Championship betting tips: Stoke will be desperate to get back to winning ways under new manager Nathan Jones but face a tough ask at league leaders Leeds.
Stoke vs Leeds
Stoke host the Championship leaders at the worst possible time as they look to end their disastrous run of six games without a win (D2 L4). Their terrible form was epitomised in their shock FA Cup elimination to League One strugglers Shrewsbury despite going two-goals up at the bet365 Stadium.
That run of games, in which they failed to find the back of the net in three, has seen them fall to 15th in the table and in danger of getting dragged into a relegation battle.
The Potters need to start picking up points fast and will need to start making the most of their home advantage, having won just six of their 13 games on home soil this term.
But Leeds travel to Staffordshire with an incredible away record, scoring a league-high 23 goals and picking up 24 points in 13 away games.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are yet to find out their punishment – if any – for ‘Spygate’, but the controversy did little to distract the players after ending a run of three straight defeats with a 2-0 victory over Derby last week.
And with Bielsa’s meticulous research into his opponents, I can’t see any reason for Leeds’ control at the top of the Championship to stop anytime soon. Leeds to beat Stoke is a very tempting 27/20 with Novibet.
Nottingham Forest vs Bristol City
New Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill has a host of concerns in defence as he prepares for his first game in charge at the City Ground. Both Danny Fox and Tendayi Darikwa are suspended, Michael Hefele has been ruled out and Michael Dawson and Tobias Figueirido are considered doubts.
However, the former Forest midfielder could hand new signing Yohan Benalouane his debut after the 31-year-old centre-half completed a permanent transfer from Leicester on Friday.
But defence is not O’Neill’s only worry. Forest have won just one of their last eight games across all competitions (W1 D2 L5), failing to even find the back of the net in six of those.
And they go up against a Bristol City side in superb form. The Robins are undefeated in their last 10 games (W6 D4) to move two points above Forest and two points behind the play-off spots.
Lee Johnson’s side have also impressed away from home with just two defeats in their last eight games on their travels (W4 D2 L2). City striker Famara Diedhiou has scored in three of those four away wins to put his tally to seven this season.
I have no doubt O’Neill will be a success at his old stomping ground but I think going up against a team in City’s form with mounting injury concerns and just three days to train is a big ask. Bristol City to beat Nottingham Forest can be backed at 21/10 with Novibet.