The Championship lived up to its billing as an unpredictable league on the opening day with some strong favourites beaten and its first managerial scalp claimed.
What makes the English second tier so exciting also makes it difficult to predict but Ladbrokes News has put together a decent looking fourfold paying out at just over 13/1.
Read on to see why James Curtis thinks Bournemouth, Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich are the teams to back this week.
The Cherries got off to a flying start, beating Huddersfield 4-0 to inflict the aforementioned sacking of Mark Robins.
Eddie Howe’s side have now lost just once in eight Championship games at Dean Court and taking pre-season and League Cup ties into account have won five games in a row.
Brentford’s promotion came despite woeful away form, with no wins from their last six road trips in League One.
The Bees were hit for six by lowly Dagenham in midweek and, having been taken to extra time, simply won’t have enough to trouble the seasiders.
It might look tempting to back the Lions, with Ian Holloway’s side unbeaten in four away from the Den.
However, that run was preceded by just one win in 15 road trips and this will fill Fulham, who need to bounce back from defeat to Ipswich, with confidence ahead of the London derby.
The sides have not met since 1999, when the Cottagers ran out 4-1 winners, and Millwall’s long-term away issues point to another victory for the Lilywhites.
After drawing with Blackburn on day one the Bluebirds will relish the arrival of Huddersfield at Cardiff City Stadium.
Huddersfield were blown away by Bournemouth last week in a game that saw them flattered by a 4-0 scoreline. The Terriers have now won just three of their last 11 away games and without a permanent manager cannot be expected to inflict defeat on Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s promotion hopefuls.
Like their fellow relegation pals from last year, Norwich failed to pick up a win last week – going down 1-0 to Wolves – and with visitors Watford winning 3-0 against Bolton it looks tempting to back the visitors here.
However, the Hornets have won just once in 17 attempts away from Vicarage road, while Norwich have proven hard to beat at home.
Despite falling through the relegation trap door Norwich were unbeaten in seven of their last 10 games at home last term, losing only to relegation rivals West Brom and top four finishers Liverpool and Arsenal.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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