O'Neill faces tough Bristol baptism

Nottingham Forest 2.58 v Bristol City 3.15; The Draw 3.35
Martin O'Neill reurns to the Forest Ground as Aitor Karanka's replacement and inherits a Forest side that has only won once in their last eight league meetings with Bristol City (W1, D2, L5), although the last two fixtures were drawn. Bristol City have only won two of their last 27 away visits to the City Ground in all competitions (D9 L16), failing to score in their last two games.
O'Neill's first task is to rearrange the pack with the squad riddled with injuries and suspensions. They are without suspended defensive duo Daniel Fox and Tendayi DarikwaSam ByramMichael HefeleMichael DawsonPanagiotis Tachtsidis and Tobias Figueiredo who remain on the sidelines.
Claudio Yacob will continue at the back and will be joined at the back by midfielder Ben Osborn with Saidy Janko slotting in on the right. Good news though as Lewis Grabbanand Joao Carvalho are likely to start up front, which is much needed with Forest drawing a blank in five of their last seven Championship matches.
Forest have been the model of inconsistency and now find themselves in 9th placed, four points shy of the playoffs and with an abundance of sides breathing down their necks.
Lee Johnson has lifted Bristol City, thanks to a nine-match unbeaten run, to two points short of a playoff berth. This City side is buoyant after winning their last four matches in all competitions. Another win on Saturday would see them claim five-in-a-row for the first time since December 2017. One of those five wins came against Forest.
As a player O'Neill won the European Cup twice with Forest, the First Division and European Super Cup as well as a couple of League Cups. He may have to be patient this time around and the wise money would be on the visitors on Saturday. Bristol City are 3.15 to claim another win and that looks absolutely fine.

Boro set to extend great record against Millwall

Middlesbrough 1.02 v Millwall 5.00; The Draw 3.40
Middlesbrough have recovered from a skinny run with three wins in five games and Tony Pulis's side should add another three points to their tally against Millwall on Saturday. Boro have won their last two home games against the Lions by a 5-0 aggregate and the visitors haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last 12 league matches against Boro (W4, D2, L6).
These two sides drew 2-2 on the opening day of the season, but as Boro have been constantly been in the top six Millwall have been lurking on the edges of the relegation zone. Millwall have got into a nasty habit of conceding late goals, a trait that began against Boro when they picked the ball out of their own net in the 87th minute and the equaliser came in the 90th. In their last three Championship games they've conceded in the 89th, 86th and 87th minutes.
Pulis is unbeaten in his last nine matches against Millwall in all competitions (W4, D5, L0), a run that dates back to April 2003. He should comfortably maintain that record this weekend.
Britt Assombalonga is looking to score in three consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since November 2014, when he did so for Nottingham Forest. The Boro striker is 15/8 to find the back of the het, but let's try and take a bit more value by doubling Boro to win and Assombalonga to score at 3.90.

Rovers to may hay as Tractor Boys struggle to score

Blackburn Rovers 1.80 v Ipswich Town 5.70; The Draw 3.55
Ipswich travel to Blackburn in woeful form away from home. The Tractor Boys haven't won in their last eight away matches in all competitions and have lost their last five without scoring a single goal. Paul Lambert's team did pick up a home win against fellow strugglers Rotherham in their last Championship match, but haven't won consecutive league matches since March 2018, when they beat Preston and Sheffield Wednesday.
Blackburn, who are unbeaten in their last 10 home league matches against Ipswich (W7, D3) since August 1991, haven't won three consecutive Championship matches since March 2015. Tony Mowbray's side secured a 2-1 home win over West Brom and a 2-0 win at Millwall has seen Rovers rise to 14th in the table.
Ipswich manager Lambert has never beaten Blackburn as a manager (D2, L2) and it's unlikely those stats are going to improve this weekend.
Bradley Dack (10), Danny Graham (8) and Charlie Mulgrew (8) have been Rovers' chief goalscorers this season in all competitions. Graham has scored four-in-four at home in the Championship and is 7/5 joint fav alongside Dack to score anytime. In many ways Mulgrew scoring may not be ideal as the prolific defender has scored in six Championship matches this season, but only ended on the winning side in one those games (W1, D2, L3).
Rovers win this and with Ipswich not offering anything of a goal threat away from home, Blackburn to win with both Dack and Graham scoring is a tempting way in at [6.7].
RECOMMENDED BETS
Back Bristol City to beat Notts Forest @ 3.15 (best bet)
Back Boro to win and Assombalonga to score @ 3.90
Back Blackburn to win with Bradley Dack and Danny Graham scoring @ [6.7]

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