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Can Derby consign Leeds to their fourth-straight defeat? Get our 3 best bets for the Championship games this weekend

Ben Darvill 7 Jan 2019
Swansea's Leroy Fer. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Can Swansea continue their impressive run of winning on the road, and will Leeds finally get back to winning ways? Read on for our 3 best bets in the Championship for the games between January 11-12. 


Leeds vs Derby (Friday, 19:45 GMT)


Leeds United have been in good form across the season, with the side currently sitting at the top of the table after 26 matches. 15 wins, six draws and five defeats has seen the side accrue 51 points, meaning they are two clear of Norwich in second after their scintillating start. 44 goals is an impressive record, but they have conceded 28 times, meaning they are currently averaging over a goal conceded per game, something the side need to remedy if they are to rise up to the Premier League, as they will be taken apart by many of the teams in England’s top league. Derby on the other hand may only sit in sixth this year, but their start has also been very impressive. 12 wins, seven draws and seven defeats has seen the Rams pick up 43 points, meaning they are four points clear of Nottingham Forest in seventh as they look to defend their play-off spot. 

The two sides will likely play out a fitting match to herald the return of the Championship following the FA Cup last weekend, and it is difficult to split the two outfits. Despite winning eight of their 13 home games, Leeds look very shaky at the moment, with the league leaders losing their last three games in a row in all competitions. Derby on the other hand may have drawn their last two, but this came against miserly Middlesbrough and Premier League Southampton, and they will be looking to continue this unbeaten run on Friday. With Leeds floundering of late, it makes it very tempting to back Derby as the outright winner in this one, especially at odds as long as 3/1, but we are instead recommending utilising the fact that you can back Derby in the Draw No Bet market at 12/5 with Unibet, which offers your bet some protection against a Leeds side that can be very dangerous. 




Preston vs Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)


Preston North End have been struggling this season, with the side battling near to the bottom of the table after the turn of the new year. Just seven wins have come along with eight draws and 11 losses, while they have scored 38 goals and conceded 43 times in what has been a disappointing campaign so far. Swansea on the other hand have been slightly better, winning 10 of their 26 games, while they have drawn six times and lost 10. The 36 points they have picked up means they sit in 12th, meaning they are seven points short of the play-off spots as they look to find their way back into the Premier League at the first time of asking. With this in mind, they simply must win games like this, with Preston a side that the likes of Derby and Middlesbrough, the two sides that sit in the last two play-off spots, would not lose to. 

At home, Preston have managed to notch five wins this year, drawing five and losing three, with their form in front of their own fans keeping their heads above the water so far. Swansea on the other hand have been exactly the same on the road as they have been at home, winning five, drawing three and losing five times, with the Welsh side a team that could still have a very positive season, but their ability to lose matches they should win is what has been holding the outfit back so far. However, with a 4-1 away win over Reading in their last Championship match followed by a 3-0 hammering of Aston Villa in the FA Cup, we feel confident that the Swans can notch their third-straight away win, with Preston only picking up one home win in their last four. 



*Odds correct at 13:52 GMT on 7/1/2019


Brentford vs Stoke (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)


Brentford come into this one in 18th in the league after 26 games, with only six wins in this time. A massive 10 draws and 10 defeats has seen the side pick up 28 points this year, and they are just six clear of Bolton in 22nd, with their season one that will likely end in a relegation battle unless they can improve their results quickly. Visitors Stoke arrive after a disappointing 2018 saw the side relegated from the Premier League, before they struggled in the Championship as the Potters have found England’s second division a very difficult place to secure wins. Eight victories, 11 draws and seven defeats is a poor record, especially for a side tipped for an immediate return to the Premier League. With the outfit still looking to hit a great run of form that catapults them up the league table, they will target their away game against a struggling Brentford side as their chance to start this run. 

Neither side has been particularly impressive this season, with Brentford winning six of their home games, but failing to win the other seven, losing four times. Stoke on the other hand have just two wins all season on the road, while they have lost three times. What is interesting is the fact the Potters have drawn eight times away from home, with only five of their 13 away games seeing either of the sides take maximum points. Brentford may have secured the majority of their draws on the road, with seven in 13, but they have also drawn three times at home, with their last three league matches in a row ending in stalemates. Stoke drew 1-1 with Shrewsbury in the FA in their last match, while they have drawn one and lost two of their last three, with their poor run continuing. With this in mind, we feel a draw may be the final result in this one, as Stoke will be desperate to ensure they don’t lose again, while Brentford have entered into a run of draws that may be tough to get out of. 




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