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Ipswich and Watford to pile on pressure in race for play-offs

| 15.02.2014

The race for the Championship play-off places intensifies this week with both Ipswich and Watford looking to pile the pressure on the teams above them.

With the likes of Derby and Nottingham Forest not in league action this weekend, both the Tractor Boys and the Hornets can close the gap with victories over Blackpool and Middlesbrough respectively.

And combined with a Millwall side in desperate need of victory at home to relegation rivals Bolton, this could be a profitable week for Championship punters with a £10 stake on this home Championship treble paying a hefty £90.60.

Ipswich to beat Blackpool @ 8/11

The Tangerines may have secured an excellent point against promotion chasing Nottingham Forest at the weekend but Barry Ferguson’s side are still on a run of eight straight defeats away from home in all competitions.

Ipswich, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last four and have suffered just one defeat in their last seven league games at Portman Road.

The Tractor Boys are just three points off the play-off spots and they can continue their revival under Mick McCarthy with three points here.

Watford to beat Middlesbrough @ 11/10

Giuseppe Sannino’s side are on a run of three straight victories at Vicarage Road in the Championship and face a Middlesbrough team low on confidence in front of goal.

Aitor Karanka’s charges have not found the net in four league matches and that run is set to continue against a Hornets defence that has conceded just once in 540 minutes of football in front of their home fans.

Watford can continue that solidity at the back to keep the Boro strikers at bay and claim all three points.

Millwall to beat Bolton @ 6/4

Bolton will not be relishing their visit into the Lion’s Den after a run of four straight losses on the road, conceding 15 goals in the process.

Millwall have been in patchy form themselves of late but Ian Holloway’s side are much more comfortable in front of their home fans as the win over Ipswich and the draw with in-form Sheffield Wednesday attest to.

A 1-1 draw on the road with relegation rivals Yeovil will have inspired confidence in Holloway’s squad and they can get back to winning ways against Bolton.

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



Oliver Yew