Brighton v Bournemouth
Chris Hughton may have steadied the ship at Brighton but he knows his side will have to be at their best if they are to take anything from Bournemouth’s visit on Friday.
The Championship leaders are unbeaten in eight and turned an early 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 win last time out at home to Birmingham so confidence will be high. Given their proficiency in front of goal, Eddie Howe’s side deserve consideration here, especially at 23/5 to win by two!
Derby v Brentford
Steve McClaren’s side have wobbled of late but, following last week’s 2-0 win away to Wigan, the former England manager will hope his side are back on track ahead of a tough fixture with Brentford.
Still flying high as they chase back-to-back promotions, Brentford are confounding their critics and arrive with only the one defeat in their last seven outings. A 90th minute Stuart Dallas goal proved the difference when the two last met and we’re offering 191/100 on a narrow home win with over 2.5 goals.
Port Vale v MK Dons
Secure in play-off contention, MK Dons still have an eye on automatic promotion and will be hopeful of taking a step closer to second-placed Preston when they take on Port Vale.
The home side are woefully out of form and welcome the Dons to Vale Park hopeful of ending a six-game losing streak that has seen them drop perilously close to the relegation scrap below them. A Dons win here is expected and we’re priced at 22/5 for the winning margin to be two goals.
Yeovil Town v Notts County
Provided other results go their way, Notts County could end the weekend in the relative security of sixteenth provided they leave Huish Park with the three points on Saturday.
Such an outcome would hardly come as a surprise given the hosts recent form – although the Magpies are winless in their last seven outings. Paul Sturrock’s appointment may lift morale however, but an away win here still seems par for the course at 39/20.
Luton Town v Burton
Harbouring play-off aspirations of their own, Luton will have their work cut out when they welcome league-leaders Burton to Kenilworth Road.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side are unbeaten in their last seven outings and, given their one-point lead over Shrewsbury, will arrive knowing that a win is the only way to ensure they end the weekend still in first place. A repeat of Burton’s early season 1-0 win therefore offers value here at 67/10.
Hartlepool v York
A battle of two-teams fighting it out at the wrong end of the table, Hartlepool’s trip to York on Saturday is expected to be a closely-fought encounter.
Four wins in succession had many thinking Ronnie Moore’s side had discovered their momentum at just the right time but a recent wobble, alongside York’s four-game unbeaten run, should ensure both teams start nervously here. The draw at 12/ is therefore worth considering in addition to the under 2 total goals market at 11/10.
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