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Championship football preview – who is your money on?

by Thomas Rooney

With the international fixtures just around the corner, every Championship team will be hoping to go into the two week break with three points in tomorrow’s games. Norwich will be no different. After two disappointing away performances, Glenn Roeder’s side sit 19th in the league and a victory over Derby County at Carrow Road would be more than welcome.

A win tomorrow and it’s comfortably mid-table going into the break, a defeat and it’s the all too familiar relegation word that will be thrown about by everyone concerned. After genuinely believing that things would be different this year – this would be pretty hard to take as the Championship begins to shape.

Whatever the Norwich result, I am hoping the  HYPERLINK “http://betting.betfair.com/football” football betting I will take part in ahead of this weekend’s games will keep me happy. So, let’s take a look at my predictions.

Barnsley v Doncaster: The away side are finding it very difficult after winning promotion last year, but they are two points ahead of their hosts. Quality will be low as the home side scrape victory. 1-0.

Birmingham v QPR: Both these sides have promotion ambitions and as things stand they are both in the mix. QPR have gone three games without a win in the league though and I think it could be four after this early kick off. 2-1.

Blackpool v Cardiff: The home side have started well and are sitting in mid-table with 12 points. Cardiff will be in and around the play-offs for the majority of the season though so I find it hard to call between these two. 1-1.

Charlton v Ipswich: Ipswich have annoyingly starting to find some form and they face a Charlton side who hasn’t won four three games. 2-2.

Coventry v Southampton: After beating Norwich in mid-week, Southampton will be searching for their second away win of the season. Coventry are inconsistent. 2-1.

Norwich v Derby: I don’t quite know what to expect. A win is really important, but after a shaky start, Derby are beginning to find their feet. Much will depend on how Leroy Lita ignites the forward line. 1-1.

Forest v Palace: The home side are rooted to the bottom of the table and these are the sorts of games they must win if they are to avoid getting relegated. Palace are finding goals hard to come by. 0-0.

Plymouth v Sheffield Wednesday:
Both these sides will be happy with their starts to the season as they occupy positions in the top half of the table. The away side could be this year’s surprise package. 2-3.

Reading v Burnley: According to the  football odds, Reading should win this won. However, Burnley sit 4th after an excellent start. Steve Coppell’s men are very strong at home though. 3-1.

Sheffield United v Bristol City: Tough one to call. Both teams occupy top ten positions and both fancy their chances of making the play-offs. The signing of Brian Howard will boost the home side who are looking to make it three wins in a row. 2-0.

Swansea v Wolves: After suffering their first defeat of the season last week, Wolves will be determined to bounce back. This trip to Wales won’t be easy though as they haven’t lost at home yet this season. 1-1.

Watford v Preston: The home side haven’t started well and are without a win in the league since beating Ipswich in August. After an excellent start, Preston have lost their last three. 1-0.

So, that’s where I will be placing my football bets this weekend. Next Friday I will be previewing some international matches, but for now – Come On City!

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