There’s a full Championship schedule this week, split across Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Our best bets are selected from four matches featuring playoff teams, starting off with Brentford’s trip to Yorkshire to face Sheffield United.

Leeds head south to Berkshire for a clash with Reading, while slumping Derby host Stoke. Current league leaders Norwich face Millwall at Carrow Road.

 

TUESDAY

SHEFFIELD UNITED vs Brentford (7:45pm)

Sheffield United extended their unbeaten streak to eight matches with a 2-0 win against Rotherham at the weekend. The Blades can move into the top two with a victory here if Leeds lose to Reading.

22-goal Billy Sharp was shockingly dropped to the bench at the weekend but is expected to return to the team for this match.

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Brentford are in great form at the moment, winning four of their last five. A 2-1 win away to Middlesbrough keeps them in with a chance of a playoff spot.

Their talented front three have been a joy to watch all season. The Bees will be full of confidence as they head to Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United boast the joint-best home record in the Championship. With Sharp fresh and a steely defence, the 10/11 on a home win is a good bet.

TIP: Sheffield United to win @ 10/11

PREDICTED SCORE: Sheffield United 2-1 Brentford (Priced at 7/1 with 888sport)

 

Reading vs LEEDS UNITED (8pm)

Reading have avoided defeat in five straight home matches, helping them pull to three points clear of the bottom three.

A dramatic win against Wigan on Saturday was a huge boost for the Royals, who are up to 19th after picking up 10 points over their last five league outings. They face a much sterner test against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds on Tuesday night, however.

Leeds have kept consecutive clean sheets, beating two promotion hopefuls in those matches. A win against Bristol City on Saturday was crucial with Norwich and Sheffield United both winning.

Questions about fatigue have quickly waned. Bielsa’s side are back to somewhere near their early season best and will be expecting a win here.

Being on the road sees Leeds given good odds of 8/11 to win in 888sport’s Championship betting.

TIP: Leeds to win @ 8/11

PREDICTED SCORE: Reading 0-2 Leeds (Priced at 15/2 with 888sport)

 

WEDNESDAY

DERBY COUNTY vs STOKE CITY (7:45pm)

Derby’s weekend had a positive outcome despite a disappointing home draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Bristol City lost, allowing Frank Lampard’s side to return to the top six ahead of the visit of Stoke on Wednesday. The west country side have a game in hand, though, making this a must-win for the out-of-form Rams.

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An early red card for Sam Clucas meant Stoke had to battle for a draw away to QPR on Saturday.

Nathan Jones has seen his side produce a five-match unbeaten run, though they have only won one of those matches. Bojan should start in this Midlands derby, giving a much-needed creative spark.

Neither side have played well lately. A low-scoring match is likely with both sides struggling in the final third. Under 2.5 goals is a short price at 8/15, but it still looks like the best bet here.

TIP: Under 2.5 goals @ 8/15

PREDICTED SCORE: Derby 1-0 Stoke (Priced at 23/4 with 888sport)

 

NORWICH CITY vs Hull City (7:45pm)

Norwich maintained their fine form with a narrow win at home to Swansea at the weekend. Daniel Farke’s side are four points ahead of third-placed Sheffield United.

They are 3/4 to win the Championship and Teemu Pukki, who has 24 league goals, is Evens to win the Golden Boot. The Canaries are 4/7 favourites to beat Hull under the lights in midweek.

Hull suffered a thrashing at the hands of Nottingham Forest at the weekend but remain in the playoff race. Nigel Adkins’ side are only five points behind Derby.

Away form is a growing concern for Adkins, though, as his side have lost their last four on the road and are up against it to take anything from East Anglia.

Norwich are a really good price on the handicap. Hull could get blown away by Farke’s men.

TIP: Norwich (-1) to win @ 6/4

PREDICTED SCORE: Norwich 3-1 Hull (Priced at 21/2 with 888sport)

 

*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*

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