Last week’s Championship ‘Home Heroes’ was a failure as we did not manage to pick up a winner, but none of the three tips lost, which does give me some heart as I write this preview and endeavour to pick a successful treble.
When your so-called ‘hardest’ selection records a victory, you simply predict that you are on to a good thing, but unfortunately that was not the case for us last time out.
As Wolves battled to a 1-0 win over Birmingham, Crystal Palace and Leicester both played out 2-2 draws against Blackpool and Barnsley respectively.
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Hull to beat Huddersfield @ 3/4
Huddersfield began the season extremely brightly, but recent weeks have seen the Terriers quickly slide down the table.
No win in their last five leaves them in 15th spot, having been in and around the play-off spots for the first part of the campaign.
Conversely, Hull have won back-to-back away fixtures and those two impressive wins over Nottingham Forest and Watford have propelled the Tigers to fourth place in the standings.
Steve Bruce is doing a sterling job in his first full season in charge at the KC Stadium and Hull look like a side that has every possibility of making a return to the Premier League.
I do not want to be disrespectful to Huddersfield fans, but it certainly looks as though any early-season dreams of producing consecutive promotions are a very distant prospect at this current time and with Hull on a roll, it will be tough for Simon Grayson’s men to get anything here.
Against teams in the bottom half of the league, Hull have recorded four wins in six games at home so far this campaign and I expect Bruce’s boys to make that five from seven on Saturday afternoon.
Cardiff to beat Peterborough @ 7/20
Sitting pretty at the top of the table, three points clear of Palace in second spot and coming into this fixture on the back of a resounding 4-1 win away to Blackburn, can anyone really see Peterborough pulling off the shock of the weekend?
It’s a rhetorical question really, because the answer is no. Posh are absolutely abysmal and sit rock-bottom, five points adrift of safety. Unfortunately for Darren Ferguson’s men, on current form it is really difficult to see a way out for them.
Posh are without a win in their last eight and have lost seven of those matches. On the other hand, the Bluebirds are unbeaten in six, winning five. It does not take a genius to work out why Malky Mackay’s men are a banker.
In addition to all of this, Peterborough have only managed two wins on the road and those were back-to-back victories in the last weekend of September and first week of October.
Cardiff will be looking to extend their perfect home record to 12 wins out of 12 so far this term and there appears to be no denying them.
Middlesbrough to beat Wolves @ 19/20
Tony Mowbray’s men will undoubtedly be dejected after missing out on a Capital One Cup semi-final spot – undeservedly going down 1-0 at Swansea midweek – but Boro will bounce back at the weekend and concentrate on their all-important promotion push again.
It is crucial for sides of Middlesbrough’s stature to be playing top-flight football and after years of being one of the pre-season Championship favourites to win the division, they have consistently failed.
For once though, it appears that the Teessiders have a side who are up for the fight and if they play in the manner they did at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night, they will sweep aside Wolves with consummate ease.
Boro currently sit in third spot and have won seven of their ten fixtures at the Riverside thus far, scoring 21 goals in the process , so given the fact that the Old Gold have only recorded one win on the road in their last four (over a hapless Bristol City side), Boro should have little problems taking maximum points.