The Championship | 6th August 2016

[symple_heading type=”h2″ title=”Huddersfield v Brentford” margin_top=”20px;” margin_bottom=”20px” text_align=”left”]

On the final day of last season Brentford went to Huddersfield and won 5-1, I don’t envisage a similar scoreline this weekend, but I do expect Brentford to avoid defeat. My numbers have this as a close game with Huddersfield’s Goal Expectancy at 1.29 v 1.22 for Brentford. Those numbers have given me the below predicted odds.



Huddersfield have signed a number of young players from Premier League clubs, on loan, and whilst these players may have potential they lack experience. Brentford on the other hand have had back to back top ten finishes in The Championship. Scott Hogan returned from a long term injury towards the end of last season to score seven goals in as many appearances, I’m expecting him to go close in the race for The Golden Boot which is a massive plus for The Bees.

The best best in this match is Brentford 0 Asian Handicap, this means that stakes will be returned if games ends in a draw. Over the course of the season I believe that Brentford will prove to be the better of these sides and at the moment the only thing that’s making Hudderfield slight favourites, on my numbers, is home advantage.


[symple_heading type=”h2″ title=”Reading v Preston” margin_top=”20px;” margin_bottom=”20px” text_align=”left”]

Reading are a strange side, in my opinion, last season they posted some very impressive Shot on Target numbers, the sort of numbers that would usually see a team be promoted. However they struggled to win games and I’m not sure they’ve addressed the issues. Sacking the manager was a start, but bringing in Jaap Stam may not be the answer. He was a fantastic player and has worked at some big clubs in a coaching/scouting/assistant capacity but this role is completely different to all of those. They’ve also failed to address their need for a striker who can score goals at an average rate.



I have the Goal¬†Expectancy¬†for this match as Reading 1.13 v 1.02 Preston. I was impressed by Preston last season and with a little bit more luck they could have finished inside the top ten. Jermaine Beckford missed the majority of the season through a knee-injury, he’s now fit again and that is a massive boost to Preston’s chances of success this season. If they can post similar shot stats to what they did last term, they have an outside shot at the play-offs with a top ten finish a real possibility.


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