Its a busy Saturday afternoon in the Championship with the feature match Aston Villa taking on Sheffield Wednesday, while Derby take on Reading & Brentford face Leeds Ltd in the evening game.
It’s been a stuttering start to the season for Brentford who are six points off the play offs and they host Leeds United at Griffin Park on Saturday teatime.
The Bees are unbeaten in eight league games and have a reputation for being the Championship’s draw specialists. No team has drawn more games this season than Brentford, with seven of their games ending all square. But they look to be finally turning draws into wins having won three of their last four outings.
Leeds meanwhile enjoyed a terrific start to the season and were flying high after ten games. But defeat against Derby midweek, their fifth in six matches, saw them drop out of the playoff places.
Thomas Christiansen will be hoping for a response on the road after losing back to back home games at Elland Road.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga bagged the opening goal against Derby on Tuesday and he’s 15/2 to do the same on Saturday. But it’s Brentford’s Ollie Watkins who looks the real value. With 6 league goals so far this season he is 7/1 to score first and 7/4 to score anytime – definitely worth a quid or two.
There are no fresh injury concerns for either side with both managers having almost fully fit squads to choose from.
Brentford have been scoring for fun of late, while Leeds have kept just one clean sheet in 9 games so goals look a certainty at Griffin Park.
There’s no real value in over 2.5 goals in this game, so pairing it with the match result could be worthwhile.
Taking into consideration Leeds’ recent woes and Brentford being tough to beat especially at home Brentford win and over 2.5 goals looks good value at 8/5.
The Severnside derby kicks off the action on on Saturday as Bristol City host rivals Cardiff at Ashton Gate and it’s set to be a fiery encounter.
There’s no love lost between these two sides and on Saturday there’ll be more than bragging rights up for grabs. Both sides are defying all expectations so far this season and are flying high in the Championship – promotion, whether it’s automatic or via the playoffs, has to be a realistic target for both sides following their excellent starts.
After narrowly avoiding relegation last season Lee Johnson’s side have couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the new campaign. They’ve lost just two games all season, the fewest in the league along with Cardiff, and are five points off top spot.
The Bluebirds are going well under promotion specialist Neil Warnock. They’ve suffered just one defeat in their last 6 league outings and are typically difficult to beat on the road.
Bristol City’s Bobby Reid has been in red hot form bagging 10 goals in all competitions. The attacking midfielder come striker is 11/2 to open the scoring.
As for Cardiff the majority of their goals this season have come from the wing. Junior Hoilett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing have 9 goals and 8 assists between them and Warnock will be hoping they can find a way through what is a typically resolute Bristol defence.
Without sounding too cliché this really is a game that could go either way and you can throw the form book right out the window with it being such a fierce rivalry. But looking at the odds you can’t turn Cardiff down at 2/1. Yes Bristol City don’t lose many, especially at home, but if it’s value you’re after then Cardiff at 2s is spot on.
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