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Championship: Forest top but value lies with Fulham and Wigan

| 20.08.2014

Nottingham Forest top the Championship table after some smash and grab heroics against early pace setters Bournemouth but the title value lies elsewhere.

The Cherries went ahead through Callum Wilson’s 58th minute goal after dominating the first half but two goals in five minutes from Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt – the visitors’ first two efforts on target – saw Stuart Pearce’s men leave with all three points.

The victory sees Forest cut to 12/1 to win the league with Cardiff heading the market at 6/1.

Bournemouth can be backed at 14/1 but even the most optimistic of Cherries fans must believe that while the play-offs are a realistic aim the league title is surely just a pipe dream.

A quick glance at the market in its current guise though, should see Fulham and Wigan standing out as the value bets after poor starts.

Both sides are priced at 16/1 to lift the Championship title and given the squads at their disposal a return to winning ways is surely just around the corner.

Wigan have just one point after three games but having faced Reading, surprise strong starters Charlton and league favourites Cardiff Latics fans should not be too disheartened.

Uwe Rosler boasts a number of talents and the likes of James McArthur, Callum McManaman, Emerson Boyce and Grant Holt should be able to build on last year’s fifth-place finish  to mount a title challenge and certainly tempt at the price.

Fulham have also started badly, with two losses from two outings, but Felix Magath’s side are fully expected to get their season up and running against Wolves tonight in a game that sees them priced as 7/5 favourites.

If Wigan’s squad is solid the Cottagers is nothing less than impressive for a second tier side with 2011 FWA Player of the Year Scott Parker, World Cup ace Bryan Ruiz, Kostas Mitroglou, Hugo Rodallega, Moussa Dembele and Championship hot shot Ross McCormack all on the books.

The opening two losses aside no one would be surprised to see the Craven Cottage outfit top the standings come May so to see them priced ninth in the market – behind the likes of Middlesbrough and Watford – at 16/1 looks like a mistake on the bookies behalf.

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

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.