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Championship Betting Tips: TV tips for encounters at Norwich and Birmingham City

10:02 AM GMT 08/03/2019
Conor Hourihane Aston Villa Isaac Vassell Birmingham City
The Football League is packed full of action this weekend with the Canaries hosting the Swans and the latest incarnation of the Second City derby

The Football League is set up for another jam-packed weekend with televised games on Friday and Sunday.

There is certainly value to be found in both games. Norwich will look to extend their lead at the top of the table as they host Swansea on Friday night, whilst there is a mouthwatering Second City derby between Birmingham and Aston Villa to round off proceedings. 

Norwich City vs Swansea City Tip: Norwich to win at 7/10 (1.70) with bet365

Norwich are favourites heading into this crucial clash with Swansea but odds of 7/10 (1.70) still look rather long.

Graham Potter's side have been inconsistent this season and with three losses in their last five Championship games, they come into this one in poor form.

The Welsh side have lost each of their last three away games in the Championship, their longest run of consecutive away defeats in the second tier since April 2011, and it's tough to expect their fortunes to change against the lead leaders.

Daniel Farke's team are within touching distance of the Premier League and they don't look like letting this opportunity slip. Indeed, the Canaries are yet to lose a home game in 2019 and they are coming off the back of three impressive wins.

Although the odds on this selection are short it is tough to make any argument against Norwich taking all three points in this fixture, considering their star men are all available and in good form. If they perform anywhere near the level they are capable of this should be a routine win for the home side.

Birmingham City vs Aston Villa Tip: A red card in the match at 5/2 (3.50) with bet365

The Second City derby is one of the most heated matches in football and odds of 5/2 (3.50) for a red card to be shown look to offer decent value.

This particular encounter looks to be more susceptible to a sending off due to the way the way both sides have fared heading into this one.

In previous years Birmingham and Villa have been battling relegation and pushing for promotion when this fixture has come around but this time both teams seem comfortably rooted in mid-table and with no external worries, this game will be all about bragging rights.

Garry Monk has galvanised this Blues team and they all seem to be playing with a high level of intensity.

Despite the teams having a lot to play for in previous years, it hasn't stopped the cards being shown with Cheikh N'doye being dismissed in this fixture last season. With both teams likely to be less tentative in this one, odds of 5/2 (3.50) for a red to be shown looks overpriced.

David Davis looked suspect against Hull last week. The midfielder was way behind the pace and with him being a Birmingham local, he could get caught up in this fixture. Odds of 18/1 (19.00) for the 28-year-old to be sent off could be worth a bet.

Prices correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.