With just over a third of the Championship season elapsed, three sides who will all be hoping to be competing at the top end of the table come May take to the road this weekend in search of three points to further enhance their promotion chances.
Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers will be eager to get their first wins under newly installed managers, while Steve Bruce has the opportunity to remind his former club Birmingham City of his managerial qualities as his side travel to the Midlands.
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Read on to find out why the trio all offer decent value for your weekend coupon.
Blackpool to beat Bristol City @ 5/4
New Blackpool manager Michael Appleton has the perfect opportunity to get his first win under his belt as takes his charges to struggling Bristol City this weekend hoping to build upon a 2-2 draw at home to Bolton Wanderers in his first game at the helm.
Having set the early pace in the opening few weeks of the season, the Seasiders’ form has taken a bit of a dip and they currently find themselves sitting just below mid-table, although only five points off Huddersfield Town in the final play-off position.
In Tom Ince, the Tangerines possess a striker in fine form, with the England Under-21 international third in the goalscoring charts with nine goals in the league so far this term and three in his last three outings as his reputation continues to grow.
The youngster bagged a brace against City in a 3-1 win at Ashton Gate back in February as Blackpool rounded off a league double over Derek McInnes’ men, having thrashed them 5-0 at Bloomfield Road towards the beginning of last season.
The Robins currently prop the Championship table up with 11 points from 16 games and just three wins all season as they head into this match on a run of seven successive league defeats, failing to even score in their three most recent outings.
Coupled with the worst defensive record in the league – they have conceded 33 times already this term, 20 of which have come at Ashton Gate – these are worrying times for the West Country club.
Blackburn Rovers to beat Peterborough @ 23/20
Having picked up just two points from his first three games in charge since replacing Steve Kean as manager of Blackburn, Henning Berg will be eager for his side to get their promotion bid on track with a win against lowly Peterborough United.
Rovers head into the game on the back of successive draws and currently find themselves in seventh position, eight points behind league leaders Crystal Palace but with the potential to move into the play-off positions with victory this weekend.
They travel to a Posh side that sit second from bottom having lost 12 of their 16 league matches, including their last three outings, and find themselves three points adrift of safety with just 12 points from a possible 36.
Manager Darren Ferguson transfer-listed four of his players for a breach of discipline after their last defeat at home to Crystal Palace, including captain Gabriel Zakuani, who has since been removed.
If Blackburn are to compete for promotion this season, a lot will depend on the form of Jordan Rhodes, who has found the net on eight occasions this term and will be confident of adding to that tally after bagging a brace for Scotland in midweek.
Despite their respective positions, it certainly won’t be an easy match for Berg and his men, but having lost just once on the road this season, Rovers should be beating the likes of Peterborough given the players and quality they have at their disposal.
Hull City to beat Birmingham City @ 7/4
Steve Bruce returns to one of his former sides this weekend looking to keep the pressure on the clubs at the top of the table as his Hull City team sit in fourth, just five points off the leaders.
The Tigers head into the game on an impressive run of form that has seen them win five of their last seven league games and they were narrowly outdone in their previous outing, going down 2-1 away at third-placed Cardiff City last weekend.
It certainly hasn’t been a dream start for Bruce’s counterpart Lee Clark, who finds his Birmingham City side languishing three places above the relegation zone having won just five of his first 16 league games since his appointment in the summer.
Blues have managed to secure just three wins at St Andrews, which had been turned into a fortress last term by former manager Chris Hughton, whose team only lost once at home while conceding just 14 goals in 23 games.
Bruce’s men have picked up three wins on the road this season, including two in their last three trips, and they seem to be quietly going about their business under a manager who knows what it takes to get sides promoted from this league.
With the likes of struggling Ipswich Town and Barnsley having left St Andrews with all three points this season, the Tigers will surely fancy their chances of increasing the pressure on Clark with a win in the Midlands on Saturday afternoon.