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Brentford v Birmingham

Sky Bet Championship, Griffin Park, 1945 BST, Sky Sports Red Button

Brentford boss Dean Smith
Brentford boss Dean Smith

Brentford will be looking to halt a run of three games without victory when they welcome Birmingham to Griffin Park.

The Bees were held by Reading last time out, with defeat to Derby the week before just their second loss of the season.

Birmingham, meanwhile, have lost just twice in their ten games so far, but they sit in 16th place with a single win on the tally.

They were victorious over Leeds in that victory, much to the surprise of many, and they could look to employ similar tactics here against a side who aim to play a similar brand of football to the Whites.

What we saw at Elland Road was a perfectly executed game plan from Garry Monk - score early and then look to disrupt the flow of the opposition, to the frustration of the crowd.

That is why booking points is an avenue to explore here. During the draw with Reading, Brentford picked up 75 booking points, and there were 12 yellow cards in their win over Nottingham Forest, who also looked to try and disrupt the attacks.

They are a side who can get drawn into a scrappy game and pick up bookings, which is the way this game looks likely to go.

Best bet: 50+ booking points


Hull v Leeds

Sky Bet Championship, KCOM Stadium, 1945 BST, Sky Sports Red Button

Barry Douglas (right) in action against Sheffield Wednesday
Barry Douglas (right) in action against Sheffield Wednesday

Despite not winning on Friday night, Leeds put in one of their most impressive performances of the season in a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

The one thing they were missing was that final touch, with Wednesday probably considering themselves lucky that they were able to prevent two or three golden opportunities.

Barry Douglas was our tip on Friday night and I'm keeping the faith in the left-back to score.

He was 8/1 to find the net at Hillsborough and had two great chances denied at the final hurdle. The first saw an effort from close range deflected off the line and the second was a close-range header hitting the post, when he should have done better.

What that does highlight, though, is that he is getting in the right positions and he is committed to attack despite being part of a four-man defence.

He is also Leeds' set-piece man, with free-kicks in dangerous positions very much his responsibility. The fact that Hull have conceded four goals from set-pieces this season, the sixth-highest in the division, shows that Leeds will have opportunities from those situations.

On any other day, the header from Douglas against Wednesday would be hitting the back of the net, so a small bit of bad luck doesn't justify the big 8/1 price that he finds himself again here.

Best bet: Barry Douglas to score anytime at 8/1


Coventry v Portsmouth

Sky Bet League One, Ricoh Arena, 1945 BST

Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett
Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett

The unbeaten leaders of Sky Bet League One will be looking to add another victory when they travel to the midlands to take on a Coventry side in mixed form.

Pompey can go into this one with confidence given the fact that they are the second-best away side in the division with 13 points from a possible 15.

Their opponents have been striving to find some consistency in front of their own fans, winning as many games as they have lost this season at the Ricoh Arena.

Portsmouth are equipped to find the net here, with Jamal Lowe the man that Coventry will need to stop.

Playing on the right wing, the 24-year-old has six goals and four assists in 11 games this season - showing how he is a real threat for many defences in this division.

He has had a hand in four goals during their last three games and has scored in their last two away outings.

A best price of 11/4 is available on Lowe to score, which looks good value considering the season he is having.

In terms of the result itself, Portsmouth's fantastic results away from home make them look a good addition to the midweek coupon at 29/20.

They are the team to beat in this division, but they have quality throughout their ranks and a manager in Kenny Jackett who knows what it takes to get promoted from this division.

Their form sees them move into 4/1 to win League One, down from the 14/1 we tipped them at in our pre-season preview.

Best bet: Jamal Lowe to score anytime at 11/4


Sunderland v Peterborough

Sky Bet League One, Stadium of Light, 1945 BST

Peterborough's Jason Cummings
Peterborough's Jason Cummings

The side looking to overtake Portsmouth is Peterborough, who sit one point behind them at the top.

Sunderland are the favourites here, but this Posh side is one with goals in them and they will be eager to bounce back having dropped points at home to Blackpool.

They also have the best away record in the league, winning all five of their contests and scoring 17 goals in the process.

A constant theme throughout Peterborough's games this season is the fact that both teams find the net. All but one of their league games this season have seen both teams scoring, and expect the same here with these two the leading scorers.

Any team with a strong away record is worth backing because it shows they can adjust to various environments. It's a tough task, but Peterborough should enjoy playing against a side who will look to attack.

An away win with both teams scoring looks decent value at 11/2 based on their records this term, with Sunderland facing their toughest test to this point.

Best bet: Peterborough to win and both teams to score at 11/2


Cambridge v Forest Green

Sky Bet League Two, Abbey Stadium, 1945 BST

Forest Green manager Mark Cooper
Forest Green manager Mark Cooper

Little separates these two sides in the betting, but there is value in backing a high-scoring Forest Green win.

Rovers may have been held by Macclesfield at the weekend, but they boast one of the best away records in the division as they haven't lost on the road so far.

They have been scoring on those trips too, hitting the net ten times in their five encounters.

Forest Green face a Cambridge side who have managed just one home win this season and that was in their second game.

They've conceded eight while scoring five so there is a real possibility of more goals here, especially given the fact that Rovers scored a combined seven goals away at Notts County and Grimsby who are also at the bottom end of the table.

An away win here looks a good call, but the appeal increases by backing a win with over 2.5 goals in the match.

Best bet: Forest Green to win and over 2.5 goals in the match at 16/5


Odds correct as of 1315 BST 01/10/18

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