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Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday; Saturday, October 26, 7:15am, beIN SPORT Play
A Yorkshire derby. Paddy McCourt looks like a gem of a player for the Tykes – as demonstrated by his superb solo goal last weekend! Wednesday still haven’t won a game this season and Dave Jones must surely be treading on thin ice. I fancy Barnsley to record back-to-back wins this weekend.
VERDICT: Home win
Huddersfield v Leeds; Saturday, October 26, 7:30am, Not on US TV/Internet
Another Yorkshire derby! I was commenting on Leeds’ lack of goals scored last week and they ended up putting 4 past Birmingham. Huddersfield will be without leading goalscorer James Vaughan, who serves the first of a three-match suspension. This will be a tight game.
Burnley v QPR; Saturday, October 26, 10am, beIN SPORT Play
I have no idea. Burnley picked up a fantastic win at Portman Road last weekend to really announce themselves as serious promotion contenders. QPR have further strengthened their squad with the free signing of USA international defender Oguchi Onyewu. Their squad is too good not to finish in the Top 2 this season. Expect Charlie Austin to score the winner against his former club.
VERDICT: Away win
Blackpool v Blackburn; Saturday, October 26, 7:15am, Not on US TV/Internet
A Lancashire derby! The absence of manager Paul Ince did not seem to affect the Tangerines last week at all. Blackburn will be looking to bounce back after their disappointing defeat at home to Charlton and I think they will. Expect Jordan Rhodes to score a brace.
VERDICT: Away win
Bolton v Ipswich; Saturday, October 26, 7:15am, Not on US TV/Internet
Surely Bolton will eventually start picking up some wins? They will have to do without goalkeeper Adam Bogdan though, who is out for six weeks with a knee injury. Mick McCarthy is being heavily linked with the vacant Republic of Ireland job – a job he is probably interested in after his previous stint over ten years ago. Could this be Dougie Freedman’s last game in charge of Bolton? After the departure of Ian Holloway this week, it would be highly ironic.