No Let up From Surprise Leaders Reading

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Reading will be out to extend their lead at the top of the Championship during this midweek round of matches as the sides below them face some tough fixtures.

Lucas Joao celebrates Reading's opening goal in the win at Derby.

Reading continue to set the pace at the top of the Championship table and are seeking a third win in a row when they travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening.

The Royals have made a stunning start to the new campaign, picking up 19 points from their first seven games.

Veljko Paunovic’s men are yet to taste defeat in the second tier this season and they should have what it takes to overcome Rovers.

Tony Mowbray’s men look set to flirt with the play-offs again this season having made a mixed start to the season, leaving them sat in 10th place.

The Lancashire outfit did beat Reading the last time the two sides faced off at Ewood and they warmed up for Tuesday’s game by beating Coventry City 4-0, but that was their first win in four games.

With Reading’s defence having already proven itself this season – they have only conceded one goal in seven matches – and sporting a four-match unbeaten run on the road, they are hard to ignore at odds of 57/20 to pick up another victory.

Canaries Primed to Make it Four in a Row

Daniel Farke’s Norwich were strongly fancied to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking this season and look set to live up to expectations having made a solid start to the 2020/21 campaign.

The Canaries have won their last three games in the Championship, albeit against less opposition, and they face a much sterner test when they face Brentford on Tuesday.

Thomas Frank’s Bees are struggling to shake off their playoff final defeat hangover, going down 3-2 at Stoke City.

Still, they had won three out of four in all competitions before the Stoke loss, and they should make life tough for Norwich. Both teams to score and a Norwich win is priced at 9/2.

Robins Eager to Hold Off Bournemouth

On Wednesday night, Bournemouth welcome Bristol City to the Vitality Stadium in what could be the game of the week in the Championship.

The game sees second face fourth, and it promises to be an entertaining game on the south coast.

The Cherries are unbeaten in seven league games so far under Jason Tindall, but they have drawn their last three.

Bristol City will arrive in Bournemouth without a win in three games, but they are one point better off thanks to their superior amount of wins.

Wednesday’s tie is the first meeting between the two since Boxing Day 2006 and the first outside the third tier of English football.

Both teams appear evenly matched on paper and given five of the last six games combined for the two sides have ended in draws, the smart money is on another stalemate at 53/20.

Derby Can’t Shake Home Struggles

Derby County’s campaign has been disappointing, to say the least, with the Rams 22nd in the league table.

They have only managed to pick up four points from their first seven games, none of which have come at home, heaping the pressure on boss Phillip Cocu.

Cardiff are only five points better off than Derby, but they are unbeaten in their last four in the second tier.

Derby have lost each of their last five home games, failing to score in three of them and Cardiff to win to nil is priced at 53/20.

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