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A side keeping one eye on proceedings in Derby will be Aston Villa, who have an easy-looking game against Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park. There are very few certainties in life, but one of them is QPR not to win away from home in the Championship. The R’s have won just twice on the road in nearly 13 months, and that will play nicely into the hands of Steve Bruce’s Villa, who will be looking to put pressure on Cardiff with three vital points here. If you’re putting together an accumulator for the weekend, then 4/6 for an Aston Villa home win should be one of your first selections.
QPR were on the back end of a shock 5-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest last Saturday. By that logic, Aitor Karanka’s Reds should have no problem thumping at least ten past Birmingham City, who have looked devoid of any sort of confidence in recent weeks, losing four straight games without scoring. Forest’s goal glut last weekend was something of an anamoly, as they’ve only scored once in their last four league games in NG2. Throw all of those ingredients into the mixing bowl, and under 1.5 goals at 15/8 has a real chance.
Sitting a couple of places below Birmingham are Sunderland at the root of the Championship table. Chris Coleman’s side look doomed at the moment. One win in nine league games, and no away victories against top-half sides for the Black Cats since August is far from ideal form when you’re faced with an intimidating trip to The Den to face Millwall. The Lions would be just two points off the play-offs if the Championship was decided solely on home form, and they’ve converted that great record to their travels, where they have won four straight games. Every year sees a side make a last-minute dart for the top six, and this could be Millwall’s chance. 8/13 aren’t the best odds in the world for a home win, but will be a reliable leg in your weekend accumulators.
Sunderland sit five points adrift of 21st placed Barnsley, and the Tykes have shown some promising form following the arrival of new manager Jose Morais. After the Portuguese lost his first game in charge against Burton a fortnight ago, his side have gone on to secure a vital win at Birmingham last weekend, and a draw at Hull City that dragged them further away from the relegation zone. Barnsley host Norwich at the weekend, in a game that could go either way. At home, Barnsley struggle, and have won only once at Oakwell since mid-September, while Norwich are unbeaten in their last six away games. With that in mind, I’ve got to go with the form book in this one and take the Canaries win, but this will be an entertaining game with plenty of goalmouth action, so get on the away victory with both teams scoring at a massive 21/5 with Coral.