19:45 Wednesday

Blackburn vs Hartlepool - Blackburn to win & over 3.5 goals 

Blackburn have started the season in hot form and currently sit top of the Championship after their two opening games. They beat QPR 1-0 in their opening game then went on to beat Swansea 3-0 away from home. They have looked strong both defensively and going forward and have not conceded in their last four games coming into this. 

Hartlepool have had a contrasting start to the season. They currently sit 20th in League Two having lost their opening game to Walsall 4-0 and drawing to Wimbledon 0-0 at the weekend. The fact that they have not scored in their opening two fixtures will be a contributing factor to the result of this one. Due to Blackburn’s fine form and Hartlepool’s poor start to the season, we think Blackburn win this by a good margin. 

19:45 Wednesday

Middlesbrough vs Barnsley - Middlesbrough Win

Middlesbrough have had a tricky start to the season, drawing to West Brom on the opening day and losing to QPR at the weekend, they now sit 20th in the league. They have had no problems in their attacking play as they have scored in both their league games this season but have had a leaky defence that has seen them concede four in two. They have the quality in their side to rectify this and with the quality addition of Zac Steffen in between the sticks, they are sure to do just that. 

Barnsley were relegated from the Championship last season and have got off to a mediocre start in League One with a win and loss to their name. They sit 15th in the league and have been involved in two 1-0 results that have called into question their attacking ability. They have an almost completely new team after their relegation and will still be finding their feet in the first few weeks of the season. 

Because Middlesbrough have a better-quality squad, are in a higher league and have home advantage, we think they will edge this one. 

19:45 Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday vs Sunderland - Sunderland Win 

Darren Moore’s Sheffield Wednesday had a busy summer and raided five Championship clubs for players, substantially improving their squad. They got off to a fair start this season with a win and a draw and sit 4th in the league going into this fixture. They managed to score three past Portsmouth, but also concede three which will put their defensive capabilities into question. They then put in a good performance to beat MK Dons away from home 1-0 with a Josh Windass penalty. 

Sunderland won promotion to the Championship last year via the League One play-offs and have started their season off well with a draw vs Coventry and an away win vs Bristol City. Alex Neil will be pleased with the start his side has made this year, they currently sit 2nd in the Championship behind Blackburn Rovers and have looked very confident going forward. Because of the good start Sunderland have made we think they will come into this game brimming with confidence and will pinch this one.