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Championship Accumulator: Bristol City set for shock win

| 14.09.2012

Bristol City’s price to pull off a shock and beat promotion hopefuls Blackburn is 7/4 with Ladbrokes – they head up our fourfold accumulator to mark the Championship’s resumption post international break.

Four home wins pays out just shy of 25/1 and, in a league where it’s difficult to rule out any team playing in front of their own fans, there is potential for a serious windfall here.

The Robins are a steady side at Ashton Gate and, in Sam Baldock, they have a striker possessing the sought after finisher’s instinct.

Baldock has already notched his first goal since moving from West Ham, as well as seeing his side smash another seven in just two home league games. Welsh promotion chasers Cardiff were one of the sides to bear the brunt of City’s attacking force in a 4-2 defeat.

Blackburn fans crave the day that Steve Kean gets the boot and a stuttering promotion push could prove the catalyst for this.
Following his side’s rollercoaster 3-3 draw at Leeds, he will have to address a defence that’s leaked six goals in three games ahead of this trip, as Derek McInnes’ men will gladly accept any kind of generosity thrown their way.

The shortest-priced side of the four is Hull. They’re 19/20 to tame the Lions in their next match and, following two successive wins at the KC, they’re in good shape to do it.

Steve Bruce has spent his time with the Tigers trying to establish a resolute backline and, judging by their first four Championship games, his team are reaping the rewards on the pitch.

With just two conceded in the early exchanges of the season, Hull can be confident of seeing the game out should they get a goal and, with creative sparks like Robert Koren pulling midfield strings, they will craft the chances to do so.

Pacey frontmen Jay Simpson and Aaron McClean can worry defenders at this level when they’re on song too, and Millwall’s centre backs fall into this bracket.

Charlton have a great recent record over their south London neighbours and, at 1/1, they’re the selection of the four we’re the most confident will bring home the bacon.

The Addicks have beaten Crystal Palace in three of their last four run-ins and the Eagles have been handing out goals for fun in recent weeks.

They notched their first win of a poor campaign so far last time out, but have shipped a monster 15 goals in the six games prior to that. Charlton’s strikers will be wearing their extra large boots having noted this, with the intention of filling them to the brim.

The final selection in this accumulator is for another freshly-promoted club to topple a Championship staple.

It’s a generous 13/10 for Huddersfield to sink the very average Derby at the John Smith’s Stadium and, even though they are without goal-machine Jordan Rhodes, James Vaughan is more than capable of filling the void the young Scot has vacated.

Two comprehensive performances against two play-off hopefuls have resulted in four admirable points for the Terriers and they will not fear the Rams here.

Derby lifted fans’ spirits ahead of the international break by thumping a transitional Watford side at Pride Park but, prior to that, they had failed to win this season. Their phenomenal 5-5 cup draw at home to Scunthorpe proved they’re prone to lapses in concentration at the back also.

After registering his first in Huddersfield colours at Ipswich last time out, Vaughan will be on hand to punish any Derby sloppiness and, with the talent of Adam’s Clayton and Hammill playing supporting roles for him, he’ll be sure to receive the opportunities to ensure three points here.



James Middleton