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Our best bets for the latest round of Sky Bet EFL action
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With his weekend preview returning profit for the third week in a row, EFL expert Tom Carnduff takes a look at the best bets for midweek action.


Recommended EFL bets

2pts Mateusz Klich to score anytime in Swansea v Leeds at 21/4

2pts Peterborough to win and over 2.5 goals in the match at 7/2

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Rotherham v Hull

AESSEAL New York Stadium, Tuesday, 1945 BST

Rotherham's Paul Warne watches his side in action
Rotherham's Paul Warne watches his side in action

Rotherham may have been hammered 5-1 by Brentford on opening day, but boss Paul Warne has seen a positive response from his players in the three games since.

The Millers bounced back with a 1-0 win over Ipswich before beating Wigan 3-1 in the Carabao Cup.

Warne's men may have lost 2-0 away at Leeds at the weekend, but they can take confidence in their performance and maybe feel a little unlucky that they didn't take the two great opportunities to score in the first half.

On the contrary, Hull's season so far has seen little in return - with 1-1 draw away at fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday their only point of the season.

The opening day defeat to Aston Villa raised a lot of concerns about the defensive part of this Hull side - with Villa able to capitalise on opportunities presented to them with little difficulty.

Rotherham have done well in front of their home fans - winning both encounters - and they look overpriced at 2/1 to wrap up victory again here.

Nigel Adkins' side have struggled at the KCOM Stadium and have done little to suggest that they can improve on that away from home.

The Tigers may be the favourites, but based on performances over the past seven days, Rotherham look the better outfit here.

Best bet: Rotherham to win at 2/1


Swansea v Leeds

Liberty Stadium, Tuesday, 1945 BST, Sky Sports Football

Marcelo Bielsa congratulates Kemar Roofe
Marcelo Bielsa congratulates Kemar Roofe

Leeds United have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, with four wins from their opening four encounters.

Marcelo Bielsa has got his Leeds team playing football the way he wants - and the players are buying into his philosophy.

That's reflected in their result so far - scoring seven against Stoke and Derby before beating Rotherham 2-0 in what turned out to be a different type of test.

They find themselves as the favourites for this one, but Swansea will be no pushovers despite Leeds' strong start.

The Swans are undefeated under Graham Potter, having beaten both Sheffield United and Preston before being held to a draw away at Birmingham.

A concern would be how much Birmingham were on the front foot in that encounter - and Leeds have already proven that they are a side that will punish if they are given the opportunity to do so.

There should be goals in this one - with Mateusz Klich more than capable of finding himself involved in the action.

The midfielder struck in the opening day win over Stoke before following that up with a long-range effort against Derby. He's heavily involved in Leeds going forward, and is a player who knows where the net is.

Kalvin Phillips occupying a deeper role allows Klich the freedom to move forward, and the best price of 21/4 available on him scoring anytime doesn't reflect the role he is currently playing.

With this being a TV game, the neutral will be hopeful of entertainment, and with Leeds United involved there is always a great chance of that.

Best bet: Mateusz Klich to score anytime at 21/4


Charlton v Peterborough

The Valley, Tuesday, 1945 BST

Steve Evans will be looking to lead Peterborough to the Sky Bet Championship
Steve Evans' Peterborough have made the perfect start to the season

A reoccurring theme throughout the betting in the Sky Bet EFL this season is the fact that Peterborough have been overpriced in most of their encounters - and here is no exception.

Posh were 3/1 to beat Rochdale last week and found themselves as 21/10 shots at home to Luton - they won both of those games.

Steve Evans' men have also proved that they are a team who are capable of finding the net with nine goals scored in their first three games.

They possess plenty of attacking threat - with Jason Cummings partnering Matt Godden and the likes of Mark O'Hara providing support in midfield.

Peterborough are showing no signs of the goals drying up - and they travel to face a Charlton side who have had a bit of a disrupted summer.

Eleven players departed the club, with only two coming in, and Lee Bowyer has a huge task on his hands if they are to repeat last season's showing where they reached the play-off semi-final.

Bowyer hasn't actually been confirmed as the club's permanent manager, although has been in the role long enough to make it his own.

The Addicks managed to secure a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury in recent weeks, but defeat to Sunderland and a draw to Accrington are either side of it.

I'm willing to put faith in Peterborough once again here, and back Cummings to continue his good form in front of goal.

Best bet: Peterborough to win and over 2.5 goals in the match at 7/2


Doncaster v Shrewsbury

Keepmoat Stadium, Tuesday, 1945 BST

Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann
Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann

They may have been defeated at Burton, but Doncaster are more than equipped to bounce back with a home victory over Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.

The loss at the Pirelli was the first time that Rovers had secured anything other than victory this season, and they come up against a Shrewsbury side who have a single point to their name so far.

Salop have lost to Bradford and Charlton in the league alongside being knocked out by Burton in the Carabao Cup, and they've done little to suggest that they can upset the odds in South Yorkshire.

Mallik Wilks will be looking to get back to goalscoring form after a blip at the weekend.

The 19-year-old forward, on loan from Leeds, has started their three league games so far and has struck in two. Grant McCann also gave him the start in their Carabao Cup clash against Scunthorpe where he once again found the net, scoring first.

A 'bigger priced' bet would be backing Wilks to score anytime at 14/5, but the banker bet here would be backing the Doncaster victory based on what we've seen so far.

Best bet: Doncaster to win at 6/5


Tranmere v Mansfield

Prenton Park, Tuesday, 1945 BST

Micky Mellon led Tranmere back to the EFL
Micky Mellon led Tranmere back to the EFL

It's a return to Prenton Park for Tranmere on Tuesday night after a mixed, and probably frustrating, start to the season.

Rovers looked set to build on their 1-0 victory over Cheltenham as they raced into an early 2-0 lead away at Swindon, only for Jay Harris' red card in the 18th minute proved to be a pivotal moment as they ended up losing 3-2.

The result is hard to call in this one, but I like the look of backing goals in the encounter.

The opening three league games for both of these sides has seen a combined 19 goals, and the prolific James Norwood has hit the ground running with four goals already this season.

Over 2.5 goals can be backed at odds-against, with a best price of 11/10 available.

Based on the form that these two are showing, that seems good value with both possessing power in attack whilst also be capable of allowing opponents the chance to score themselves.

Best bet: Over 2.5 goals at 11/10


Odds correct at 1330 BST (20/08/18)

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