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In order to help Aston Villa fans learn about their new surroundings for next season, we’ve taken a scout around the Championship games on Saturday to pick you out a five team accumulator that’s got a great chance of coming through.
Charlton vs Reading
The row and protests between Charlton’s fans and their owners continues to rumble on and it’s starting to affect the Addicks on the pitch, as they’ve slipped to the bottom of the Championship. They’re eight points off of safety with 13 games to play, so can’t really afford to lose another one.
Reading are high on confidence after their dominant cup victory over West Brom though, so things could get a lot worse for Jose Riga . Reading win at 5/6
Nott’m Forest vs Bristol City
Despite occupying the bottom three for a lot of this season, three straight wins breathed new life into Bristol City. They were brought crashing down to earth by Brighton, but are still eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Forest have been yo-yoing a bit themselves, winning at the Riverside and Elland Road but being beaten on home soil by Huddersfield. In general they do better at the City Ground, and I expect them to pick up the three points again. Forest win at 11/10
Fulham vs Middlesbrough
It’s one of the tightest title races in recent memory in the Championship, with Middelsbrough playing their part. Four teams are within six points of the leaders Hull, but perhaps it should be the Boro sitting on top. Had it not been for five winless games, they’d be clear. As it is, they’re third, with two games in hand.
Fulham arrested a small decline in form by beating Charlton but have conceded in 88% of their home games so far this season. Cover yourself by backing Boro draw no bet at 1/2
Bolton vs Burnley
Bolton’s rollercoaster season is coming to a shuddering halt, as they look certain to be relegated. They’re better at the Macron, picking up just four points away from it, but are coming up against a title challenger.
Burnley haven’t lost in ten and haven’t conceded a goal in the last four games. They’ll be looking to keep the pressure on Hull and Steve Bruce, while trying to hold off Boro and the chasing pack. Clarets win at 19/20
Cardiff vs Preston
Preston North End are in better form than six of the eight sides above them in the table. Just one loss in the last eight has the Lilywhites on a late charge towards the top six. A victory on Saturday would leave them three points off it.
One problem. They’re travelling to a team that hasn’t lost at home since September. In their last home game, Cardiff dismantled Brighton in front of the Sky cameras by blitzing them early. Peter Whittingham is back in form, and he’s key to this.
Two very evenly matched sides, and I can’t split them. I think Preston will take the draw and at 11/5 you get good odds for it.