Go for goals at Molineux

  • Last Updated: January 14 2017, 17:25 GMT

Nick Hext has a top tip for Wolves' clash against Aston Villa to end Saturday's Sky Bet EFL action.

Wolves host Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship
Wolves host Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship

Back Blackburn to beat Ipswich

I'm very keen on Blackburn at 13/5 to make it three wins in a row when they travel to out-of-form Ipswich. Rovers beat Newcastle 1-0 in their previous Sky Bet Championship outing and followed that victory up with a 2-1 success at QPR in the FA Cup last weekend. Owen Coyle's men are still right at the heart of the relegation scrap but they have more reason for optimism on the pitch than most of the sides battling it out alongside them. Ipswich should be able to remain clear of trouble but pressure is increasing on manager Mick McCarthy. The Tractor Boys were fortunate to escape with a 2-2 draw against non-league Lincoln in the FA Cup last time out and it's only two wins collected in their last eight outings. I think the price is too big for the Blackburn win so that's where my attention is going.

Back over 2.5 goals in Wolves v Aston Villa

Saturday evening's live Sky Sports offering from the Sky Bet Championship is the West Midlands derby between Wolves and Aston Villa at Molineux. I'm tempted by Villa as the 2/1 outsiders for the win but their poor away form is enough to send me looking elsewhere for value. The odds-against quote for over 2.5 goals is very inviting. Over 2.5 goals has been a winner in Wolves' last three home games, including the memorable 4-4 draw against Fulham, and Villa have plenty of attacking talent to keep Paul Lambert's men busy. 

Sky Bet League One

Back Fleetwood to beat Bristol Rovers

Fleetwood should be taken at 13/8 to add to their 12-match unbeaten run with victory at home to Bristol Rovers. The Cod Army have climbed into the League One play-off places and Uwe Rosler will be confident that his side can remain in the promotion shake-up. Rovers are only one point behind sixth-placed Fleetwood in the standings but their strength is at home. The Pirates have lost their last five away games on the spin, including a 4-1 defeat at Charlton in their previous match on the road, and that makes Fleetwood very appealing at the odds available.

Back Rochdale to beat Southend

Rochdale are Sky Bet League One's form side. Six wins in a row have taken Dale to fifth in the table and the fourth round of the FA Cup. That makes Keith Hill's men worth backing in Saturday's clash at Southend, a match the bookies have as too close to call. Dale are very narrow favourites at the best prices available and there's still plenty of mileage in backing the club making the biggest impact in their division.

Sky Bet League Two

Back Colchester to beat Newport

Colchester are on a roll in League Two. The U's have won seven and drawn one of their last eight matches. That run has taken Colchester from worrying about staying in the EFL to the centre of the play-off mix in sixth. The U's travel to bottom-of-the-table Newport on Saturday and 11/8 for the away win has to be taken at Rodney Parade. Early optimism following Graham Westley's arrival has evaporated for Newport on a 10-match winless run and there's no sign of the Welsh side getting back on track.

Back Cheltenham to beat Accrington

The Checkatrade Trophy hasn't made many positive headlines this season but it has to have Cheltenham feeling better about life after the 6-1 win over Leicester's academy side in midweek. New signing Diego De Girolamo bagged a hat-trick and boss Gary Johnson will be delighted that last term's National League title winners finally have a bit of momentum. The second-bottom Robins have lots of work to do in order to maintain their EFL status but I think they provide a spot of value on Saturday. Cheltenham are outsiders to win at home to fellow strugglers Accrington and I think that's worth some interest.