Championship Weekend Preview – Boro and Norwich the ones to back


The Championship action continues this weekend with a number of eye-catching clashes to whet the appetite.

Saturday’s three o’clock games feature a host of intriguing ties, with Reading’s clash against Fulham clearly one that stands out. The Royals went down 2-0 to QPR on the opening weekend, while the Cottagers were disappointing in their 1-1 draw against Norwich.

Both of these teams will be aiming for the play-offs but despite Fulham’s form last term, they are known as slow starters and a home win at 13/5 appears extremely tempting, especially when considering Reading’s Madejski form during the 2016-17 campaign.

Derby and Wolves have both added well over the summer and could produce drama at the iPro. The Rams were sluggish in their opening 1-1 draw at Sunderland while Wolves made the perfect start in beating Middlesbrough 1-0.

The talent on show means either could sneak it but the visitors appear to be just ahead of their hosts and 12/5 for an away triumph looks an excellent price.

Elsewhere, 21/20 Leeds will expect to make it two wins from two when Preston come to town, while Millwall look a good at 21/20 to edge out Bolton.

Hull should also triumph against Burton at 20/31 and those eyeing the value should punt for the 31/20 on offer for Cardiff to get the better of Aston Villa.

Then at 5:30, Middlesbrough will be confident of getting off the mark against Sheffield United. Boro went down to Wolves on the opening weekend while the Blades made a winning start to life back in the Championship.

Garry Monk has spent big this summer in a bid to bring Premier League football back to Teesside and the 20/23 on offer for the home win suggests this is the perfect chance for him to make a positive first impression.

Finally on Sunday, Norwich host Sunderland with both aiming to ignite their seasons after opening with 1-1 draws.

The Canaries faltered last term under first Alex Neil and then Alan Irvine and appointed unheralded German David Falke in the summer to try and transform their fortunes. The Black Cats perhaps suffered a long overdue relegation from the Premier League and are currently rebuilding under new boss Simon Grayson.

A fairly attritional afternoon awaits but home advantage could prove key and 4/5 for the points to stay in Norfolk appears a reasonable price.