Championship Betting Tips: Hungry Hornets hovering

19:45 Tuesday

Bournemouth -1 against Preston - 7/4 (Betfair/Paddy Power)

Preston are having a hard time of it at the moment.

Injuries and poor performances have seen them drop down to 18th.

Their misery was compounded on Saturday when Watford gave them a 4-1 battering, just days after being comfortably outdone 3-0 by Lancashire rivals Blackburn.

The number of players they have missed was evident with Tom Barkhuizen and Scott Sinclair having to play wing backs and neither had a great game.

The issue is, Alex Neil doesn't have many other options to play there so he might have to do it again.

It will be music to the ears of Jason Tindall, who likes to focus his attacks down the flanks with the dangerous Arnaut Danjuma and David Brooks, being supported by full backs Jack Stacey and Diego Rico.

Bournemouth could only draw against Rotherham at the weekend but can make up for that disappointment with a statement setting win over struggling Preston.

Since the mercurial Brooks came back into the team, the Cherries have managed two or more goals in each of the four games they've played.

Preston, on the other hand, are still lacking an out-and-out goalscorer.

19:45 Wednesday

Watford to beat Forest - 29/20 (William Hill)

Having just mentioned Watford's battering of Preston, I don't think I need to go into much depth about that win for the Hornets.

It was easily their best performance of the season and impressed me, even if the visitors weren't in great nick.

It's no surprise that they were so good when you see the team.

Troy Deeney made his first start of the season and providing he stays fit, will be quality at this level.

Ismaila Sarr is way too good for the Championship and defences have found him hard to deal with on many an occasion this campaign.

I was surprised to see them at the odds they are to beat a Forest side who haven't got going yet under Chris Hughton.

They've shown signs of life and performances perhaps been as bad as the results suggest.

But it's ultimately three straight losses where they've failed to score and Watford head into this game looking like a side that's started to click.

19:45 Wednesday

Reading to keep a clean sheet against Wednesday -2/1 (Sky Bet)

It was a tough November for the Royals but they ended it on a high.

Four straight losses were followed by a draw and a win against Millwall and Bristol City respectively in the past week.

Whether it's a turning point remains to be seen, but there were plenty of positives, particularly defensively.

During their good start to the season, the backline was the bedrock of the team, keeping 6 clean sheets in 7 games.

Injuries disrupted that but against Bristol City on Saturday, there were signs of it returning.

The visitors had two shots on target all game, one of them being the goal which should have been ruled out for offside.

Veljko Paunovic will want a clean sheet against a Wednesday side whose attacking statistics are a bit eyebrow raising so far under Tony Pulis.

They've managed just two shots on target in the three games he's been in charge so far.

Pulis has clearly made it his priority to shore up the defence before worrying about the attacking side of things, which in fairness he has done.

Wednesday are the second lowest scorers in the Championship and it's not surprising when the striking options are Callum Paterson (10 goals since the start of the 2018-19 season) and Jordan Rhodes (who's only scored in two games since the start of last season).

2/1 looks good value considering how goal-shy the Owls are at the moment.


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