Well bwinners, allow me to start by apologising for my previous Home Heroes selections, which were nothing short of atrocious. I know it is hard to get a treble up in the Championship, but last week I could not even pick a single winner as Bolton lost to Crystal Palace, table-topping Brighton were somehow defeated by Birmingham and worse still, Hull were toppled by Peterborough, who before last weekend had lost seven on the bounce.
I certainly would not blame you if you decide to stop following my tips, even if I was having plenty of joy before this recent blip. In fact, how about reading them and betting on the complete opposite? You may earn yourself some money.
Despite my disastrous efforts though, I must plod on and try to redeem myself and with that, I give you this week’s tips in the form of Crystal Palace, Leeds and Leicester.
All three sides picked up results in tricky midweek away fixtures, so I am banking on them carrying that form into their weekend ties in front of their own fans and fingers crossed, we will be celebrating with some pennies in our pockets for our efforts.
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Leeds to beat Barnsley @ 3/4
Neil Warnock’s side are actually the only one of my three tips that did not pick up three points in the midweek fixtures, but a point in a 2-2 draw with Bolton at the Reebok Stadium was hardly the worst result.
Before that, they conquered Bristol City in a thrilling 3-2 encounter at Ashton Gate, which was a tremendous victory. Four points from those two away trips would have delighted Warnock and Leeds’ travelling fans and grabbing three points against the Tykes at Elland Road should prove far less taxing.
Barnsley suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of bottom-of-the-table Peterborough on Tuesday so they will not be relishing the short trip to face their Yorkshire rivals.
Leeds are undefeated in their last four in all competitions, including an impressive 2-1 win over Premier League high flyers Everton and with that kind of form they will be tough to beat, so let’s shove them in as the first pick of the treble.
Leicester to beat Bristol City @ 53/100
The Foxes started very inconsistently during the first few weeks of the campaign, but it looks as though Nigel Pearson’s men are now finally starting to hit their stride.
Losing three out of their first five league games was not the ideal start for the pre-season title favourites but four wins on the trot certainly point to a team in superb form.
Buoyed by a 2-0 win at Huddersfield in midweek (if you haven’t seen Anthony Knockaert’s two goals, I strongly suggest you do so), Leicester now come up against a Bristol City side who have failed to win in their last three and there should only be one outcome – an easy Foxes win.
As well as the Robins’ poor run of results, they have only recorded a solitary victory on the road this season (at lowly Peterborough) so a trip to the King Power Stadium is likely to result in another loss for Derek McInnes’ men.
Crystal Palace to beat Burnley @ 6/5
In all honesty, Leeds and Leicester should both win at a canter. However, for the purposes of the following paragraph, let’s say the first two are going to win.
Now, this is the selection that worries me the most. I was tempted by Blackpool at home to Charlton (who, by the way, were a much shorter price at 3/5) but their inability to defend means I have to steer clear of the Tangerines for now.
A few weeks back, the thought of putting Crystal Palace in a treble would have astounded punters, but they have really turned a corner. Wins on their travels against Bolton and Wolves in successive matches proves that Dougie Freedman’s men are a match for anyone on their day, so we just hope that they are more than match for Burnley on Saturday.
Although I am tipping the Eagles in this match-up, it is impossible to talk about a Burnley fixture without mentioning Charlie Austin. The former Poole Town player is a goal machine and with 11 in eight league fixtures already, including a hat-trick in the midweek draw with Sheffield Wednesday, Palace MUST stop the threat of Austin if they are to win.
Nonetheless, form is crucial in the Championship and one man does not make a team, so despite Austin’s heroics I still fancy the reformed Crystal Palace to pick up the points.
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