With the potential to top the Championship table after tonight’s fixtures depending on other results, both Huddersfield and Crystal Palace will be eager to ensure they pick up wins against Peterborough United and Barnsley respectively, while Derby will aim to close the gap on the play-off places with victory at Ipswich Town.
While each team provides great value as single bets, new customers to bwin.com who back the treble with their free £20 bet would see a return of a mouth-watering £400.20 if all three prevail.
Read on to find out why the Terriers, the Eagles and the Rams can all return home with maximum points this evening.
Huddersfield Town to beat Peterborough United @ 13/10
|Real Sociedad||1-1||Real Madrid||£150.00||(13/2)|
|Real Sociedad||1-2||Real Madrid||£180.00||(8/1)|
|Real Sociedad||2-2||Real Madrid||£210.00||(19/2)|
|Real Sociedad win||£51.00||(31/20)|
|Real Madrid win||£49.00||(29/20)|
Eleven games into the Championship season and not many Huddersfield fans would have expected to see their team third in the table, just two points behind league leaders Leicester City and second-placed Cardiff City.
The Terriers have won five of their last seven matches, including their last two on the bounce, after they saw off high-flying Wolves 2-1 at home on Saturday courtesy of goals from on-loan strike duo James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford.
One of the major reasons for their lofty position has been their form on the road, as they are undefeated in four away games and collected maximum points from their previous three trips, seeing off Birmingham, Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday.
Opponents Peterborough have had a dismal start to the season, winning just two of their 11 league matches and losing the other nine as they enter this game propping up the table on the back of successive defeats.
Only second-from-bottom Ipswich have scored fewer goals than the Posh’s ten strikes and they’ve failed to score in their last two games. Darren Ferguson’s men have also been shipping plenty of goals, conceding 19 times already.
Huddersfield look well placed to gain revenge for their League One play-off final defeat in May 2011, when the Posh ran out 3-0 winners to secure their place in the Championship, which they look in great danger of losing this term.
Crystal Palace to beat Barnsley @ 19/10
Crystal Palace sit second in the Championship form table having gone eight games without defeat, winning six and drawing two, in a run that has seen them rise up to fourth place.
Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to south London rivals Millwall, in which they found themselves 2-0 up before Dean Moxey was shown a straight red card just before half-time, ended a run of four successive victories for the Eagles.
Palace have been in fine goalscoring form of late, notching eight in their last three matches, with former Brighton striker Glenn Murray hitting the ground running with seven goals to leave him joint third in the top scorers chart.
Opponents Barnsley have endured an up-and-down start to the season which has included a 5-1 hammering at Brighton, followed a few weeks later by an impressive 5-0 victory against Birmingham at St Andrews.
The Tykes, who currently occupy 17th spot, were dealt a major blow in their narrow 1-0 victory at Charlton on Saturday after leading scorer Craig Davies was withdrawn just before the end and he now faces up to six weeks out with a hamstring problem.
That win ended a run of successive defeats, which included a 2-0 loss in their last home game against bottom club Peterborough, and their run of three games without a win at Oakwell looks like it will be extended with defeat this evening.
Derby County to beat Ipswich Town @ 2/1
Unbeaten in their last four games, which has seen them pick up a win and three successive draws, Nigel Clough’s Derby side have made a solid start to the season as they currently find themselves sitting just below mid-table.
Their last three matches have seen them gain a share of the spoils against Middlesbrough, Brighton and most recently Blackburn on Saturday, as they scored a late equaliser to make it just one defeat in six games.
The Rams have picked up four points from the last six available on the road, including a morale-boosting 1-0 win away at fierce rivals Nottingham Forest at the end of September, as Clough appears to have moulded together a side who are tough to beat.
Hosts Ipswich are yet to win at Portman Road this campaign, picking up just two points from a possible 15 at home, while they have only managed one victory in total, leaving them just one place above Peterborough at the bottom of the table.
The Tractor Boys are the lowest scorers in the league, having found the net just nine times, while they have only been able to record one clean sheet in their 11 matches, conceding 21 goals in total – only three sides having been breached more times.
Manager Paul Jewell has admitted he considered his future after their defeat to Hull City at the weekend before receiving assurances from owner Marcus Evans, but another loss tonight against his former club could spell the end of his reign.