Playing with real confidence under the guidance of youthful boss Eddie Howe, Burnley have taken an impressive 16 points from a possible 18 to thrust themselves right into the promotion mix and the Clarets have to be fancied to get the better of Millwall at Turf Moor.
Admittedly the Lions saw off Championship leaders QPR in midweek, but that result came at the New Den where Kenny Jackett’s men have been excellent this season and their away record does little to suggest they can burst Burnley’s bubble here. The visitors haven’t won on the road since mid-November and it’s the Clarets that are worth an interest in Lancashire at enticing odds of 19/20 with William Hill.
Wins can be like buses, you get one and then another comes along straight away; at least that’s what Micky Adams will be hoping after seeing his Sheffield United side finally register their first win since he took over at Bramall Lane in December.
It had been coming for the Blades, who have given themselves an outside chance of Championship survival with that midweek triumph against Nottingham Forest and we think they could build on that victory by getting a result at Watford.
Paddy Power make Adams’ charges 7/2 to make it back-to-back wins at Vicarage Road, where the Hornets have lost to Scunthorpe and Bristol City amongst others this season and also drawn against the likes of Preston and Crystal Palace in recent weeks.
There’s plenty there to give Sheffield United some encouragement then and they’re decent value in bet365’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market at odds of 9/4, although the bold may prefer Sportingbet’s 10/1 for them to grab the only goal, as they have done in all three of their away wins this term.
Leeds midfielder Max Gradel has helped himself to 14 goals this season to boost his side’s promotion hopes and he’s the player to focus on at Elland Road as Simon Grayson’s charges tackle Ipswich. The 23-year-old has been particularly effective of late, notching five times in his last six and he is also responsible for penalties so a decent case can be made for Boylesports’ 13/8 marked against Gradel netting at any stage for a team getting amongst the goals regularly at present.
Finally, Portsmouth’s good run came to an end in midweek but they can get back to winning ways against a Middlesbrough team that travels poorly and Steve Cotterill’s side look way too big at 11/10 (888Sport) to become the twelfth team this season to inflict an away defeat on Boro.
Burnley to beat Millwall – 19/20 (William Hill)
Sheffield United to beat Watford ‘Draw No Bet’ – 9/4 (bet365)
Sheffield United to beat Watford 1-0 – 10/1 (Sportingbet)
Max Gradel to score at any time for Leeds – 13/8 (Boylesports)
Portsmouth to beat Middlesbrough – 11/10 (888Sport)