Betrescue’s Chief Sports Writer Chris Hutcheon takes his weekly look at all the big games in the Championship, League One and League Two.
It seems like a case of ‘out of the frying pan into the fire’ for Neil Warnock, who has swapped troubled Crystal Palace for the side directly above them in the Championship survival battle, Queens Park Rangers.
The controversial boss could barely have asked for a tougher start to life at Loftus Road too, given that his side tackle promotion contenders and Betfred’s 11/10 favourites for the points, West Brom, who possess the division’s strongest away record.
Nevertheless, the arrival of Warnock could have the desired effect, particularly in the short term and subsequently, QPR look huge at 5/2 with 888Sport to make a winning start under their new manager, although if that looks a touch risky, William Hill’s 8/11 for Rangers to avoid defeat is a tempting alternative.
Warnock’s former club Palace, could find their plight worsening this weekend; they’re 6/4 (Stan James) to slump to a defeat against another of his previous employers, Sheffield United and elsewhere, leaders Newcastle (4/9, Paddy Power) should see off Barnsley, Totesport post evens against Derby as they host Watford and draw fanciers can obtain odds of 23/10 with Jaxx.com for Blackpool’s clash with Ipswich to finish all square.
In League One, Leeds are a banker at 1/2 with Ladbrokes at home to Brentford and combining them in a treble with their top three counterparts Charlton and Norwich, who are 4/11 apiece to see off Stockport and Yeovil respectively, returns at a generous 9/5.
At evens courtesy of Partybets, Hartlepool also look like a home banker as they entertain struggling Southend, while in League Two, a couple of potential upsets could be on the cards; firstly bottom club Darlington are 2/1 (Victor Chandler) to beat poor travellers Torquay and bet365 offer a hefty 7/2 for Bradford to prevail at Rotherham, who were hammered 4-0 in midweek.
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