Brighton vs Charlton – Brighton -1 @11/8
Brighton are currently top of the league and remain the only unbeaten side in England. They face a 21st placed Charlton who are hovering 1 point above the relegation zone. Brighton’s home form is excellent as they have only dropped 4 points from a possible 27. Away from home Charlton aren’t doing too great as they have only won once and have lost 6 times out of a possible 9. They collected their first win on the road on their last outing against Birmingham, but following that, they were thumped 3-0 in the hands of Ipswich and I can’t see Karel Fraeye’s side picking up any points against one of, or arguably, the most inform teams in England this campaign.
I think Brighton -1 is the best bet for this one because Charlton concede on average over 1 goal every away game they play so I can see the league leaders managing to see off Charlton with the margin being over 1 goal. Charlton had previously lost 6 away games on the bounce before their win at Birmingham and I can’t see them collecting anything from this battle, which consequently could see them slip into the relegation zone if results go against them.
Birmingham vs Huddersfield – Birmingham @ 23/20
Birmingham host a Huddersfield side who have only registered 1 win in their last 12 away games in all competitions and will be looking to collect all 3 point to maintain their current play-off spot. Birmingham are good odds for this match and it is mainly because of their recent home form which must concern manager Gary Rowett as his side have only collected 1 point from 9. However, with Huddersfield currently occupying a relegation spot sitting in 22nd, I fully expect Birmingham to rediscover their home form and win this match.
Huddersfield have been shunned 3-0 and 2-0 at home to Leeds and Middlesbrough in recent weeks and their last away outing didn’t end too greatly either as they were beaten 3-1 against Sheffield Wednesday. Huddersfield concede on average just under 2 goals a game on their travels and have only won once on their travels all season which is a growing concern for David Wagner’s side, which is why I expect that to stay the same and add to their away woes which have formed this campaign.
Brentford vs MK Dons – BTTS @ 5/6
Brentford face newly promoted MK Dons in a bid to challenge for a play-off spot. Brentford are just 3 points behind Birmingham who sit in 6th position and face an MK Dons side who are only 1 point above the relegation zone. At home Brentford concede on average over a goal every game, and the stats also show that Brentford average over a goal scored on their home turf, Griffin Park, so the likelihood of BTTS is probably the best bet for this one. MK Dons were involved in a score draw last weekend against Fulham, likewise, the last 3 matches Brentford have been involved in have all ended with both teams scoring.
I think BTTS is a good bet for this match because MK Dons will be pushing for goals to give them their best chance of getting out of a relegation squirm, whereas Brentford’s home record indicates that there is always a possibility of goals at Griffin Park as it has seen 25 goals in just 9 games thus far.
Bolton vs Cardiff – Cardiff or Draw @ 4/9
Bolton are still rooted to the bottom of the Championship following their 1-1 draw at home to Brentford on Monday night. They face a Cardiff side who have picked up points in 8 of their last 10 games and will be looking to pick up points on Saturday to challenge for a play-off spot, which is just 2 points from their grasp, with a cluster of other teams also in the hunt. Cardiff have managed 5 draws on the road this campaign and have also collected a win in the 9 away games they have played. However, Neil Lennon’s side have won once at home all season but have managed to grab 7 draws and lose just once. If the Trotters managed to turn those draws into wins they wouldn’t be where they are now – at the bottom of the table – but they can’t.
Bolton have not won in 12 games and are really giving themselves a lot of work to do and I think Cardiff or Draw is the best bet for this match at the weekend because Russell Slade’s side will be tough to break down, however, even with against a demoralised Bolton side, it may be too tough for the Bluebirds to grab all 3 points as they’ve only scored 7 on their travels all season. This is why I think Cardiff will pick up points from this one – but it may not be the maximum.