Brighton return to Championship action after a timely International break that saw England maintain their 100% start in Group E and cut to 12/1 (from 16s) for Euro 2016 after comfortable victories over San Marino and Estonia respectively.
We return to the bread and butter of the Championship at the weekend with Brighton hosting Middlesbrough at the Amex on Saturday, before the trip to West Yorkshire to face Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium midweek.
Sami Hyppia’s side currently sit three places above the relegation zone, however remain 14/1 outsiders promotion – and just as likely to be playing Premier League football as they are League One.
Whilst the 14/1 about promotion may appear a little skinny, the more likely prospect of a top-half or perhaps a top-six finish may draw punters in at 6/4 and 5/1 respectively, likely to shorten further should they despatch of Boro at the weekend.
Big-spending Boro have started the new season exceptionally well with manager Aitor Karanka’s new signings settling well and striker Kike already netting five times in all competitions and 33/1 with BetVictor to be the league’s leading marksman this term.
The visitors ended a run of three games without a win in all competitions with a 2-0 defeat of Fulham a fortnight ago but faced two of the bottom three in that term and are fancied to struggle at the Amex; the Seagulls 11/8 favourites with BetVictor, Boro 85/40 and the draw 9/4.
Albion’s season undoubtedly remains in limbo with the side struggling in the absence of Leo Ulloa in the final third and just two goals scored in Brighton’s last five league games.
Boro’s defence has hardly been impenetrable however and with an extra fortnight to get Craig Mackail-Smith et al fit and raring to go, the home side are taken to take a precious three points.
Mackail-Smith is still working towards full fitness but does have three goals already this season and fancied to add to that tally on Saturday; 5/1 to score the opener and 9/5 to score anytime.
For those familiar with BetVictor’s Spincast App then you choose the match result, whether the game will be under/over 2.5 goals and a player to score anytime and the 5/1 for Mackail-Smith to score in a home win that produces fewer than three goals attracts as excellent value all round.
In the Premier League, Saturday’s early kick-off should get punters’ juices flowing ahead of the afternoon’s action as Manchester City host Spurs at the Eithad; City 4/9 favourites with BetVictor,
Tottenham 7/1 and the draw 7/2. City should despatch of the visitors who, despite an excellent start to Mauricio Pochettino’s reign, struggle against the big boys and take City to keep tabs on Chelsea at the top of the table and win a third PL win on the spin.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men are 23/20 to win the game half time/full time in the double result market, with a repeat of last season’s 6-0 drubbing a speculative 110/1 and could look a big price, should the home team strike early.
The Citizen’s remain 11/4 to retain their PL Title with Chelsea hardening as 1⁄2 favourites after last weekend’s 2-0 defeat of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho’s side have won six of their opening PL fixtures and 4/11 to maintain their excellent start to the campaign when travelling to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
BetVictor have an excellent offer for new customers with the treble of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal (4/11 when hosting Hull at The Emirates) all enhanced to 5/1 from the original 13/8 and likely to be three ‘bankers’ in the majority of weekend accas.
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