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The Best Bets for the Weekend Ahead

We bring you the best bets from the Championship this weekend.

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Aston Villa v Reading

Reading are currently lying in 23rdplace having lost three of four winless matches so far this campaign and it doesn’t look like improving in their next test away at Aston Villa. The hosts have won nine of their last 13 matches at Villa Park, as well as six of their last seven hosting bottom-half sides, while they remain unbeaten this season thanks to a stoppage time equalizer against Brentford last time out. The Royals, meanwhile, have now lost six of their last eight games on the road, failing to score in five of the last six of these, including a 3-0 thumping by Villa at the end of last term. Moreover, Reading are W1-D3-L13 in their last 17 outings against top-half opposition both home and away and so the hosts looks baker material.

Aston Villa Win at 10/17*

Swansea v Bristol City

Bristol City have had a mixed start to the season, going W1-D2-L1 from their opening four games with their only victory against basement-dwellers QPR. However, prior to their victory over Steven McClaren’s rudderless outfit, the visitors had failed to win in seven matches, drawing four of them, while they’d also drawn seven of 13 winless road trips and only two of the defeats were by more than one goal as they’ve been involved in many a tight affair. Swansea have shared the spoils in each of their last two outings – against an exciting Leeds and a poor Birmingham and although they hold home advantage, we’re struggling to separate the two sides. Indeed, City went an impressive W3-D2-L1 when facing relegated sides last term, and so the draw looks like the value bet.

Draw at 47/20*

QPR v Wigan

QPR are the only side in the league yet to pick up a single point. They’ve been woeful, scoring just two goals to the 13 they’ve conceded, making them almost impossible to get behind on current form. Wigan are faring well since their promotion to the Championship (W2-D1-L1) as they currently sit in 8thplace with only Aston Villa managing to get the better of them, requiring a dramatic stoppage-time effort to overcome the Latics. Moreover, Paul Cook’s side were impressive on the road in League One last term, winning 16 of their 23 matches, and they’re fresh off thumping Stoke 3-0 at the Britannia. Excluding bottom-six sides, QPR have lost all their last seven outings, so we’ll be getting behind the visitors.

*all odds are subject to change

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