Pick Palace and Preston

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: October 4 2012, 16:04 BST

Our Craig Chisnall picks out his best bets for this weekend's action in the npower Championship and League One.

Wilfried Zaha (r): Can help Palace to a sixth win in seven

Crystal Palace are more than making up for their woeful opening month of the season - and look a great price to carry that on against Burnley this weekend.

Dougie Freedman's men have turned the formbook on its head in recent weeks and the midweek win at Wolves, inspired by a brilliant double from talisman Wilfried Zaha, was their fifth in sixth.

Included in that run are victories over much-fancied Bolton and high-fliers Cardiff and it came on the back of opening with three defeats.

Freedman refused to panic sitting at the bottom of the pile and it's easy to see why with Zaha and several other talented youngsters at his disposal.

Zaha was key to their run to the League Cup last four last season and is a player destined for the top - and showed just why again at Molineux.

Palace have also been scoring goals for fun and with the Clarets, despite Charlie Austin in stunning form at the other end, struggling to keep clean sheets I like the look of the 7/5 on offer with William Hill for a sixth win in seven.

Derby are also worth plenty of consideration at home to Brighton at almost 2-1. The Rams have had a good week on the road with a 1-0 win at fierce rivals Nottingham Forest followed up by a 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough and that will have given them a huge confidence boost.

The Seagulls on the other hand have taken only a point from home matches with Birmingham and Ipswich and the 15/8 offered by BetVictor on Nigel Clough's side is one to take.

Staying with home wins there could be some mileage in a home treble involving Blackburn, Leeds and Leicester.

Rovers might be managerless following the shock end to Steve Kean's turbulent reign last week but they have the best squad in the division and I fancy them to see off Wolves at Ewood Park.

And Leeds and Leicester, the Foxes having won their last four, should prove too strong for Bristol City and Barnsley respectively. All three are in fine form at home and with Rovers being odds-against it would net a healthy profit.

In League One I've made money on Preston on the road this season and I'm backing them to add to that pot this weekend.

North End won 3-1 at Doncaster on Tuesday to climb to seventh and travel to Oldham for a derby this weekend.

And Latics have had no home comfort so far this term with Paul Dickov's men yet to triumph at Boundary Park. William Hill have North End at 29/20 and that should be taken advantage of.

Surprise leaders Tranmere head to fellow high-fliers Notts County on Saturday and the 23/10 on the draw< offered by Coral looks juicy.

Ronnie Moore's Rovers have surprised many, me included, with their best start in years but I'm sure they would take a point at Meadow Lane.

The Magpies were left stunned by Stevenage's late smash and grab - both of Boro's goals came in the final seven minutes - on Tuesday and won't want a second home reverse in the space of five days.

I'd consider doubling that up with stalemate specialists Stevenage at Broadhall Way. Four of their five home games this season have ended all square and a fifth could follow this weekend when Scunthorpe visit.

I didn't envisage the Iron struggling quite as much as they have this season but I'm convinced they are a better side than their currently lowly position. You can get as big as 5/2 on the draw and that's another price that looks too good to ignore.

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