Meanwhile, league leaders Leeds head to Stoke,
while Bolton host West Brom
The EFL Championship – English club football’s second tier – is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe, and this season’s edition is proving no exception. This coming Friday night (18 January) sees promotion chasers Norwich host Birmingham, while the following day table toppers Leeds face a tricky trip to Stoke and on Monday evening West Brom visit relegation candidates Bolton.
First things first
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the Friday night game between Norwich and Birmingham. The Canaries sit third in
the table but come into this match on the back of a poor run of five games
without a win across all competitions, and they desperately need to get back to
winning ways – Norwich come in at just 2.20 to win promotion back to the FA Premier League.
by way of comparison, are not exactly on a great run themselves and have not
won in four across all competitions. The Blues currently sit just four points
outside the play-off places and are out at 6.50 to bag a place in the top six
come the end of the season.
this match, it is Norwich who come in as the clear favourites to take all three
points. You can back the home side to pick up the win at just 1.80, with
Birmingham out at 4.75 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.40,
according to Oddsshark.
And we are
expecting the home side to edge this clash. A 2-1 win for Norwich is priced at
8.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$42.50 pay out, while you could
double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.00.
Stoke look to bounce back against Leeds
following day, an out of sorts Stoke side host table toppers Leeds United. Stoke
were widely tipped to be promotion contenders at the start of the season but a
woeful campaign has left them down in 15th place, eight points off
the play-off places.
stark contrast, sit four points clear at the top of the table. They are the
favourites to win the EFL Championship league title and you can double your
money by backing them to do so at 2.00.
the betting is close in this one, it is Leeds who come in as slight favourites
to triumph. You can more than double your money by backing the league leaders
to win at 2.30 while Stoke, despite home advantage, are out at 2.87 to do the
same – a draw would appear to be the least likely result and is priced
accordingly at 3.50.
think that Leeds’ better form will carry them through. A narrow, 2-1 win for
the visitors comes in at 9.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$45
pay out, while you could more than quadruple your money by backing a combo bet
of an away win, coupled with both teams to score, at 4.50.
Bolton need points against West Brom
finally, Monday Night Football this week will see Bolton host West Brom.
Wanderers find themselves in all sorts of trouble at the wrong end of the table
and sit next to bottom, having won just five games all season and scoring less
than a goal a game – Bolton are priced at just 1.22 to be relegated to the
by way of comparison, sit fourth in the table despite no wins in their last
three league outings. They are just three points off the top two and come in at
3.50 to bag an automatic promotion spot come the end of the season.
And it is
West Brom who are the clear favourites to take all three points in this one.
You can back the visitors to win at just 1.60 while Bolton, despite home
advantage, are out at 5.75 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at
be a comfortable game for the Baggies. A 2-0 win for West Brom comes in at
7.50, while you could almost triple your money by backing a combo bet of an
away win, coupled with a “No” to both teams scoring, at 2.75.
EFL Championship round 28 fixtures:
Friday, 18 January
City x Birmingham City (4.75); draw (3.40)
Saturday, 19 January
Aston Villa x Hull City (3.40); draw (3.80)
Blackburn Rovers x Ipswich Town (5.50); draw (3.80)
Derby x Reading (5.00); draw (4.00)
Middlesbrough x Millwall (4.50); draw (3.50)
Nottingham Forest x Bristol City (3.00); draw (3.40)
x Preston North End (3.30); draw (3.30)
Rotherham x Brentford (1.95); draw (3.30)
Sheffield Wednesday x Wigan Athletic (3.10); draw (3.40)
City x Leeds United (2.30); draw (3.50)
Swansea City x Sheffield United (2.50); draw (3.40)
Monday, 21 January
Bolton Wanderers x West Bromwich Albion (1.60); draw (3.75)