Birmingham City to beat Peterborough United @ 39/50
After an understandably slow start following relegation from the Premier League, Chris Hughton now has his Birmingham City side upwardly mobile and I fancy they will have too much for Peterborough at St. Andrews on Saturday.
The sale of players, boardroom upheaval and unwelcome Europa League commitments meant Birmingham endured a difficult opening to their Championship campaign, but the Blues now have a Premier League return firmly in their sights. Only Southampton have accumulated more points than Birmingham’s 13 over the last six games, while the Saints are again the only team who can better Birmingham’s 4-2-0 home record.
For their part, Peterborough are faring much better than their last season in the Championship, which ended in a dismal last place finish and the acrimonious sacking of Darren Ferguson. Ferguson has done a fine job since his return, but Posh have lost four of their last six away games and do not possess the same quality as Brum, who would move within a point of the automatic promotion places were they to win their games in hand.
Charlton Athletic to beat Brentford @ 6/5
League One leaders Charlton Athletic made light work of non-league FC Halifax in the FA Cup last weekend and could be set for another away win at inconsistent Brentford.
Chris Powell’s men look like they will take some stopping this season and have nothing to fear from a trip to Griffin Park. Uwe Rosler was appointed to much fanfare in the summer, and although his Brentford side lie just two points from a play-off place, better results against the top sides in the division will be needed to avoid a mid-table finish.
The Bees have a 0-3-5 record against teams currently in the top half, and have lost all four matches at home against teams in the top twelve. It shows a team very much in progress, and Charlton, who have the best away record in League One (7-1-1) will more than fancy their chances against a team with only one win in their last six games.
Southend United to beat Dagenham and Redbridge @ 3/4
I’m not normally a fan of odds-on away pokes – I’ve had my fingers burnt too many times – but I cannot envisage a situation where League Two leaders Southend fail to beat hapless Dagenham on Saturday.
It has all gone wrong for John Still’s Daggers since their final day relegation from League One last season, and a club that has punched above its weight for years has found gravity has finally taken a hold.
Dagenham are out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone and are in total freefall, losing their last six league games and being held to a 1-1 draw by non-league Bath City at Victoria Park last weekend.
Having taken just seven points from their nine home games, the last thing Dagenham need is the visit of Southend, who stand two points clear of Crawley at the top.
With five promotions to his name, manager Paul Sturrock knows how to get a team out of a division and he is again working his magic at the Shrimpers, who have taken 16 points from the last 18 and have won all five games away to the current bottom half. Bank on them making it six from six come 5pm on Saturday.
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