As a South African, I love watching Premier League sides travel to lower league opposition in the FA Cup. There’s nothing quite like watching a £45 million Spanish import wading through the bog-like pitches of some of England’s League Two sides.
However, after a weekend of giant-killings and mud baths, the relative sanity of the Championship returns, and we’ve decided to put together a cheeky little mid-week Championship multiple for you!
Middlesbrough to beat Brentford: 12/10
Although they were on the end of a somewhat surprising defeat to Burnley in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, Aitor Karanka and his side will be looking to put Brentford to the sword when the two sides meet at Griffin Park. Brentford, for all of their hard work and endeavour this season, have still conceded more goals at home than any other side in the top half of the Championship and also suffered defeat in the FA Cup on the weekend at the hands of League One Walsall.
Boro will look to bounce back from the weekend’s disappointment and continue their push for a return to the Premier League. At 12/10, they look excellent value to claim the three points on Tuesday evening!
Burnley to beat MK Dons: 5/4
Burnley will be absolutely buzzing after knocking Middlesbrough out of the third round of the FA Cup at the weekend. MK Dons didn’t fare so well in their cup exploits, needing a late Nicky Maynard strike to secure a replay against League Two Northampton.
The Dons have one of the worst scoring records in the league, so news that their top scorer, Carl Baker, will be sidelined for seven weeks would have come as a huge blow to the Championship strugglers. Conversely, Burnley will be buoyed by the possible return of the league’s top scorer, Andre Gray. The 15-goal forward didn’t play on Saturday after breaking his finger in training last week. The issue shouldn’t really keep him out of the mid-week clash though, and he should be fine to face his former employers this evening. Dons are struggling at the wrong end of the table with the joint-worst defensive record in the league. Burnley should win this comfortably at 5/4.
Blackburn to beat QPR: 11/10
There was more disappointment for QPR this weekend as they crashed out of the FA Cup after suffering defeat against fellow Championship side, Nottingham Forest. Blackburn had the luxury of putting their feet up after their tie with Newport County was postponed due to a water-logged pitch.
Elliot Bennett could make his debut for Rovers on Tuesday night. The winger, signed from Norwich City, will be keen to get going after the weekend’s false start. He’ll likely add some attacking guile to a Blackburn side who have one of the best defensive records in the league, but have scored too few goals to be challenging near the top of the table. QPR have been poor this season, and could be without their two first choice goalkeepers for the clash. Rovers are well rested while QPR are licking their wounds at the minute. Back Blackburn to capitalise at 11/10
Sheffield Wednesday to beat Bolton: 6/10
Wednesday have been in decent form this season and could find themselves in the promotion places come the end of the week. They played well at the weekend to beat fellow Championship side Fulham in the FA Cup and will be keen to carry their good form forward into their league clash with rock-bottom Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday.
Bolton have been woeful this season and look as though they could well slip into League One. Having scored the fewest goals in the division. They needed a late equaliser against non-league Eastleigh on Saturday to avoid crashing out of the FA Cup. The cash-strapped club is a shambles at the moment and shouldn’t really cause the Owls too many problems. Wednesday for the win at 6/10.
For as little as R10 you could win up to R156 on this cheeky little multiple at 1463/100!