Championship Accumulator: Kean’s men to return to winning ways
Barnsley to underestimate Ipswich again; business as usual for Bolton and Burnley at home
Ipswich travel to south Yorkshire in desperate need of a win and they represent the biggest price in our Championship fourfold.
Wins for the Tractor Boys along with Lancastrian trio Blackburn, Bolton and Burnley will see backers paid out at over 22/1.
Paul Jewell has come under increasing pressure after his side suffered their third successive defeat when Charlton gunned them down last time out, but their record against an unpredictable Barnsley side makes ending their torrid run at Oakwell well within their capabilities.
They’ve picked up wins in five of their last seven against the Tykes, including an incredible 5-3 victory in the repeat fixture last season, which was also cause to throw the form book out the window.
Ipswich had lost seven Championship games on the spin before smashing five past Barnsley and simultaneously lifting a huge weight off Jewell’s shoulders. He’ll need his players to pull off something similar here, lest the axe be swung and the 2/1 that says they will is reasonable, indeed.
Steve Kean is a man who finds himself in a similar position as the Ipswich boss and, after seeing his side lose 2-1 at home to a Middlesbrough team who, in truth, let him off the hook by keeping the score down to two, needs three points to appease fans and board alike.
Blackburn are 11/8 to get back to winning ways at the Valley, where Charlton have failed to trouble the scorers in their last two outings.
Rovers, on the other hand, have had no such issues in the final third and their goal-threat should see them through here. They’ve also won five of their last six with the Addicks when both shared Premier League status.
Bolton’s last three games have finished 2-1, two of them in favour of Owen Coyle’s men and, after a mismatched start, they finally look to be acclimatising to life in the Championship.
Crystal Palace have hit a bit of form of late, taking 10 points from 12, but the Trotters are sure to have too much at the Reebok, where they are yet to lose in 2012/13, bagging six goals in three games.
They’re a handsome 4/6 to chalk up another three points for their promotion push against a side who lost three straight away games before upsetting neighbours Charlton on their last trip out.
Millwall are another side who struggle on their travels and, since beating Peterborough on the road, they shipped seven goals in the following two at Sheff Wed and Hull.
For Burnley to inflict yet more away day misery on the Lions, Ladbrokes are offering a profitable 10/11 which is the selection we’re placing the most confidence of success in.
Eddie Howe’s men have sent Bolton home from Turf Moor empty-handed and thumped five past toothless Peterborough, a defeat to high-flying Brighton is the only black spot so far.
Currently on a three-game losing run, Millwall occupy the third relegation spot and a win at Burnley, despite their doing so in the two previous campaigns, will represent something of an upset here.
All odds and markets accurate as of time and date’s publication