Villa are one of the favourites to win promotion to the Premier League and have made an excellent start to the season
The third round of the EFL Championship – the second tier in English football’s league standings – is set to start this coming Friday (17 August). Known for being one of the most competitive leagues in Europe, the prize for promotion to the Premier League has made the competition all the more fierce.
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On the Friday night, promotion hopefuls Swansea City travel to St. Andrews to take on Birmingham City. The Swans, having just been relegated and lost nine players over the summer, have nevertheless made a promising start to life back in the second tier, winning their first two games.
Birmingham, meanwhile, have yet to win a game this season, have just one point and look to face an uphill struggle against the Swans. Birmingham come into this match as slight underdogs, with Swansea at 2.50 to pick up their third win in a row, according to the Oddsshark site.
The home side are slightly higher at 2.75, with a draw looking the most unlikely result at a price of 3.30. A 2-1 win for Swansea is priced at 9.50, offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment.
Villa look to keep up momentum
Another side who are aiming for promotion back to the Premier League is Aston Villa. The Villains fell in the play-off final against Fulham last May and are looking to go one better this time around.
Steve Bruce’s side are at 4.00 to win promotion this time around, and you can more than double your money if they finish in the top six at a price of 2.37. For Ipswich, meanwhile, this season holds a very different set of objectives as they look to maintain their second tier status – they are at 2.75 to be relegated to League One, with only Rotherham, at 2.20, currently at shorter odds.
It is therefore of little surprise that it is Aston Villa who come into this game as the favourites to maintain their 100 per cent start to the league season. You can more than double your money by backing Villa to make it three wins in as many games at a price of 2.05.
Ipswich have just one point from two games so far, and are at 3.60 to pick up their first win of the campaign against one of the strongest sides in the division. A draw is only slightly shorter t 3.40, while a comfortable 2-0 away win for Villa comes in at 9.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$45 pay out.
Brentford want to build on good start
And the Sunday game this weekend comes from Griffin Park, as Brentford look to maintain their early season momentum against an out of sorts Sheffield Wednesday side. Brentford are unbeaten so far this season, collecting four points and netting six goals at a rate of three goals per game.
Wednesday, meanwhile, have just one point so far this season, are yet to win a game but have at least scored in each of their matches. In addition, they can take heart from their impressive recent head to head record against Brentford – of the last 10 games between the two clubs, Wednesday have won four with Brentford only picking up two victories.
But it is Brentford who co0me into this game as the clear favourites to pick up another three points at a price of 1.50. Sheffield Wednesday, by way of comparison, are all the way out at 7.00 to collect their first win of the season on the road.
Last year, Brentford won this game 2-0, and you can back them to repeat that score line on Sunday at a price of 7.50. You can also more than double your money by backing Brentford to win to nil (without Sheffield Wednesday scoring a goal) at 2.62.
However, as previously mentioned, Wednesday have scored in both games they have played this season. You can back both teams to score at just 1.72, while over 2.5 goals comes in at 1.70 – under 2.5 goals is at the higher price of 2.10.
Championship round 3 fixtures:
Friday, 17 August
(2.75) Birmingham x Swansea (2.50); draw (3.30)
Saturday, 18 August
(2.62) Bristol City x Middlesbrough (2.62); draw (3.25)
(2.25) Hull City x Blackburn Rovers (3.10); draw (3.40)
(3.60) Ipswich Town x Aston Villa (2.05); draw (3.40)
(1.40) Leeds United x Rotherham (6.50); draw (4.50)
(2.25) Millwall x Derby County (3.30); draw (3.20)
(2.00) Reading x Bolton Wanderers (3.75); draw (3.40)
(1.95) Sheffield United x Norwich City (4.00); draw (3.30)
(1.61) West Brom x QPR (6.00); draw (3.60)
(2.37) Wigan Athletic x Nottingham Forest (2.87); draw (3.40)
(2.37) Preston North End x Stoke City (3.00); draw (3.25)
Sunday, 19 August
(1.50) Brentford x Sheffield Wednesday (7.00); draw (4.00)