Championship football preview

First up, I have to talk about Tuesday night – what a game! I haven’t enjoyed a match at Carrow Road that much in quite some time and it was excellent to be a part of the atmosphere of old. Hopefully it won’t be a one off and it can be used to kick start our season. It is no good beating the leaders 5-2, if we then go and lose to 23rd place Doncaster, after all.

Something the game did, more than anything, was prove that this group of players can really turn it on. It was the same against Birmingham a few weeks ago. This Norwich team, on their day, can be a match for anybody in this league. I guess this makes it all the more frustrating that we sit where we do in the table.

Anyway, without further to do, let’s take a look at where my football betting money will be going this weekend. Starting at Oakwell.

Barnsley v Bristol City – The away side have impressed me so far, I thought they would struggle in their ‘second season’, but that hasn’t been the case.  0-1

Birmingham v Sheffield Wednesday – Wednesday only have one away victory so far and have been thrashed more than once. In typical Birmingham fashion – they will nick this one. Probably with a late Kevin Phillips strike. 2-1

Blackpool v Crystal Palace – Neil Warnock’s side have alternated between defeat and victory in the last four games. They lost at Birmingham last time out, but they will have to settle for a draw against a resilient Blackpool side. 1-1

Charlton v Burnley – I remember tipping Burnley for relegation at the start of the season – they sit in 6th place. Charlton have had a similar start to Norwich and they need to be winning these sort of games. 3-2

Coventry v Derby – The  football odds are starting to favour Derby for promotion after only one defeat in eight games. Coventry are very inconsistent. 0-1

Norwich v Doncaster - Like I mentioned before, this is a must win if we are to kick start our season. If we play anything like we did against Wolves – we should get the three points. 2-0

Nottingham Forest v Cardiff – Newly promoted Forest sit rock bottom of the table after just one victory so far. Cardiff on the other hand have only one defeat so far. 1-2

Plymouth v Ipswich – Plymouth have only lost once since Norwich beat them at their place and sit just outside the top six. Ipswich have only one once in the last seven games. 3-1

Reading v QPR – This should be a very open game. Reading have scored 21 goals at home already this season and won’t hold back against a QPR side that has only won once in six league games. 3-1

Sheffield United v Preston – Both of these teams sit just a point or two outside the play-offs. This will be a tight game and I expect each team to cancel the other out. Preston would be very happy with a point. 0-0

Swansea v Southampton – With Southampton sitting just outside the relegation zone after a poor start to the season, the last thing they need is an away game against a side that hasn’t lost at home yet. 1-0

Watford v Wolves – Mick McCarthy will be demanding a response from his side after the drubbing at Carrow Road on Tuesday night. Watford will just be hoping to continue their recent 3-game unbeaten run. 2-2

By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about football betting.

Filed Under: Football League


About the Author: A Norwich City fan who still loves Grant Holt, just. When I visit Fortress Carrow Road I can usually be found in the Jarrold Stand with a cornish pasty in one hand and a kit-kat in the other.

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