Championship latest odds, news and free bets: Sat 1 December

There are nine Championship matches on Saturday and that includes an east Midlands derby between Leicester City and Derby County at the King Power Stadium

There is also a west Yorkshire derby at lunchtime when Simon Grayson and Neil Warnock go head-to-head at the Galpharm Stadium, with the Huddersfield and Leeds managers having been in charge at the other club previously.

We also have a quirky derby between Crystal Palace and Brighton in between the above games. Although there are many miles that separate the two clubs, they are arch-rivals who are both gunning for promotion this season.

Huddersfield v Leeds United 12:30
Lee Clark failed to get the Terriers into the Championship although Grayson achieved this feat with the minimum of fuss and it’s been a reasonable start to the season for Huddersfield who seem as good on the road as they do in front of their own supporters.

28 points from 19 matches means they are 11th going into this west Yorkshire derby and the ground will be packed with mainly home supporters who will hope to see Town get one over their traditionally bigger rivals.

Huddersfield are a best price 6/4 (BetVictor) to claim a fifth home win of the season and they have managed pretty well since Jordan Rhodes joined Blackburn, although they are without a win in their last three games and were well-beaten by Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Perhaps it’s Leeds that have the momentum coming into this match after victories against Crystal Palace and Leicester City, with United having climbed to 15th place as a result. Neil Warnock will have his team fired up for the encounter and they are 2/1 (Hills bookmaker) to get the win.

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion
It remains to be seen whether Dougie Freedman made the right choice when deciding to leave Crystal Palace to take charge of Bolton Wanderers, with the Scot now 15 places behind his former club who have been scoring for fun at Selhurst Park all season.

The Eagles welcome Brighton for what should be an entertaining encounter although recent home form suggests they will take the three points, having walloped Derby County and Ipswich Town without reply.

The bookies offer an attractive 7/5 (William Hill free bets) that Ian Holloway’s team continue to stay in the automatic promotion places with a win, although Brighton are starting to pick up form after a lull and will feel confident they can get something from this match.

Gus Poyet’s side have only lost two of their nine on the road this term and come into this match without a defeat in their last seven games, with the latest victory being a midweek 2-0 win over Bristol City.

The Seagulls are 21/10 (Sky Bet) to claim victory and close the gap on their opponents and it would be typical of the division if we had these pair and several other teams clamouring for promotion at the end of the season.

Leicester City v Derby County 17.20
Leicester have been largely flawless at the King Power Stadium this season and that helps to explain why the Foxes sit in fourth place after 19 games played although Nigel Pearson won’t want that five-point gap behind Cardiff to get any bigger.

They welcome a decent Derby team on Saturday evening and the bookies are wary of taking on City for this east Midlands derby, with a best price 7/10 (Blue Square) on offer that Leicester continue their strong home form.

County came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with ten-man Cardiff on Tuesday night, although their away form is relatively modest with five defeats coming in nine matches on the road although Nigel Clough will hope that the derby atmosphere inspires his players.

You can back the Rams at 9/2 to claim victory in this match and the draw is an 11/4 chance, with Nottingham Forest having recently claimed a point at the King Power Stadium in the last derby to be played here.


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