Weekend betting: What are Preston North End's chances of a win at Sheffield Wednesday?
32Red's betting expert Jack Milner takes a look at this weekend's Premier League programme, Championship football and Boxing Day's racing
While, promotion remains an unlikely scenario for Preston fans – with 32Red making Alex Neil’s side the 33/1 outsiders to be playing Premier League football next season – the Whites have been tremendous form since the turn of October.
They have lost just one of their last 12 Championship games and eased to 40/1 for the drop.
PNE’s opponents this weekend Sheffield Wednesday have been one of the biggest movers in the relegation market (4/1 from 10s with 32Red) and are expected to struggle on Saturday when Preston travel across the Pennines to Hillsborough.
North End are 11/8 favourites with 32Red, the hosts 2/1 and the draw 9/4.
Louis Moult netted PNE’s winner in the 1-0 defeat of Nottingham Forest last week and should enjoy himself against a Wednesday defence that have conceded eight in their last four.
Moult is 4/1 to score in a Preston win, and likewise 4s for the visitors to win and both teams to score.
Christmas came early for Manchester City fans this week, with favourable draws in both the Champions League and League Cup seeing Pep Guardiola’s side shorten even further for silverware this season.
The Citizens remains odds-on favourites to successfully defend their PL crown with 32Red 1/3 for City to win back-to-back titles and 4/1 to complete the domestic Treble.
City were drawn with German side Schalke in the opening round of the knockout stages in the Champions League and 32Red are ¼ for City to advance through to the quarter-finals, the 3/1 favourites to conquer Europe and 25/1 to have all four major trophies in their cabinet by the end of May.
Pep’s immediate thoughts lay with Crystal Palace however, who are 20/1 to cause an upset this afternoon, and 8/1 to leave with a point. City will be ‘banker’ material in several multiples this weekend and are 1/7 to claim all three points and Even Money to win by three or more goals.
It’s a much more competitive in the Championship with Leeds’ trip to Villa Park the highlight of the weekend, the visitors 2/1 underdogs to take all three points back to Yorkshire, Villa 13/10 and the draw 5/2. Villa have been transformed since Dean Smith replaced Steve Bruce almost two months ago, and are now 5/2 (from 6s) with 32Red to make amends for last season’s play-off final blunder however, Leeds remain the 1/2 favourites to be return to English football’s top table and 2/1 to go up as Champions.
Whilst there are around a dozen sides with realistic claims of a top-six berth, it’s quite the opposite at the foot of the table with Ipswich, Bolton and Reading all odds-on for the drop.
There is some fabulous racing over Christmas with Boxing Day’s 32Red King George the undoubted jewel in Kempton’s crown and Waiting Patiently the great white hope of the north. Ruth Jefferson’s gelding remains unbeaten over fences and, despite not being sighted since his Ascot defeat of Cue Card in February, but should be fit and ready to go. At 5/1, he is a confident selection to reward each-way support under regular pilot Brian Hughes.
Bet of the weekend: Louis Moult to score in a Preston win at Hillsborough – 4/1