WLB 2015/16 Preview | Championship | Specials


WE asked Football League fanatic Matt Vale (@MattDVale) to talk us through the best specials on offer in Championship. You won’t be disappointed.

English Championship | Specials

The Championship is as tough as ever. I like the look of Middlesbrough and if they can secure Jordan Rhodes to finish the umpteen chances Stewart Downing will create then I expect them to get promoted.

Derby have an impressively qualified manager who has spent big to put together a team capable of going the distance but it’s Brighton and Bristol City who I see performing better than expected.

Chris Hughton came into Brighton last season and steered them to safety with a brand of safety first and largely defensive football but the signings of Tomer Hemed, Vahid Hambo and Jack Harper, coupled with the hopeful (re)emergence of Sam Baldock could see a change in style. If the potential of the new boys becomes a reality then they could surprise a few.

However, having watched Bristol City last season, they looked stronger than the Wolves side that stormed to the League One title during the previous campaign; especially offensively, and as such I expect them to go swimmingly.

The League One winners have a habit of excelling on their first season in the Championship finishing 8th, 5th, 2nd, 10th, 9th, 22nd and 7th respectively and I expect Bristol City to be comfy top-10 material.

The one thing they lacked last season was a real 20-goal-a-season striker (centre-half Aden Flint was the second top scorer with 14) but they hope to rectify that with the £2m signing of Jonathan Kodjia. If he can get amongst the goals and be ably supported by Kieran Agard and Aaron Wilbraham, then there’s no reason why they can’t get the points required to top the handicap. They just squeeze out Brighton, for me.

Otherwise, I can't see past the first two in the market and only the renowned unpredictably of the Championship puts me off backing Derby and Boro in the dual forecast at 16/1.

Best Bets

Championship – Bristol City +12 handicap (18/1 Bet365)

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About Author

The grandson of an on-course bookmaker, Matt was never going to escape the world of sport betting and has been a recreational punter since the age of 18. A stint as a Fellows Park ball boy in 1989 left Matt as an avid Walsall FC supporter and, as such, he's built up a wide knowledge of teams, players and pubs in the lower leagues as well as a pessimistic outlook on life, culminating in a penchant for the Under 2.5 goal market.

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