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After the FA Cup third round last weekend it’s back to domestic football league action this weekend starting tonight with the now traditional live Championship match. Tonight’s game is a top six clash between leaders Leeds and sixth place Derby at Elland Road and it’s a tricky result to call with both teams possessing strong squads and decent respective home and away form so far this season. Derby have faired well in previous corresponding league games winning four and drawing two while Leeds have won two, drawn two and lost four of the last the last six and if you factor in these types of stats in to your betting you could consider opposing Leeds on the exchanges or siding with Derby using the handicap markets.

The weekends Premier League action gets underway tomorrow lunchtime when fifth place Arsenal travel to the London Stadium to face derby rivals West Ham who are currently in tenth place. Both teams are set up to be more attack minded and this should produce plenty of attacking prowess and goals and with most previous corresponding league fixtures producing goals I would consider backing BTTS and Over 3.5 Goals in the Match Doubles market, which should return a profit.

From the 3pm kick offs Liverpool will get the chance to extend their Premier League lead to seven points over nearest rivals and reigning champions Manchester City tomorrow when they travel to the south coast to face Brighton as City don’t play until Monday when they face Wolves again but this time at the Etihad. Brighton have turned the Amex in to a bit of a fortress and this is where they gain most of their league points, but the Reds will be hoping for a repeat of last seasons corresponding fixture result when they thrashed the Seagulls 5-1.

There’s a couple of relegation six pointers between Cardiff and Huddersfield at the Cardiff City Stadium and Burnley and Fulham at Turf Moor and on current form Cardiff and Burnley may have a slight advantage and from the two I’d side with Cardiff to collect a valuable three points given Huddersfield long losing run showing no signs of changing soon. The teatime kick-off is between fourth place Chelsea and struggling sixth from bottom Newcastle Utd at Stamford Bridge. Newcastle have experienced little success at Stamford Bridge in recent years and in terms of this corresponding league fixture they’ve lost the last five in a row, all by two or more goals, and current form I expect a similar result for this encounter.

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