Brentford not to beat Middlesbrough –
Brentford are statistically the Championship’s most creative team, but their failure to pick up results often enough means they should no longer be trusted as favourites.
Dean Smith’s side have only won one of their last four home matches, and three of their last nine overall, so are likely to struggle to overcome in-form Middlesbrough.
Tony Pulis’ side have lost just one of their last seven games, and won all of their last three. Though this four-fold includes them to avoid defeat, they are also worth backing to win this game at .
Sheffield United not to beat Nottingham Forest –
Sheffield United’s three consecutive home wins have come against out-of-form, bottom-half teams, so there is value in backing that run to end against Nottingham Forest.
Aitor Karanka’s side may be 16th in the Championship, but they have avoided defeat in each of their last six matches. That sequence includes decent 0-0 draws against Norwich and Derby, plus a whopping 5-2 win at QPR.
The Blades have failed to score in six of their last 10 matches, and could be kept quiet once again on Saturday.
Charlton not to beat Fleetwood –
Supposed promotion hopefuls Charlton are well worth backing to fail to beat Fleetwood on Saturday.
Karl Robinson’s side have lost their last three matches as part of a run of four wins in 17 games, and have won just two of their last 10 at the Valley.
The appointment of John Sheridan as manager has prompted shoots of recovery for Fleetwood, with two 1-1 draws in his two matches in charge halting the run of eight consecutive defeats that got Uwe Rosler the sack.
Bordeaux not to beat Stade Rennes –
Gus Poyet’s honeymoon period at Bordeaux is over, with an initial burst of victories followed by a four-match winless run coming into this game.
And Stade Rennes’ good form means there is value in backing Les Girondins’ misery to extend a little longer.
The visitors have not lost any of their last five matches, a run that includes a 2-0 win at Lyon last month.
*Odds subject to change.