Holloway to start with a win

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: November 6 2012, 19:19 GMT

Craig Chisnall fancies Ian Holloway to kick-off his Crystal Palace reign with a victory over Ipswich on Tuesday.

Ian Holloway: Can kick his reign off with a win

The feelgood-factor sweeping Crystal Palace at the moment is impossible to ignore and I fancy them to carry that on by getting Ian Holloway's reign off to a dream start at home to Ipswich.

The Eagles have barely noticed Dougie Freedman leaving the Selhurst Park hot-seat for Bolton and have climbed to third on the back of a great run of form.

By luring the sought-after Holloway away from Blackpool, where he enjoyed three seasons of success, as Freedman's replacement the Eagles board have shown they mean business.

The players are backing up that ambition and Saturday's 2-0 home win over Blackburn, with Holloway receiving a rapturous reception on his half-time introduction, was an 11th game unbeaten.

Holloway will take charge for the first time against the Tractor Boys and - despite their new man in charge, Mick McCarthy, getting off to a flyer with a win at Birmingham on Saturday - with BetVictor offering an attractive 21/20 price I'd pile into that.

Another team in fine form are Middlesbrough and they look a juicy 11/4 with Boylesports to win for the sixth league game on the trot at Nottingham Forest.

Tony Mowbray's men walloped Charlton 4-1 at the Valley on Saturday to show they mean business this term and finally having a settled side is reaping rewards for Boro.

Forest have their own lofty ambitions but having been hammered 4-1 at the City Ground by Millwall last time out they could do without the visit of the Championship's form team.

Boylesports also offer another of this midweek's eye-catching prices with Huddersfield 13/8 to beat faltering Blackburn.

The Terriers have proved time and again this season they don't fear anyone after promotion from League One and even the return of former star man Jordan Rhodes won't faze them.

It's little over two months since Rovers paid £8million for Rhodes but Town will jump above them in the table with another home win and look a great price to do just that.

In League One Notts County's promotion challenge has so far been built on the back of an unbeaten away run and the 19/10 with BetVictor on them chalking up a fifth win on the road at Colchester is a great price.

Keith Curle's side underlined their liking for life on their travels by winning at Portsmouth in the FA Cup on Saturday and another success will keep them right in the mix at the top.

The U's on the other hand will still be shell-shocked by the emphatic 3-1 manner in which they were dumped out by Essex neighbours Chelmsford City on Saturday. At almost 2/1, I won't be ignoring County.

Coventry are almost 2/1 as well to beat Crawley at the Ricoh Arena and the 7/4 with Stan James is well worth considering.

Mark Robins is slowly but surely guiding the Sky Blues towards safety and they are no longer the soft-touch they were at the start of the campaign.

Robins has tightened up their back-line and after winning at Leyton Orient last time out in the league, they also made light work of non-league Arlesey on Saturday, I fancy them to get one over the high-flying Red Devils.

Elsewhere home wins for Bournemouth, MK Dons and Preston over Shrewsbury, Leyton Orient and Carlisle would net a healthy return in a treble.

All three are in good form at home but aren't worth selecting as singles as they are all odds-on but I believe that treble will return a profit.

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