The opening day of the season X the Championship is arguably the most ruinous formula in football betting, yet the post-World Cup summer has been a long, miserable, punt-free zone.
Luckily for those whose love of a sporting Saturday dabble is unfettered by forecasts of doom, news.bwin.com/en/ have managed to eke out a few wagers destined for the back of the net.
Derby to beat Rotherham @ 11/20
A summer spent peering warily from behind the Pride Park curtains seems to have paid off for Steve McClaren.
The Rams manager has kept hold of all his prized assets from last term’s third-place finish, even securing the signature of star loanee George Thorne.
Newly-promoted Rotherham are on the menu and are expected to find a visit to a homestead where Derby have won ten of their last 13 competitive outings comes a little too soon.
Brentford to beat Charlton @ Evens
The Millers’ fellow second-tier freshman have been set a far more palatable task and their wave of promotion euphoria should swamp Bob Peeters’ men, who spent much of last season fretting over the possibility of relegation.
London’s art deco enclave was a formidable base for Mark Warburton’s Bees operation in League One, with three points collected from all bar four visitors like so much pollen.
Coming into this fixture off the back of a confidence-inspiring 3-2 win against Crystal Palace in their final tune-up, Brentford are expected to collect all three points here.
Birmingham double chance v Middlesbrough @ 91/100
Only the three sides who won promotion were beaten fewer times on home soil than Aitor Karanka’s Teesiders last term.
However, they suffered from a lack of goals under the Spaniard which hasn’t been convincingly remedied in the summer.
Lee Clark’s visitors were woeful last season, but far less woeful on their travels, finishing a highly respectable eighth in the ‘away league’.
With a suitably refreshed player pool that’s galloped it’s way through five straight pre-season victories for an aggregate score of 14-1, they can claim at least a point down at the Riverside.