Royals Can Continue Fine Championship Start

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There is another busy weekend of Championship action and we have delved into some of the biggest fixtures!

Reading boss Veljko Paunovic

Most pundits are surprised to see Reading sat at the top of the Championship with two wins out of two, but Veljko Paunovic’s side have looked impressive so far.

The Royals are on the road again this Saturday, as they head to Wales to face Cardiff City – a team they have an impressive recent head-to-head record against.

It’s nine games without defeat against the Bluebirds for Reading, who have also yet to conceded a goal in the league in their opening two matches.

Reading, who are 51/20 to win on Saturday, have beaten Derby and Barnsley by the same 2-0 scoreline and another 2-0 success can be backed at 17/1.

Unbeaten Records on the Line

Luton and Bristol City are the only other two teams with 100 per cent records after their opening two Championship matches.

After their midweek League Cup clash with Manchester United, Luton make the trip to former Premier League side Watford in one of Saturday’s early kick offs.

When you include the back end of last season, the Hatters are unbeaten in seven Championship games and will make life tough for a Watford team that have collected four points from their opening two games.

The Hornets are 20/29 to record a second home league win, with Luton 9/2 and the draw available to back at 13/5.

Robins Set for Owls Clash

Meanwhile, Bristol City, who are 15/2 to be promoted, will have to wait until Sunday to try and maintain their unbeaten run – when they play host to Sheffield Wednesday.

Dean Holden’s men have started with wins over Coventry and Stoke, but face an unpredictable Wednesday side that are bottom with -8 points, following their pre-season points deduction.

The Owls though have done the league double over the Robins in the last two seasons and are 33/20 to claim another win in Sunday’s 1pm kick-off, with Bristol City available at 7/4.

Ex-Prem Duo Face-Off

Sunday’s late game sees two teams that met in the Premier League last season go head-to-head at the Vitality Stadium – as Bournemouth face Norwich.

Both teams sit in the top five, having collected four points from two games, and the sides look evenly matched.

Last season’s two meetings were tight affairs, with this fixture ending 0-0 and Norwich winning 1-0 at Carrow Road. Under 2.5 goals in Sunday’s clash is a tempting 20/23.

One manager under pressure, despite the league being just two games into the season, is the Derby County boss Phillip Cocu.

After finishing last season strongly, there were big expectations at Pride Park but the Rams have lost both of their opening two league matches and were also knocked out of the EFL Cup by Preston in midweek.

Derby’s next test comes at home to Blackburn, who go into this clash off the back on a thumping 5-0 win over newly-promoted Wycombe last weekend.

The hosts – who won this fixture 3-0 last term – are 9/5 to claim the three points on Saturday, while Blackburn are 8/5 and the draw can be backed at 9/4.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Warren has been employed as a sport journalist for over two decades and as well as years of written experience, has also worked in other areas of the media including radio and television. Football has always been his number one passion, but has also commentated and written on a number of other sports including golf, cricket, tennis and rugby.

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