It’s that point of the season when games can mean everything to some and little to others. Adam Bate eyes up three home wins in the Championship on Tuesday
Leeds may have bounced back from three consecutive defeats with a 4-1 victory over Peterborough at the weekend but Neil Warnock already has one eye on next season. The Whites' boss has admitted motivation is a problem for some of his players as he plans a summer clear-out.
As a result, it would be no surprise if Ian Holloway’s Blackpool – who can strengthen their grip on a play-off place with three points here – have the greater desire. The Seasiders are unbeaten in five in front of their own fans and can be backed to win this one at an industry-best 4/5 (1.8) with Sportingbet.
Cardiff to beat Derby at 8/13 (1.62) with Sportingbet
Derby looked to be making an unlikely play-off push of their own until Saturday’s home defeat to Middlesbrough put their ambitions on hold for another season. Nigel Clough’s men have had a good run but may finally be in holiday mood when they visit a Cardiff side desperate for points.
Malky Mackay’s team took a long time to recover from their Carling Cup exertions. The penalty shoot-out defeat to Liverpool at Wembley was a huge blow and appears to have affected the Bluebirds’ home form – they’re currently on a run of six without a win.
But a couple of away victories in recent weeks have improved the mood and Cardiff will surely get the win they need here to stay in the play-off positions. They are 8/13 (1.62) with Sportingbet to beat Derby in this one.
Middlesbrough to beat Doncaster at 4/9 (1.44) with Sportingbet
Middlesbrough looked to have blown their play-off chances after a run of eight games without a win seriously derailed their promotion hopes. But Tony Mowbray’s men pulled a result out the bag at Derby on Saturday and will feel the opportunity is still there for them as they lie just two points off the play-off spots.
Tuesday’s opponents are already relegated Doncaster. Dean Saunders’ side lost at home to second-bottom Portsmouth at the weekend and aren’t exactly daunting opponents at the present time. Boro should be a safe addition to any accumulator and can be backed at an industry-best 4/9 (1.44) with Sportingbet.
Blackpool, Cardiff and Middlesbrough all to win in a Treble at 16/5 (4.2) with Sportingbet
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