Bank on Boro to beat Bolton
Craig Chisnall previews the weekend's Championship and League One action and is tipping Middlesbrough to beat Bolton.
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For a team on a charge, Middlesbrough are a juicy price to beat Bolton at home this weekend - and I'd suggest starting your football betting by taking advantage of that price.
In the chaos of Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Ipswich all seeing managerial changes, Boro have quietly crept up to third in the Championship table under Tony Mowbray's shrewd guidance.
Club legend Mowbray has had to be patient at the Riverside Stadium after inheriting a crippling wage bill and ordered to cut his cloth accordingly by chairman Steve Gibson.
But he has his own players now, including yet more exciting youngsters from Boro's flourishing academy, and they are coming into their own.
The 2-0 win over Hull in midweek was their third on the trot and made it ten points from a possible 12.
On-loan striker Ishmael Miller grabbed his first goal for the club in that victory and if he can hit top form that will aid Boro's promotion push no end as well.
And buoyed by their recent form I believe they will see off Bolton, who have new boss Dougie Freedman in waiting, this weekend.
Leeds are also a standout price to continue their solid start to the campaign with a home win over Birmingham.
Neil Warnock's men have drawn their last two matches with Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton but will fancy their chances of seeing off the struggling Blues.
They were left frustrated after the 1-1 draw with the Addicks on Tuesday but I can't see them making the same mistake again.
The Blues, under new boss Lee Clark, are showing signs of improvement as their 3-3 draw at Millwall, after being 3-0 down would point to, but that will have taken a lot out of them heading to Elland Road.
If you are looking for a longer price I'd back Bristol City to get back to winning ways at home to Hull.
The Robins have really gone off the boil in recent weeks and haven't won in six but aren't struggling for goals - it's the other end that is their problem.
If they can just find a plug for their leaky defence they have the attacking options in Steve Davies, Sam Baldock and Albert Adomah to hurt any side in the second tier.
At almost 2/1 to beat Steve Bruce's men at home they are well worth considering.
Backing Bournemouth to end Tranmere's unbeaten start last weekend worked a treat and I'm staying with the resurgent Cherries.
The Dean Court side have been transformed by Eddie Howe's return to the hotseat from Bournemouth and have taken seven points from nine.
They battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 down at high-flying Notts County on Tuesday and I believe they will return home from the long trip to the inconsistent Cumbrians with all the points.
Boylesports' 13/8 is just too good to ignore for me.
Another odds-against price I like the look of is the 6/4 offered by Betfred and totesport on Bury to see off Walsall.
The Shakers finally got their first win of season at home to Hartlepool on Tuesday, a result that ended Neale Cooper's second spell in charge at Pools, and I like the way Kevin Blackwell is going about his business at Gigg Lane.
The signings of Leeds youngsters Dominic Poleon and Zac Thompson have given them a real spark and with the Saddlers losing four of their last five Bury are worth backing.