Championship latest odds, news and free bets: Sat 10 November

Crystal Palace are the new Championship leaders after a thumping 5-0 win against Ipswich Town and Ian Holloway appears to have backed a winner after replacing Dougie Freedman as manager of the Eagles

The south London team travel to Peterborough on Saturday hoping to continue their excellent form, although there are several teams in the promotion mix at this early stage and that includes east Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest and Leicester City.

Leicester City v Nottingham Forest 12:45
The Foxes looked untouchable before meeting Crystal Palace a fortnight ago and promptly losing against the manager-less Eagles, with another defeat suffered at Watford before stopping the rot at Bolton on Tuesday.

Leicester are still well placed to get promotion this season although a lot hinges on this derby game against a team also looking to become a Premier League club next term and Forest have enjoyed some impressive and disappointing results so far.

City are the 10/11 favourites (Paddy Power free bets) to claim a valuable three points and they did boast a 100% record at the King Power Stadium before that defeat against Palace. David Nugent is the main man in attack for the Foxes and he’s 11/2 to score the first goal of this game.

Forest are 17/5 to win the match and they have lost just one on the road so far, with two wins and four draws suggesting the Tricky Trees will be no pushover in this game. Indeed, they have won two of their last three away from home and Billy Sharp is one of the best strikers at Championship level.

Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers 15:00
Two Lancashire teams with new managers in charge meet at Bloomfield Road and Michael Appleton will be delighted to have been offered an opportunity where he can realistically make things a success, having been handcuffed by financial problems at Portsmouth.

Blackpool are a 6/4 chance (Stan James free bets) to make a winning start for the former West Brom coach and Appleton will want to continue the success achieved by Ian Holloway at this seaside club. The 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday was their first success in six games and the Tangerines will now look to get back into the top six.

Dougie Freedman has had a bit more time to work with his new Bolton side who enjoyed their first win under the Scot last weekend when beating Cardiff City 2-1 before being held 0-0 by a dogged Leicester team. The nature of the division means that Wanderers sit just five points off the play-offs and one has a slight fancy for the visitors at odds of 19/10 (BetVictor bookmaker) based on the quality of their players.

Chung-Yong Lee and Chris Eagles will provide plenty of attacking guile behind Kevin Davies and the latter is a decent shout at 13/2 to score the first goal of the game, while Thomas Ince is a similar price for Blackpool.


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