season. They won their last away game, a huge top-two clash against Leeds.
Norwich have averaged 1.7 goals per away game this season. They are currently undefeated in their last thirteen away games, scoring in each of their last five. Norwich have no clean sheet in three on the road. At the half time break, Norwich have been level in nine of their road games. It is well worth noting that they have scored 70% of all their league goals this season in the second half of fixtures. They may need to show some patience against Preston.
The draw actually has some appeal in this one. Preston have been doing alright at home recently. Norwich have played out a draw in two of their last three league away games. We are backing Preston to get a point out of this midweek action.
11th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Doncaster have done well in League One this season as they are currently sitting inside the top six in the table. They are on a good promotion push and could be facing Preston in the Championship next season. Championship side Preston are down in the bottom half of the table in their division and have been struggling to pick up the wins. Read our Preston v Doncaster betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 3rd January 2019 at 11:43 p.m.)
The Lilywhites have not collected a win in any of their last four games, losing three of those fixtures so they have just fallen out of form a little bit. They have collected only the two wins overall in their last eight played, so the visitors may have a decent chance at this one. Preston have put together a decent season at Deepdale though to be fair to them.
They have suffered just the one defeat in their last eight there, winning four of those eight. This will be the first meeting between the two sides since their games during the 2014/15 League One season (which both ended in a draw). A big trend with the Lilywhites is that they have found the back of the net in every home game played this season.
Doncaster though will be up for this, at least they should be. They have put together a good champion in League One. Really since November began they have turned their fortunes around. Rovers have suffered just one defeat in their last eleven games now in all competitions now and have, of course, a couple of FA Cup games under their belt.
They needed a replay back at the Keepmoat in the first round to get past Chorley. They won that replay 7-0 incidentally. It was then a win over Charlton in the second round for them. Doncaster have earned back to back clean sheets they have taken in this season’s FA Cup. Rovers have scored at least two goals now in all but one of their last thirteen matches played. They should be competitive.
There is a decent chance here for Doncaster to pull off a bit of a Cup upset. They have been scoring very well and with Preston not quite on their game, this could be a close duel. The Doncaster – Draw double chance is at 11/10 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 3rd, 2019 at 8:25 pm)
5th January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
It is another action-packed day of Championship football on Saturday with all teams in action during the 3.00 pm kick offs. Leeds extended their lead at the top of the table with yet another win on Boxing Day. Behind them, Norwich and West Brom both continued their strong form as well in the push for promotion. One of the big games of the day is Norwich v Derby from Carrow Road.
Here are our Championship predictions and tips for Saturday, December 29th, 2018.
The Baggies are undefeated in their last eight Championship fixtures now and are running hot against. They won six of those eight fixtures and banked a 2-0 success at the Hawthorns over Wigan on Boxing Day. They have netted at least two goals in seven of their last eight games and will that be enough to see of Wednesday? The Owls pulled off a bit of a surprise in midweek in taking a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough which snapped some poor away form.
The Baggies take some stopping at home and they should enough about them to get the win with the clean sheet at 13/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 27th, 2018 at 3:29 p.m.)
The Lions got themselves a much-needed win in midweek as they collected 1 -0 home success over Reading. That was a big survival scrap at The Den and it moves Millwall a point clear of the drop zone. Still, plenty of work to do for them but they are W1 D2 L1 in their last four at home now. They now face Nottingham Forest who were involved in another high-scoring draw. After their recent 5-5 thriller at Villa Park, Forest collected a 3-3 draw at Norwich on Boxing Day. That was despite being 3-0 up with fifteen minutes to go at Carrow Road. Still, it does suggest that they could come up with the goals to hurt the hosts.
The Lions have done alright at home, but Forest could turn up and find the goals to get past them. Away win for Forest at 6/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 27th, 2018 at 3:29 p.m.)
What a big win the Blades got for themselves in midweek as they toppled Derby in a top-six clash at Bramall Lane. Can they drive on from there are strengthen their place inside the top four now? That is the question. The home win over Derby came after back to back home losses that the Blades had suffered. This will be their easiest home game for a while though after having faced West Brom and Leeds, with Blackburn just inside the bottom half of the table. Rovers almost had the beating of league leaders Leeds at Elland Road in midweek but conceded two goals after the 90th minute to end up losing 3-2. That’s the way things are going for them with only one victory in their last eight games. That was at home too.
Sheffield United have to build on that success over Derby in midweek. They are a good solid home option for Saturday and are worth a flutter to win to nil at 7/4* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 27th, 2018 at 3:29 p.m.)
This could be quite the interesting clash. Preston have slipped to back to back defeats, but their general form at Deepdale this season in the Championship has been solid enough. They have gone W4 D2 L1 in their last seven league home fixtures, averaging over two goals per game. They were beaten there in a bit of an upset against Hull on Boxing Day though. But that continued their streak of scoring in every home game played this term. Aston Villa picked up a good away win at Swansea in midweek and they are W5 D3 L1 in their last nine games which is a good run. They have won three of their last four on the road as well (D1).
The two may be pretty evenly matched at the end of the day in terms of output. Neither defence is great and the draw has the most appeal in the match outright at 12/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 27th, 2018 at 3:29 p.m.).
28th December 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
It is big Boxing Day action from the Championship and there’s a lot going down. Leeds were the ones to finish top at Christmas after a late win over Aston Villa last time out. But only a point separated them and second-place Norwich. The two are starting to open up a bit of a gap at the top though.
Nothing changed at the bottom of the table last time out with none of the bottom three managing to get a win on the board. Here are our Championship tips and predictions for December 26th, 2018. These are all 3.00 pm kick offs.
Kemar Roofe came up with a late winner at Aston Villa on Sunday to give Leeds a huge three points to leave them top of the Christmas Championship tree. It was also their sixth straight league win. They have really been powering along lately and have conceded in just two of their last six. Leeds have a W7 D3 L1 record on home soil and they are on a three-match winning streak at Elland Road. Blackburn lost against Norwich on the weekend leaving them with one win in seven. With them being winless in five-way from home, the outcome seems obvious.
Leeds to win to nil checks our boxes at 13/8 odds* (betting odds taken on December 24th, 2018 at 2:24 am) as Rovers just don’t have the winning form to challenge.
Boro snapped a four-match winless streak with a win on the weekend out at Reading. It was a narrow 1-0 success for them. But it strengthened their spot in the top six. It hasn’t been the hottest of form from them lately though, but will Sheffield Wednesday be able to raise enough of a threat? The Owls haven’t won on the road since back at the start of October. Given that Boro generally don’t give up too much on home soil, this is a tough away game for a team who have conceded an average of two road goals per game.
Even though Boro aren’t in top form at the moment there should be enough for them there to squeeze out a narrow win. Middlesbrough to win and under 2.5 goals at 11/8* (betting odds taken on December 24th, 2018 at 2:24 am)
It has been some fantastic stuff from Norwich who are unbeaten in eleven games now after earning a 1-0 away win at Blackburn on the weekend. That’s getting the job done. The Canaries are on a five-match winning streak at Carrow Road, scoring at least three goals in each of their last three there. Notts Forest were on a great unbeaten run of form but they have been tripped up twice in their last three games, both 1-0 home defeats actually. Strangely since a 5-5 draw against Villa at the end of November, Forest have failed to score in three of their following four games. They are unbeaten in eight on the road though.
We are going to predict that Forest are going to be good enough to dig in and get something out of this game. The draw in the match outright does appeal here at 27/10* (betting odds taken on December 24th, 2018 at 2:24 am)
QPR have climbed the table with back to back league wins under their belt. Those were wins against two of the current top seven as well in Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest. So that’s a great six points Rangers have picked up. They get an easier looking home game in this one as well as they face Ipswich who are floundering at the bottom of the table. The Tractor Boys have picked up four points in their last two games, but still, it’s four losses in their last six. They taken one point in their last five road games, failing to score in four of those.
QPR to win to nil is a perfect fit for this one at 7/4 odds given the upturn in form from Rangers and Ipswich’s lack of goals* (betting odds taken on December 24th, 2018 at 2:24 am).
Preston are the bottom of the table, in 15th actually after the weekend. They suffered a loss out at Sheffield Wednesday which ruined their positive recent form of back to back wins. Still, they are in decent shape at home as they are unbeaten in six at Deepdale. So that’s good stuff from them but they are catching Hull possibly at the wrong time. The Tigers have continued their major upward swing now having won three of their last four (D1). They are unbeaten in five and have lost just one of their last nine (W4 D3 L1). That was after losing nine of their first fourteen games of the season.
The draw is going to tickle our fancy here. The Tigers have drawn two of their last three on the road and Preston aren’t easily knocked down at Deepdale. The draw at 12/5 odds is a good proposition* (betting odds taken on December 24th, 2018 at 2:24 am).
25th December 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
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.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.)
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.
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?
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.
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
Big stakes in this one at both ends of the table. Preston needs to win this game and hope Derby lose their final match against Barnsley on the weekend. That would put North End up into the play offs. As for Burton they really need three points out of this to get safe. If they don’t then a point would do it if Derby to beat Barnsley. So those two games are connected.
Preston 8/15, Draw 3/1, Burton 5/1* (Betting Odds taken at 4:15 a.m. on May 1st, 2018)
Preston have an outside shot at making it into the play offs. In order for that to happen they would have to first secure a win in this one and then hope that Derby loses against Barnsley. Preston are W3 D1 in their last four league games so are powering to the finish line. It’s just going to be all or nothing for them so they can throw the kitchen sink at this. They are not a particularly high scoring side compared to those starting the weekend in the play-off places. Under 2.5 goals at William Hill is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:15 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). Preston have averaged just over a goal per game on home soil this season, but they have gotten where they are because of a strong defence which has conceded at under a goal per game. Preston have been level at half time in twelve of their home games this term and so a half-time draw bet may not be a bad option. 60% of Preston’s goals at home have been produced in the second half of matches.
Burton have rallied really well to give themselves a shot at survival. They are on a three-match winning streak at the moment which was sparked by a shock win over play-off candidates Derby. They followed that up with crucial victories over Sunderland and Bolton who are the two sides beneath them in the table going into the final weekend. A point for Burton would be enough if Barnsley doesn’t win their final game. A victory gives them a better shot of staying up because they could then potentially catch Reading and Birmingham if either of those fails to win. Burton have produced only the 18 goals away from home this season while they have conceded an average of 1.6 per game. Burton have picked up four points from their last two away games, but they have lost all of they away games against the current top six (Preston are seventh) this season. So that doesn’t bode too well for them. Overall their away record is just W6 D6 L10 and only the already-relegated Sunderland have a worse defensive record than they do.
There have only been the three previous games between these two and from them, Preston are W2 D1 up. In their only previous game at Deepdale, there was a 1-1 draw played out in November 2016. Preston’s two wins in the sequence came by a one goal margin.
All Preston can do is win and hope. They have been going along well enough recently to get themselves three points in this one against the relegation-threatened Burton. It is likely to be tense, back a home win by a one-goal margin.
4th May 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
It is the final day of the season in the Championship and there are still some unsettled issues to sort out. All games are being played on Sunday, May 6th and all with 12.30 pm kick offs.
Wolves have already won the title and so they will be in party mood at Sunderland. The Black Cats will finish bottom of the pile regardless and not too surprisingly Wolves are odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 2018 at 9:52 p.m.) to get the win.
This is up for grabs. Basically, second-placed Cardiff have to win to guarantee that they stay in second place. If they don’t, then Fulham will be able to jump above them, sending the Bluebirds to the play offs. Fulham are on a massive streak of hot form and face relegation-threatened Birmingham and are favourites to win that game on the road. Cardiff too are favourites to win on home soil as they face up to Reading who are down in the bottom six.
Aston Villa and Middlesbrough have done enough to book their places in the play offs. Aston Villa will be finishing fourth no matter what happens to them against Millwall on Sunday. Middlesbrough needs a point out Ipswich to hold down fifth place and Boro are 21/20 odds at Coral* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 2018 at 9:52 p.m.) to get all three points.
Derby are holding on to sixth place going into the weekend and in order to stay in the play off places they need a point. They are only two points ahead of Preston but they have a big goal difference advantage over North End so can get away with only a draw. Derby are taking on relegation-threatened Barnsley and the Rams are 4/6 odds-on to close out the season* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 2018 at 9:52 p.m.) with a win.
So Preston are the other player in all of this because if Derby were to slip up with a loss and Preston were to go out and beat Burton, who are sitting in the relegation zone, then Preston would snatch the sixth place in dramatic style. Millwall could end up level on points with Derby if Derby lose and Preston don’t win. However, even if that happened and Millwall got the win, they wouldn’t beat Derby on goal difference.
Sunderland are already confirmed down but there is a tight scrap to avoid finishing in one of the other two relegation spots. Bolton are second from bottom and have to win regardless to have a chance of getting safe. The Trotters are at home against Nottingham Forest and are 8/11 to break out the win* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 2018 at 9:52 p.m.). It will be in vain if others around them win. Burton and Barnsley are sat on 41 points, Barnsley just out of the drop zone on goal difference over Burton.
Both have tough games to round off with though. Barnsley go to Derby who are looking to secure that top six finish so may not get much change at Pride Park. As for Burton, they have a game at Preston who needs to produce a win to stand any chance of finishing in the play offs. So that’s tough games for both Burton and Barnsley. Worse for Burton because of goal difference. The other two teams in the potential firing line are Reading and Birmingham.
They are both two points clear of the relegation zone. Birmingham look to have a thankless task in trying to fend off a brilliant Fulham side who are looking for a win to beat Cardiff to second place in the league. Reading also have a tough game as they make a trip to Cardiff. So the Cardiff v Reading and the Derby v Barnsley games could be the big drama focal points of Sunday’s final action.
Both Cardiff and Fulham are likely to win their games which means that the top three would stay the same. Derby too should hold down the fort and get what they need to lock down the sixth-place finish, denying Preston. If Cardiff and Fulham do win then by default that means Burton and Barnsley are in big trouble. Bolton are the variable therefore and they can throw everything at Nottingham Forest on home soil and get a win that could get them safe.
4th May 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
It is a busy Easter weekend in the Championship and Preston will be looking to ramp up their home form a bit so that they can push towards the play offs at the end of the season. They have just gone off the boil a little bit, with two losses in their last three at home. Derby are on a long winless streak of form away from home though and this won’t be a comfortable away game for them.
Preston 11/8, Derby 15/8, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 00:34 a.m. on March 30th, 2018)
Preston took a bit of a hammering on Friday as they slumped to a big 4-1 away defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. That was a big blow for them because they had been in pretty solid form. Still, it leaves them just the two points outside of the play off places so they are still in the hunt. They have lost two of their last three at home though (W1) but the win in that sequence was against top seven side Bristol City. With Derby so badly out of form, this is a great chance for Preston to strike. Overall this season they are W7 D7 L5 on home soil but they have conceded in each of their last eight at Deepdale. Preston have averaged just over a goal per game at home this season with a clean sheet in 37% of their home fixtures. A half-time draw at bet365 may not be a bad option s Preston have been level at half time in ten home fixtures this season (eight of those 0-0). Their away form is much better than that of their home at the moment but there is a huge opportunity for them to dig out a huge three points in this home game. It would put them just one point behind Derby who starts in fifth.
Derby’s play off hunt took another serious hit on Friday as they were pummeled at home by bottom side Sunderland 4-1. That leaves the Rams with no win in their last eight games played (D5 L3) now and with one win only in their last eleven. The points they have been digging out have at least just kept them in the play off zone, but on goal difference only and because the race is so tight and there are so many form teams beneath them, a top six finish looks to be in jeopardy now for them. The Rams are without a win in their last five away games (D4 L1) so have shown at least a bit of resilience. They have drawn nine of their last fifteen league games now actually so they may be good for a point in this one. This does look as if it will be a tight game though and both teams not to score at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:34 a.m. on March 30th, 2018).Their last two away games have gone under the 2.5 goal line. In the bet365 correct score market there is a decent option the 1-1 draw at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:34 a.m. on March 30th, 2018).
Derby picked up a 1-0 home win over Preston earlier in the season and that was the four games in a row between them that has gone under 2.5 goals. Derby are unbeaten in their last nine games against North End in the championship, winning five of those, So they have a clear advantage in the current head to head. Preston have lost their last three home games against Derby by a one-goal margin.
It is a big scrap for play off points and there is not likely going to be too much given away by either side. Preston have been pretty solid at home and the Rams have struggled for returns out on the road. But a draw in this one wouldn’t be a huge surprise.
31st March 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Villians will be looking to extend some powerful home form as they step out against Preston in midweek. Aston Villa could make it four league home wins on the bounce if they collectthree points this one. It could be a tough battle that they face though as they take on Preston who are hoping to find a way to break into the play off spots.
Aston Villa even money, Draw 12/4, Preston 11/4* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.)
The Villains had their massively positive stretch of winning form snapped on the weekend with a loss out at Fulham. Aston Villa were on a seven-match winning streak in the Championship before that hit. Still they boast a fantastic W10 D5 L1 record on home soil in the league this season and they are on a four-match winning streak there, unbeaten in eight. Villa have produced well in front of goal on home soil and over 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 5/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.). Villa have averaged 1.9 goals per game at home this season in the league and they have conceded in three of their last five games on home soil. Villa have scored at least two goals in each of their last five home games in the league and should be fired up to get back to winning ways after that blip against Fulham. They can boast the third-best home form in the division this season and for them, both Albert Adomah and Scott Hogan have scored in three of their last four home games. Villa go into the midweek round of matches having dropped back down to third place.
Preston should be no push however though and will be full of confidence having held out for a 1-1 draw at home on the weekend against league leaders Wolves. That is a six-match undefeated streak of form that they are on in the division and they have suffered only the one loss since a 3-0 reverse at Ipswich back on November 4th. That’s been an impressive run, but they haven’t done as much winning as they would have liked. Four of their last six have been drawn now and all of them 1-1 results. In the Bet365 correct score market a 1-1 draw is trading at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.) and that could well have some nice appeal in this one. Preston are currently running on an eight-match undefeated stretch of games away from home and they have scored in each of their last four. They have been defensively solid on their travels with just the sixteen goals shipped in sixteen games, while they have averaged 1.25 goals themselves on their travels. They have proven that they are a tough side to get the better off and their last two away wins have been with a clean sheet and one of those was against current second-placed side Cardiff.
Villa were 2-0 winners out on the road against Preston earlier this season and that leaves them with a pretty strong head to head over them. They have lost just one of their last twelve against Preston in all competitions, although only four of those have been since 2000. Both teams have scored in just one of their last four comings together. There was a 2-2 draw in this corresponding fixture last season.
Aston Villa’s home form should just tip the balance in their favour. They are really looking like strong contenders to get up to the top flight now and even though this probably isn’t going to be an easy game for them, they are value to come through the trial.
19th February 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting