You all probably know by now that we’re huge fans of The Championship here at ProTipster Towers. And it’s not a football hipster thing, it’s the blood and thunder of it that we enjoy. It’s the mix of brute strength and skill that makes The Championship so much fun to watch. Ahead of tonight’s clashes between Derby County and Ipswich and Reading and Barnsley, ProTipsterPaddy has a look at some of the stats and what people are betting on over at ProTipster.com.
Derby County Vs Ipswich Town
Gary Rowett’s Derby County welcome Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town to Pride Park Stadium where The Rams can leapfrog Bristol City into 5th positions should they continue their fine Championship form. Rowett’s team have only lost one in their previous 11 games (6-4-1), indeed they’ve won their most previous 2 matches to nil.
Ipswich are typically Ipswich
Derby have scored in 9/10 previous games while The Tractor Boys have hit the net at least once in 7/9 away games. The Rams have failed to keep a clean sheet against Ipswich in 5/5 previous meetings at home though. What may come as a surprise to some is that in recent Head to Head games at home, Derby have failed to beat Ipswich in their previous 5 league meetings, losing 3 and drawing twice. Bogey team klaxon.
Both Teams to Score is available at 1.78 and looks like a good shout.
If we look further into the stats for this season we can see that Derby have, on average, scored 1.61 goals per game while Ipswich have scored 1.67, so we’d certainly expect both to net here again. Derby are only conceding 1.11 goals per game though while the figure is at 1.56 for The Tractor Boys. Derby are outshooting Ipswich too with 11.28 shots per game compared to 10.50.
The most popular bet for this match on ProTipster is currently for Derby to Win at 1.68. The Ram’s home form has been very good this season, they’ve only lost twice and one was to high-flying Wolverhampton Wanders so we can’t really begrudge them that. Ipswich are typically Ipswich, a team with very little financially but one that McCarthy is always able to get playing above their means. With Martin O’Neill rumoured to be leaving the Republic of Ireland job and many thinking that Mick has comes to the end of his arc at Ipswich maybe Ireland’s former Captain Fantastic could be thinking of a return to international football. They’ve had some good results at home, but away from Portman Road they’ve lost 6/10 and drawn one. Certainly it looks like Derby will have the upper hand here.
Reading Vs Barnsley
Reading host Barnsley in the other Championship game tonight and they’re only separated by goal difference in The Championship table. Both have 5 wins, 5 draws and 8 losses to their names; Barnsley have the better goal difference at -2, Reading’s is at -3. It really is the slimmest of margins.
in previous Head to Head matches Barnsley have had the upper hand
A wee stat that did jump out at me was that Barnsley have conceded first in 7/10 previous away games, and you can back Reading to Score First at 1.60. There’s no value in that price at all but with Barnsley conceding like they do the price is spot on when you take in the bookies’ commission.
The most popular bet on ProTipster for this match is for Reading to Win at 2.01. I personally wouldn’t be tempted by this. From looking at their form it would appear that Barnsley are slightly overpriced at 3.69. They’ve only lost 1 of their previous 5 away games and in previous Head to Head matches Barnsley have had the upper hand, Reading haven’t beaten The Tykes at the Madejski Stadium since 2010. With that in mind I would be tempted by the Asian Handicap line of Barnsley +0.5 at 1.91.
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