QPR remain unbeaten in 15 games and are 9/5 (Totesport) to win on Tuesday but come up against an in-form Portsmouth.
QPR returned to the top of the Championship on Saturday, ending a run of four consecutive draws to beat Reading at Loftus Road. It means that Rangers remain unbeaten after 15 matches but that impressive record could be under threat at Fratton Park as Neil Warnock’s side take on Portsmouth.
Pompey are impressive on home soil, where they have lost just once this season and up until the weekend reverse at buoyant Derby, Steve Cotterill’s men had won six and drawn one in seven matches. Their form is good then and the league leaders have to lose eventually, so we’re leaning towards the home side here, albeit tentatively, although something a touch higher than the best price of 13/8 (888Sport) would offer more encouragement.
At Turf Moor, goals could be on the agenda as Burnley face Doncaster. The Clarets’ last five matches have produced 19 goals while Rovers’ last handful can boast an even more impressive 21; a tally of at least three looks certain then at 4/5 with bet365 but those wanting something a touch more substantial might wish to push the boat out and back the two sides at 2/1 with to conjure up more than 3.5 goals between them.
Despite a narrow victory at the weekend, Middlesbrough remain in the relegation zone but their second half performance against Crystal Palace showed a few green shoots of recovery and with Tony Mowbray perhaps starting to influence matters at the Riverside, Boro should start to climb the table.
As his side have gleaned a solitary point on their travels, Mowbray will need to oversee an improvement in Middlesbrough’s away form and there’s a chance he could do that sooner rather than later as his team head to Scunthorpe.
The Iron continue to perform on their travels, with only Cardiff managing as many away wins but Ian Baraclough’s team have struggled at Glanford Park, where they have conceded seven times in their last two and Boro are worth considering at 17/10 (William Hill) to be the fifth away team to plunder three points there this term. The more cautious meanwhile, can tackle the visitors at 5/6 in Stan James’ ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
Finally, Barnsley have one of the worst away records in the Championship and it’s not expected to improve at struggling Preston. The hosts put in their best performance of the campaign at Bristol City on Saturday and if they can replicate that level then they’ll be hard to stop at Deepdale, where Betfred quote them at 11/10.