Meanwhile, table toppers Norwich travel to Swansea, with Villa and Birmingham set to meet in derby
The 18th round of action in the EFL Championship – English domestic football’s second tier – should be a cracker, with Ipswich Town, the bottom club, looking to take advantage of an out of form West Brom outfit. In addition, league leaders Norwich City look to get one over promotion candidates Swansea City, while Aston Villa and Birmingham City will lock horns in a fierce local derby.
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First up, Ipswich Town welcome West Brom to Portman Road this coming Friday night (23 November) in desperate need of three points. Ipswich are rooted to the foot of the table and have won just one league game all season, and are scoring at a rate of less than a goal a game – they are at just 1.50 to suffer relegation to League One.
After a bright start to the season, West Brom have slipped alarmingly of late. The Baggies still sit fifth, five points off the top of the table, but have lost four of their last five league outings, taking just a single point in the process.
Nevertheless, it is West Brom who come into this match as the clear favourites to get back to winning ways. You can back the visitors to take all three points at just 1.90 while Ipswich, despite home advantage, are out at 4.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.40, according to Oddsshark.
And we fancy the shares to be spoiled in this one. A 1-1 draw is priced at 6.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$32.50 pay out, while you could more than quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a draw and both teams to score at 4.50.
Swansea out to upset high-flying Canaries
The following day, Swansea City welcome table toppers Norwich City to the Liberty Stadium. The Swans were relegated from the Premier League last season and they currently sit just two points outside the play-off places – they are at 11.00 to be promoted back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
Norwich, meanwhile, are enjoying a fine run of form which has seen them shoot all the way to the top of the table, two points clear of Middlesbrough in second place. The Canaries are at 3.00 to be promoted come the end of the campaign.
Regarding this match, the betting is very close but Swansea come in as slight favourites to end Norwich’s winning streak. You can more than double your money by backing the Welsh club to take all three points t 2.60, with Norwich at 2.70 to do the same – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.25.
And we expect the home side to claim bragging rights in this one. A 2-1 win for the Swans is priced competitively at 10.00, thereby offering a ten-fold return on any investment, while you could also double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.00.
Villa and Birmingham meet in derby
And finally, Aston Villa and Birmingham City will lock horns in a local derby on Sunday afternoon. Both teams have 24 points so far this season and there is very little to separate the two sides.
Villa have however seen an upturn in fortunes since stacking Steve Bruce and replacing him with Dean Smith. The side have won their last two games without conceding a goal and are at 3.25 to finish the season in the top six.
And it is Villa who come into this game as favourites to claim local superiority come the final whistle. You can back the Villains to take all three points at just 1.85, while Birmingham are out at 4.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.60.
And we are indeed expecting Villa to extend their recent winning streak to three matches. A comfortable, 2-0 win for the home side is priced at 8.00, while you could triple your money by backing a combo bet of a Villa win and a “No” to both teams scoring, which comes in at 3.00.
EFL Championship round 18 fixtures:
Friday, 23 September
(4.00) Ipswich Town x West Bromwich Albion (1.90); draw (3.40)
Saturday, 24 September
(4.75) Rotherham United x Sheffield United (1.72); draw (3.60)
(2.45) Hull City x Nottingham Forest (2.87); draw (3.25)
(1.66) Leeds United x Bristol City (4.75); draw (4.00)
(1.57) Millwall x Bolton Wanderers (5.50); draw (4.00)
(2.00) Preston North End x Blackburn Rovers (3.60); draw (3.50)
(3.50) Sheffield Wednesday x Derby County (2.05); draw (3.40)
(1.85) Stoke City x QPR (4.20); draw (3.50)
(2.60) Swansea City x Norwich City (2.70); draw (3.25)
(1.75) Wigan Athletic a Reading (4.75); draw (3.50)
(2.30) Brentford x Middlesbrough (3.10); draw (3.30)
Sunday, 25 November
(1.85) Aston Villa x Birmingham City (4.00); draw (3.60)