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EFL Championship round 3 preview: Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa look to keep up good start

13:19 BST 14/08/2018
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Argentine veteran has made excellent start to life at Elland Road and could make it three wins from three this weekend

The third round of the EFL Championship – the second division of English football’s domestic league tables – kicks off this weekend with several clubs looking to build up a head of steam. One such is outfit is Yorkshire outfit Leeds United, who now have legend Marcelo Bielsa at the helm of their ship.

Getting the ball rolling

First things first, head on over to the Oddsshark website, procure your favourite betting agency and get your own account up sorted out with a username and password. As a brand new customer and with the new Championship campaign already up and running, there should be a whole host of promotions and offers available to you.

Where should I be investing my money?

On the Friday night (17 August) high flying Swansea City travel to St. Andrews to take on Birmingham City. The Swans may have just been relegated from the Premier League and be adjusting to life back in the second tier, but they have made an encouraging start under new boss Graham Potter, despite having lost no fewer than nine players over the summer transfer window.

Birmingham, on the other hand, are yet to win a league game this season, have collected just one point so far and are the underdogs coming into this game. Swansea are at 2.37 to make it three wins in a row while you could close to triple your money by backing Birmingham at 2.90 – a 1-0 win for the home side is priced competitively at 8.00, according to Oddsshark.

Leeds look to continue flying start

Another club with a 100 per cent record is Leeds United. Under the stewardship of Bielsa the club sit second in the early season table, and are already the leading scorers in the league with seven goals.

This Saturday (18 August), they take on local rivals Rotherham United, who leaked five goals in their last away game at Brentford. For Leeds, this is already a must win game despite it being so early in the campaign.

Leeds are now the outright favourites to win promotion to the Premier League and are priced at just 2.87 to do so. In addition, they are the favourites to win the EFL Championship title, and the price for them to do that rises to 6.00.

It will therefore come as little surprise that they are the clear favourites to take all three points against Rotherham this weekend, making it three league wins in a row in the process. Leeds are at just 1.40 to pick up another win on Saturday afternoon, while their opponents find themselves at 6.50 to record a first away win of the season – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.50.

One thing you can expect with Bielsa in charge is goals, and plenty of them. You can back over 2.5 goals in the game at just 1.60, while a 3-0 win for Leeds is at 10.00, offering a ten-fold return on any investment.

Brentford look for second straight home win

And on the Sunday, Brentford will look to maintain their early season momentum at home against Sheffield Wednesday. The club put five past Rotherham on the opening day of the season and a second win in three games would put them among the candidates for promotion – if they could maintain that through the winter then they could surprise a few people, with the club priced at 2.40 to finish in the top six and earn a play-off place.

Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, have made a slower start to the season. Their two games have brought a single point so far and they have conceded four goals at a rate of two goals per game – with Brentford’s fierce attack and Wednesday’s leaky defence, we could well see goals in this one.

And it is home side Brentford who come into the game as clear favourites to take all three points at a price of just 1.50. Wednesday are out at 7.00 to pick up their first win of the new season, with a draw priced at 4.00.

Over 2.5 goals comes in at at 1.70, and a 2-1 win for Brentford is priced competitively at 8.00. That means a US$5 bet would lead to a US$40 pay out, and you could also double your money by backing Brentford to score in both halves at a price of 2.25.

Championship round 3 fixtures:

Friday, 17 August

(2.75) Birmingham x Swansea (2.50); draw (3.30)

Saturday, 18 August

(2.62) Bristol City x Middlesbrough (2.62); draw (3.25)

(2.25) Hull City x Blackburn Rovers (3.10); draw (3.40)

(3.60) Ipswich Town x Aston Villa (2.05); draw (3.40)

(1.40) Leeds United x Rotherham (6.50); draw (4.50)

(2.25) Millwall x Derby County (3.30); draw (3.20)

(2.00) Reading x Bolton Wanderers (3.75); draw (3.40)

(1.95) Sheffield United x Norwich City (4.00); draw (3.30)

(1.61) West Brom x QPR (6.00); draw (3.60)

(2.37) Wigan Athletic x Nottingham Forest (2.87); draw (3.40)

(2.37) Preston North End x Stoke City (3.00); draw (3.25)

Sunday, 19 August

(1.50) Brentford x Sheffield Wednesday (7.00); draw (4.00)