Reading v Leeds: Leeds to win – 8/11
Leeds United’s last gasp winner at Luton proved to be doubly important given West Brom’s equally late clincher at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
That goal allowed Leeds to keep pace with the Baggies at the top of the Championship and also open up a little bit of daylight between themselves and third-placed Preston.
A second away win in three days at Reading would move Leeds top, for 24 hours at least, and put more pressure on West Brom.
It won’t be easy. Reading have won three games on the spin at the Madejski Stadium against Preston, Millwall and Luton, they will be no pushovers on Tuesday night.
Leeds are unbeaten in their last six league games since defeat to Millwall at the beginning of October though, and will look to continue the momentum that has propelled them into the automatic promotion equation.
Fulham v Derby: Fulham to win – 8/15
Tuesday sees a battle of two clubs plagued with inconsistency.
Fulham, who would have had sights on an automatic promotion place, find themselves slightly off the pace due to patchy form. Their last seven league games are indicative of this, with the Cottagers winning three, drawing two and losing two.
Derby, meanwhile, would have had ambitions of at least a play-off place at the beginning of the season but find themselves in midtable due to even more inconsistent form than Fulham. A return of three wins and three defeats from their previous six games suggests that they cannot produce any momentum.
Despite their poor start, the Rams find themselves just five points off the top six, while Fulham similarly find themselves five points off the top two. Victory is imperative for both on Tuesday and it makes for an intriguing contest.
Derby’s away record is dour however, and the Rams are without a league win on the road since August. That, coupled with a Fulham squad that on paper is far too good for the Championship, points to a home win here.
Huddersfield v Swansea: Huddersfield to win – 13/8
Swansea are another club that have yet to find anything like the consistency required to mount an automatic promotion push. The Swans were in pole position as recently as October after a strong start that saw them win five of their opening six league games.
Since their first defeat of the season against Nottingham Forest, however, the Welsh club have been decidedly average, winning just three of their last 11 games.
Huddersfield, on the other hand, have shown shoots of recovery following an abject start to life back in the Championship. The Terriers have won four of their last eight games in the Championship, losing just once and are gradually starting to work their way up the table.
Another win on Tuesday night will put real daylight between themselves and the dreaded double relegation.
The Terriers boast a decent home record and haven’t lost at home since September. They have far too strong a squad to suffer the ignominy of relegation to League One and can do significant damage to Swansea’s playoff hopes on Tuesday night.
* All odds correct at time of posting.