ANTEPOSTS: ENGLISH FOOTBALL TIPS

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THE CHAMPIONSHIP season kicked off in England last night with a fairly tedious draw between Blackburn and Cardiff.

Most people fancied goals in the game but both teams to score just came in and on that early showing neither side looked title contenders.

That’s good for me as I’m eyeing up Derby to launch a major challenge – if they can shake off the hangover caused by last season’s play-off final defeat.

It’s possibly the toughest league in the world to win but Steve McClaren has the experience required and the type of squad needed to go all the way.

Midfielder Will Hughes and star striker Chris Martin have been persuaded to stay and while County haven’t made any star signings they were the best side in the second half of last season and can benefit from McClaren’s first full campaign in charge.

Derby are bookies’ title favourites at 8-1 with the likes of William Hill and Ladbrokes and are 5-2 with bet365 to be promoted.

My next best bets are Fulham whose boss Felix Magath has made great signings in the shape of Ross McCormack and former Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal youngster Thomas Eisfeld and brought back Bryan Ruiz after a loan spell at PSV.

I’m not sure how the German will handle the hectic schedule and games where every team scraps but Fulham will have supporters at 11-1 with Hills for the title and 10-3 at Betfred for promotion.

Cardiff and Norwich, the other two sides to come down, are less fancied while Wigan could push for a top-two place after a superb end to the season under Uwe Rosler.

At the other end of the table a Blackpool side who have only managed two pre-season friendlies due to lack of players are everyone’s picks to go down at 4-6 with Betfred which is incredibly short.

There is a fascinating fight for top score between Scotland intenationals Rhodes and McCormack. At a struggling Leeds McCormack netted 28 times in 43 appearances last season while Rhodes has fired more than 25 in each of his last three campaigns.

Rhodes is 8-1 favourite with Paddy Power ahead of McCormack who is 10-1 at William Hill or Ladbrokes. You can have a quarter the odds each way top four and I’m tempted to back both.

The joint third favourite is another Scots international and Martin is 14-1 at bet365 and Betfred.

While there are many contenders in the Championship in League only four of five sides can be considered for the title. Wolves were short-priced jollies last season and this time it’s Nigel Clough’s Sheffield Utd who are 11-2 at William Hill and Ladbrokes after finishing the last campaign so strongly. However, the loss of £2m.5 defender Harry Maguire to Hull could be costly and I’d prefer to back Preston each way at 17-2 with Coral.

They reached the play-offs under Simon Grayson last season and while Kyel Reid and Rangers striker Andy Little have been their own summer buys they already had a strong squad and are always tough to beat at home.

For me it’s between Preston, Sheffield Utd and Orient – who led for a long time last season before just falling short. They are 12-1 with Coral.

In League Two I’m backing the Pompey chimes to be sounding as the club stirs to life in League Two and tries to start the long process of climbing back to the top flight from where they came.

Portsmouth ended the season with five wins and two draws and should resume where they left off. They look decent each-way value at 8-1 with Coral and it could be that promoted Luton are their nearest challengers after a runaway success in the Conference last season.

Antepost Trixie

Derby ew
Preston ew
Portsmouth ew

Top scorers

Martin ew
McCormack ew

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10 Comments
  1. Chip 4 years ago

    Mr F, what about the Premier League??

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      Mr Fixit 4 years ago

      Chip, that will be next week – no rush for me. Would like to see what kind of business the contenders do this week.

  2. Craig m 4 years ago

    Top scorer
    Costa chelsea
    Mccormick Fulham
    Garner preaton
    Beavon burton
    Griffin Celtic

    Its very unlikely but ten pence ew still returns something stupid like 10k I cant find my betting slip to check hopefuly dig it out in may

  3. victor 4 years ago

    lol, costa sounds good for top scorer but i really fancy a wayne rooney, he knows the league and doesnt need adaptation unlike costa

  4. Chip 4 years ago

    No worries, Mr F. I look forward to it :)

  5. Craigiebod 4 years ago

    Middlesbrough will be right up there believe me , karanka got them defending properly last year and now he has invested in front players , I’m on at 25/1 now into 12’s with most firms !
    Lump on , you heard it here first

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      Mr Fixit 4 years ago

      Craigiebod, I’ve seen a couple of tips for Middlesbrough but it’s such a tough league to call. Right, off to walk the dug to the bookies and have a look at some of the new coupons in the shops. Remember guys don’t go mad today – I’ll be happy if I break even to be honest over the first 2 or 3 weeks of the season before we see some form. Form is king remember.

  6. shaky 4 years ago

    Man Utd top 4 @ 1/2
    Derby top 6 @ 4/5
    Aberdeen w/o Celtic @ 11/8
    Europe for Ryder Cup @ 4/6

    nice little long term bet, pays about 10/1. Can’t really see it losing.

  7. Titou 4 years ago

    Goaaal Bristol City great start to the season :)

  8. Oban's mr fixit 4 years ago

    Going to do a late anti post bet was thinking something like an E/W lucky 15 on Commons Costa Garner Tubbs.what do you fancy yourself Mr F

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