Bristol City are in freefall as they continue to smash wrong club records on a weekly basis. Their run of seven straight losses has left them circling the Championship drain and heaped the pressure on manager Derek McInnes.
This hasn’t deterred us from making them the stand-out pick in our 27/1 second-tier fourfold, as they are set to feel the sweet relief of the parachute finally opening after months of desperately yanking the cord when they entertain Blackpool.
Bristol City to beat Blackpool @ 11/5
Such is the unpredictability of this division, any side with odds on the inflated side of 2/1 playing at home represent good value and, when you consider that Blackpool are in poor form themselves with just one win in their last seven, the Robins don’t stand a better chance of halting their dreadful run.
The biggest problem they’re likely to encounter is they’ll need to remember how to score goals again. After beginning the campaign with 15 in six games, they’re currently on a three-game barren spell in the final third.
But the Tangerines have kept just one side off the scoresheet since the opening day of the season and their permeable back line is sure to be tested against a team desperate for goals and points.
Cardiff to beat Middlesbrough @ 11/10
Third meets second at the Cardiff City Stadium with the hosts looking to snap Boro’s run of two successive wins in the Welsh capital.
They won’t stand a better chance of doing so from their own standpoint, having won all eight of their home games to date and, ominously for in-form Middlesbrough, Tony Mowbray has just been awarded October’s Manager of the Month award.
Blackburn to beat Peterborough @ 6/5
The gulf in class between these two makes Rovers’ price exceptionally good value.
Both sides will be scrapping for the points at London Road with very different motives spurring them on, but with the Posh on a three-match losing run you’ve got to fancy the side that contains many players still capable of doing a job in the Premier League.
Blackburn have been tough to beat on the road, losing just once in the league and, although they have won as many, they have the solidity required to keep Peterborough at bay – one goal should be enough for them.
Crystal Palace to beat Derby @ 17/20
With the Eagles soaring above all others in the Championship on the back of four straight wins and no defeat in 13, a price so close the 1/1 mark cannot be ignored, especially with them playing at home.
Nigel Clough’s Rams are no great shakes; just a standard, middle of the road side who have suffered two away reverses on the bounce. Although they haven’t lost against Palace in six meetings, they haven’t won at Selhurst Park since 2002, losing four of the seven trips they have made.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date