Meanwhile, Sheffield United face tough test at West Brom while Nottingham Forest host Derby
The 34th round of action in the EFL Championship features several promotion chasing sides facing off against one another. This coming Saturday afternoon (23 February) table toppers Norwich City host Bristol City, while on the same day Sheffield United face a tough trip to West Brom. Monday Night Football sees Nottingham Forest host Derby County in what should be a fiery local derby.
First things first
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First up, the clash between Norwich and Bristol City on Saturday afternoon. The Canaries have won four of their last five league outings and sit two points clear at the top of the table – they are priced at 2.75 to win the league title this term.
Bristol City, by way of comparison, have won their last six league matches in a row, which has seen the club climb into the top six in the standings. Their upturn in form sees them now priced at just 1.80 to earn a play-off place come the end of the season.
Regarding this match, it is Norwich who come in as the favourites to take all three points. You can double your money by backing the league leaders to win at 2.00, while Bristol City are out at 4.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.30, according to Oddsshark.
And we think home advantage is likely to play a key factor in this contest. A narrow, 2-1 win for Norwich comes in at 8.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$42.50 pay out, while you can quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a Norwich win, coupled with both teams to score, at 4.00.
Sheffield United face tough test on the road
On the same afternoon, Sheffield United face the tricky proposition of a trip to West Brom, who are very much in the promotion mix. The Baggies are unbeaten in their last three league matches and sit fourth in the table – they are at 2.10 to win promotion back to the Premier League.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last five league outings and are second in the standings, just two points behind Norwich at the top of the table. The Blades are at 5.00 to win the EFL Championship league title come May.
And while the betting is tight in this clash, it is West Brom who come in as the slight favourites to pick up a much needed win. You can more than double your money by backing the home side to collect the three points at 2.30, while Sheffield United are out at 3.10 to win on the road – a draw would appear to be the least likely result and is priced accordingly at 3.20.
This should be a close game, but the home side should just edge it. A narrow, 1-0 win for West Brom is priced at 9.00, while you can more than double your money by backing a “No” to both teams scoring at 2.10.
Forest and Derby lock horns
And finally, Monday Night Football this week sees Nottingham Forest host Derby County. Forest are unbeaten in their last three league games and have climbed to eighth in the table.
Derby, by way of comparison, are unbeaten in their last four league outings and sit one place above Forest, just two points off the play-offs. County are priced at just 1.80 to finish the domestic campaign in the top six.
Back to this game and once again the betting is tight but the home side are the slight favourites to claim local bragging rights. You can more than double your money by backing Forest to win at 2.40, with Derby only slightly above at 2.90 – again, a draw is highest of all at 3.25.
And given Derby’s play-off push they could well have the edge here. A narrow, 2-1 win for the visitors is priced competitively at 11.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment, while you can double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.00.
EFL Championship round 34 fixtures:
Saturday, 23 February
(2.10) Birmingham City x Blackburn Rovers (3.50); draw (3.25)
(1.83) Brentford x Hull (4.50); draw (3.40)
(1.22) Leeds United x Bolton Wanderers (15.00); draw (5.50)
(1.70) Middlesbrough x QPR (5.00); draw (3.60)
(2.45) Millwall x Preston (2.87); draw (3.25)
(2.00) Norwich City x Bristol City (4.00); draw (3.30)
(2.05) Reading x Rotherham (3.75); draw (3.20)
(2.55) Sheffield Wednesday x Swansea City (2.80); draw (3.20)
(2.10) Stoke City x Aston Villa (3.50); draw (3.30)
(1.70) Wigan Athletic x Ipswich Town (5.00); draw (3.60)
(2.30) West Bromwich Albion x Sheffield United (3.10); draw (3.20)
Monday, 25 February
(2.40) Nottingham Forest x Derby County (2.90); draw (3.25)