Championship Accumulator: Bristol City drop confirmation to spark acca

The next round of Championship fixtures gives punters their first opportunity of the season to bet on second-tier matches with defined promotion and relegation implications.

And two of those clashes account for half of our midweek fourfold, which would give a payout at just a shade under 22/1 should all selections prove successful.

First, we side with 4/6 table toppers Cardiff, who need only a point to ensure that they are playing Premier League football next term.

Malky Mackay’s men possess the Championship’s best home record, having lost just two of their 21 Cardiff City Stadium outings this season, and only one in their past 10 on their own patch.

They face a Charlton side buoyed from an emphatic 6-0 triumph away to Barnsley last time out, but sporting the meanest home defence in the division, can cope with a team that have been beaten in almost half their games against top-half opposition this term.

Next, we move to the opposite end of the table, where we believe Bristol City’s relegation will be confirmed by means of a home defeat to 6/4 shots Birmingham.

No Championship side has conceded more goals on their own turf than the Robins this term, whilst the Blues represent the division’s joint second-best attacking unit away from home.

Lee Clark’s charges have also lost just one of their past eight matches on the road, emerging triumphant from half of these fixtures.

Elsewhere, we take Ipswich to capitalise on Crystal Palace’s recent wobble, and further damage their promotion credentials by overcoming Ian Holloway’s men at Portman Road.

Town are 6/5 to succeed, an appealing price given that they have kept seven clean sheets in their past nine games, conceding just three times across this period.

Against a team that have failed to score in each of their past four matches, and one that is winless in their last five outings, the Tractor Boys can move a step closer to safety by taking a maximum-point haul.

And finally, we invest in 6/4 Barnsley to also bolster their survival hopes by overcoming Derby at Oakwell.

Tykes boss David Flitcroft is sure to demand a reaction from his side after a shock 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Charlton last time out, but that result represented only their second defeat in their past eight matches.

Visiting Derby have won only one of their past 10 games on the road meanwhile, conceding on 18 occasions during this time, and only three teams in the division have triumphed fewer times on their travels this term.

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