Live on Skysports 2: Sat 17.20 & Sun 13.15: Leicester are 11/10 (Betfred) to win at Derby while Notts Forest and QPR go head to head.
The top two duel it out in the Championship this weekend as leaders QPR entertain in-form Nottingham Forest and the pair could cancel each other out in what looks set to be a tight affair.
As hosts, Rangers are Stan James’ 6/5 favourites while Forest are priced by bet365 at 5/2 but the latter have won six in a row in the league and won’t be easily beaten, even by a side possessing as much quality as Neil Warnock’s. QPR don’t lose too often themselves of course and so Totesport’s 23/10 marked against the draw is arguably the best bet in this one.
The half-dozen consecutive victories for Billy Davies’ side have also produced four clean sheets while Warnock’s charges have managed four shutouts in five so it would be no surprise is goals were at a premium in West London. 7/10 for a tally of fewer than 2.5 looks a banker then and the brave can back the deadlock to remain unbroken at 8/1 with bet365.
At the bottom, Crystal Palace have looked a little more resilient of late, going on a modest four-match unbeaten run that contains three draws, and as a result the Eagles have climbed out of the bottom three.
Dougie Freedman’s men still have an atrocious away record, no team has suffered more defeats on the road, but they could be set to improve in that department this weekend at the Ricoh Arena where they face a Coventry team on a terrible run.
Confidence is surely low in the Sky Blues camp after a run of ten games without a victory and Palace are a tempting-looking 5/2 with to capitalise. Nevertheless, it’s hard to ignore those eleven away losses and three recent stalemates so the same firm’s 6/4 posted against the Eagles ‘Draw No Bet’ is a more appealing proposition.
Cardiff’s late winner in the derby clash at Swansea gave the Bluebirds a real lift and they should maintain their momentum as they face struggling Scunthorpe. Dave Jones’ troops are just 4/11 (William Hill) to inflict more misery on the Iron, who are such a poor run that it’s easy to see them going down by at least two clear goals in South Wales, an outcome quoted by 888Sport at even money in the handicaps.