It's third versus second on Friday as on-form Brentford clash with Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship.
Neither fans or management alike expected Brentford to be in their current league position following their promotion from league One at the end of last season. They are enjoying an excellent run and are confounding the critics who were tipping them for immediate relegation back to the third tier. Indeed, the Bees come into this match on the back of seven wins in their last eight outings, an incredible achievement and one which we expect to be added to on Friday.
Mark Warburton is the man responsible for steering the Bees to this position and he now has his sights set firmly on promotion to the top flight, automatic or otherwise. Saying that, the Championship is extremely tight in the top half of the table, therefore each and every match is vital. As a result, Warburton will be desperate for a maximum three points from this encounter, the home side favourites to win at odds of 29/20 with BetVictor.
Ipswich Town are also performing much better than most were predicting pre-season. Mick McCarthy has steered what is in effect an average side to second in the league table with a great run with a mere one defeat in eighteen games.
McCarthy will be hopeful that another three points could be on the cards on Friday afternoon, however we feel that the hosts will dominate this match and pose too many problems for the visitors’ defence to handle, Stan James offering 85/40 for a win for the Tractor Boys and a draw up for grabs at 5/2.
Andre Gray was plying his trade in the Conference with Luton Town last season and he has made the huge step up to the Championship in impressive style with nine goals in the first half of this season, seven of these coming in his last eight outings. As such, we’ll be backing the 23-year-old to score at some point of this match with Ladbrokes offering 15/8.
With the Tractor Boys failing to score in only one match since August, we feel they will score at some point against a Brentford side which has been involved in a few high-scoring clashes this term. As such, we’ll be going for both teams to score on Friday, 888sport offering 13/19 for such an outcome.
These two sides are extremely evenly-matched and it looks set to be a very tight match at Griffin park this week. We can expect plenty of thrilling action nevertheless.
Our betting tips
Anytime Goalscorer, Andre Gray – Ladbrokes 15/8
Both teams scoring – 888sport 13/19