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Soccer Saturday Super 6 tips – Saturday August 9

Jamie Shaw 6 Aug 2014
Will Hughes (C) of Derby County celebrates scoring with team mates (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

The new Football League season kicks off this weekend, and with it comes the first chance to win big with Sky Sports Super 6.

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The six key matches on opening weekend all come from Saturday's 3pm fixtures in the Championship. Here's our predictions.

Derby 3-0 Rotherham 

Steve McClaren came agonisingly close to guiding Derby to the promised land in his first season in charge, but Bobby Zamora's late strike denied them in May's play-off final. 

Motivated by that heart-break, Derby aim to continue the momentum they built up in the second half of last season, in a run which saw them take 25 points from a possible 27 between the start of November and the end of December.

McClaren has fine-tuned his young squad to good effect over the summer, and taking points away from Pride Park could prove too big an ask for newly-promoted Rotherham whose defence will face an inevitable Bombardment here.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham

A new-look Middlesbrough have shown considerable ambition in their transfer dealings over the summer, with Aitor Karanka determined to guide the Teessiders back to the Premier League for the first time since 2009.

The Spaniard is set to embark on his first full campaign as Boro boss, and has acquired both home-grown and overseas talent to the squad, including full-back James Husband, Nigeria international Kenneth Omeruo and Spanish compatriots Kike Garcia and Emilio Nsue.

Boro boasted a strong home record last season, while Birmingham stayed afloat courtesy of a last-minute goal on the final day of the season and could come unstuck by the red's strength in-depth.

Millwall 1-1 Leeds

Fierce rivals Millwall and Leeds get set to contest arguably the stand-out fixture of the opening day at the New Den.

Millwall appear to have steadied the ship under the guidance of Ian Holloway as they look to push on in the division this season, while crisis club Leeds face another period of uncertainty with the untested Dave Hockaday.

Leeds cashed in on prize asset Ross McCormack and could thus struggle for goals this season, and with a fierce midfield battle on the cards here, a draw would appear the most likely outcome. 

Nottingham Forest 2-0 Blackpool

Blackpool have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this summer, and the 'Tangerines' off-field problems could be brought to the fray at the City Ground on Saturday.

The seasiders have just 14 contracted players on the books and must throw together a make-shift squad ahead of their match against a quietly confident Forest side.

That said, Forest boss Stuart Pearce has been at loggerheads with the club owners himself over unauthorised player transfers, but his side should comfortably get the job done to begin with maximum points.
 
Watford 2-1 Bolton 

Watford have defeated Bolton just once in their last eight attempts, but after recapturing star striker Matej Vydra on loan and acquiring the likes of Heurelho Gomes and Keith Andrews, 'The Hornets' will fancy their chances of a flying start to their latest promotion push.

Bolton have also been astute in their dealings over the summer but look to have their work cut out against an attacking Watford side in a tricky visit to the capital.

Wigan 2-2 Reading 

Both sides will have realistic ambitions of occupying at least a play-off spot come the end of the season and neither are shy in front of goal.

Their free-flowing style of football points to an open game which is unlikely to be short of goals and both managers would undoubtedly settle for a point from this closely-matched encounter.


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