Championship betting tips: Cottagers can ruin Tangerine dream
Preview and odds for Saturday’s games
The Premier League is on a winter break so the Championship takes centre stage this weekend when we expect more thrills and spills in the race for promotion.
Fulham have taken a firm grip of top spot after a sensational four-match winning run and that’s where we start with Saturday’s Championship betting tips.
The Cottagers have stormed to the top of the table having scored an incredible 22 goals during wins against Reading, Bristol City, Birmingham and Stoke.
Marco Silva’s side hold a five-point lead over second-placed Blackburn and are 4/11 to avenge their 1-0 defeat by Blackpool earlier in the season.
The Seasiders won their last two games against Hull and Millwall, and are 17/2 to complete an unlikely double against the west Londoners or 4/1 to draw, although they have lost their last three games on the road.
— Blackpool StatZone (@blackpoolSZ) January 27, 2022
Fulham were without top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic and Harry Wilson through illness last Saturday yet still ran out 3-2 winners at Stoke who opened the scoring inside 40 seconds only to be pegged back in the second minute.
They were also leading at the break in all of those wins and are 21/20 to be ahead at half-time and full-time as one of our Championship betting tips, while goals at both ends in the opening 45 minutes can be backed at 4/1 bearing in mind that was the case in Fulham’s last three games.
Bournemouth have dropped out of the automatic promotion spots following back-to-back defeats by Luton and Hull, but they are 3/4 to get back on track by defeating relegation-threatened Barnsley.
The Tykes prop up the table despite Derby having 21 points deducted throughout the season and Tuesday’s 3-0 loss at Nottingham Forest was their 16th defeat of the season, having failed to win a match in almost three months.
Unless results start to improve, Barnsley’s three-year stay in the Championship is coming to an end.
The Tykes have lost their last three matches – all of which involved three match goals – and they were beaten 3-0 by the Cherries in September.
An away win and over 2.5 goals is available at 2/1, while the visitors to score the first goal in the opening 45 minutes is 5/4, bearing in mind the South Yorkshire side have fallen behind during that spell in their last three matches.
The Cherries had 15 shots and hit the woodwork in the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Hull but manager Scott Parker described his side’s display after the break as “mind-boggling” and “nowhere near what I want my team to look like”.
That said, Bournemouth still have the most clean sheets in the Championship, unlike Barnsley who have kept just four, so the Cherries to win to nil catches the eye at 19/10 or a victory and under 3.5 match goals is 29/20.
That’s been the case in Barnsley’s last three outings and 13 of their 16 defeats have ended that way.
We wrap up our Championship betting tips with in-form QPR who missed out on the chance of moving up to third with Tuesday’s goalless draw with Swansea which ended their four-match winning run.
Manager Mark Warburton admitted the Rs are missing the creativity of Ilias Chair who is on international duty with Morocco at the Africa Cup of Nations but they are still 8/15 favourites to beat a Reading team just outside the relegation zone on the back of four successive defeats.
🎬 The 𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 from last night.
— QPR FC (@QPR) January 26, 2022
The teams drew 3-3 when they met at the Madejski Stadium and the goals were flying in left, right and centre in the Royals’ 4-3 home defeat by Huddersfield which was 3-3 at the break.
All odds and markets correct at date of publication