Midweek Championship Betting Preview 14-15th April

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The top 8 have firmly run away from mid-table sides now with a 13 point gap between Wolves and Forest. Millwall will be hopeful that they can win their game in hand to close the gap to Rotherham to just 4 points but I think we already have our three relegated sides in Wigan, Millwall and the already down Blackpool. So with 4 games to go we have an enthralling battle for promotion but also 13 teams in mid-table with nothing to play for.

Birmingham v Blackburn

The Blues have played Wolves and Bournemouth in the last 2 games and scored 2 in both. They collapsed against the Cherries but that was no surprise with the scoring power that Bournemouth have at Dean Court. Unbeaten in 6 at St Andrews I can’t see Gary Rowett’s side losing at home but equally Blackburn are unbeaten in 7 away games and that includes a trip to Anfield. A narrow defeat at Ewood Park to the Reds saw them exit the FA Cup and they can now focus on building momentum going in to next season for which many fancy them to challenge for the top 6. A draw seems a fair result to me with both sides wishing to maintain their home and away records respectively and no carrot dangling in front of them.

Draw – 5/2 Betfred

Brighton v Huddersfield

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Another two sides that could be in holiday mode already. I think Brighton are safe, presently 9 points clear of the drop though it’s not mathematical yet. Huddersfield endured a run of 7 games without a win but have since won back to back games for the first time since October. The Terriers lively forward line of Scannell, Vaughan and Wells is firing again despite top scorer Harry Bunn’s absence. Town are the polar opposite to Brighton who’ve lost 3 on the bounce and not scored in 5 games, their goal at Ewood being a Rovers’ own goal. Brighton have kept just 4 home clean sheets this season, a league low and Huddersfield have not lost a game in which they’ve scored first this season so it seems the first goal will be crucial here. The Seagulls have won just 5 of 21 games at the Amex and recent form dictates that double chance on the visitors is the bet to be on. Brighton haven’t lost 4 in a row in the league since 2011 but I think that record could go on Tuesday night.

Huddersfield Double Chance – 17/20 Betway

Derby v Blackpool

Blackpool are already relegated but they refuse to go quietly. They’ve now scored in 4 consecutive games and made Ipswich really work for their win at Portman Road. The Tractor Boys home defensive record is second only to Middlesbrough’s which shows just how much better Blackpool are playing with the pressure off, albeit too late. Derby were outplayed by Brentford in last Saturday’s lunch time kick off but poacher Darren Bent scored at the death to clinch a vital point for the Rams. His return alongside Chris Martin will be the key to their play-off chances. Will Hughes absence from midfield was certainly missed with Alex Pritchard allowed time and space to score a beauty at the iPro. I don’t see this fixture being straight forward at all but Blackpool have not won an away game all season. The Tangerines have lost 4 of their last 5 visits to the iPro (Pride Park) but also scored in every visit and with just 1 clean sheet in 8 home games for the Rams I think that 2/9 on the home win is slightly insulting to Blackpool. I believe Blackpool will be able to hold Derby off for a while but they have conceded 50 goals in the 2nd half this season, a Championship high and with Derby desperate for the points I think the second half should see at least a couple of goals.

Highest scoring half – 2nd – 1/1 Skybet

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