There’s another bundle of games in the EFL this week and instead of spending a good 20 minutes looking at all the fixtures and deciding who’ll be who, we feel the best bet is to carry on reading this blog as we’ve studied the form, the head to head records, everything and have managed to narrow it down to five certainties, that will probably, maybe happen this weekend in the Football League…
Back Cardiff City at 8/11
It’s been a quite incredible start from Cardiff City this season so far – even if we did say they’d be the dark horses this season. Neil Warnock just knows what he’s doing when it comes to managing in the Championship. His success in this division is there for all to see, and even more impressively, his hoard of new summer signings appear to have bedded in already – none more so than winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who’s already found the net five times this season. Warnock will come up against one of his many old clubs this weekend as QPR make the long journey down the M4 and to the Welsh capital. They’ve had a decent start – despite many (including ourselves) tipping the west Londoners for relegation this season. It remains to be seen whether they can continue with their fine form, but we think if they do then they’ll have to do it after Saturday’s game. It’ll be comfortable for Cardiff.
Back Norwich City at 13/8
It’s taken a bit of time under Daniel Farke but with four points from four games, Norwich are up and running and will have been boosted by a big win in the EFL Cup at home to Charlton Athletic in midweek, too. The Canaries have won the last three meetings against the Lions, and are unbeaten in their last four against the same opponents. Millwall have found life back in the Championship to be a tough welcome back and have yet to win in the second tier since their return, but how ex-Norwich striker Steve Morison would love to score against his old side. Unfortunately for the hosts, we can’t see it happening.
Back Peterborough United at 9/5
This is seen as something of a local derby with only 44 miles separating the two towns and Peterborough make the short trip south in fine form having won all three of their opening games in League One – one of only four teams to have that 100% record still standing. In the way this week are Northampton Town, who’ve had an awful time of it so far this season, losing all their league games thus far. What won’t help their cause is the fact they’ve also lost the last three games against Peterborough, who are undefeated in their last four against the Cobblers. An impressive record and with an in form striker in the form of ex-Luton Town man Jack Marriott, it could well be a big win for a relentless Posh side.
Back Wigan Athletic at EVS
Paul Cook will come face-to-face against a team who he took up to League One only in May as Portsmouth visit Wigan this weekend. Cook spent two seasons at Pompey before opting to join Wigan in the summer following the departure of Warren Joyce. He left under a cloud but has Wigan flying high in the league at the moment, with the Latics top of the league with just the one goal conceded in that time. Visitors Portsmouth started their campaign off strongly, but a 3-0 defeat at Oxford followed up by a draw at home to Walsall have dampened spirits a little in recent weeks. These two had plenty of battles in the Premier League, but Pompey haven’t won at Wigan in the last two trips to the north-west. Michael Jacobs has scored two in his last two league games for the Latics, which may mean he’s worth a cracking side bet. Jacobs, cracking, get it? Never mind.
Back Swindon Town at 5/6
Five games played for Crawley under Harry Kewell, five defeats. They’ve been nothing but consistent this season – consistently pointless. So with the club bottom of the EFL at this moment in time the one team Kewell won’t want to be facing this week is Swindon Town. The Robins charge £25 for an adult ticket so either Crawley fans have loads of money to spend to see their team lose or they’re real gluttons for punishment. Opposite number David Flitcroft knows what it takes to get out of this division, as he showed in guiding Bury to promotion a few years ago and things have started well for the new boss who was appointed in the summer. He’s made some shrewd signings and the Wiltshire side will be almost certainties to pick up another three points on Saturday at the County Ground. Considering the author of this blog has seen Crawley play in recent weeks, definitely back Swindon!
Placing a £10 stake on our five-fold (Cardiff, Norwich, Peterborough, Wigan and Swindon) will bring in £465.50*
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