Well, that didn’t go too well, did it? Regular readers of this ‘Home Heroes’ column will note that I backed Leeds United to beat Watford, only to see them thumped 6-1, while Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers also fluffed their lines.
In the case of Leeds, I could bemoan the fact that they played for a long period with ten men, but nevertheless, 6-1 is a total embarrassment.
Leicester were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Nottingham Forest (once again I could complain about a very dodgy penalty decision that led to Forest’s equaliser, but hard-luck stories when it comes to betting are all a bit pointless.)
Finally, Blackburn could not even see off a dismal Birmingham side and were also held to a draw at Ewood Park, leaving me with plenty of egg on my face.
However, that is history and we have to muster up the courage to go again and hopefully recoup our losses with a tidy little winner on Saturday.
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Bolton to beat Barnsley @ 57/100
Prior to the start of the Championship season, Bolton were tipped as one of the favourites to gain promotion back to the Premier League, but unfortunately Owen Coyle found his side at the wrong end of the table after two months and as a result was swiftly given his marching orders.
Since then, Dougie Freedman has arrived from Crystal Palace (where he was performing miracles by leading the Eagles to fourth in the league) and the Trotters have subsequently enjoyed a new lease of life.
Bolton are undefeated in their last three and although only one of those has been a win, they have all been impressive performances and pleasing results. A 2-1 win over high-flying Cardiff would have delighted Freedman and since then Bolton have recorded two draws against Leicester and Blackpool – neither of which are bad points.
The side certainly seems to have more stability since Freedman took charge and a match against a struggling Barnsley outfit should see Bolton record another victory.
The Tykes have failed to win in their last five, losing their last four in a row, so they are hardly a team playing with confidence at present. Keith Hill’s side have lost their last two on the road without troubling the scorers and given the fact that Bolton have scored two or more goals on six occasions at the Reebok Stadium so far, it ought to be a one-sided affair.
Crystal Palace to beat Derby @ 91/100
Having tipped up Dougie Freedman’s new side, I also fancy his previous club to come up with the goods on Saturday afternoon. Table-toppers Palace have won four on the bounce, are undefeated in 13 and nothing looks like stopping Ian Holloway’s men.
Star man Wilfried Zaha made his debut for England in midweek and will undoubtedly be buzzing to get back on the field and continue to prove his worth. It may have only been a four-minute cameo, but the 20-year-old is hardly lacking self-belief, so he should be raring to go as Derby visit Selhurst Park.
I have generally made a point of not backing sides in the ‘Home Heroes’ treble that I have already tipped in a separate preview, but I simply cannot pass up the opportunity to include Palace at very generous odds of 91/100.
Nigel Clough’s Derby side have started the season fairly brightly, but two defeats in their last four (one a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Peterborough) suggest the Rams are no match for the soaring Eagles.
If this snippet leaves you with any doubts as to whether you should back the Eagles to claim all three points, take a look at my betting preview for the game for further confirmation of why you should slap Palace straight in your accumulator.
Leicester to beat Ipswich @ 53/100
Backing a team who let me down the week before is not something that I regularly make a habit of doing, but despite Leicester failing us last week, I am going to trust the Foxes again in this weekend’s treble.
Nigel Pearson was infuriated by the officials’ decision to award Nottingham Forest a penalty on Saturday in the early kick-off and with that the chance to get one over on their promotion rivals went begging.
With Cardiff hosting Middlesbrough, Pearson will drill it into his players that a win over Ipswich is imperative as at least one of their main title rivals is set to drop points at the weekend.
Even if Ipswich were on fire I would still fancy Leicester to come out on top, but with the Portman Road side occupying a relegation spot, it should be a straightforward win for the Foxes.
I may be doing Mick McCarthy’s men a disservice, because since the wily old fox came in to replace the hapless Paul Jewell, the Tractor Boys have certainly upped their game.
Having gone 11 games without a win under Jewell, Ipswich have definitely turned a corner with wins over Birmingham and Burnley. However, a 5-0 battering at Crystal Palace in between those two victories shows how fragile they still are.
Despite their own recent dip in form, Leicester remain only six points off the leaders and maximum points at the weekend will see Pearson’s men start their ascent back up the table.