The games continue to come thick and fast in the Championship and this weekend sees another batch of exciting fixtures, starting with Saturday lunchtime’s Yorkshire derby between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds.
After missing out in the play-off final last term, the Owls looked to have continued their strong form into the new season before suffering Tuesday’s surprise 3-1 defeat at Burton.
Leeds were poor in their opening couple of defeats but steadied the ship with a midweek home draw against Fulham. Wednesday are usually dominant at Hillsborough, winning their last three on home soil, keeping clean sheets in all of those games.
Of the 3pm kick offs, Newcastle’s trip to Bristol City appears the most enticing. The 9/4 Robins appear a team on the up after finishing last season strongly and have won two of their three matches so far in the Championship.
They again impressed in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Norwich and will relish the chance of welcoming the Magpies to the revamped Ashton Gate, where they have scored at least twice in their last four home games.
Newcastle, who are 5/4 to win, got their first victory on Wednesday, crushing Reading 4-1 and will expect to kick on. There have been over 2.5 goals in each of City’s last four home outings and backing that total at 10/11 looks a decent bet.
Saturday’s late game also catches the eye as Derby host Aston Villa. Neither side have started as they would have hoped, with both currently having four points but on paper look possible top six candidates.
Both Nigel Pearson and Roberto Di Matteo are new to their job’s but have guided teams out of the Championship before and know what it takes to grind out results.
There is also action on Sunday which sees the usually tasty East Anglian derby as Ipswich host Norwich. The Tractor Boys have struggled against their local rivals in recent years, not winning in their last six meetings.
Mick McCarthy’s men will be hoping to transform those woes against the Canaries, who have started extremely confidently following their relegation from the top flight.
With seven points on the board they already appear promotion contenders and despite being away from home look a fair price at 21/20.
A derby match could be what it takes to rouse Ipswich and a home win at 51/20 looks useful, although the value maybe in the draw at 23/10.