Middlesbrough v Derby - Championship

My first selection is the longest price of this four-fold: Middlesbrough to beat Derby at home.

While The Rams have won their last three in all competitions—perhaps down to the famous Wayne Rooney Bounce—their away form in the league is still nothing short of pitiful: Phillip Cocu’s men have just one point and one goal from their last seven on the road.

As for Boro, they’ve markedly turned their own fortunes around – winning their last four in the league (as well as their last four at The Riverside).

Both sides are improving, but Middlesbrough’s recent excellence at home should see them edge over the line.  

Middlesbrough - 1pt @ 19/16

Portsmouth v AFC Wimbledon - League One

My first of two League One selections should see Portsmouth beat AFC Wimbledon at home.

Pompey are unbeaten at Fratton Park in the league this campaign—winning four of their last five—while Wimbledon have succumbed in nine of their 12 away games this season.

This is one Kenny Jackett’s men should be looking to win if their play-off ambitions are serious.

Portsmouth - 1pt @ 1/2

Coventry v MK Dons - League One

Next, I have Coventry to claim the points against MK Dons.

The Sky Blues’ record at St. Andrew’s (their current, temporary residence) is impressive – picking up 27 points from their 12 games, which is the second-best return in the league.

MK Dons on the road, however, have been horrendous: eight defeats from 11 should be music to Mark Robins’ ears.

Coventry - 1pt @ 4/6

Exeter v Cambridge - League Two

Last but not least, I expect high-flying Exeter to overcome Cambridge in League Two.

The Grecians, currently sitting 2nd, are on an eight-game unbeaten run (winning five), and this consistency is setting them up very nicely for maintaining a promotion push at the business end of the season.

The U’s have started to seriously stutter, however. Colin Calderwood’s side have lost four of their last five matches, and just two points from their last seven away games gives me great confidence of an Exeter victory.  

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Exeter - 1pt @ 4/6