Foxes to keep up promotion hunt

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: October 22 2012, 10:01 BST

Football League expert Craig Chisnall is backing Leicester to continue their fine run of form in the npower Championship on Tuesday.

Leicester can celebrate more home success

Leicester were my tip to take the Championship crown at the start of the season and I've seen nothing to shake my belief from that in the opening months.

And I'm backing the Foxes to do the business this Tuesday when they entertain faltering Brighton at the King Power Stadium.

Nigel Pearson's side saw their five-match winning run end with a draw at Birmingham at the weekend but they are in imperious form, particularly on their own patch.

They've yet to drop a point at home and I can't see them starting now. Since hitting top spot in late September the Seagulls have taken just two points from a possible 12 and have only scored once in that run.

Star striker Craig Mackail-Smith did make a welcome return in the weekend defeat to Middlesbrough but it's a lack of goals from elsewhere that will really be concerning boss Gus Poyet.

Odds-against quotes have gone but 20/21 about a sixth home win on the trot for the Foxes still looks a price worth taking.

Stoke-based firm bet365 offer an eye-catching price with Nottingham Forest 11/4 to win at a Blackpool side who have really gone off the boil in recent weeks.

The Seasiders lost for the fourth time in five to local rivals Burnley on Saturday and looked way short of their best.

The speculation linking talismanic boss Ian Holloway with the vacant hot-seat at Blackburn - he's the new favourite to replace Steve Kean - also refuses to go away.

They've lost their last two at Bloomfield Road, to Huddersfield and Charlton, and big-spending Forest will fancy making it a third on the spin.

Sean O'Driscoll's side turned in their best performance of the season at the weekend in seeing off high-flying Cardiff 3-1 and at that price they are too good to ignore.

In League One Swindon's recent troubles at home have been in stark contrast to their form on the road and they should have enough to see off Crewe at Gresty Road.

The Robins have won their last three away from the County Ground, where they've not won in three, to keep their promotion push on track.

Crewe have struggled for goals at home this term and with Swindon notoriously tight at the back I believe Paolo Di Canio's men will edge another victory at a general 5/4.

For those looking for an outsider in the midweek action Portsmouth are well worth considering at high-flying Stevenage.

Pompey, despite their off-field problems, are in fine form on the pitch taking 13 points from the last 15 available.

Strike duo Wes Thomas and Izale McLeod are red-hot at the moment and highly-rated boss Michael Appleton - he's thought to be high on Burnley's list to replace Eddie Howe - has moulded a squad that barely knew each other at the start of the season brilliantly.

I accept 'Boro are second and haven't lost at home yet but four of their six matches at Broadhall Way have ended in stalemates and the 3/1 offered on Pompey looks good value.

There's also a standout price in League Two with BetVictor's 7/4 on Northampton beating Bradford at Sixfields difficult to resist.

The Cobblers were hammered 4-0 by bottom side Barnet on Friday night with boss Aidy Boothroyd accusing his players of getting caught up in the hype of new Bees coach Edgar Davids returning to playing action.

The former Watford manager read the riot act to his players and will be looking for a response against the Bantams.

Bradford chalked up an impressive win over Cheltenham at the weekend but they are not good travellers with just one success away from Valley Parade this season.

Northampton are not what you'd call banker material but as long as 7/4 for a fourth home victory is certainly worthy of consideration.


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