The Championship midweek ‘Home Heroes’ proved successful for us as the treble romped in. And by romped in, I mean a 90th-minute Brighton goal against Peterborough was the catalyst for huge celebrations. Crystal Palace thrashed Ipswich 5-0 as they climbed to the top of the league and Birmingham ran out 2-0 winners over Bristol City, so it was all waiting on a Brighton goal.
Thankfully our luck must be changing, as Stephen Dobbie popped up in the dying moments to snatch a winner at the Amex Stadium against poor old Posh.
And while this weekend has thrown up another set of difficult Championship fixtures, I fancy Leicester City to beat Nottingham Forest, Blackburn to turn over Birmingham and Leeds United to secure a victory over Watford at Elland Road.
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Leicester to beat Nottingham Forest @ 4/5
As I have mentioned before, I am not a fan of including early kick-offs in my accumulators, so I am not overly happy with this selection.
However, I assure you the kick-off time is the only thing that would sway me from backing Nigel Pearson’s men on Saturday. As with most sides in this league, form is never hugely consistent, which obviously makes it very tough to pick winners, but having secured a good point away to Bolton on Tuesday evening, I expect Leicester to get back to winning ways.
A dip in form has seen the Foxes slip to fifth in the table, but they remain only four points adrift of leaders Crystal Palace, so a win over Forest will see them reduce the deficit to a single point.
The Reds come into this clash on the back of a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough in midweek, but last Saturday saw Forest lose 4-1 at home to Millwall. With that kind of defending, Leicester’s potent strike-force of David Nugent and Jamie Vardy could have a field day.
Leicester’s recent loss at King Power Stadium to Crystal Palace was their first on home turf in the Championship this season and with Forest only winning twice on the road (against lowly Peterborough and Barnsley), the Foxes should get us off to the perfect start with a win in the early kick-off.
Blackburn to beat Birmingham @ Evens
With a Leicester win hopefully in the bag, it will leave us only needing a double in the 3pm kick offs and I am banking on Blackburn overturning Birmingham in a clash of the former Premier League clubs.
Henning Berg is still searching for his first win as Rovers boss after Huddersfield snatched a 94th-minute equaliser on Tuesday night to earn a 2-2 draw.
A victory in front of their own fans will certainly take the pressure off the Norwegian and I can see Jordan Rhodes and company giving their boss a Saturday to remember.
Rovers have won their last two fixtures at Ewood Park 1-0, so a hat-trick will do us just fine. Lee Clark’s side have won two of their seven away fixtures thus far and have leaked 12 goals on their way to three defeats.
Blackburn currently occupy the final play-off spot and a win on Saturday will keep them in the mix with the rest of the promotion-chasing sides.
Leeds to beat Watford @ 11/10
The final leg of the treble relies on Neil Warnock’s tough nuts getting the better of the ever-improving Watford.
Gianfranco Zola finally seems to be putting his stamp on the Hornets, but the flair of the Italian contingent will hopefully come unstuck when they come up against the brute force of Leeds.
Everyone certainly knows what they are going to get when they visit Elland Road, but the majority of Watford’s youthful squad will have never experienced anything like they will experience on Saturday afternoon.
Beating Premier League side Southampton 3-0 in the last round of the Capital One Cup perhaps took a bit out of the Whites as they have only picked up one point in their two games since. However, they were both away fixtures, so a match back on their own patch should see the Yorkshire side return to winning ways.
The Hornets have also lost their last two on the road and are certainly not the same side as they are at Vicarage Road, so have faith in Leeds to do the business for us as we seek two betting successes in a week.