This week’s Championship guess the score feature sees Albion fan Kevin Isbister (@kevinisbister) and No Nay Never’s Chris Stanworth go head to head with their predictions.
A point is given for a correct result and three points for a correct score (double points for the Burnley game). Last weekend’s predictions saw Chris take another drubbing, with Huddersfield winning by ten points to five, although nobody saw Huddersfield’s first win of the season coming on Saturday.
Burnley 1-0 Brighton
The opening three games have been very tough games for the Clarets and this one will be no different against a solid Brighton side. Sam Vokes was the scorer of Brighton’s last away goal – lets hope he can score the winner in this one again and send the sulking Gus Poyet storming down the tunnel once again. A win would leave Burnley with six points, representing a good tally from four tough fixtures, while a defeat suddenly makes it look like a very poor start. A lot hinges on this one.
Kevin’s Prediction: Burnley 1-3 Brighton
Millwall 0-1 Middlesbrough
I was impressed with how Middlesbrough played against us and with Josh McEachran in particular, who seemed incapable of giving the ball away. They do seem to be a little short up front, however and Millwall are a tough combative side. I can’t see many goals in this game, another odd choice for TV coverage.
Kevin’s Prediction: Millwall 0-2 Middlesbrough
Barnsley 2-1 Bristol City
I think this will be a close one, Barnsley won their only home game and while the Robins have started surprisingly well, I can’t see that form continuing and they lost their only game away. Barnsley’s resilience at home should see them edge this one.
Kevin’s Prediction: Barnsley 1-4 Bristol City
Birmingham 2-1 Peterborough
I keep tipping Birmingham to win and they keep letting me down, but that won’t deter me. Peterborough will surely miss the creativity of Paul Taylor who has left for Ipswich and I don’t see them having enough craft to get a result at St. Andrew’s.
Kevin’s Prediction: Birmingham 2-0 Peterborough
Crystal Palace 1-1 Sheffield Wed
The Owls have made some excellent signings in the transfer window and look set for a successful first season back in the Championship. Palace, on the other hand, have struggled in August and have lost key players such as Darren Ambrose and Nathaniel Clyne. Selhurst Park isn’t an easy place to go though and I think the Eagles could snatch a point.
Kevin’s Prediction: Palace 0-2 Sheff Wed
Derby 1-1 Watford
Derby appear to have struggled with the loss of Jason Shackell, but have managed to strengthen their squad towards the end of the window. I’ll back them to get a point against a Watford side that have started well.
Kevin’s Prediction: Derby 1-2 Watford
Hull 1-0 Bolton
Cameron Stewart’s departure seems to have had a mixed reaction from City fans, but with a solid defensive unit and creativity from the likes of Robert Koren and Sone Aluko, they should cause problems for Bolton, who’ve had a mixed start to the season.
Kevin’s Prediction: Hull 1-1 Bolton
Ipswich 1-2 Huddersfield
Paul Jewell’s side desperately need a positive result after a drubbing by Blackpool and midweek cup exit to Carlisle. Despite the loss of Jordan Rhodes for an insane transfer fee, Huddersfield look like a very competitive Championship outfit and I think they are very capable of winning down in Suffolk.
Kevin’s Prediction: Ipswich 1-0 Huddersfield
Leeds 0-1 Blackburn
Leeds always seem to grind out a result when I’m expecting them to lose, or hoping they don’t. So no doubt they’ll be equally frustrating and fail to beat Blackburn when I actually want them to win. Boro surely won’t be able to stick three absolute screamers in the net every week, but I think they’ll make it two wins from two at home, although it may be a narrow victory again.
Kevin’s Prediction: Leeds 1-3 Blackburn
Forest 2-1 Charlton
Forest have started well and are unbeaten in three. Manager Sean O’Driscoll looks to be assembling a squad that will play some attractive football. I think they’ll continue their good form against the Addicks.
Kevin’s Prediction: Forest 3-1 Charlton
Leicester 2-2 Blackpool
Blackpool are flying, playing attractive football and signed three players on transfer deadline day, making you wonder how much better shape we could have been in post-Premier League, if things had gone a little differently. Leicester will be the sternest test yet for the Tangerines and I think this one will end all square.
Kevin’s Prediction: Leicester 0-1 Blackpool
Cardiff 2-1 Wolves
Cardiff have blown hot and cold thus far, but Malky Mackay has been backed seriously financially and has a wealth of options at his disposal, including Craig Noone from Brighton and Nicky Maynard who has joined from West Ham. While they may not feature, I’m still backing Cardiff to take the points against Wolves, who have also had an indifferent start.
Kevin’s Prediction: Cardiff 3-2 Wolves
Bet of the week
Last week’s tip of Dean Marney to score first was a bit of a long shot, so I’m not too upset about losing with that one. This week I’m going for Barnsley to win against Bristol City – while they may not be the strongest side in the division, I can’t believe the bookies and betting exchanges have a fairly ordinary Robins side as the favourites for this one, away from home. The Tykes are available as high as 2.96 (just short of 2/1) on Betfair. Odds are subject to change.
Can you pick the scores any better than our Burnley and Brighton fans? Predict the scores in the comments section below to be in with a shout of winning the coveted mystery prize. Why not share your tips for the weekend football fixtures as well?