Leeds v Blackburn
Boxing Day promises some exciting match ups; so, here’s the first of our Dec 26 Championship betting tips – Leeds v Blackburn. Leeds United are looking the most likely side to win the Championship and make a long overdue return to the Premier League; however, they must stick to the task over the winter months. However, as fans have seen many times in the past, including last season, they could fall off the pace when the pressure begins to build.
Winning football matches at this level certainly isn’t beyond Leeds; however, when things get tense heading towards the end of the season that’s when the team has begun to struggle in previous years. A top-two finish is a must this term. Everyone at Elland Road will be desperate to secure promotion without the need for the play-offs where it becomes a lottery.
The hosts strung together a run of impressive victories; this started in December with a cracking win over Sheffield United which set the pace for the weeks that lay ahead. That was followed by a hard-fought 2-1 over QPR at Elland Road; they then dished out a 1-0 beating to Bolton at the Macron. The victors went into that game with confidence behind them, given their opponents’ recent troubles; however, they were made to work hard for the points. In the end they had Bamford to thank for the cheer; the match winner scored on his first game back since an injury sustained in August. He’ll want to make up for lost time… and he certainly hit the ground running that day.
Blackburn Blowing Hot and cold
Blackburn Rovers were also able to put together a decent run of form and went three games unbeaten, following a win with back-to-back draws. They have to be admired for making themselves difficult to beat; however, at present, Blackburn look like a side destined for a mid-table finish. They continue to drop points from a winning position, turning three into one. Fans will be looking for them to be a bit more ruthless in the second-half of the season as a promotion play-off place remains within touching distance.
The visitors beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 at Ewood Park on the opening day of December; they followed that with a useful 1-1 away to Middlesbrough, a result achieved despite most experts predicting another win for The Smoggies. They then drew with Birmingham City at home when finishing level at the conclusion of a four-goal thriller. Graham and Armstrong gave Rovers a 2-0 lead and they looked on-course for the points; however, they were pegged back by Gardener who scored from the penalty spot on 78 minutes, before Adams found a second less than two minutes later. Blackburn were left shocked by the speed and ferocity of the fightback; however, they’ll know it was another two points needlessly dropped.
Bookies Pick Home Win
Bookmakers look happy to follow the form and have priced Leeds United as favourites for the points at Elland Road. That’ll come as no surprise to followers of football at this level; backers looking to support the home win must make do with the 8/13 you’ll get at Bet365. That’s short enough but it’s the best price available at the time of writing, some firms going 4/7. Leeds to win and both teams to score offers a crack at a better return with Ladbrokes offering up 5/2. Again, you’ll find none more generous than that quote.
Stuck on the fence and prefer a draw? Maybe an option given the fact both teams are in decent form and Blackburn are making themselves difficult to beat. We wouldn’t be in a mad rush to put anyone off a share and backers will find the draw marked at 3/1. That’ll catch the eye. Traders are confident Blackburn will get nothing out of this match they have sent out 11/2 about the away win and that’s a price that may just attract bits and pieces of attention from value hunters.
Sheff Utd v Derby
So, let’s check out the second of our Dec 26 Championship betting tips – Sheff Utd v Derby. A jam-packed Boxing Day schedule and TV schedulers have picked this match for the live treatment. Sky Sports bring us all the action from 3.00pm. That will give fans of both clubs a Christmas treat but there will also be lots of interest from armchair followers of the beautiful game. Furthermore, punters might be looking to help cover the expense of Christmas with a winning bet. Whatever the reason for your interest, this match promises us much drama and no lack of entertainment. The Blades set-up pushing for a play-off finish this season and hold a small chance of driving at the top two places.
They have struggled to nail down the kind of consistency you’d expect from a team competing for the prizes; the team lost against Leeds United at home on 1 December. However, they soon bounced back to better Reading on the road, courtesy of a 2-0 final score. Sharp and a Baldock own-goal made the difference that day with the goals coming on 83 and 86 minutes. Chris Wilder picked out his team’s second-half performance as a positive when speaking to the press; however, he admitted they were some way off the pace during the first 45.
Rams Well Placed For Title Challenge
Derby have much work to do if they are to defy experts and challenge for the Championship title; however, they are well placed heading into 2019 and will be knocking on the door if they are able to put together a run of decent form between now and the turn of the year. The Rams won 11 and drew five of their first 22; that included a 2-1 win over Swansea at home on their first start of the month. It was a fine result to get the 12th month moving. A double from Harry Wilson made the difference and he’s a young man who is going places in the game.
Derby then beat Wigan 1-0 at the DW Stadium. Following this, they were held to a frustrating goalless finish with Nottingham Forest in a match that was more entertaining than the final score would have you believe. Manager, Frank Lampard, thought his men should’ve been awarded a penalty that would’ve seen them turn one point into three; he was left frustrated that the foul on Tom Lawrence wasn’t spotted by the officials. To be fair to the former Chelsea man, he looked to have a strong point. It appeared that Tendayi Darikwa hauled down his opponent in the danger area, looking nervous under pressure.
Value To Be Had
This looks a real pick-em contest; however, bookmakers don’t agree and have priced Sheff Utd as favourites for the points. Ladbrokes offer out 11/10 on the locals and that’s slightly better than the 21/20 you’ll get elsewhere on the same result. The draw is top price 5/2 with Bet365 and those keen on the upset can fill their boots on a Derby upset at 12/5 with the same firm. That rates as our best bet and it’s bigger than we think it should be. Take the value.
Both teams have scored in each of the last three meetings of these sides and we’re confident we’ll get a few goals again from this one. Get your money down on the match falling into line and Ladbrokes will give you a BTTS market best price of 4/6; this quote could do a job in helping to boost your accumulator of the day returns. That makes more sense than going against the trends for 6/5.