Bolton vs Derby @2.05
Derby were one of the best teams in the Championship for large parts of last season, just tailing off at the end and narrowly missing out on a playoff place by 1 point. They’ve had a good summer, bought in exciting faces like Tom Ince, Darren Bent and Andreas Weimann, along with having some good pre-season results. The Rams are a lot of people’s picks for automatic promotion this season and are 7/4 to go up. Bolton haven’t got the same level of quality in their squad and have struggled in recent times in the Championship. They have been left short in the goal-scoring department for the new season with no Le Fondre and no Gudjohnsen, and appear to be struggling slightly for fitness going into the first game against Derby here. Wouldn’t go for Derby -1 here, purely because its the first game of the season and they are away from home.
Hull @1.70 vs Huddersfield
Although being a relegated side going into the new season is never easy, Hull look to have retained some of their key players, and go into this match at home with the better team on paper. Huddersfield, who lost their opening game last season 4-0 to promoted Bournemouth, finished the campaign in 16th. They don’t look like a solid team who are yet ready to challenge for promotion, and starting the season away at Hull is a tough ask. The quality of Hull should be too much here, although it will be interesting to see the transition between Premiership and Championship for Bruce’s team who will be looking to get off to a winning start here at home.