The Near Post’s EFL Weekend Preview (22nd & 23rd October 2022)

The Near Post’s EFL Weekend Preview (22nd & 23rd October 2022)

With the 1st Round of the FA Cup and the start of the World Cup on the horizon, we’re running out of autumn weekends with 36 league matches in the EFL. Thankfully, this weekend boasts three days of mouth-watering fixtures, up and down the country!

In the Championship, the new leaders, QPR, welcome Wigan Athletic to Loftus Road and Blackburn Rovers host Birmingham City. There’s a battle between the fallen top two as Sheffield United take on Norwich City and there are two eye-catching derby matches on Sunday.

In League One, Plymouth Argyle will be looking to continue their outstanding run of form when they take on Joey Barton’s resurgent Bristol Rovers and there’s a big game on Friday night as Ipswich Town host Derby County.

In League Two, leaders Stevenage will be hoping to maintain their 100% home record when they face Northampton Town and Leyton Orient will be eager to get back to winning ways when they travel to Carlisle.

Here are our picks from this weekend’s games:

TNP says: After a big home win on Wednesday (which saw them move to the top of the league) and Mick Beale turning down the Wolves job on Thursday, there’s a feel-good factor around QPR right now. The Super Hoops have won four of their last five games and we fancy them to rack up another win against Wigan, who capitulated in the second half of their game against Boro. Another team in excellent form are Tranmere. Micky Mellon’s Rovers have won their last five games without conceding. We’re backing them to have too much for Harrogate who picked up their first league win for some time last time out.

If you’re looking for a bit more value then we’d recommend backing Millwall to beat West Brom and Luton to beat Watford. Despite Millwall’s home record and Albion’s lowly league position, the market still has the Baggies as favourites for this one. Elsewhere, Nathan Jones’ Luton, who are unbeaten in seven games (winning four of them) and are coming off the back of an excellent win at Carrow Road, will be full of confidence when they take on their rivals Watford. The Hornets were abject in their 3-0 defeat to Millwall and, despite having home advantage (in addition to a significantly more expensive squad), we’re more than happy to get with the Hatters.

Our goalscorer picks let us down last weekend, so we’re hoping for better this time around! Wycombe’s Anis Mehmeti has made an eye-catching start to the season and we’re tipping him to get on the scoresheet against MK Dons, who looked painfully short of confidence last weekend. We’re also backing Rochdale’s little magician Liam Kelly to make it two goals in his last two games. Dale have won three of their last four league games and their opponents, AFC Wimbledon, continue to struggle under Johnnie Jackson.

Both of our goals bets came in last weekend, so we’re going for the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach! Gillingham are the masters of going under 2.5 goals. Their 13 league games have seen just ten goals scored and they’re taking on a Barrow side who will desperate to stop the rot after four consecutive defeats in League Two. If you want goals then Bristol City are always a good team to keep an eye on. They’re the joint top scorers in the Championship this season, but only Hull have conceded more goals than Nigel Pearson’s side. The Robins take on Reading this weekend, who have only conceded one goal fewer than City and are also good for a goal.

If you are placing a bet this weekend, please be gamble aware. Do not bet more than you can afford to lose and do not chase your losses. For more information, please head to the Be Gamble Aware website.

(Photo Creds – Ben Watts)