Reading v Ipswich

If you’re 11/8 to beat Ipswich at home, you must be bad.

That’s the situation Reading find themselves in, as they prepare to welcome the basement (Tractor) boys to the Madejski.

The Royals, who sit five points and two places above Ipswich, have started to find a little bit of form at home – winning three of their last four – after kicking the season off with four consecutive defeats at the Mad Stad.

Then we have lowly Ipswich, with one win all season, desperately trying to prevent themselves being cut adrift at the bottom of The Championship. Though they registered their only win of the season on the road against Swansea, they’ve still lost six of their eight away games – their opponents including Rotherham, Hull and Millwall, who are just as bad a Reading.

Expect a low-quality clash between two poor teams here, but Reading, at this price, are a great pick for this acca.

Reading - 1pt @ 11/8

Derby v Aston Villa

A fantastic home record meets an abysmal away record.

Derby have won five of their last seven matches at Pride Park (drawing the other two), while Villa are winless on the road since the opening day, and are currently on a three match losing streak away from home; it’s pretty simple really.

Frank Lampard’s side are far too good to slip up against a team who travel as badly as Villa, so 28/25 is a monstrously big price for a home win.

Derby - 1pt @ 28/25

Birmingham v Hull

Birmingham City have proven themselves to be one of the toughest sides to beat in the country: prior to their 3-1 defeat at Pride Park last weekend, The Blues were on an 11-match unbeaten run in The Championship, and I’m expecting them to get back to winning ways against Hull City.

Garry Monk’s men are yet to taste defeat at St. Andrew’s this season - and have won their last three - which highlights the magnitude of the task facing Hull on Saturday.

This said, The Tigers have managed to cobble together consecutive league victories heading into this, which also helped end a run of five losses in-a-row on the road.

This won’t help them though; Birmingham are a far better side than their counterparts, and will beat them on Saturday.  

Birmingham - 1pt @ 23/25

QPR v Brentford

While this would have raised more than a few eyebrows earlier in the season, backing QPR to beat Brentford at Loftus Road looks like a much better bet these days.

The Bees’ form has fallen off a cliff in recent weeks: one win in nine matches has seen them slide down the table at an alarming rate.

Their West London rivals have had a much better time of it, with Steve McClaren in a much better – and more secure – place than he was a few months ago; after losing their opening four matches, QPR find themselves just three points off the play-offs.

Brentford are yet to win on the road this season – while The Hoops have won four of their last six at Loftus Road – so therefore a home win will round off this all Championship acca.

QPR - 1pt @ 29/20