More Championship action coming at you this weekend with matchday 22 and featuring Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Leeds United all to win with a maximum bet of £50! Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the three featured games.
Aston Villa v Stoke Betting Tips
Villa are on a hot streak with four wins across six unbeaten matches. That includes victories over Bolton, Derby, Birmingham and Middlesbrough, which is impressive given all but one of those teams lie within the top-nine of the table, while they settled for stalemates hosting Forest and at West Brom. Each of those wins were by at least two goal margins, while the 10-goal thriller with Forest at the end of last month as well as the 2-2 draw they shared with the Baggies last time out demonstrates that they’re not short of firepower.
Stoke may be W7-D9-L5 across their 21 matches so far but with only two wins from their 10 road games, they haven’t been the most successful away from home. Indeed, they’ve only won one of their five trips against top-half sides on their travels, losing to both Leeds and West Brom as they failed to score more than a single strike in any of them. With that in mind, you have to fancy the second-highest scorers in the league for this one, especially since they’ve won three of their last four unbeaten outings at Villa Park, keeping a clean sheet in half of them.
Bolton v Leeds United Betting Tips
Bolton haven’t won a single game since September and Phil Parkinson’s men must be feeling the pressure now. In that time, they’ve lost eight of 11 outings, including four from five on home turf as they could only muster up a single goal across these. That is a dismal record and so it doesn’t look good for the hosts up against a side of Leeds’ quality, with the visitors winning four games on the bounce while conceding just the solitary strike.
Even more impressive is Marcelo Bielsa’s teams’ ability to churn out results against the weaker sides in the table. Their record is an admirable W8-D3-L0 against bottom-half sides as they’ve won each of the last five. We can’t see anything but an away win in this one, while the win to nil is also an option against the lowest scoring outfit in the table.
QPR v Middlesbrough Betting Tips
Boro may have lost to Aston Villa at the start of the month but Dean Smith’s men have been impressive in recent times, so we can forgive them for that result. Tony Pulis has led his charges to a consistent W11-D11-L3 from their 25 outings in all competitions this term as they hold the best defensive record in the league. Their form on the road has been exceptional too, with only one of those defeats coming away from the Riverside (to top of the table Norwich), while they’ve won three of their last five unbeaten trips and so we can’t see a struggling QPR side beating them.
Steve McClaren’s men have been victorious just once since the start of November from six outings as they overcame an 18th-placed Brentford side by just the single goal. They lost half of those matches as they’ve failed to win any of their last four and given they’re on a run of two straight defeats now, hosting bottom-six side Hull and then away at Leeds, we don’t give them any hope.
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