Coventry vs QPR – Sky Blues can dent Rangers’ title ambitions

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QPR are the final part of a tough trilogy that Coventry have faced over this Christmas period, but having established themselves in the play-off positions, the Sky Blues will be confident of victory.

QPR haven’t beaten Coventry in the last six attempts with three wins to Coventry’s name and three draws making Aidy Boothroyd’s side 15/8 to beat QPR and dent their title push.

QPR have been magnificent this season and rightly so are favourites for the Championship title, but Neil Warnock’s side will have to overcome some demons when facing Coventry and punters would be better off staying away from QPR’s price of 7/5 to win.

However, the games between the two are usually tight affairs and under 2.5 goals is the pick of the market at 8/11.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

Both teams will by hoping to end their respective years on a high note and enter 2011 with a chance of avoiding a relegation dogfight.

Although it seems as if Preston are destined for such a fight and having not beaten Middlesbrough in this millennium, Middlesbrough’s price of 9/5 to beat Preston looks worth taking.

Middlesbrough have scored exactly two goals on the last three occasions they’ve met Preston and a 2-0 win for Middlesbrough is priced at 10/1, although Preston’s Jon Parkin is always a danger and a 2-1 Middlesbrough win looks the better bet at 9/1.

Watford vs Cardiff

Cardiff have stuttered recently and Dave Jones will be hoping to enter the new year on the back of a win and Cardiff are 7/4 to beat Watford.

Last season Cardiff overpowered Watford in both ties winning 3-1 at home and 4-0 away and the last eight games have produced 29 goals.

Cardiff are 25/1 to win 3-0 and 66/1 to win 4-0, but a suspect defence makes the 2-1 scoreline for Cardiff the fancied result at 8/1.

A £10 treble on Coventry, Middlesbrough and Cardiff winning would return £221.30. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.