With games coming thick and fast over the Christmas period, a win this weekend will set Hull City, Cardiff City and Brighton up nicely to keep the pressure on the sides at the top in their respective Championship promotion bids.
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Hull City to beat Derby County @ 33/20
Steve Bruce’s Hull side head into this fixture on a fine run of form, unbeaten in four and having won their last three league games, lifting them to up fourth place and within just three points of league leaders Cardiff.
Two of those wins came on their travels after they saw off Nottingham Forest and Watford, and they’ll fancy their chances of securing their fourth successive win away from home on Saturday at a ground that has proved fruitful on their last few trips.
The Tigers have collected maximum points from their previous two visits to Pride Park, including a 2-0 win against the Rams in November last year, and they’ve looked good on the road his term with six wins – more than any other side.
One of the main reasons for their lofty position is a solid defence, with only Leicester having conceded fewer goals than Bruce’s men this season, while the goals scored have been spread throughout the team, with Sone Aluko leading the way on eight.
Cardiff City to beat Leicester City @ 27/10
Cardiff will be eager to put their disappointment of defeat at home to bottom club Peterborough United last weekend as they make the difficult trip to the King Power Stadium on Saturday to face a Leicester side that currently occupy fifth position.
That defeat ended a run of six games unbeaten for the Bluebirds, five of which had been victories, seeing their lead at the top of the table cut to just two points with the sides below them continuing to keep up the pressure.
No side have scored more goals than the Welsh club this term, an interesting stat when taking into account the fact that Peter Whittingham is the club’s top scorer with seven goals, while Heidar Helguson follows behind on six.
Leicester have picked up just one point from their previous two matches, following up their disappointing 2-2 draw at home to struggling Barnsley with a 1-0 defeat against Millwall at the New Den last weekend.
Brighton to beat Blackburn Rovers @ 2/1
Gus Poyet’s Brighton side have lost just one of their last 11 league matches and sit just two points off the final play-off position, but the south-coast club will be looking to turning their frequent draws into victories.
The Seagulls have had to share the points in their last three outings and given the form that their hosts are in, they’ll certainly be looking to leave Lancashire with all three points on Saturday to further their promotion ambitions.
Only one side have conceded fewer than Brighton this season, who have picked up four wins, four draws and three defeats away from the Amex Stadium and face a trip to a Blackburn side in dismal form.
Henning Berg’s men have won just one game in nine since the Norwegian arrived at the club while losing four of their last five outings, including their last three at home.
Rovers sit in 15th position, eight points adrift of the play-off positions, and look in no sort of shape to send the Seagulls packing at Ewood Park.