Championship latest odds, news and free bets: Sat 18 August

The Capital One Cup matches during the week certainly whet our appetite ahead of another exciting Championship season which has seen the bookies install Bolton Wanderers as favourites to claim the title

However, there are any number of teams looking to secure a place in the Premier League next season and that includes the two sides in action at Elland Road on Saturday lunchtime when Leeds take on Wolves.

Leeds v Wolverhampton Wanderers 12:45
Elland Road will be packed to the rafters on Saturday with the majority of fans hoping to see Leeds claim another convincing home win after United proved too strong for Shrewsbury last Saturday in the League Cup.

Neil Warnock has experienced promotion to the top flight with Sheffield United and QPR, with the Leeds manager making wholesale changes in the summer which has seen the likes of Paddy Kenny, Adam Drury, David Norris and Luke Varney join the club.

The Yorkshire side are 11/8 (BetVictor) to enjoy a winning start to their campaign and they have a striker bang in form, with Ross McCormack scoring for Scotland during the week and he is 6/1 to do the same in this match.

Wolves are led into battle by Stale Solbakken this term and the Norwegian is something of an unknown quantity in England, having achieved much of his success in the Danish league with FC Copenhagen. The visitors are a 2/1 chance to make a winning start to life back in the second flight.

Burnley v Bolton Wanderers, 3pm
How about a Lancashire derby to kick things off at Turf Moor, which will see Owen Coyle roundly booed after the Scot left Burnley to manage Bolton Wanderers three seasons ago.

Coyle couldn’t turn down a move to the Reebok Stadium although now faces the task of restoring the club’s Premier League status after the Trotters were simply unable to get themselves away from the foot of the table.

It’s a tricky opener for Bolton although they are slight favourites at 11/8 (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim victory on Saturday afternoon, with Marvin Sordell potentially leading the line with Kevin Davies for Wanderers.

Sordell barely got a chance in the Premier League although the Team GB Olympic squad member should find the net plenty of times at this level and the former Watford man can be backed at 7/1 to score first.

Burnley have seen Jay Rodriguez move to Southampton in the summer, although Eddie Howe was recruited because of his progressivism as a manager and perhaps the Clarets will surprise a few people this term, with Paddy Power offering a stand-out 2/1 that they claim the spoils in this derby.


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