Championship Betting Tips: Bees to Batter Blues
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That also means weekends of watching whatever's on Netflix are over, and we can get back to doing what we really want to do...
Watching football and having the odd flutter.
Now the first weekend in the Championship is historically unpredictable, as managers meddle with lineups and figure out their best sides.
But there's usually value to be found...
Brentford to beat Birmingham - 10/11 (Betway)
These two sides met on the first day of last season and Birmingham famously won from a Kristian Pedersen header from outside of the box... Birmingham's only shot in the game.
It's hard to see Blues coming away with anything this time.
Brentford are hot-favourites heading into the new season, while Birmingham are expected to be around the lower mid-table area.
If you believe form carries over into the next season, then Blues ended the last campaign without a win in 16.
The newly-appointed Aitor Karanka's got a job on turning the tide at St Andrews and the additions in the summer aren't dazzling.
Meanwhile talk of a mass-exodus of stars at Brentford hasn't materialised, with Ollie Watkins the only player to have left so far.
That means Second Tier Player of the Season Said Benrahma could very well play.
Even without him, I'd still fancy Brentford.
Norwich to beat Huddersfield - 6/5 (Bet 365)
After a dismal season in the Premier League, Norwich look to bounce back at the first time of asking.
Many fellow Championship experts are tipping the Canaries to have the best season out of the three relegated sides, and the bookies agree with Daniel Farke's side favourites for the title.
They come up against a Huddersfield side not in the greatest of states.
The Terriers finished the season with 2 wins in 10 and decided to sack manager Danny Cowley.
His replacement is former Leeds coach Carlos Corberan, who's a complete unknown.
However the squad he's got to work with is poor.
The summer has seen more good players leave than come in, and speculation over the future of star man Karlan Grant is rife, meaning he might not be available for this game.
There's a lot of holes to pick in this Huddersfield side and a promotion-chasing Norwich at 6/5 looks too big a price.
Cardiff to beat Wednesday to nil - 5/2 (Sky Bet)
At the time of writing, Sheffield Wednesday's only striker is Jordan Rhodes, who scored in just one game last season.
It's been a tough summer for the Owls who have seen 7 first team players leave.
The 12-point deduction meant they were in a relegation battle anyway, but a fair argument could be made that they'd be in one even without the punishment.
Add in the fact that only Hull managed fewer points than Garry Monk's side in 2020 and it could be a tough season.
Cardiff on the other hand are loving life under Neil Harris.
He's taken them from strength to strength since his appointment, and will be aiming at LEAST for the Playoffs this season.
One thing he's managed to do in particular is shore up the defence.
The partnership of Curtis Nelson and Sean Morrison at the back looks really solid and will be key in their promotion push.
I'm expecting a comfortable Cardiff win and with Wednesday's problems going forwards, a victory without conceding looks too inviting.