For anyone that follows my tips and then witnesses my tweets following a winner, you will realise that I like to blow my own trumpet. For those that do not – my tweets after predicting a winner include the lines #easymoney and #number1tipster.
Well, after a dreadful couple of weeks I will retract any praise that I have ever heaped upon myself because in the wake of recent events I would now class myself as a terrible tipster. No hashtags this time though, as they give off an air of cockiness and I literally have nothing to boast about.
I do not want to talk about Saturday’s disaster too much, but I feel obliged to let you all know how bad it actually was, because until I go into detail, my damning words aren’t even enough to portray the shambolic selections at the weekend.
Admittedly, I did explain prior to giving my selections that I was not overly confident with all three chosen teams, but I cannot use that excuse for Middlesbrough.
Having talked Boro up as the tip of the weekend – and I believe I can quote myself as saying “Middlesbrough must beat a dismal Bristol City side” – somehow, after 11 matches without a victory, the Robins suddenly decided to turn up and pull out the performance of their season to defeat Tony Mowbray’s side 3-1 at the Riverside.
As for the other two, Blackburn were beaten 2-0 by an in-form Millwall side and Ipswich could not even muster up a win against Peterborough. Instead, the Tractor Boys had to settle for a 1-1 draw having gone one down very early on.
Thankfully, the midweek fixture list gives me a quick opportunity to redeem myself and I am relying on Brighton, Middlesbrough (yes, I am backing them again!) and Charlton to come good and pick up maximum points in their home matches.
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Brighton to beat Bristol City @ 57/100
Take that, Bristol City. You cannot put in another performance like you did at the weekend.
Going 11 games without picking up a win makes you a poor side, but one shock victory does not make you a good team, so I am plumping for Brighton to put the Robins back where they were before last Saturday’s win over Boro – on the losing trail.
Brighton were unfortunate not to pick up three points at the weekend as they would have defeated Bolton at the Amex Stadium were it not for a 90th-minute David N’Gog strike.
An impressive win away to Huddersfield came before the 1-1 draw against the Trotters and Gus Poyet’s side will be looking to get back winning ways when Derek McInnes’ men travel to Hove on Tuesday evening.
The Seagulls have certainly not been a side in tremendous form of late but they have not tasted defeat in their last six Championship matches and three points tomorrow evening could see them climb back into the top six, as they currently sit only one point behind sixth-placed Millwall.
Brighton last suffered a loss on their own patch back on October 20th as they were beaten 1-0 by Middlesbrough and since then have picked up five points from a possible nine.
Despite Bristol City beating Boro at the weekend, before that the Robins had lost four on the spin on the road, so I expect Brighton to put them to the sword.
Charlton to beat Peterborough @ 3/4
Similarly to Brighton, it was only a last-minute goal that prevented Charlton from gaining three points at the weekend, but despite that setback, the Addicks have won three of their last four Championship matches so a late Huddersfield equaliser from the penalty spot will not dampen the spirits of Chris Powell’s side.
Darren Ferguson’s men, on the other hand, must have forgotten what it feels like to celebrate a victory as Posh have gone five games without recording a win. In that run there were four straight losses and they have only managed to find the net four times in their last five matches.
Charlton have scored in each of their last seven games, including five against Cardiff in that humdinger back on November 6th when the Addicks beat the Bluebirds 5-4.
Peterborough are rock bottom and ten points adrift of their midweek opponents, but they will soon be 13 points when Charlton overcome the challenge of the Posh boys on Tuesday evening at the Valley.
Middlesbrough to beat Huddersfield @ 4/5
It may perhaps be foolish of me to back Boro again after Saturday’s antics, but I sense a return to winning ways following that horror defeat to Bristol City. I think we have spoken quite enough about that fixture though, so I will focus on why Middlesbrough are a good bet this midweek.
Before THAT defeat, Boro had picked up three consecutive wins at the Riverside and also went on a run of six straight successes which saw them climb the Championship table. They still lie in fourth spot regardless of their mini-blip and a fixture against an indifferent Huddersfield will be the perfect tonic for Tony Mowbray following Saturdays showing.
Simon Grayson and his Huddersfield side have enjoyed a fairly decent start to their first campaign back in the second tier of English football, but three defeats in their last seven league matches have perhaps dented any ambitions of reaching the play-offs.
Middlesbrough have notched 18 goals in their nine fixtures at the Riverside and if they continue to match their average of two goals a game at home, that will hopefully be enough to secure victory over the Terriers.