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Championship Preview – Gayle ready to fill his boots against the leaders

Championship Preview – Gayle ready to fill his boots against the leaders


The Championship action continues in midweek with Huddersfield’s clash with Rotherham arguably the standout game on Tuesday, due to both team’s situations at either ends of the table.

The second-placed Terriers have been the surprise package of the campaign and despite losing at Reading on Saturday, will expect to continue their perfect home record this season. Their Yorkshire rivals sit 23rd having managed just one victory to date and having lost their last five on the road.

A home win at 10/19 is the obvious bet, while the away victory is available at 5/1 and the draw is priced at 3/1. A potential perceived lack of value on a Terriers’ win may turn punters onto goal markets and with Rotherham often struggling away from home, conceding 14 goals in their four games on the road, over 3.5 goals at 9/5 looks a viable bet.

Another game that appears enticing occurs between Bristol City and Leeds United. Both won at the weekend and will be hoping for repeat results to boost their play-off hopes.

City are 21/20 favourites, with the Whites at 53/20, while the draw is on offer at 49/20 but the teams appear better matched than the odds suggest.

Another market well worth a look at is first goalscorer with in-form duo Tammy Abraham and Chris Wood both in action. City’s Abraham tops the scoring charts with seven goals this season and is 9/2 to net first, while Wood is 27/4 to break the deadlock by adding to his five strikes for the campaign.

Barnsley are also in action on Tuesday and will be keen to turn their recent form around against the still to convince Aston Villa.

The Yorkshire outfit have lost their last two but appear a good price at 41/20 when you consider they are usually good at home as, before their recent reverse to Reading, they had won their first three Championship games of the season at Oakwell.

Despite spending big in the summer, Villa have still to find their feet at this level. Their quality means an away win at 7/5 is always worthy of consideration but 47/20 for the draw could be the way to go, with Villa taking a single point from six of their last seven Championship outings.

Wednesday’s only game could be the match of the round, as Newcastle take on leaders Norwich. Both were relegated from the Premier League last season and have made decent starts to the campaign.

The Magpies won this fixture 6-2 last term and this, combined with home advantage, perhaps indicates why they are the 21/20 favourites. The Canaries are on a run of five straight wins in all competitions though and 27/10 for them to take maximum points is a tempting price, with the draw available at 12/5.

There were 13 goals in total when these sides met in 2015-16 so branching out to over 4.5 at 21/4 may well be worth the risk.


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