Cardiff’s away form has been distinctly iffy although they have been absolutely flawless at the Cardiff City Stadium and now have a four-point gap between themselves and third-placed Leicester, with the Welsh side travelling to Derby on Tuesday night.
Palace are second and also have a tricky away game when they take on a Hull team who currently sit in the play-off places, while Leicester travel to Leeds where the Eagles slipped up on Saturday and this could be a night when the chasing pack close the gap once more.
Derby County v Cardiff City 19.45
Malky Mackay will be hoping that Saturday’s win at Barnsley marks a change in Cardiff’s fortunes away from home, with City’s third victory on the road propelling back to the top of the table. The visitors were 2-0 up at Oakwell before their opponents pulled one back, with the Welsh side having forsaken a lead away from home on several occasions already this season.
Now they have a chance to build on that victory by winning at Pride Park and odds of 17/10 (BetVictor free bets) are on offer about an away win, although Derby don’t lose too many matches at home and Burnley are the only side to have turned over the Rams on their own patch since the season began.
You could argue that County are the value bet at 7/4 (Sky Bet) considering they have won five of their nine home matches and will be aware that Cardiff are capable of leaking goals on the road, having conceded 19 times in 9 games.
However, Derby are also capable of letting a few in at the wrong end as Saturday’s 3-2 win over Birmingham will testify and it looks as though the best bet could be Over 2.5 Goals in this encounter, with bet365 offering 7/10 that this happens.
Hull City v Crystal Palace
The Tigers haven’t drawn a match at the KC Stadium, with Hull winning six and losing three of their home games to date. Steve Bruce knows that he might only have one shot at trying to steer City into the Premier League and fifth place is not a bad standing after 18 games played, especially as this team have proved that they can win several times on the road.
It should be an exciting game against a Palace side that were enjoying a tremendous unbeaten run until they visited Elland Road on Saturday afternoon only to be beaten 2-1 although Ian Holloway will feel encouraged that the Eagles have the wherewithal to get promoted to the top flight.
The bookies offer 12/5 (Ladbrokes bookmaker) about an away win and that looks a meaty price considering Palace were scoring goals for fun before losing at the weekend, with the south London side having won five of their nine games on the road.
Glenn Murray has been on fire this season and already has fifteen goals to his name, with odds of 11/2 available that he breaks the deadlock in this match, while the unplayable Wilfried Zaha is an 8/1 chance.
Hull are the 13/10 favourites (Paddy Power) to claim a maximum haul and get themselves right back in the automatic promotion mix, with Bruce having briefly managed Palace in 2001 before heading to Birmingham City, a move that was far from popular with the supporters at Selhurst Park.
Leeds United v Leicester City
It had been eight Championship matches without a win for Leeds before the weekend although Neil Warnock finally got a decent performance from his team who ended Crystal Palace’s unbeaten run and the Yorkshire side will now be hoping to knock Leicester off their perch.
There is no doubting that Leeds are a committed bunch and 21/10 (bet365 free bets) looks a big price considering there are some classy players lining up for the home side including Lee Peltier who made the switch from the King Power Stadium during the summer.
Ross McCormack is also working his way back from injury and his return is a timely boost for Leeds, with the Scot available at 7/1 (Coral) to score the first goal of this game, while Luciano Becchio can be backed at 6/1.
As for Leicester, they sit third in the table although the Foxes have just three wins from nine games on the road and Nigel Pearson’s team tend to be involved in low-scoring tussles on the road, with Blue Square offering a best price 13/10 that they win the game.