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…
It’s been a tricky time for Bolton Wanderers since their return to the second tier. Five games in and they find themselves bottom of the Championship and – along with Brentford – are without a win in that sequence. Whilst Middlesbrough have hardly set the world alight so far this campaign following their Premier League relegation and found goals relatively hard to come by – even with the likes of Britt Assombalonga leading the line – they should have enough to get past the Trotters. Middlesbrough have won the last four against Bolton and are undefeated in their last six against them and we have a feeling it’ll be four wins on the spin and undefeated in seven come Saturday evening.
Leeds are flying high in the Championship at the moment, finding themselves in third position and with a chance to get into the top two with a win and Ipswich dropping points on Saturday afternoon. Burton will be without Leeds loanee Luke Murphy for the clash as the ex-Crewe midfielder can’t play against his parent club. The hosts haven’t lost this season and seem to have coped with the departure of leading marksman Chris Wood’s sale to Burnley excellently. However, Burton are no mugs and are undefeated in their last three games in all competitions – beating Birmingham and Cardiff and drawing at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Despite that, we’ve a feeling Leeds – at Elland Road – will be too tough for them.
Another side going strong this season so far is Wolves, who after winning their opening trio of games, are now without a win in their last two. Millwall duo Jed Wallace and George Saville go back to familiar territory having both signed for the Lions from the Black Country club in the summer as their new side – under Neil Harris – look to improve on their recent record of no win in the last three meetings with Wolves. For Nuno Espirito Santo, he’ll be aiming to get back on track and will surely pinpoint a home meeting with Millwall as a comfortable three points – that’s what we think anyway.
Gillingham have struggled for goals this season and head to Oxford in the hope of gaining victory and with it climbing out of the bottom four. However, the hosts will know that a win will put them in the play-offs if results also go their way and put an end to a three-game winless run. The U’s are undefeated in their last five against the Gills, however, with the last three clashes being wins – all by the 1-0 scoreline. It will be very interesting to see how the hosts cope without winger Marvin Johnson, who left the club to sign for Middlesbrough on deadline day.
Two clubs who were relegated from League One last term meet at the Ricoh Arena as promotion favourites Coventry City welcome Michael Brown’s Port Vale. Following an opening day win at Crawley, Brown’s boys have lost every league match since and find themselves in the bottom two. Following a strong start to the campaign, Cov are desperate for a victory having suffered defeat in their last three games in all competitions and are without a goal in their last two league clashes. This will be a tight clash but we’re backing the Sky Blues to get a much needed result at home on Saturday.
Placing a £10 stake on our five selections (Middlesbrough, Leeds, Wolves, Oxford and Coventry) returns £145.73*
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