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Burnley v Bristol City Betting Tips: 1, 2015-12-28

Championship Tips


Monday 28th December 2015 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Burnley have had to endure a tough run of matches in recent weeks in the Championship as they’ve had to travel three times in their past four league matches which has resulted in two defeat and a draw on the road.

Boxing Day saw The Clarets lose 3-0 away at promotion hopefuls Hull City at the KC Stadium, so no doubt Sean Dyche’s men will be eager to return to Turf Moor for this afternoon’s clash against lowly Bristol City.

Burnley’s overall home record though still remains a good one which stands at  7-2-2  21/11 where they’ve lost just once in their last six on home turf but recent wins over Huddersfield, Fulham and Charlton show they can be ruthless against bottom half opposition.

Visitors Bristol City kept their slim hopes of Championship survival alive on Boxing Day with a 1-1 draw at home against fellow strugglers Charlton Athletic as The Robins have now drawn two Championship matches on the trot following a 1-1 draw at home with QPR.

But Bristol City now face a very difficult and long trip up north to face Burnley on the back of just one away win from their last nine on the road which was a 2-1 win away at Huddersfield Town, and an overall away record of  2-4-5  9/19 tells its own story.

Burnley hold a very solid record at home against bottom half opposition which reads  5-1-1  15/7 and I can’t see Bristol City getting anything at Turf Moor today.

Pick: Burnley to win @ 1.85 Bet Victor


Derby v Bristol City Betting Tips: 1, 2015-12-15

Championship Tips


Tuesday 15th December 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

With Middlesbrough and Burnley playing each other tonight in Tuesday night’s Championship fixtures, Derby County could move up into second place if they take all three points in their encounter with Bristol City at the iPro Stadium.

Derby head into tonight’s clash on the back of a four-match unbeaten run which has consisted of wins over Cardiff City and Hull City along with draws against Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton, while their home form has really begun to shift through the gears as they’ve won five of their last six on home turf.

The Rams’ overall home record stands at  5-4-1  17/8 with their one defeat being a 2-1 loss to Leeds United back in August, but since then, Derby have been dominant with notable wins over Brentford, Wolves, QPR and Cardiff City.

Bristol City pulled away from the bottom three in the Championship on the weekend when they beat fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium to hand The Robins their first league win since early November.

But recent defeats to Rotherham United and Blackburn Rovers suggest they could struggle again on the road away at one of the stronger teams in the division when you take Bristo City’s away record into consideration.

A record of  2-4-4  9/15 is not much to write home about, particularly with The Robins failing to score in four of their 10 away matches to date.

I’m confident that Derby can continue their solid form at the iPro Stadium tonight with another win as they push for an automatic promotion spot.

Pick: Derby County to win @ 1.61 Comeon


Cardiff v Bristol City Betting Preview, 2015-10-27

English Football Betting

Cardiff City v Bristol City
Monday 26 October – Kickoff: 1945hrs
Football – England – Premier League

Ahead of impending League Cup action this midweek, the Premier League takes a break and the focus of the live, televised clash on Monday see’s Bristol City travel to the Welsh capital as they bid to move clear of the relegation zone.

Following what was a disappointing season for Cardiff last term – their first back in this league following relegation – the pressure was very much on Russell Slade to improve fortunes on the park. A dozen games in and the Bluebirds have made a very solid start to their campaign, amassing 20 points in that period. It’s a points haul which is good enough to see them sit in eighth, just four points outside the playoff with Monday’s game in-hand still to come. Their home form has been particularly good – suffering only one defeat and winning four of their six matches at the Cardiff City Stadium, including an impressive win over Middlesbrough last week.

It has taken a while for Bristol City to become accustomed to life in the Championship but there are definite signs that last year’s runaway League One champions are finding the sort of form many thought them capable of. Two successive draws were followed by their first home win since May when getting the better of Nottingham Forest. The Robins backed that win up with another strong performance away to the current leaders, Brighton. Despite taking the lead in that game, Bristol City succumbed to a late goal and went down 2-1. Although the defeat brought to an end their three game unbeaten run, the game highlighted the capability of this squad to mix it with the best teams in the division.

Although it has been a good start to the season, Cardiff are yet to score more than two goals in one game, emphasising that the main strength of this team, thus far, has been in defence. Slade’s men have kept four clean sheets and have the fifth best goals against record in the Championship. They have scored the fewest number of goals of the current top 14, though, so if they manage to find a better balance in attack, Cardiff will certainly not be far away from a top six finish come the end of the season.

Bristol City’s sole away win of the campaign came at Middlesborough back in August, but Steve Cotterill will have taken confidence from their last three performances on the road. In addition to the narrow defeat to Brighton last time out, City picked up two valuable points with draws at Ipswich and Preston. The visit to Cardiff will be a similar test to those games so there will be no fear amongst the squad ahead of the game, particularly as they have scored in five straight Championship away games.

Cardiff v Bristol City Betting Tips

Despite being eight points worse off than Cardiff, Bristol City can boast the same number of goals scored than their opponent on Monday. In contrast to Slade’s team, however, is their inability to keep goals out at the other end – conceding the joint-second most goals in the league. It will be interesting to see how the game develops with two completely different approaches, clashing.
I fully expect Bristol City to climb the table in the upcoming weeks if they manage to sustain the level of performance shown recently. Cardiff are a very difficult team to beat, though, especially at home. They may have only conceded four home goals, but the visitors have shown they are capable of causing the best team’s in this league problems and I think they are good enough to get a result, here.

The two bets I like are for both teams to score (occurred in Bristol City’s last four away games) and a smaller bet on a correct score of 1-1. Both teams are in good for at present and I do not believe there is much between them. A point apiece would not be disastrous and it could end with the two cancelling each other out.

Both teams to score 8/11 @ Betfred
Correct score 1-1 @ 13/2 @ Betvictor


Cardiff v Bristol City Betting Tips: 1 AH0, 2015-10-26

Championship Tips


Monday 26th October 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Cardiff City scored a valuable win over Middlesbrough during midweek with a 1-0 home victory at their Cardiff City Stadium and they’ll no doubt be looking for more of the same tonight when they entertain struggling Bristol City.

Another win for Cardiff tonight would see The Bluebirds leapfrog Reading into 7th place in the Championship, and with a four-match unbeaten run behind them, this may well be on the cards for the hosts. An earlier win over Charlton Athletic along with back-to-back draws with Brighton and Preston North End (both away from home) makes up their last four-match sequence.

On home turf, Cardiff City hold a decent record of  4-1-1  8/4 and they’ve registered some vital wins over Wolves, Huddersfield Town, Charlton and Middlesbrough, while their only defeat to date was to second placed Hull City. Striker Joe Mason (5 goals) looks the hosts’ likeliest anytime goalscorer.

Visitors Bristol City find themselves just one league position above the relegation zone in the Championship having managed just two wins so far this season. City suffered another defeat in their midweek loss away at Brighton in a 2-1 defeat and it’s been just one win from their last eight matches overall.

That rare win was a recent Friday night 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest but this was registered at Ashton Gate, while their away performances need a vast improvement if they’re to pull away from the bottom reaches of the division.

The Robins’ away record stands at  1-2-3  7/11 and only Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers have conceded more goals than them on the road. Bristol City are without a win in their last four on their travels also.

I will go for Cardiff City here, but I advise backing them with the draw no bet option at still good odds.

Pick: Cardiff City AH0 @ 1.75 Bet Victor


Middlesbrough v Bristol City Betting Tips: 1, 2015-08-22

Championship Tips


Saturday 22nd August 2015 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Middlesbrough have enjoyed early success in the first couple of weeks in the new English season having earned points on the road away at Preston North End and away at highly-fancied Derby County whilst grabbing the points at home against Bolton Wanderers in a 3-0 win.

Middlesbrough are also through to the second round of the Capital One Cup thanks to a 3-1 away win at League One outfit Oldham Athletic, and Boro once again have home advantage this afternoon when they take on early Championship strugglers Bristol City.

Boro have lost just once in their last seven matches in the Championship, that being the 2-0 Play Off Final loss to Norwich City who were promoted to the Premier League following that victory at Wembley.

Visitors Bristol City played their ‘get out of jail free’ card on Wednesday night when they clawed back a two-goal deficit to grab a point at home against Leeds United in a 2-2 draw. The Robins found themselves two goals down to Leeds having conceded either side of half-time, but two goals in the last few minutes gave Bristol City a much needed point.

However, Bristol City still find themselves third from bottom in the Championship having gained just one point from their first three league matches – the previous two games ended in defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Brentford and The Robins have conceded 8 goals so far in their first three Championship matches.

Bristol City were also bundled out of the League Cup as they lost 3-1 away at League Two side Luton Town in the first round of the Capital One Cup, so all is not so rosy in the west country.

The major difference between Middlesbrough and the ‘also-rans’ is that if Boro take the lead, they tend to be able to hold onto it and the same pattern could emerge here this afternoon at The Riverside – I’ll back Boro to take the points in a 1-0 win.

Pick: Middlesbrough straight win @ 1.60 bet365


Bristol City v Leeds Utd Betting Tips: 2 AH+0.5, 2015-08-19

Championship Tips


Wednesday 19th August 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Bristol City slumped to a third consecutive defeat at the weekend when they were beaten 4-2 by visitors Brentford at Ashton Gate as The Robins still try to find their first win of the new season.

The newly promoted side from League One will have been in confident mood ahead of the opening match in their return to the Championship, but losses to Sheffield Wednesday (away) and at home to Brentford, along with a Capital Cup first round loss away at Luton Town has resulted in a shaky start for Steve Cotterill’s boys.

Despite possessing forwards Wilbraham and Agard up front, who were both prolific in last season’s promotion season, The Robins look pretty light in midfield and are operating on a relatively small squad compared to the bigger clubs in this division.

Visitors Leeds United still remain unbeaten after their first two Championship matches which both ended in draws – 1-1 at home to Burnley and a 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium with Reading, so not a bad start for the next new manager Uwe Rosler.

Leeds’ success on the field this season will largely depend on the level of interference from Italian owner Cellino, and you have to feel sorry for former manager Neil Redfearn who steered Leeds away from almost certain relegation at the end of last season, and whom has since been sacked as a consequence.

But back to the present, and Leeds have made some astute signings during the summer with former Leicester City defender Sol Bamba joining up with another ex-Foxes striker Chris Wood who, by my reckoning, has scored 37 goals in 86 Championship starts and is a proven goalscorer at this level.

I’ll therefore side with Leeds United to get at least a point at Ashton Gate tonight as they look the more capable of the two sides here – could be a 2-1 win for the visitors if not a draw.

Pick: Leeds United AH+0.5 @ 1.79 Bet Victor


BIRMINGHAM v BRISTOL C – Pick: 1 AH-1 – 14 April 2012



Saturday 14th April 2012 – Kickoff:  1500hrs

Birmingham City will be looking to take the maximum three points when they play host to struggling Bristol City at St Andrews on Saturday.

Birmingham will be wanting to put behind them their recent disappointing result at West Ham which ended in a 3-3 draw. I say disappointment, before the match most Bluenoses would have taken a point at Upton Park any day of the week, but when your side is 3-1 up you kind of expect that the three points will be yours.

Not so, and it’s sometimes a familiar story when you support Birmingham but they have a great chance today to close the gap on The Hammers when Bristol City come to the midlands. Birmingham have lost just once in their last seven matches which was an eyebrow-raising 1-4 defeat at Fratton Park against Portsmouth. Aside from that though, they’ve beaten Middlesbrough, Doncaster Rovers, Burnley and Crystal Palace along with draws against Cardiff City and West Ham.

It’s their home form that has taken Blues into their current play-off position of fourth with a record of  12-8-1  33/12, and undoubtedly their success has stemmed from a solid defence which has conceded the least number of goals at home in the Championship. Indeed, they’ve kept eleven clean sheets which doesn’t bode well for a Bristol City side who have struggled to find the net on their travels so far this season.

I’m happy to say that the problems of last season’s goalscoring seem to have disappeared for Birmingham as they have produced goals from almost every position; strikers Marlon King (15 goals, 9 assists) and Nikola Zigic (10 goals) have had solid seasons, along with creative midfielder Chris Burke (12 goals, 15 assists) who has enjoyed his rejuvenated role at Blues. Even the defenders have chipped in with David Murphy and Curtis Davies scoring valuable goals.

Bristol City make their way to the midlands on the back of two straight league wins over Nottingham Forest and Coventry City, but with the greatest respect, a trip to fourth placed Birmingham should pose some serious problems for The Robins.

Bristol have improved slightly during the last few weeks with just one loss in their last six which was a 0-2 loss at home to Watford, but their away performances have produced just one win in their last eight matches while they’ve failed to score in eleven league matches.

Their away record overall reads  5-5-11  15/33 and I know I’ve said it before, but they’re really missing their former striker Nicky Maynard who left for West Ham, and still remains their leading scorer with 8 goals. However, they have former Birmingham loan striker Chris Wood and Brett Pitman up front along with Jonathan Stead and these three are very capable of causing problems in the box.

Birmingham let a two goal lead slip at West Ham on Easter Monday and I’m sure they’ll be champing at the bit to put this right in front of a passionate home crowd; I’ll go for a 3-1 home win here with Birmingham preserving their lead this time!

Main Pick:  Birmingham City AH-1 @ 1.85 Pinnacle


Reading v Bristol City Betting Pick 1 – 28 January 2012

Championship Tips

Reading v Bristol City

The FA Cup might be the main focus of attention in England this weekend but there are a couple of games in the Championship and the pick of them see’s Reading entertain Bristol City.

Reading have been previewed several times already this season, obliging more often than not when selected. Last weekend’s defeat against Hull at home would have been a sore one to take considering how close both clubs are in terms of league position and also because it ended a run of four straight victories at home in the Championship. They were unfortunate against Nick Barmby’s side a week ago and probably should have put the game to bed in the first half. However, we all know how competitive this league is and if you fail to capitalize when on top then you always run the risk of regretting it later in the game. That was the case and John McDermott will be hoping that his players use that experience and put it to good use between now and the end of the season. With most of their promotion rivals involved in cup action tomorrow, it’s a chance to make up some valuable ground.

Derek McInnes’ has had an excellent start to his Bristol City career since his move from St Johnstone earlier in the season. He has managed to put a six point gap between the Robins and Nottingham Forest who currently occupy the third relegation spot. Of course, they are not safe by any means but they do remain one of the few sides down that end of the table who are in a bit of form and look stronger than most in the bottom half at this stage of the season. Last Saturday’s win at home to Doncaster Rovers was doubly important as they not only beat a side who are below them in the table, but they also ensured that they returned to winning ways after losing a couple of matches on the bounce. Away from home under McInnes they have more than held their own with a recent win over Southampton at St Mary’s already achieved. They have, however, lost three of their last four on the road.

Reading have brought in experienced striker Jason Roberts in this week and he could play tomorrow. He will be an old head amongst what is a very young team. The fans will also be hoping that he can be more prolific in front of goal than some of their other strikers as their top scorers remain on six league goals for the season.

Bristol City are resigned to losing Nicky Maynard come the end of the season when his contract expires but they will be aiming to keep him beyond January. He remains one of the most potent strikers in the division and will be a big threat if fit to face Reading tomorrow.

Reading have won three of the last four meetings between these two sides. Despite being defeated last week they were still impressive and I think they can get their promotion charge back on track tomorrow.

My Selection: Reading to beat Bristol City

Best odds available: 5/6 available with William Hill


READING v BRISTOL CITY – Pick: 1 – 28 January 2012

Championship Tips


Saturday 28th January 2012 – Kickoff:  1500hrs

The Madejski Stadium is the setting for the other Championship fixture on Saturday,  as Reading entertain an up-and-down Bristol City side.

Reading on the whole have been pretty consistent in their recent league matches but have lost to Hull City and Cardiff City also in recent matches. Outside the top six though, Reading have dealt with these teams quite effectively as wins against Brighton, Ipswich Town and Watford have proven, along with wins over Championship leaders West Ham and Leeds United.

The Royals’ home record stands at  6-4-4  20/14, and the recent home loss to Hull City halted a five match winning sequence which has lifted the Berkshire outfit to the fringes of the top six. They will be hoping to return to winning ways against an inconsistent Bristol City but will be wary as The Robins have already toppled second placed Southampton at St Marys Stadium earlier.

Strikers Simon Church (6 goals) and Adam Le Fondre (6 goals, 3 assists) have shared the bulk of the goalscoring, along with creative wingers Jobi McAnuff (4 goals, 7 assists) and Jimmy Kebe (2 goals, 6 assists) and midfielder Hal Robson-Kanu (3 goals, 3 assists). Former Leeds left-back Ian Harte can also be dangerous at set-pieces outside the box.

Visitors Bristol City are unpredictable at the best of times but recent wins at Southampton along with home wins over Millwall and Doncaster Rovers who both occupy places in the bottom six, have ensured relative safety from relegation for the time being.

The Robins however have won just once on the road in their last five with losses at Derby County, Brighton and most worryingly of all, Coventry City. This shows they do have a self-destruct button and they also struggle to find the net on their travels too.

Their away record stands at  4-3-7  13/22, and have failed to score on five occasions. In striker Nicky Maynard (8 goals, 2 assists) they have a consistent goalscorer, although he is now on Wigan Athletic’s radar and the west country side have given The Latics permission to discuss a possible transfer in January.

This could very well spell trouble for Bristol City as the only other performer so far in terms of goals has been Albert Adomah (5 goals, 5 assists) along with support from former Birmingham and Leeds midfielder Neil Kilkenny (4 assists).

Despite confidence that City could score at Reading, I’m backing the home side with the play-offs in their sights to secure a vital home win that could place them in the top six; Reading to win 2-1 as a scoreline.

Main Pick:  Reading straight win @ 1.76 Pinnacle

Value Pick:  Reading AH-1 @ 2.42 Pinnacle


BRISTOL CITY v MILLWALL – Pick: 1 AH0 – 03 January 2012

Elliott (Bristol) - Olsson (Albion)


Tuesday 3rd January 2012 – Kickoff:  1945hrs

It’s a potential six-pointer  that I look at next as 21st placed Bristol City take on 20th placed Millwall at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night with both sides looking to pull away from the relegation dog-fight.

Bristol City, fresh from doing the ‘double’ over Championship leaders Southampton when they beat them at St Marys Stadium on Friday night 1-0 to secure an unlikely victory and inflict defeat on the leaders for the first time on home ground which is the biggest shock result in the Championship so far this season.

The Robins now have a three point over relegation rivals Nottingham Forest and could leapfrog both Millwall and Ipswich Town if they win by two clear goals on Tuesday night. But first things first, let’s take a closer look at City’s current form; their home record stands at  2-3-6  9/14, with those two wins coming recently over Burnley and Southampton, and since then they’ve lost to Middlesbrough (remember they have the second best away record in the Championship) and drew with Nottingham Forest 0-0.

Strikers Nicky Maynard (7 goals, 2 assists) and Albert Adomah (5 goals, 5 assists) have done the bulk of the damage so far, along with cameo performances from Brett Pitman (3 goals, 1 assist) and Marvin Elliott (2 goals) chipping in also. Former Birmingham and Leeds midfielder Neil Kilkenny has also provided 3 assists to date.

It’s a similar story for visitors Millwall as they’ve won just twice in their last six and just once away from home in their last eleven matches. Throw in the fact that they’ve failed to score in seven of those eleven away matches and you can see why their away record is a poor one;  1-3-7  7/17, and aside from Coventry City (6 goals), are the lowest goalscorers on the road in the Championship.

In fact, The Lions haven’t scored a goal away since the end of October when they beat Leicester City 3-0, so that’s four straight away matches without scoring and have suffered losses at Blackpool, Leeds United and Hull City as a result.

Striker and leading scorer Darius Henderson (9 goals, 3 assists) missed the last match against Crystal Palace but is expected to be fit in time for the visit to Bristol. Midfielder Liam Trotter (5 goals, 4 assists), Jay Simpson (4 goals, 2 assists) and Dany N’Guessan (1 goal, 1 assist) are the main other contributors.

This will be a tight one and I’m not expecting many goals, but recent wins home and away over the Championship leaders will do their confidence the world of good so I’ll back Bristol City with the round ball for insurance in case it’s a draw – City to win 1-0.

Main Pick:  Bristol City AH0 @ 1.63 Pinnacle – add it to your multi

Value Pick:  Bristol City straight win @ 2.27 Pinnacle

Final Score: 1:0