Meanwhile, league leaders Norwich host Bolton while Leeds welcome QPR
The action in the EFL Championship – English domestic football’s second tier – shows no sign of abating with the 21st round of games set to take place this coming weekend. Friday night (7 December) brings a fierce derby as Aston Villa head to West Brom, while the following day sees Norwich host a struggling Bolton side and Leeds look to get one over QPR.
First things first
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Where should I be investing my money?
First up, West Brom host Aston Villa at the Hawthorns on Friday night in what should be a thrilling contest. The Baggies sit third in the table, are unbeaten in their last four are and you can more than double your money by backing them to win promotion to the Premier League at a price of 2.37, according to Oddsshark.
After a slow start to the season, Villa are also beginning to find their feet under new boss Dean Smith. They are unbeaten in their last five and sit eighth in the table, just three points off a play-off place.
And while the betting is tight, it is West Brom who come in as slight favourites to claim local bragging rights. You can more than double your money by backing the home side to take all three points at 2.30, with Villa only slightly higher at 2.90 – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.50.
And we are expecting the Baggies to just edge this one. A narrow, 2-1 win for West Brom is priced at 9.00, thereby offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment, while you could almost quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a home win and both teams to score, which comes in at 3.75.
Norwich to keep up streak against Bolton
The following day, table toppers Norwich City look to build on their run of eight league games without defeat at home to Bolton. The Canaries sit a appoint clear of Leeds at the top of the table, and you can back them to win the league title outright at 4.50.
Bolton, in stark contrast, sit next to bottom and are without win in their last 10 league encounters. The Lancashire club are at just 1.36 to suffer relegation back to the third tier.
It is therefore of little surprise that it is Norwich who come into this match as the overwhelming favourites to pick up the win. You can back the Canaries to take all three points at just 1.33, while Bolton are all the way out at 12.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.33.
This should be a comfortable afternoon’s work for Norwich. A comprehensive, 3-0 win for the home side is priced at 8.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$42.50 pay out, while you can double your money by backing Norwich to win to nil (without Bolton scoring a goal) at 2.00.
Leeds out to make it four wins in a row against QPR
And finally, Leeds welcome QPR to Elland Road looking to make it four league wins in a row. The Yorkshire club are in second place but remain the favourites to win the EFL Championship league title, and are priced at 3.75 to do so.
For QPR, the tale of the season has been of inconsistency so far. Rangers sit 11th in the table, six points off a play-off position, but have not won any of their last four league games – it is not a great time to come up against a Leeds outfit brimming with confidence.
And it is indeed Leeds who come into this match as the clear favourites to take all three points. You can back the home side to pick up the win at just 1.57, with QPR out at 5.75 to pull off a shock victory – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.00.
And we are expecting Leeds to make it four wins on the bounce in the league. A 2-1 victory for the home side comes in at 8.00, while you could more than triple your money by backing a home win and both teams to score at 3.40.
EFL Championship round 21 fixtures:
Friday, 7 December
(2.30) West Bromwich Albion x Aston Villa (2.90); draw (3.50)
Saturday, 8 December
(2.20) Birmingham City x Bristol City (3.20); draw (3.40)
(2.00) Brentford x Swansea City (3.50); draw (3.60)
(1.57) Leeds x QPR (5.75); draw (4.00)
(1.72) Middlesbrough x Blackburn Rovers (4.75); draw (3.60)
(2.05) Millwall x Hull (3.40); draw (3.50)
(1.33) Norwich City x Bolton Wanderers (12.00); draw (4.33)
(2.00) Nottingham Forest x Preston North End (3.75); draw (3.30)
(2.10) Sheffield Wednesday x Rotherham United (3.40); draw (3.40)
(1.44) Stoke City x Ipswich Town (8.50); draw (4.00)
(3.40) Wigan Athletic x Derby County (2.15); draw (3.30)
(4.33) Reading x Sheffield United (1.80); draw (3.60)