Wednesday night’s televised clash sees two sides still struggling to find their feet tackle each other at Pride Park as Derby welcome QPR to the East Midlands. The Rams have, in general, been pretty poor this season but they have started to pick up points after a run of just one win in their opening six games which also saw them record five defeats.
However, Phillip Cocu’s team have turned that form around slightly, going three unbeaten against Nottingham Forest, Cardiff and Bournemouth with 1-1 results in all three of their last outings. All this leaves them in 22nd place with one win, three draws and five defeats from their nine Championship games.
Wednesday 7.45pm: Derby v QPR
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QPR are up in comparatively-lofty position of 18th with two wins, four draws and three defeats. Their two wins have come at home with the second clicking in the 3-2 win over Cardiff at the weekend. On the road, however, Mark Warburton’s men have struggled, recording two losses and two draws.
With Derby’s improved resilience and apparent willingness to settle for the point, doubled with the fact it’s come off in 50% of The R’s away game this season, we’re plumping for The Draw on Wednesday night. With the games coming thick and fast, it might be the case that both sides are happy to rotate, share the spoils and move on.
After being one of the stingiest teams in the division both going forward and at the back, Reading have gone goal crazy over the last three games. There were just nine goals in the Royals’ opening six league fixtures, but 14 have flown in over the last three.
The influx of goals has come at a price though, with their surprise 3-2 loss at Coventry ending their eight-game unbeaten run on Friday night. Whether that shock will see Veljko Paunovic return to type or not remains to be seen.
Preston are a funny side and have three wins, one draw and five losses from their nine games so far this season. They’re yet to record any result other than a loss in their five home games this season and they have been making hay on the road with all 10 of their points coming away from Deepdale. Frankly, that’s the stat which is putting us off selecting a simple home win here.
Instead, backing Over 2.5 Goals could be the way to go. This has landed in Reading’s last three and two of Preston’s last trio of league games. The overs has landed in fewer than 50% of PNE’s games across the season and only in Reading’s last three but, with Reading seemingly throwing off the shackles and Preston scoring as many as they ship, it feels like there will be goals in this one.
This is a pretty tough one to call. Watford were one of the early-season reliables, keeping it tight in their first five games, generally grinding out wins where they were expected to do so. But more recently that’s changed and they’ve been slipping up with regularity.
The 1-1 draw with Bournemouth was nothing to be too concerned about three games back, but the 1-1 with Wycombe (in which they were lucky to take a point) and 1-0 loss to the improving Barnsley might set alarm bells ringing. Those were both away games and they’ll be relishing returning to more familiar surroundings on Wednesday.
Stoke have four wins, three draws and two losses so far and sit two places below Watford on goal difference. They’ve lost just one on the road but we’re going to stick with The Hornets’ near-perfect home form in this one (three wins and one draw) and the belief that their manager Vladimir Ivic will get them back on the straight and narrow after two disappointing results. We’re backing the Watford Win to round off our Wednesday night treble.
Tips for Wednesday night’s Championship games
These three selections in a treble will give you odds of around 13/1 with Paddy Power.
*All odds correct at time of publication and they’re always bang on with our clever betting widgets.
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