We’re backing Birmingham and Bristol City to upset the odds
Before you ask, we thought Bournemouth winning at Villa Park on Sunday wouldn’t constitute a proper upset although we’re going for five “underdogs” available at a big price this weekend.
BIRMINGHAM CITY v West Brom 15:00
A West-Midlands derby which can go the way of the Championship team. Gary Rowett has performed minor miracles since taking charge at St Andrews, lifting the Blues up the table.
While Tony Pulis has overseen a sturdy four points from his opening two Premier League matches at The Hawthorns, this is a team who have struggled to score on the road all season.
BEST ODDS: Birmingham @ 31/10 with Boylesports
Derby v CHESTERFIELD, Saturday 15:00
The Rams were turned over at home to Nottingham Forest last weekend and Chesterfield will be aiming for a big scalp on Saturday, with the Spireites having been promoted to League One last season.
Steve McClaren might be tempted to rest some first-teamers for this one and thousands of visiting supporters might witness an upset, especially with hotshot Eoin Doyle having scored 22 goals this season.
BEST ODDS: Chesterfield @ 11/2 with Ladbrokes
Man City v MIDDLESBROUGH, Saturday 15:00
OK so let’s establish some facts. Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony are on ANC duty. Sergio Aguero is likely to be rested for this match and City have a habit of wobbling in cup competitions as Wigan found out last season.
Middlesbrough are six games unbeaten and they had enjoyed five clean sheets on the bounce before a midweek 2-1 win over Cardiff kept them on course for promotion.
BEST ODDS: Middlesbrough @ 11/1 with bet365
Tottenham v LEICESTER, Saturday 15:00
The Foxes have enjoyed a resurgence recently and Nigel Pearson’s side could edge an FA Cup encounter against a Tottenham side with one eye on the Capital One Cup semi-final clash v Sheffield United next week.
Leicester have been running a tighter ship recently and Pearson will want a solid defensive display and a win to bolster the confidence levels ahead of a scrap against survival later this season.
BEST ODDS: Leicester @ 9/2 with Paddy Power
BRISTOL CITY v West Ham, Sunday 14:00
West Ham have been going great guns this season although they are unreliable on the road and Bristol City have won nine of their twelve games at Ashton Gate this term.
Six of the last seven games have ended in victory for the Robins and they might give the Hammers a rough ride providing they can keep Stewart Downing quiet in the middle of the park and successfully shackle Andy Carroll.
BEST ODDS: Bristol City @ 3/1 with bet365