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EFL Championship round 4 preview: Aston Villa and Brentford meet in early season marker

12:10 BST 21/08/2018
Ahmed Elmohamady, Hull City vs. Aston Villa, August 6
Both sides will have their eye on promotion, with the two clubs starting the season well

The race to reach the promised land of the FA Premier League starts early in the EFL Championship – the second tier of English football’s domestic pyramid. And this coming Wednesday (22 August) will see the conclusion of the fourth round of action.

First things first

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Promotion hopefuls Aston Villa and Brentford are set to lock horns at Villa Park. Both sides have made a solid start to the new season, picking up seven points from their opening three games as the two clubs look to aim for promotion.

Both sides are at relatively short odds to win promotion. Villa, who reached the play-off final last season before losing out to Fulham, are at 4.00, while Brentford are at just 3.25, according to the Oddsshark site.

But with home advantage, it is Villa who come into this game as slight favourites – the odds remain very tight for this clash. Villa are at 2.62 to make it three wins from four, with Brentford only just behind them at 2.80 to pick up a valuable three points on the road – a draw looks the most unlikely outcome at 3.50.

After a turbulent summer off the field, Steve Bruce has managed to retain some stability on it. A 2-1 win for Villa is priced at 9.50, thereby offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment.

Owls look to take flight against Millwall

Millwall are undefeated in the Championship so far this season and travel north to take on Sheffield Wednesday. It has been a dreadful start to the campaign for the Sheffield club, who have managed to collect just one point from their three games played and sit third from bottom in the early table, having leaked six goals already at a rate of two goals per game.

However, Wednesday can take heart from the fact that Millwall have not won at Hillsborough in well over a decade. Their last victory came all the way back in 2005, when they triumphed 2-1.

Yet despite that long run without a win at this ground, it is Millwall who come into the game as the favourites to take the points. You can more than double your money by backing the London club at a price of 2.50, while you could more than triple your investment if you think Sheffield Wednesday will get their first win of the season – they are at 3.10.

And there could be goals in this one. Again, you have the chance to more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game t a price of 2.10, while a 2-1 win for the home side is priced competitively at 11.00.

Rovers looking for third win on the trot

And finally, Championship newcomers Blackburn Rovers are looking to make it three wins in a row when they host Reading at Ewood Park. The Lancashire club are just two points off the top six and after an encouraging start to the season have foundations to build on.

Blackburn are at 5.00 to finish in the top six and in manager Tony Mowbray they have an experienced head at the helm of the ship. Reading, meanwhile, sit next to bottom having lost all three league matches played to date.

Reading are at just 2.75 to be relegated to League One and look to be facing an uphill struggle on Wednesday night. However, they can take heart from the fact that they won the last two meetings between these teams back in the 2016/17 season.

Nevertheless, it is the Rovers who come into this match as the red hot favourites to carry on their winning streak. Blackburn are at just 1.72 to collect another win, while Reading are out at 5.50 to record a shock victory on the road – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.75.

There may not be too many goals in this one, with both clubs managed by coaches who preach caution first. Under 2.5 goals in the game is at just 1.66, while a comfortable 2-0 win for Rovers is priced t 7.00, meaning that a US$ bet would lead to a US$35 pay out.

Championship round 4 fixtures:

(2.62) Aston Villa x Brentford (2.80); draw (3.50)

(1.72) Blackburn Rovers x Reading (5.50); draw (3.75)

(2.40) Norwich x Preston North End (3.20); draw (3.40)

(3.10) Sheffield Wednesday x Millwall (2.50); draw (3.30)

(3.00) Bolton Wanderers x Birmingham City (2.70); draw (3.10)

(2.15) Stoke City x Wigan Athletic (3.75); draw (3.40)