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Wolves happy to watch on

Wolves happy to watch on


With just two rounds of games to play in the Championship, the race for promotion to the top-flight reaches fever pitch this weekend.

Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers, of course, have nothing to worry about as they have already wrapped up the title by losing just six games out of 44 played in the league so far this season.

They finish their home campaign with a visit from Sheffield Wednesday, who have very little to play for as they are marooned in mid-table.

Between then these two sides have won their last six games without conceding a goal, but surely a raucous capacity Molineux crowd will spurs Wolves on one more time, so look to them at 13/10 to win to nil as an option to offer a small return.

The race for the second automatic promotion place appears to be between Cardiff City and Fulham, with the latter having a chance to ramp up the pressure when they play host to already relegated Sunderland on Friday evening.

Should they, as expected, win, that would leave the Bluebirds needing to win at Hull City on Saturday to stay in second heading into the final day of the season.

And the Tigers offer a potentially potent threat, having scored 14 goals in their last four games, including five in an amazing 5-5 draw at Bristol City last time out.

So expect goals at the KCOM Stadium, with over 3.5 goals in the game at 33/20 surely worthy of consideration.

Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson has been the man to watch for Hull since arriving in January, having scored seven goals in 11 league appearances for the Tigers, so 51/20 for him to score at any time appears to offer very decent value.

Aston Villa have an outside chance of sneaking into second, but they have a major test on their hands as Derby County cross the Midlands in good heart following a 3-1 midweek win over Cardiff.

And, with the Villans simply having to win the game to have any hope of going up automatically, you can expect goals and neither side settling for a draw, with the Rams needing points to secure their play-off place.

With that in mind, a final scoreline of 2-1 to Villa at 8/1, or a 3-1 victory for the hosts at 15/1 appear to be the areas to focus on.

Also bear in mind that Villa have won their last 10 home meetings with Derby, with County having last won at Villa Park back in November 1988.

The final side currently sitting in the play-off places alongside Fulham, Villa and Derby are Middlesbrough, who face a crunch showdown with Millwall at the Riverside at teatime on Saturday.

Both sides will take to the pitch aware of what results from elsewhere mean, but the long and short of it is that this is particularly a must-win game for the visitors.

Boro sit fifth in the table ahead of the weekend action, with the Lions three points worse off and just outside the play-off zone in seventh.

The Teessiders have won six of their last seven on home turf, with their only reverse a 2-1 loss to Wolves, so at 10/11 to win on Saturday they still have a little merit for a limited return.

Defender Dani Ayala has delivered for Boro in recent games, scoring three times in his last four outings, so 9/2 to score at any time may just catch your eye.

For the Londoners, they simply have to go for broke, otherwise their play-off dreams could be over at the final whistle, which means a draw is one to avoid.

Instead both teams to score at 20/21 could provide a decent option, while also keep in mind that the Lions have only lost on one of their last five visits to Teesside.

At the wrong end of the table, the clash between Burton Albion and Bolton Wanderers is a classic six-pointer sure to be full of tension.

A home loss for the Brewers would see them go down, while the Trotters would drop into the bottom three should they be beaten.

Recent form is on the side of Burton, who have beaten Derby and Sunderland in their last two games to fend off relegation for the time being.

With that form in mind, 7/5 for a home win on Saturday appears a little generous, especially with Bolton having not won in their last six and failed to score in four of those games – while Albion at 57/20 to win to zero is also something to consider.

Barnsley occupy the final relegation spot ahead of the weekend games, but a visit from in-form Brentford is not one to relish for the Tykes.

While Barnsley have won just one of their last 11 league games, the Bees have been buzzing in going seven games unbeaten.

That recent form suggests that the visitors could send the Oakwell outfit down on Saturday, with a one-goal for Brentford at 27/10 seeming to be a more than decent option.

Dean Smith’s side, still not totally out of the play-off picture, have won four of their last five games by a single goal and appear to be a side who currently know how to get the job done.

Birmingham City and Reading are still not totally safe, but both sides have fixtures that they will see as offering a way of ending the threat of relegation.

The Royals host an Ipswich Town side who have lost three of their last four, while the Blues visit a QPR outfit who have the exact same recent record.

Reading would love to win on Saturday and make sure, but a draw at 51/20 is almost certain to be good enough and could offer better prospect.

Birmingham, meanwhile, have only lost two of their last seven, but have just one win from their last eight meetings with QPR to show for their efforts.

That could change on Saturday and the Blues at 33/20 to win at Loftus Road is one to consider.


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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.