Championship latest odds and free bets: Tue 2 October

There is no rest for the Championship clubs as they seek to gain promotion to the top flight, with another round of second flight fixtures this week and Brighton remain in first place despite a home reverse against Birmingham City on Saturday

The Seagulls host Ipswich hoping to make amends for that defeat at the AMEX Stadium, while Cardiff City face Lee Clark’s men looking to preserve a 100% home record that also sees Malky Mackay’s team in the automatic promotion places.

Wolves enjoyed a fourth straight league win against Sheffield Wednesday and are favourites to make it five against Palace, with Bolton Wanderers hosting a Leeds United team that have won twice on the road this term.

Brighton v Ipswich 19:45
Gus Poyet’s team were enjoying a run of five straight wins until Saturday’s game against Birmingham where the visitors bounced back from a 5-0 mauling at home to Barnsley to pull off a spirited 1-0 win which once again demonstrated how unpredictable the Championship has become.

The Seagulls have a perfect opportunity to get back on track when they face an Ipswich side short on confidence and Brighton are a best price 3/4 (BetVictor) to claim all three points and resume their promotion charge in the process.

Craig Mackail-Smith is a 9/2 chance to score first against a side that sit 23rd in the table after collecting just six points from eight matches and Paul Jewell might have just a handful of matches to remain in charge at Portman Road.

Town are a 4/1 poke to follow in Birmingham’s footsteps and win the match, with a 1-1 draw at Barnsley ending a run of three straight defeats and perhaps away from home is where this team are the most comfortable.

Cardiff City v Birmingham City 19:45
Only two teams still boast a 100% home record in the Championship and Cardiff are one of them, with the Welsh club having beaten Huddersfield, Wolves, Leeds and Blackpool at the Cardiff City Stadium which has helped them into the top two after eight games played.

Another victory before the international break would represent a very strong start for this ambitious club who have failed several times in the play-offs and would dearly love to avoid this lottery come the end of the season.

Cardiff are strangely priced at 10/11 (Paddy Power) despite their excellent record and also the fact that Malky Mackay’s team beat Blackpool 3-0 on Saturday, although perhaps the layers have taken notice of the fact that Birmingham won at Brighton last weekend.

City will hope that they have turned the corner and another win on Tuesday night would represent brilliant progress in the space of a few days. Ladbrokes go 3/1 that this happens.


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