WHAT looked like being a two-way fight for the Championship title has been turned into a four or five-way tussle.

West Ham and Southampton remain in front but Birmingham and Blackpool are coming up hard on the rails and you can't rule out Carling Cup finalists Cardiff.

Blackpool have won three in a row in the league and should make it four against crisis club Portsmouth.

The Tangerines looked superb as they blew away Sheffield Wednesday in their FA Cup replay in midweek and made it look as if there were three or four divisions separating the sides.

Ian Holloway has been the distance before and Blackpool could be worth an each-way punt for the title at x-x.

They'll certainly be trimmed a bit if the pump Pompey and are a biggest 4-5 with the likes of Paddy Power and BetVictor to do so.

Talking of West Ham I reckon they'll notch a victory at Peterborough. The Hammers were dire on their last away trip when they crashed 5-1 at Ipswich.

Things looked bleak when they went down to 10 men against Millwall last week but Sam Allardyce's men showed courage to win 2-1 against all odds.

Allardyce strengthened in the window by signing two proven Championship players and goalscorers, Nicky Maynard and Ricardo Vaz Te, and his decision to bring them in should reap rewards.

Peterborough can produce the odd surprise result but they haven't won this year, losing their last five. The Hammers look decent value at 11-10 at BetVictor.

I've been avoiding Crawley recently but it's time to renew the faith. They disposed of leaders Cheltenham 4-2 in midweek to join them at the top of the table and rejoin the title race.

I reckoned their poor run would continue after the sale of top scorer Matt Tubbs but that was some result and it should be a lot easier at home to an Aldershot side who beat Wimbledon last time out after failing to score in five outings. Crawley are 4-9 with William Hill and others.

I would have put in Brentford or Stevenage but both bit the dust so next I'm on Bristol Rovers to continue their revival under Mark McGhee with a win against Morecambe.

McGhee's revival has coincided with wins against Cheltenham and Bradford and he'll be looking to make it three in a row against an outfit that's taken a step backwards with just one win in six. In fact with a win Rovers will go level on points with their visitors and that sums up the recent turnaround.

Complete the line in the Scottish Third Division side Alloa who are in unstoppable form at the moment. Paul Hartley's side have won six in a row, including a 4-0 thrashing of title rivals Stranraer.

Alloa have netted 15 goals in those games, winning most of them convincingly, and they should see off a Berwick side who haven't won in six but have drawn four of those matches
2-2.

Five to follow

Blackpool

Crawley

West Ham

Bristol Rovers

Alloa

Perm any 4 and all 5 (6 bets)

Pays a biggest £163.60 to a £10 stake at William Hill

5 Comments
  1. Willie McGuire 7 years ago

    Paul
    I dont get the Bristol Rovers tip?
    Noticed its also on a few of the Super Single bets.

    at 11/10 good price at home especially if Im missing something or some team info??

    Morecambe have only lost 2 in 13 away from home,

    Cheers

  2. David Paterson 7 years ago

    If you read what mr fixit has put above, a think the Bristol rovers tip is a good shout. Revived under Mark McGhee.

    • Eric 7 years ago

      Seems Mr Fixit was right after all about Bristol Rovers.

      A new manager coming in can make a huge difference to a team’s performance.

  3. John Bryan 7 years ago

    Peterboro’s game, has it fallen foul of the weather?

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