Blackburn Rovers are the early pace-setters with Blackpool another north-west side that have enjoyed a strong start, although Brighton, Hull and Cardiff have also managed to record ten points from five matches and will hope this form continues on Tuesday.
Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley 19:45
The bookies are taking no chances with their quotes about Blackburn winning this game, with Rovers a best price 9/20 (BetVictor) to claim a third successive victory at Ewood Park. Steve Kean is under pressure to manage automatic promotion although Saturday’s 5-3 win at Bristol City has sent them top of the Championship after five games.
Signing Jordan Rhodes for £8 million was a real statement of intent and the forward has already started to repay that big transfer fee, with two goals at Ashton Gate helping his new team to victory. Rhodes is a best price 7/2 to score the first of this match against a Barnsley side that have lost both of their opening away games.
The Tykes are sure to bring a few fans from Yorkshire for this Roses clash and they are 7/1 to stun their opponents by claiming a maximum haul, although they have been beaten 3-1 and 5-1 respectively in their matches at Wolves and Brighton.
Over 2.5 Goals certainly seems the call in this match at 4/5 (Boylesports) considering that Keith Hill’s team might struggle to keep Rhodes and Co at bay, with Over 3.5 looking a tast selection at 11/5.
Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers 19:45
It’s been a tough start for Lee Clark at St Andrews, with the Birmingham manager witnessing his team lose a two-goal lead at the City Ground on Saturday when three points would have helped them out of the relegation zone.
While it’s still early days in the season, the Blues really don’t want to be scrapping around at the foot of the table and Tuesday’s match is important for City to demonstrate that they can beat the best teams in this division on home soil.
Birmingham are the 13/10 (Paddy Power free bets) favourites to beat Wanderers, although a 1-1 draw against Charlton and a 1-0 win over bottom-placed Peterborough does not inspire a bet at these odds against a side who look well equipped to make an immediate return to the Premier League.
It’s surely a matter of time before Bolton correct shabby away form which has seen them lose all three games on the road including a League Cup loss at Crawley, with the visitors looking a touch of value at 9/4 to claim victory in this game.
Leeds United v Hull City 19:45
So far so good for Steve Bruce who has seen his Tigers team score eight goals to ease into a play-off position, although the net has yet to be found on the road and the Hull manager will hope to see this change at Elland Road.
City have beaten Brighton, Bolton and Millwall at the KC Stadium, although trips to Charlton and Blackburn have yielded just a point and they are 23/10 (bet365 £200 free bets) to record a maximum haul against a Leeds side that are experiencing similar problems on the road so far.
Neil Warnock saw his team beaten 2-1 at Cardiff on Saturday although they have scored in every match this season and really should have beaten Blackburn in their last home match before drawing 3-3 with their Lancashire opponents.
It appears as though Ross McCormack could be missing for several weeks following the striker being stretchered off at the Cardiff City Stadium although Leeds are a 13/10 chance to claim a home win which will keep them at the right end of the table.
Blackpool v Middlesbrough 19:45
Ian Holloway and Tony Mowbray will be well pleased with their team’s respective start to the season, with Blackpool sitting in second place after firing in eleven goals to help them to ten points.
The Tangerines were out of this world when claiming a 6-0 win over Ipswich although just a point has subsequently been taken from trips to Leicester and Barnsley, with the bookies going 10/11 about them beating Boro and remaining in the automatic promotion places.
Middlesbrough have won all three matches at the Riverside Stadium although defeats at Barnsley and Millwall suggest that they might struggle on the road this term, with the north-east side having beaten Burnley, Palace and Ipswich at home.
The visitors are 3/1 to claim the points from this match, with Jonathan Woodgate operating as a solid central defender for his hometown club.