The Championship continues this weekend with matchday 21 and some more highly anticipated action. As ever we bring you our Championship acca of Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County all to win at an enhanced price of 8.75 and a maximum bet of £50. Form Labs return with their betting preview and tips for the three games and if you are looking for some more betting value for another weekend of top flight football then take advantage of our comprehensive selection of enhanced odds and accas from around Europe’s top leagues.
Middlesbrough v Blackburn Betting Tips
Boro’s eight game unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end against Aston Villa last time out. While it leaves them five points off the pace in the race for the title, that was just their second defeat at the Riverside this term as they’ve gone W7-D4-L2, with their only other defeat coming against fifth-placed Forest. Indeed, since his arrival in December last year, Tony Pulis’ men have won nine of 13 unbeaten league encounters at home against sides ranked below eighth in the table.
Blackburn managed to end their poor run of two defeats from three winless matches against Wednesday, but that came at Ewood Park, whereas on the road they’ve lost three of their last four winless outings, with each of these defeats by more than a single strike. Moreover, those losses all came at the hands of teams in the bottom-half of the table and so up against a top-six outfit like Middlesbrough, we don’t give them much of a chance. To make things worse for the visitors, their left-back Amari’i Bell looks a serious doubt for this encounter and the last road game he didn’t feature in saw them downed 4-1 by Preston.
Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham Betting Tips
Rotherham have an appalling one win from their last 13 matches. Their struggles certainly seem to be in the final third of the field as only bottom-two sides Ipswich and Bolton have netted fewer than their 19 goals so far this term. In fact, their travelling fans will feel embarrassed by a dismal seven defeats from 10 winless road trips this term, making them the worst travelling side in the Championship – just as they were when they picked up only two points in 2016/17 as they were relegated.
Wednesday have endured a tough spell since climbing to sixth in the table back in October. They’ve lost six of their last eight matches as all but one of these games came at the hands of top-half opponents, while they won the exception during this period which came in their most recent outing at Hillsborough.
Although their W3-D4-L3 record here this season isn’t too impressive at first glance, it’s worth considering that those three defeats came against top-seven outfits Middlesbrough, Norwich and Derby, while they salvaged a point against similarly ranked teams West Brom and Leeds. When looking at results against the bottom half, they’ve won each of their last three here, while at all venues against such opposition they’ve won five on the bounce.
Wigan v Derby County Betting Tips
Wigan have an unfavourable record against Derby at the DW Stadium, losing each of their three meetings here since 2013/14. That doesn’t look like improving either as they’ve lost four of their last seven, winning just once, while they had to rely on a Will Grigg penalty to salvage a point last time out against a struggling Bolton side.
The Latics have been notoriously poor on the road and that draw with Bolton saved them from a club record eighth straight away defeat, as they’ve relied upon their results at home to provide breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone. However, after winning five of their opening seven matches here, they’ve since lost some momentum after losing to Leeds, producing a goalless stalemate with 21st-placed Reading, before managing to overcome a Blackburn side who are enduring a poor away run.
Frank Lampard’s men have lost just two of their last 10 matches as they’ve won five of the last eight, but with six of these matches against top-10 sides that’s reasonably impressive and they appear to be ticking along nicely. They are capable of beating anyone on their day as they managed with 2-1 and 4-1 victories over Sheffield Utd and West Brom respectively in that recent run, with the latter coming on the road. Meanwhile, they’ve won seven of 10 matches against bottom-half sides this term.
A slight concern will be the Rams’ growing list of unavailable players, though they overcame Swansea last time without them. Further, they’ll have the added boost of a potential return from striker Jack Marriot, while Harry Wilson continues to deliver from the wings with four goals from his last three as he’s usurped Marriott as Derby’s top scorer this term.
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