Burnley host Bolton in the first televised contest of the new Championship campaign and some firms seem unsure of who will come out on top at Turf Moor with one or two bookies, including Ladbrokes, pricing both teams identically at 13/8.
Set for an assault on the title however, the visitors look the best bet at 19/10 (William Hill) ahead of the derby showdown and BetVictor quote enticing odds of 10/3 about the Trotters edging out the Clarets by a one-goal margin.
Derby entertain Blackburn on Sunday and with the Rams a potential surprise package in the division this year, they’re decent value at 6/5 with Paddy Power to send Rovers home from Pride Park empty-handed.
It could be a tight affair though so a case can be made for both betway’s 9/2 marked against Nigel Clough’s charges shading it following a level first period and BetVictor’s 6/1 for the hosts to fire the only goal.
Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest (4/5, Skybet) should be too strong for Huddersfield at the City Ground, title favourites QPR, at 9/10 (BetVictor) can make a winning start as they welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Loftus Road and bet365 price relegated Reading at 10/11 to sneak a victory against Ipswich. That trio combine in an alluring treble at better than 5/1 with Stan James.
Tonight, the cameras head to Bramall Lane for the big League One tussle between Sheffield United and Notts County. BetVictor mark odds of 37/40 against the Blades, who are a generous 8/1 at Stan James to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.
In the same division on Saturday, Brentford can get their promotion bid off to a flyer by getting the better of newly promoted Port Vale, an outcome Winner.com chalk up at 11/8. Uwe Rosler’s troops are 3/1 (bet365) to nick it by one at Vale Park, where Bees new boy Will Grigg is 11/2 with bet365 to break the deadlock.
Also set to collect maximum points are Peterborough (21/20, Paddy Power) as they host potential strugglers Swindon and Stan James’s 5/4 chances MK Dons, who travel to relegation favourites Shrewsbury.
Down in League Two, Fleetwood, at 7/1 via Stan James look like one of the teams ready to mount a serious title challenge and they can start as they mean to go on by overcoming Dagenham and Redbridge – a side fancied to find themselves toiling at the wrong end of the table this term.
The Cod Army are a home banker at 8/11 with BetVictor and they’re worth keeping onside in the handicaps too, where Stan James penalise them by a goal at odds of 2/1.
At Gigg Lane, Chesterfield look a touch overpriced at 29/20 courtesy of William Hill as they take on Bury. Blighted by financial problems, the Shakers bowed out of League One last season and with another difficult campaign on the agenda they’re likely to find the Spireites a bit too strong.
Bet365 make visiting striker Marc Richards 5/1 to break the deadlock in that one and BetVictor go 10/3 about Paul Cook’s men holding a lead at the end of each half while a double featuring Fleetwood and Chesterfield could pay at better than 3/1 (Winner.com).
Lewis Hamilton’s impressive victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix had some observers purring that the Mercedes man could be a contender for the Drivers Championship. However, not many punters agree so the Brit is as high as 11/1 with Ladbrokes to be crowned champion.
Leader Sebastian Vettel is just 2/9 (bet365) to still head the standings at the end of the season and it’s hard to see past the German at this stage, despite Hamilton’s maiden success for his current team.
Bet of the week: Fleetwood and Chesterfield double – 3/1 (Winner.com)
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