Championship latest odds and free bets: Saturday 1 September

Blackpool are the early pacesetters in the Championship and they have their toughest assignment to date on Saturday when they travel to the King Power Stadium to take on a Leicester side looking to start rising back up the table

Meanwhile, new £8 million signing Jordan Rhodes will be making his debut for Blackburn Rovers when they face Leeds United at Elland Road, with Steve Kean’s men looking to build on the seven points accrued. Nottingham Forest have also enjoyed an unbeaten start in the Championship and tackle Charlton on Saturday.

Leicester City v Blackpool 17:20
Leicester remain one of the favourites to win the Championship although Nigel Pearson’s men have failed to build on an opening day win against Peterborough and subsequent losses on the road against Charlton and Blackburn put a little bit of pressure on City for this encounter in front of the Sky cameras.

The Foxes were also embarrassed in the Carling Cup by Burton during the week although the Midlands side are 13/10 favourites (Paddy Power free bets) to claim the three points, with Pearson pondering whether to partner Jamie Vardy with David Nugent or Jermaine Beckford in the attack.

Vardy opened his league account at Ewood Park and can be backed at 13/2 (Paddy Power) to score the first of this encounter although the Tangerines are absolutely flying after three wins and ten goals scored so far.

Blackpool look a big price at 5/2 (Stan James bookmaker) to claim their fourth consecutive win of the season, with the team having hammered Ipswich 6-0 last weekend and Thomas Ince was among those names on the scoresheet again. The son of Paul is a 10/1 chance to score first in this game.

Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers 15:00
Two former Premier League clubs clash swords at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon and we should expect a physical encounter between a duo of sides that are both aiming for automatic promotion this season.

Leeds have enjoyed a solid start to the campaign and have six points on the board after last Saturday’s win at Peterborough, with the front pair of Luciano Becchio and Ross McCormack working well in attack and it’s the former that is filling his boots at the moment.

Neil Warnock’s side are 13/10 (Blue Square free bets) to claim the spoils although they’ll have to keep a certain striker quiet and Jordan Rhodes will relish the chance to make a first start following his £8 million move from Huddersfield.

Rhodes is a class act who already notched a couple of goals for the Terriers before that big money transfer and the 22-year-old is a 6/1 chance to break the deadlock in this encounter, while Becchio is a best price 11/2. Perhaps it’s time for McCormack to start scoring and he’s a 6/1 chance.

Nottingham Forest v Charlton 15:00
It’s been an unbeaten start in the Championship for Sean O’Driscoll’s side although they were humiliated at home to Wigan on Tuesday in the League Cup which might turn out to be a blessing in disguise as the Tricky Trees now concentrate on making smooth progress in the league.

Forest have started the season with a 1-0 win over Bristol City before claiming draws at Huddersfield and Bolton, with a further three points on Saturday representing a solid start to the season and the Midlands side are a best price even money to claim a maximum haul.

Not that Charlton have had a poor start to the season and the Addicks will feel they should have more to show than their five points after failing to break down a disciplined Hull team last Saturday following a victory over Leicester City.

Chris Powell’s side are 3/1 to claim a win of their own and they came desperately close to securing victory at St Andrews in the opening game of the season before Birmingham took a share of the spoils.


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