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Championship Preview – New managers seek winning start

Championship Preview – New managers seek winning start

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There are plenty of intriguing Championship matches this weekend as the domestic game swings into action again after the international break.

Neil Warnock has replaced Paul Trollope as Cardiff City manager since the last set of fixtures and the 67-year-old is 37/20 to get his tenure off to a winning start when the 23rd-placed Bluebirds take on promotion-chasing Bristol City on Friday.

On the same evening Birmingham City can enhance their promotion credentials when they visit struggling Nottingham Forest.

Goals could be at a premium at The City Ground so odds of 23/10 on there being under 1.5 goals in the game appear tempting.

On Saturday evening Steve Bruce takes charge of Aston Villa for the first time since replacing Roberto di Matteo and it will be a highly-charged atmosphere as near-neighbours Wolves are the visitors to Villa Park.

Villa are this season’s draw specialists – they have finished all-square in seven of their 11 Championship matches to date – and odds of 47/20 on Saturday’s match being yet another draw seem attractive.

Second-placed Norwich City have the perfect opportunity to pick up three points as rock-bottom Rotherham United are the visitors to Carrow Road. A Canaries victory by two goals or more at 5/6 looks to be the best bet on this game.

Newcastle United may find it harder to secure a victory against Brentford who have only conceded nine goals so far and are 9/2 to keep a clean sheet at St James’ Park.

Elsewhere, promoted sides Wigan Athletic and Burton Albion face each other, while Leeds United can be backed at 15/4 to continue their recent improved form by beating goal-shy Derby County, who have appointed Steve McClaren for a second time in an attempt to revive their fortunes.

There is a mid-table battle at Oakwell between Barnsley and Fulham while struggling Blackburn Rovers entertain Ipswich Town.

Brighton will be expecting to take three points from the visit of Preston while Jaap Stam takes his Reading side to QPR.

The match of the weekend could take place on Sunday though as surprise early pace-setters Huddersfield Town take on Sheffield Wednesday in a Yorkshire derby.

The Terriers have surprised many people and are 10/1 to keep their excellent start to the campaign going by beating their visitors 2-0.

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