WOLVES v ROTHERHAM UNITEDSaturday 11th March 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Saturday afternoon brings us a crucial battle in the relegation zone between hosts Wolves and visitors Rotherham United at Molineux in what may not be a ‘six-pointer’ due to how far Rotherham are behind the rest of the division, but nevertheless, a crucial match for Wolves.
Wolves ended a miserable run of five Championship defeats on the trot when they picked up a valuable point away at Ipswich Town in a 0-0 draw during the week, and this was enough to keep them from dropping into the bottom three for the time being.
But recent defeats to Burton Albion, Newcastle United, Wigan Athletic, west midlands rivals Birmingham City and Reading have ensured a nervous run-in for Wolves and will be a severe test for manager Paul Lambert who will be looking to steer his side to safety.
Visitors Rotherham United’s position in the Championship now appears hopeless as they fell to a fifth straight defeat in a 2-0 loss at home to Brighton in midweek, and this defeat has left them 17 points adrift of second from bottom Wigan Athletic and 19 points adrift of today’s opponents, Wolves.
Rotherham now look to be condemned to League One football next term as they’ve now gone ten league matches without a win, while their results away from home have seen The Millers lose their last ten matches on the trot.
Unsurprisingly, Rotherham possess a poor away record which stands at 0-1-17 12/52 as they still search for their first away win of the season, in addition to conceding the most goals away from home in the division by a fair margin.
Wolves are no world-beaters, but Rotherham are by the far the worst team the Championship has seen for many seasons.
Pick: Wolves AH-1 @ 1.64 Bet Victor
10th March 2017 /
READING v WOLVESSaturday 4th March 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Reading’s play-off ambitions have received a setback in recent weeks as they’ve suffered back-to-back defeats to Huddersfield Town and Brighton respectively, but they now return to their Madejski Stadium where the Royals will be looking to take advantage of a floundering Wolves outfit.
The recent defeats were both inflicted upon them away from home against sides that possess fantastic home records in the Championship, but Reading also have a good record on home turf with stats of 11-4-2 26/13 and the arrival of manager and former Manchester United defender, Jaap Stam, has certainly had a positive influence in Reading’s defensive unit.
Reading have been a hard team to beat at home this season, and they head into this clash having won three of their last four with wins over Fulham, Cardiff City and Brentford. Look out for strikers McCleary and Kermorgant (8 goals apiece) up front.
Visitors Wolves have seen their season go from bad to worse in recent times as they’ve suffered four defeats on the trot with losses incurred against Burton Albion, Newcastle United, Wigan Athletic and most hurtful of all, a west midlands derby loss to Birmingham City at Molineux.
This poor run of results has seen Wolves drop dangerously close to the relegation zone and they find themselves just two league places and two points above the bottom three ahead of this weekend’s action in the Championship.
That said, Wolves have actually picked up more points on their travels than at home so far this season, and recent wins at Nottingham Forest and Barnsley may still give them hope of survival this term.
But Reading appear to be the better organised side as well as possessing greater confidence, so I’ll back the home side with the attractively priced round ball handicap.
Pick: Reading AH0 @ 1.65 Bet Victor
3rd March 2017 /
Friday 24th February 2016 Kickoff: 1945hrs Wolves v Birmingham City Football – England – Championship Five points separate these two midlands clubs as Wolves and Birmingham find themselves in the bottom half of the table and desperately in need of points to move away from the relegation scrap. Both teams come into this one having lost their last three in the Championship and whilst it’s Wolves who are in more immediate danger at the moment, a continuation of that run of form for either and it will not be long before they are very much involved in the battle to avoid the drop, making the three points on offer this Friday absolutely vital.
Paul Lambert was selected as the man to take over from Walter Zenga earlier in the season, particularly as he has proven success at this level when manager of Norwich. Expectation was high amongst the club’s support when they were taken over by new owners who provided immediate investment. At times, under Zenga, the football was excellent and there were signs of real potential for the future, however the Championship rarely affords a manager time and as results were poor, Zenga was ousted and Lambert appointed. Again, there have been sprinklings of hope for Wanderers under the current manager but they have been too infrequent. A decent run in the FA Cup which included an excellent win at Liverpool has been the highlight but that came to an end last week and Wolves now face the reality of being just five points off the bottom three and having won one of their last five league games.
It has been a tale of two halves for Birmingham this season, under two different managers. The first half of the campaign under Gary Rowett was positive and indicated that the Blues could challenge for promotion. As we know now, that was cut short and new owners had different ideas when taking over. Gianfranco Zola has had mixed success in England as a manager with the likes of Watford and West Ham, so although he had a glittering playing career, the expectation that he would somehow lead Birmingham to glory immediately, was pretty naïve. The 1-0 win over Fulham at the beginning of this month remains their only win under Zola and they have went from having a realistic hope of finishing in the top six, to flirting with the bottom three. Whilst they have a 10 point margin to play with, that is easily eroded should they continue on their current plight which is not unrealistic as they still have to play five of the top six between now and the end of the season.
Wolves v Birmingham City Betting Tips
The first match between these two was all the way back in August when things were very different. Neither of the current managers were in charge and optimism was still present amongst the two sets of supporters. Wolves were 3-1 winners on that occasion in what was one of the few bright sparks under Zenga. Friday’s game promises to be a tense affair with all the traditional traits you would expect from a local derby.
Wolves recent form can be illustrated accurately by their last five home games in the league. Two good wins against Bristol City and Aston Villa have been wedged between three defeats – one against the leaders, Newcastle, and two against teams below the m in the league. It’s that inconsistency that has proved hugely frustrating for Lambert who will hope that now their FA Cup run has come to an end will have a positive effect on their league form. Birmingham have been dreadful on the road under Zola and are still looking for their first away win in the league since he arrived. It’s that away form that would concern me most about Birmingham as their displays have look insipid and without fight. Wolves may not be the most convincing but they tend to perform when presented with a big game and a fixture against one of their local rivals, live on television fits that criteria, and they can take the spoils.
Wolves 10/11 @ Bet365
24th February 2017 /
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v WOLVESMonday 2nd January 2017 - Kickoff; 1500hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Sheffield Wednesday will be eager to make their home advantage count on Monday afternoon when they entertain Wolves at Hillsborough as the hosts look to hang onto their existing position in the play-off pack.
Wednesday are currently enjoying a useful four-match run without defeat in the Championship following recent wins against Barnsley and Rotherham United in addition to a very welcome and perhaps unexpected three points in a 1-0 win away at Newcastle United. The Owls come off a 1-1 draw away at Preston North End on New Years Eve into this clash.
Sheffield Wednesday also possess a strong record at Hillsborough with stats of 8-0-3 16/11 which includes having won their last three on home turf on the trot with victories over Preston North End, Barnsley and Rotherham United.
Visitors Wolves succumbed to a 3-2 defeat at home to QPR on New Years Eve as they were dealt a sucker-punch following recent back-to-back wins against Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, and a home match against floundering QPR was supposed to have delivered all three points for Wolves!
However, the Championship continues to throw up all sorts of anomalies during the course of any given season, and so we look at Wolves’ away form for this encounter to give us any sort of clue as to what the outcome may be for this encounter.
Typically, Wolves possess an inconsistent away record that stands at 4-4-4 15/12, so anything could happen in the blue half of Sheffield here today, but the hosts seem to be in better shape to take the points.
2nd January 2017 /
Saturday 16th December 2016 Kickoff: 1500hrs Nottingham Forest v Wolves Football – England – Championship
Two teams struggling for form and residing in the bottom half of the Championship meet on Saturday with Nottingham Forest hosting Wolves. Forest are currently 16th on 26 points whilst their opponents are four points worse off in 20th. Considering the respective size of both clubs then neither of their current positions should be deemed acceptable and the hope is that the final few games of this year can produce some positive results building towards what they wish will be an altogether better 2017 for both.
Forest are currently in the midst of a takeover which the fans will be welcome off considering their disapproval of the current regime. On the park, there has been no shortage of entertainment for those supporters as the 21 games their team have played in this season’s Championship have contained 72 goals – a league high. As you would expect, though, for a team situated in the lower reaches of the division, that kind of record ensures plenty of goals conceded. Forest have kept only one clean sheet all season and when that’s the case then you’re always going to have problems. Although the team have proven they can score goals from all over the park, they are at a serious disadvantage when they cannot prevent the other team from scoring, and logic dictates that they simply cannot win as often as they need to unless they are able to rectify that issues, and soon. Their last six games have contained only the one defeat but that came against arch rivals Derby and was a comprehensive loss as well.
Wolves fans were getting excited during the summer as their club was taken over by a wealthy consortium made up of people who had serious contacts across Europe. Walter Zenga was employed to lead the team to what they hoped would be a successful season ending in promotion. As we know now, that aim looks very unlikely to be accomplished this campaign and certainly won’t be done so under the reign of Zenga who was replaced with Paul Lambert last month. It has been a baptism of fire for Lambert, who has experience of winning promotion from this league with Norwich. His first five games have returned just the one win with two defeats, most recently last time out against Cardiff. With one of the bigger squads at this level at his disposal it is going to take some time for Lambert to find his way but there have been some promising signs in the short space of time he’s been at the club.
Nottingham Forest v Wolves Betting Tips
It has been a season to forget for both these teams thus far but the aim must be to get as many points in their last three games of 2016 with a view to taking that better form into the New Year. I alluded to how entertaining games involving Forest have been this season but Wolves supporters got their own experience last weekend when drawing 4-4 at home to Fulham.
Forest have only lost one of their last six at the City Ground but Wolves have actually performed better on their travels of late, picking up a win and two draws in their last four away. The loss to Cardiff on Tuesday would have been disappointing, particularly as it was as a result of another late goal. In terms of a selection for Saturday, I think the safest option is for both teams to find the back of the net. It’s a bet that has been a winner in each one of Forest’s home games this season and Wolves’ recent resurgence in front of goal should mean it continues this weekend.
Both teams to score 9/13 @ 10bet
16th December 2016 /
NEWCASTLE UNITED v WOLVESSaturday 17th September 2016 - Kickoff: 1500hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
It’s been six years since Newcastle United were in the Championship, but following last season’s disastrous campaign in the Premier League which ended in relegation for The Magpies, a new saviour has risen to help guide them back into the big-time.
Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has helped his side to second place in the Championship after a blistering run of results in recent weeks, and although he couldn’t stave off relegation last season, it looks like he’s got his side firing on all cylinders now.
Early defeats to Fulham and Huddersfield Town wasn’t the start Newcastle were planning, but they have since put together a five-match winning streak with wins over Reading, Bristol City, Brighton, Derby County and most impressive of all, a 6-0 away win at QPR during the week.
Visitors Wolves have experienced the opposite in their Championship campaign so far this season after a promising start which saw them unbeaten in their first four matches which included a 3-1 win away at west midlands rivals Birmingham City, but have since slumped to three games without a win.
Defeats to Huddersfield Town and Barnsley along with a draw against Burton Albion will mean that confidence may not be at the level as earlier in the season, and a tough trip to St James’ Park with a noisy crowd beckons for Wolves here today.
In addition, Wolves have registered just two away wins from their last 13 on the road, so the writing appears to be on the wall for them this afternoon with perhaps a point being the best they can hope for today.
Pick: Newcastle United to win @ 1.62 William Hill
15th September 2016 /
BURNLEY v WOLVESSaturday 19th March 2016 - Kickoff: 1500hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Burnley are currently in a rich vein of form in the Championship as they registered a sixth win on the trot last weekend with a 3-1 win away at Huddersfield Town, and they now look set for a return to the Premier League.
Burnley hold a valuable six-point cushion ahead of second placed Brighton in the race for the big-time, and with a home game against a mediocre Wolves outfit at Turf Moor on Saturday, The Clarets will be looking for another three points here i daresay.
Burnley’s home record stands at an impressive 13-3-2 34/12 having chalked up five straight wins on home turf, while they’re unbeaten in their last eight games in front of their own fans. Strikers Gray and Vokes will once again look to cause havoc amongst the Wolves back-line this afternoon.
Visitors Wolves sit in a familiar mid-table position as they’ve once again failed to live up to the pre-season hype that surrounds the west midlands club each year! They were held to a 0-0 draw by rivals Birmingham City last weekend, and they now face a tough trip up north to take a rampant Burnley outfit.
Despite two recent wins against Derby County and Bristol City, both of these victories were recorded at home while their away performances have been inconsistent to say the least - they bring a record of 6-4-8 21/25 with them to Lancashire having lost their last three away matches on the trot.
Defeats at Huddersfield Town, Brentford and Middlesbrough severely dented any lingering aspirations for a play-off place, and they’ll now have to be content for another season in the Championship next season.
Pick: Burnley to win @ 1.62 Bet Victor
17th March 2016 /
MIDDLESBROUGH v WOLVESFriday 4th March 2016 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Middlesbrough’s recent five-match unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday night when they were dealt a 2-1 defeat away at Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, but they have another chance to bounce back quickly on Friday night when they host Wolves at the Riverside Stadium.
Boro had previously recorded back-to-back wins over Cardiff City and Fulham, but the defeat to Blackburn should see them focus more keenly on this encounter with all three points lifting them on top of the Championship if they win this evening.
The motivation is certainly there for the hosts who have been pretty steady all season on home turf with an overall record of 11-3-2 24/5 with their defence being the key stand-out with no fewer than 11 clean sheets to dare so far this season on home turf.
Visitors Wolves have once again flattered to deceive this season as the midlands outfit currently kicking around in a disappointing mid-table position following another season of inconsistency. Wolves unexpectedly ended a run of six Championship matches without a win on the weekend when they beat Derby County 2-1 at home, but they face a tough trip to Middlesbrough on Friday night.
Wolves are without a win from their last four away trips as they’ve drawn with QPR and Reading, but also suffered defeats at Huddersfield Town and Brentford, while their away record is of course an inconsistent 6-4-7 20/23.
Wolves have also failed to score in their last three away matches which could be their undoing once again at the Riverside Stadium on Friday night.
Pick: Middlesbrough to win @ 1.60 William Hill
2nd March 2016 /
WOLVES v BOLTON WANDERERSTuesday 2nd February 2016 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Wolves earned a valuable point away from home at Loftus Road against Queens Park Rangers in a 1-1 draw, but they’ll need to improve their form on home turf at Molineux if they’re to stand a chance of sneaking through the back door into the play-offs.
Wolves have lost just once in their last six Championship matches overall, but their form on home turf needs to improve from their existing record of 4-5-5 17/19 as they’ve lost to Leeds United and Cardiff City but have also registered wins over Reading and Fulham.
But with the visit of bottom club Bolton Wanderers tonight, Wolves stand a good chance of taking all three points in this encounter which would lift them up into the top half of the division.
Visitors Bolton Wanderers registered a much-needed three points last time out in the Championship with a resounding 3-1 win over fellow strugglers MK Dons which followed an earlier local derby win over Blackburn Rovers, but The Trotters’ away form has been woeful this season.
Bolton’s away record stands at 0-3-11 9/31 and only second from bottom club Charlton Athletic (33 goals) have conceded more goals on the road than Bolton, but this is scant relief for a side who have lost six of their last seven on their travels.
In addition, not only have Bolton failed to score on nine occasions on their travels already, but they’ve also kept just two clean sheets along with conceding 2 goals or more on 10 occasions out of their 14 away matches to date.
Pick: Wolves to win @ 1.75 Bet Victor
1st February 2016 /
BRIGHTON v WOLVESFriday 1st January 2016 - Kickoff: 1500hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Even though Brighton have gone five matches without a win in the Championship, they are still amongst the play-off places in the English second tier as they sit in fourth place just four points adrift of second placed Derby County.
Brighton also still possess a strong home record at their Amex Stadium with overall stats of 8-2-2 15/11 despite recent back-to-back defeats to Middlesbrough and Ipswich Town, but having accounted for the likes of Hull City and Birmingham City, The Seagulls could just about shade the three points this afternoon.
Brighton’s attacking personnel include Baldock, Zamora and Hemed who are more than capable of causing plenty of problems in the final third against Wolves this afternoon.
Visitors Wolves have recently registered back-to-back wins over Reading and Charlton Athletic which has lifted them back into the top half of the Championship, but prior to those wins they suffered defeats to Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday.
Historically, Wolves have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the division and this season has been no exception as they sit in mid-table following their inability to string together any sort of winning run.
Wolves’ away record stands at 5-2-5 18/18 and their last five matches have reflected their frustrating season so far as they’ve recorded wins at Rotherham United and Charlton, but lost at Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday along with a draw against Ipswich Town.
Brighton seem to have the edge with home advantage here, but I recommend backing them with the draw no bet option.
Pick: Brighton AH0 @ 1.61 Bet Victor
31st December 2015 /