Championship Betting Tips: Preston to Dethrone Royals
The past weekend was the craziest of the season so far for unpredictability.
Barnsley, Coventry, Derby, Huddersfield, QPR and Wycombe all pulled results out the bag that would have left the bookies laughing.
Nonetheless, we're back to find some profit in this ridiculously unpredictable league.
From the midweek games I reckon I might have unearthed some great value...
Bournemouth to beat Wednesday - 23/20 (Bet 365)
Bournemouth are the only side still unbeaten in England's top four leagues this season.
Unfortunately for them there's been a lot of draws in there, but with the quality they've got they'll be able to turn enough of them into results.
Arnaut Danjuma in particular looks a real player going forwards and has looked particularly sharp this season.
Add in the likes of Josh King, Jefferson Lerma, David Brooks, Steve Cook and Lewis Cook, the Cherries have quality all over the pitch and I expect them to really get going soon.
It could very well start at Hillsborough on Tuesday against a Wednesday side really down on their luck.
They've lost four straight games, three of whom were against sides you'd expect to be fighting to stay up this season.
That includes Wycombe who won only their first game of the season against the Owls on Saturday.
Garry Monk's under massive pressure and the Wednesday board might be waiting until the international break to sack him.
Until then, don't expect much improvement.
Anything above EVENS for Bournemouth looks value.
Preston to beat Reading - 2/1 ( William Hill)
This price is juicy... let me explain...
Regular listeners of the podcast will know I haven't been impressed with Reading.
Their performances haven't been as good as the results suggest and I'm confident the Royals will drop off.
We saw signs of that in their shock defeat to Coventry on Friday night (in fairness, even I didn't see that coming!).
How they react to the loss is going to be very interesting...
They come up against a Preston side who have had a very mixed start to the season, but there's a reason why it's mixed... the massive contrast between their home and away form.
The Lilywhites are the only side in the EFL to have lost all of their home games this season, but are flying away from home.
Alex Neil's side have managed to collect 10 points from a possible 12 when visiting.
2/1 for a side with that away form is a great price.
Coventry double chance against Forest - EVENS (Bet 365)
Chris Hughton's not had as amazing a start as many were expecting at the City Ground.
Just one win from five has been matched with some tepid performances.
They've only managed a shot on target in each of their last two games and in their most recent match to Middlesbrough, could have lost by more than just the one goal.
Hughton's got a job on turning around a Forest side in a slump, and I was shocked to see them as short as 3/4 to win against Coventry - I wouldn't touch that with a bargepole.
Prior to the shock win at Reading last Friday, the Sky Blues haven't been too great themselves, winless in six.
But beating top of the table could be the turning point that Mark Robins has been looking for.
The return of creative spark Gustavo Hamer in midfield is also a massive bonus, they look a lot more dangerous with him available.
I'm backing the Reading result to be a springboard for Cov, and EVENS for them to at least get a point is a kind price.