Hornets fancied to sting Hull

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: December 5 2012, 19:08 GMT

Craig Chisnall is backing Watford to continue their surge up the npower Championship table this weekend.

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Watford's rapid rise up the Championship table has caught me on the hop but I won't be ignoring them this weekend at home to Hull.

I've got to admit I had the Hornets down as strugglers this term after new owners the Pozzo family ruthlessly dispensed with the services of boss Sean Dyche in favour of Gianfranco Zola.

But with Zola being able to call on an army of high-class loanees from the Pozzo's other clubs, Udinese and Granada, they are absolutely flying.

Zola's hastily assembled side are unbeaten in seven, have won four of the last five and are scoring goals for fun.

Strugglers Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley were seen off 4-1 in their last two games and I'd back them to see off high-fliers Hull at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Zola has the luxury of chopping and changing a large squad at will and it's only having a positive effect on results.

Hull are going well themselves but the 7/5 offered on a fifth Watford win in six looks too good to ignore.

Another team in fine form are Leeds and they look a juicy 2/1 to make it four wins in four when they head to Derby.

Neil Warnock's men, as well as the Elland Road support, have been galvanised by their impending takeover as well as the arrivals of loan recruits Jerome Thomas and Alan Tate.

They have rocketed up to the cusp of the play-offs by beating Crystal Palace, Leicester and Huddersfield in the last fortnight and will head to Pride Park full of confidence.

The 4-2 win at Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield was particularly impressive and striker Luciano Becchio is in the form of his Elland Road career.

The Argentine striker has taken his tally to 14 for the season with four goals in three and will fancy his chances of bagging another against the Rams.

Improving Charlton also look a big price to continue their upturn with a win at home to Gus Poyet's Brighton.

The Addicks have not lost in six, extending their unbeaten run with a good point in the South East London derby at Millwall last time out, and have really tightened up at the back.

The addition of journeyman striker Rob Hulse in attack has also given them a focal point and I fancy them to shock the Seagulls. At 15/8 with Bet Victor they are well worth considering.

So too are Ipswich who have climbed to the heady heights of 20th after impressive wins over Nottingham Forest and last week at Bolton.

New boss Mick McCarthy is obviously making an impact at Portman Road and the six goals of QPR loanee DJ Campbell have been a godsend.

Millwall are unbeaten in 13 but I think they might come unstuck this weekend - you can get 7/4 on Town and I will be taking that.

In League One Notts County's wonderful run on the road is showing no signs of slowing up and they have the firepower to see off Yeovil at Huish Park this time out.

The signing of targetman Chris Iwelumo recently has underlined their ambition to maintain a promotion challenge this term and winger Alan Judge is having a fine season.

But it's at the other end that they have impressed this term, conceding just a goal a game in their 20 matches and just eight on their travels. A sixth away success of the season is priced at 6/4 and that would net a healthy return.

Finally, two of League One's form teams clash at Griffin Park and I can't see anything separating Brentford and MK Dons.

Uwe Rosler's young Bees squad were excellent value in their 2-0 win over Sheffield United recently with Blades boss Danny Wilson backing them as one of the teams to beat this season.

But this is another real test of their credentials against a Dons side who have overcome a slow start to the campaign to climb to third.

They are unbeaten in nine and now their grudge match with AFC Wimbledon is out of the way they can get back to focussing on earning a place in the top two.

I made them my League One team to beat at the start of the season and I've seen nothing to change my mind. But Brentford have lost just once at home this season and the Dons would probably take a point. At 12/5 the draw looks a great price.


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