Championship, kick-off at 7:45pm Friday 13th October 2017 from Ashton Gate Stadium
Friday night football comes to us from Ashton Gate, where locals Bristol City welcome Burton Albion. The home side are flying high in the Championship, and three points here could lift them into the top-two, behind leaders Cardiff. That’s enough to convince odds compilers, who have made up their mind, pricing a home win as odds-on favourite. Who could blame them?
Burton are stuck down at the opposite end of the table, sitting in 21st, just a point better than the relegation zone. If we take this one at face value, it’ll be a no-nonsense home win, with a bit to spare. Siding with the locals would be easy, but we’re in the business of finding you winners at a nice price, and aim to do just that here. Expert betting tips and predictions detailed below.
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Team News – Bristol City
The Robins finished down in 17th last season, rolling to a stop, but they have exploded out of the traps this year, winning five and drawing five of their first 11, giving 20 points and a place in the top-four. Leaders Cardiff, who are also in action on Friday, are just four points better off. The Welsh side dropping points at St Andrews would give Bristol fans serious encouragement, especially if they can get the job done vs lowly Burton.
City have won three and drawn two of their last five. Victory here would complete the hat-trick, as they go into this on the back of a pair of wins, beating Bolton and Ipswich. The latter came on the road at the end of September, Brownhill scoring inside two minutes, Diedhiou and Reid making sure of the points. Waghorn struck back for the beaten side, but it was nowhere near enough to see them challenge on the day. That was Bristol’s first win at Ipswich in almost 40 years, coming against a decent side too, sitting in eighth.
Surprisingly, Friday’s meeting will be only the third match involving these sides, the head-to-head stats showing one Bristol City win and one draw. Their recent form, and the fact they’ve never lost to Burton, makes for interesting reading, and the locals will go in confident of boosting their points tally by three. If you do want to set-up camp in the home dressing room, Betfair’s 4/11 looks the norm. One for the betting tips and predictions of accumulator backers, we expect.
Team News – Burton Albion
Just a point separates Burton from the relegation zone, Birmingham in 22nd on eight points. The Blues host Cardiff on Friday, and are expected to lose, but if they don’t, Burton could find themselves in a heap of trouble. They have managed just two wins from 11 attempts, losing six, including defeat in each of their last two. Everyone at the Pirelli Stadium will be keen to avoid a miserable hat-trick. A poor October would pave the way for a difficult Winter.
Albion have struggled in front of goal for most of this season, and haven’t scored at this level in three, a 2-1 vs Fulham at home their last win and last goals. Since that upset, they have ended goalless vs QPR, before suffering back-to-back 4-0 defeats at the hands of Aston Villa and Wolves. Never in the contest vs Wanderers, Jota scored inside five minutes, before strikes from Saiss, Vinagre and Bonatini heaped on the pressure.
That form is worth keeping in mind when approaching this match. Burton to draw another blank is worth careful consideration at 23/20 with William Hill, which is an attractive offer. I’d much rather have my money on that than the 4/5 (Sportingbet) about them scoring at least one. Burton to buck the trend and get a win on Friday has been written off, the traders at Bet Victor happy to offer a chunky 8/1 to anyone who sees something they don’t.
Bristol City vs Burton Albion – Championship Tips and Betting Predictions
Burton are a massive price, but deserve to be. This looks to be a perfect chance for Bristol City to build on their impressive early season form and get October off to a flyer. We’ll have the home win to nil as the NAP of our betting tips, 27/20 with Coral. A nice price, and good enough to have as a super single. The stats certainly suggest we’ll get a serious run for our money on that one.
Typical punters, we’re always looking for more, searching for new ways to deliver a blow to the bookies. Already on the value, we aim to land a bigger pay-out with the best of our correct score predictions. Bristol City have kept a clean-sheet in three of their last four, two of them ending 2-0. Take this one to fall into line at 13/2 with William Hill. That’s favourite in the market.
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