Ollie's predictions: QPR to end Brighton's run, Bristol City to stun Derby
Last Updated: 15/12/15 8:59am
Sky Sports' Ian Holloway predicts the outcome of the big games in the Football League in midweek as he continues his 10 in 10 adventure - Sky Sports' marathon of 10 Football League games in 10 days....
From his very own battle bus, Ollie has run the rule over 10 in 10 fixtures at QPR, Hull and Wolves - as well as picking a selection of tasty encounters from a bumper Championship schedule on Tuesday...
QPR v Brighton, Tuesday, 7.30pm, Sky Sports 1 (10 in 10)
This is THE game I'm looking forward to on our 10 in 10 adventure and I think the home crowd will rock the house down at Loftus Road to the extent that Brighton's magnificent unbeaten run will come to an end. That will be a huge incentive for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the players and the fans.
They played well for long periods against Burnley and that'll give something for Jimmy to build on.
I have first-hand experience of when that place comes alive. When we beat Oldham under the floodlights in the play-off semi-final all those years ago. Wow. It was frightening atmosphere and a night I'll never forget. I love going back to see the Super Hoops. If anyone deserves a goal in a big game it's Alejandro Faurlin. What he's been through to get back to somewhere near his best is amazing to see. He'll win it for the R's with a free-kick or a penalty if Charlie Austin isn't playing.
OLLIE PREDICTS: 1-0 (Sky Bet odds 8/1)
Derby v Bristol City, Tuesday, 7.45pm
Prepare yourselves: I'm going to shock a few people here. I think this could be an away win.
Steve Cotterill's men have showed real ability on the road this season, beating Middlesbrough earlier on in the campaign and Huddersfield at the weekend. They won't fear Derby despite the fact Paul Clement's men have only lost one game at home this season. Those top two are starting to pull a little clear of Derby after two draws in a row and the crowd will be expecting them to turn it on for this one. That could work in City's favour.
OLLIE PREDICTS: 0-1 (Sky Bet odds 9/1)
Middlesbrough v Burnley, Tuesday, 7.45pm
Good grief, what a game. I think they'll cancel each other out as they'll not want to lose it more than wanting to win it. Burnley are now five games without a win and are seven points off Boro. A defeat here for Sean Dyche's men would be psychologically quite damaging for the club in terms of their automatic promotion chances.
They do have the ability to grind out results though and that's what I think they'll do here. A point at the Riverside is always a brilliant result.
OLLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds 6/1)
Fulham v Ipswich, Tuesday, 7.45pm
I really think Ipswich are the real deal and I'll be backing them to make it four away wins in a row.
The showing at MK Dons was a complete performance from Mick McCarthy's men, from back to front. Looking at Ipswich now, they can challenge the top five teams in this division. All aspects of their game are working well and everyone knows their jobs. They also have some big players coming back, including Ryan Fraser and David McGoldrick, who is as good as anyone in this division. Although Fulham have some brilliant attacking players, I never know which Fulham side is going to turn up.
OLLIE PREDICTS: 0-2 (Sky Bet odds 9/1)
Charlton v Bolton, Tuesday, 7.45pm
It's going to be a high pressure game involving two sides at the wrong end of the table. I'm glad I'll be the other side of London and not there. It will be tension-filled.
Bolton haven't won since early September but they've been knocking at the door of late. They've only lost their last three games by the odd goal. Neil Lennon could make the difference in this game.
Charlton are just too defensively naive. They defend like MK Dons defended against Ipswich - allowing attacking players to get in behind far too easily. Bolton will just have enough.
OLLIE PREDICTS: 0-1 (Sky Bet odds 17/2)
Preston v Birmingham, Tuesday, 7.45pm
If it isn't broke, don't fix it! That's what I'm doing with this prediction. I nailed Preston to win 1-0 at the weekend with Joe Garner getting the goal and it's going to happen again. Birmingham have just stopped scoring and look a little short of confidence. You can't say that about Preston though, who have won their last two and clambered away from the drop zone.
OLLIE PREDICTS: 1-0 (Sky Bet odds 17/2)
Hull v Reading, 7.30pm, Wednesday, Sky Sports 1 (10 in 10)
If Reading have appointed a manager by Wednesday night, I would be tempted to go for the draw, but without a permanent boss in the Royals dugout it's got to be a home win. Players need to have a leader, without one there is no stability in that dressing room.
When they're flowing, Hull are a fantastic team. They've been through a bit of a blip but by beating Bolton on Saturday they now have the winning feeling back. Steve Bruce will be challenging his players to make a push for that top two. This is a winnable game and they'll cause all sorts of problems down the flanks, especially with Andrew Robertson.
He was reportedly being linked with Arsenal and Chelsea last season - he's got everything you need from a full-back. He can beat his man and everything he does is positive - I'm backing him to be the match-winner.
OLLIE PREDICTS: 1-0 (Sky Bet odds 5/1)
Wolves v Leeds, Thursday 7.30pm, Sky Sports 1 (10 in 10)
It's been five games without a win at home for Wolves, but they'll break that duck here. I saw enough of them on our first 10 in 10 game to make a conclusion that they'll have too much for Leeds.
I think Kenny Jackett has a good team there but he could just to with a bit of help from above. He needs a chance to add to the vibrant squad he's building.
Jordan Graham mesmerised me on Thursday night in the 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest with some of his wing-play - he's a star in the making. I've got a feeling Benik Afobe will be back in the starting line-up too on Thursday - that will only make them stronger. Plus, the crowd were magnificent the other night. They are sticking with their team and good on them.
OLLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds 10/1)
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