Championship latest odds, news and free bets: Tue 23 October

Just three points separate table toppers Leicester City with seventh-placed Middlesbrough, with the Championship being as wide open as many people predicted and there are still at least a dozen teams who will feel that automatic promotion is within reach

The two teams at the top of the Championship are at home on Tuesday night where they will look to continue their 100% start to the campaign, while Dougie Freedman might take charge of Crystal Palace for the last time before heading north to take charge of Bolton Wanderers.

The Trotters have a tough assignment at Molineux against another side that came down from the Premier League last season and that looks to be the pick of the games this week.

Wolves v Bolton 19:45
Bolton have not made the fast start to the season they were hoping for, with Owen Coyle paying the price for a mixed bag of results that leaves them off the pace at this early stage of the campaign.

The Scot was given his marching orders and Jimmy Phillips has taken caretaker charge at the Reebok Stadium although it appears that Dougie Freedman is about to become the new manager after Crystal Palace gave him permission to speak with the Lancashire club.

Therefore, it could be the last time that the caretaker gaffer delivers a team talk and his team are a 9/4 chance (Boylesports free bets) to claim victory at Molineux, just as Palace recently did when winning 2-1.

Bolton have been pretty abject on the road this term, losing four of their five away games although they will be confident after coming back from two goals down against Bristol City on Saturday to win 3-2.

Wolves are in fifth place and are currently trading wins for losses, with the latest defeat coming at Huddersfield where the Wanderers were two goals down inside half an hour. Stale Solbakken will be looking for a reaction here and a home win can be backed at 5/4 (Paddy Power bookmaker).

Leicester City v Brighton 19:45
A point at St Andrews was enough to send Leicester top on goal difference and Nigel Pearson’s men now have two consecutive home matches to cement their advantage at the top of the Championship.

Many City supporters were giving Pearson a hard time at the start of the campaign although they have not put a foot wrong at the King Power Stadium and can be backed at no bigger than 20/21 (BetVictor £100 free bets) to beat a Seagulls team who sit just outside the play-off positions at the moment.

Leicester were enjoying a five-match winning run before that 1-1 draw against Birmingham although Ben Marshall’s equaliser in the 86th minute is evidence of a ‘never-say-die’ spirit that is coursing round the players at the moment.

Even so, Brighton will be a tricky test for the Foxes and Gus Poyet will still be scratching his head as to how Albion didn’t find the net when losing 1-0 at home to Middlesbrough, with a hatful of chances being created and wasted.

Brighton are now four games without a win although they have claimed victory at Burnley, Watford and Millwall this season, results that helped them to the top of the table before amassing just two points from their last four matches.

You can get 10/3 that they turn the corner in this match although there’s a distinct lack of goals at the moment, with Craig Mackail-Smith’s early season form starting to wear off and Ashley Barnes is also struggling to find the target.

Cardiff City v Watford 19:45
So far, so good for Cardiff City despite losing 3-1 at Nottingham Forest on Saturday which was the Welsh side’s third defeat on the road this season. There have been no such problems in front of their own supporters, with the Bluebirds claiming five wins from five games and they are strong favourites to continue this 100% record on Tuesday night.

Cardiff are a 7/10 chance (Paddy Power £250 free bets) to beat Watford who were Malky Mackay’s first club as a manager, with the Scot exceeding expectations at Vicarage Road before being poached.

City have enjoyed some good wins at the Cardiff City Stadium this term, most notably when beating Wolves 3-1 and Blackpool 3-0, even if Craig Bellamy continues to flit in and out of the team thanks to the injury problems he has.

Heidar Helguson was probably QPR’s most effective forward in the Premier League last term and the Icelander is getting back among the goals at the moment, with odds of 8/1 that he scores first against the Hornets.

As for Watford, they have had some crazy results this season and were rather gifted the win at home to Peterborough on Saturday thanks to a last minute penalty. However, wins at Huddersfield and Charlton demonstrate that this attack-minded can cause an upset and odds of 9/2 seem big when you consider this is a division where anyone can beat anyone.

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