Championship betting tips and free bets – Tuesday 21 August

There are eleven Championship games taking place on Tuesday evening, with Cardiff City hoping to follow up that dramatic 1-0 win over Huddersfield with a further three points at Brighton

Meanwhile, another title favourite Leicester have a tricky trip to The Valley to face a Charlton side that were a whisker away from victory at Birmingham last weekend, while Leeds United take to the road to face Blackpool.

Brighton v Cardiff City
Cardiff were the early league leaders after Friday night’s match against Huddersfield, with Mark Hudson scoring a last-gasp winner for the Welsh club, although it was hardly a convincing performance from Malky Mackay’s team who were thankful to keeper David Marshall for keeping the Terriers at bay.

Even so, they have that opening win under their belts and can be backed at 2/1 (Boylesports free bet) to claim victory at the AMEX Stadium against a Brighton side that came desperately close to sealing a point at Hull.

It looks as though Heidar Helguson will partner Craig Bellamy in the City attack and the latter looks a decent bet at 8/1 (bet365) to score the first goal of the game.

Brighton are reasonably priced at 8/5 to claim the spoils in this match and manager Gus Poyer was encouraged by his team’s performance at the KC Stadium despite being on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat.

Charlton Athletic v Leicester City
The travelling fans at St Andrews on Saturday looked as though they would be enjoying an opening day victory after Leon Cort’s 82 minute goal although Nikola Zigic was able to rescue a point for Birmingham much to the chagrin of Chris Powell.

The Charlton manager was at least encouraged by his team’s performance and it will be a similar line-up facing the Foxes on Tuesday night, with odds of 19/10 about the home side looking pretty tasty considering that the Addicks were head and shoulders above every other League One team last term.

Bradley Wright-Phillips should score a fair few goals at this level and can be backed at 6/1 to break the deadlock, although it’s Leicester who are more spoilt for choice when it comes to attacking players and City enjoyed an opening day victory against Peterborough on Saturday.

Nigel Pearson has a clear aim of achieving automatic promotion this season and odds of 6/4 (bet365 £200 free bets) are on offer that the visitors claim back-to-back wins in the first few days of the campaign, with the manager likely to stick with Jermaine Beckford and Jamie Vardy.

The latter was signed from promoted Fleetwood in the summer and can be backed at 7/1 to score first although perhaps this will be an evenly-matched contest that ends in a draw and that can be backed at 9/4.

Blackpool v Leeds United
Two teams that were victorious on the opening day of the season go head-to-head at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night, with Ian Holloway’s team enjoying a 2-0 win at Millwall courtesy of a brace from Thomas Ince.

Blackpool were desperately close to getting promoted through the play-offs last term and Ian Holloway will have targeted a top six finish again this season, with the Tangerines firm favourites at 5/4 (Coral free bets) to come away from this encounter with another maximum haul.

It appears that the north-west side won’t retain the services of the talented Matt Phillips, although Ince looks a bit special and the son of Paul can be backed at 8/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) to open the scoring in this game.

Neil Warnock was delighted with his Leeds team as they scrapped their way to a 1-0 win over Wolves on Saturday and he will now be looking to consolidate with at least a point from this match which will represent a solid start.

The Yorkshire club do look overpriced at 12/5 even if the manager does have a young team on his hands, with Ross McCormack a class act in front of goal that should score a lot of goals this season.

Huddersfield v Nottingham Forest
Simon Grayson will have been delighted with the application from his players in Cardiff on Friday night where the Terriers served it up to one of the Championship title favourites only to be stung in the tail as the Bluebirds scored in injury-time.

Huddersfield now need to get that all-important win on the board and Town are a best price 8/5 (bet365) to win Tuesday’s match against a Nottingham Forest team that just about escaped relegation from the Championship last term but have been installed as one of the favourites to win the division.

Jordan Rhodes remains on the books at the Galpharm Stadium and the Scotland international should be back in the team after sitting out Friday’s game, with odds of 9/2 that he scores the first goal of the game.

Sean O’Driscoll saw his Forest team enjoy a winning start against Bristol City thanks to Adlene Guedioura’s late strike and will hope that his side can build up some early season momentum, with the Tricky Trees available at 17/10 to win this contest.

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