Championship Trading Focus: Sat 23rd-Sun 24th Feb 2018

Championship football tips


Championship Trading Focus Plenty going on in the Championship this weekend and we’ve got the best of the games covered with what we think are the best trading angles.

Just one thing to note, whilst we offer advice here each week, remember it is a trading advice so consider that when getting involved. If we suggest laying a short priced side and they go behind at any point, even after a few minutes, then we can trade out for a profit as that is what it is all about.


Friday 23rd February 2018

Hull v Sheff Utd

Just a brief stat here with only one recent head to head of any relevance which Sheff Utd won 4-1 at home. They are in better form winning three of their last five whilst Hull have really struggled but have drawn their last four at home. It is hard to look at anything other than an away win but a Lay of Hull is a safer option.


Saturday 24th February 2018

Sunderland v Middlesbrough

A similar story here with the away side in much better form than the home team. Sunderland are in freefall and have lost nine at home this season winning just twice. They have also lost six of their last eight games and look bound for League One. Boro have lost three of their last eight but have won six times on the road this season and won the home fixture between the two by 1-0. Don’t expect a cracker but Boro should get three points, if you prefer then Lay Sunderland.

Norwich v Bolton

Norwich have lost one of their last eight (not including Wed night) and grabbed a late late equaliser against local rivals Ipswich last week which will have felt like a victory. Bolton have found a bit of form themselves but have managed only eight points away from home. Three recent head to head have all finished by a 2-1 scoreline with Norwich winning twice. Norwich should win but with six home draws, they are a risky proposition and with them trading at odds on they might be worth a small lay with a view to trading if Bolton lead.

Birmingham v Barnsley

This wouldn’t be the first game you would choose to go and watch with excitement likely to be minimal. Both desperately need the three points with perhaps Barnsley’s need greater. Birmingham have lost their last three, Barnsley lost four of their last five. In nine meetings today between these two there has been just one home win and in the four games in Birmingham, Barnsley have drawn twice 1-1 and won 3-0 and 5-0. It is difficult to recommend a side in such bad form as Barnsley but they have scored more away goals than Birmingham have home goals so a small interest at 3.75 (11/4) is probably worth chancing.

Preston v Ipswich

Preston showed what a decent outfit they are when nearly taking the three points from Villa Park only to succumb to a late Villa equaliser. The problem with backing Preston is the amount of draws they are involved in, five 1-1 draws in their last seven games. Ipswich have lost one in their last six with three draws and recent head to head is in their favour with Preston winning just one of the last seven meetings today. A difficult one to call, Preston will be a banker for many but it may pay to back the draw, you can always trade out later in the game.

Sheff Wed v Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s seven game winning run came to an end with a draw and a defeat so they need to get back to winning ways here. Sheff Wed had gone seven games without a win but beat Derby at home and will look to build on both that and their decent FA Cup run. They have beaten Villa twice in three recent meetings today at this level but this Villa side are full of confidence and can be backed at 2.50 (6/4) to get back on track.

Reading v Derby

Reading have a good record away at Derby but not at home, Derby won two and drawn three of their last five visits. Reading have won just once in twelve games and lost their last four at home whilst Derby lost their unbeaten run of eleven when losing at Sheff Wed. It will be interesting to see if Derby can get back on track but I’m not prepared to take 2.40 (7/5) about them as they have lacked goals in recent games, four in five games that included three against Brentford. If forced to play I would go for Under 2.5 goals at around 1.66 with a view to trading out.


(Odds are subject to change)

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