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Championship predictions, betting tips & live streams: Best bets for Saturday's games in England's second tier

Brendan O'Neill in Football 12 Oct 2017
Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers passses the ball (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The Sky Bet Championship makes a welcome return after the international break and as ever we have a host of intriguing fixtures to look forward to. Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

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Barnsley v Middlesbrough (15:00 BST)


Top six hopefuls Middlesbrough visit Barnsley on Saturday afternoon looking to end a three match winless run in the Championship. Two draws sandwiching a loss in their last three outings has left 11th placed Boro trailing league leaders Cardiff City by eight points, whilst they sit four adrift of the promotion play-off places. Barnsley, who won 3-1 at Millwall last time out, are five points worse off than their visitors down in 18th. 
Boro have an unenviable record of just one league win in 23 matches on their travels since August of 2016 and we're backing Barnsley to heap more away day misery on Gary Monk's side at Oakwell.



Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday (15:00 BST)


Mid-table Sheffield Wednesday visit rock bottom Bolton Wanderers this weekend and despite the latter's winless status in the Championship after 11 rounds of fixtures, the Owls will be expecting a tough test at the Macron Stadium. Bolton have registered just two victories in all competitions this season and one of those came against Wednesday in the League Cup back in August at home (3-2). They've suffered eight straight defeats since then but a narrow 1-0 loss at in-form Aston Villa prior to the international break is cause for optimism. Wednesday, meanwhile, scored an impressive 3-0 victory over high-flying Leeds United last time out but we feel that the Wanderers will take a point from their visitors in this one.



Brentford v Millwall (15:00 BST)


Millwall travel to west London to take on a Brentford outfit that has won just once in 11 league games this campaign, a 3-0 victory at bottom of the table Bolton. Dean Smith’s side are unbeaten in three, however, and having enjoyed 75% of the possession in their 1-1 draw with Derby County last time out will pose the Lions a serious test. Millwall also received a blow ahead of the contest with the news that Shaun Williams is out for three months and Byron Webster for the rest of the season through injury. We're going for the hosts to come out on top in this one.



Fulham v Preston North End (15:00 BST)


Preston North End visit Craven Cottage on Saturday in fine fettle and looking to extend an eight game unbeaten run. A 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland last time out saw them drop two places in the standings but they remain in the top six (6th) and just four points adrift of leaders Cardiff City going into Matchday 12. Fulham are just three points further back in 10th and have won their last two. We're looking at the anytime goalscorer market in this one and feel that Sean Maguire's call up to the Republic of Ireland squad during the international break and subsequent debut (against Moldova) will spur him on to get on the scoresheet. 



Leeds United v Reading (15:00 BST)


After a flying start to the campaign, Leeds United have hit a few speed bumps in recent outings with three defeats suffered in their last four Championship games. A 3-0 loss at Sheffield Wednesday and 3-1 defeat at Cardiff City before the international break has seen them lose their grip on top spot and drop to fifth in the table. They are back at Elland Road this weekend, though, and up against an out of sorts Reading side who are without a win in six. And we're back The Whites to get back on the winning track here.




Norwich City v Hull City (15:00 BST)


Norwich City and Hull City will lock horns at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon with the visitors buoyed by a thumping 6-1 over Birmingham City on Matchday 11. The Canaries have been grinding out results in recent games, though, and only Reading have managed to score against Daniel Farke's side in their last six league outings - four of which they have won by a single goal margin. On the basis of that form, we'll back another Norwich win in this one.




Sheffield United v Ipswich Town (15:00 BST)


Sheffield United slipped up in the final fixture before the international break, going down 2-1 at Nottingham Forest and missing out on an opportunity to join Cardiff City at the top of the table on 24 points. They'll be eager to return to winning ways, then, when Ipswich Town visit Bramall Lane this Saturday afternoon. Despite three defeats in their last five outings, Ipswich are just three points adrift of United in the Championship table and have been involved in some high scoring encounters of late such as their 5-2 win at home to Sunderland and 3-2 defeat at Leeds United. Both sides have found the back of the net at least once in their last five fixtures so both teams to score in this one looks a good bet.

Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers both struggled badly in September with the Black Cats failing to register a single win in the Championship, while Rangers could only manage a solitary victory. Both clubs have two draws and two defeats from their last four outings and we feel they may stifle one another at the Stadium of Light, consolidating Sunderland's bottom three status.

Wolverhampton Wanderers boast eight clean sheets in 14 games in all competitions this season and have been impressive to say the least. And we're backing Nuno Espírito Santo's charges to shine again and to end Aston Villa's eight match unbeaten run in the Championship. Wanderers come into the weekend's encounter on the back of thumping 4-0 win at Burton Albion, while Villa have a number of injury concerns and will be without Neil Taylor, who begins a three match ban for his sending off in the Villans 1-0 win over Bolton prior to the international break.

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Championship predictions, betting tips & live streams: Best bets for Saturday's games in England's second tier

The Sky Bet Championship makes a welcome return after the international break and as ever we have a host of intriguing fixtures to look forward to. Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

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