Punters backing both Leeds and Brighton to win in the Championship this weekend will be rewarded with odds of 5/1 at .
Just minutes before Brighton grabbed an extra-time winner against Premiership Sunderland in the Carling Cup, Peterborough were meekly exiting the competition at the hands of Middlesbrough and it’s that marker, as opposed to Posh’s 7-1 league victory last Saturday, that we’re paying the most attention to, as the pair’s focus turns back to the Championship.
That emphatic triumph for Darren Ferguson’s men against Ipswich shouldn’t be ignored of course, but one swallow doesn’t make a summer and it was one of those days when anything that could have gone wrong for the Tractor Boys, did go wrong.
In addition, the soaring Seagulls enjoy home advantage here and with odds-on quotes about a Brighton triumph expected, it’s hard not to be tempted by William Hill’s even money marked against the hosts.
That 7-1 drubbing for Paul Jewell’s Ipswich came on the back of a 5-2 home reverse against Southampton and was a fourth defeat in a row if you include the Carling Cup loss to Northampton. Confidence will inevitably be fragile at Portman Road then and Leeds look far too big at 2/1 with to capitalise.
The Whites picked up a more-than-deserved point at West Ham last weekend, grabbing a late leveller before cruising past Doncaster 3-1 in midweek, so they’re in decent shape on the road and crucially given their leaky defence, Simon Grayson’s men are scoring plenty and their prolific attack can cause Ipswich’s nervy defence headaches galore. For the unconvinced, 888Sport’s 4/6 for both teams to score in this one, is surely a banker.
Coventry meanwhile have taken just one point from the dozen on offer so far and it can go from bad-to-worse for the Sky Blues at high-flying Middlesbrough, who have carded three wins in four. Tony Mowbray’s charges are 7/10 at Boylesports to collect another maximum haul and Barry Robson, who has struck in his last three, can play a key role; the in-form attacking midfielder way too big at 4/1 (William Hill) to find the net at any point.