The Championship is back in action on Tuesday after an eventful opening weekend of the season and punters looking at the coupon might want to side with Peterborough United, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford to make the most of home advantage against Millwall, Birmingham City and Ipswich Town. New customers who sign up for a bwin account can claim a £20 free bet and, at odds of 633/50 (or around 25/2), using a £20 free bet on the following treble will return £146.60 if successful.
Peterborough United to beat Millwall @ 31/20
Millwall appear set for a season of real toil and they look up against it when they travel to London Road to face free-scoring Peterborough on Tuesday.
Posh didn’t get off to the best start on Saturday, but an opening day trip to Championship favourites Leicester was always going to be a tall order and they can bounce back with a win at home to Millwall.
Because of the way they play, Darren Ferguson’s side won as many as they lost at home last term (ten). However, they have goals in abundance (only Southampton and Blackpool scored more often at home in 2011/12) and surely have too much firepower for a Millwall side who look every inch like relegation fodder.
The Lions were well beaten by Blackpool at home on Saturday and a failure to score could be a sign of things to come. Kenny Jacket’s side scored 27 on their travels last season, the 12th best record, but will do well to get near that total again. All this means Millwall could struggle against Peterborough tonight.
Sheffield Wednesday to beat Birmingham City @ 31/20
Newly promoted Wednesday play their first home match of the Championship season this evening and can get off to a winning start by beating Birmingham at Hillsborough.
Wednesday boasted the best home record in League One last term, winning 17 and losing just two of their 23 matches to claim 55 points that were key to their automatic promotion.
Only city rivals Sheffield United scored more goals and, bizarrely, only mid-table Tranmere conceded fewer. With good results against Reading and West Brom to their name in pre-season, the Owls look in good shape to take on the big boys of the Championship on their own patch.
Birmingham fall into that category, but new boss Lee Clark is still getting to grips with his task at St Andrews and the Blues look vulnerable in these early days. Brum laboured to a 1-1 draw at home to another newly-promoted side in the shape of Charlton on Saturday. They were also erratic on the road last term, winning only seven games to post only the tenth best away record in the division. Birmingham kept just two away clean sheets all year, and could be on the end of a defeat at Hillsborough.
Watford to beat Ipswich Town @ 11/10
The Gianfranco Zola revolution at Watford got off to a great start on Saturday with a dramatic win at Crystal Palace and the Italian can build on this by leading his side to victory against Ipswich at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets scored twice in the final two minutes to secure a 3-2 win at Selhurst Park at the weekend and Zola will see the visit of Ipswich as a perfect chance to get a quickfire six points from six.
Watford have made a host of loan signings, many from Italy, as they look to improve on a decent showing last year and the early signs bode well. Watford won ten home games last year, a reasonable amount, but seven of those were in the 11 matches they played against sides in the bottom half. They will therefore be confident of seeing off erratic Ipswich.
The Tractor Boys won just six games on their travels last year and no side let in more than Town’s 45 away goals. Paul Jewell’s transfer business has done little to suggest a similar season is not on the cards, and with Ipswich keeping just two clean sheets in 11 games away to sides in the bottom half last year, Watford look a good bet to make the most of home advantage.
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