EFL Championship Preview: QPR Take On Reading in Stand Out Weekend Fixture

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October is already beginning to look like a crucial month with EFL Championship sides playing frequently, and after the midweek fixtures, the overall picture is becoming clearer by the day.

Reading drew with Norwich City and continues to be a genuine EFL Championship betting option when singling out promotion chasers that wouldn’t have been predicted at the start of the campaign, while QPR’s win at Bramall Lane sees the West London outfit also enter the fray.

Queens Park Rangers vs Reading

Friday 7th October - 20:00

Fourth hosts third in the most attractive fixture of this gameweek, and Michael Beale’s side will look to improve on their recent home form as they push for a place in the automatic promotion places.

QPR have been average when playing at Loftus Road, but three away wins on the bounce, against tricky opposition in the form of Millwall, Bristol City and Sheffield United, has led them into a very good position when you consider their poor start to 2022/23.

Paul Ince’s Reading continues to impress, and that means this game will be a tight one, so tight indeed that we think this has a stalemate written all over it. So why not place the following bet with BoyleSports, a draw with both teams to score at 7/2? 

Norwich City vs Preston North End

Saturday 8th October - 15:00

Dean Smith’s side missed the chance to go top in midweek when they could only draw at Reading, but they are now on a run of nine games unbeaten and are looking good for an immediate return to the Premier League.

Preston are the draw specialists in the division and are unbeaten away from home, but we think that run will come to a crushing end at Carrow Road. With Grosvenor Sports, we’ve come up with this tasty treble. Norwich City to win, Teemu Pukki to score, and the Canaries to score at least four goals, all for 23/2. 

Coventry City vs Burnley

Saturday 8th October - 15:00

Mark Robins finds his Sky Blues side in real trouble. They have won just once this season, and even though they have games in hand, they are very uncomfortably placed at the bottom of the table with just seven points from their first nine games.

Burnley have struggled to really get going this season, and they are drawing far too often, but this trip to face Coventry City may well be the catalyst that gets their season going.

You can get a healthy 18/1 with BoyleSports on Burnley to win, Jay Rodriguez to score first, and the Clarets to net three or more. That’s a bet well worth taking. 


Having won his first game in charge 4-0, Slaven Bilic watched on as Watford surrendered a lead and lost at home to Swansea City. The Croatian boss sees his Hornets take on Blackpool in a game they should win.

Sheffield United, who remain top by a slender margin, travel to take on the Potters, who haven’t won at home since the 6th of August. It’s a game that may be ideal for Paul Heckingbottom as his team looks to get back on track.

Somehow West Brom have not fired Steve Bruce, but the experienced boss may find that time will run on his Hawthorns post if the Baggies don’t get something from their home match against Luton Town.