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EFL Championship Preview, Betting Odds and Key Statistics – 12th January

The Championship returns, after a mini-break over the FA Cup Third Round weekend. This round of action from the second tier includes some big clashes, and once again we’ve gone through each of them in our Championship match previews.

However, we’re focusing in on three key fixtures here, looking in depth at statistics and form for three 3pm kick-offs. Together the tips from each game give us a treble which is priced just shy of 7/1, which you can see at the bottom of the page.

Bristol City v Bolton

Bolton are slipping closer towards the drop, as their terrible Championship form continues. They lost 6-0 to Hull City in their last league game, so Ashton Gate isn’t a great place for them to visit. Not only has manager Phil Parkinson never won away to Bristol City, but Bolton have poor memories of it too. The Trotters have lost 8-0 across their previous two trips to this ground, and they’re struggling so much I front of goal that we don’t expect them to end their goalless streak here.

Bolton have failed to score in more league games than any other Championship side this term (14). In addition, they meet the team with the joint-longest unbeaten run in the division. After beating Premier League opposition in the FA Cup last weekend, the Robins have won three on the spin in all competitions, a run which they’re aiming to extend when they meet the hapless visitors. Bolton have lost over half of their league games, leaving them three points shy of safety.

We’ve gone with Bristol City to edge a low scoring clash in our preview for this encounter at Ashton Gate. However, for this treble, we’ve gone for a slightly simpler option – a home win. That’s not much of a surprise, with Bolton losing 13 of their last 17 trips to Bristol City. We see things getting even worse for Bolton, so we’re siding with the Robins here.

Hull v Sheffield Wednesday

This match isn’t pitting Steve Bruce up against his former side, but it very nearly did. The former Hull manager assumes control of Sheffield Wednesday at the end of the month, with his assistant Steve Agnew in charge until then. While the Owls won’t have their new boss in place for a few weeks, they need results now. With that in mind, a trip to Hull is possibly the worst game they could land.

The Tigers are in fine form, picking up more points in the last eight games than any other side in the division (20/24). Hull have finally hit form, and a five-game winning streak in the league has them soaring up the table. While they had a FA Cup setback last time out, they’re still dangerous opposition who are in high spirits. Will their excellent streak continue with a result against the Owls this week?

The visitors have lost seven times on the road, while the Tigers have a three-game winning streak at home to continue. We see Nigel Adkins’ side continuing to impress on Saturday. We’ve backed them to win in our match preview for this clash at the KCOM, while we’ve taken that bet for our treble, given that it represents brilliant value.

Wigan v Aston Villa

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Two sides who are looking to bounce back from FA Cup defeats are Wigan and Aston Villa, but the pair clash at the DW Stadium this weekend. The hosts are in terrible form, and they come into Saturday’s clash searching for a win to move away from relegation danger. After losing six of their last seven matches, the Latics sit down in 20th place.

Meanwhile, Villa are out to boost their play-off ambitions by adding to their great record against Wigan. The visitors have won the last three head to head clashes between the two in the league, while they’re unbeaten in their last eight visits to this ground. The Villains are the favourites, with their high scoring forward line taking on a Wigan side who have lost to nil in all but one of their last seven games.

Villa are out to match their best run of away form in nearly a decade, while Wigan are on one of the poorest runs of any side in the division. We see The visitors edging this, especially with their promotion rivals recently picking up points at the DW. A Villa win is the third pick for our treble.

Championship Betting Tips

These three selections combined make up a treble which is just shy of 7/1 with BetVictor. They’ve been put together with our latest Championship preview tips, along with a selection of statistics. Bristol City, Hull and Aston Villa all approach this weekend in form, while they’re each favourites to secure three points.

If you’re looking for a bet on this weekend’s round of games in the second tier, this seems like a well-priced option.

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