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Crystal Palace vs Watford – Burley fighting for his Palace future

| 09.11.2010

As speculation surrounding George Burley’s Crystal Palace future continues to grow, Watford will be looking forward to making the 30 mile journey south to take on the Championship’s bottom club.

With just three wins from their 15 league matches, Burley’s managerial position at Palace has come under threat and a loss to Watford could see the former Scotland manager searching for a new job.

But Palace can take heart from the two fixtures that occurred between these two sides last season in which Palace won 3-0 at home, and 3-1 away – they are 17/10 to beat Watford on Tuesday.

Watford started the season strongly but have gone three games without a win, and their 8/5 price suggests that the tie could be a very close affair.

However Watford are the league’s joint top scoring club and considering Palace have conceded 11 goals in their six home games, Watford’s potent attack force should be too strong for their neighbours.

Scunthorpe vs Middlesbrough

Tony Mowbray registered his first win as Middlesbrough manager against Palace on Saturday and he will be keen to continue winning ways against Scunthorpe as he looks to lead the side out of the relegation zone.

Both sides are 13/8 to win with the draw available at 23/10, but Middlesbrough won both ties between the two last year by a 5-0 aggregate scoreline and Mowbray’s influence can drive Middlesbrough to a win.

Although Boro will have to win on the road for the first time this season if they are to take all three points.

Preston vs Barnsley

Preston sit just two points behind Barnsley and are the 1/1 favourites to win in this battle of the roses.

Both ties last year were won by the away side but the Tykes haven’t won in four ties and Preston can pull away from the play-off zone with a win.

A full set of Championship fixtures will mean all change at the bottom of the table. See the full Championship football betting odds here.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.