The Championship 31st August

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Blackburn finally managed to get their first win on the board with a 5-2 victory over 10-man Barnsley last weekend. If they can carry on with actually being able to hit the target then they are more than capable of beating a Bolton side who struggle to score. Blackburn’s problem this season has been their inability to get shots on target, they’ve had more shots than anyone in the league with 44 shots off-target and only 16 on.

If Bolton had continued to play their game against QPR last weekend into this week they still probably wouldn’t have scored. They are currently winless and the Dougie Freedman love in seems to have stopped. Bolton fans are getting frustrated with his ‘we start with a clean sheet we’ll end with a clean sheet’ attitude. If they play like that today they will eventually be worn down, especially with Jordan Rhodes against them.

from what I’ve seen this season I still have Blackburn as a better team than Bolton so I would have this match priced up as H – 2.25, D – 3.50, A – 3.75.

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Back Blackburn at 2.50 – Coral

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Doncaster finished above Bournemouth last season, they are currently above them now and Bournemouth have conceded 11 goals in their two away games so far. Doncaster by contrast are effectively on a three game unbeaten run (their game at Charlton last weekend was abandoned when they were 3-1 up). The signing of Theo Robinson looks to be a good one as it looks to of added goals and confidence to the side.

Doncaster look to have been under-rated here, maybe because of the ‘money’ Bournemouth apparently have. I don’t see much between these two sides and expect them to both finish in the bottom third of the table. I’d have it priced up as H – 2.25, D – 3.50, A – 3.75.

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Back Doncaster at 2.40 – William Hill

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So far this season Boro have faced the 2nd and 3rd in the league and also had a trip to Wigan. They didn’t win any of those games with their only victory coming at Charlton. Sheffield Wednesday to by contrast are winless after four games, however they have faced QPR and Leeds. So on  form lines there isn’t much to go on.

My betting on this is based on me currently having Sheffield Wednesday finishing in the bottom five with Middlesbrough around 12th. If the season unfold like that then Middlesbrough would be priced at around 1.90 for this.

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Back Middlesbrough at 2.10 – Ladbrokes

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This game is basically the same as the Middlesbrough match above. I have Burnley finishing near Sheffield Wednesday and I have Derby finishing between 6th and 12th. However with this match we have some collateral form to go on. Derby went to Brighton a few weeks back and won 2-1, Burnley travelled to the Amex last weekend and lost 2-0.

Burnley aren’t going to be big goal scores this season and that showed last weekend. Derby on the other hand look solid enough defensively only conceding three in six (all comps this season). One of those goals was an unfortunate own goal and another was a 90th minute equaliser.  One goal could be enough here however I believe that Derby do have the creativity to get two or three and if they do that I don’t see how Burnley will be able to score enough past them.

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Back Derby at 2.05 – Bet Victor

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