Championship latest odds, news and free bets: Sat 29 September

It gets no easier to find the winner of the Championship every season and the leading teams are bunched at the top of the table after home defeats for Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool last weekend

The Tangerines now head to south Wales for a crunch tie against Cardiff City while Steve Kean could well take charge of Rovers for the final time when his team travel to south London for a match against Charlton Athletic.

Cardiff City v Blackpool 15:00
Cardiff might be sitting proudly at the top of the Championship with Brighton if it wasn’t for the two-goal lead thrown away at Selhurst Park last weekend which means that the Bluebirds sit just outside of the play-offs after seven games played.

Even so, Malky Mackay’s team have won all three of their games at the Cardiff City Stadium and they can be backed at 11/8 (BetVictor) to continue that 100% home record against a Blackpool team whose defence was exposed against Huddersfield on Monday.

Ian Holloway’s team had a chance to go top of the league although a 3-1 defeat illustrated that the Tangerines are once again a gung ho team that will not stop attacking and that means goals at both ends.

Blackpool are a 2/1 chance (bet365 £200 free bets) to win their second away game of the season and this is a repeat of the 2009-10 play-off final which ultimately saw Holloway’s side triumph by a 3-2 scoreline although both teams are a lot different now player-wise.

Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers 15:00
Steve Kean remains as manager of Blackburn but the Scot appears to be clinging on to his job at Ewood Park if rumours are correct, with the Rovers manager apparently falling short of the 16-point mark set after seven games, although they are right in the thick of things.

Friday’s defeat at home to Middlesbrough was their first loss this season, with Kean looking for his team to bounce back at The Valley. They have been pretty handy on the road this term, securing a 5-3 win at Bristol City in addition to draws at Leeds and Ipswich Town.

Rovers are the 6/4 favourites (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim victory at The Valley against a Charlton team that arrived in the Championship as League One champions this term, with Chris Powell’s side enjoying a modest start to the campaign.

A run of three successive losses ended at Ipswich on Saturday when Johnnie Jackson and Ricardo Fuller helped the Addicks win 2-1 at Portman Road. They are 2/1 to follow this up with a win and it would surely end Kean’s hopes of remaining in charge at Ewood Park.

Middlesbrough v Leicester City 15:00
Middlesbrough went to Ewood Park on Friday night without a point on the road to face a Blackburn team with three straight victories at home, although Tony Mowbray’s side played Rovers off the park to win 2-1 and they are right in the promotion mix at this early juncture of the season.

If Boro produce a similar performance against Leicester City on Saturday, there is every chance that the north-east team will be easing themselves into the top six, with Sky Bet offering a surprisingly big 17/10 about a side that really did outclass Blackburn with their passing and movement.

Lucas Jutkiewicz was too hot to handle at Ewood Park and looks a decent bet at 13/2 to score the first goal of the game, although David Nugent bagged a hat-trick for the Foxes against Hull City last time out and he’s surprisingly big at 15/2 to net first.

Nigel Pearson appears to be under pressure to deliver at the moment and City are a 7/4 chance to claim victory at the Riverside Stadium although it might just be that Boro are starting to build a little momentum.

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