Championship latest odds and free bets: Saturday 6 October

Cardiff City occupy top spot of the Championship and the Welsh club mean business this season, having missed out on automatic promotion narrowly during the past three seasons which has seen them miss out on the play-offs as a result

Malky Mackay’s team travel to Portman Road on Saturday evening hoping to win their second away game of the campaign, while Leicester City might be top by that stage, with the Foxes entertaining Bristol City at the King Power Stadium. Brighton, Blackpool, Blackburn and Wolves are the teams currently in play-off positions.

Blackburn v Wolves 15:00
Last season this was a Premier League fixture which Wolverhampton Wanderers actually won, although neither team could avoid the drop from the top flight and are now on a mission to gain automatic promotion from the Championship.

Blackburn are searching for a new manager after the forced resignation of Steve Kean, with Rovers sitting in fifth place after a solid start to the campaign which has seen them win three of their four matches at Ewood Park.

The Lancashire side are a 7/5 chance (William Hill free bets) to beat Wolves on Saturday although they were played off the park in their last home match against Middlesbrough and the absence of a permanent manager is not an ideal situation.

Wanderers are 23/10 (Blue Square bookmaker) and were enjoying a four-match winning run until Tuesday’s surprise reverse at home to Crystal Palace, with Ståle Solbakken looking for an immediate reaction against one of his team’s promotion rivals.

The visitors have to keep Jordan Rhodes quiet and the former Huddersfield man can be backed at 11/2 to score the first goal of the game, while Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is the danger man for Wolves and is on offer at 15/2.

Crystal Palace v Burnley 15:00
Dougie Freedman has enjoyed good and bad times at Selhurst Park and his Crystal Palace side are currently riding high in the Championship, having risen to seventh place on Tuesday after a surprise 2-1 win at Molineux.

The Eagles started the campaign with three straight defeats although Palace have now won five of their last six matches and will be a popular bet at 13/10 (William Hill) to continue this excellent run against a Clarets team that score and concede a lot of goals.

This was in evidence at home to Sheffield Wednesday during the week where a Charlie Austin hat-trick was not enough to seal the points for Burnley who were pegged back three times by the Owls and manager Eddie Howe has been linked with a return to Bournemouth.

The visitors are an 11/5 chance to win in south London and they did win at Derby in their last road match having lost their previous three games, with that man Austin scoring for fun at the moment. The former Swindon man has an incredible 14 goals to his name already this term and Betfred go 13/8 that he finds the back of the net for the sixth game running.

Ipswich Town v Cardiff City 17:20
Table-topping Cardiff travel east for the last match before an international break and how dearly Malky Mackay would like to have 22 points on the board after ten games played. City have been mustard in front of their own supporters, although points have been scarcer on the road.

It hasn’t stopped the bookies offering 7/5 (William Hill free bets) about the Welsh side claiming a maximum haul and Mackay will want to see his team establish and hold on to a lead away from home, having raced into a 2-0 lead at Palace before losing 3-2.

Craig Bellamy will be booed for being a former Norwich striker although the striker is clearly thriving at Championship level and can be backed at 8/1 to score the first goal and this Ladbrokes price is streets ahead of any other bookmaker.

Paul Jewell looks to have just a handful of matches to preserve his Ipswich managerial career following the team’s sluggish start which has seen the Tractor Boys fail to win any of their four home matches although we should always expect the unexpected in this division and the home win can be backed at 21/10 (BetVictor).

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