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Championship accumulator: League leaders head our four-fold

| 24.08.2012

With twists and turns aplenty emerging from the first week of Championship action, we believe we have picked out four winners this weekend at over 9/1.

Blackpool are the early pace setters in the division, and head the second tier standings by virtue of being the only side to win their opening two matches.

We take them to make it three wins from three at home to Ipswich, at a 10/11 that looks generous considering the Seasiders haven’t lost in the teams’ last three meetings.

Ian Holloway’s side were very trustworthy at home over the course of last season too, strengthening their claims over an Ipswich side that lost ten on the road last term.

Our next selection is Brighton, who are hoping to brighten up a dull campaign so far with 4/5 home success over Barnsley.

Whilst Gus Poyet’s men have failed to score as of yet, they didn’t concede in either meeting with the Tykes last term, the home one of which they won 2-0.

Only three sides had poorer defensive records than Barnsley last season too, so their visit represents a good chance for Brighton to rack up a first seasonal win here.

Next come Middlesbrough, also 4/5 shots at the Riverside Stadium, who we expect to pile the misery on basement club Crystal Palace.

‘Boro came from behind to best Burnley 3-2 in midweek, whilst Palace shipped four goals at Bristol City, meaning they have conceded a staggering seven times in just two games.

As Marvin Emnes aims to hit the goal trail, a fragile Palace backline could prove susceptible, and the home side look well worth siding with here.

And we take Wolves to round off our picks, as they host lowly Derby at Molineux, afforded 7/10 favouritism to triumph.

Wolves comfortably overcame Barnsley on Tuesday, and will fancy their chances of following that up, even without Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher, against a Derby side that has already lost to a recently relegated outfit this term.

The teams haven’t met for three years, but it could be worth noting that Wolves won on that occasion, as they have the past three times these sides have clashed.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee