Something for the weekend

  • By: Matt Briggs
  • Last Updated: September 23 2013, 9:53 BST

Our columnist Matt Briggs picks out the early football value and he's siding with Brighton to get the better of Ipswich.

Brighton look worth backing at Portman Road.
Brighton look worth backing at Portman Road.

Sky Bet Championship - Ipswich v Brighton

The Championship has been a happy hunting ground in the last few weeks with QPR (4/5) and Leeds (9/4) obliging.

Brighton scored three quick-fire goals to down Bolton last weekend and they look decent value at 15/8 to win away at Ipswich.

Oscar Garcia is starting to get things right after a tough start on the south coast and the Seagulls are unbeaten since early August. Goalless draws away at Reading and QPR have showed they can mix it with the best away from home and they have only conceded twice on away soil - in the opening-day 2-1 defeat at Leeds.

Saturday's opponents Ipswich have been strong at home with wins over Middlesbrough, Yeovil and Millwall, but none of those teams will have posed the threat that Brighton should at Portman Road and the 15/8 on the Seagulls looks a good bet.

Sky Bet League One - Preston v Swindon

In League One Preston (2/1) came up with the goods last week with a narrow victory at Sheffield United, but they were far from impressive and I'm going to oppose them this weekend.

Simon Grayson's men are on a terrific run with four straight victories to their name, but the 11/4 about upwardly-mobile Swindon is too good to refuse.

Preston have had some fortune en route with Oldham by far the better team before going on to lose at Deepdale recently, while North End offered very little against the Blades before a mistake helped them win the weekend's game 1-0.

Swindon won't be that generous that's for sure and Mark Cooper has put together a talented squad which boasts Danny N'Guessan, Nicky Ajose and Nile Ranger - with the latter the match winner in the weekend's 3-2 win over Bristol City.

The Robins are yet to win on their travels, but they were unlucky to lose away at Wolves after creating a hatful of chances and would have won away at MK Dons had Nathan Byrne nor been sent off.

Cooper's men look well worthy of support at an attractive-looking 11/4.

Sky Bet League Two - Burton v Scunthorpe

Burton are a team I've backed on a few occasions this season but they are having a rough time in League Two at the moment, however I am not about to abandon them just yet.

Gary Rowett's a manager I rate highly and he was left fuming after Albion let a 1-0 lead slip to lose 3-1 at AFC Wimbledon last week.

They did play for 70 minutes with a man short after Marcus Holness' red card, but Rowett was still furious and there might well be a reaction at the Pirelli Stadium when Scunthorpe visit.

Scunthorpe have made a solid start to life in the bottom tier, but they could be up against a Burton side who might just want it more after three straight league defeats.

The Brewers , who ran Fulham very close not so long ago, are 5/4 shots and worth another chance on home soil.