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Tuesday 14th June 19:45

Free Football Tips provided by WhichBookie. Read the latest hot footy tips from WhichBookie football tipster Liam Johnson. Liam has over 10 years of experience in providing successful football tips and covers various markets for matches taking place in leagues throughout the UK and Europe.

Bookie Selection Best Odds Market Bet
England v Hungary 11/811/8 Both Teams To Score
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Place BetPlace Bet
England v Hungary 4/54/5 Over 2.5 Goals Place BetPlace Bet

Date of Tips: 14/06/2022

Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (07:00 14/06/2022) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.

 

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Daily Football Betting Tips – Tuesday 14th June 

England take on Hungary tonight at Molineux and find themselves currently bottom of the Nations League Group 3 League A with just two points from their opening three games. Odds of 2/7 from bookies for a home win are not too appealing and i prefer the odds on Both Teams To Score at 11/8 with Bet365.

England have been very disappointing in their three Nations League games so far and Gareth Southgate’s team will be keen to improve on recent performances prior to the summer break. However Hungary have been putting in some decent performances including a 1-1 draw with Germany over the weekend.

In the hope that England can put in an improved performance tonight Over 2.5 Goals may just be value at odds of 4/5

Selections

  • England v Hungary Over 2.5 Goals
  • England v Hungary Both Teams To Score

 

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Football Betting Tips – Monday 13th June 

France take on Croatia tonight at the Stade De France and find themselves currently bottom of the Nations League Group A League 1 with just two points from their opening three games. Odds of 1/2 from bookies for a French win are not too appealing and i prefer the odds on Both Teams Not To Score even though it is a shade of odds on.

Croatia don’t score too many goals away from home and again i would advise backing France to win 1-0 and 2-0 available at odds of 11/2 and 6/1 respectively.

Selections

  • France to win 1-0   11/2 Bet365
  • France to win 2-0   6/1 Betfred
  • Both Teams Not To Score – 4/5 Boylesports

 

 

Football Betting Tips – Sunday 12th June

Spain take on the Czech Republic in Malaga this evening to bring their current round of Nations League fixtures to an end. The Spanish are unbeaten so far in League A Group 2 and should have enough depth in their squad to overcome tonight’s opponents.

Odds of around 2/7 however for Spain are too short and there is more value in trying to find a correct score. Expect a relatively low scoring game with odds of 7/1 for a 1-0 home win looking decent value with a small saver on 2-0 available at 6/1.

Selections

  • Spain to win 1-0    7/1 SBK Bookmaker
  • Spain to win 2-0   6/1 SBK Bookmaker

Football Betting Tips – Saturday 11th June

Molineux hosts the 2022 Nations League Cup game on Saturday night between England and Italy but it will be a very different occasion to the 2020 Euros Final last year between the two sides. Due to the crowd trouble at Wembley this game will be played behind closed doors and the lack of atmosphere may have an impact both on the players and the result. 

Gareth Southgate’s team have been well below par in both Nations League games this week and it will be difficult for the team to lift themselves for such a low key match. It is somewhat surprising therefore to see that most bookmakers have England at odds on to win the game. 

Italy have managed a 2-1 win against Hungary and a draw with Germany in their opening Nations League fixtures and will come into the game with some confidence. 

Whilst both sides will have very different starting XI to last year’s Euro Final there is no doubt that a youthful Italian side could still be quite a handful for the Three Lions.   

Initial thoughts on the game are that Italy are simply too big at odds of almost 7/2 and the likelihood is that it will be a low scoring game. 

Skybet have a Boost on the game for Harry Kane to have 1+ Shots on Target in each half at 3/1 from 6/4 – this represents good value and should be taken.

 

Selections

  • Italy To Win 7/2 Unibet
  • England v Italy Under 2.5 Goals 8/11 SBK 
  • Harry Kane 1+ shots on target each half

 

Football Betting Tips – Wednesday 9th June 

Switzerland entertain Spain in Geneva in tonight’s feature Nations League game with the hosts looking to recover from an embarrassing 4-0 reverse last time out against Portugal. The Swiss are rock bottom of League A Group 2 having also lost in their opening group game to the Czech Republic and Murat Yakin’s team have struggled somewhat since qualifying for the World Cup with three defeats and a draw from their last four matches. 

Spain also struggled against the Czech Republic in their most recent game but scored late to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw. 

La Roja have only lost once to Switzerland in their last twenty three games in all tournaments but at odds on away from home there is little value in backing them tonight. 

The draw at odds of 5/2 offers much better value as the Swiss are desperate to improve on recent performances and held the Spanish to a draw in their most recent encounter at the quarter final stages of Euro 2020. 

Switzerland will primarily be focused in keeping it tight at the back after shipping four goals to Portugal so Under 2.5 Goals also makes appeal at best odds of 8/11 with Bet365

Selections

  • Switzerland v Spain Draw 5/2 @ Bet365
  • Switzerland v Spain   Under 2.5 Goals @ Bet365

 

Wednesday 8th June Football Tips 

The Nations League action continues this evening with Scotland , Wales and Republic Of Ireland all in action. 

The Wales v Netherlands game looks the most attractive from a betting point of view with the home country riding the crest of a World Cup wave following Sunday’s hard fought win over Ukraine. 

Welsh manager Rob Page will make many changes to Sunday’s team but will be keen to put on another good performance for the Welsh fans and it is worth bearing in mind that Wales are now unbeaten in nineteen consecutive games in front of their own supporters ! 

Some bookies are offering odds of 6/1 for Wales to win and that would normally be pretty attractive odds but Netherlands have been in top form recently including beating Belgium and are unbeaten in their last ten games in all competitions. 

Given a likely makeshift Welsh team and a prolific Netherlands side it is fair to expect some goals in this game and the 10/11 with Bet365 for Over 2.5 Goals seems very fair. 

Staying with the goals theme and Over 3.5 Goals at 12/5 with Betfair might turn out to be decent value.

Selections

  • Wales v Netherlands Over 2.5 Goals 10/11 Bet365
  • Wales v Netherlands Over 3.5 Goals 12/5   Betfair Sportsbook 

 

Betting Tips – Tuesday June 7th 

It doesn’t get much bigger than Germany v England and although tonight’s game in Munich is only a Nations League game you can be sure that both teams will very much want to play at their best level. 

England in particular following their embarrassing defeat in Hungary at the weekend will have something to prove here and Gareth Southgate’s will need to improve massively on Saturday’s performance. 

Prior to that defeat in Budapest of course the Three Lions had been in great form during the World Cup qualifying and I expect a big improvement in performance tonight. 

Germany could only draw their first Nations League game with Italy and have a poor record to-date in this tournament. The Germans are now undefeated in their last 10 games in all competitions since their elimination to England at last year’s European Championships. However at best odds of around 6/5 Germany are too short despite being the most likely winners of the game. 

England looked tired and jaded on Saturday and whilst Southgate will rotate his squad I think an England win is not something to bet on here.

Expect a tight game with relatively few chances and therefore i suspect Under 2.5 goals is the best bet at odds of ⅘ with Bet365. 

Also worth taking a punt on England in the Draw No Bet market at odds of 11/8 with Bet365

 

Selections

  • Under 2.5 Goals @ 4 / 5 with Bet365
  • England Draw No Bet 11/8 with Bet365 

 

 

Betting Tips – Monday June 6th 

 

There are many Nations League games taking place today but perhaps one of the most interesting is at the Stadion Poljud where Croatia will entertain France in a repeat of the 2018 World Cup Final. 

Both sides lost their opening fixture in League A Group 1 to Austria and Denmark respectively and will be eager to bounce back to form tonight.

Prior to their 3-0 defeat to Austria , Croatia had gone nine games unbeaten in all competitions and with home advantage tonight I expect them to produce a much improved performance. 

France could be without Mbappe again tonight through injury but still have a very strong squad and will be desperate to maintain their record of having scored in the last twenty one international games. With Benzema in such outstanding form this season it is difficult to see France not getting on the score sheet but at general odds of 11/10 i think Les Bleus are too short to back for the win. 

With Luka Modric likely to play most of the game tonight for Croatia i think that the Draw offers the best value with odds of 5/2 available at Betfred.

I do think that there will be goals so I also advise a bet on 1-1 with Bet365 at odds of 11/1 and 2-2 available at odds of 14/1 with the same bookmaker. 

 

  • Selections
  • Croatia v France   Draw 5/2  Betfred
  • Correct Score       1-1    11/2 Bet365
  • Correct Score       2-2    14/1 Bet365

Football Tips – Sunday 5th June

 

Wales take on Ukraine this afternoon in the final World Cup play off game with a place in the 2022 Qatar World Cup at stake. 

It promises to be an enthralling game at the Cardiff City Stadium and Rob Page’s team know they will have a very difficult game on their hands after Ukraine showcased their ability in the midweek 3-1 win over Scotland.

Wales qualified for this Final play off game after two Gareth Bale goals were enough to see off Austria but that game from two months ago seems quite distant now and the Dragons lost 2-1 at home to Poland midweek in their Nations League game.

The Welsh however are very difficult to beat and unbeaten at home since November 2018 a run stretching to eighteen games.

The last meeting between the teams in 2016 ended in a 1-0 victory for Ukraine but that win will have little bearing on the outcome of tonight’s game. 

Expect a very tight game and it would be understandable if both teams show some signs of nerves particularly early in the game. 

With home support and Gareth Bale in their side I fully expect Wales to score tonight but doubt whether they can keep a clean sheet against a very capable Ukrainian team with the likes of Yarmalenko and Yaremchuk up front. 

The bookies are finding it very difficult to split the sides with Betfred offering best odds for Wales at 7/4 whilst the same odds can be found for Ukraine with Betvictor and Coral. 

The draw in 90 mins is widely available at odds of 2/1 and this for me is the best value and most likely outcome. 

I do expect goals however so will also have a bet on 1-1 at odds of 5/1 and a small stake on the game finishing 2-2 in normal time with Bet365 at odds of 16/1. 

Selections

  • Wales v Ukraine Draw 2/1 Bet365
  • 1-1 Correct Score 5/1 Bet365
  • 2-2 Correct Score 16/1 Bet365   

 

 

 

Football Tips Saturday 4th June

Hungary vs England

England are in action on the fourth day of the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League as they travel to Budapest to face Hungary.

After finishing 3rd in the 2018 World Cup and 2nd at Euro 2020, all of their focus will be on Qatar 2022 and this tournament will serve as a good warm up for Gareth Southgate’s side.

These two sides met twice last year in the World Cup qualifiers with England winning 4-0 at this very stadium back in September but were held to a 1-1 draw in the return leg at Wembley the following month.

Although England are fully expected to win this match, Hungary are a team to be respected. Despite finishing bottom of the table and being eliminated in the group stages of Euro 2020, Hungary performed well and were unlucky not to have qualified for the knockout stages from what was dubbed the group of death. Only a late equaliser six minutes from time from Germany’s Leon Goretzka denied them a third-placed finish and points in that tournament against both France and Germany shouldn’t be overlooked.

However, Hungary had a mixed run of results in their World Cup qualifying campaign which ultimately weren’t good enough and they finished fourth in Group I behind Albania, Poland and tonight’s opponents, England.

England are 2/5 for the win tonight and although I think they’ll have enough to see the game out as winners, that price doesn’t really appeal for a single. Therefore, I’ve chosen to back England to win to Nil at best odds of 21/20 with Parimatch or BetVictor. England conceded just 3 goals in their 10 World Cup qualifying fixtures and Southgate has his side extremely well organised at the back.

There will be a few absentees for tonight’s game. Eric Dier, Tyrone Mings and Emile Smith Rowe have been left out of the squad, centre-back Ben White is currently dealing with an injury and Trent Alexander-Arnold is a doubt. However, England should have plenty to offer going forward with the likes of Sterling, Mount, Foden and Kane all likely to start.

Along with England to win to nil, England -1 @ 5/4 also appeals to me along with the correct score of 3-0 at 8/1, both of which are with Betfred.

Selections

  • England to win to nil @ 21/20 with Parimatch/Betvictor
  • England – 1 @ 5/4 with Betfred
  • England to win 3-0 @ 8/1 with Betfred

France vs Denmark

 

One of the biggest UEFA Nations League games on Friday see’s France take on Denmark at the venue of the Champions League Final, the Stade de France.

 

France will be defending their title as World Champions in Qatar later this year but will be eager to perform well in this tournament as a warm up to the main event.

 

The hosts are currently unbeaten in their last nine matches and have won their last seven, scoring a total of 24 goals in the process. Their last defeat came at the hands of Switzerland at Euro 2020 when they were knocked out on penalties after throwing away a 3-1 lead to eventually draw the match 3-3. 

 

Although the Nations League isn’t the most prestigious competition in the world, France are the defending champions following their 2-1 victory against Spain in the final two years ago and they’ll surely like to make history by becoming the first country to win back-to-back tournaments.

 

Along with France, Denmark will face Austria and Croatia this month and although they should both prove to be relatively tricky fixtures, France should be their toughest opponents. However, Denmark are a very good side as they showed throughout Euro 2020, having made it through to the semi-finals only to be eliminated by finalists England. They finished top of their World Cup qualifying group winning all matches other than there final fixture against Scotland but as they were already guaranteed first place heading into the game, that defeat can be forgiven. They averaged an impressive 3 goals per game throughout qualification and conceded just 3 goals in 10 matches which is equally, if not more, impressive.

 

It’s hard to bet against France but I do think that Denmark will give them a game here. Odds of 5/7 just aren’t good enough for me to back a home win despite France not being defeated at home in a competitive fixture since 2019. Therefore, I think the best option is to look at other markets and odds of 15/2 for a 2-1 win looks good to me along with Kylian Mbappe to score anytime at 6/4 with SkyBet.

 

Selections

 

  • 2-1 at 15/2 with Bet365
  • Kylian Mbappe anytime scorer at 6/4 with SkyBet

 

Croatia vs Austria

 

Croatia host Austria in Osijek this evening in the other match in League A Group 1 and this too has the potential to be an entertaining affair. 

 

The hosts will be looking to improve on their bottom-of-the-table finish that they suffered in the 2020/21 Nations League in which they were only able to pick up 3 points from 6 matches. They’re drawn into a very tough group this time around but they do head into the tournament in excellent form.

 

Zlatko Dalić’s side made it through to the Round of 16 at Euro 2020 where they were eliminated in extra time by Spain. It was a thrilling game in which Croatia were trailing 3-1 with just five minutes remaining, only for Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic to find two late goals to push the game into additional time.It wasn’t to be in the Euro’s for Croatia but they will take confidence in the fact that they have remained unbeaten since that defeat to Spain almost a year ago.

 

Unlike Croatia, Austria did relatively well in the last Nations League tournament, finishing top of their group to earn promotion. However, they’ll do well to progress ahead of the likes of France, Denmark and today’s opponents. 

 

Ex-Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has been brought in as the new head coach of the Austrian side and he’d like nothing more than to get his campaign off to a good start. However, despite certainly posing a threat, I think it will be Croatia who come out on top in this game and I’m willing to back the hosts, along with both teams to score, at a price of 4/1 with SkyBet.

 

  • Croatia to Win & BTTS @ 5/1 with SkyBet
  • 2-1 at 8/1 with Bet365

 

Bulgaria vs North Macedonia

I’m starting off today’s tips with selections from the match between Bulgaria and North Macedonia. It’s not the most exciting game of the day considering Spain and Portugal go head to head in one of the later kick offs but I do think there is value to be had.

Bulgaria are winless in their last four matches but have won their last three on home turf. They failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup after finishing fourth in their group behind Switzerland, Northern Ireland and Italy, picking up 8 points from 8 games. 

Along with today’s opponents, they’re joined in their Nations League group by Georgia and Gibraltar and so are well within a chance of progressing. However, they don’t have the best of records in this tournament and are winless in their last nine Nations League matches heading into this game.

Although North Macedonia didn’t pick up a single point at last year’s Euro 2020 tournament, they did impress with their determination and grit against bigger opponents. They came agonisingly close to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup also by beating European Championship winners Italy 1-0 in Palermo back in March which will go down as one of their greatest achievements. However, a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in the final duo to a Bruno Fernandes brace meant that they will not be travelling to Qatar later this year.

This won’t be a walk in the park for either side but it’s difficult not to take notice of North Macedonia’s triumph against Italy along with having won three of their last four games.

I’ll be backing an away win in this one with North Macedonia being priced at a rather tempting 9/5 with Unibet.

Selections:

  • North Macedonia to Win @ 9/5 with Unibet
  • North Macedonia to win 1-0 @ 13/2 with Boylesports

Serbia vs Norway

The other game that’s taken my fancy today is Serbia vs Norway and I’m siding with the hosts to come out on top.

Serbia made it through to the 2022 World Cup after finishing top of Group A ahead of Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan. They’re drawn into a tough group along with Brazil, Switzerland and Cameroon and will hope to head into this winters tournament following a positive performance in this one.

Tonight’s hosts won just one of their six games throughout their 2020/21 Nations League campaign and will look to get off to a better start this time around. With Sweden and Slovenia joining the duo in League B Group 4 of the Nations League, this could be a great chance to put three points on the board ahead of two tough fixtures.

Norway failed to make it out of Group C in their World Cup qualifying campaign, finishing third behind Netherlands and Turkey. However, there is a lot to like about this side in its current form and they should be able to cause Serbia some problems. 

Norway haven’t been a prominent threat in the football world for quite some time but a fresh generation of players have injected a new lease of life into the squad and of course with Erling Haaland on the pitch, they’re always within a chance of snatching a goal.

Despite that, I’m siding with Serbia in this game as they have generally been excellent on home turf where they remain unbeaten since towards the end of 2020. In fact, Serbia have only lost twice inside 90 minutes in their last 18 matches played in their home country and certainly haven’t been short of goals either.

Serbia are 5/4 for the win but I’ve opted to back a home win & BTTS at a bigger price of 9/2 as both sides have gotten on the scoresheet in five of their last six at home.

Selections:

  • Serbia to Win & BTTS @ 9/2 with William Hill
  • Serbia to Win 2-1 @ 17/2 with Bet365

Scotland vs Ukraine

The long-awaited World Cup semi-final play-off match between Scotland and Ukraine takes place on Wednesday evening with the winner set to take on Wales in the final on Sunday afternoon in Cardiff.

The fixture was originally scheduled to take place towards the end of March but FIFA approved Ukraine’s request to postpone the game due to the country’s current conflict with Russia.

It’s a huge game for Scotland and some may argue an even bigger one for Ukraine. Given all that is going on in their country right now, for their national football team to make it through to the World Cup finals would shine a glimmer of light on some dark days. However, Scotland will be no pushover and they will be looking to make it through to their first World Cup finals since 1998. Of course, whichever team comes out on top on Wednesday night, they will still have to beat Wales in Cardiff which will be equally as difficult, but both sides will be treating this game as a final.

Scotland finished 2nd in their qualifying group behind Denmark having picked up a very respectable 23 points from a possible 30. Although they were only the fourth-highest scorers from the six countries in Group F, Steve Clarke’s side had the second-best defensive record, conceding just 7 goals across their 10 games played. They also kept clean sheets in five of their last six qualifying games, including a 2-0 win at home to Denmark in their final group fixture to mark off six consecutive victories.

Ukraine were drawn into Group D along with France and so it was always going to be an almost impossible task to avoid the playoff route in their journey to the finals. However, they did manage to hold the 2018 World Cup winners to 1-1 draws when they played them both home and away but their inability to pick up maximum points against the likes of Kazakhstan (twice), Finland and Bosnia & Herzegovina meant that they finished in 2nd place and 4 points adrift of France.

Both sides have three UEFA Nations League fixtures in quick succession following this game but this match will undoubtedly take priority as they look to take one step closer to featuring in the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar this winter.

Ukraine are the underdogs in this match but certainly have the ability to cause an upset. They reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 and remained unbeaten throughout all of their eight World Cup qualification matches in the group stage proving that they’re a tough team to beat. However, with the game taking place at Hamden Park, Glasgow, the home advantage could very well prove to be the deciding factor and I’m siding with the hosts to make it through to the playoff final at odds of 27/20 with Unibet.

With this expected to be a relatively close match, there are some tempting odds available on correct scores. Scotland to win 2-1 is priced at 9/1 and is the result that stands out to me but there are several others that you may wish to look at.

SkyBet have a price boost available on the game and are offering odds of Evens for both sides to have a shot on target in each half. The price has been doubled from 1/2 and well worth a bet in my opinion.


Poland vs Wales

The third edition of the UEFA Nations League gets underway on Wednesday with Poland and Wales going head-to-head in the opening match of the competition.

This is an interesting fixture given that Poland have already qualified for the 2022 World Cup this winter but Wales’ fate in the tournament is still yet to be decided.

Scotland and Ukraine kick-off shortly after this game concludes and only then will Wales know who they will face in the play-off final this coming Sunday. Based on that, along with Poland having the home advantage in this game, many will be backing the hosts as Wales will surely make their World Cup qualifying campaign their main priority this week.

Poland don’t have the best of records in this tournament having won just two of their ten games played. They were also knocked out of Euro 2020 at the group stage, picking up just a single point from three matches. However, their form has been impressive since then with Czesław Michniewicz’s side losing just once in their last nine which included a respectable 1-1 draw at home to England during World Cup qualification. With Belgium and Netherlands also featuring in League 1, Group 4 of the Nations League, this game is their best chance to put three points on the board and given Wales’ upcoming final on Sunday, it’s no surprise to see them as favourites.

Although Wales will hope to do well in this tournament to potentially give them a boost heading into this year’s World Cup, their focus will be on Sunday’s game. They finished top of their group in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League, winning 5 and drawing 1 of their matches against Finland, Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria but face some much tougher opponents this time around.

Although I can see why Poland are favourites, I think that this could be a much closer match than it may initially appear.

One bet I do like is Both Teams To Score which is priced at 11/10 with Betfair. Poland should have their chances and have scored at least once in their last 12 home games whereas both teams have scored in five of Wales’ last six.

As for a final score, I think the most likely result is 2-1 to the hosts (8/1 with Betfred) but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this game end all square.

Huddersfield vs Nottingham Forest

Fulham and Bournemouth confirmed they will be heading into the English top-flight next season and one of Huddersfield or Nottingham Forest will be joining them.

The two sides battle it out in the final of the Championship playoffs on Sunday afternoon after finishing within two points of each other in 3rd & 4th place in the table. Both sides won on aggregate by a one-goal margin over two legs in the semis with Huddersfield seeing off Luton 2-1 and Forest progressing past Sheff Utd by a score of 4-3.

This has the potential to be a great game and although a lot is at stake, I am expecting goals in a rather attacking game. Forest have found the net in 15 of their last 18 matches and Huddersfield in each of their last nine.

Wembley is the venue for this clash and so away form throughout the season for both sides should be taken into consideration. However, there isn’t much to separate the two with both sides picking up a total of 37 points from their 23 games on the road and both won 10, drew 7 and lost 6 of those. It is Forest who have the better goal difference however with being 7 goals better off. That’s mainly due to their defensive record away from home where they conceded just 18 goals in 23 matches compared to Huddersfield’s 24. That’s probably not a big enough difference to encourage you to back them but it’s difficult to find an edge in this game based on stats.

Similar to the Champions League final, I’m struggling to pick out a winner from this game but do think Both Teams To Score has a likely chance of coming in and looks a good bet at Evens.

I also like the look of Over 2.5 Goals at 27/20 as I can see a 2-1 score being the final result, but I’m just having difficulty deciding on which of the two teams will clinch it.

I’m am slightly favouring Forest and I’ll be taking a chance on them to win & BTTS at 9/2 with William Hill.


Roma vs Feyenoord (Europa Conference League Final)

UEFA’s third-tier competition, the Europa Conference League (UECL), was introduced this season and concludes for the first time tonight as Roma take on Feyenoord at the Air Albania Stadium.

Although some may question whether the competition is actually needed, it has provided an additional source of entertainment for football fans and an opportunity for clubs to add silverware to their cabinets.

Roma boss Jose Mourinho would like nothing more than to be the first-ever manager to win this tournament and to add the achievement to his long list of honours which include:

4 x Worlds Best Club Coach
3 x Premier League titles
2 x Champions League winner
1 x FA Cup winner
4 x League Cup winner
3 x La Lia titles
3 x Spanish Cup winner
2 x Spanish Super Cup winner
2 x Serie A titles
1 x Italian Cup winner
1 x Italian Super Cup winner
2 x Liga Portugal titles
2 x Portuguese Cup winner
1 x UEFA Cup winner
1 x Europa League winner
1 x UEFA Supercup winner
2 x Portuguese Super Cup winner
2 x English Supercup winner

However, given that this tournament was created to offer smaller teams the chance of European football, Mourinho and Roma will be disappointed to be up against one of the bigger names in the competition and it certainly won’t be an easy match for them.

Roma are the bookies’ favourites priced at 27/20 compared to Feyenoord at 5/2, most likely based on their experience in big competitions and of course, the pedigree of their manager. However, I’d price the clash as a much closer contest as Feyenoord have goals in them and certainly have the potential to cause an upset this evening.

28 goals have been scored by Feyenoord in their last 11 Europa Conference League games and at least three in four of their last five. The Dutch club have beaten the likes of Partizan Belgrade, Slavia Prague and Marseille in this competition without losing any of the six legs and finished 3rd in the Eredivisie this season only behind PSV and winners, Ajax.

Roma on the other hand finished 6th in Serie A. Not a bad finishing position considering the quality in the league but they have slipped up a couple of times throughout this tournament. Most notably against Norwegian champions Bodo / Glimt who they were beaten 6-1 by in the group stages and 2-1 away from home in the quarter-finals.

This is a very tough match to call and I’m very tempted to back the draw. However, I’m willing to take a chance on Feyenoord putting a halt to Mourhino winning four European competitions with four different clubs as I think there is more value in their price.

That said, Feyenoord aren’t without their faults. They’re an attack-minded team and as such, are prone to conceding. They shipped three goals over two legs against Partizan whilst scoring eight, four goals against Slavia Prague whilst scoring six and threw away a two goal lead at home to Marseille in the semi-finals before the tournaments top scorer Cyriel Dessers snatched the winning goal in the second half.

Based on the above, Both Teams To Score seems like a sensible bet given that Tammy Abraham, who has just one goal less than Dessers in this competition with a tally of nine, will be leading Roma’s front line. At odds of 4/5, BTTS looks good to me and I’m confident enough of that to back Feyenoord to win & BTTS at 5/1 rather than just the straight win.

SkyBet have boosted the odds on Abraham to have two or more shots on target within normal time from 2/1 to 4/1 which definitely has value.


Halifax vs Chesterfield

Only my BTTS selection landed last night in the Notts County vs Grimsby Town match as the hosts were unable to find a winner and it was Grimsby who ended up progressing with a strike in the dying minutes of extra time from Emmanuel Dieseruvwe. They’ll be meeting Wrexham in the semi-finals of the playoffs and I’ll take another crack at it tonight with the winner of this tie set to face Solihull on Sunday.

Halifax have the home advantage this evening which could be the deciding factor given that Pete Wild’s side have been excellent at The Shay this season. They’ve picked up more points than any other side in the league at home, winning 17 and losing just 2 of their 22 matches played. They also have the best defensive record in the league at home, conceding an average of just 0.5 goals per game which is extremely impressive. They beat tonight’s opponents 2-0 when they welcomed them to The Shay just over a month ago and so have the psychological advantage heading into this fixture.

Chesterfield had a great start to the 2021/22 season which ultimately kept them in contention for a playoff place. However, as the season progressed, their form took a turn for the worse and Paul Cook’s side were a worrying 21st in the league in terms of form over their final 10 games of the regular season, picking up just 8 points from a possible 30 and averaging less than one goal per game.

Just one win in their last nine on the road, including three consecutive away defeats to end the season, doesn’t bode well for the visitors tonight and they’ll have to improve if they are to set up a semi-final clash with Solihull at the weekend.

Odds of 13/10 on Halifax look like a great bet given they have the home advantage and is my first of three selections on the game.

Despite Chesterfields poor run of results on the road, they have managed to get on the scoresheet in 22 of their 25 away games in all competitions and so Both Teams To Score has some interest at just shy of Evens along with a correct score prediction of 2-1 at 9/1 with Bet365.


Notts County vs Grimsby Town

The Premier League wrapped up for the season yesterday and what a day of football it was. The title winner and those to be relegated saw twists and turns throughout the day and weren’t decided until the dying minutes of the games.

Although the top-flight may be done for the season, teams are still battling it out in the lower leagues and Notts County & Grimsby Town go head-to-head today in the National League quarter-final playoffs at Meadow Lane in a bid to meet Solihull Moors in the semis.

These two sides finished fifth and sixth in the league this season with Notts County picking up five points more than today’s opponents, finishing with a very respectable 82 points. They’ll be eager to return to League Two after spending three seasons in the National League and it was only in 2015 that the Magpies were a League One club. They head into this game in excellent form having won six of their last seven league matches and certainly aren’t shy of goals having the third-best goalscoring record in the league this term with a tally of 81 in 44 games.

Grimsby are looking for an immediate return to League Two after being relegated at the end of last season, finishing bottom of the table with just 43 points. After being undefeated in six, the Mariners finished the season with just one win in their last four with their final fixture resulting in a thrilling 4-4 draw away to 19th-placed Eastleigh.

At home, Grimsby picked up a respectable 47 points in the league this season but only managed 30 from a possible 96 on their travels. When you compare that to Notts County picking up 50 points at home, it’s not surprising to see them as the underdogs today.

That said, Grimsby did manage to take away three points against today’s opponents when they visited Meadow Lane back in February and so they’re well within a chance of getting a result tonight.

This could be a very entertaining game and I am expecting both sides to have their chances in front of goal. More often than not, both sides have managed to get on the scoresheet in games at Meadow Lane this season and I’d be willing to back that to happen again this evening at odds of 3/4 with Bet365.

As for the match result, it’s hard to look past Notts County’s record in front of home fans where they have lost just two of their league games this season. That, coupled with Grimsby winning just 36% of their away games, points to a home win and I’m opting for a bet on the hosts & BTTS at odds of 17/5 rather than a straight win at 23/20.


It’s the final day of the 2021/22 Premier League season and there is still a lot of play for at both ends of the table.

Manchester City and Liverpool will battle it out at the top with City hoping to pick up a win at home to Aston Villa to secure their sixth Premier League title.

At the bottom, relegation for both Norwich and Watford were confirmed some weeks ago and the third team to join them in the Championship is still to be decided. Leeds and Burnley have both collected 35 points but with the latter having the superior goal difference, a win for Burnley at home to Newcastle would see them safe and this is one of two games I have chosen to provide selections for today.

Burnley vs Newcastle

Burnley host Newcastle at Turf Moor this afternoon and will be praying that Leeds are unable to pick up points in their final game against Brentford. They’re not meeting Newcastle at the best of times given that Eddie Howe’s side have won five of their last seven, losing only to title challengers Liverpool and Manchester City.

Newcastle have been transformed under Eddie Howe and for some months now have been playing with grit and determination right up until the final whistle no matter who their opponents are. They guaranteed survival in the Premier League some weeks ago but that hasn’t stopped the black & whites putting in performances as we saw in their impressive 2-0 win at home to Arsenal on Monday night.

Howe’s side deserved the win at St James’ Park earlier in the week and registered more possession, more shots on target, more completed passes and more attacks than their London opponents.

Only Man City, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal have picked up more points in 2022 than Newcastle and the way they’ve been playing, they’re a match for any side in the league at the moment.

Burnley were unable to pick up three points in their game away to Aston Villa on Thursday night but a point may be enough if Leeds are unable to get a result against Brentford. They’ll be pleased to have the home advantage today given how poor they have been away from home but even at Turf Moor they have averaged less than one goal per game and with Newcastle keeping clean sheets in four of their last five victories, it’s hard to see them running away with this game.

A win for the hosts would guarantee them survival but their main aim will be to not lose this game. I’m sure that they’ll be keeping a close eye on the score in the Leeds match throughout theirs with tactics possibly needing to be changed should Leeds take the lead. However, I think they’ll start the match relatively cautiously which could result in Newcastle getting chances and with Callum Wilson back in the squad for Howe’s side, they’re looking more dangerous than ever.

Despite having a lot less riding on this game than Burnley, Newcastle will show no mercy and they’ve certainly proven to be the better performing team of the two over recent weeks. Odds of over 2/1 seem very generous on an away win to me and I’m willing to back them as a single which will leave Burnley praying that Leeds slip up against Brentford.

 

Brentford vs Leeds

Leeds know that they need points from this game to spend another season in the top-flight but it won’t be an easy task against a Brentford side who have lost just one of their last seven games.

Similar to Newcastle, Brentford are more than clear from the drop but have shown no signs of slowing down since their safety was confirmed. Back-to-back wins against Southampton and Everton, whilst scoring six goals in the process, isn’t the best news for a Leeds side who have conceded ten goals in their last four games and they’ll do well to keep a clean sheet today.

An injury time equaliser from Pascal Struijk in their match against Brighton last Sunday means that Leeds could claim safety with just a draw today. They too will be monitoring the score of the Burnley game but I expect a slightly less cautious approach from Jesse Marsch’s side.

It’s difficult to see Brentford not getting on the scoresheet today given how they’ve been in front of goal lately and how poor Leeds’ defensive record is. However, Leeds do pose a threat in front of goal themselves and so I’m backing both teams to score in this game.

I can envision a score draw, at least more so than in the Burnley vs Newcastle game, but I’m siding with the hosts to seal Leeds’s fate and win the match by a narrow margin.


Sunderland vs Wycombe Wanderers

Sunderland and Wycombe go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium on Saturday in the final of the League One play-offs in a bid to play in the Championship next season.

Wycombe spent just one season in the English second-tier after being relegated, finishing in 22nd position an agonising one point behind Derby County who managed to remain in the league. They’ve managed to gain a chance to bounce straight back up with just one game standing in their way.

For Sunderland, their wait to return to the Championship has been a somewhat longer one. Following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2015–16 season, The Black Cats slumped straight down into League One after finishing bottom on the Championship table. They’ve remained in the English third-tier for the past four seasons but have been close to returning on several occasions having reached the playoffs in three of those. They were beaten 2-1 in the final by Charlton Athletic back in 2019 and eliminated by Lincoln City after losing 3-2 on aggregate over two legs last season. Fans are eager to not spend another season in the third-tier after coming so close in recent years and many will be mildly confident that their team can do the job on Saturday.

Sunderland showed resilience against Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-finals earlier this month. After winning the home leg 1-0, they found themselves down by the same score heading towards the final whistle at Hillsborough. However, an injury-time strike from Patrick Roberts gave them the equaliser they needed to send them through to their second play-off final in four years.

Wycombe finished two points behind Saturday’s opponents in the league table and thanks to a 2-0 first-leg win at home, were able to limit MK Dons to one goal in the second leg to reach this stage.

There wasn’t much separating these two sides in the league this season with Sunderland picking up 33 points away from home and Wycombe 36. However, Sunderland did come out on top in their head-to-head clashes by winning 3-1 at the Stadium of Light back in the early stages of the season and claiming a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw in January in a game that they will have been disappointed not to take maximum points from.

Both sides finished the season strongly with Sunderland unbeaten in their last 13 and Wycombe avoiding defeat in their last 12.

This is a very tough game to call but I’m not expecting a flurry of goals as we have seen twice this season in the matches between the two sides. Instead, I think it’ll be a much more cautious game.

Sunderland are currently at best odds of 6/5 with SpreadEx, Wycombe are priced at 29/10 with Unibet and the draw is 23/10.

I’m tempted to back Sunderland 1-0 at odds of 6/1 but opting instead for the game to go to extra time with a score of 1-1. There’s a good chance that this game will go the distance and if it does, I think it may be Sunderland who have enough in them, based on the grit and determination they’ve shown during the play-offs so far, to go on a sneak the winner and send them back into the Championship after a lengthy wait.

Sunderland to win in Extra Time is a very tempting 10/1 with Bet365 and 888Sport.


Real Madrid vs Real Betis

In their final La Liga fixture of the season, Real Madrid welcome Real Betis to the Bernabéu tonight in what could be a cracking game.

With Real Madrid having already secured the league title and Betis guaranteed a spot in next season’s Europa League, both sides have little to play for in this fixture. Betis are just three points adrift of a playoff spot but as they lost both of their head-to-heads with fourth-placed Sevilla this season, they’re unable to qualify.

However, Real Madrid have their UEFA Champions League final clash with Liverpool coming up in eight days time and they’d much prefer to finish the season with a victory to give them momentum heading into their season finale.

Real Madrid have been superb at the Bernabéu this season where they have picked up a total of 43 points from a possible 54 and scored an impressive 44 goals in 18 games, including 10 across their last 2.

I’ve been a big fan of Real Betis this season where they’ve had some excellent runs and played some very entertaining football. They’ve hit a couple of bad patches throughout the season but are finishing the season strong having only conceded two times in their last six and guaranteeing a spot in next season’s Europa League. They may be disappointed not to have clinched a Champions League place but they’ve had a strong season nonetheless.

Betis have been great defensively this season and have one of the best records away from home in the league in terms of goals conceded. However, it’s difficult not to see Madrid getting on the scoresheet at least once given that they have done so in eight of their last nine home fixtures and scored more than once in 2/3 of their games at the Bernabéu.

Due to them having the home advantage along with the desire to head into the Champions League final on the back of a win, I’m backing Los Blancos to come out on top. Betis will pose a threat in front of goal and so I wouldn’t be surprised to see both sides get on the scoresheet this evening and Real Madrid Win & BTTS has some appeal, albeit at relatively short odds of 2/1.


Everton vs Crystal Palace

Nerves are increasing on Merseyside as Everton are still in search of that elusive three points that would guarantee safety. They missed out on that opportunity in both their goalless draw away to Watford a week ago and also in their 3-2 defeat at home to Brentford on Sunday and now they take another crack at it when they welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park this evening.

Lampard will be frustrated his side weren’t able to secure Premier League safety at the weekend when Dominic Calvert-Lewin put his side ahead in front of home fans in the 10th minute. However, a straight red for defender Jarrad Branthwaite meant the hosts were on the back foot for the majority of the game and their luck was to get even worse when Seamus Coleman headed the ball into his own net to level the score in the first half. Everton were able to take the lead again thanks to Richarlison converting a penalty just before the break but Brentford proved to be relentless against 10-men and two second-half goals gifted them the three points in a 3-2 win.

Palace have little to play for in their final two games but that hasn’t stopped Patrick Vieira’s side picking up results. The Eagles are undefeated in their last four (W2, D2) and have only lost three of their last fourteen, picking up impressive results against the likes of Arsenal (3-0) and Manchester City (0-0).

Away from home Palace have only won four of their eighteen played. However, they have proven to be a tough side to beat having registered seven draws on their travels and fifteen in total for the season – more than any other side in the league this term. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them take points away from this game tonight.

Everton have a lot more to play for in this game and will be eager to secure Premier League safety sooner rather than later. Their final game of the season is away to Arsenal and so they’ll see this as their best chance to get points on the board meaning that they can relax somewhat when their travel to the Emirates in three days time.

Although this is a must-win game for Everton, they’re just too short to back at odds-on (10/11). Although I’m tempted to back an away win, I think a draw is the most likely result and odds of almost 3/1 for that seem pretty generous to me. A point for Everton this evening wouldn’t be the end of the world as if they’re able to pick up another against Arsenal on Sunday, their superior goal difference compared to Leeds would see them safe.

Along with backing the draw, one longshot bet which has caught my eye is for Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha to score first and Palace to win 2-1. Zaha has netted 13 goals this season and in 6 of Palaces last 12 games. 2-1 is also a very plausible final score and odds of 100/1 look very tempting indeed.

Aston Villa vs Burnley

Burnley currently find themselves in the relegation zone but with their fate in their own hands. Mike Jackson’s side are just a single point behind 17th-place Leeds but with a game in hand and given their better goal difference, a draw this evening would be enough to lift them out of the drop zone. However, with a tough final fixture against Newcastle coming up, they’d much prefer to put three points on the board from this evening’s game.

This is the second time this month that these two sides have met and it was Villa that came out on top at Turf Moor a week and a half ago, winning the match 3-1. Prior to that match, Burnley were on a three game winning streak but they were unable to keep their momentum going and were also narrowly defeated 1-0 away to Tottenham four days ago.

After four straight defeats, Villa have lost just one of their last five which was a 2-1 loss at home to Liverpool two weeks ago. They followed that up with a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday and have little to play for since that they’re safe from relegation. However, they would like to pick up one final win of the season in front of home fans given that they face City in their final game of the season at the weekend.

This is a tough match to call. Burnley have a lot more to play for but they’ve been relatively poor away from home this season where they have averaged less than one goal per game. However, although three points would be more than welcomed by the Clarets, I think they would settle for a draw which would lift them out of the danger zone. That result isn’t out of the question and odds of 5/2 are good enough for me to back that result. I think it may be a cagey game and so I’d also be willing to take the chance on a stalemate with odds of 12/1 being available for a 0-0 score.


Europa League Final – Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers

The 2022 Europa League final takes place tonight as Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers battle it out at The Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville in a bid to collect the silverware.

Frankfurt brushed past West Ham to reach this stage whereas Rangers produced an impressive display at the Ibrox to overcome a one-goal deficit to win the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Rangers have won three games in the Scottish Premiership since their semi-final victory, picking up wins against Dundee United, Ross County and most recently, away to Hearts. Their second-place finish domestically means that Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will feature in the qualification stages of next season’s Champions League but all of their focus at the moment will be winning their first-ever Europa League title this evening.

Frankfurt ended their season in the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 2-2 draw away to Mainz to finish 11th in the table. That was their second consecutive draw in the German league but their results in this competition paint a different picture. Oliver Glasner’s side have progressed past the likes of Betis, West Ham and tournament favourites Barcelona to reach the final and not many will say it’s underserved. They’ve never reached the final of the Europa League, other than winning over two legs on away goals against Borussia Monchengladbach in 1980 when it was the UEFA Cup, and based on their performances in the competition so far, this could be the year they go all the way. Given that they finished a somewhat disappointing 11th in the Bundesliga this season, the fact that they’ll automatically qualify for a place in next season’s Champions League should they win tonight should give them additional motivation.

Putting current league form aside, it is Frankfurt who have impressed the most in this competition and I fancy them to do the business tonight. They’ve scored in every one of their 12 Europa League games this season and it’s hard to envision them not getting on the scoresheet again this evening against a side who have conceded in all but one of their games in the knockout stages.

Frankfurt are priced at 7/5 and Rangers at 9/4 and I’m siding with the former who if at their best, should be too strong for their Scottish opponents.

Rangers beat all of RB Leipzig, Braga and Crvena zvezda at the Ibrox in this competition to reach this stage but they lost all three of the away fixtures. That doesn’t provide me with a lot of confidence in backing them tonight when playing at a neutral ground in Spain.

However, I do think that we could see goals at both ends of the pitch this evening and so Both Teams to Score @ 4/5 and Frankfurt & BTTS @ 7/2 both look like good bets to me.

Both William Hill and Boylesports are offering customers a £5 free bet (in-play with Boylesports) when placing a pre-match £5 Bet Builder on the game.

For this bet, I’m backing:

  • Frankfurt Over 1.5 Goals
  • Frankfurt to Win
  • Frankfurt -1 Handicap
  • Both Teams To Score
  • Odds: 17/2

Lastly, SkyBet have boosted the odds on both teams to have two or more shorts on target in each half from 7/2 to a generous 7/1. As I think both sides will be out to attack from the whistle, I think this bet has value. Especially at double the odds.

Also, if you don’t have an account yet with William Hill, they’re offering new customers who register an account using a mobile device, enhanced odds of either 30/1 on Frankfurt or a HUGE 40/1 on Rangers. 

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Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United

Nottingham Forest host Sheffield United at the City Ground this evening and head into this game with a 2-1 lead following their victory at Bramall Lane three days ago. The winner of this tie will face Huddersfield in the playoff final at Wembley on Sunday, 29 May after the Terriers edged past Luton with an aggregate score of 2-1 over the two legs.

Forest were 3/1 underdogs to emerge from the first leg with the advantage but goals from Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson either side of the break put Steve Cooper’s side two goals up. However, Sheffield United managed to claw back a goal with an injury-time header from Sander Berge who was in the right place at the right time to get on the end of a cross into the box from Morgan Gibbs-White’s corner. That goal may prove crucial and will give United belief that they can get something from this game and set up a Wembley clash with Huddersfield later in the month.

Nottingham Forest were the better team in the first leg of this tie and Sheff Utd have a tough task on their hands if they are to overcome a team who are unbeaten in the Championship at home in 2022. In fact, Forest have won nine of their last ten league games at the City Ground, dropping points only in a 2-2 draw with Stoke back in February. They’ve also beaten the likes of Arsenal and Leicester on home turf in the FA Cup and narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-finals after being beaten by Liverpool by just a single goal.

Tonight’s visitors have had their troubles on the road having registered just one win in their last seven matches. They’re going to need to improve if they are to get a result tonight but based on the performances of the two teams in the first leg and how dominant Forest have been at the City Ground in recent months, everything points to a home win.

Forest to win is priced at 13/10 which is a good enough price for me to back them tonight. Although they only need a draw to reach the final, they’ll want to make sure that they’ll achieve that and I think they’ll head out from the whistle looking for a goal.

SkyBet have boosted the odds on a Forest win & BTTS from 10/3 to 4/1 which is the best price currently available and as I can see this match ending with the same 2-1 score from the first leg, I think that’s a reasonable selection.


Newcastle vs Arsenal

Newcastle welcome Arsenal to St James’ Park this evening in a bid to put a halt to their opponents’ Champions League qualification challenge.

Tottenham’s 1-0 win against Burnley yesterday has pushed the Gunners down into fifth position, two points adrift of their London rivals but with a game in hand. This is a must win game for them if they are to secure a top-four finish given that Spurs face bottom-of-the-league Norwich in their final fixture of the season but it definitely won’t be an easy task for Arteta’s side.

Newcastle were on a four-match winning streak before narrowly losing 1-0 to Liverpool and suffering a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad a week gone Sunday. However, Eddie Howe’s side have been extremely good on home turf where they have won six of their last seven. They don’t have a great record against today’s opponents having failed to beat them since 2018 with Arsenal winning seven of the last eight meetings, but their current team is more than capable of causing an upset and the bookies have priced them at just short of 4/1 to do so.

Arsenal will be disappointed with their 3-0 defeat to Spurs on Thursday night as a victory in that match would have secured them a top-four finish. However, they have the chance to reclaim fourth in the table with a win this evening and they’re odds-on favourites to pick up all three points.

Prior to their defeat to Tottenham, Arsenal had won four in a row, beating the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, West Ham and Leeds. However, they’ve had a mixed run of results on the road, suffering defeats to both Southampton and Crystal Palace last month and failing to find the net in both of those games.

This is a tough game to call with any level of confidence. It’s easy to see why Arsenal are favourites given that they have a lot at stake with this game but Newcastle have proven to be relentless in their performances as players continue to give 100% for their club despite securing Premier League safety.

Newcastle will most likely welcome the return of striker Callum Wilson this evening who got just over 30 minutes of playing time in his side’s defeat to Manchester City last time out. The Magpies have held up extremely well without their main striker and although Chris Wood has played his part in helping Newcastle remain as a Premier League club next season, the ex-Burnley player has been short of goals, finding the net just two times since his arrival in January.

Kieron Trippier was subbed on at the same time as Wilson against City, making his first appearance since picking up an injury back in February. The duo are two key players for Newcastle and should both be featured in the starting XI this evening, it will give Newcastle’s chances of visctory a huge boost.

One bet that I’m confident with is Both Teams To Score which is priced at 8/11 with Vbet. Not the most appealing odds for a single but Newcastle have only failed to score in the league at St James’ Park this season against Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea and both teams have found the net in four of Arsenal’s last five.

Despite Arsenal being favourites, odds of 4/5 are just too short for me. Especially given that they’re away from home where they have been relatively inconsistent this season, losing over 44% of their games. I think a score draw is a likely outcome in this game with odds of 4/1 available with both Parimatch and BetVictor. I’m also willing to have a small wager on the correct score of 2-2 at a tempting price of 14/1 with Bet365.

Goals can come from a number of players in this game but I think Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are the most likely scorers for the hosts. 13/1 for the latter to bag the first goal is good enough for me as a small bet and although the Frenchman has been short of goals over the past couple of months, he’s always a threat and likely to create his own chances around Arsenal’s box.

Lastly, SkyBet have boosted the odds on Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes to have one or more shots on target this evening from Evens to 6/4. The Brazilian has hit the target seven times in his last five games for Newcastle and is looking more and more confident in front of goal the more games he plays.


As we head into the second-last round of Premier League fixtures, there are seven games taking place today but there are only two that stand out to me and they’re both odds-on favourites. There is one other match that I’d be willing to take a small chance on at favourable odds and so today I’m backing a double at 3.4/1 and a Match Result single at just shy of 3/1.

Sunday Double

The first selection in my double is Tottenham to beat Burnley.

Spurs got the result they needed against Arsenal on Thursday night to keep their dreams of Champions League football next season alive. Antonio Conte’s side came out as 3-0 winners with Harry Kane netting twice and Son Heung-Min finding the net for the third game in a row and for his 21st in the Premier League this season. That victory has taken Tottenham to within just a point of fourth-placed Arsenal and with the Gunners facing a somewhat tricky fixture away to Newcastle tomorrow afternoon, this is a great opportunity for Spurs to clinch the last Champions League spot. Especially given that Tottenham’s last game of the season next week is against bottom-of-the-league Norwich.

Where Spurs are battling it out for a top-four finish, Burnley are fighting for survival at the other end of the pitch. Following three consecutive victories, the Clarets dropped three points in their 3-1 defeat at home to Villa last time out which has left them level on points with Leeds and currently avoiding the drop only on goal difference but with one game in hand. A surprise result today in which they pick up maximum points would make them big favourites to remain as a Premier League club next season but it’s difficult to envision given the form that the hosts are currently in.

This is a big game for both sides but due to Spurs finding their form in front of goal in recent weeks, I’m backing a home win today. However, odds of 1/3 aren’t too appealing and so I’m opting for Spurs -1 which is priced at Evens.

SkyBet have boosted the price on Kane & Son to have at least one shot on target each in the match from 1/2 to Evens which is worth taking advantage of given how the due are firing at the moment.

The second selection for the double is Wolves to beat Norwich at the Molineux.

Wolves are winless in their last five with the only thing to show from those games being a single point picked up in their 2-2 draw away to Chelsea earlier this month. They’ll be disappointed to have dropped out of the running for a place in Europe next season but this game is a great chance for Bruno Lage’s to bounce back from those recent defeats and end the season on a high note.

Norwich will be welcome the end of the season having won just one of their last fifteen and currently on a losing streak of six consecutive matches. They’ve failed to score in their last four whilst conceding twelve in the process and I can’t see them turning a corner today despite Wolves not being in the best of form either.

Similar to Spurs, the odds on Wolves aren’t the most appealing at 4/9 and so again, I’m backing the -1 handicap for the hosts, priced at a reasonable 5/4.

The double on Spurs – 1 and Wolves -1 is at odds of 3.4/1 with Boylesports.

Everton vs Brentford

If you’re looking to back an underdog today, I think the game to look at is Everton vs Brentford.

Following a dreadful run of results, Everton recorded back-to-back wins against Chelsea and Leicester to pull themselves away from the relegation zone. However, they missed an opportunity to further distance themselves from the drop last weekend when they saw out a stalemate away to Watford. Three points today would guarantee them safety but being two points ahead with game in hand over 18th-placed Leeds, I think they’ll be playing not to lose.

Brentford are three places ahead of today’s opponents having collected seven points more so far this season and with being safe from the drop, they have a lot less to play for. However, Thomas Frank’s side have been impressive over the past couple of months having picked up six victories from their last nine, beating the likes of Chelsea and West Ham in the process. They head into this game on the back of a a 3-0 win against Southampton at home and with being far from shy in front of goal of late lately, I think they have a good chance of winning today.

It’s far from a sure bet but at odds of 29/10, I’d be willing to take a chance on an away win in this match.


FA Cup Final

Chelsea and Liverpool meet for the fourth time this season and in their second cup final as the two go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium in the final of the 2022 FA Cup.

Chelsea look set for a top four finish but with being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid and falling short on penalties to today’s opponents in the EFL Cup, this is Tuchel’s side’s last chance for silverware this season.

Liverpool, however, are still dreaming of being the first English team ever to win the quadruple. They have already picked up the League Cup, are chasing City for the title and face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League later this month. If they achieve that, it will likely be an unmatched feat that will be etched into the clubs history forever but winning today’s game is the first of several steps left to take.

It’s been 16 years since Liverpool last won the FA Cup and they’ve only made it through to the final once since lifting the cup which resulted in a 2-1 defeat to today’s opponents. Although they would have preferred a slightly easier fixture in the final, Klopp’s side do head into the match as favourites.

Chelsea have an impressive record in the FA Cup and have made it through to the final of the competition in nine of the last sixteen years, including in four of the last five. The Blues have been beaten by Arsenal and Leicester on the last two occasions and so will be eager not to fall at the final hurdle for the third year running this afternoon.

Both sides will likely have first team players missing from their midfield lineups.

Fabinho picked up an injury in Liverpool’s 2-1 win away to Aston Villa on Tuesday evening and Chelsea are looking like they’ll be without Mateo Kovacic following an injury sustained due to a terrible tackle from Leeds United’s Daniel James in their most recent outing. N’Golo Kante is also a major doubt and Tuchel has stated that Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will likely feature in the middle in the final today.

All three meetings this season between these two sides have ended in draws with the latest being a stalemate in the League Cup final. However, Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three matches and I can see goals at both ends of the pitch later today.

I think this game will be more lively than the League Cup final and so my first selection is Both Teams To Score which is priced at 10/13 with Vbet.

SkyBet have an offer available where they have boosted the odds on Liverpool’s Luis Diaz to have one or more shots on target from 1/3 to Evens which surely has value given that the Colombian winger has had 12 on target in his last 7 starts for the Reds.

As for a match result, it’s a close call but given that Boylesports are running their EPIC ODDS offer on the game, it’s worth having a punt on one of the teams to win.

Boylesports are offering enhanced odds of either 4/1 on Chelsea to win (was 13/5) or 2/1 on Liverpool (2/1) and I’m siding with Liverpool. For me, they’re the more likely team bag more than one goal and if they do, they should be able to see the game out as winners and keep their dreams of the quadruple alive.

Lastly, 888Sport are refunding stakes as free bets on losing Bet Builders on the game up to £10 which is an offer definitely worth taking advantage of.

For this bet, I’m backing:

    • Liverpool Over 1.5 Goals
    • Both Teams To Score
    • Liverpool To Score The First Goal
    • Odds: 3/1

Luton vs Huddersfield

Luton host Huddersfield tonight at Kenilworth Lane in the first leg of their Championship semi-final playoff.

This is a very tough match to call and many punters are expecting a low-scoring draw which is understandable. Three of the last four meetings between these two sides have ended level and Over 2.5 Goals has only landed in one of the last eight. However, both sides certainly have goals in them and I think this is one match where you should consider putting past meetings to the side and take advantage of the generous odds that are available.

Luton finished three places and seven points below Huddersfield when they played their last match of the regular season at the weekend. Nathan Jones’s side finished the season relatively strongly and have lost just once on home turf in 2022 which was a 2-1 defeat against QPR back in March. However, they were at the receiving end of a 7-0 thrashing by champions Fulham earlier this month and also lost 2-0 to today’s opponents last month, but both of those defeats were on their travels.

Huddersfield also finished the season strongly, winning six of their last seven and drawing the other. Those results meant that the Terriers picked up the most points in the Championship over their last 5 & 25 matches of the season and only Forest collected more in the last 10, 15 & 20 games. They haven’t been beaten in their last four meetings with the Hatters and I think they’re well within a chance of heading into the second leg of this playoff tie on Monday night with the advantage.

This game could very easily go either way and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see it end all square as many are predicting. However, I feel it’s Huddersfield who have more potential to go on and win this game and with them being the underdogs, some very tempting prices are available.

Huddersfield to win is priced at 5/2 with Betfred but I’d seriously consider adding in the BTTS selection as well at odds of 7/1. With Luton having the home advantage, I can see them scoring but Huddersfield certainly aren’t shy of goals and I wouldn’t put it past them to bag a couple which would ease the pressure for when they welcome tonight’s hosts to the John Smith’s Stadium next week.

If you’re looking for a longshot bet tonight, Luton have scored in the first half of their last seven home matches. However, they’ve only scored one goal in the latest three of those and so I think if they go into the tunnel at half time with a 1-0 lead, odds of 45/1 for Luton/Huddersfield in the HT/FT market look good. I’d be willing to have a small wager at those odds.

Another outsider bet which surely has value is a price boost from SkyBet. They’ve boosted the price on Huddersfield’s Harry Toffolo to score ANYTIME from 14/1 to a HUGE 22/1. Toffolo is a wing back and with six goals to his name this season, doesn’t seem like the most likely of scorers. However, he’s scored in five of Huddersfield’s last seven matches, including in their last three, and so he’ll certainly have the confidence to strike should he get the opportunity to do so tonight.


Tottenham vs Arsenal

The solo Premier League fixture tonight sees Tottenham take on Arsenal in the North London Derby and it has the potential to be a great match.

A win tonight for the hosts would take them to within a single point of Arsenal, who currently occupy the fourth Champions League spot, with just two games of the season remaining and so there is a lot to play for in this match.

Overall, these two sides have met 67 times in history with Arsenal winning 25 times and Tottenham 15. However, the results when Spurs are at home paints a different picture as Arsenal have only come out on top on 6 of the 37 occasions and have been unable to beat Tottenham in their last seven encounters on the road with the hosts winning five of them, including the last three.

Spurs head into this game after putting a major dent in Liverpool’s title challenge by holding Klopp’s side to a 1-1 draw at Anfield at the weekend. Although that was a more than respectable result, the fact that Arsenal came out as 2-1 winners against Leeds the following day means that it’s the Gunners who have the advantage in challenging for a place in next seasons Champions League.

Arsenal would be more than happy with a draw this evening given that there are four points separating the two sides currently with just two games remaining after tonight’s match. With Tottenham needing all three points I’m expecting the hosts to have the majority of the possession and with the form that Son Heung-Min is in at the moment, it’s hard to see them not getting on the scoresheet at least once.

Being a North London Derby, I’m expecting goals tonight. Both teams have found the net in five of the last six between these two and I wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen again this evening. However, with Spurs in great form at home where they have won four of their last five and scoring an impressive 16 goals in the process, I am expecting the hosts to pick up all three points.

Tottenham to win & BTTS is my main selection on the game which is priced at 7/2 with both Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook.

Boylesports have an offer available on this game and are awarding customers with a £5 free bet to use in-play on the match when they place a £5 pre-match Bet Builder.

For this bet, I’m opting for Tottenham to win & Son to score two or more goals at odds of 9/1. Son has scored in six of his team’s last nine and more than once in three of those matches.

Lastly, I’ll be taking a small punt on a correct score of 3-1 at a very tempting price of 18/1 and also Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka to have one or more shots on target which has been boosted from 4/6 to Evens with SkyBet.

This game is also the focus of my card betting tips this evening which you can view here.

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There are four Premier League matches taking place this evening and I’ve chosen two to add to a double which is priced at 2/1 with online bookmaker SpreadEx.

Leeds vs Chelsea

After going unbeaten for five matches, Leeds suffered back-to-back defeats in recent weeks against Manchester City and Arsenal which has left Jesse Marsch’s side in the relegation zone. They’re level on points with Burnley who sit above them but their dismal goal difference due to conceding a worrying 74 goals this season means that they must pick up points if they are to remain a Premier League club next season.

With just three games of the season remaining, time is running out for Leeds and they face a tough task this evening against a Chelsea side who will be eager to all but confirm their place a next season’s Champions League by picking up three points. Leeds will face Brighton and Brentford in the coming weeks which are both winnable games but even a point tonight would increase their chances of survival significantly.

Chelsea are 3/4 for the win tonight which seems like rather generous odds to me. However, they too have hit a bad run of form lately having won just one of their last five matches. The Blues threw away a two-goal lead in their most recently outing against Wolves at Stamford Bridge when Thomas Tuchel’s side conceded in the 79th and 97th minute to only take a point away from the game.

Chelsea face Liverpool in the FA Cup final on Saturday and would prefer to head into that match with a win under their belt which would provide a much-needed confidence boost against the seven-time cup champions.

The upcoming FA Cup fixture could cause Tuchel to rotate his squad somewhat but nevertheless, I do expect Chelsea to win this game and I’d happily take 3/4 for them to do so. I also think Chelsea to win & Over 2.5 goals is a good bet at 7/5. With Chelsea leaking goals at the back in recent weeks and Leeds’ games averaging over 3 goals throughout the season, I’d be surprised if this is a low-scoring match.

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Watford vs Everton

A few weeks ago Everton were plummeting into the relegation zone but Lampard seems to have turned a corner with the Toffee’s who have now lost just one of their last five games, picking up respectable wins against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and most recently, Leicester. Although they sit just one point above the drop zone, Everton do have a game in hand over those teams below them and so this game is a big opportunity to put some points on the board and potentially move four points clear of relegation with three games remaining.

Watford’s relegation from the top-flight was confirmed at the weekend following their 1-0 defeat away to Palace. Roy Hodgson’s side have picked up just 22 points from 35 games this season and are on a run of six straight defeats in the league. They managed to score just three goals throughout those defeats whilst conceding 15 in the process which should please Everton who have managed to keep clean sheets against both United and Chelsea in recent weeks.

Everton aren’t the biggest price at 4/6, especially given that they’re playing away from home, but this game will mean a whole lot more to them than the hosts who will be pleased to see the season come to an end.

I think Everton make a good addition to an ACCA tonight and so will be adding them to win along with Chelsea in a double which is priced at 2/1 with SpreadEx.

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Grimsby vs Boreham Wood

Today I’m starting off in the National League where an intriguing battle takes place between Grimsby Town and Boreham Wood at Blundell Park.

Both of these sides are in with a chance of finishing the season in one of the playoff spots but it is the hosts who are the more likely of the two to achieve that with just a single point needed from their two remaining games. Boreham Wood on the other hand need a little bit more luck as along with needing to win tonight’s match, as well as their home match against third-placed Solihull Moors on Sunday, they also need Woking to beat Chesterfield in their final game which looks somewhat unlikely.

Only Halifax, Wrexham and Notts County have won more games on home turf than Grimsby this season and given what is at stake, I can see them picking up three points this evening. Paul Hurst’s side were unbeaten in their last seven games before suffering a surprising 3-1 defeat at the hands of Maidenhead on Saturday. They’ll be kicking themselves that they weren’t able to secure a playoff spot by picking up a point in that game and I think it’s unlikely that they’ll falter again tonight.

Boreham Wood were having a terrific season up until March but their FA Cup exit to Everton seemed to trigger a change in form and since then they have won just 2 of their 15 league games, picking up 11 points from a possible 45. Things don’t get much better when you look at Boreham Wood’s results on their travels where Luke Garrard’s side have won just one of their last 13.

I’m backing a home win this evening but also adding in BTTS as both sides have gotten on the scoresheet in all of Grimsby’s last five matches at Blundell Park.

Grimsby to win & BTTS is a best price of 17/5 with William Hill. I also think a BTTS single at just over Evens with Coral has value.

Grimsby Town Expected Lineup:
Crocombe; Cropper, Smith, Pearson, Amos; Fox, Clifton; Maguire-Drew, Holohan, Abrahams; Taylor

Boreham Wood Expected Lineup:
Ashmore; Stephens, Comley, Evans; Smith, Mafuta, Lewis, Raymond, Mendy; Marsh, Boden

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Sheffield Wednesday vs Sunderland

Sheffield Wednesday welcome Sunderland to Hillsborough this evening in the second leg of this League One semi-final playoff.

It’s the visitors who head into this game with the advantage following a 1-0 win on Friday night at the Stadium of Light. An embarrassing error from Wednesday’s Sam Hutchinson allowed Ross Stewart through on goal who converted his chance, putting the ball past goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell on his second attempt. It’s a slender advantage to have heading into the second leg but an advantage nonetheless.

Despite losing the first leg, the hosts will be confident in overturning their one-goal deficit given that they have been superb on home turf this season where they have lost just 2 of their 26 league games. Darren Moore’s side have picked up 53 points at home this term, more than any other League One team, and when you compare that to Sunderland’s 32 points in as many games on the road, it’s not difficult to see why the hosts are the bookies’ favourites this evening.

Sunderland have won just 2 of their 11 away matches in 2022. However, they have also lost just 2 of them and they’ll be more than happy with another draw this evening. Five of their last seven on the road have resulted in Under 2.5 Goals, including three 0-0 draws in their last five. Alex Neil’s side will attempt to keep things tight once again in this crucial match but whether or not they can hold off a Sheffield Wednesday team who have averaged 3.13 goals per game over their last eight matches at home is another question.

Despite Sunderland proving to be relatively solid at the back on the road in recent months, it’s hard to envision Wednesday not getting on the scoresheet. Lee Gregory is the hosts top scorer this season with 16 goals and has found the net in six of his side’s last nine. He’s 15/8 to get on the scoresheet tonight with Paddy Power and Betfair which I think is a reasonable price to take.

With Sunderland likely to defend in an attempt to hold onto their one-goal lead, I’m expecting Sheff Wed to have the majority of their possession in their opponent’s half. Ultimately, I think they’ll break them down and if that happens early on, it could really open up the game and turn it into an entertaining fixture.

I can’t ignore Sheffield Wednesday’s form at home and so my match result selection is on the hosts. I also think that they’ll do enough to qualify for the final within 90 minutes and willing to suggest a small wager on a 2-0 score which is priced at 8/1 with Unibet.

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Everton vs Chelsea

Burnley to beat Norwich was my Bet of the Day yesterday and it came in thanks to late goals from Jack Cork and Josh Brownhill. That result was great news for WhichBookie followers but not so great for Everton fans who are now a worrying five points from safety, albeit with two games in hand. The first of which is today’s match at home to Chelsea.

Frank Lampard welcomes his old club to Goodison Park and would like nothing more than to cause an upset today. His time in charge of the Toffees hasn’t exactly gone to plan but if he’s able to turn things around in the final stages of the season no doubt a lot of that will be forgotten.

Everton have been shocking away from home this season, picking up just 6 points from a possible 48 on the road. However, they’re proven to be tough to beat at Goodison Park where they are unbeaten in their last three, picking up wins against both Newcastle and Manchester United. They also have an impressive record against Chelsea at home, beating the Blues in their last three encounters at Goodison.

Despite Everton’s relatively good form at home and their record here against Chelsea in recent seasons, I still can’t see them taking points away from this game. Chelsea should have put the game to be early on against Manchester United on Thursday night and they’ll be eager to get back to winning ways today.

Chelsea to win is my Bet of the Day today and is priced at a very reasonable 3/4 with bookies such as Quinnbet, SpreadEx and Vbet.

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West Ham vs Arsenal

West Ham host Arsenal in the London derby this afternoon in what could turn out to be a great game of football.

After three consecutive defeats, Arsenal are back on track with impressive back-to-back victories against Chelsea and Manchester United. Arteta’s side sit fourth in the league currently and will be eager to pick up three points today given that anything less could result in them dropping out of a Champions League qualification spot by the end of the day.

West Ham have had a mixed run of results which has seen them drop out of the top six. David Moyes’ side are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League but after suffering a 2-1 defeat in their first leg against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night, they have it all to do when they visit Germany next week.

Given the situation West Ham are in with their current Europa League campaign, David Moyes may feel next weeks match takes priority over this one and we could possibly see some changes in the starting XI to make sure they have fresh legs on the pitch in Frankfurt.

That said, West Ham have scored in every single game at home this season and so it’s hard to see them not getting on the scoresheet today and so I think Both Teams To Score is the obvious bet here which is priced at 4/5. However, I do think that Arsenal should edge this one and so I’m also backing an away win & BTTS at odds of 5/2 with Bet365.

SkyBet also have a price boost available on this game and are offering double odds of 8/1 on Arsenal’s Saka to have two or more shots on target and West ham’s Bowen to have one or more, boosted from 4/1. SkyBet’s boost on Salah to have a shot on target against Newcastle yesterday landed and although at much higher odds, I think this one has a lot of value.

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Watford vs Burnley (Bet of the Day)

Watford host Burnley at Vicarage Road this afternoon in what is a huge match for both sides.

The hosts are currently nine points adrift of their opponents who sit two points clear of the relegation zone and with five games remaining, it’s not out of the question that Watford could make a late dash for safety. However, if they are to do so, this is a must-win game for them and anything less than that could all but seal their fate as a Championship side next season.

Watford are on a run of four straight defeats and a staggering ten consecutive losses at home. Those stats don’t bode well for them heading into this six-pointer and given some of those losses were against the likes of Norwich, Leeds and Brentford, I think they could once again fall short against a side who have had an upturn in form.

The sacking of veteran manager Sean Dyche was a controversial one but since his departure Burnley are unbeaten, drawing away to West ham and picking up maximum points at home to both Southampton and Wolves. They’re certainly the more in-form side of the two and given that Everton’s form has plummeted and face Chelsea this weekend, they’ll be eager to keep their streak going and distance themselves further from the dropzone.

There’s a lot at stake in this game and the bookies have priced both sides evenly at odds of 9/5. If I was to choose one of the two it would have to be Burnley and I think there’s definitely value at that price.

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Saturday Treble

I’ve picked out three games today which I think make good additions to a multiple with the first being Blackpool to beat Derby in the Championship.

Following their defeat to QPR at the beginning of last week, Derby have now lost 10 league games in a row away from home and failed to score in six of those. Blackpool on the other hand head into this game on the back of a 2-0 win away to Barnsley and their last match at Bloomfield Road resulted in a 6-1 demolishing of Birmingham. That was their sixth win in nine on home turf and odds of just shy of Evens to add to that tally this afternoon look very good to me.

Next up I’m backing Nottingham Forest to beat Swansea at home.

Forest have been great at the City Ground this season where they have lost just one of their last 13, winning 11 of them. That defeat was a 1-0 loss to Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter finals which is a respectable result for most teams in the world. They’re looking for their seventh consecutive home win in the Championship and with them winning their last three to nil, I think they’re a good bet to do so.

My final selection comes from League Two where Sutton take on Bradford City at Gander Green Lane.

Bradford are currently 16th in the table and don’t have much to play for in their remaining two games with being safe from the drop. However, Sutton currently occupy the last playoff spot but with Swindon just two points adrift below them, they really can’t afford to be dropping points.

Sutton haven’t been beaten at home since October 2021, a run that stretches an impressive 19 matches. They’ve won their last three home games to nil and look a great bet at 5/6 to add another win to their tally.

The treble on Blackpool, Nottingham Forest and Sutton is priced at 9/2 with Coral.

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SkyBet also have a price boost available today that looks worth taking advantage of. They’re offering odds of Evens for Mo Salah to have one or more shots on target against Newcastle. A selection that has been boosted from 1/6!

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QPR vs Sheffield United

I’ll be looking at just one match taking place today and that is QPR vs Sheff Utd in the Championship at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Both of these sides can still technically reach the playoffs but it is Sheff Utd who are the far more likely to.

QPR are currently six points adrift of today’s opponents and need to pick up maximum points both tonight and in their game away to Swansea next weekend to stand a chance of a top-six finish. However, with the likes of Coventry, Millwall, Blackburn and Middlesbrough all also above QPR in the table, and with the Blades having a superior goal difference, it will take somewhat of a miracle for Mark Warburton’s side to qualify.

Sheff Utd are clinging onto the sixth spot in the Championship and with a tough final fixture against Fulham coming up, they really can’t afford to be dropping points this evening. They’ll be pleased to be playing QPR with the form the Hoops are currently in but fans will certainly have concerns about their side’s form too when playing away from Bramall Lane.

QPR have registered just one win in their last eight games which came against a struggling Derby side at the beginning of last week. It’s been a terrible year for Mark Warburton’s side who were looking like one of the more likely teams to finish in the top six heading into the new year. However, they have been relatively strong at home, picking up 36 points this season which is just seven points less than league-leaders Fulham.

Sheff Utd are the bookies favourites for the win tonight which isn’t surprising. They have it all to play for and in with a much better chance of making the playoffs if they’re able to pick up three points. Despite this, I think United at odds-on to win away from home is just too short for me.

Yes, QPR have had a terrible run of results this year but they do have a good record at home and along with their 1-0 win against Derby last week, they also gave Huddersfield a game the week prior, picking up a point in a 2-2 draw away from home. Considering Huddersfield have the second-best home record in the Championship this season, that’s a respectable result.

On top of this, Sheff Utd have been rather poor on their travels of late, registering just two victories in their last ten on the road and being winless in their last six. That’s not the form of a team that you want to be backing at odds-on away from home in my opinion.

I understand why Sheffield United are favourites tonight and are the more likely team to win, but in terms of value, the smart money has to be on a home win which is priced at 10/3 with Bet365.

Although many will be expecting a low-scoring game with QPR scoring one goal or less at home in their last four and Sheff Utd one or less in their last six away, given that Sheff Utd need to win this game, I’m willing to take a chance on them getting on the scoresheet. Therefore, my single selection on the game is QPR to Win & BTTS for which you can get very tempting odds of 7/1 with bookies such as William Hill and Bet365.

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Manchester United vs Chelsea

Chelsea make the trip to Old Trafford this evening to face Manchester United in a bid to make it 10 consecutive victories on the road.

United head into this game having suffered three defeats in their last four and winning just two of their last ten in all competitions. Their hopes of Champions League football next season are quickly slipping away from them and the more likely achievement this season will be to qualify for the Europa League. However, even a top-six finish isn’t in anyway guaranteed with West Ham just two points adrift of Ralf Rangnick’s side with four games of the season remaining.

Despite an extremely poor run of results which included a 1-0 defeat to Everton and United needing a Ronaldo hat-trick to see off a struggling Norwich side, they have proven to be relatively hard to beat on home turf. They’ve lost just once at Old Trafford in the league in 2022 and this season have picked up maximum points against the likes of Arsenal, West Ham and Spurs.

Chelsea have had an impressive season under Tuchel but have faltered lately themselves. The Blues lost 4-1 at home to Brentford in February and conceded another four in a 4-2 loss at Stamford Bridge against Arsenal a little over a week ago. However, their form on the road has been excellent with only Manchester City collecting more points this season. Following a 1-1 draw away to Brighton back in January, Chelsea have now won nine on the bounce on their travels and so it’s no surprise to see them as the bookies favourites to pick up three points this evening.

Despite United’s solid form at home, I can’t see past another away win for Chelsea and odds of 5/4 are good enough for me to back them. United clearly have issues across the field and unless they’re able to show something that we haven’t seen in a long time, I think they’ll struggle to pick up more than a point at best today.

As well as backing a Chelsea win, I’m also tipping a score of 2-0 to the visitors which is a tempting 12/1 with Bet365.

Manchester United Expected Lineup:
De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Telles; McTominay, Matic; Elanga, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo

Chelsea Expected Lineup:
Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz

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Liverpool vs Villarreal

The UEFA Champions League continues this evening with Liverpool hosting Villarreal in the first leg of their semi-final clash. We had 5/2 and 2/1 winners yesterday on the Man City vs Real Madrid game, with just a single yellow card stopping our 5/1 Bet Builder from landing, and hopefully today’s tips will return a profit also.

There aren’t as many betting offers from bookies available for this evening’s game compared to last night but Coral are offering customers a £5 free bet when placing a bet of £5 or more in-play which is worth taking advantage of.

If you don’t have an account with 888Sport, you can also take advantage of the enhanced odds offer that is available to new customers from which you can get huge prices of either 5/1 for Liverpool to win or a whopping 100/1 for Villarreal.

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With the quadruple still achievable for Liverpool, all efforts will be put into picking up a result tonight and Klopp’s side will want to make sure that they head into the return leg in a week’s time with the advantage.

Liverpool are unsurprisingly favourites for the win tonight but short odds of 1/3 really aren’t that appealing. However, they head into this game in great form having beaten Man City, Man Utd and Everton in their three most recent games. They’ve also averaged 2.71 goals per game over their last seven and are this season’s highest scorers in the Premier League.

However, Villarreal won’t prove to be easy opponents as they have proved in previous rounds by knocking out both Juventus and Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich. They deserve respect and odds of 10/1 on an away win look very big. However, one major blow for the visitors is that they will be without key player Gerard Moreno who has scored 9 and made 3 assists in 17 appearances this season. Without his playmaking contributions, it’s hard to see Villarreal outscoring Liverpool and I think the best they could hope for from this game is to head into the home leg all square.

Despite Liverpool’s ability in front of goal, I think they may struggle to run away with this game. Villarreal only conceded once against Juventus in the last 16 and again just a single goal over two legs against Bayern Munich who have scored a whopping 92 goals in 31 league games this season. Liverpool may find them hard to break down and so I think we could see a relatively low-scoring game tonight.

Under 2.5 goals is priced at 13/10 with Vbet which I think is fair and if you want to add in a Liverpool win, odds of just over 2/1 are available.

SkyBet have boosted the price for Luis Diaz to have 2 or more shots on target from 6/4 to 3/1 which I think looks very good.  The Colombian is in great form and had 2 SOT in both his last Premier League start and in the first leg of the quarter finals of this competition.

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Manchester City vs Real Madrid

The semi-finals of the 2022 UEFA Champions League get underway this evening when Manchester City take on Real Madrid at the Etihad.

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City scraped past Atletico Madrid in the previous round in a feisty 0-0 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano which saw 10 yellow cards dished out by German referee Daniel Siebert, including one to Madrid manager Diego Simeone. Pep’s sides dream of a treble may now not be possible with being knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool but they are on track for their sixth Premier League title and will be eager to reach the final of the Champions League after falling at the last hurdle in 2021 when losing 1-0 to Chelsea in Porto.

Real Madrid have worked hard to reach this stage of the tournament with progressing past both PSG and Chelsea in previous rounds. They’re certainly not to be underestimated this evening and many will be tempted with the 5/1 price on the La Liga side. However, Man City are undefeated at home in the Champions League since September 2018 and so it’s hard to bet against them when playing at the Etihad.

Both sides are more than capable of goals and I do expect both to get on the scoresheet. Given the home advantage and their form at the Etihad, I’m siding with a City win but what would be my selection of Man City & BTTS is only priced at 2/1 which doesn’t really appeal to me.

Therefore, I’m opting for a Bet Builder with 888Sport as they’re offering a refund as a free bet up to £10 if it loses.

  • BTTS – Yes
  • Kevin De Bruyne anytime scorer
  • Over 39.5 Booking Points
  • Odds: 5/1

SkyBet have also boosted the odds on De Bruyne & Benzema to have one or more shots on target each during the game from Evens to 2/1 which is definitely worth a punt in my opinion.

Lastly, I’ll be using the £5 free bet offered by Bet365 on Madrid’s Benzema to score anytime which has been boosted from 15/8 to 5/2.

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Monday Night Double

The Champions League returns tomorrow with Manchester City taking on Real Madrid in the first of the semi-final fixtures. However, for today we have just two games taking place in the top English leagues and in my opinion, both could quite easily go either way.

The first is Crystal Palace vs Leeds at Selhurst Park and the hosts will be looking to end a three-game losing streak by picking up points at home this evening.

Consecutive losses to Leicester, Chelsea and Newcastle are not results Patrick Viera would have wanted at this stage of the season but with being eight points clear of the drop zone with six games remaining, his side are looking more than likely to stay up.

Palace have had a relatively good season under Viera despite their league position. The bottom half of the table is extremely tight and just an additional six points would see Palace in the top half. Although they have lost their last three, all of those defeats came away from home and the Eagles have been pretty solid at home of late with being undefeated in their last five which included a 0-0 draw against City, a 4-0 thrashing of Everton and an impressive 3-0 victory against Arsenal earlier in the month.

After a hugely disappointing run in the league, Leeds are now unbeaten in their last four having won three of those. They need to keep that momentum going to ensure survival this season given that they’re just four points above the relegation zone and face City, Arsenal and Chelsea in their next three matches.

Leeds are certainly not short of a goal or two having scored nine over their last four games. However, they have the second-worst defensive record in the league and very rarely keep a clean sheet.

It’s difficult to pick a winner from this game. Palace have been solid at home recently but have suffered three straight defeats whereas Leeds are prone to conceding but have won three of their last four.

One selection that makes sense to me is Both Teams To Score which is priced at 3/4 and will be one of the selections in my double today.

My other selection is Both Teams To Score in the Preston vs Blackburn game.

Preston have proven tough to beat at Deepdale this season with no team losing fewer games (3) than Ryan Lowe’s side. However, they only have the 16th best home record in the Championship due to drawing 10 of their 21 games and winning just 8.

Over 71% of Preston’s home matches in the league this season have resulted in both teams scoring and I think that’s a good bet to have on tonight’s game.

Blackburn went on an impressive run leading up to the end of 2021 but ever since the new year hit, their form has plummeted. Rovers have won just 3 of their 20 matches placed in 2022 with just one of those victories coming on their travels. Tony Mowbray’s side have also struggled for goals away from home this year but put two past Coventry and found the net against Peterborough in their latest two away matches and I think they’ll bag one this evening against a Preston side who have conceded in five of their last six.

Both teams to score in the Preston vs Blackburn match is priced at 9/10 with the double coming in at 2.15/1 with bookies such as Quinnbet and William Hill.

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Preston vs Blackburn
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Liverpool vs Everton

Liverpool continue to chase Manchester City for the title when they host Everton in the Merseyside derby this afternoon in hope of picking up another three points which would see them move back to within just a point of the league leaders.

Klopp’s side are unbeaten at Anfield in the league this season and it’s hard to see that changing today. They head into this game on the back of a 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United and although Everton too picked up maximum points against United earlier in the month, which was followed up by a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester, Liverpool should have too much for them on home turf.

Merseyside derbies are often competitive affairs but the gap in quality is apparent looking at the league positions of the two sides. Liverpool’s dream on achieving the quadruple is still alive whereas Everton are sitting just a point above the relegation zone.

Although it’s by far the most likely outcome, there’s not much value in backing Liverpool at 1/5. Therefore, it’s best to look at other markets and I’d rather back Liverpool to win both halves which is priced at 13/10 with William Hill.

SkyBet are also offering double odds on both Salah and Mane to have two or more shots on target each. It’s been boosted from 5/2 to 5/1 which looks like a great price given both players should have opportunities in front of goal today against a vulnerable Everton backline.

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Empoli vs Napoli

My second selection today comes from Serie A where Empoli host Napoli at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.

Empoli are having a tough year in the Italian top flight and are now winless in their last 17 matches in all competitions. Thanks to picking up points in the first half of the season, Aurelio Andreazzoli’s side are safe from the drop but their recent run of form is a big concern. They did beat Napoli 1-0 away from home back in December when they were 13/2 underdogs but I can’t see that happening today given that the visitors have the best away record in Serie A this season.

Napoli have picked up 37 points from a possible 48 on their travels with their only defeat in the league being back in November when they were beaten 3-2 at the hands of Inter.

Following a 3-2 loss at home to Fiorentina and a 1-1 draw against Roma last time out, Luciano Spalletti’s side will be eager to get back to winning ways and they should be able to do so this evening against a side who are struggling to pick up points.

Napoli to win is priced at 6/10 with 888Sport but I’m taking the chance on an away win & BTTS despite Empoli’s troubles in front of goal. Napoli have conceded in their last five and in 10 of their last 11 and so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both sides get on the score sheet today but ultimately Napoli should come out on top.

Napoli to win & BTTS is priced at 2/1 with Bet365.

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Arsenal vs Manchester United

Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates on Saturday lunchtime in what is the featured game of the weekend.

A win for Arsenal would see them leapfrog Spurs into fourth place in the table, albeit only for a few hours if Tottenham pick up maximum points away to Brentford, which should give Arteta’s side a big enough reason to put in a performance this afternoon.

Following three straight defeats, Arsenal managed to put four past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening to give their chances of Champions League football next season a huge boost. They’ll also be pleased to be facing United whilst they are going through a very rough spell which has seen the Red Devils pick up just two wins in their last nine in all competions.

Man Utd’s only win in over a month came in a 3-2 victory at home to a struggling Norwich side and recent performances have emphasised major issues at the club.

Earlier in the week it was announced that Ajax manager Erik ten Hag would be taking the reigns at Old Trafford come July but I’m not confident that his appointment will have an immediate effect on the players in the closing stages of this season.

It’s also unclear whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the lineup on Saturday afternoon and if not, they may be relying on Rashford and Elanga to provide a threat in their opponent’s box; something that they were unable to do in their recent 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in a match where United registered just one shot on target and claimed just 28% possession.

With the home advantage and recent results, everything points to an Arsenal win. They’re priced at Evens to do so but Boylesports are running their EPIC ODDS offer on the game and have the following boosts available to customers:

  • Arsenal Win: 2/1
  • Man Utd to Win: 7/2

2/1 on Arsenal is too good to turn down in my opinion and definitely worth taking up with Boylesports.

888Sport are offering customers a refund as a free bet up to £10 if their Bet Builder bet on the game loses but I think I’d rather go for Coral’s offer of a £5 free bet to use in-play when placing a £5 pre-match bet.

For this bet, I’m taking the chance on a correct score prediction and backing Arsenal to inflict more misery on United by beating them 2-1 which is priced at 15/2.

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SkyBet Boosted Treble

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City are at home to Watford and are 1/10 favourites to win.

Newcastle are away to Norwich and are one of the most in-form sides in the league this year. They’ve won their last three and look like a great bet to pick up another three points today at over Evens.

Spurs are away to Brentford which is the trickiest of the three in my opinion despite Tottenham being priced shorter than Newcastle. Spurs had won four before losing 1-0 to Brighton last time out but they’re up against an in-form Brentford side who have won five of their last six which included an impressive 4-1 win away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago. However, I’m siding with Spurs in this one and think they’ll have enough to bounce back from their recent defeat given that they’ll be eager to retain (or reclaim) their place in fourth come the end of the day.

I’m also suggesting a single on Newcastle to beat Norwich as I think they’re a great bet at 13/10 with SpreadEx based on how they’ve been playing over the past few months.

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Saturday ACCA

I’ve picked out four selections from Saturday’s fixtures and recommending placing the bet with Paddy Power who offer Acca Insurance from which you’ll receive your stake back should just one of the four fail to come in.

The first selection is Luton to beat Blackpool in the Championship early kick-off.

Blackpool may have thrashed Birmingham 6-1 in their lastest outing but that was their first win in six and they’ve only one won of their last 13 on the road.

Luton on the other hand have only lost two of their last 13 at home and are close to securing a place in the playoffs. I think that the hosts will make it three consecutive victories after back-to-back 1-0 wins against Forest and Cardiff and look at good price at Evens to do so.

My second selection is also from the Championship and is Nottingham Forest to beat Peterborough away from home.

Peterborough have been on a good run having won their last two and unbeaten in their last four. Although they can still technically stay up, it’s looking like it’s all too little too late for Grant McCann’s side and I think that their fate could be sealed with a defeat on Saturday afternoon.

Forest have lost just one of their last twelve and should have more than enough quality in their squad to pick up another win today.

My final two selections are from League Two with the first being Exeter to beat Rochdale at home.

The hosts have been in great form at home this season and are currently unbeaten in their last nine at St James’ Park. They’re looking set for automatic promotion into League One but will want to make sure of that by picking up maximum points from their remaining games which I think is something that they’ll do today.

Lastly, Walsall host Port Vale at Bescot Stadium and I think the visitors will come out on top.

Walsall have lost four of their last five and don’t have much to play for in their remaining three games with sitting 17th in the table and a distant 13 points from the drop zone. However, Port Value are clinging onto the last automatic promotion spot but with Northampton, Bristol Rovers and Sutton all within just a few points of The Valiants, they can’t afford to slip up.

Darrell Clarke’s side were unbeaten in their last nine, winning eight of those game, prior to their recent 3-1 loss to Bristol Rovers and I’m backing them to get back to winning ways today.

The four-fold on Luton, Nottingham Forest, Exeter and Port Vale comes in at 9.33/1 with Paddy Power and with Acca Insurance available, it looks like a great bet.

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Exeter
Port Vale
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Burnley vs Southampton

Just the one Premier League match takes place this evening with Burnley hosting Southampton at Turf Moor.

The hosts are in desperate need of maximum points tonight with being four points from safety and with just seven games of the season remaining. Everton collecting four points from their last two games hasn’t played in Burnley’s favour but this is a winnable game for them and a huge opportunity to narrow the gap with Everton to just a single point, albeit having played a game more.

The Clarets’ 2-0 loss away to Championship-bound Norwich earlier in the month was the nail in the coffin for ex-manager Sean Dyche. It was a controversial decision by the club but Burnley did manage a respectable 1-1 draw away to West Ham in their first game in 10 seasons not under the management of Dyche. Caretaker boss Mike Jackson will look to follow that result up with a win tonight and will be thankful that his team are meeting Southampton whilst the Saints are going through a relatively rough patch of form.

Southampton were winless in six, losing five of them, before they managed a surprising 1-0 win at home to Arsenal on Saturday. However, Arsenal dominated the game with 76% possession and 23 attempts on goal compared to Southampton’s 9. That victory was the first time Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side has managed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight games which has been the norm for the majority of the season for tonight’s visitors both at home and on their travels.

Both sides clearly have issues at the back and although neither have proven to be prolific goal scorers this season, I do fancy them both to get on the scoresheet tonight. Both teams to score is priced at a reasonable 3/4 with bookmakers such as Bet365, Betfair and Vbet.

As for a match winner, I really can’t pick one out from this game. These two sides played out a 2-2 draw at St Mary’s back in October and I think we could see another score draw this evening. Burnley do need the points more than Southampton but this won’t be an easy game for them and Mike Jackson’s side may have to settle for just a point.

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Chelsea vs Arsenal

One of the biggest matches tonight in the Premier League is Chelsea vs Arsenal at Stamford Bridge and it is perhaps the visitors who need the points more out of the two.

Chelsea currently sit third in the league and look set to secure a top-four finish to claim a spot in next seasons Champions League. However, Arsenal are battling it out with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and West Ham for the final spot and a win tonight for the Gunners would see them go level on points with fourth-placed Spurs having played the same number of games.

Up until this month, Arsenal were looking in great form having only lost to Manchester City and Liverpool in the league since towards the beginning of December and winning nine of their twelve games since. However, Arteta’s side have now suffered three consecutive defeats in the top flight and the worrying thing is that they headed into each of those games as odds-on favourites. That’s not a series of results leading up to this game that they would have wanted and they’ll certainly find Chelsea away a much tougher task than Southampton, Brighton and Palace who they have lost to in recent weeks.

After suffering back-to-back defeats against Brentford and Real Madrid, Chelsea responded well by thrashing Southampton 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel’s side followed that victory up with another in the return leg of their Champions League clash against Madrid and a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace to reach the final of this season’s FA Cup. With being unable to defend their Champions League title this year, they’ll be eager to have another crack at it next season and given that they’re eight points inside of the top four with games in hand over others around them, they have a very good chance of achieving that.

With Chelsea finding their form in front of goal again and Arsenal on a very poor run, a home win is expected tonight. You can get just shy of Evens on Chelsea to win with most bookies such as Coal, 10Bet, SpreadEx and others and that would be my Match Result prediction for the game.

Boylesports are also offering customers a £5 free bet to use in-play on the game when placing a £5 pre-match Bet Builder which is worth taking up. For this bet, I’m backing:

  • Chelsea to Win
  • Chelsea to be leading at HT
  • Chelsea Over 1.5 Goals
  • Mason Mount anytime scorer
  • Odds: 11/2
Chelsea vs Arsenal
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Chelsea leading at HT
Chelsea Over 1.5 Goals
Mason Mount anytime scorer
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Premier League BTTS Double

I’ll also be having a BTTS Double on two other matches taking place in the Premier League this evening.

The first is Newcastle vs Crystal Palace at St James’ Park.

Newcastle have the third best form record in the league since the start of the year and head into this game following back-to-back wins against Leicester and Wolves. Eddie Howe’s side are looking like they could give any team a game at the moment but they have conceded in six of their last seven.

From their last ten games, Palace have only failed to score against Chelsea and City and although this will be a tough game for them, I do think that they’ll get on the score sheet and odds of 19/20 for both teams to do so look very good to me.

The second match in my BTTS double is Everton vs Leicester at Goodison Park.

Everton head into this game on the back of a vital 1-0 win at home to Manchester United last time out which has left thm three points clear of the relegation zone. Lampard’s side have a game or two in hand over other teams around them and it’s essential that they make use of them if they are to avoid the drop this season. They’ve scored in four of their last five and five of their last seven at home and should be able to get on the score sheet against a Leicester side who are prone to conceding on their travels.

Leicester have had a mix run of form lately but their results away from home have generally been very poor. However, they have found the net in 17 of their last 19 away trips in all competitions and both teams scored in 16 of those.

The BTTS double on the above two games is priced at 2.3/1 with William Hill.

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Newcastle vs Crystal Palace
Everton vs Leicester
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Liverpool vs Manchester United

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Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield this evening in one of the biggest games of their remaining fixtures.

Both sides will be eager to pick up points tonight with Liverpool chasing City for the title and United battling it out with teams around them for a place in Europe next season. Only three places separate the two sides in the table but the gap in quality is apparent with United a distant 19 points adrift of their Merseyside opponents having played a game more.

It’s been eight years since Liverpool have been able to beat Man Utd both home and away in the league but that could change this evening given that they hammered Ralf Rangnick’s side 5-0 at Old Trafford back in October and head into tonight’s clash in much the better form.

Manchester United have struggled to collect maximum points from games recently having picked up just two wins from their last six in the league. A Ronaldo hat-trick saved them in their most recent outing against Norwich but conceding two goals at home against the league’s lowest scorers doesn’t fill you with a huge amount of confidence when they’re up against the leagues top scorers this evening.

Liverpool are unbeaten in the league at Anfield this season and I can’t see that changing tonight. Klopp’s side simply cannot afford to drop points in their remaining matches if they are to challenge City for the title and given United’s issues at the back, I can see a somewhat routine win for the hosts.

As you’d expect, Liverpool are the favourites for the win tonight but odds of 3/8 won’t appeal to many. However, Boylesports are thankfully running their EPIC ODDS offer on the game and have the following boosts available:

  • Liverpool to Win by 2 or more goals: 9/4
  • Man Utd to Win or Draw: 7/1

Liverpool -1 is priced at 10/11 with Boylesports and other bookies and so odds of 9/4 shows value and will be my first selection on the game.

There are also various free bet and refund offers available for Bet Builder selections from bookies such as William Hill, Betfred and Coral as shown above. The William Hill offer is perhaps the best if you’re just taking up one of them and for this bet, I’m backing:

  • Liverpool to win
  • Liverpool over 1.5 goals
  • Man Utd most cards
  • Harry Maguire to be carded
  • Odds: 5/1
Liverpool vs Man Utd
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Man Utd most cards
Harry Maguire to be carded
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League One Treble

There are five matches taking place tonight in League One and I’ve picked out a treble that is priced at 9/2.

The first of the three is perhaps the most likely to come in and is Sheffield Wednesday to beat Crewe at home.

Sheff Wed are unbeaten in their last seven games and a win tonight would see Darren Moore’s side move up into a playoff position. Crewe on the other hand are bottom of the league and with just three games of the season remaining, are guaranteed to drop into League Two. David Artell’s side did pick up a 3-1 win at home to Wimbledon last time out but prior to that victory they had lost a staggering 15 of their last 16 games.

My second selection is Rotherham to beat Burton away.

Although the league title is still within Rotherham’s sights, their main goal over the coming weeks will be to retain their spot in second in the table to guarantee automatic promotion into the Championship. They’ve had a mixed run of form of late but their 1-0 win at home to Ipswich three days ago should give them a boost heading into this game.

Burton don’t have much to play for in their three remaining matches and are all but safe from the drop. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side have struggled in front of goal recently with being unable to find the net in all of their last five matches and so it’s hard to see anything other than an away win here.

Lastly, I’m backing MK Dons to beat Oxford away from home.

Oxford have won just one of their last five games whereas MK Dons were unbeaten in their last 15 prior to suffering a 3-2 loss to Sheff Wed at the weekend.

The Dons have the second best away record in League One, only behind Wigan, and although I don’t think this will be a walk in the park for them, I think the value is with backing an away win based on form.

The treble on Sheff Wed, Rotherham and MK Dons is priced at 9/2 with Parimatch who will also credit a £5 free bet for placing the bet with them.

League One Treble
Sheff Wed
Rotherham
MK Dons
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Bolton vs Accrington

After a rough first half of the season, Bolton’s form in 2022 has improved and the Trotters have now lost just three of their last 19 matches, two of which came against sides currently in the top four. Although they are winless in their last four at home, they’ve also only suffered one defeat in their last ten and four at home all season from 21 games played. Only Ipswich and Sheff Wed have lost fewer games on home turf in League One this season and so it’s hard to bet against Bolton today given that they’re up against a side who have struggled on their travels.

Accrington have collected just 16 points from a possible 63 away from home this season and only Doncaster and Crewe have scored fewer with John Coleman’s side finding the net only 15 times in front of their home fans. They will take confidence from the fact that they’ve never lost to Bolton as well as beating them 1-0 at home back in November. However, the vast majority of their points this season have been picked up at home and with just one win from their last ten away and failing to score in seven of those, I’d have to side with a home win this afternoon.

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Nottingham Forest vs West Brom

Points may have started to come in for West Brom under Steve Bruce but it may be too little too late as the Baggies sit five points adrift of a place in the playoffs with just four games remaining. They’ll surely need maximum points from all of their final four matches if they are to finish in the top six but they won’t find today’s opponents a pushover and Coventry on Saturday won’t be an easy game for Bruce’s side.

West Brom’s away form is also a concern as they have managed just two victories on the road in their last 16 which is an unfortunate stat that dates back to the beginning of October. That doesn’t bode well for the visitors today given that they’re up against a side who have an almost flawless record at home this year.

Forest have won 10, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last ten matches at the City Ground and that single defeat came at the hands of Liverpool in the FA Cup who needed a 78th-minute goal from Diogo Jota to edge past Steve Cooper’s side. They’re not shy of goals on home turf either with their last five league games finishing in victories for the hosts who bagged two or more goals in each of them.

With two games in hand over most other teams around them, Nottingham Forest look like one of the more likely contenders to claim a top-six finish this season. However, they’ll want to make sure of that by picking up maximum points from their remaining games and it’s difficult to bet against them at the City Ground at the moment.

West Brom should be able to put up a fight this afternoon but I think it’ll be Forest who come out on top. A home win & BTTS is my selection on the game which is priced at 7/2 with Bet365.

SkyBet have also doubled the odds on both teams to have a shot on target in each half from 1/2 to Evens which I think is worth a small punt for the chance to double your money. It should be an open game and so I’m expecting action at both ends of the pitch.

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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Chelsea and Crystal Palace go head-to-head on Sunday afternoon in the semi-finals of the FA Cup with the winner facing Liverpool in the final on the 14th of May after the Reds saw off Premier League rivals Manchester City, beating Pep’s side 3-2 on Saturday.

Chelsea have reached the final of the FA Cup in four of the last five seasons which is quite an achievement. However, on only one of those occasions did they lift the trophy and will look to take another crack at it this year by first beating Palace who they have gotten the better of in their last nine encounters.

Tuchel’s side were knocked out of the Champions League earlier this week at the hands of Real Madrid and so this is their last chance of silverware for the season. They’re priced at a relatively short 8/13 for the win on Sunday but it’s by far the most likely outcome given that they’ve scored an average of four goals per game over their last three matches with six of those being against La Liga giants, Real Madrid.

Other than their 2-1 loss away to Leicester in their most recent outing, Crystal Palace have been in good form with being unbeaten in their last seven before that defeat. That run included a 3-0 win against Arsenal and an impressive 0-0 draw against City and so a result for Patrick Vieira’s side at Wembley wouldn’t be totally out of the question.

Palace have averaged over two goals per game in their last seven matches and I can see them getting on the scoresheet on Sunday. However, I do think that Chelsea’s organisation, along with their attacking threat, will be too much for them and so my pick for this game is Chelsea to win & BTTS which is priced at 27/10 with William Hill. However, I’d recommend taking the ever so slightly shorter odds of 5/2 with new UK bookmaker Betzone who are giving customers a £10 free bet if the match goes to penalties.

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West Ham vs Burnley

Burnley play their first match without Sean Dyche following the manager’s sacking after almost 10 years in charge of the team. It was a controversial decision by the board and only time will tell if it was the eight one. However, there’s no denying that Burnley have been in poor form of late having lost five of their last six and failing to score in any of those defeats.

The Clarets are currently four points from safety and ultimately find themselves in the position that they’re in due to their lack of threat in front of goal this season. They have the second lowest goalscoring record in the league with only Norwich finding the net less times and they’ve shown no signs of that changing in recent matches other than the three that they put past Everton a week and a half ago.

West Ham are still battling it out for a place in Europe next season and the Hammers will be eager to secure a place after making it through to the semi-finals of the Europa League after seeing off Ligue 1 side Lyon in the previous round. They’re up against Eintracht Frankfurt in the semis with the winners facing either RB Leipzig or Rangers and will see this as a big opportunity to claim some notable silverware this season.

David Moyes’ side are currently three points adrift of Arsenal in sixth and Man Utd in fifth and so a win on Sunday would put them level on points with those two, albeit having played more games.

West Ham are an acceptable 13/17 to beat Burnley which I think is more than fair given that they have the home advantage and how poor Burnley have been on the road this season where they have picked up just one victory from 15 matches played.

West Ham vs Burnley
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Newcastle United vs Leicester City

Newcastle ended their run of three successive defeats with a solid 1-0 win at home to Wolves last week. Despite losing three in a row, Eddie Howe’s side were unlucky not to take anything away from their games against Chelsea and Everton and have generally been playing very well since his appointment. In fact, Newcastle have the fifth-best record in the Premier League this year which shows the turnaround since Howe was brought in at the beginning of November.

The Magpies look to have avoided relegation by notching up a 10-point gap between themselves and the drop zone which should see them safe come the end of the season. However, there is a definite momentum within the squad and players are clearly trying to impress to secure a place in the reform that will happen at the club over the coming seasons and so I don’t expect them to slow down in these late stages of the season.

Leicester are ninth in the league and as they are not challenging for a spot in Europe next season, have little to play for in their nine remaining matches. However, Brendan Rodgers’ side are through to the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League where they face a tough match against Roma in a week and a half’s time. Before they play that game, the Foxes much fit in three league matches against Newcastle, Everton and Villa, all just three days apart from each other, which will surely take it’s toll on the players. That could cause Rogers to rest key players throughout those fixtures given that success in the Conference league is their only chance of playing in Europe next season.

Newcastle aren’t a huge price at 13/10 but I do fancy them for the win. However, I think Leicester may bag a goal and so I’m opting for a Newcastle Win & BTTS which is priced at 18/5 with William Hill.

Newcastle vs Leicester
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Manchester City vs Liverpool

Just a week after these two sides played out a thrilling 2-2 draw, they meet again but this time at Wembley in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Not a great deal has changed since last week. Although, City did pick up a couple of injuries in their intense encounter with Atletico Madrid mid-week. Both Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker are doubts for today but the return of Rúben Dias and the recall of Raheem Sterling should provide adequate cover for the duo.

Liverpool were also in action mid-week as they played out a 3-3 draw with Benfica to progress to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. If they’re able to claim a victory today, it will be the first time the Reds have made it through to a FA Cup final since 2012 and with the treble still a possibility, they’ll be more than eager to do so.

City perhaps should have put the game to bed at the Etihad last week but they will take confidence in the fact that they haven’t lost to Liverpool in their last five encounters. The possible absence of De Bruyne and Walker is a blow for Peps side but they certainly have the depth in their squad to head out at Wembley with a team capable of winning today.

Similar to last week, this is a tough game to call. City don’t have the home advantage this time around which will play in Liverpool’s favour. However, there’s nothing between the two and so I’d have to back another draw.

Virgin Bet are giving eligible customers a £5 free bet to use on Chelsea vs Crystal Palace tomorrow when placing a £10 pre-match bet on the game and are thankfully offering the best odds on a draw at 5/2.

Bet sure to check your Bet365 account also if you have one as they are giving selected customers a £5 free bet to use on the game.

Another good betting offer for the match is from 888Sport who are refunding customers’ stakes as free bets up to £10 if their pre-match Bet Builder doesn’t come in. For this bet, I’m backing:

  • Both Teams To Score
  • Raheem Sterling to score anytime
  • Draw/Draw in the HT/FT market

The above Bet Builder is priced at 18/1.

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Watford vs Brentford

Watford host Brentford at Vicarage road this afternoon and will look for just their third win in their last twenty league matches.

The hosts were given a glimmer of hope a month ago when they picked up a rare win away to Southampton. However, successive defeats against Liverpool and Leeds followed which has left Roy Hodgson’s side six-points adrift of safety but with just seven games to play.

Watford have picked up a shocking 7 points from 15 matches at Vicarage Road this season which came from an opening day 1-0 win against Crystal Palace, a 1-1 draw against Newcastle and a rather surprising 4-1 victory against Manchester United back in November. However, since that remarkable win, the Hornets have suffered nine successive defeats at home and won’t be best pleased meeting Brentford just as the visitors have hit a bit of form.

Brentford currently sit 13th in the league and just four points adrift of a top-half finish. After ten games without a win, Thomas Frank’s side have now won four of their last five which included an impressive 4-1 win away to Chelsea and a 2-0 victory at home to West Ham last time out. They’re 6/4 to win today which looks like a great price considering their recent form and should find a struggling Watford much easier to take three points from than opponents they have faced in recent weeks.

Brentford to win at 6/4 with SpreadEx is my selection on this game.

Watford vs Brentford
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Paddy Power Boosted Treble

Along with SkyBet’s boost on Kane to have 1+ SOT against Brighton today, I’ll also be taking Paddy up on their boosted treble which includes Arsenal, Man Utd and Brentford to win at 7/1 from 9/2.

Man Utd are at home to Norwich and although United have been disappointing of late with just one win in their last seven in all competitions, they should have enough in them to pick up three points at home against a side bottom of the league and who have scored just 8 goals away from home all season.

Arsenal have a somewhat tricky fixture away to Southampton but may be meeting them at St Mary’s at the right time as the Saint’s’ form has plummeted in recent weeks. After a great run which saw them lose just one of 13 matches in all competitions, Southampton are now winless in their last six, losing five of those including a 6-0 hammering at home to Chelsea last weekend. It’s clear to see why Arsenal are the favourites today and I’m comfortable with having them in the boosted treble.

Arsenal, Man Utd and Brentford all to win has been boosted from 9/2 to a generous 7/1 with Paddy Power.

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Bet of the Day

My Bet of the Day today comes from League One where Burton host high-flying Wigan at Pirelli Stadium.

Although safe from the drop with being ten points clear of the relegation zone, it’s been a tough time for Burton recently with picking up just one win from their last nine matches. They look to already be on holiday and haven’t shown much determination in recent matches having lost six of their last nine and failing to score in their last three.

Wigan on the other hand are challenging for the title and are the bookies’ odds-on favourites to claim it, being as short as 1/12 with some betting sites. The Lactics are three points clear in first place with two games in hand over MK Dons and have showed little sign of stumbling at the last step with suffering just one defeat in their last thirteen league matches. Leam Richardson’s side also have the best away record in the league having picked up 43 points from a possible 57 this season and conceding less than one goal per game on their travels.

I can’t see anything other than an away win here tonight and odds of 4/5 with bookmakers such as Coral, 888Sport, Ladbrokes and Quinnbet look very good to me.

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Real Madrid vs Chelsea

Where Liverpool and Manchester City head into the second legs of their Champions League quarter-final clashes with the advantage, Chelsea have it all to do as they travel to the Bernabéu this evening in an attempt to grind out a result and overturn the 3-1 defeat they suffered at Stamford Bridge a week ago. That defeat was preceded with a surprising 4-1 loss to Brentford at home but Tuchel’s side did respond with a 6-0 hammering of Southampton at St Mary’s at the weekend which should give them a boost heading into this game.

Chelsea know that they need goals this evening which could lead to a very interesting game. They certainly have the players capable of bagging a few but Real Madrid have only lost twice at home all season and put three past PSG here in the previous round.

Chelsea should put in a better performance than they did in the first leg, although Madrid clearly deserved the result last week. However, it’s hard to ignore the hosts performances at the Bernabéu and I think that they could do the double over on Chelsea tonight.

I’m expecting both teams to get on the scoresheet with Chelsea most likely pushing forward from the start and Real Madrid conceding in three of their last four at home. Therefore, I’m backing Real Madrid to Win & BTTS which is priced at 15/4 with William Hill. However, I’m opting to place my bet with Virginbet who are offering customers a £5 free bet to use on Wednesday’s Champions League fixtures when placing a bet of £10 or more on Tuesday’s matches.

Boylesports also have an offer available on this match and are giving customers a £5 free bet when placing a £5 Bet Builder on the game. For this bet, I’m backing:

  • Both Teams To Score
  • Karim Benzema to score any time
  • Casemiro to be booked

Boylesports Odds: 5/1

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Huddersfield vs Luton

Huddersfield take on Luton tonight as the two playoff contenders go head-to-head at Kirklees Stadium in a bid to take one step closer to a top-six finish.

There’s only one point separating these two sides as they currently occupy the fourth and fifth positions in the Championship table and neither will want to lose given that the likes of Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Millwall are hovering just outside the top six and waiting for their chance to replace the teams above them.

Huddersfield were on a hugely impressive 17-game unbeaten run before they were beaten 2-1 in the FA Cup by fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest. That defeat started a run of four games without a win for the Terriers, three of which they lost. Carlos Corberán’s side did pick up a vital 1-0 win away to Hull at the beginning of the month which should give them a boost heading into this clash but Luton will no doubt prove to be a much tougher nut to crack than the struggling Tigers.

That said, the two league games that Huddersfield have lost in recent weeks were against Millwall and Bournemouth and they have won 10 of their 19 matches played at home with 70% of those victories being to nil.

Following successive victories against Preston and Hull in which they found the net seven times, Luton Town have now drawn their last two. Their 2-2 draw at home to Millwall wouldn’t have been too much of a blow but only taking away a point against second-bottom Peterborough was a disappointment as should they have won that game, they would have been level on points with third-placed Forest and in a much more comfortable situation heading into the closing stages of the season.

This is a very tough match to call but I think a point would suit both teams well. They both have a game in hand over the two teams below them and a point each takes Huddersfield four points clear of seventh-placed Blackburn and Luton three points clear on the same number of games.

Huddersfield have been relatively short of goals in recent games but with Luton conceding in five of their last six on the road, I can see them getting on the score sheet tonight.

I’m opting to back a score draw in this match which is priced at 18/5 with Betvictor and Parimatch.

I’m also tipping a Bet Builder with the following selections:

  • Luton to receive the most cards (74 yellows & 1 red this season compared to Huddersfield’s 62 yellows & 0 reds)
  • Both Teams To Score
  • Elijah Adebayo to score anytime for Luton Town (Joint 6th top scorer in the Championship with 15 goas this season)

Odds: 7.13/1 with Paddy Power.


Manchester City vs Liverpool

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The biggest and perhaps most important game of the season takes place this afternoon as Liverpool travel to the Etihad to take on rivals Manchester City in a bid to leapfrog them into first place in the table.

Just a single point separates these two sides after 30 games in the top-flight with just eight games remaining and the outcome of this match will likely determine the winner of the 2021/22 season.

Both sides are in great form heading into this clash with Liverpool not dropping a point since their 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal back in January and Manchester City winning 18 of their last 22.

Pep’s side have slipped up a couple of times recently after conceding in stoppage time to lose 3-2 to Spurs in February and having to settle for a point in a goalless draw away to Palace a month ago. However, although they would much prefer to head into this game with a 3+ point cushion, their performances are hardly a cause for concern and they certainly have the talent to win this one.

Both sides picked up wins in their Champions League fixtures on Tuesday night with City beating La Liga side Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the Etihad and Liverpool seeing off Benfica 3-1. Those victories should give them both boost heading into this match and both will be confident of picking up a result as they usually are.

There really isn’t much separating these two sides and I don’t think many would be surprised to see it go either way. Therefore, it comes down to value when deciding on a good bet to place.

Man City vs Liverpool Match Winner Odds

  • Man City: 23/20
  • Draw: 11/4
  • Liverpool: 13/5

Although I would love to see a winner in this match, I do think that the most likely outcome is a draw. However, I am siding with backing City for the win due to the EPIC ODDS that are available at Boylesports this weekend.

Boylesports are offering the following boosts on the two sides:

  • Man City: 2/1
  • Liverpool: 7/2

Based on the price boosts available at Boylesports, I’d have to take 2/1 on City to win.

City have the best defensive record in the league having conceded just 18 goals in 30 league games. Pep’s side have achieved that mainly by focussing on retaining possession and I expect the same from them today. However, Liverpool are more than capable of creating chances when they do have the ball and with being the leagues top scorers this season with an average of 2.57 goals per game, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get on the scoresheet.

As the draw is not an option with the Boylesports EPIC ODDS boost, my bet will be on City to win at 2/1.

As you can see above, there are several betting offers available for this match from various bookies. Paddy, Will Hill and Betfred have Bet Builder offers and so I’ve picked some selections out to use on the game.

For a goal scorer, I’m between either City’s Phil Foden or Kevin De Bruyne. I’m a big fan of Foden but as De Bruyne is at slightly bigger odds of 3/1 to score anytime, I’ll stick with him. I’m also including Alexander-Arnold to have one or more shots on target (13/8) and Liverpool to receive the most cards (11/8) which makes sense if City are able to retain possession.

Man City vs Liverpool Bet Builder

  • Kevin De Bruyne anytime scorer
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold 1+ SOT
  • Liverpool most cards
  • Odds: 23.51/1

Lastly, Paddy Power have a Turbo Boost available that I think is worth taking advantage of. They’re offering odds of 2/1 for both Mo Salah and Kevin De Bruyne to have a shot on target during the game. It’s been boosted from Evens and so has a lot of value.

Man City vs Liverpool Expected Lineups

Manchester City Expected Lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling

Liverpool Expected Lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz


Premier League Double

I’ve picked out two selections today from the Premier League and including them in a double which comes in at over 3/1.

The first of the two is Man Utd to beat Everton at Goodison Park with the hosts in desperate need of points after losing five of their last six and sitting just one point above the drop zone.

Lampard’s side threw away a 2-1 lead against Burnley on Wednesday evening to suffer their third consecutive defeat. It’s a worrying time for Everton and with Burnley and Watford having very winnable games this weekend, the Toffees could find themselves in the drop zone come the end of the week.

United aren’t in the best form themselves but they’re still within touching distance of playing in Europe next season and will see this game as a great chance to take one step closer to that feat.

Although I think Man Utd will be too strong for Everton today, they do tend to concede and both teams have found the net in almost 80% of their away fixtures this season.

Man Utd to win & BTTS seems like a good bet at just shy of 3/1 but I’m sticking with the straight win to add to the double.

SkyBet also have a boost available on this game and are offering odds of 3/1 for Ronaldo to have a shot on target in each half. It’s been boosted from 6/4 and so looks to be a decent value bet.

Everton vs Man Utd
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The second selection in my double is Spurs to beat Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Tottenham are in great form at the moment having won five of their last six and scoring 21 goals across them. Conte’s side are now fourth in the league and will be eager to keep a hold of that spot for the remainder of the season to ensure Champions League football next season.

Aston Villa head into this match on the back of three consecutive defeats. Steven Gerrard has had a mixed run of results since taking over as manager and his side generally hasn’t performed well against the bigger teams in the league. The fact that they’ve lost all their games against the top six this season, along with meeting Spurs when they’ve certainly found some form in front of goal, doesn’t bode well for them today and I think that we’ll see another win for Conte’s side.

You can back the double of Man Utd & Spurs at odds of 4.21 with SpreadEx.

Premier League Double
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Cambridge vs Morecambe

Cambridge welcome Morecambe to Abbey Stadium this afternoon in League One and I think there’s value in backing the hosts.

Morecambe are making a late attempt to remain a League One club next season and after picking up back-to-back wins in their last two games, they’ve managed to claw themselves out of the bottom four and a point into the safe zone. However, both of those victories were achieved at home and their performances on the road this season paint a different picture.

Morecambe have the second worst away record in League One this season having picked up just 10 points from a possible 60. Their last win on the road came back in November and have suffered a string of defeats since, with the vast majority of them being to nil.

Although they’ve lost their last two games at Abbey Stadium, Cambridge have been relatively solid at home this season. They’re looking set to finish around mid-table and although they perhaps don’t have as much to play for in the closing stages of the season, I do think that they’ll have enough to take away three points from this game with the home advantage.

Cambridge are 31/20 to win today which I think is a great price considering Morecambe’s form on the road this season.

Cambridge vs Morecambe
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SkyBet Price Boost

SkyBet are offering the following boosts on today’s matches:

  • Arsenal, Middlesbrough & Chelsea all to win (was 7/2) NOW 11/2
  • Arsenal & Middlesbrough both to win & Chelsea to draw with Southampton (was 8/1) NOW 11/1
  • Arsenal, Middlesbrough & Southampton all to win (was 9/1) NOW 12/1

Both Arsenal and Chelsea suffered somewhat surprising defeats in their most recent league matches but I think they’ll bounce back today.

Arsenal have the home advantage against Brighton and are odds-on favourites for the win.

Chelsea have a tricky fixture away to Southampton and I don’t think this will be an easy game at all for Tuchel’s side. However, after an impressive run of form at St Mary’s, Southampton have suffered a string of defeats and Chelsea will be pleased to be meeting them during this period.

Middlesbrough are at home to Hull and are pushing for a place in the playoffs of the Championship. They suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Fulham last time out but have generally been in good form, especially at the Riverside.

The treble on Arsenal, Chelsea and Middlesbrough to win has been boosted from 7/2 to a very generous 11/2.

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Newcastle vs Wolves

Newcastle United host Wolves at St James’ Park this evening in a bid to end a three-match losing streak.

Newcastle’s unbeaten run of eight matches came to an end when they conceded a late goal away to Chelsea last month to lose the match 1-0. They held up well for the vast majority of that match and dominated their next game away to Everton only to suffer the same anguish by conceding in the 99th-minute. Things were looking up for Eddie Howe’s side as they faced their third consecutive away fixture, this time to Spurs, and took the lead when Fabian Schar struck in the 39th-minute to give the visitors the lead. However, an equaliser four minutes later from Tottenham’s Ben Davis meant the two sides headed into the tunnel at halftime all square and the second half was one to forget for Newcastle as they conceded four to eventually lose the match 5-1.

It’s been a frustrating last few weeks for Newcastle United as their performances haven’t been reflected in their results. I expect another gritty display from Howe’s side tonight and with them having the home advantage, they’re well within a chance of taking away points from this game.

Wolves have been on a relatively good run of form of late having picked up three wins in their last four including a 2-1 win at home to Aston Villa last time out. Bruno Lage’s side have also performed well on their travels where they have won five of their last seven, two of which included impressive wins away to Manchester United and Tottenham, managing to keep clean sheets in both.

The visitors have the fourth-best away record in the league having picked up 26 points from 15 games. A total of just 26 goals from both sides have been scored across those games and so I’m not expecting a goal-fest this evening.

This is a tough match to call. Wolves are in great form but they’ve averaged just one goal per game away from home and although their defensive record on their travels is impressive, I can also see Newcastle getting on the score sheet tonight.

A low-scoring draw is a likely outcome tonight and so I’m backing it to end all square and also tipping the correct score of 1-1 which is priced at 11/2 with Bet365.

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Feyenoord vs Slavia Prague

The first game I’m going to look at is Feyenoord vs Slavia Prague in the Europa Conference League tonight.

These two sides met in the group stage of the competition with Feyenoord winning the home leg 2-1 and the second leg ending in a 2-2 draw with Feyenoord playing with 10 men for 54 minutes of the game.

With 87.5% of Feyenoord’s games in this tournament ending in over 2.5 goals, I’m expecting the same tonight and I’m siding with the hosts to edge the win.

Slavia Prague have conceded in seven of their last eight matches on the road and have let in five in their last two. They certainly have goals in them too and so there’s a good chance that both teams will get on the score sheet this evening.

Feyenoord to win & BTTS is priced at 12/5 with Bet365.

Feyenoord vs Slavia Prague
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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona

My second selection comes from the Europa League where Eintracht Frankfurt host Barcelona at Deutsche Bank Park.

Meeting Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Europa League wasn’t the draw that Frankfurt would have hoped for considering the teams left in the competition.

They head into this match on the back of three consecutive draws but with finding the net just once across those games they’ll do well to outscore tonight’s opponent’s who have bagged eleven over their last four.

Following a run on four consecutive victories, Barca have now won eight of their last nine and are undefeated in their last thirteen. They may have left it too late to challenge for the La Liga title with being 12 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid with nine games to play but they have a great chance of progressing in this competition.

After beating Real Madrid 4-0 and Sevilla 1-0 last time out, Xavi’s side can add another win to their tally this evening and are priced at a reasonable 8/11 to do so.

To boost the odds a little, I’m opting for Barca/Barca in the HT/FT market which comes in at 7/4 with Bet365.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona
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Bet Of The Day

The single Premier League fixture tonight is Burnley vs Everton at Turf Moor.

This is a huge game for both sides and one that could play a big part in which of the two plays in the Championship next season. There are four points separating the two after having played the same number of games with Burnley two places below tonight’s opponents.

Both sides head into this clash in generally very poor form and have both lost four of their last five.

It’s a particularly worrying time for Burnley given that they have failed to score in each of their last four games during a point in the season that you’d expect them to be giving a little extra. Granted, two of those defeats were at the hands of Chelsea and Manchester City but they’ll be disappointed not to have at least gotten on the scoresheet against either Leicester or Brentford.

Burnley have won just three games all season with two of those victories coming at Turf Moor. It doesn’t get much better when you look at Everton’s away record either with the Toffees picking up just one win in 14 games on their travels.

This is a six-pointer and a tough one to call but if I was to pick a winner, I’d have to side with the hosts.

Neither side have been prolific goal scorers this season but Burnley do have a reasonably solid defensive record at home where they have conceded 18 goals in 14 games. That’s not bad at all for a team who are second-bottom in the league and it’s the best defensive record at home throughout the bottom twelve. Everton on the other hand have conceded 30 goals in as many games on their travels and scored just two in their last five away.

Under 2.5 Goals seems like the logical bet here but at odds of 8/13, it’s not the most appealing.

Although I’d back Burnley if I was to pick a winner, I think the draw is probably more likely. Therefore, I’m siding with Draw & Under 2.5 Goals at odds of 11/4 with Bet365 which will cover both 0-0 and 1-1 which in my opinion, are likely outcomes.

Burnley vs Everton
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Bet Of The Day

My Bet of the Day today comes from the Championship where struggling Peterborough host Luton Town at Weston Homes Stadium.

Luton will look to get back to winning ways after an 87th-minute own goal from their own Jake Cooper cost them two points in their 2-2 draw with Millwall at the weekend.

The visitors are currently fourth in the Championship and know that a win tonight move them above Huddersfield in third place which would leave Nathan Jones’ side six points safe of a place outside of the playoffs.

Luton have found the net an impressive nine times over their last three games and I’m confident that they’ll find the net at least once tonight against a side with the worst defensive record in the league.

Peterborough continued to ship goals in their 4-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday which has left the Posh rock-bottom of the league. Grant McCann’s side are eight points from safety and with just seven games of the season to play, their fate looked to already be sealed.

Luton have beaten Peterborough in their last two meetings, winning 4-0 and 3-0, and I expect a somewhat similar score tonight. Time is running out for the hosts but they haven’t showed any signs of climbing themselves out of this mess and it’s likely things will get worse for them this evening.

Luton to win is priced at 4/5 with 888Sport and is my Bet of the Day.

Peterborough vs Luton
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Morecambe vs Oxford

Another bet I’ll be having tonight is from League One and on Oxford to beat Morecambe.

A win tonight for the hosts would lift them out of the relegation zone but with just one win from their last 13 matches, I don’t have a lot of faith in them.

However, that rare victory for Derek Adams’ side did come last time out where they managed to defeat Burton 3-0 at home and so it will be interesting to see if they can build any momentum from that result.

Where a win for the hosts would lead them a step closer to safety, victory for Oxford would see them move up into one of the playoff positions.

Karl Robinson’s side have scored more goals in League One than any other side this season and although they’ve been a little shy in front of goal in recent matches, they are up against a side who have conceded more than any other team.

You can back Oxford at just shy of Evens but I think we’ll see goals from both teams tonight. Therefore, Oxford to win & BTTS is my selection on the game which is priced at 5/2 with Bet365 and Betfred.

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Champions League Fixtures

Both Liverpool and Manchester City are in action tonight in the UEFA Champions League. However, they’re both games I’m going to leave mostly from a betting perspective as although they will be going out to win their fixtures, some players’ minds may be on their clash this weekend.

The two sides go head-to-head on Sunday in what is likely to be a title decider and it’ll definitely not be a game to miss.

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SkyBet do have a boost available on the City game and are offering odds of 2/1, boosted from Evens, on De Bruyne & Foden to have one or more shots on target each which I think is worth taking them up on.

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Bet Of The Day

With just one Premier League match taking place this evening and a handful of fixtures across other top European leagues, we’re not exactly spoilt for choice. However, the match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park is an interesting one and I’m expecting goals from both sides.

Liverpool fans were thanking Palace three weeks ago when Patrick Vieira’s side held Manchester City to a goalless draw at Selhurst Park to put a dent in City’s title challenge. That draw marked five games unbeaten for Palace and they followed it up a week later with a 4-0 thrashing of Everton to line up a semi-final clash with Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira was inducted into the Premier League’s Hall of Fame a little over a week ago thanks to a brilliant career in the heart of an Arsenal midfield. Vieira won three Premier League titles with Arsenal but he’ll be up against his old club tonight with the intentions of causing an upset and given that they have only suffered defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea since New Year’s Day, a result for the hosts this evening is not out of the question.

After a poor start to the season which saw Arsenal lose their opening three games to nil whilst conceding nine goals, Arteta’s side are back in the mix towards the top of the table and are looking like one of the more likely contenders to clinch a top-four finish. They’re currently level on points with fourth-placed Spurs but with two games in hand Arsenal have the advantage heading into the closing stages of the season.

Arsenal have lost just one of their last eight league games, winning six of them, with their only defeat being a 2-0 loss at home to Liverpool in mid-March. However, although the Gunners are quite clearly getting results, they have had a somewhat easy run of fixtures over the past couple of months.

A goalless draw at home to Burnley was followed up with victories against Wolves (A), Brentford, Wolves (H), Watford, Leicester and Aston Villa. A win is a win in football and some of those are relatively tough fixtures, but they only won one of those games by more than one goal and they have been generally grinding out results. That’s not taking anything away from Arsenal as they are a very good side but just maybe, the bookies have priced them a little short on this occasion.

I think that this game could go either way and backing the draw would probably be the more sensible option compared to a home win. Both Michael Olise and Wilfried Zaha could be absent tonight and with both being key players for Palace, should they not feature it would be a huge blow for the Eagles.

If Olise and Zaha return from injury in time to play tonight, I think Palace are in with a chance of taking away three points from this game and odds of 8/1 on a home win & BTTS is very tempting. However, with the line-ups not yet released, I’m siding with a score draw which is priced at a reasonable 4/1 with both Parimatch and BetVictor.

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West Ham vs Everton

This is a huge game for both sides but for very different reasons.

West Ham are currently three points adrift of fifth place and six away from Arsenal in fourth. However, with the Gunners having played two games less, David Moyes’ side really can’t afford to be dropping points in their remaining fixtures should they want to challenge for a spot in next season’s Champions League.

A 3-1 loss away to Spurs last time out didn’t help with their campaign but the Hammers have been relatively solid on home turf where they have lost just four of their fifteen league games.

Everton picked up a crucial three points at home to Newcastle two and a half weeks ago. A 99th-minute Iwobi strike won the game for the Toffees despite Lampard’s side being on the back foot for the vast majority of the match. However, they were unable to build on that result and suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat away to Palace just three days later.

Everton sit just three points above the drop zone but their three games in hand over 18th-placed Watford should give them the opportunity to put points on the board but only if their performances improve.

West Ham have a midweek Europa League game against Lyon which may be on their minds but I’ve seen nothing from Everton on recent weeks that makes me think they’ll trouble the hosts to any major extent.

It’s not the biggest price on West Ham at 4/5 but given their home advantage, I think they make a good addition to an Acca today.

Tottenham vs Newcastle

The other Premier League game today is Tottenham vs Newcastle in what could be a very good game to watch.

Newcastle have been in superb form over the past couple of months and even though they have been unable to pick up a point over their last two games, they really didn’t deserve to lose either of them.

Eddie Howe’s side defended brilliantly against Chelsea and it took an 89th-minute goal from Havertz to break the Newcastle back line. A week later at Goodison Park, Newcastle dominated for the majority of the game and will feel hard done by leaving with nothing to show for their efforts after a strike from Everton’s Alex Iwobi found it’s way into the back of the net deep into injury time.

Tottenham have won four of their last five in the league and they’ve started to show their quality in front of goal. Spurs averaged 3.2 goals per game across those five and the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min will surely cause the visitors problems this afternoon.

Although Newcastle are able to give any team in the league a game at the moment, I think Spurs will edge this one given their current form in front of goal and having the home advantage.

As well as including Tottenham in my treble today, I’ll also be having a single on a Spurs win & BTTS at a price of 12/5.

Birmingham vs West Brom

Moving into the Championship and Birmingham host West Brom at St Andrew’s at 3pm.

Steve Bruce’s reign at West Brom didn’t get off to the best of starts having picked up just one point from his first five games in charge. However, the Baggies are now undefeated in their last four with two wins and two draws, picking up points against tough opposition such as Huddersfield and league-leaders Fulham. Whether or not it’s too little too late for Bruce’s side in their bid to challenge for a playoff spot remains to be seen but they’ve certainly turned a corner and have shown a lot more quality in recent games.

Birmingham have won just three of their last twenty games but are safe from the drop for another season with being 14 points above the drop zone. Lee Bowyer’s side are currently 19th in the league which has been their usual position over recent seasons having finished in 17th – 20th place in the Championship over the past five years.

The jury may still be out on West Brom but given they’ve been able to pick up points throughout some very tough fixtures recently, I’d happily take them at Evens today for the win.

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Bet Of The Day

Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid

Celta Vigo host Real Madrid at the Estadio de Balaídos later today in what could be a great match.

The hosts are unbeaten at home in their last six and could pose a real threat to the 34-time La Liga champions. However, they’ve generally struggled against the bigger sides in the league this season which leads me to believe that Real will come out on top in this game.

Real Madrid are nine points clear at the top of the La Liga table and look set to claim their 35th league title this season. A good run of form was put to a halt when they suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the Bernabeu at the hands of rivals Barcelona before the international break and they’ll be eager to bounce back with a win this afternoon.

Odds of 19/20 are available on an away win in this match which is my Bet of the Day.

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Liverpool vs Watford

I’m not going to focus too much on this game as it’s not one which shows much value, especially with the Match Result market. However, there is a price boost available with Paddy Power that is simply too good to turn down.

Paddy have boosted the odds on Liverpool’s Mo Salah to have one or more shots on target from 1/14 to a very generous Evens.

Salah is the Premier Leagues top scorer and to get Evens for him just to hit the target at least once shows huge value considering he’s had 13 SOT’s in his last four Premier League starts!

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Championship Treble

I’ve picked out three selections from matches in the Championship today that I’ll be including in a treble which is priced at 5/1 with Betfred.

The first is Bournemouth to beat Bristol City at home. 

The hosts will look to build on their win against Huddersfield last time out and I think they should be able to do so rather comfortably at Dean Court this afternoon. The Cherries are now three points ahead of third-placed Huddersfield but with four games in hand they look set for a return to the Premier League.

Bristol City have lost 10 of their last 13 league matches on the road and I can’t see them coming away with anything today.

Next up is Sheff Utd to beat Stoke away.

Stoke have little to play for with being 15th in the league and perfectly safe on 49 points. Sheff Utd on the other hand are battling it out for a playoff spot but with several teams in the mix, they can’t afford to be dropping points with just eight games remaining.

The hosts were winless in their last nine before their 2-0 win at home to Millwall prior to the break and although Sheff Utd haven’t been hugely consistent on the road, I do think that they’ll have enough to take away all three points from this game, albeit by a narrow margin.

My final selection is Middlesbrough to beat Peterborough away.

Peterborough picked up a rare three points when playing away to QPR two weeks ago which has given the Posh a glimmer of hope of staying up. However, they’re six points from safety and time is running out for Grant McCann’s side.

Middlesbrough currently occupy seventh place in the league, two points adrift of a place in the playoffs, but with two games in hand over most teams around them they have a great chance to finish the season in one of those spots should they not slip up.

Confidence will be high with the hosts after their win against QPR but there’s no denying that it’s Boro who have the most quality and I expect them to come away with all three points this afternoon.

The treble on Bournemouth, Sheff Utd and Boro is priced at 5/1 with Betfred.

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Boosted Treble

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Manchester City are away to Burnley and after a goalless draw against Palace earlier in the month, Pep’s side really can’t afford to drop any more points. Burnley have lost their last three without scoring a goal and a similar outcome is likely this afternoon.

Chelsea host Brentford at Stamford Bridge and with five consecutive league victories, not many will be betting against the Blues, especially against a side who have registered just 2 wins in their last 13.

The final game comes from the Championship where QPR take on Fulham. If this game was to be played a couple of months ago, I would have been undecided on a winner. However, QPR’s form has plummeted since the end of January and Mark Warburton’s side have now dropped out of the top six having picked up just 2 wins in their last 11 in all competitions.

The treble on City, Chelsea & Fulham is my selection at a very generous price of 3/1.

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Bet of the Day

Hull vs Huddersfield

  • Date: Friday 1st April
  • Kick-Off: 19:45

Hull host Huddersfield at the MKM Stadium on Friday evening as English football returns following a short break for international fixtures.

The international break came at a good time for Huddersfield as following an impressive unbeaten run of 18 matches in all competitions, Carlos Corberán’s side are winless in their last four including back-to-back defeats against Millwall and Bournemouth in recent matches. Should they have picked up three points against the Cherries, they would have been level on points and only missing out on an automatic promotion spot due to goal difference. However, Huddersfield now sit fourth in the league but with seventh-placed Middlesbrough just four points adrift but with two games in hand, it’s going to be a nervy end to the season for Friday’s visitors and they really can’t afford to be dropping anymore points if they are to challenge for promotion.

Five seasons ago Hull were playing in the Premier League but since dropping down a level, they’ve been nowhere close of making a return to the top flight. The Tigers spent last season in League One but after topping the league with 89 points, they returned to the Championship where they currently occupy 20th position. Shota Arveladze’s side look like they have avoided the drop this season with being 13 points ahead of 22nd-placed Barnsley and one more victory this season should all but confirm that.

Hull have had a mixed run of form of late, picking up two wins and a draw from their last five. However, their form at the MKM is worrying with the hosts losing five consecutive games and failing to score in four of them.

Although Huddersfield are going through a slightly rough patch, they do have a lot more to play for and you can’t ignore the form they were in heading into the beginning of March. The three defeats they have suffered in recent games have come at the hands of teams in the top half of the table and I think they’ll have enough to see this game out as winners and pick up their first victory in over a month.

Huddersfield to win is my Bet of the Day and is priced at 7/4 with SpreadEx which I think is a great single to have prior to the weekend’s games.

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Costa Rica vs USA

Costa Rica and USA battle it out for a place at this year’s World Cup with the match kicking off in the early hours of Thursday morning.

For the USA, they are all but guaranteed a place in the tournament. Gregg Berhalter’s side are second in the table and although they’re just three points ahead of today’s opponents, who currently occupy the single playoff spot in fourth, their superior goal difference means that something extraordinary would have to take place for them not to qualify automatically.

Although it’s mathematically possible for Costa Rica to finish outside of the top four, similar to the USA, they have a significant goal difference over fifth-placed Panama. However, with being just three points adrift of third-placed Mexico with four goals to makeup, it’s not out of the question that they could pinch an automatic qualification spot in the final fixture of the qualification stages.

Costa Rica had a terrible start to their World Cup qualification campaign but since their 2-1 defeat to Canada back in November, Luis Fernando Suárez’s side are unbeaten in six, winning five of them. All of their victories have come by a margin of a single goal but given their situation in the table, it’s likely that they’ll throw everything at this game in a late attempt for automatic qualification.

The USA certainly have goals in them with eight goals being scored in their last three qualification matches including putting five past Panama in their most recent match. Christian Pulisic bagged a hat-trick in that game bringing his tally up to five and the Chelsea midfielder was also on the scoresheet in the USA’s previous victory against Honduras.

The USA have had a mixed run of form away from home however where they are currently winless in their last four. That, along with the fact that they don’t need to win tonight to qualify, is a cause for concern when thinking of whether to back them in the match result market.

It’s highly unlikely that Costa Rica will find enough to make up the four goal deficit that seperates themselves and Mexico. Especially given that Mexico face El Salvador in their final fixture of qualifying who have scored just 8 goals in their 13 matches at this stage. However, they’ll certainly give it a go and because of that, along with the fact that USA have registered just one win in their six on the road in this round, I think Both Teams To Score is a solid bet at odds of 6/5 with William Hill.

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Panama vs Canada

Panama host Canada tonight and will look to inflict revenge after suffering a 4-1 defeat in their last meeting back in October.

That defeat was one of a few that contributed to Panama’s poor goal difference which will ultimately be the cause of them not reaching this year’s World Cup.

As it’s almost a certainty that tonight’s hosts will not qualify, they don’t have much to play for but no doubt would like to cause an upset in their final fixture of the competition.

Canada haven’t qualified for the World Cup in 36 years but that’s about to change this winter when they’ll be making the trip to Qatar. English football manager John Herdman has transformed his side into a solid outfit and last year boosted their official FIFA ranking from 72nd to 40th which is the highest the team has ever been ranked.

Excitement is building in Canada for this year’s tournament and although they are guaranteed a place, they still have a job to do if they want to guarantee a first-placed finish.

Canada have collected three points more than second-placed USA but with the goal difference all square, they’ll want to ensure they pick up at least a point this evening as finishing top of the table would increase their chances of a favourable draw in Qatar.

Canada have been exceptional on home turf throughout qualification, picking up 19 points from a possible 21 and scoring 17 whilst conceding just 3. However, on the road just 9 points from 6 games have been collected and although they have again conceded just three times, they’ve only managed to bag six.

If this game was being played in Canada, you wouldn’t be getting odds of 22/19 on Herdman’s side and rightly so. However, Panama’s home advantage must be taking into consideration where they are unbeaten at this stage, winning three and drawing three of their games played in front of home fans.

Canada only need a point to guarantee finishing top and so I think Under 2.5 Goals is a solid bet, albeit at rather short odds of 7/11.

I’ll also be taking a punt on 1-1 at odds of 6/1 with Parimatch which I think is the most likely outcome.

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Poland vs Sweden

Poland take on Sweden this evening at the Stadion Slaski with only one of the two teams making it to this winters World Cup in Qatar.

Poland had the easiest route to this playoff final as Czesław Michniewicz’s side were set to play Russia in the semis but with that fixture cancelled due to Russia being banned from this year’s tournament, Poland received a bye to the final. Sweden on the other hand took the Czech Republic to extra time in the previous round and progressed thanks to a winner from midfielder, Robin Quaison.

Poland’s last outing was a friendly against Scotland last Thursday in preparation for this match. However, both Arkadiusz Milik and Bartosz Salamon came off injured during the first half and it’s likely that neither will feature tonight for the hosts which will be a big blow for them. They managed a 1-1 draw in that match but only thanks to a 94th-minute equaliser from Krzystof Piatek which was Poland’s only shot on target during the match. Lewandowski was rested in Glasgow and so the Bayern Munich star should be fresh for this clash.

Sweden playing 120 minutes just five days ago isn’t ideal for Janne Andersson’s side but they’ll be thankful that they’re here after squandering several chances against the Czech Republic.

Sweden made it through to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and are just one victory away from having another shot at it. This could be both Robert Lewandowski and Zlatan Ibrahimović’s last chance to feature at a World Cup but only one will make it there and for me, I think Sweden may just edge it.

Although they have been generally poor on their travels in recent years, they do have an excellent record against Poland who they have beaten in their last eight encounters, including in their 3-2 win at last year’s Euros. Fatigue and playing away from home are both against them but I do think that they have the better squad and may be able to come out on top by a single goal.

Sweden to win and both teams to score is my selection on this game which is priced at 15/2 with both Bet365 and William Hill.

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Hartlepool vs Mansfield

League Two brings us Hartlepool vs Mansfield at Victoria Park this evening which could be a cracking game.

Both sides are capable of winning this match but it is Mansfield who are priced shorter despite Hartlepool having the home advantage.

Hartlepool will be confident of taking points from this game given that they have been excellent at home throughout the season. Graeme Lee’s side have suffered defeat just three times at Victoria Park with two of those being at the hands of fifth-placed Newport and league-leaders Forest Green.

This will be Mansfield’s fifth game in 18 days due to rearranged fixtures. It’s likely that fatigue will take it’s toll to some extent in the 90 minutes played tonight which could give the hosts an advantage.

Although Nigel Clough’s side have been excellent at home, they’ve struggled on the road where they have picked up just six wins this season. All of those victories came against teams who now sit in the bottom half of the table and so they’re certainly not a guarantee to pick up three points this evening despite being ten points and five places above their opponents.

However, a win tonight for Mansfield would lift them to fourth in the league and with one or two games in hand over teams around them, that would be a great place to be with just nine matches of the season remaining.

This is a tough match to call but I’d much rather take odds of 23/10 on Hartlepool than 13/9 on Mansfield. I’m opting for the slightly safer bet of Hartlepool Draw No Bet which is priced at 13/10 with Betfred.

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Bet Of The Day

My Bet of the Day today comes in the form of a double with both selections coming from League Two.

The first is Exeter to beat Stevenage at St James Park this afternoon and odds of 5/6 for a home win looks like a great bet to me.

Exeter are one of the most in-form sides in League Two at the moment and are on course for automatic promotion into the English third tier. Matt Taylor’s side have lost just one of their last fifteen league matches which has lead them to second in the league, two points ahead of third-placed Northampton with a game in hand.

With just nine games to play this season, the Grecians are looking like one of the more likely teams to finish in the top three and they can increase their chances of playing in League One next season by picking up three points this afternoon.

Stevenage are currently just three points above the drop zone and have the joint-worst record when playing away from home. Alex Revell’s side have picked up just 10 points from a possible 54 on their travels this season and have failed to score in eight of their last seven on the road. They’re up against it this afternoon considering they have been unable to beat today’s opponents in their last 12 meetings at St James Park and have lost their last five.

My second selection in the double comes from the game between Oldham and Mansfield and I’m backing the visitors to come out on top.

Oldham have lost their last five games as well as over 60% of their home games this season. They’re freefalling into the National League and aren’t showing any signs of turning around a terrible season. Four victories from eighteen games played at Boundary Park this season shouldn’t fill you with any confidence in backing them today, especially against a side who are challenging for a spot in the playoffs.

Mansfield head into this game sitting midtable but are well within the mix of sides challenging for a top seven finish. The Stags are just two points adrift of a playoff spot with three games in hand over many teams around them and will see this fixture as a great chance of putting points on the board to boost their promotion prospects.

With 17 wins from their last 24 in all competitions, Mansfield look like a solid bet this afternoon and when coupled with Exeter in the double, odds of 5/2 are rather appealing with Coral.

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Ipswich vs Plymouth Argyle

Another bet I fancy today is Plymouth to beat Ipswich at Portman Road.

Plymouth are the underdogs in this game and are priced at a tempting 16/5 with Betfred and Betfair Sportsbook and I think they have a better chance than the odds suggest.

Thirteen points separate these two sides in League one with the hosts currently ninth and Plymouth fourth. They’re both challenging for a playoff spot but there’s little to separate the two based on home and away form this season.

Bookies may have priced Ipswich as odds-on favourites due to them being unbeaten in their last ten under Kieran McKenna. However, it should be noted that they only picked up five wins from those matches with those defeated teams currently ranked 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd in the league.

Ipswich will find this match against fourth-placed Plymouth a much tougher task considering that they’ve been unable to beat any of the top six this season.

Plymouth are currently in tremendous form having won their last six games without conceding a single goal. Based on that, it’s hugely surprising to see them as 16/5 outsiders today which, I think, provides a huge opportunity. Although five of those six victories were achieved at Home Park, Steven Schumacher’s side also have the fourth best record away from home in League Two which squashes any doubts of their form on their travels.

16/5 is a huge price on Plymouth and is a bet that I’ll definitely be placing today.

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England vs Switzerland

England host Switzerland at Webley this evening in a friendly which will be used as preparation for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

This isn’t really a betting game for me but Betfred are offering customers a refund as a free bet up to £5 if their #PickYourPunt bet on the match doesn’t win which is worth taking advantage of.

Southgate’s side finished top of their group as they were fully expected to. However, Switzerland did extremely well to remain unbeaten in all eight of their games, winning five and drawing four to finish top of Group C ahead of Italy which intimately resulted in the Azzurri failing to qualify for consecutive World Cups following a shock 1-0 defeat in the playoffs to North Macedonia.

Although England’s last two games have produced a combined 15 goals from Southgate’s men, their games are rarely goal fests when up against half decent sides. Under 2.5 Goals is usually a good bet on an England game and is one of the selections I’m including in by Bet Builder with Betfred. The other two are England to Win and Harry Kane to score anytime. Kane has found a bit of form in front of goal lately and should get chances this evening.

England to Win, Kane Anytime Scorer & Under 2.5 Goals is priced at 9/2 with Betfred and we’ll receive our stake back as a free bet should it not come in.

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Bet of The Day

Ghana vs Nigeria

Following a second successful day of betting tips yesterday, I’m going to stick with World Cup qualifying fixtures today with by Bet of the Day coming from the match between Ghana and Nigeria.

Early in February, former Republic of Ireland defender and Premier League manager Chris Houghton was brought in as technical director and part of a four-man team whose task it was to make sure Ghana qualify for this year’s World Cup. Houghton played a part in bringing in former Ghana and Bundesliga star Otto Addo as the interim manager but it is yet to be seen how the Black Cats will perform under the new coach. After all, Addo’s only previous managerial experience is as a youth team coach at Hamburger SV and assistant coach to Edin Terzić at Borussia Dortmund.

Ghana had an extremely disappointing AFCON campaign and were winless throughout the whole tournament. They’ll have to improve tonight to head into the second leg of this tie with the advantage and it will certainly be a tough game for them.

Nigeria had a much better AFCON campaign having won all three of their group games and keeping clean sheets in two of them. They were knocked out in the Round of 16 in a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia but that was just their first defeat in seven and they’ve also been in excellent form on their travels and were unbeaten in all but one of their six World Cup qualification group games.

Nigeria are strong in all positions of the pitch and I think that they’ll head into the second leg of this fixture in four days time with the advantage. The Super Eagles are priced at 15/8 for the win with SpreadEx, the same odds as the hosts, but I’m also backing goals at both ends of the pitch with odds of 7/1 available for Nigeria to win & BTTS.

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Cameroon vs Algeria

Another game I’m looking at is Cameroon vs Algeria who are also battling it out for a place at Qatar 2022.

Algeria have had a positive start to their World Cup campaign with being unbeaten in their six group games and finishing top of Group A ahead of Burkina Faso. However, after winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019, they failed spectacularly in their bid to retain their title by crashing out of the tournament in the group stages, scoring just one goal across their three games. Whether or not we’ll see a response from Djamel Belmadi’s side in this crucial match is yet to be seen but it’s certain to be a very tough game for them.

Cameroon also finished top of their group in qualification by picking up 15 points from a possible 18. They had a somewhat successful AFCON tournament, reaching the semi-finals and only not making it to the final leg due to being knocked out on penalties by Egypt. Being the host nation of that tournament, it would have been great for them to reach the final but they will take some confidence in their performances into their World Cup qualification challenge this evening.

This could be a very close match. With Riyad Mahrez in the team, despite having a somewhat underwhelming AFCON campaign, Algeria will always pose a threat. However, Cameroon to win is my selection in this game as they are the more in-form team of the two and new manager Rigobert Song, who took over from Toni Conceicao last month, will be looking to start his new role with an extremely important victory.

Again, I’m expecting goals at both ends of the pitch and so instead of backing Cameroon in the Match Result market at odds of 13/10, I’m opting for Cameroon & BTTS at the more attractive price of 11/2 with bookmakers such as William Hill, Parimatch and Betvictor.

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Wales vs Austria

Wales welcome Austria to Cardiff this evening in this crucial World Cup qualifying playoff clash. Rob Page’s side haven’t qualified for a World Cup for over 60 years but are now just two victories away from featuring at Qatar 2022, starting tonight against an Austrian side who are looking to play in the tournament for the first time since France ’98.

The return of Gareth Bale will be a huge boost for Wales. The Los Blancos forward hasn’t featured for Real Madrid since coming on as a substitute in his sides 1-0 defeat away to PSG in the Champions League over a month ago and has played less than 80 minutes of competitive football since November but will be eager to have an impact tonight when he leads his side out as captain.

The home advantage could play a huge part in the result of tonight’s match as Wales are unbeaten in their last 17 games played at Cardiff City Stadium which included a very respectable 1-1 draw against FIFA’s #1 ranked team, Belgium, in their latest outing.

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Austria find themselves lucky to be in with a chance of making the World Cup this year. Franco Foda’s side finished fourth in their group being Denmark, Scotland and Israel and only qualified for the playoffs due to their finishing position in the UEFA Nations League. They weren’t the most prolific of goalscorers during the group stages but did manage to put four past both Israel and Moldova in their final two matches at home.

Ex-West Ham and current Serie A forward Marko Arnautović will be the main threat for Austria. Arnautović found the net five times in the group games and has netted nine in 26 games this season for Bologna. He’ll be in the mix tonight and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get on the scoresheet again.

The winner of this clash will face either Scotland or Ukraine in the finals of the playoffs to battle it out for one of the three remaining places in this year’s World Cup. However, due to Scotland and Ukraine’s match being postponed until June, we won’t find out which team will be travelling to Qatar until later in the summer.

This could be a very close match and both teams have their flaws. However, with the game being played in Cardiff where Wales are unbeaten since November 2018, I’m siding with a home win and also backing both teams to find the net.

Wales to beat Austria & BTTS is priced at 6/1 with Bet365.

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Bet Of The Day

Today’s Bet of the Day comes from League One where Plymouth Argyle host Cheltenham at Home Park.

Plymouth are currently the most in-form side in the league having picked up maximum points in their last five games. Perhaps even more impressive than that feat is the fact that Steven Schumacher’s side found the net ten times throughout those five games and kept clean sheets in ALL of them. Following their recent run of good form, they look set to finish in one of the playoff positions come the end of the season but they’ll feel a lot more confident of doing so should they pick up a couple more wins early on from their remaining eight matches.

Cheltenham head into this match on the back of consecutive victories against Morecambe and Wimbledon. However, those two sides are both in the bottom four and Michael Duff’s side have struggled on their travels this season where they have averaged less than a point per game, winning just 3 of their 18 matches played. When you compare that to Plymouth winning 12 of their 19 home games this term, it’s clear to see why the hosts are the favourites tonight.

These two sides last met on Boxing Day in Cheltenham with the match ending in a 2-0 away win. I can see tonight’s game ending with a similar score and so Plymouth to win is my Bet of the Day which is priced at 4/6 with Betfred.

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Gateshead vs Curzon Ashton

My other selection today comes from the National League North match between Gateshead and Curzon Ashton.

WhichBookie has a special connection with Gateshead FC with being the club’s Online Betting Partner and it’s great to see the Heed storming the National League North this season.

Gateshead are currently top of the league having picked up an impressive 73 points from 32 games but with second-placed Brackley Town just three points adrift and with a game in hand, tonight’s hosts can’t afford to take their foot off the gas if they are to finish the season in first place. Thankfully, they’ve shown no signs of doing so and have lost just one of their last 14 games, winning 11 of them.

Mike Williamson’s side aren’t short of goals either, averaging an impressive 2.28 per game this season with 73 in total which is 19 more than any other team in the league.

Curzon Ashton are 10th in the National League North and are chasing a place in the playoffs of which they are currently five points adrift of.

After a great start to the season, Mark Bradshaw’s side have dropped off the pace somewhat and have had a relatively inconsistent season. They’ve now picked up just one win in their last five and two in their last eleven on the road. They’ve also been beaten by Gateshead in all four meetings with the North East side, including when they hosted them at Tameside Stadium back in November.

I can’t see past another win for Gateshead tonight which would strengthen their title hopes heading into the final stages of the season. However, odds of 1/3 aren’t greatly appealing and so I’m going to throw Over 2.5 Goals into the mix which has happened in 10 of Gateshead’s last 12 and in 5 of Curzon Ashton’s last 6.

Gateshead to Win & Over 2.5 Goals is priced at Evens with SkyBet.

Not huge priced selections today but a couple that are worth considering. Stay tuned for more football tips this week from European World Cup playoff fixtures on Thursday and England vs Switzerland on Saturday.

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Bet Of The Day

Colchester vs Forest Green

Colchester host League Two leaders Forest Green this evening in the only fixture taking place across England’s top four leagues.

A little over a month ago, Forest Green were almost a certainty to clinch the League Two title and set to feature in the third tier of English football next season. However, seven games without a win have allowed Exeter to close the gap on the league leaders to just five points with the likes of Northampton, Bristol Rovers and Tranmere six points adrift. Rovers are still the bookies’ odds-on favourites for the title but their inability to win games in recent weeks is a slight concern.

Colchester are currently 20th in the league and eight points above the drop zone. Wayne Brown’s side aren’t safe yet with another nine matches to be played but they have only lost one of their last five and are looking like one of the more likely teams to avoid relegation. They’ve proven to be very tough to beat on home turf having lost just one of their last seven and drawing five. However, four of those five draws came against teams in the bottom half of the table and they’ll do well to pick up anything more than a point this evening against the league leaders despite their recent dip in form.

With Colchester drawing five of their last seven at home and Forest Green drawing six of their last eight on the road, many will be backing the two sides to share the points this evening. However, I’m siding towards an away win. I expect Rovers to get their season back on track before the season concludes and this could be the match to give them a kick-start. Having lost just one of their last eleven on their travels, it’s difficult to see Forest Green losing this game and I’m willing to take the chance on them stealing the three points, albeit by a narrow margin.

Both teams have found the net in nine of Forest Green’s last ten played on the road and in 12 of Colchester’s last 14 played at home. Therefore, Forest Green to Win & BTTS is my bet for today which is priced at 10/3 with William Hill.

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Crystal Palace vs Everton

I’m looking at two games today with the first being the FA Cup clash between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park.

Everton picked up a rare win at home to Newcastle on Thursday evening which will surely give them some confidence heading into this match. However, Lampard’s side really didn’t deserve to take away all three points with Newcastle being much the better team for the majority of the match. The same issues that have troubled the Toffees in recent months were apparent throughout that game with chances in front of goal few and far between and the 99th-minute winner from Alex Iwobi was in fact the first goal in five games scored by Everton.

Palace beat today’s opponents 3-1 when they welcomed them to Selhurst Park back in December and they’ll be thankful of meeting them at this stage of the season given the form that the visitors are currently in. Patrick Vieira’s side have lost just one of their last nine in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last five. They also put a halt to City’s title challenge by holding Pep’s side to an impressive goalless draw at home last weekend.

Given their troubles in the league, Lampard is likely to rotate his squad for this somewhat non-essential fixture. Also, Allan is suspended for Everton and both Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli are cup-tied which means that their squad is depleted even further.

I’m backing a home win in this fixture which is priced at 10/11 with several bookmakers such as Betfred, Quinnbet and William Hill.

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QPR vs Peterborough

My other selection today comes from the Championship match between QPR and Peterborough and I’m backing another home win.

QPR aren’t going through the best of periods and have dropped out of the top six. However, they have a game or two in hand over the vast majority of teams above them and will see this as the perfect opportunity to reclaim a playoff spot by picking up maximum points in front of home fans.

Although the hosts have won just one of their last four, they’ve been relatively solid at home where Mark Warburton have lost just one of their last eight in all competitions. They should have enough to go on and win this match today against a side who are bottom of the league and who have struggled immensely away from home this season.

All hope is not completely lost for Peterborough but time is running out for Grant McCann’s side to pick up points to lift them closer to safety. They’re currently 10 points adrift of that feat with a game in hand over 21st-placed Reading but with just nine games remaining for the Posh, time isn’t on their side.

Playing away from home has been the main issue for Peterborough this season where they have collected just 5 points from 19 games. They’ve also struggled for goals, notching up just 10 goals on their travels and losing the vast majority of their games to nil.

If there’s ever been a reliable bet this season it’s betting against Peterborough on the road. Therefore, QPR to win today seems like a sensible bet which is priced at 3/5 with Coral.

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Given both Everton’s and Peterborough’s troubles in front of goal, I’ll also be taking a chance on Palace and QPR to win their games to nil. You can back the double at odds of 8.37 with Parimatch who will credit your account with a £5 free bet regardless of the result.

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Bet Of The Day

My Bet of the Day today comes from the Championship match between Swansea and Birmingham and I’m expecting goals.

Swansea head into this match having scored in 13 of their last 14 home matches and were on a three-game winning streak in front of home fans prior to their defeat to league leaders Fulham at the beginning of the month. They came back from 2-1 down in their latest outing away to Peterborough to win that match 3-2 and although I don’t think they’ll find this game easy by any means, I think they’ll have enough to see the game out as winners with both teams finding the net.

Birmingham are 20th in the Championship but with being 13 points above the drop zone, they look relatively safe. Although they did pick up a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Bristol City two weeks ago, that was just their second victory in their last 17 on the road which doesn’t give you much confidence in backing them today. That said, they do tend to get on the scoresheet on their travels and have found the net in their last 7 away games.

Given both sides are capable of finding the net but also prone to conceding, this could be a very open game. I’m willing to back the hosts to come out on top though with Swansea to win & BTTS being priced at 10/3 with Bet365.

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Cambridge Utd vs MK Dons

My next selection comes from League One where Cambridge United host MK Dons at the Abbey Stadium.

Cambridge were in great form heading towards the end of January but have picked up just two wins in their last 12 in all competitions. 13 goals have been conceded in their last four which is a concern, as is the fact that they have been unable to find the net in their last three. I feel things could get worse for Mark Bonner’s side this afternoon as they take on a Dons side that is challenging for automatic promotion.

MK Dons are the most in-form side in League One currently and are unbeaten in their last 11. Following five consecutive victories, Liam Manning’s side dropped points in their 1-1 draw at home to Wigan last weekend and although they will be disappointed that they were unable to close the gap between their second-placed opponents, it was a more than respectable result.

It’s hard to bet against the Dons at the moment and with Cambridge having issues in front of goal, I do expect the visitors to take away all three points today.

MK Dons to win is priced at 21/20 with 888Sport which I think is more than reasonable.

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SkyBet Price Boosts

SkyBet have a couple of price boosts available today that are worth taking advantage of.

The first is Coutinho to have one or more shots on target for Villa against Arsenal. He’s hit the target at least once in his last four games and so odds of Evens, boosted from 1/3, shows a lot of value.

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Rotherham are at home to Shrewsbury in League One and I fully expect them to retain or extend their lead at the top of the table against a 17th placed side who have managed to score just one goal in their last four.

Chelsea are away in the FA Cup to Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough have done exceptionally well to reach this stage of the competition having beaten the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United but unless they can take the match all the way to penalties, I can’t see them progressing today.

West Brom are away to Bristol City and after a string of dreadful results, Steve Bruce’s side may have just found their feet again. They came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Huddersfield just over a week and and followed that result up with an impressive 1-0 victory at home to league leaders Fulham. If they can keep their momentum going, they should be able to see off a Bristol City side who have just one win in their last five.

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Bet Of The Day

My Bet of the Day today comes from the League Two match between Newport County and Hartlepool and I think there’s value in backing a home win.

Newport look to increase their chances of promotion into League One by picking up maximum points in front of a home crowd tonight and I wouldn’t put it past them given the form the Exiles are in. The hosts are unbeaten in their last seven and have won their last three with their most recent outing resulting in a 2-1 win away to Carlisle. James Rowberry’s side have been relatively solid at home this season where they have the best goalscoring record in League Two, averaging two goals per game. They’ll be confident of picking up three points this evening against a side who been able to find the net just 14 times in 18 games on their travels and who they haven’t lost to in their last four encounters.

Hartlepool are currently 12th in the league and look set to finish the season around midtable. They’ve been somewhat inconsistent this season and are without a win in their last three in all competitions and have failed to score in their last two. Graeme Lee’s side have been exceptionally poor on the road but have managed to pick up three wins from their last four. However, those away victories came against Crawley, Colchester and Harrogate who are all in the bottom half of the table and so they will find this match, against a team challenging for the title, a much greater task.

A win tonight for the hosts would see them move up to second in the league and just four points adrift of league leaders Forest Green. They should have the quality to see this game out as winners as they have done many times this season. However, due to the visitors finding a bit of form away from home recently and the fact that both teams have scored in the last three encounters between this two sides, my Bet of the Day is Newport County to Win & BTTS which is priced at 10/3 with Bet365.

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Bet Of The Day

After a couple of days off, it was great to come back yesterday with some winning tips with all three of Spurs (5/4), Liverpool (Evens) and Forest & BTTS (16/5) coming in. Hopefully, the trend will continue today and I have faith in my Bet Of The Day today which is priced at a very reasonable 11/5.

My top tip today comes from the only Premier League match taking place which is between Everton and Newcastle at Goodison Park. You probably won’t be too surprised with my selection here but what is surprising are the odds on an away win.

Newcastle are one of the most in-form sides in the league currently and have lost just one of their last ten games in the top flight. That defeat came last weekend against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and it took a 89th-minute strike from Kai Havertz to finally break down Eddie Howe’s resilient side. Although conceding that late goal was a huge disappointment for the Magpies, I don’t think that it’ll dampen morale too much as their strategy almost paid off and they’ve shown enough fight in them over the past couple of months to get back on track against an Everton side who are freefalling down the table.

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Everton are currently only out of the drop zone on goal difference and there is a real worry on Merseyside that if they don’t start picking up points, they could find themselves in the bottom three come the end of the season. Lampard’s side do have three games in hand over 18th-placed Watford but have only played one less than Burnley who trail them by a single point.

Following their disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Wolves at the weekend, the Toffee’s have now lost eight of their last nine Premier League matches and have failed to score in five of them, including in their last four. Their last goal came over a month ago when they picked up a rare victory at home to Leeds and although they’ve had some relatively tough fixtures since that win, they’ll do well to pick up maximum points against a reformed Newcastle side tonight.

Newcastle are now nine points above the drop zone but Eddie Howe certainly won’t want them to relax. With signings surely being made in the summer, the current squad all have something to prove if they want to be part of the new era at St James’ Park and I’m confident in backing them tonight to get back to winning ways which would see them move level on points with 11th-placed Crystal Palace.

Along with an away win, I’ll also be having a small wager on Chris Wood to score first and Newcastle to win 2-1 which has been boosted to 66/1 by SkyBet. 2-1 is a feasible final score and although Wood hasn’t been the most prolific of strikers since arriving on Tyneside, he’ll be in the mix for crosses and corners tonight.

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Bet Of The Day

Most eyes are on the Cheltenham Festival this week but there is still football taking place, including two games from the Premier League this evening and my Bet of the Day comes from the match between Brighton and Spurs at the Falmer Stadium.

Brighton were having a relatively solid season up until a month ago but five consecutive defeats have resulted in Graham Potter’s side dropping down to 13th in the league and are now closer to the drop zone than they are to the top 6. That’s the first time since 2007, when Brighton were a League One side, that they’ve lost five in a row and I feel it could get worse for them tonight. They have met the likes of Man Utd, Liverpool and an in-form Newcastle side in recent games but they suffered a 3-0 loss to Burnley and 2-0 to Villa, both games of which were played on home turf. Their most recent 2-0 defeat to Liverpool meant they had conceded 11 and scored just one in their last five which doesn’t fill you will any real confidence in backing them this evening.

Spurs haven’t been the most consistent team either this season, especially on the road, but they have found a bit of form in front of goal recently. No other team in the league has scored more than Conte’s side in their last five (14) and only Liverpool and Arsenal have scored more in their last ten (20). A 5-0 win against Everton, a 4-0 win away to Leeds and a very impressive 3-2 victory on their travels against current champions Manchester City have boosted their chances of Champions League football next season and a win tonight could take them to within three points of that feat.

Based on current form, an away win is the most likely outcome in this game and odds of 5/4 with Betfred look appealing enough for me to make Spurs my bet of the day.

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Arsenal vs Liverpool

Arsenal host Liverpool at the Emirates this evening in what is one of the biggest of Liverpool’s remaining matches.

Crystal Palace holding current league-leaders Manchester City to a goalless draw at Selhurst Park on Monday night means that the gap between City and Klopp’s side has been reduced to just four points with Liverpool having a game in hand. Should Liverpool win tonight, the pressure will surely be on City to retain their slender lead and the title may come down to when the two sides meet at the Etihad in just over three weeks time.

Liverpool head into this game on the back of eight consecutive league victories but tonight’s opponents are too in excellent form having won their last five.

Arteta’s side are now fourth in the league with games in hand over all teams around them, including having played two less than third-placed Chelsea who are currently eight points ahead of them. They’re looking like one of the more likely sides to end the season in a Champion League place and picking up points tonight would increase their chances even further.

Based on form, it’s a very difficult game to call. However, with City dropping points in their most recent match, Liverpool simply can’t afford not to win this game if they are to continue to challenge for the title. I don’t think that they’ll run away with it but I’m willing to back them at odds of Evens with 10Bet to have just enough to take away all three points.

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Nottingham Forest vs QPR

My final selection today comes from the Championship match between Nottingham Forest and QPR at the City Ground.

I’ve been a big fan of QPR this season and backed them with success several times. However, they’ve dropped off the pace in recent months and are currently at risk of sliding down and out of the playoffs. Mark Warburton’s side did pick up a vital 2-1 win away to Luton at the weekend in a match that they were underdogs at a price of almost 3/1. However, that was just their second victory in their last nine games in all competitions and so I’m not overly confident in backing them tonight.

Forest on the other hand have lost just one of their last thirteen and are unbeaten in their last eight, winning their latest outing 4-0 at home to Reading. Steve Cooper’s side have been climbing the table and now find themselves ninth but just four points adrift of today’s opponents. At the City Ground, goals haven’t been an issue for Forest where they have averaged over 2.7 goals per game in their last seven. Taking that into account along with the fact that QPR have found the net just twice in their last five on the road, everything points to a home victory.

Despite QPR’s goal drought on their travels, I’m backing them to get on the scoresheet tonight. A Nottingham Forest win & BTTS is priced at 16/5 with William Hill.

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Bet Of The Day

I’m focussing on Premier League matches today despite there being some relatively tricky fixtures in my opinion and my Bet of the Day comes from the Everton vs Wolves match where I think there is value in backing an away win.

Everton head into this match sitting just one place and one point above the drop zone with Frank Lampard’s side in desperate need for points. They have two games in hand over Burnley and three in hand over both Watford and Norwich and so their fate remains in their hands for the time being. However, they haven’t shown too many signs of improvement in recent weeks having lost eight of their last ten Premier League matches and their last three to nil. A 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Spurs last time out isn’t the best preparation heading into this match and with the Toffee’s struggling for goals at the moment, it’s difficult to have much faith in backing them today.

Wolves will be high on confidence following a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Watford on Thursday evening. That victory ended a three-game losing streak for Bruno Lage’s side and means that they are within just two points of sixth-placed West Ham. Impressively, they have the fourth-best defensive record in the league with only Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea conceding fewer goals this term. Wolves also have the fourth-best away record in the league currently having picked up 23 points from a possible 42 on the road and conceding just 11 goals in the process. They’re not the most prolific scorers in the league but do know how to not lose games and so at odds of 44/19 with Vbet, I think they’re definitely worth a punt on today.

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Chelsea vs Newcastle

Chelsea host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge this afternoon in what could be a very interesting match.

The hosts have hit the headlines in recent days but not because of their performances on the pitch. A series of restrictions due to government sanctions against Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich, mean that the club could be changing hands in the coming months and there is uncertainty with player contracts, wages and much more. Due to away fans not being permitted in the stadium today along with no additional tickets being sold, today’s match will be played in a half-empty stadium. Newcastle fans being absent will no doubt play in Chelsea’s favour but I don’t think this will be an easy game for them despite winning their last four in the league.

Newcastle’s confidence was given a further boost on Thursday evening when they became just the second team in the league this season to beat Southampton at St Mary’s. That result made it an impressive six wins from seven for Eddie Howe’s side who are now unbeaten in their last nine top-flight matches. The Magpies are now ten points clear of the drop zone and looking likely to continue to climb the table heading into the closing stages of the season.

Taking nothing away from Newcastle’s recent results, they have had a somewhat favourable run of fixtures. Their win away to Southampton was impressive but the two times they have met top-six teams in the past couple of months (Man Utd & West Ham), they have ended in draws. Chelsea will be a huge test for Howe’s greatly improved side, especially with no fans in the stadium to cheer them on, but with the way they are playing, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see them get a result today.

Joelinton missed Newcastle’s trip to St Mary’s after picking up a knock in training but the midfielder should return today which would be a huge boost to the side. His performances have been transformed under Howe and currently looks like one of the best midfielders in the league. We could also see the return of Allan Saint-Maximin to the side which would bolster Newcastle’s attacking threat by some margin. It was good to finally see Chris Wood get his first goal for the club against Southampton but there is no player in the squad that creates chances like Saint-Maximin. He’s 22/1 to bag the first goal on Betfair Exchange which I think is worth a small punt if he starts as he should be eager from the get-go.

Newcastle are 8/1 for the win today but that may be a little ambitious. However, I’m willing to take a chance on Newcastle Draw No Bet at odds of 6/1 with Unibet for a relatively small wager.

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Leeds vs Norwich

Another game I’m willing to take a chance on the underdogs in is Leeds vs Norwich at Elland Road.

Leeds’s season is going from bad to worse after suffering a sixth consecutive defeat when losing 3-0 at home to Aston Villa on Thursday. New manager Jesse Marsch is still searching for his first point with his club and this game is probably the best chance he is going to get this season. The main worry with Leeds is the number of goals that they’re conceding. Before Marsch joined, they had conceded 17 goals in the previous four games which is staggering. Things were looking slightly better in Marsch’s first game in charge as although they were unable to take anything away from their match against Leicester, only one goal found it’s way into their net and they did look like an improved side. However, that game was followed up by a 3-0 defeat at home to Villa which made it four games without scoring a goal and conceding 14 in the process.

Norwich looked like they were starting to fight for survival at the beginning of the year with picking up rare back-to-back wins against Everton and Watford and a point in the league game that followed at home to Palace. However, since then, Dean Smith’s side have lost their last five in the league which has left them five points from safety. Victory today for the Canaries would take them to within three points of today’s opponents which should be a huge driving factor for them to chase the win considering that Leeds are looking like the most likely of the bunch to replace any of the bottom three come the end of the season.

Although Norwich have lost their last five league games, four of those were against Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Southampton. They’ll be annoyed with their 3-1 defeat at home to Brentford but will take some confidence in that fact that they found the net in three of those games – something that they have struggled with this season.

Norwich have scored the fewest goals in the league when on the road this season but they are up against the side with with worst defensive record in the league. Based on Leeds’s inability to keep clean sheets, I think it’s worth taking a chance on Norwich today and odds of 5/1 are very tempting. However, I’m opting for the slightly safer Double Chance option of Norwich or a Draw which is priced at 16/11 with Sport Nation.

Leeds vs Norwich
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Bet Of The Day

My Bet of the Day comes from the League Two match between Forest Green and Bradford City at the New Lawn.

Forest Green remain top of the league with an eight-point gap and a game in hand over second-placed Northampton despite a recent poor run of form. Rob Edwards’ side are winless in their last five and have collected just three points from those games. However, four of those matches were on the road and their form at home has been a lot more consistent where other than their recent 1-0 loss to Walsall, you have to go all the way back to the middle of October to find a defeat at the New Lawn.

Bradford head into this game on the back of five consecutive losses and look set to finish in no man’s land in League Two. Due to being relatively safe but unlikely to challenge for a place in the playoffs, the motivation of the Bradford players may not be all that high and I feel another defeat could be on the cards for the Bantams.

Former Premier League manager Mark Hughes was brought in at Bradford to help get their season back on track but it wasn’t the start he would have wanted last week as his side went 2-1 down at home to Swindon. Playing the league leaders away from home when you’re searching for your first win isn’t ideal and they’ll do well to pick up points this afternoon.

Forest Green to win is my Bet of the Day which is priced at 5/6 with Quinnbet.

Forest Green vs Bradford City
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Manchester United vs Tottenham

Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford this afternoon in what should be a great game.

Man Utd dropped out of the top four following a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of local rivals Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend and won’t be best pleased to have another tough fixture lined up for today.

It’s been an inconsistent season for United and overall, uninspiring for the fans. It’s difficult to back them with any real confidence against any side in the league at the moment and I’m reluctant to do so today.

Spurs were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Middlesbrough at the start of the month but have won three of their last four in the league which included an impressive 3-2 win away to league-leaders Manchester City, a 4-0 win away to Leeds and a 5-0 thrashing of Everton at home. A win today for Antonio Conte’s side could lift them into the top four which would be a great place to be heading into the final stages of the season.

United are priced at 7/5 and Spurs at 15/8 for the win which I think is relatively fair. However, Boylesports have their EPIC ODDS offer available for this game and are offering enhanced odds of 9/4 for United or 9/2 for Tottenham.

At the boosted prices, I’d have to side with Spurs based on the form that they’re in and the goals that they’re scoring in the league.

Man Utd vs Tottenham
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Brighton v Liverpool

Liverpool make the trip to the Amex this afternoon to face Brighton. This isn’t a game I’d usually bet on but there are a couple of betting offers available that are worth taking advantage of.

Firstly, SkyBet have boosted the odds on Mo Salah to have one or more shots on target from 1/8 to Evens. It’s a no-brainer of a bet and has a more than likely chance of coming in.

Secondly, Coral are offering customers a £5 free bet to use in-play when they place a bet of £5 or more pre-match. For this bet I’m backing Liverpool/Liverpool in the HT/FT market. Brighton have lost their last four and have been down at half time in their last three.

Brighton vs Liverpool
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Bet Of The Day

There aren’t many fixtures scheduled for today but the West Brom vs Huddersfield match is certainly an interesting one and one that is worth taking a closer look at based on the current match result odds.

West Brom head into this match on the back of a 2-0 win away to Hull last weekend which was their first win under manager Steve Bruce and their first in their last eight games during which time they suffered six defeats. In fact, West Brom scored more goals in their 2-0 win against Hull than they have done in their seven previous games combined!

Karlan Grant bagged both goals for his side against Hull and so Bruce will be relieved somewhat that his striker is finding his feet again in front of goal. However, despite West Brom looking a much-improved side in last week’s game, possibly due to Bruce making five changes to the side that lost to Swansea the week before and changing from 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2 formation, I think it’s too soon to be saying that the Baggies have turned a corner and I’m not confident in backing them at odds-on tonight against the most in-form side in the league.

Huddersfield saw an 18 game unbeaten run come to an end when they lost 2-1 to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Monday evening. They’ll be looking to bounce back from that defeat in this league game and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see them pick up three points which would move them into second place in the table. The Terriers are currently level on points with second-placed Bournemouth but with having played three games more, Carlos Corberán’s side know that if they are to continue challenging for the second automatic promotion spot, they can’t afford to drop points.

The bookies have Huddersfield as quite the outsiders tonight with being priced at just shy of 4/1. That’s a huge price in my opinion given that this side are unbeaten in their last sixteen league games and have won their last four. Not to mention they beat league-leaders, Fulham, 2-1 away from home last month to start their four-match winning streak.

West Brom are an uncertainty for me and I wouldn’t be backing them at odds-on purely based on one positive display and result last time out. I think the value is definitely with the away win which will be my Bet of the Day at odds of 19/5 with either Coral or 888Sport.

Although the hosts currently have the best defensive record in the league when playing at home, they have conceded two goals in two of their last three at the Hawthorns and so I’m willing to take a chance on a 1-2 score which at odds of 16/1 with SportingIndex, looks like a very generous price.

 

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Southampton vs Newcastle

Southampton host Newcastle at St Mary’s tonight with the hosts looking to bounce back from an embarrassing 4-0 defeat away to Aston Villa at the weekend.

The Saints were on a seven-game unbeaten run and a three-game winning streak until they took the trip to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. That defeat has left Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side 9th in the league and 10 points adrift of 6th placed West Ham with a game in hand. Although they’ve been in good form of late, Saturday’s loss wasn’t completely surprising as prior to that game, Southampton had won just 3 of their 14 matches on the road this term. However, at St Mary’s it’s a different story where they have suffered just one defeat all season. They’re up against one of the most in-form sides in the league tonight with Newcastle collecting 13 points from a possible 15 over their last five games and conceding just three goals throughout those and so this won’t be an easy game for them.

Things are looking good for Eddie Howe’s side who look to extend their seven-game unbeaten run tonight. They’ve won five of their last six and along with picking up results, Howe has them playing extremely well. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Newcastle get a result against any side in the league at the moment and so they’re well within a chance of taking away points from tonight’s game.

Although the Saint’s were unable to find the net against Villa, I’d back them to do so at home this evening. However, Newcastle have been pressing hard and have been creating a lot more chances over the past two months. Therefore, Both Teams To Score is my Bet of the Day which is priced at a fair 3/4 with Bet365.

Newcastle are a very tempting 3/1 to win and even more appealing 6/1 to win with both teams scoring. However, due to Southampton’s home advantage, I think that this will be a very close game and I think the most likely outcome is a score draw which will be my second selection at odds of 15/4 with online bookmaker, Parimatch.

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Leeds vs Aston Villa

Aston Villa travel to Elland Road this evening to face a Leeds side who are in desperate need for points.

Leeds are currently 16th in the league but being just two points above the drop zone and without a win in their last seven, they could find themselves sliding further down the rankings this week should they not be able to pick up points tonight.

Tonight’s hosts looked like a much improved side under new boss Jesse Marsch when they made the trip to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester at the weekend and were somewhat unlucky to come away with nothing. However, that defeat made it five in a row for Leeds and although they limited Leicester’s chances and conceded just once, they’ve let in an average of 3.5 goals over their last six matches which is a big cause for concern. Especially when they’re up against a side who put four past Southampton on Saturday.

Villa will look to make it three wins in a row after beating both Brighton and Southampton in recent weeks without conceding a goal. Philippe Coutinho was right to be awarded Man of the Match against the Saints as the Brazilian was exceptional. He was involved in the majority of Villa’s four goals and perhaps should have had a hat-trick himself before the break. With confidence high, I expect another positive performance from him tonight which should be enough to lift the rest of the team and result in them taking away three points from the game.

Villa to win is priced at 28/17 with 10Bet which I think has value.

SkyBet also have a boost on this game and are offering odds of 2/1, boosted from Evens, for Leeds’s Raphinha and Villa’s Coutinho to have a shot on target each which I think is worth taking up.

Leeds vs Aston Villa
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Bet Of The Day

There are some tough fixtures lined up tonight. Real Madrid vs PSG is a very tricky one to call and I’m not confident enough to back either side. City are the clear favourites in their match at home to Sporting Lisbon and there really isn’t any value in backing Pep’s side at odds of 1/8. Therefore, I’m turning to the Europa League where two other matches are taking place and opting for a BTTS Double.

The first match is Real Betis vs Frankfurt which is taking place in Sevilla. I’ve been a huge fan of Betis this season but their form has taken a dip recently and odds of just shy of Evens don’t tempt me enough to back them to win tonight. They’re without a win in their last four but are still managing to find the net in the vast majority of their games with Manuel Pellegrini’s side netting in 22 of their last 25 matches.

Frankfurt have also suffered a slight dip in form, losing three of their last four in the Bundesliga. They did bounce back from their three consecutive defeats with a 4-1 win away to Hertha last time out but they’ve been relatively inconsistent all season which has resulted in Tayfun Korkut’s side dropping down to 10th in the league and at risk of not being able to secure a place in this competition next season. Despite this, Frankfurt have the third best away record in the German top-flight with only Leverkusen and Bayern picking up more points on their travels this term. They’ve also found the net in 13 of their last 15 on the road and so I wouldn’t be suprised to see them get on the scoresheet against a Betis side who usually try to outscore their opponants rather than keep things tight at the back.

Both Team To Score in this match is the first selection in my double.

The other game taking place in the Europa League tonight is Porto vs Lyon and it’s another game that I think we’ll see goals at both ends of the pitch.

The hosts are rightly the favourites for the win as they rarely drop points at home. They impressively beat Lazio 4-3 on aggregate to reach this stage of the tournament and will be confident of progressing further should they be able to pick up a result in this first leg tie.

Porto have only failed to score in two games, both home and away, all season and they were against Atletico in the Champions League back in September in a game that finished goalless for both sides, and in their 2-0 defeat away to Liverpool, also in the Champions League. It’s hard to envision them not getting on the scoresheet tonight but as they do tend to concede, I think backing BTTS is a logical bet.

Both teams have scored in 12 of Porto’s last 14 games.

Lyon have proven relatively tough to beat this season but they do tend to draw a lot of games. However, not many of those draws have ended in a stalemate with tonight’s visitors finding the net in 29 of their 33 games played this season and in 13 of their 16 on the road.

Porto to Win & BTTS is priced at 14/5 with William Hill and worth a small wager in my opinion given that they have the home advantage.

Porto vs Lyon
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The BTTS double comes in at a best price of 2.76 with Bet365. Alternatively, you could place the bet at slightly shorter odds of 2.60 with Betfair Sportsbook and qualify for a £5 free bet regardless of the result. This is the preferred option for me based on value, although the choice will depend on the level of your stake.

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Bet Of The Day

My Bet of the Day today comes in the form of a double with selections from matches in the Championship and League One.

First up is Swansea City vs Fulham in what could be quite a competitive fixture.

The hosts are in good form on home turf at the moment having won four of their last five and finding the net in 11 of their last 12 in front of home fans. The Swans are currently 16th in the Championship but that position probably isn’t a fair reflection of their season given that they are just 11 points adrift of a place in the playoffs. They’ll be confident of causing Fulham issues tonight if their recent performances are anything to go by. After netting two late goals to see off West Brom towards the end of last month, Swansea picked up an impressive 3-1 victory at home to Coventry at the weekend. It could be too little too late though and they’re unlikely to achieve the fourth-placed finish that they managed last season. However, they do have a game in hand over teams around them and so they’ll need to make use of that tonight if they are to make a late challenge for a playoff spot.

Fulham will look to extend their lead at the top of the table to 14 points by picking up another win tonight. Second-placed Huddersfield have played two games more than Marco Silva’s side prior to tonight’s match and so it’s Bournemouth, who have played two games less, that are the more likely challengers. However, with the form at Fulham are in and the consistency that they’re showing, they’re unlikely to falter enough to throw away the title at this stage of the season.

Fulham are seeking their fourth consecutive victory after wins against Peterborough, Cardiff and Blackburn in recent matches and I think that they’ll have enough to achieve that tonight, albeit by a narrow margin. Swansea should be able to cause them problems and as they get on the scoresheet in the vast majority of their home fixtures, I think an away win & BTTSbet is sensible at odds of 3/1 with Bet365. Although, I’ll be including only the match result in my double.

Swansea vs Fulham
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My second selection for the double comes from League One where Plymouth host Wimbledon at Home Park.

Plymouth head into this match in 8th place in League One and know that a win today would lift them up to 5th with at least one game in hand over the teams around them. This is a great chance for the hosts to take advantage of their game in hand and confidence should be high following their 2-0 home win against Morecambe on Saturday.

Wimbledon are currently just two points above the drop zone following 17 matches without a win. Things are looking bleak for Mark Robinson’s side who will do well to take anything from this tough away fixture. The visitors have failed to score in four of their last six games and in each of their last three on the road. That isn’t a good sign when they’re up against a side which has the joint-best defensive record on home turf this season.

I can’t see past a home win here based on form and league positions and I think 3/4 for Plymouth to win is a very fair price.

Odds of 2/1 are available on the double for both Fulham and Plymouth to win with Parimatch who will also credit a £5 free bet regardless of the outcome.

Double
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SkyBet Boosted Treble

SkyBet are offering the following boosts on tonight’s matches:

  • Liverpool, Bournemouth & Fulham all to win (was 2/1) NOW 4/1
  • Liverpool & Bournemouth to win and Fulham to draw with Swansea (was 6/1) NOW 9/1
  • Liverpool, Bournemouth & Swansea all to win (was 8/1) NOW 12/1

Liverpool are at home to Inter Milan in the Champions League and head into the match with a 2-0 advantage following the first leg in Italy two weeks ago. Although Liverpool don’t need to win this game to progress, Anfield has been a fortress this season and I don’t expect that to change tonight.

Bournemouth are at home to Peterborough who are rock-bottom of the Championship. The visitors have picked up just 4 points from a possible 54 on the road this season and so anything other than a comfortable victory would be disappointing for the hosts.

I’ve covered the Fulham game and so I’ll be backing the treble of Liverpool, Bournemouth and Fulham to win at boosted odds of 4/1 which is a great bet.

Boosted Treble
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Bournemouth
Fulham
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Bet Of The Day

With just one Premier League fixture scheduled for today along with a tricky FA Cup clash and a single match in La Liga, I’ve opted for a BTTS Double for today’s Bet of the Day with the first selection coming from the match between Tottenham and Everton in London.

In terms of a match result, it’s hard to back either side with any real confidence. Spurs have lost their last two at home with defeats to Southampton and Wolves in recent weeks. Rodrigo Bentancur and Lucas Moura should both be returning from injury for Conte’s side which will be a huge boost for them and I think that they should have enough to go on and win this game. However, odds of 4/7 don’t really appeal to me for a single.

A 3-0 win at home to Leeds last month was followed up with successive defeats at the hands of Southampton and City for Everton. They’re in desperate need of points with being just a single point above the drop zone and with tricky fixtures against the likes of Wolves and Newcastle approaching, Lampard’s side could find themselves in trouble heading into April if they’re unable to pick up results.

The hopeful return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin for tonight’s match will give the Toffee’s a boost and a much greater chance of getting on the scoresheet tonight which they will be hopeful of given that Spurs have conceded in seven of their last eight league games. However, Everton have the worst away record in the league having picked up just 6 points from a possible 36 on the road this season and so the odds are against them tonight to take away three points.

Both Teams To Score is priced at 11/13 and will be my first selection in the double.

My second BTTS selection comes from the FA Cup match between Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town which could be a great game. Both sides head into this fixture in great form and it’s one that could easily go either way.

Forest are unbeaten in their last six at home in all competitions with one of those five victories coming from a 1-0 win against Arsenal in the previous round of this competition. However, they’ve lost all of their home meetings against top-six sides this term and Huddersfield should be up for giving them a game tonight.

The Terriers are unbeaten in their last eighteen matches, including their last nine on the road. Carlos Corberán’s side are one of the most in-form sides in the league at the moment and look set to secure a place in the playoffs come the end of the season if they’re unable to hold onto the second spot that they currently occupy. Odds of 7/2 are tempting on an away win and if I had to pick a winner, it would be on the visitors based on value as odds-on for a home win look a little short to me.

I think this game could go to extra time and so as well as my BTTS selection, I’ll also be backing a score draw which is priced at 4/1 with Betfair Sportsbook.

Nottingham Forest vs Huddersfield
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The BTTS Double comes in at 2.57/1 with bookmaker SportNation but I’ll be opting to place the bet with Betfair Sportsbook at slightly shorter odds of 5/2 as it means that we’ll qualify for a £5 free bet regardless of the result.

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Manchester Derby

The biggest game of the weekend takes place this afternoon as Manchester City take on Manchester United in the Manchester Derby at the Etihad.

Just three places separate these two sides in the table but with a 19-point gap between them, the difference in performance this season is apparent.

After suffering a disappointing 3-2 defeat at home to Spurs two weeks ago, City really can’t afford to be dropping anymore points at this stage of the season. Pep’s side are currently three points ahead of Liverpool having played the same number of games and so anything other than a win today would pile the pressure on the current champions and possibly leave the title to be decided when City host Liverpool at the Etihad on April 10th. You could also say that City were lucky to take away all three points against Everton last weekend after the Toffee’s were denied a penalty when the ball struck Rodri’s arm. However, there’s no denying the quality in the side and although they may not be firing on all cylinders, I think that they should have enough in them to emerge as winners today.

Following a draw away to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, United could only manage another at home to Watford in the league. Despite having 22 attempts on goal in that game, Ralf Rangnick’s side were unable to find the net. They won’t get anywhere near as many chances against City this afternoon and so they’ll certainly have to improve on their rate of conversion if they are to take anything away from this game.

Despite a relatively uninspiring season, United are still clinging onto the fourth spot in the league. If they finish in a Champions League place, fans will surely be content but they are under increased pressure from the likes of West Ham, Arsenal and Spurs who are all within a few points of the Red Devils.

City beat United 2-0 when they visited Old Trafford earlier this season and it was a relatively comfortable victory. However, United have beaten City in four of their last five encounters at the Etihad with City winning just one of their last seven on home turf. 

United don’t tend to lose games under Rangnick but it’s hard to look past their inability to convert their chances. Despite their impressive record at the Etihad in recent seasons, I do think that the hosts will emerge as winners from this game and it’s clear that the bookies agree with them offering odds of just 2/5 for Pep’s side to win.

However, Boylesports are running their EPIC ODDS offer on this game and although it’s not as appealing as it usually is, there is still value in it.

Boylesports are offering odds of 2/1 on City to win by 2 or more goals, boosted from 11/10, or odds of 4/1 on Man Utd to Win OR Draw, boosted from 15/8.

I’m not fully convinced City will run away with this game but I do think that they’ll win and so if I’m siding with one option, it would be on City -1 at odds of 2/1. They have the quality to put three or more past any team in the world and so it’s not inconceivable to envision Pep’s side winning by more than one goal, especially given United’s troubles in front of goal recently.

SkyBet have a boost available on the derby and they’ve enhanced the price of City’s Phil Foden to have 2 or more shots on target from Evens to a generous 3/1. Foden has had 18 shots on target in 19 appearances this season and hit the target twice against Everton last time out. Although these type of bets are never a certainty, due to the generous boost, it definitely has value.

Another boost that SkyBet have is on Harry Maguire to score a header as they so often do. It’s been enhanced from 25/1 to a huge 40/1 and could be worth a punt at at those odds providing that he starts. Rangnick dropped the England skipper in last week’s goalless draw against Watford and so it’s unclear as to whether or not he’ll gain his place back in the starting XI but he did find the net with his head in his latest league match in United’s 4-2 win away to Leeds two weeks ago. I’ll be waiting until the squads are announced at 15:30 this afternoon and if Maguire’s name is on the sheet, I’ll be jumping on this one.

Lastly, William Hill are offering customers a £5 free bet when placing a £5 #YourOdds bet on the game. For this bet, I’m backing:

  • Phil Foden 1+ SOT
  • Raheem Sterling 1+ SOT
  • Man City most corners
  • Man Utd most cards

The bet builder comes in at 2/1 and we’ll receive a £5 free bet regardless of the outcome.

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Bet of The Day

Today’s bet of the day comes from the Premier League where Newcastle United host Brighton at St James’ Park.

Only Liverpool have picked up more points over their last five games than Newcastle which is an impressive feat considering Eddie Howe’s side hadn’t won a single game for the first four months of the season. Three consecutive victories against Leeds, Everton and Aston Villa were followed up by a very respectable 1-1 draw away to West Ham along with another three points away to Brentford last time out.

Newcastle are finally playing as a team and the arrival of Eddie Howe, along with a handful of players that were brought in during the January transfer window, have reignited the drive in the squad and they are looking like the most likely team caught up in the relegation battle to avoid the drop.

Along with winning games, Howe has managed to tighten things up at the back which has been the main issue throughout the first half of the season for Newcastle and they’ve now conceded just two goals across their last five games from which they’ve picked up 13 points from a possible 15.

Brighton won’t be best pleased making the trip to St James’ Park just when Newcastle have hit a bit of form. Especially now that Graham Potter’s side have lost four of their last five. The Seagulls are safe from relegation with being 10th in the league on 33 points but it is concerning that they have failed to find the net in any of their last three. You could maybe excuse their lack of goals at Old Trafford three weeks ago but failing to score at home to both Burnley and Villa is a cause for concern, especially given that they conceded five goals in the process.

Newcastle to win is my Bet of the Day today and the price of 9/5 with bookies such as Coral, Betfred, SpreadEx and several others seems far too good to turn down based on current form and the home advantage.

SkyBet have boosted the price on Newcastle’s Chris Wood to score first and Newcastle to win from 35/1 to 50/1. Wood has yet to register a goal since moving from Burnley in January but he’ll be starting up front and with 2-1 being a conceivable score, it’s worth a small wager in my opinion.

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Bradford vs Swindon

Another game that caught my eye today is Bradford City vs Swindon in League Two and I think there’s value in backing an away win.

Swindon have the second best record on the road in league Two currently having picked up 30 points from 16 games. They did suffer a 2-1 defeat at home to Salford last time out but prior to that loss, they had won three on the bounce, scoring 11 goals in the process and keeping clean sheets in all three of them.

Bradford have lost their last four with their latest defeat being a 2-0 loss at home to Mansfield last weekend. That was new manager Mark Hughes’ first game in charge of the club and marked the third game out of their last four that the Bantams have failed to score in. In the form table, Bradford are towards the bottom having picked up just 3 points from their last five and 8 points from their last ten.

A win today for Swindon could see them move up to fifth in the league and should they do that, holding onto a playoff spot will be the aim for Ben Garner’s side throughout the remainder of the season. I don’t think it’ll be a walk in the park for them this afternoon but at odds of 9/5 with Bet365, I’m willing to take a chance on an away win.

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SkyBet Boosted Treble

SkyBet have boosted the odds on the following trebles this week:

  • Chelsea, Liverpool & Newcastle all to win (was 4/1) NOW 6/1
  • Chelsea & Liverpool both to win & Newcastle to draw with Brighton (was 5/1) NOW 7/1
  • Chelsea, Liverpool & Brighton all to win (was 4/1) NOW 6/1

Chelsea are away to Burnley who have won just one of their last eight home games in all competitions. Chelsea have the joint-best defensive record away from home and only Manchester City have picked up more points on their travels. An away win is expected.

Liverpool host West Ham at Anfield and although West Ham do pose a threat, it’s hard to not back Liverpool when they’re on home turf given that they haven’t lost at Anfield for over 12 months.

I’ve covered the Newcastle game and so I’ll be backing the treble of Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle to Win at odds of 6/1, boosted from 4/1.

SkyBet are also offering double odds on both Vardy and Raphinha to have one or more shots on target each in the Leicester vs Leeds match at lunchtime today. It’s been boosted from Evens to 2/1 and definitely worth a punt at those odds.

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Newcastle
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Bet Of The Day

My bet of the day today comes from the Championship where Huddersfield Town host Peterborough at Kirklees Stadium.

Huddersfield head into this match knowing that a win would move them up to second in the Championship, replacing Bournemouth in the second automatic promotion spot. Carlos Corberán’s side will have played five more games than Bournemouth following tonight’s match and so it’s likely that they won’t be able to hold onto that position in the closing stages of the season but it should be enough of an incentive to go out and pick up three points tonight and give their promotion chances a big boost.

The hosts are unbeaten in their last 17 matches in all competitions and have won five of their last seven, keeping clean sheets in five of them. They’re one of the most in-form sides in the league currently and will be confident of taking away three points tonight against a side that are winless in their last seven.

Peterborough are currently bottom of the league and a distant eight points from safety. Grant McCann returned as manager of the club recently for a second stint after being sacked by The Posh in February 2018 following almost two years in charge. However, the new gaffer was unable to take anything away from his sides clash last weekend at home to Hull, the club which sacked McCann just in January, as they slumped to a third consecutive defeat by a 3-0 scoreline. Peterborough did show some resilience when they hosted Premier League giants Manchester City at Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday evening in the FA Cup, but further improvements are needed if they are to take anything away from this tough fixture. Time is running out for the newly-promoted club and they are in serious danger of dropping back down into League One should things not change quickly.

It’s hard to ignore the current form of the two sides when determining a winner of this clash and so a home win is the more than likely outcome tonight. Odds of 7/10 are available on a Huddersfield victory with Coral which I think is more than fair.

Huddersfield vs Peterborough
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Alaves vs Sevilla

My only other selection today comes from La Liga where second-bottom Alaves host second-top Sevilla at the Estadio Mendizorrotza.

Alaves are currently four points from safety towards the bottom of the La Liga table but will take some confidence from their recent results. Javier Calleja’s side picked up three points at home to Valencia last month and a point in their latest outing away to Getafe. They’ve also been relatively solid at home of late having lost just three of their last ten. However, Alaves have only found the net more than once in 2 of their 13 home games this season and so it’s hard to back them with any real confidence. Especially against a side who have the best defensive record in the league.

Sevilla could move to within three points of league-leaders Real Madrid with a win tonight and they’ll be hoping to build on their recent 2-1 win at home to Real Betis last Sunday. The visitors were looking set to challenge for the title and although they’re still in the running to claim their first title since 1945, they’ll be kicking themselves for dropping points in several of their recent games on the road. After a good run of victories, Julen Lopetegui’s side are now winless in their last five matches on their travels in which they conceded as many goals. Although conceding one goal per game wouldn’t be a huge concern for most sides, Sevilla have only conceded seven away from home all season and considering they’re not the most prolific scorers in the league, they rely on keeping things tight at the back to win games.

Alaves’ form has picked up of late and Sevilla’s, at least on the road, has taken a slight dip. However, I’m willing to back the visitors to come out on top in this game, albeit by a narrow margin as their victories usually are.

Sevilla to win is priced at just over Evens with Vbet which I think is a solid price.

Alaves vs Sevilla
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FA Cup Treble

Three matches take place tonight in the FA Cup with two of them being somewhat easier to predict than the other.

Firstly, Championship side Luton Town host Chelsea at Kenilworth Road and although the hosts are in fine form at the moment, suffering just one defeat in their last nine and winning seven of those, Chelsea should pose much more of a threat than the teams that they’re used to facing and an away win is fully expected. It’s hard to see Luton getting too many chances against a side who have conceded more than once in just one of their last eighteen matches and although Chelsea are a relatively short 2/5 for the win, they make a good addition to a multiple.

The second match, which kicks-off at 19:30, is Southampton vs West Ham which could be a great game. The Saints are unbeaten in their last eleven at St Mary’s where they’ve been impressive all season. They’ve lost just one of their thirteen league matches at home, conceding just 0.77 goals per game, proving that they’re a tough side to break down in front of their home fans. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have picked up points at home against the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur this term and so it’s not difficult to envision them getting a result tonight.

West Ham are also on a good run and are now unbeaten in their last five. They’ll see this as a winnable game as they rarely fail to get on the scoresheet but they do often concede on the road which has been the case in their last seven matches. In their last three on the road, the Hammers have lost to Man Utd, needed extra time to progress past National League North side, Kidderminster Harriers, in the previous round of this competition, and followed that up with a 2-2 draw away to Leicester. The away form of David Moyes’ side will have to improve to reach the last eight of this competition, especially at the back.

It’s a tough one to call and there is a good chance that this game will go to extra time. It’s hard to look past how well Southampton have done at home this season and to me, they’re the more likely team to progress. I’m tempted to back the Saints to win within 90 minutes at odds of 7/5 but opting for the slightly safer bet of Southampton to progress at a reasonable price of 3/4.

The late kick-off tonight sees Liverpool host Norwich at the fortress that is Anfield. Home advantage or not, I’d expect Liverpool to win this game comfortably and given their last defeat at Anfield was over 12 months ago back in February 2021, this should be a safe bet. The price on a home win does reflect this with Klopp’s side being priced at just 2/9 but makes another solid addition to the acca.

SkyBet also have a price boost available on this game and are offering odds of 2/1 for Liverpool’s Diogo Jota to have a shot on target in each half. It’s been boosted from Evens and worth a wager in my opinion.

Liverpool vs Norwich
Diogo Jota
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The treble on Chelsea & Liverpool to Win and Southampton to progress is priced at 2/1 with Unibet.

FA Cup Treble
Chelsea Win
Liverpool Win
Southampton to Progress
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Bet Of The Day

Today’s Bet of the Day comes from League One where Shrewsbury host league leaders Rotherham at Greenhous Meadow.

Shrewsbury head into this game on the back of a crucial 2-0 win away to Burton on Saturday which means that Steve Cotterill’s side are now six points above the drop zone. However, that’s still not a comfortable place to be with twelve games of the season remaining and they’ll do well to pick anything up today against the league leaders.

Rotherham are looking set to play in the Championship next season with having a nine point lead over second placed Wigan, albeit having played two games more. They’re unbeaten in their last ten in all competitions and other than their 1-1 draw against Wigan two weeks ago, they’ve won all other games during that period.

It’s no surprise to see Rotherham as favourites in this game and I think at odds of 4/5, they’re a very good price to win.

Shrewsbury are one of the lowest scoring teams in the league this term with just 31 goals from 34 games. On top of that, they’re up against the side with the best defensive record with Rotherham conceding only 19 goals from their 34 matches played.

An away win is expected here which would take the visitors a healthy 12 points clear at the top.

Shrewsbury vs Rotherham
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Boosted Treble

SkyBet are offering the following price boosts on tonight’s fixtures:

  • Tottenham, Crystal Palace & Sheffield Wednesday all to win (was 3/1) NOW 11/2
  • Tottenham & Crystal Palace both to win & Sheffield Wednesday to draw with Burton Albion (was 9/1) NOW 14/1
  • Tottenham, Crystal Palace & Burton Albion all to win (was 12/1) NOW 18/1

Tottenham are away to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup and in my opinion, this is the trickiest game of the three to call. Both sides have been relatively inconsistent lately but Middlesbrough have been very strong at home. They’ve won their last seven at the Riverside and will no doubt give Spurs a game tonight. However, given the stage of this competition, Antonio Conte will likely field his strongest side and they may just have enough to progress within 90 minutes. I do expect Middlesbrough to get on the scoresheet and so I’ll be having a wager on BTTS also at odds of 10/11 with Bet365.

Middlesbrough vs Tottenham
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Crystal Palace are also featuring in the Cup this evening and are hosting Stoke at Selhurst Park. Again, neither side are in particularly great form and I think it could be another close game. With the home advantage, I expect Palace to come out on top, albeit by a somewhat narrow margin.

The final game in the boosted treble is Sheff Wed vs Burton in League One and I’ll be backing the home side. Sheffield Wednesday have been very strong at Hillsborough this season where they have picked up 34 points from 16 games. Darren Moore’s side also have the best defensive record in the league on home turf having conceded just 12 goals all season.

I’ll be backing Spurs, Palace and Sheff Wed in the treble which has been boosted from 3/1 to a very generous 11/2.

Boosted Treble
Tottenham
Crystal Palace
Sheff Wed
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Bet of the Day

West Brom host Swansea at the Hawthorns tonight and Steve Bruce will be under pressure to pick up maximum points following a dreadful start as manager of the club.

Three defeats and a goalless draw marks what Bruce has achieved at West Brom so far during his reign which simply isn’t good enough for a manager that was brought in to turn things around. Perhaps what is even more worrying is the fact that his side have scored just one goal throughout his four matches in charge which has resulted in the Baggies slipping all the way down to 13th in the table and a distant eight points adrift of a playoff spot. It’s now or never for Bruce and his side but this could be the game that kick-starts their season again. Whether or not it’s too little too late remains to be seen but the board and the fans will accept nothing other than three points this evening against a struggling Swansea side.

Swansea have been inconsistent this season and find themselves 17th in the league. They’re not at risk of the drop but won’t be challenging for promotion either. After good wins against both Blackburn and Bristol City in recent weeks, the Swans suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat away to Sheff Utd last time out which means their winless run on the road has now stretched to six matches in which they have scored just one goal throughout.

It’s hard to have much confidence in backing either side in this fixture but with the home advantage, West Brom should be able to sneak the win. They have the best defensive record in the league on home turf having conceded just 8 goals all season at the Hawthorns and although they’re in poor form at the moment, they’re up against a side who have conceded not far from two goals per game on their travels.

With both sides struggling in front of goal, I’m expecting a low scoring game. Therefore, I’m willing to take a chance on a narrow 1-0 win for the hosts which is priced at 6/1 with Unibet.

West Brom vs Swansea
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Carabao Cup Final

Chelsea and Liverpool come head-to-head this afternoon in the final of the 2022 Carabao Cup final and it should be a great game. It’s a tough match to call but there are some generous betting offers available from various bookies that are definitely worth taking advantage of if you’re thinking of having a bet on the game.

Here are some of the best offers that are available:

Boylesports EPIC ODDS

  • Boylesports are offering boosted odds on both teams today. Choose from either 7/2 (was 12/5) on Chelsea to win in 90 minutes or 11/4 (was 5/4) on Liverpool.
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SkyBet – Mo Salah Price Boost

  • SkyBet have boosted the price of Mo Salah to score anytime today from 6/4 to a huge 3/1.
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Betfred – Bet £5 & Get a £5 Free Bet if it Loses

  • Place a £5 #PickYourPunt bet with Betfred on Chelsea vs Liverpool and they’ll credit your account with a £5 free bet if it loses.
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LVBET – Refund up to £50 on Losing Bets

  • Place a bet on the EFL Cup Final and if it loses, LVBET will refund 50% of your stake as a bonus up to a maximum of £50. The bonus must be wagered 3 times before it is converted to cash but it’s still a great offer and one that has a lot of value considering the high maximum refund amount.
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Chelsea vs Liverpool Tips

Liverpool could make history today by claiming their ninth EFL Cup trophy should they manage to beat Chelsea at Wembley this afternoon. The Reds have been crowned champions eight times along with Manchester City and so victory today would mark them as the most successful club in the competitions history.

Both sides have had to beat a string of Premier League opponents on the route to the final with Chelsea seeing off Spurs in their most recent game in the tournament and Liverpool progressing past Arsenal. Neither side conceded a goal over their two-legged semi-final clashes but you have to go all the way back to 1995 in the semi-final of this very competition to find the last goalless clash between these two sides after 90 minutes.

With Manchester City grabbing a late winner against Everton last night, Liverpool’s title hopes were given another blow. However, Klopp’s side remain just six points adrift of the current champions but with a game in hand and so are still within a chance of reclaiming the Premier League title that they picked up for the first time in the clubs’ history in 2020.

Chelsea on the other hand are 16 points adrift of City with two games in hand and so Tuchel will see this final as a chance to put some silverware in the cabinet this season. Chelsea remain in the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League but will be putting everything into his side winning this competition for the sixth time.

These two sides have already met two times this season and both encounters have ended in score draws. That’s another likely outcome today but as Boylesports are offering EPIC ODDS on a winner, one must be chosen if you’re participating in this very generous offer.

Both sides have been solid defensively this season but both have players who can score goals. I’m edging slightly towards Liverpool purely because Chelsea haven’t been at their best lately. They have been organised enough to grind out wins but they’ve been far from convincing and with Mo Salah being in terrific form, I think he, along with Mane and Diaz could be edge that Liverpool need to go on and win this game.

Liverpool to win at the boosted odds of 11/4 with Boylesports is my first selection on the game.

Chelsea vs Liverpool EPIC ODDS
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I’ll also be taking SkyBet up on their price boost on Salah to score anytime at odds of 3/1 which is too good to turn down.

SkyBet Price Boost
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Next up is the Bet Builder offer from Betfred who will refund your stake as a free bet should it lose. For this bet, I’m backing Mo Salah to score anytime and Liverpool/Draw in the HT/FT market. I think Liverpool will start faster than Chelsea but if they get the first goal, it could wake the Blues up somewhat and encourage them to push for a goal more. This #PickYourPunt bet is priced at 18/1 with Betfred.

Betfred Bet Builder
Salah Anytime Scorer
Liverpool/Draw
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Lastly, for the LVBET offer, I’m backing Liverpool to Win & Over 1.5 Goals which is priced at 2/1. I was considering Liverpool to Win & BTTS but with the price not being considerably higher, this seems like the safer bet of the two.

Chelsea vs Liverpool
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Bet Of The Day

Wigan vs Sunderland

Things are going from bad to worse for Sunderland who up until a couple of months ago, were looking set to return to the Championship. However, a string of poor results have left the Black Cats sixth in the league and ten points adrift of today’s opponents. The only win that they’ve had in their last ten games was a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Portsmouth in mid-January and defeat today would likely see them drop out of the playoff zone.

Wigan on the other hand have been able to maintain their form heading into the closing stages of the season and find themselves second in the league, six points adrift of leaders, Rotherham.

Leam Richardson’s side are unbeaten in their last ten at the DW Stadium and head into this game having picked up a very respectable point away to Rotherham which was followed up with a 3-1 win on their travels to 7th-placed Wycombe.

Wigan are 11/10 with Quinnbet for the win which seems like a very good price based on Sunderland’s current form and given that they have the home advantage.

Wigan vs Sunderland
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Leeds vs Tottenham

Leeds host Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road this afternoon and are in desperate need of points after picking up just one from their last five games.

The hosts are in danger of slipping even further down the table and already find themselves caught up in the relegation battle with half a dozen other teams. Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips remain absent for Marcelo Bielsa’s side which has been a huge blow for them and they now have the worst defensive record in the league having conceded 56 goals in their 25 games played. Leeds have conceded an average of 4 goals per game over their last four which gives you no confidence in backing them.

Spurs became the only side in the league to beat Manchester City both home and away this season when they emerged as 3-2 winners at the Etihad last weekend. However, Antonio Conte’s side weren’t able to follow up with another victory when they met Burnley four days later and suffered a surprising 1-0 defeat.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min will relish the chance to take on the league’s worst defence today and I think that they’ll get a goal or two between them.

Although their defense is poor, Leeds do have goals in them as they proved when they put two past Man Utd, and three past both Villa and Burnley in recent matches. 

My bet on this game is Tottenham to Win & BTTS which is available at 12/5 with Bet365.

SkyBet also have a boost available on this game and are offering odds of Evens for Harry Kane to have a shot on target. It’s a no-brainer of a bet and with it being boosted from just 1/6, one that definitely has value.

Leeds vs Tottenham
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Brentford vs Newcastle

Newcastle make the trip to Brentford this afternoon with the aim of remaining unbeaten in their last seven league games and put more points on the board to steer them further clear of the drop zone.

Eddie Howe’s side are in terrific form at the moment and head into this match after three consecutive wins which was followed up by a respectable 1-1 draw away to West Ham. They’ve dominated their recent games and even without the likes of Callum Wilson, Kieron Trippier and Allan Saint-Maximin against the Hammers, they looked the better side and had chances to win the game.

Newcastle are looking like one of the more likely sides to move themselves away from the relegation zone in the coming weeks and they look a good price at 12/5 to pick up three points today against a struggling Brentford side.

Brentford are currently freefalling down the table having not won any of their last eight competitive matches, seven of which they lost. The Bees have had a relatively tough run of fixtures having to play the likes of Arsenal, City, Man Utd and Liverpool in recent weeks but they also suffered a 4-1 defeat away to Everton who are also struggling at the moment and were only able to take away a point when hosting Crystal Palace two weeks ago.

If form is anything to go by then Newcastle look like a great bet today at odds of 12/5. This is especially true if Allan Saint-Maximin returns from injury and starts as the Frenchman poses a threat to every team he’s lined up against. However, Brentford have found the net in the majority of their games recently and so I’m willing to take a punt on an away win & BTTS at odds of 13/2.

SkyBet have a scorecast boost that I can’t help but mention and that is on Chris Wood to score first and Newcastle to win 2-1. Wood hasn’t provided any goals since joining Newcastle for £25m last month but 2-1 is, in my opinion, one of the more likely scores. Wood is the target man up front and so it wouldn’t be out of the question to see him get on the scoresheet first today and at odds of 80/1 is definitely worth a small punt for a bit of interest in the game.

Brentford vs Newcastle
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Chris Wood First Scorer
& Newcastle Win 2-1
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SkyBet Boosted Treble

SkyBet are offering the following price boosts on today’s games:

  • Manchester Utd, Manchester City & Fulham all to win (was 6/4) NOW 3/1 
  • Manchester Utd & Manchester City both to win & Cardiff to draw with Fulham (was 11/2) NOW 8/1 
  • Manchester Utd, Manchester City & Cardiff all to win (was 15/2) NOW 11/1

Manchester United are at home to Watford and fully expected to win.

City are away to Everton and it’s hard to envision anything other than an away victory. Especially since Pep’s side dropped points to Spurs last week.

Fulham are away to Cardiff and although the hosts have had a good run of form at home lately, Fulham are a good bet against any side in the league at the moment and should have enough to see this game out as winners.

The treble on United, City & Fulham is priced at 3/1 and provides good value having been boosted from 6/4.

Boosted Treble
Man Utd
Man City
Fulham
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Bet Of The Day

I’m focussing on just one fixture today and it is the Premier League match between Southampton and Norwich at St Mary’s.

Southampton are having a positive season under manager Ralph Hasenhüttl and now sit 10th in the league and 10 points adrift of the top six. The Saints have lost just one of their last eleven games in all competitions and head into this match on the back of a solid 2-0 win at home to Everton last weekend. Prior to that victory, Southampton had taken away points at home to Manchester City and away to Manchester United as well as picking up an impressive 3-2 win on their travels against Tottenham. They’re proving incredibly tough to beat at the moment which is especially the case at St Mary’s where they are undefeated in their last ten.

After consecutive victories against Everton and Watford which were followed up with a 1-0 win away to Wolves in the FA Cup, Norwich are now winless in their last three. The Canaries did pick up a point at home to Crystal Palace earlier in the month but successive defeats against Manchester City and Liverpool may have dampened their motivation somewhat. Of course, they weren’t expected to take anything away in those two matches against the top two teams in the league but I’m sure Dean Smith would have preferred some easier fixtures after their positive streak to have a better chance of putting points on the board while their motivation was peaking.

That said, Norwich did take the lead against Liverpool and their recent collection of points will have given them a glimmer of hope of remaining as a Premier League side next season. They’re currently five points from safety and a win tonight would see them move level on points with 18th-placed Burnley, albeit having played three games more.

Although I think Norwich will put up a fight, it’s hard to look past Southampton’s record on home turf where they have lost just once all season in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Wolves back in September. I expect them to pick up all three points tonight but I’ll also be backing both teams to find the net. Norwich will be going out to win this game and both teams have scored in 12 of Southampton’s last 14 games and so this looks like a solid selection.

Southampton to Win & BTTS is priced at 12/5 with Bet365.

Southampton vs Norwich
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Bet Of The Day

We’re hoping to make it five Bet of the Day wins in a row after Huddersfield came back from 1-0 down last night with two late goals to pick up all three points against Cardiff.

Today’s selection comes from the Europa League where Rangers host Dortmund at Ibrox Stadium.

Rangers head into this game with a commanding 4-2 lead following pulling off one of the biggest shocks of the competition when they made the trip to Germany a week ago. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were 6/1 outsiders to come out on top last week and they proved doubters wrong by some margin by putting four past the five-time Bundesliga champions which was to be their biggest ever defeat in the Europa League.

Rangers will have a sold-out Ibrox home crowd behind them and will firmly believe that they can progress through to the last 16 given the advantage that they take into this game.

There’s no doubt that Dortmund under-performed in the first leg of this tie and will be eager to turn things around. They responded to last week’s defeat emphatically on Sunday when they beat Monchengladbach 6-0 at home in the league. That made it 63 goals in 23 games for Marco Rose’s side and so it’s hard to see them not getting on the scoresheet at least once tonight.

Rangers have an excellent record at home, winning their last nine competitive games without conceding a single goal. However, Dortmund are a significantly better team than the majority of those who travel to Ibrox so not too much can be taken from those stats.

Dortmund will be without Erling Braut Haaland as he recovers from a groin injury but even without their star striker I think that they’ll have enough quality to see this game out as winners.

The away goals rule for this competition has been scrapped and so Rangers simply have a two-goal lead. It’s not out of the question to envision Dortmund winning this match by two goals tonight which would see the game head into extra time. They’re 12/5 to qualify but I’m sticking with a straight win for the visitors as my bet of the day which is priced at 4/5 with bookmakers such as Boylesports, Coral, Betfred, Vbet and WIlliam Hill.

Rangers vs Dortmund
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Europa League Double

I’ll also be having a double on Europa League fixtures tonight with the first being RB Leipzig to beat Real Sociedad away from home.

The first leg of this tie finished 2-2 in Germany but Leipzig dominated the game in all areas with the hosts having 64% possession and 20 attempts on goal compared to Sociedad’s 3. Real Sociedad’s only two shots on target made their way past Leipzig keeper Péter Gulácsi and I’m not sure they’ll be as fortunate tonight despite having the home advantage.

Following last week’s draw, Leipzig went on to beat Hertha 6-1 away from home whereas Real Sociedad suffered a 4-0 defeat away to Bilbao. I’m backing an away win in this game and odds of 31/20 with Bet365 look good to me.

My second selection is for Real Betis to beat Zenit St Petersburg at home.

I’ve been a big fan of Betis this term and they’re having a great season domestically with being third in La Liga with only Real Madrid scoring more goals than Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Last week’s match finished 3-2 to Betis away from home and although they don’t need to win this match, I think that they’ll do the double over on Zenit given that they have the home advantage. Betis don’t tend to draw many games and have scored at least two goals in eight of their last nine matches. All of which they have won. With Zenit conceding in 12 of their last 14 on the road, it’s hard to see Betis not getting on the scoresheet tonight.

With Betis’s three away goals not counting should they lose this match 1-0, they’ll want to go out and win this game to ensure progression to the last 16 and odds of Evens look more than fair to me for them to do that.

The double on RB Leipzig and Real Betis to win tonight comes in at 4/1 with Bet365.

Europa League Double
RB Leipzig &
Real Betis
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Bet Of The Day

My bet of the day comes from the match between Huddersfield and Cardiff and I’m backing the hosts who are in great form to come out on top.

Huddersfield are unbeaten in fifteen games now which has propelled Carlos Corberán’s side up to fifth in the Championship and they’re currently looking like one of the more likely sides to remain in contention for a place in the playoffs come the end of the season. A 2-1 win against high-flying Fulham at the weekend was the icing on the cake for the Terriers who should take a lot of confidence from that win into this game tonight at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Cardiff are 19th in the league but haven’t been in particularly bad form of late and will likely give the hosts a game tonight. They’re unbeaten in their last two, picking up a win against Coventry which was followed by a 1-1 draw against Blackpool at the weekend. However, the Bluebirds have registered just one victory in their last seven on the road in all competitions and just three since beating Forest all the way back in September.

I don’t think Huddersfield will run away with this game as they rarely do when picking up wins. However, with the form that they’re in and the confidence that they’ll take from beating Fulham last week, I’m confident that they’ll have enough to take away another three points.

Huddersfield to win is priced at what looks like a generous 3/2 with Coral.

Huddersfield vs Cardiff
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Champions League Double

Two Champions League matches take place tonight and I’ve picked out a Match Result & BTTS double that comes in at 18/1 with bookmaker 10Bet.

First up is Atletico Madrid vs Machester United in what will likely be the closer of the two games.

Atletico’s defence has been a key part of their success in recent seasons but leaking goals has been an issue this term. Diego Simeone’s side have conceded 16 goals in their last eight games, keeping a clean sheet in just one of them. When you pair that with United conceding in 12 of their last 16 on the road, both teams to find the net tonight seems like a sensible bet.

This game could go either way given that both sides are more than capable of scoring but have issues at the back. However, I’m willing to take a punt on Atletico to head to Old Trafford with the advantage by sneaking a win tonight, albeit by a narrow margin most likely.

Atletico to Win & BTTS is priced at a very tempting 5/1 and is the first selection in my double.

Coral are offering a £5 free bet to customers who place a bet of £5 or more in-play on tonight’s Champions League fixtures. I’m opting for a simple BTTS selection in this game at odds of 17/20 and advise placing it immediately after kick-off to get as close to the advised price as possible.

Atletico Madrid vs Machester United
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The second Champions League match is between Benfica and Ajax and it is the visitors who head into the game as favourites.

Ajax are in great form this season and top the Dutch Eredivisie with 57 points from 23 games. Perhaps what is more impressive is that they have scored 70 during those games and conceded just 5 goals. Erik ten Hag’s side won all six Champions League group games and are unbeaten away from home in over 14 months!

Benfica are third in the Portuguese top-flight and struggling for consistent form at the moment. However, they have scored in all of their last ten matches and so you’d expect them to pose some threat in front of goal tonight given that they have the home advantage.

I expect Ajax to come out on top tonight and continue their excellent run of form. I’m willing to include BTTS into the selection also which is priced at 11/5. Not the most attractive price for a Match Result & BTTS bet but when coupled with the Atletico bet, comes in at 18/1.

Match Result & BTTS Double
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SkyBet Boosted Treble

SkyBet are offering the following price boosts on tonight’s games:

  • Liverpool, Fulham & Tottenham all to win (was 5/4) NOW 5/2
  • Liverpool & Fulham to win and Tottenham to draw with Burnley (was 7/2) NOW 6/1
  • Liverpool, Fulham & Burnley all to win (was 5/1) NOW 8/1

Liverpool are at home to Leeds and are big favourites as you’d expect. Although Leeds do have goals in them, they concede far too many to expect them to get anything from this game at Anfield.

Fulham are at home to Peterborough and there won’t be too many betting against the hosts in this game. Fulham are top of the league whereas Peterborough are a point from bottom with the worst away record in the Championship having picked up just 4 points on their travels this season.

The final game is Burnley vs Spurs at Turf Moor. Burnley picked up a surprising and impressive 3-0 win away to Brighton at the weekend to give them some hope in staying up this season. However, Sean Dyche’s side have collected just 9 points from 10 games at home this season and Tottenham head into this game having beaten Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday which will surely give their confidence a boost.

The treble on Liverpool, Fulham and Tottenham to win is priced at a very generous 5/2 and a great bet to have on tonight.

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Tottenham
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Bet Of The Day

Although most eyes will be on the Champions League this evening, my bet of the day comes from the Championship where Middlesborough host West Brom at the Riverside.

Just three points separate these two sides in the league but it is the visitors who are currently freefalling having registered just one win in their last twelve in all competitions.

Steve Bruce was brought in at West Brom earlier this month to turn their season around following a string of poor results under Valerien Ismael. However, the ex-Newcastle boss has only picked up a single point from his three games in charge and his side have yet to register a goal during his reign. That means the Baggies have now gone five games without scoring a goal and six games on their travels. It’s a worrying time for West Brom fans who are slipping further and further away from the playoffs and aren’t looking likely to claw their way back into the top six anytime soon.

Middlesbrough head into this game on the back of a 2-1 defeat away to Bristol City three days ago but have been in fine form prior to that loss. Boro have won six games on the bounce at home, keeping clean sheets in four of them and will be thankful of meeting West Brom during their time of turmoil.

Taking current form into consideration, Middlesbrough look like a great bet to pick up three points tonight, especially at odds of 13/10 with bookmakers such as Coral, Betfred and Ladbrokes and looks to me to be the bet of the day based on value.

Middlesborough vs West Brom
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Chelsea vs Lille

Both Champions League fixtures this evening are tricky to call but there are a couple of bookmaker offers available for the Chelsea vs Lille game that are worth taking advantage of.

Boylesports are offering customers a £5 free bet to use in-play on the match when placing a £5 pre-match Bet Builder.

Chelsea picked up another three points on Saturday with a 1-0 win away to Crystal Palace but it took an 89th-minute winner from midfielder Hakim Ziyech to secure the victory. Tuchel’s side have been far from convincing of late but they do know how to grind out wins and I think that they should be able to edge another one out tonight at Stamford Bridge.

Lille head into this match as underdogs and it’s not too surprising given their dip in form in Ligue 1. Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side have dropped down into midtable and have been unable to defend the title that they triumphantly claimed last season.

Chelsea have won their last four Champions League matches played at Stamford Bridge without conceding a goal and I can see a 1-0 or 2-0 win for the hosts tonight.

For the Bet Builder with Boylesports, I’m backing Chelsea to win and Under 2.5 Goals. Less than three goals have been scored within 90 minutes in Chelsea’s last eight games in all competitions and so looks like a solid bet to come in again. 2/1 isn’t the most attractive price but we will receive a £5 free bet regardless of the outcome.

SkyBet have a price boost available on this game and it’s for Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech to have one or more shots on target in each half. The Blue’s midfielder has bagged a goal in his last three games and looks a great bet at 5/1 to have a couple on target, especially with it being boosted from 5/2.

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Preston vs Nottingham Forest

Preston host Nottingham Forest at Deepdale this evening in a huge match for both sides.

Two points separate these two teams in the Championship and with both pushing for a place in the top six, neither can afford to lose to the other.

One bet that stands out in this fixture is both teams to score which has landed in 75% of Prestons matches played at home this season. To see odds of Evens available for goals at both ends is somewhat of a surprise and a price that I’ll definitely be taking up tonight.

Although those hosts have only won three of their ten games under the reigns of manager Ryan Lowe, they have also only suffered two defeats with the most recent being their 3-2 loss at home to Reading on Saturday. Five draws throughout those matches have proven that Preston are a tough team to beat but they have conceded more goals than any team in the top fourteen in the table and so I expect Forest to get on the scoresheet tonight.

Forest have lost just one of their last eight, winning six and drawing last time out at home to Stoke. Steve Cooper’s side have found the net at least twice in five of their last six and will more than likely cause Preston’s backline problems this evening.

Although this game could go either way and a score draw would be a slightly more sensible bet, I’m willing to take a chance on Forest to edge this one. Nottingham Forest to Win & BTTS is priced at a tempting 11/2 with William Hill.

Preston vs Nottingham Forest
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Football Betting Tips Monday 21st February

Some great Champions League fixtures are scheduled for this week but today, we have just a couple of matches taking place in the top leagues across Europe. One of those games is Cagliari vs Napoli where the visitors will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in Serie A to seven matches.

Napoli had into this game on the back of two consecutive 1-1 draws. The first being against title-rivals Inter Milan and the second away to Barcelona in the Europa League. Today’s opponents shouldn’t pose as much of a threat and I’m expecting Napoli to come out on top which would see them top the league at least until Inter and AC play on Friday.

Cagliari are fighting for survival toward the bottom of the league and know that picking up any number of points tonight would lift them out of the bottom three and closer to safety. However, despite being unbeaten in their last three in Serie A, which included an impressive 2-1 victory away to fifth-placed Atalanta, they may struggle tonight against a side who has the best defensive record in the league.

Cagliari have averaged just one goal per game this term which doesn’t bode well when up against a side who have conceded an average of just 0.68 goals per game. They also haven’t been able to beat Napoli on home turf in their last nine attempts, losing the last six whilst conceding 19 goals in the process and scoring just one.

An away win is by far the most likely outcome in this fixture and makes a good selection for a double tonight at odds of 11/18.

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The second selection in my double today comes from the La Liga match between Celta Vigo and Levante and I’m backing a win for the hosts.

Celta Vigo currently sit midtable and a win tonight would see them move to within six points of a Europa Conference League spot. Eduardo Coudet’s side have lost just one of their last eight La Liga matches which was a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Real Sociedad in January and will fancy their chances tonight against a side rooted to the bottom of the table.

Levante look set for the drop into the second division after spending five seasons in the Spanish top-flight. Alessio Lisci’s side have picked up just 14 points from a possible 72 this season which has left them a distant ten points from safety. Many of their troubles have been on the road this term where just five points have been collected from twelve games and although tonight’s opponents haven’t been the best at home this season, the fact that Levante have the worst defensive record in the league, conceding over two goals per game on average, means that they’ll do well to take anything away from this game.

I’m not expecting Celta Vigo to run away with this game but do think that they’ll have enough to see it out as winners, most likely by a narrow margin.

The hosts are priced at 4/6 for the win with the double coming in at 2.70 with Parimatch who will credit a £5 free bet regardless of the result.

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Football Betting Tips – Sunday 20th February

Leeds vs Manchester United is one of two tricky Premier League fixtures taking place today and it’s difficult to back either side with any real confidence at the moment.

Leeds head into this game with just one win in their last five and a 3-0 defeat away to a struggling Everton side last time out is not great preparation for this match. Being just five points above the drop zone, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are not completely out of danger and they need to find some consistency if they are to guarantee safety this season. Especially given that some of the teams below them in the league have found some form.

Manchester United too have been inconsistent of late and after two somewhat disappointing 1-1 draws against Burnley and Southampton, they were able to pick up a win when hosting Brighton at Old Trafford earlier in the week. Away from home, United are unbeaten in their last seven in all competitions but with just three of them resulting in a victory and both teams finding the net in five of the seven, they’re hardly a sure bet against any side in the league at the moment.

Prior to Leeds’ 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle last month, they had scored in eight consecutive games at Elland Road. The obvious bet in this game is for Both Teams To Score which is available at a price of 3/5 with Novibet.

Although it’s not a great price, I do think that United will come out on top on this game and so I’m willing to add an away win & BTTS in a Premier League double today.

SkyBet have boosted the odds on Ronaldo to have one or more headed shots on target today from 2/1 to 4/1 which seems like a great price for a little bet in this game.

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The other PL fixture today is Wolves vs Leicester City and another tricky one to call in my opinion.

Wolves haven’t been the most prolific scorers this season but have found the net at least twice in four of their last six. After successive defeats to Norwich and Arsenal, a 2-0 win away to Spurs was what Bruno Lage’s side needed to keep their hopes of European football next season alive. They’re up against a Leicester side who have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven games in all competitions and I can see them getting on the scoresheet again today.

Leicester are having a disappointing season and currently sit 11th in the Premier League having picked up just 27 points from 22 games. The Foxes have been unable to find any momentum this term and are now without a win in their last eight matches played on the road. They will take some confidence in their 4-1 win at home to Danish side Randers in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night but will likely find today’s opponents much tougher to break down considering they have conceded just 9 goals at the Molineux all season. Saying that, prior to their 2-0 defeat away to Liverpool, Leicester did manage to bag goals in their previous ten games on the road, including putting three past City on Boxing Day.

I think we could see goals at both ends of the pitch again today with BTTS priced at 17/20 with William Hill.

Another SkyBet boost I’ll be taking up today is Jimenez 2+ shots on target & Maddison 1+ shot on target @ 8/1. It’s been boosted from 4/1 and definitely worth a punt.

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The double on Man Utd & Wolves both to win with all four sides finding the net today comes in at 14/1 with William Hill.

Match Result & BTTS Double
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Bet Of The Day

One of the biggest games in League One today is Sunderland vs MK Dons at the Stadium of Light and it’s now or never for the hosts as they look for their first win in five to ensure that they don’t drop further down the table.

Following three straight defeats, Sunderland could only manage to take away a point in their match against Wimbledon last weekend which has left Alex Neil’s side fourth in the league. The Black Cats were challenging for automatic promotion not so long ago but inconsistency has found its way into the side and they’ve now recorded just one victory in their last eight in the league.

MK Dons head into this game having tasted defeat just once in their last nine games and are unbeaten in their last five. Three consecutive victories on the road were followed up with a 1-1 draw away to Fleetwood a week and a half ago and their recent run of good form sees Liam Manning’s side two points ahead of today’s opponents. They know that a win today could take them within three points of an automatic promotion spot following the top two, Rotherham and Wigan, playing out a 1-1 draw last night , and they’ll be confident of picking up points with Sunderland’s current form.

Whether or not new boss Alex Neil can get a response from his players today remains to be seen but it is possible that they could finish the day seventh in the table which would be a huge blow for the side who are looking to return to the Championship for the first time since the 2017/18 season.

MK Dons to win today are a tempting 14/5 but I think the safer bet would be on MK Dons Draw No Bet which is still at an attractive price of 7/4 with Unibet.

Sunderland vs MK Dons
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SkyBet Boosted Treble

SkyBet are offering the following boosts on today’s games:

  • Liverpool, Arsenal & Chelsea all to win (was 6/4) NOW 3/1 
  • Liverpool & Arsenal both to win & Crystal Palace to draw with Chelsea (was 9/2) NOW 7/1 
  • Liverpool, Arsenal & Crystal Palace all to win (was 7/1) NOW 12/1

Liverpool are at home to Norwich and there won’t be too many not backing a home win in that fixture.

Arsenal are at home to Brentford and although it’s not a sure bet, with the home advantage they should be able to get the job done given Brentford haven’t won away from home in the league since the beginning of October.

SkyBet have given customers the choice in the Palace vs Chelsea match and although Palace have been relatively tough to beat at Selhurst Park this season, losing just 3 of their 12 games played there, I still fancy Chelsea to pick up the three points.

The treble on Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea to win has been boosted from 6/4 to a generous 3/1 which definitely has value.

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Arsenal
Chelsea
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West Ham vs Newcastle

This could be a very interesting game. A few weeks ago, West Ham would have been a lot shorter than 7/10 at home but given Newcastle’s three consecutive wins, Eddie Howe’s side are well in with a chance of getting something from this game.

I’m not confident enough in backing Newcastle away from home and West Ham are a little on the short side for me. However, SkyBet have another boost available and it’s on West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen to have one or more shots on target. It’s been boosted from 1/3 to Evens and a no-brainer in my opinion.

Coral also have an offer on this game and are giving customers a £5 free bet when placing a pre-match bet of £5 or more. I’ll be taking a chance on a scoredraw here as this won’t be an easy game for the Hammers and Newcastle are showing much more resilience going forward.

A score draw with Coral is priced at 4/1.

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Derby vs Peterborough

One of the biggest games in the Championship this weekend is Derby vs Peterborough as two of the bottom three sides battle it out in an attempt to climb out of the drop zone.

Derby have 18 points on the board and are four points from safety but given their 21 points deduction, they should be 16th in the table and not at risk of the drop. If Wayne Rooney keeps them up this season, it will be a huge achievement for both him as a manager and the players.

Derby have been relatively poor on their travels this season but at home, they’ve picked up a respectable 27 points from 15 games. They’ve lost just twice at Pride Park this term and those defeats were by just one goal to Bournemouth and QPR.

Peterborough have the worst away record in the league with a very worrying 4 points picked up from 15 played away this season. With one win and a draw all season on their travels, not many will be backing the visitors today, especially given that they have scored just 8 goals and conceded 42 during those 15 games.

Derby look very tempting at 10/11 with Quinnbet and definitely a price I’ll be taking up today.

Derby vs Peterborough
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Bet Of The Day

My bet of the day comes from the Turin Derby match between Juventus and Torino at the Allianz Stadium this evening.

There are 14 points separating these two sides in Serie A with Juventus fourth in the league with 46 points and Torino tenth having collected 32 points this term.

Juve are now unbeaten in their last eleven matches thanks to Brazillian right-back, Danilo’s, injury-time equaliser away to Atalanta last weekend. That point has allowed Massimiliano Allegri’s side to retain their position in the league but with the likes of Atalanta, Lazio and Roma chasing the Champions League spot that they currently occupy, picking up maximum points in the games ahead is essential if they are to be playing in Europe’s top competition next season given that they are seven points behind third-placed Napoli.

Although Torino are a respectable 10th in the league, which is a big improvement from their 17th place finish last season, the vast majority of their points have been collected at home and their form on the road has been nothing short of disastrous.

At home, only Inter, Napoli, AC and Lazio have picked up more points than today’s visitors but on their travels, they have collected just 8 points from a possible 33. Perhaps even more concerning for Ivan Jurić’s side is the fact that they’ve scored just 6 goals away from home all season in Serie A. They’ve done well only to concede 12 which is a far better record than the majority of other teams in the league but it’s hard to have any confidence in backing them to take anything away from this game when they’re unable to pose a threat in front of goal.

Where Torino have the worse scoring record on their travels, Juventus have the best defensive record at home, conceding just 8 goals in the 12 matches played at the Allianz Stadium. Based on that and the form of the two sides, Juventus to win to nil is the logical bet which is priced at 6/4 with bookmakers such as Bet365, Parimatch and BetVictor.

Juventus vs Torino
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Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen

My second selection today is from the Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen match in the Bundesliga and I think we could see goals at both ends of the pitch.

Mains finished 12th last season and a distant 22 points adrift of a Champions League spot. However, this season, despite being 9th in the league, they’re just three points behind fourth placed RB Leipzig following an extremely successful campaign at home.

Only Bayern, Leipzig and Dortmund have picked up more points on home turf than Mainz and a lot of that is due to their defensive record given that Bo Svensson’s side have conceded just 5 goals in 11 games played at the Mewa Arena where they have beaten the likes of Hoffenheim and Leipzig already this season. However, they’re yet to host Bayern, Dortmund or tonight’s visitors, Leverkusen and I think that this could be just the second time this season that they concede more than once on home turf.

Leverkusen are currently third in the Bundesliga and have the second-best goal scoring record in the league. They’ve been scoring for fun lately having put four past Stuttgart in their most recent outing and five past both Dortmund and Augsburg in games previous. It’s hard to see them not getting on the scoresheet at least once tonight despite the hosts’ impressive defensive record at home and I’m backing them to take away all three points.

Although Leverkusen are prolific in front of goal, they are also prone to conceding with both teams finding the net in 11 of their last 12 games.

Bayer Leverkusen to Win & BTTS is priced at 3/1 with 10Bet.

Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen
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Bet Of The Day

RB Leipzig vs Real Sociedad

Today’s football bet of the day comes from the Europa League match between RB Leipzig and Real Sociedad at the Red Bull Arena in Germany.

The hosts qualified for this tournament by finishing third in Group A of the Champions League behind Manchester City and PSG and will hope to get their Europa League campaign off to a positive start by picking up a win tonight in front of home fans.

Although they weren’t expected to qualify from their Champions League group, they did finish with a respectable seven points, three of which were collected by beating Manchester City 2-1 at home back in December. They also held PSG to a 2-2 draw prior to that and so are proven to step up to big occasions.

Tonight’s opponents shouldn’t pose as much of a threat compared to City & PSG and I’d expect the hosts to head into the second leg of this tie in a weeks time with the advantage.

Leipzig have found the net two or more times in six of their last seven at home and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get on the scoresheet more than once tonight. However, Real Sociedad, despite only picking up one win from their last four, shouldn’t be underestimated and the hosts will have to bet at their best to keep the Spanish side at bay.

RB Leipzig to beat Real Sociedad is my bet of the day which is priced at 4/5 with Bet365.

RB Leipzig vs Real Sociedad
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BTTS Bet Of The Day

I’ll also be having a Both Teams To Score treble and the first of my selections is from the match between Barcelona and Napoli.

Barca host Napoli at the Nou Camp tonight in what could be a very entertaining fixture and one to watch over all other games taking place this evening in my opinion. It’s a tough one to call with both sides more than capable of scoring goals and so I think the safer bet is on simply BTTS.

Napoli have scored in 12 of their last 15 on the road and have averaged over two goals per game on their travels in Serie A this season. Barca have also averaged over two goals per game at home in La Liga and we’ve seen both teams score in six of their last seven.

As well as including this game in my BTTS double, I’m very tempted to have a small wager on Napoli to win & BTTS. Barcelona do have some selection problems at the moment with the likes of Samuel Umtiti, Ansu Fati, Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto and Alejandro Balde being out through injury and Clement Lenglet and Memphis Depay being doubts due to fitness. Napoli to win & BTTS is 6/1 with William Hill which I think is definitely worth considering.

Barcelona vs Napoli
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My second BTTS selection comes from the Zenit vs Real Betis match where there will likely be goals at both ends of the pitch.

At least three goals have been scored in nine of Zenit’s last ten competitive matches and Betis have managed to score in all of their last twelve on the road, including 14 goals over their last four.

This game looks like a solid selection for a Both Teams To Score bet and one I’ll be including in my treble today.

I’m tempted to back Betis to come out on top also but given that they’re currently missing a couple of key players, I’m going to leave the match result for this game out of my selections today.

My final selection is for both teams to score in the match between Porto and Lazio which is another potentially very entertaining fixture with both sides capable in front of goal.

Porto are unbeaten in their last 22 in the league, winning 19 of them. Both teams have scored in seven of their last eight and with Lazio finding the net in six of their last seven on their travels, I’m expecting goals at both ends of the pitch tonight.

I fancy a home win in this match given Porto’s excellent run of form at the Estadio de Dragao with odds of 3/1 being available on Porto & BTTS with Betfair Sportsbook.

Porto vs Lazio
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The BTTS treble comes in at 4.7/1 and by placing it with Betfair Sportsbook, we’ll qualify for a £5 free bet regardless of the result.

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Barcelona vs Napoli
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Porto vs Lazio
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Football Betting Tips Wednesday 16th February

Inter Milan vs Liverpool

Liverpool continue their UEFA Champions League campaign tonight after picking up maximum points in their group. It’s been an impressive display from Klopp’s side so far in the tournament given that they were drawn into the group of death along with Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan. Tonight, they’re up against Serie A side Inter Milan and head into this game on the back of six consecutive victories.

With the return of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah from AFCON, Liverpool should be back to their best and I expect them to come out on top in this somewhat tricky first leg of round 16.

Inter Milan claimed their first Serie A title for eleven years last term and are in the running to retain that title this season. However, their record in Europe is generally very poor given that this is the first time they have qualified for the knockout stages in nine years.

I’m not expecting this to be a walk in the park for Liverpool but do expect them to have the advantage when these two sides meet again at Anfield in three weeks time. Inter have gotten on the scoresheet in each of their last sixteen at home and so Liverpool to Win & BTTS is my bet on the game which is at a best price of 10/3 with Betfair Sportsbook.

SkyBet have boosted the odds on Salah to score anytime from Evens to 2/1 which I think is definitely worth taking up. Liverpool’s star forward has bagged an impressive 32 goals in 49 Champions League appearances and so looks good value to find the net again tonight at a boosted price of 2/1.

Inter Milan vs Liverpool
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Salzburg vs Bayern Munich

The second Champions League fixture taking place tonight is Salzburg vs Bayern Munich and I’m backing another away win.

It’s not surprising to see Bayern as the strong favourites here but there may be some value in backing both teams to score along with the match result.

Bayern have conceded seven goals in their last three games and lost their last Bundesliga game 4-2 away to mid-table Bochum. It was a rare defeat for the German giants who are one of the bookies’ favourites to go all the way in the competition this year. I do expect them to bounce back from their defeat at the weekend but they have began to show some vulnerabilities at the back in recent games and so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Salzburg get their chances in front of goal.

Bayern to Win & BTTS is priced at 7/5 with Bet365 but I’ll be taking ever so slightly lower odds of 13/10 with Coral as they are offering a £5 free bet to customers who place a bet of £5 or more on tonight’s Champions League matches. The qualifying bet needs to be placed in-play so I suggest placing it immediately after kick-off to get as close to the advised price as possible.

Salzburg vs Bayern Munich
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Peterborough vs Reading

My final selection comes from the match between Peterborough and Reading in the Championship in what could be a very tight match.

Both sides are currently in a relegation battle with Reading sitting just above the drop zone, two points ahead of tonight’s opponents but having played a game more. A win tonight for either side would ensure that they don’t head into the weekend’s games in the bottom three and both will see this as a winnable game.

Peterborough have had a tough season and it is points picked up at home that have given them a lifeline given that Darren Ferguson’s side have collected just 4 points from a possible 45 on their travels. However, 16 points from a possible 42 at home still doesn’t fill you with any real confidence in backing them along with the fact that they have lost their last three on home turf.

Reading too are struggling this season and conceding goals have been the main problem for the Royals. They’ve conceded 60 goals this term which is the same as Peterborough and more than any other team in the Championship.

Veljko Paunović’s side are on a run of four consecutive defeats away from home. However, three of those defeats were at the hands of Middlesbrough, QPR and West Brom and two of the three were lost by just a one-goal margin.

Reading get on the scoresheet more often than Peterborough and as I see this as a 50/50 game with a lot at stake, I’m willing to take a chance on an away win where there seems to be more value. Given both sides defensive records are extremely poor, I’ll also be backing both teams to score with Reading to Win & BTTS being priced at a very tempting 5/1 with William Hill.

Peterborough vs Reading
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Football Betting Tips Tuesday 15th December

PSG vs Real Madrid

One of the stand-out games of the night is PSG vs Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. The leaders of Ligue 1 take on the leaders of La Liga in the first leg of round 16 and it could be a great game. The hosts finished behind Manchester City in Group A whereas Real finished top of their group above Inter to progress to the knockout stages.

Both sides are in relatively good form heading into this match but I do have some doubts on the hosts given that they weren’t in the best of form throughout the group stages, picking up 11 points from a possible 18 and they’ve also been knocked out of the French Cup recently by Nice. However, there’s no denying the talent in their squad with the likes of Messi and Mbappe leading their attack and they should cause issues for Madrid tonight on their home turf.

Real Madrid head into this match on the back of a 0-0 draw away to Villarreal in La Liga. Seville are hot on their tails and although winning the Spanish league is a priority this season, Carlo Ancelotti will put everything into this competition. Similar to tonight’s opponents, Real were knocked out of their domestic cup at the beginning of the month by Athletic Bilbao and Los Blancos have now won just one of their last four in all competitions. However, I expect a performance from them tonight and wouldn’t be surprised to see them get on the scoresheet.

This is a tough game to call but I do think that both teams will get on the scoresheet and if I had to pick a match result, it would be on the draw.

Boylesports are offering customers a £5 free bet when placing a £5 pre-match Bet Builder on the game. For this bet, I’m simply backing a score draw that is priced at 10/3.

PSG vs Real Madrid
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SkyBet Boosted Treble

SkyBet are offering the following boosts on today’s fixtures:

  • Man City, Sheffield Utd & Man Utd all to win (was 2/1) NOW 4/1
  • Man CIty & Sheffield Utd both to win & Man Utd to draw with Brighton (was 6/1) NOW 9/1
  • Man City, Sheffield Utd & Brighton all to win (was 9/1) NOW 12/1

Manchester City are away to Sporting in the Champions League and are strong odds-on favourites for the win.

Sheff Utd host Hull at Bramall Lane where they have won their last three without conceding. Hull are on a three-game losing streak and it’s likely that could be extended to four tonight.

The tricky fixture for me is Man Utd vs Brighton and although United have the home advantage, it’s hard to back them for the win at the moment. They only managed a point from each of their last two games against Burnley and Southampton and Brighton will be no easier to beat. The Seagulls have lost just one match away from home in the league this season and drawn seven of their twelve. They’ve picked up points on the road against the likes of Leicester, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool and will be confident of taking something away from this game given the form United are in. I’m happy to back a draw in this game at much more favourable odds.

The treble on City & Sheff Utd to win & Man Utd to draw with Brighton has been boosted from 6/1 to a generous 9/1.

PSG vs Real Madrid
Man City Win
Sheff Utd Win
Man Utd v Brighton Draw
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Tuesday Double

I’ll also be placing a double tonight with selections from matches taking place in the Championship and League Two.

The first is from the Sheffield United vs Hull game and as I mentioned above, it is the hosts who are in the better form of the two.

Four consecutive victories followed by a respectable stalemate away to Huddersfield have lifted the Blades up to ninth in the Championship and they’re now just three points adrift of a playoff spot. No team in the league have collected more points than Paul Heckingbottom’s side in their last ten games and they’re looking extremely reliable at the moment.

Hull have lost their last three and although they did put in a performance against league-leaders Fulham last time out, losing narrowly by a 1-0 scoreline, their form on the road hasn’t been great. Three wins from their last fourteen away from home doesn’t fill me with any confidence in backing them, especially since Grant McCann’s side failed to score in eight of them.

Sheff Utd to win at home tonight is priced at 29/50 with Novibet.

My second selection comes from the match between Exeter and Harrogate in League Two and I’m again backing a home win.

After a positive start to the season but a disappointing end to 2021, Exeter have once again found a bit of form and are unbeaten in their last six, winning five of those. The hosts are now fourth in the league and will be eager to move into an automatic promotion spot which they will do if they pick up maximum points tonight for the fourth game in a row.

Hull too had a strong start to the season but their form has taken a nosedive and Simon Weaver’s side have been unable to find any consistency. They’ve won just two of their last nine games and before their 3-3 draw against Rochdale at the weekend, they had lost four in a row, conceding twelve in the process without finding the net once.

Exeter should be too strong for the visitors tonight and you can back a home win at odds of 5/7 with Mansionbet.

The double on Sheffield United and Exeter comes in at a best price of 2.70 with Bet365.

PSG vs Real Madrid
Man City Win
Sheff Utd Win
Man Utd v Brighton Draw
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Football Betting Tips Monday 14th February

West Brom vs Blackburn

West Brom host Blackburn at the Hawthorns this evening with both sides looking to pick up a win following a poor spell in the Championship of late.

Steve Bruce’s campaign as the new Baggies boss didn’t get off to the best of starts as his side failed to find the net for the third consecutive game resulting in a 2-0 defeat away to Sheffield United on Wednesday night. With a tough run of fixtures ahead of them, a home victory tonight would be much appreciated by the ex-Newcastle United manager to ease the pressure early on in his reign.

Blackburn Rovers are currently third in the Championship thanks to an excellent run towards the end of 2021. However, a string of poor results, including back to back defeats heading into this game, has left them five points adrift of an automatic promotion spot having played one more than second-placed Bournemouth. Tony Mowbray’s side will be disappointed that they have been unable to carry their form into the new year and will be eager not to make it three defeats in a row tonight.

Neither side are in great form at the moment and both have failed to score in their last three outings. You could argue that West Brom’s form at the Hawthorns has been excellent this season where they have the best defensive record in the league, conceding just 8 goals in their 14 matches played there. However, they did lose their latest in front of home fans, suffering a 2-0 defeat against Preston at the end of January and their backline has proven to be much less robust than earlier on in the season.

There’s not much separating these two sides and although I can see why West Brom are the favourites, I’m willing to take a chance on an away win purely based on the odds that are available.

Neither side will want to lose this match and so we could see a cagey affair. West Brom are odds-on at 19/20 with Quinnbet but I’d much rather back either the draw at 5/2 or Blackburn at 18/5 and I think the visitors may be able to sneak a 1-0 win here.

West Brom vs Blackburn
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Football Betting Tips Saturday 12th February

Hull vs Fulham

Fulham bounced back from their 4-1 defeat away to Premier League champions Manchester City with a 3-0 win at home against Millwall on Tuesday evening. That was to be the fifth game from their last six in the league that Marco Silva’s side had bagged three or more in as they continue to impress in front of goal.

Aleksandar Mitrovic added to his impressive goalscoring tally by netting two in Fulham’s latest outing, bringing his total to 30 for the season. The Cottagers are the team to beat in the Championship this season but with their firepower up front, teams generally struggle to outscore them.

Hull’s season has been somewhat inconsistent in terms of results and after three consecutive wins, Grant McCann’s side have now lost two on the bounce. Their latest outing away to Derby resulted in a 3-1 loss and with the Tigers averaging just 0.87 goals per game, it’s hard to see them taking anything away from this game.

I’m expecting Fulham to pick up another three points today to potentially extend their lead at the top of the Championship to nine points.

Fulham to win is priced at 8/13 with Unibet.

Hull vs Fulham
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Barnsley vs QPR

The next match that caught my eye was Barnsley vs QPR and there seem to be some very tempting odds available on another away win.

Barnsley have lost their last six matches in the Championship and failed to find the net in four of them. A string of poor results and a significant lack of goals has resulted in the Tykes spending the vast majority of the season rock-bottom of the league and they’re looking destined for the drop into League One next term.

QPR are battling it out for promotion into the top flight and thanks to a run of positive results, Mark Warburton’s side are now fourth in the league and just three points adrift of second-placed Bournemouth. They head into this match on the back of a respectable 2-2 draw at home to Middlesbrough on Wedneday night and should find Saturday’s opponents much easier to take maximum points from.

Odds of 15/13 are available for QPR to win which I think is very generous indeed.

Barnsley vs QPR
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Wimbledon vs Sunderland

Plough Lane is the venue for the match between Wimbledon and Sunderland where two of the least in-form sides go head to head in League One.

Sunderland were looking set to challenge for the League One title a few months ago but a heavy 5-1 defeat away to Rotherham seemed to have been a turning point in their season with the Black Cats winning just two of their eleven games played in all competitions since.

A 6-0 hammering at the hands of Bolton was followed up with a 2-1 defeat away to Cheltenham last time out but taking three points from this game could see them reclaim the second spot in the table from Wigan, albeit having played four more games than them.

Wimbledon are without a win in their last twelve, losing their last match 1-0 at home to Rotherham. Mark Robinson’s side are just a point above the drop zone and although they will be thankful of hosting Sunderland in the form that they’re currently in, I’m willing to take a chance on Sunderland taking away the three points at odds of 6/5. It should only be a matter of time before Sunderland get back to winning ways and given that they have far the better quality in their players, I think it could be on Saturday.

Wimbledon vs Sunderland
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Premier League BTTS Double

Another bet I’ll be having today is on a Both Teams To Score double from the Man Utd vs Southampton and Everton vs Leeds matches.

Both teams have scored in all of Southampton’s last nine games and following a 3-2 win away to Tottenham on Wednesday night, I can see them troubling the United back line. With Man Utd scoring in all but one of their last sixteen, I think BTTS is a solid bet in this match.

Everton host Leeds at Goodison Park and are in desperate need of points following their 3-1 defeat away to Newcastle earlier in the week. Although the Toffees have struggled to pick up wins, they have found the net in nine of their last ten.

Leeds have started to find a bit of form in front of goal lately having put three past Villa, West Ham and Burnley in recent matches. However, they’re vunderable at the back and so I do expect Everton to have their chances.

The BTTS double on the above two matches is priced at 2.85 with William Hill.

BTTS Double
Man Utd vs Southampton
Everton vs Leeds
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SkyBet Boosted Treble

Bookmaker SkyBet are offering the following boosts on Saturday’s games:

  • Man City, Fulham & QPR all to win (was 5/2) NOW 9/2
  • Man City & Fulham both to win & QPR to draw with Barnsley (was 5/1) NOW 15/2
  • Man City, Fulham & Barnsley all to win (was 5/1) NOW 9/1

Manchester City are away to Norwich and although the hosts have found a bit of form of late, I can’t see anything other than a win for City here.

I’ve already covered the Fulham & QPR games and so I’ll be backing the treble of Man City, Fulham & QPR all to win at boosted odds of 9/2.

Boosted Treble
Man City /
Fulham /
QPR
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Football Betting Tips Thursday 10th February

Wolves vs Arsenal

Wolves host Arsenal at the Molineux this evening as the two sides battle it out for a place in Europe next season.

Wolves head into this game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Norwich on Saturday which resulted in Bruno Lage’s side exiting the FA Cup in the fourth round. It was a disappointing result for the European hopefuls but it will allow them to focus purely on the league where they are unbeaten in their last five, winning four of them. They’ll see this as a very much winnable game given Arsenal’s current form and three points tonight would see them leapfrog the Gunners into sixth place, three points adrift of United in fifth but with a game in hand.

After a great run throughout December which saw them pick up five consecutive victories in which they averaged an impressive 3.8 goals per game, Arsenal’s form has plummeted since their narrow 2-1 defeat to City on New Year’s Day. The goal that they scored in that game was their last to date and Arteta’s side have now gone four games in all competitions without finding the net. You could perhaps forgive their results in their two meetings with Liverpool but failing to find the net against Championship side Nottingham Forest and at home to Burnley in the league is a slight concern.

It’s a surprise to see Wolves priced as high as 11/4 given the form of the two sides, although, they do have a few players out with Jonny, Willy Boly, Pedro Neto, Yerson Mosquera and Hwang Hee-chan all set to miss the game. However, I don’t have much confidence in backing Arsenal considering they have failed to score in their last four and so I’m slightly favouring the hosts tonight.

A safer option would be on the Double Chance bet of Wolves or a Draw (5/7) or Wolves Draw No Bet (14/9) but I’m willing to take a chance on the straight win. Wolves have the best defensive record in the league, conceding an average of just 0.76 goals per game and so they should be able to contain an Arsenal side who are struggling in front of goal currently. They’re not the most prolific of goalscorers themselves but have been finding the net more recently, scoring eight in the three games prior to their defeat to Norwich at the weekend.

Wolves to win is priced at 11/4 with SpreadEx.

Wolves vs Arsenal
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Football Betting Tips Wednesday 9th February

Tottenham vs Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur take on Southampton tonight with both sides recording victories in their recent FA Cup clashes on Saturday. Both sides have had a mixed set of results of late but it is the home advantage that I think will play the biggest part in this game.

Spurs have picked up a total of 22 points from a possible 30 on the road this season, dropping points only in losses to Man Utd and Chelsea and their draw against Liverpool. Conte’s side have beaten Southampton in their last six encounters at home and I think that they’ll extend that to seven tonight.

Southampton are similar in that they’ve performed well at home this season but have struggled on their travels. On the road, the Saints have picked up just nine points from eleven games which doesn’t bode well for them heading into this tough fixture.

If this game was being played at St Mary’s, I would have been tempted on backing the Saints but given Tottenham’s form at home and Southampton’s in the road, a win for Spurs is expected which is priced at 4/6 with SpreadEx.

Tottenham vs Southampton
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Bristol City vs Reading

Bristol head into this game on the back of a 3-1 defeat away to Blackpool at the weekend but they have picked up back-to-back 3-2 wins at home which should give Nigel Pearson’s side some confidence heading into this fixture.

20 points from a possible 45 at home this season isn’t anything to shout about for the hosts but the majority of those points have been picked up in recent matches with Bristol City losing just two of their last eight played at Ashton Gate.

Reading are struggling in the Championship this season and find themselves hovering above the drop zone and look in danger of falling even further. Veljko Paunović’s side are winless in their last nine, losing their last six and have been conceding far too many goals to be looking like picking up results lately.

Away from home, Reading have averaged less than one goal per game and only Barnsley and Peterborough have picked up fewer points on their travels. I fear the visitors could suffer their seventh consecutive defeat tonight and so I’ll be backing a home win. However, Bristol City are also prone to conceding the odd goal and so my selection is Bristol to Win & BTTS which is priced at 27/10 with William Hill.

Bristol City vs Reading
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Preston vs Huddersfield

Next up is Preston vs Huddersfield at Deepdale in what could be a close game.

Preston are unbeaten in their last four in the league which has given Ryan Lowe’s side a boost in the table, lifting them up to 13th place but just four points adrift of a playoff spot. However, teams around them do have several games in hand and so they’ll need to keep picking up results if they are to be in with a chance of playing in the top flight next season.

Huddersfield are also in great form and following back-to-back wins, are now unbeaten in their last twelve in all competitions. Carlos Corberán’s side are currently fifth in the league and looking like one of the more likely teams to retain their playoff spot in the weeks ahead.

Preston have proved to be a tough team to break down at home this season having lost just two of their 14 league games at Deepdale. However, they’ve also only won five and are prone to conceding in the majority of their games.

With Huddersfield winning four of their last five on the road and both teams finding the net in Preston’s last six at home, I’m taking a chance on an away win tonight in this fixture with both teams to score.

Odds of 7/1 are available on Huddersfield & BTTS which is very tempting in my opinion.

Preston vs Huddersfield
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SkyBet Price Boost

SkyBet have the following boosts available on tonight’s Premier League games:

  • Manchester City, Tottenham & Crystal Palace all to win (was 5/2) NOW 9/2
  • Manchester City & Tottenham to win & Crystal Palace to draw with Norwich (was 9/2) NOW 13/2
  • Manchester City, Tottenham & Norwich all to win (was 5/1) 7/1

City are at home to Brentford and I’m fully expecting them to win. I’ve already covered the Spurs game so that leaves Norwich vs Crystal Palace.

Norwich’s form has picked up of late and the Canaries have now won four of their last five in all competitions. Two of those victories were in the cup but there are signs that Dean Smith’s side may have a glimmer of hope of staying up this season. A win today would lift them above Newcastle and out of the relegation zone which should give them enough motivation to give it their all tonight. It’s a tough match to call given Norwich’s recent run of form and I’m tempted to back the draw in this game at a generously boosted price of 13/2.

Boosted Treble
Man City /
Tottenham /
Norwich & Palace Draw
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Football Betting Tips Tuesday 8th February

Newcastle vs Everton

Newcastle United welcome Everton to St James’ Park this evening in what could be one of the biggest games of the season for the two sides.

Newcastle have been battling against relegation all season but four points from their last two games have given Eddie Howe’s side hope and they’ll be looking to make it two wins on the bounce tonight which could lift them out of the relegation zone and give them a huge boost heading into their somewhat tricky match at home to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

As expected, the Magpies splashed the cash in the January transfer window, spending over £90m on Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes and Dan Burn as well as bringing in Matt Targett on loan from Aston Villa. Howe’s main aim was to strengthen his side’s backline which has cost them countless points this season and left them in the position that they’re in. They’ve certainly done that in the window but there are still concerns at the other end of the pitch as they were unable to bring in a more attack-minded player to stand in for Callum Wilson while the striker recovers from injury.

After a relatively bright start to the season, Everton’s form has plummeted and so has their position in the league. The Toffee’s now find themselves in a relegation battle with today’s opponents and so this game can be classed as a six-pointer for both sides. Defeat today would see Everton just one point ahead of Newcastle and with some tough fixtures lined up in the closing stages of the season, they’ll be looking to pick up points sooner rather than later to ensure they remain a Premier League club next season.

Everton too did business in the transfer window, bringing in Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli along with Anwar El Ghazi on loan from Villa. All three could make their debut tonight after being cup-tied in Everton’s 4-1 win at home to Brentford on Saturday but it’s likely that we could see them start on the bench.

This is a tough match to call and so my pick would be on a draw. I’m also expecting both sides to get on the scoresheet tonight which has happened in over 70% of Newcastle’s home matches this season.

Both Teams To Score is priced at 8/11 with William Hill and odds of 7/2 are available on a score draw with Parimatch.

Newcastle vs Everton
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Tuesday Treble

I’ve picked out a treble for tonight featuring matches taking place across the Championship, League One and League Two.

The first is Luton to beat a struggling Barnsley side in the Championship.

Luton are unbeaten in their last four and have kept clean sheets in their last three, including a 3-0 win last time out away to Cambridge in the FA Cup. The Hatter’s have also proven to be an extremely tough side to beat at Kenilworth Road this season where they will look to extend their unbeaten run to six matches this evening.

Barnsley lost 1-0 away to Huddersfield at the weekend to crash out of the FA Cup but that’s the least of their worries at the moment given that Markus Schopp’s side are rock bottom of the league having picked up just 14 points from 28 games. They’ve lost five consecutive games now and have failed to score in their last four. The Tykes have issues at both ends of the pitch and I can’t see them taking anything away from this game tonight away from home.

Luton are priced at 4/6 for the win with Boylesports.

My second selection is for Rotherham to beat Wimbledon in League One.

Rotherham are leading the league whereas tonight’s hosts are caught up in a relegation battle due to being winless in their last eleven matches. Although the Dons haven’t lost many at home, they also haven’t won many with five of their last seven at Plough Lane ending all square. However, it’s hard to bet against Rotherham not winning at the moment and they should be able to pick up their fifth consecutive league victory tonight on their travels.

Odds of 3/4 are available on Rotherham to win with Coral.

Lastly, I’m backing Mansfield to beat Colchester at home in League Two.

The hosts have been excellent at home this season where they have picked up the joint-most points and scored more goals than any other team in League Two. Other than their 3-2 defeat to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last month, Nigel Clough’s side have won their other nine most recent matches played on home turf and I’m backing them to pick up another three points tonight.

After losing six consecutive games, Colchester are now unbeaten in their last four, winning 1-0 last time out away to Leyton Orient. Wayne Brown’s side have actually picked up more points on their travels this season than at home but given Mansfield’s impeccable record at Field Mill, I have to back the hosts for the win.

5/6 is available on a home win in this fixture with Quinnbet and the best price for the treble is 5.15, also with Quinnbet.

Tuesday Night Treble
Luton /
Rotherham /
Mansfield
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Football Betting Tips Monday 7th February

Salernitana vs Spezia

The Premier League is welcomed back tomorrow after the winter break but for today, we have just two fixtures taking place across the top European leagues and one of those is Salernitana vs Spezia in Serie A.

It’s hardly the most exciting of fixtures but the price on an away win does look tempting.

The hosts have collected just 10 points from a possible 66 so far this term and are looking set for an immediate return to Serie B. They picked up a rare victory away to Verona last month but in general, Stefano Colantuono’s side have been extremely poor and have struggled in the Italian top flight. They’ve now lost six home games on the bounce, losing their last five to nil and conceding 13 goals in the process. Although they’re up against a side that are too struggling somewhat this season, their lack of goals doesn’t give you much confidence in them picking up a win against any side in the league.

Spezia are currently 15th in Serie A and seven points above the drop zone which they have managed to climb away from thanks to some excellent results in 2022. They’ve lost just one of their last six, winning four and drawing the other and two of those victories came away to AC Milan and Napoli who are both far superior teams than tonight’s opponents.

Spezia have beaten Salernitana in their last two encounters, including at home back in October of last year. They’re the much more in-form side of the two and will be looking to make it four consecutive wins tonight against the weakest side in the league.

Spezia to win is priced at 6/4 with SpreadEx which I think is a very tempting price and one that I’ll be taking up tonight.

Salernitana vs Spezia
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Football Betting Tips Sunday 6th February

Senegal vs Egypt

Senegal and Egypt will battle it out this evening in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

It’s hardly been an awe-inspiring tournament this year and although I would have liked to see Senegal and Cameroon in the final, this should still be a game to watch with Liverpool teammates Sadio Mané and Mo Salah going head to head for opposite sides.

Senegal have impressed me far more throughout this tournament than Egypt who have relied on extra time or penalties in each of their three matches in the knockout stages. They’re relatively short of goals having not scored more than one in any match throughout this tournament and will likely attempt to limit Senegals options tonight with the aim of securing another narrow victory.

Cameroon were surprisingly unable to get on the scoresheet against Egypt in the semi’s but I think Senegal will manage it tonight. If they do, it could be game over for Egypt allowing Senegal to pick up their first-ever AFCON trophy after finishing runners up in both 2002 and 2019.

Senegal have scored eight goals across their last three at AFCON compared to Egypt’s three and with just one of those goals coming before the halftime whistle, a Draw/Senegal bet may be worth considering at odds of 4/1.

I’ll also be having a small punt on Sadio Mane to score first and Senegal to win either 2-1 or draw 2-2 which has been boosted to 40/1 with SkyBet. Although I think 2-2 may be an unlikely score, 2-1 is certainly possible and Mané has scored in two of Senegal’s last three matches.

Senegal vs Egypt
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Mané First Scorer
& 2-1 or 2-2
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Real Betis vs Villarreal

Next up, we have Real Betis vs Villarreal in La Liga and with both sides scoring for fun lately, we could be in for a very entertaining game.

Real Betis head into this clash on the back of four consecutive victories, finding the net no less than four times in their last three. Only Real Madrid have scored more this season in La Liga than Manuel Pellegrini’s side which has helped them climb up to an impressive third place in the league. The hosts haven’t looked like slowing down this season as their quest for Champions League football next term continues and I’m backing them to take one step closer to that goal by picking up another three points today.

Villarreal only have one win in their last four in all competitions but they did win last time out in a 3-0 victory at home to Mallorca. Other than a somewhat surprising 1-0 defeat away to Elche three weeks ago, Unai Emery’s side have been in fine form where they headed into the new year after notching up six consecutive victories, averaging a whopping 4.17 goals per game throughout them.

However, although Villarreal have one of the best home records in the league, their form on the road has been the opposite. Just eight points from a possible thirty have been collected on their travels this season and a worrying seven goals have been scored throughout those ten games. It’s a stark contrast from their average of 2+ goals per game at home and so they could struggle today against a Real Betis side who rarely fail to find the net.

Odds of 7/5 are tempting enough for a home win in this clash but I’ll be taking a chance at a slightly higher price of 10/3 for Real Betis to win & BTTS.

Real Betis vs Villarreal
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Football Betting Tips – Saturday 5th February

Swansea vs Blackburn

Swansea host Blackburn in the late kick-off today in the Championship and there are what looks like some generous odds available on an away win.

Although I think that this will be a relatively close game, I wouldn’t have put Swansea as the favourites.  Russell Martin’s side are currently 19th in the league but look safe from relegation with being 12 points above the drop zone. They’ve failed to score in any of their last three matches which has resulted in two defeats on the bounce and I think they could be in for a third this evening at the hands of a side who are putting pressure on Fulham at the top of the table.

Blackburn have picked up more points than any other team in the league from their last ten and fifteen matches. However, there are signs that Tony Mowbray’s side may be starting to falter as after six consecutive victories, they have now won just two of their last five league matches and found the net just twice throughout those games.

I’m willing to take a chance on an away win here given the somewhat generous price on Blackburn.

Swansea vs Blackburn
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MK Dons vs Lincoln

Next up is MK Dons vs Lincoln in League One in what could be another tightly fought match.

The hosts have won four of their last five which has helped them retain their place in a playoff position. The Dons are just four points off second-placed Wigan and a win today would give their automatic promotion hopes a huge boost.

I do have some doubts on backing MK Dons in this fixture. All of their recent victories have been won by a one-goal margin and you have to go all the way back to November to find a game that they’ve won by more than a single goal. Liam Manning’s side have also won just one of their last five at home and so I do think the visitors are in with a chance today and they’re priced very big.

Lincoln head into this game on the back of a 2-1 defeat away to Burton but they had won three of their four games previous to that match. Two of those victories were against Sunderland and Plymouth who are currently third and seventh in the league and so they’ve proved that they’re capable of getting results against the bigger teams in the league. Both of those victories were away from home also which will give them confidence when making the trip to Stadium MK this afternoon.

Lincoln are priced at 3/1 for the win but I’d rather take 2/1 on Lincoln Draw No Bet.

MK Dons vs Lincoln
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League One Double

I’ve backed two outsiders above but I will be including two favourites in a double this afternoon, both of which are from League One.

First, Ipswich host Gillingham at Portman Road. Although they lost 1-0 last time out away to Sheff Wed, they’ve proved difficult to beat on home turf this season. Other than their 2-0 loss to league leaders Rotherham in November, you have to go back to the early stages of the season in September to find their last defeat at Portman Road.

Gillingham on the other hand have lost five of their last six on the road and without a win in their last nine on their travels. They’ve been beaten by today’s opponants in their last two encounters, conceding six throughout those games and failing to find the net in either.

A home win is expected.

My second selection in the double is Rotherham to beat Accrington at home.

After a slight slip up after conceding a 95th-minute goal away to Fleetwood last month to suffer a rare 1-0 defeat, The Millers have won their last three league matches. Perhaps even more impressive is Paul Warne’s side scored eight throughout those games and kept clean sheets in all of them. Although they have played two more games than second-placed Wigan, they’re looking one of the more likely teams for automatic promotion this term and are currently the bookies favourites to finish top of League One come the end of the season.

Although Accrington have lost just one of their last five games, they also haven’t won any of them. Draws against both Sunderland and MK Dons in recent matches are respectable but both those games were played at Wham Stadium and their form on the road paints a very different picture where they have picked up just 12 points from a possible 39 and averaged less than one goal per game.

I’m backing Rotherham to pick up another home win today and when coupled with Ipswich to beat Gillingham, odds of 2.20 are available with Coral which I think is a nice and hopefully, fairly safe double to have on today.

League One Double
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SkyBet Soccer Saturday Price Boost

SkyBet are offering the following boosts on today’s FA Cup matches:

  • Manchester City, Wolves & Southampton all to win in 90 mins (was 6/4) NOW 3/1
  • Manchester City & Wolves both to win & Southampton to draw with Coventry in 90 mins (was 7/1) NOW 10/1
  • Manchester City, Wolves & Coventry all to win in 90 mins (was 11/1) NOW 18/1

Manchester City are at home to Fulham and although it is the leaders of England’s two top leagues that are up against each other, I can’t see City failing to secure the win for obvious reasons.

Wolves are at home to struggling Norwich who have bigger concerns than a cup run at the moment. The hosts are on a superb run, winning five of their last six in all competitions and only faltering in their respectable goalless draw against Chelsea in December. Another home win is expected.

The final fixture see’s Southampton host Coventry at Saint Mary’s in what is the trickiest of the three fixtures to call. However, I’m backing the Saints to come out on top given that they have the home advantage as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have been extremely hard to beat at Saint Mary’s this season where they have lost just one of their eleven league matches. If they were playing away today, I would have been tempted to back an upset and odds of 18/1 do seem very generous. However, I can’t look past Southampton’s form at home where they have taken points away from matches against the likes of Manchester City, Spurs, Leicester, villa, West Ham and Manchester United this season.

The treble on Man City, Wolves and Southampton has been boosted from 6/4 to a very generous 3/1 which shows a lot of value and worth backing today in my opinion.

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Wolves /
Southampton
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Football Betting Tips Thursday 3rd February

Cameroon vs Egypt

The two most successful sides in the Africa Cup of Nations face each other in the semi-finals of the tournament this evening in a bid to make it through to the final where they’ll meet Senegal on Sunday night.

Egypt have won this tournament more times than any other team, lifting the trophy a total of seven times with the last being in 2010. However, it is five-times winners, Cameroon, who have impressed more throughout this year’s competition and head into this match as the bookies’ favourites.

Cameroon have the home advantage with being the host nation and this match will be played in their capital of Yaoundé. They’ve won all of their games at AFCON 2021 other than a 1-1 draw in the group stages against Cape Verde and are one of the few teams this year who have been relatively free-scoring. Their attacking style of play have helped them achieve an unbeaten run of nine in all competitions and not many will be betting against the hosts getting on the scoresheet at least once again tonight.

Egypt finished second in their group behind Nigeria and have rode their lucky making it through to this stage. Narrow 1-0 victories against Guinea Bissau and Sudan saw them through to the play-offs where they needed penalties to get past Ivory Coast and extra time to see off Morroco. It’s been far from an inspiring display from the seven-time champions but they’re just one game away from a final appearance and it’s not out of the question that they’ll make it there with Mo Salah in the side who has contributed two goals and an assist throughout this tournament.

However, the Cameroon front line features the tournaments two top scorers. Vincent Aboubakar who has netted six goals and Lyon forward Karl Toko Ekambi who has bagged five. Both are set to feature tonight and will likely cause problems for what has been up to this point, a very resilient Egpytion backline.

With the way Cameroon have been attacking and with the home fans behind them, I’m expecting the hosts to come out on top and book their place in Sunday’s final. If they’re in form in front of goal, I can’t see Egypt getting back into the game. That said, Cameroon have conceded in four of their last five and so I wouldn’t be surprised to see both sides get on the scoresheet tonight.

Cameroon to win in 90 minutes is priced at 13/10 with 10Bet which I think is a good price. Or, if you’d like a wager a slightly higher odds, odds of 6/1 are available on Cameroon to Win & BTTS which looks very tempting.

Mo Salah is one of the more likely scorers should Egypt get on the scoresheet tonight and SkyBet have generously boosted the odds on the Liverpool forward to do so at any time in 90 minutes from 7/4 to 7/2.

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Football Betting Tips Wednesday 2nd February

Celtic vs Rangers

Celtic host Rangers this evening in the 427th edition of the Old Firm derby at Celtic Park. One of the fiercest rivalries in football history will determine who tops the Scottish Premiership table come the final whistle and could have a huge impact on this seasons title winner.

After dominating the Scottish top-flight for the best part of a decade, Celtic conceded their first league title since 2011, finishing a disappointing 25 points below their rivals. Things are a lot closer this term with just two points separating the two sides and the hosts know that victory today would see them leapfrog their opponents into first place. However, Celtic haven’t been able to beat Rangers in their last seven attempts and have lost the last three, albeit all of those three being held at Ibrox.

The hosts are unbeaten in league matches at Celtic Park this term and have tasted defeat just twice this season in away trips to Livingston and today’s opponents, both of which finished 1-0. Ange Postecoglou’s side head into this game on the back of a 1-0 win at home to Dundee United and although Celtic dominated the game in all areas, it took a 90th-minute strike from Israeli forward Liel Abada to secure a vital three points for the Hoops. That was to be Celtic’s 12th win in 13 games in all competitions after dropping points in their stalemate away to St Mirren just before Christmas.

Rangers too are in excellent form this season, although they will be kicking themselves for conceding a 96th-minute goal in their latest outing away to struggling Ross County which resulted in them taking away a single point from the game. Conceding three goals against a side who are currently third bottom of the league is a slight concern, especially since Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side had only conceded 15 goals all season prior to that match. However, heading into last weekend’s game, Rangers had kept clean sheets in six of their last seven and so it may prove to be a welcome wake-up call in preparation for this fixture which is surely the biggest of the season for both sides involved.

You can’t look too much into past results when it comes to these two sides as they are both streets ahead in terms of quality than all other teams in the league. After Rangers’ 3-3 draw at the weekend, you could argue that Celtic are in slightly the better form but there really isn’t much separating the two Scottish giants at the moment other than the home advantage in this fixture.

I’m surprised to see Celtic as the strong favourites here. I would have expected to see them at shorter odds than the visitors but 5/4 on Celtic and 5/2 on Rangers leads me to think that the value is in backing an away win.

This game could go either way and a draw would be the logical bet. However, I’m willing to take a chance on Rangers in this one who have only lost one of their last 61 league matches. They’ve beaten Celtic in six of their last seven meetings, scoring 13 in the process and conceding just 3.

5/2 seems like a generous price on an away win but I’ll also be going with 6/1 on Rangers & BTTS with William Hill as Celtic probably wouldn’t like to settle for a draw given that they need all three points to take the top spot from their rivals today.

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Cards / Booking Points

The Old Firm derby is notorious for being a feisty affair with both red and yellow cards making regular appearances from the refs pocket. Many punters will be looking to have a wager on either the number of cards or booking points in tonight’s clash so is there any value in these markets?

It’s important to remember that the bookies take past meetings and statistics into consideration and will price their markets accordingly and so you’ll more than likely be offered shorter prices on cards to be shown in this fixture compared to other league matches.

Let’s take a look at the card & booking points stats for the last ten meetings between these two sides:

  • 29/08/2021: 2 yellow (20 booking points)
  • 02/05/2021: 4 yellow / 1 red (55 booking points)
  • 18/04/2021: 4 yellow (40 booking points)
  • 21/03/2021: 4 yellow (40 booking points)
  • 02/01/2021: 6 yellow / 1 red (85 booking points)
  • 17/10/2020: 4 yellow (40 booking points)
  • 29/12/2019: 8 yellow / 1 red (95 booking points)
  • 08/12/2019: 4 yellow / 1 red (75 booking points)
  • 01/09/2019: 2 yellow / 1 red (45 booking points)
  • 12/05/2019: 4 yellow (40 booking points)

Average Booking Points: 53.5

Average Number of Cards: 4.7

Celtic and Rangers have received the fewest number of booking points in the league this season and Celtic tend to be at the bottom of the dirty list in most seasons. Of course, past clashes have told us that these stats go out the window in the Old Firm derby and so it’s hard to justify a bet too much based on these statistics. However, it’s also worth noting that referee, Bobby Madden, has dished out the second-fewest booking points on average this season in the Scottish Premiership with an average of 32.08 points handed out per game.

Bookmaker Bet365 are offering 5/6 on Over 5.5 cards in tonight’s match and also 5/6 on Under 5.5 cards. Neither really appeal to me at those prices if I’m honest.

Next, looking at Booking Points, Sky Bet are offering the following:

  • Under 30 booking points 6/1
  • Under 40 booking points 5/2
  • Under 50 booking points 5/4
  • Under 60 booking points 4/6
  • Under 70 booking points 4/11
  • Under 80 booking points 1/5
  • Under 90 booking points 1/10

 

  • 20+ booking points 1/80
  • 30+ booking points 1/14
  • 40+ booking points 2/9
  • 50+ booking points 8/15
  • 60+ booking points 1/1
  • 70+ booking points 7/4
  • 80+ booking points 3/1
  • 90+ booking points 5/1

Again, nothing really stands out for me with the prices that are available. I certainly wouldn’t be backing 60+ booking points at just Evens or Under 50 at 5/4.

Instead, I’ve opted to go for a RequestABet with SkyBet that includes booking points.

Diallo to score, Rangers to win, 5+ Rangers corners and 20+ Celtic booking pts – 20/1

The Manchester United loanee scored within 5 minutes on his debut against Ross County at the weekend and came close to a bagging a brace. Celtic have also received at least 20 booking points in each of the last six Old Firm derbies and at 20/1, I think it’s a decent bet if you want to look at markets other than the match winner.

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Rangers to win /
5+ Rangers corners /
20+ Celtic booking pts
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Football Betting Tips Tuesday 1st February

League Two Lucky 15

After the recent success of Lucky 15’s from tipsters here at WhichBookie, I thought I’d try my hand at another one today with all four selections coming from matches taking place in League Two tonight.

Harrogate vs Mansfield

My first selection comes from the match between Harrogate and Mansfield and it is the visitors who head into the match in much the better form.

Mansfield are looking for their ninth consecutive league victory and I’ll think they’ll pick it up tonight against a Harrogate side that is currently struggling. The hosts have lost four of their last five matches played in League Two and have been leaking far too many goals having conceded four against both Luton and Newport and three against Stevenage in recent matches. Simon Weaver’s side have also had issues at the other end of the pitch as other than their 3-0 win at home to Oldham ten days ago, they have failed to score in any of their other last five.

Mansfield are in the opposite form and a string of victories have propelled Nigel Clough’s side up to sixth in the league table and just three points adrift of third-placed Newport with two games in hand. After eight league wins on the trot, it’s hard to bet against the Stags at the moment and at a price of 33/20 to win tonight, they look like a great bet.

Port Vale vs Forest Green

Next up, League Two leaders, Forest Green, make the trip to Vale Park to take on Port Vale and I’m expecting another away win.

Forest Green are looking set for automatic promotion this season with being ten points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand over second-placed Tranmere. Rob Edwards’ side haven’t been beaten in their last fifteen games, winning ten of those, and I can’t see that changing tonight. Rovers have been extremely solid of late and have managed to concede just one goal in their last six games whilst scoring twelve in the process. Although they haven’t beaten Port Vale in their last five attempts, they’re the favourites to pick up all three points today and it’s not difficult to see why considering the form that they’re in.

Port Value have won just one of their last six which was a 1-0 win at home to bottom of the league Scunthorpe in their latest outing. Darrell Clarke’s side are still ninth in the league but their current form has caused them to slip down the table and are now three points adrift of a playoff spot. They haven’t managed to score more than once in any of their last nine and so may struggle against the league leaders who are generally dominant at both ends of the pitch.

Odds of 5/4 are available on a win for Forest Green which I think again looks like a great price.

Northampton vs Barrow

Sixfields Stadium is the venue for Northampton vs Barrow this evening and given the home advantage, I have to side with the hosts.

Northampton are unbeaten in their last three, picking up a respectable point against table-toppers Forest Green followed by another away to Sutton and a 1-0 win at home to Salford last time out. They haven’t exactly been prolific in front of goal of late but their form at home has been relatively solid having tasted defeat just twice in their last ten at Sixfields. The hosts could potentially move up into second in the league with a win tonight which should give Jon Brady’s side a huge motivational boost heading into this fixture.

Barrow currently find themselves fourth-bottom in the table due to picking up just two wins in their last 17 league games. The Bluebirds are struggling defensively having conceded at least twice in five of their last seven and don’t have the attacking threat to counteract their frailties at the back. Other than a rare win against fellow-strugglers Colchester in January, Barrow haven’t picked up a win since mid-December and I don’t expect that to change tonight against a side challenging for automatic promotion.

A home win in the game is priced at just shy of Evens (10/11) and is my third selection in the League Two Lucky 15.

Tranmere vs Stevenage

My final selection comes from the match between Tranmere and Stevenage at Prenton Park and this could be a relatively tight game with both sides in good form having picked up results in recent matches.

The hosts are currently second in the league and missed out on closing the gap with the leaders when they suffered a 4-0 defeat at home to Forest Green on Saturday afternoon. They had tasted defeat just once in their last nine prior to that recent loss and will look to get back to winning ways tonight to ensure that they retain their current league position.

At home, Tranmere have picked up the second-most points in the league with 30 being collected from 14 matches played at Prenton Park. They don’t tend to draw matches having won ten and lost four at home this season and although Stevenage will likely give then a game tonight, I fancy them to come out on top.

After a terrible end to 2021, Stevenage have been in good form of late and are now unbeaten in their last five which has resulted in Alex Revell’s side climbing up to 17th in the table, 12 points above the drop zone and 11 adrift of the playoff spots. They’re unlikely to get caught up in a relegation battle or challenge for promotion but they will be eager to continue the good run that they’re on and could cause the hosts problems tonight given that they have scored a total of 12 goals across their last five matches.

However, although Stevenage are unbeaten in their last five, four of those matches were played at home and their form on the road this season has been woeful. The Boro have picked up 24 points from 15 games at home this term but only 7 points from 13 on their travels. Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that they’ve only found the net seven times away from home all season whilst conceding 24 which makes backing a home win in this game a much more appealing prospect.

Odds of 11/1 are available for Tranmere to win which concludes my Lucky 15 for today.

The fourfold odds comes in at  23/1 with Betfred and I suggest a 0.5pt bet on each selection in the Lucky 15.

League Two Lucky 15
Mansfield /
Forest Green /
Northampton /
Tranmere
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Football Betting Tips Sunday 30th January

Derby vs Birmingham

Derby take on Birmingham at Pride Park this afternoon in the first of two somewhat tricky fixtures in the EFL Championship.

Derby’s five game unbeaten run in the league came to an end last weekend when Wayne Rooney’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Nottingham Forest. Despite their 21-point deduction this term, the Rams have impressed and are now six points adrift of safety with a game in hand over 21st placed Reading. A win today would be huge for them as they face a tricky fixture away to Huddersfield on Wednesday evening.

Following a 2-1 victory at home to rock-bottom Barnsley, Birmingham clawed their way back from 2-0 down to rescue a point against Peterborough five days ago. Today’s game will be their third consecutive match against the bottom three and they’ll see it as an opportunity to put more points on the board and lift them further from the drop zone. However, Pride Park isn’t an easy place for any team to visit this season where Derby have beaten the likes of West Brom and Bournemouth and picked up points against Middlesbrough and Huddersfield.

Derby have the home advantage here and with them only losing to Blackburn and QPR at Pride Park this season, I’m backing them to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s defeat. However, as they have only kept a clean sheet in one of their last five, I’m also expecting both sides to get on the scoresheet.

Derby to win & BTTS is priced at a very tempting 5/1 with Betfair Sportsbook.

Derby vs Birmingham
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Cardiff vs Nottingham Forest

The other Championship match today sees Nottingham Forest travel to Cardiff City Stadium in hope of picking up three points which would lift Steve Cooper’s side into 5th place in the league.

Forest have the fourth-best record on the road in the Championship and have tasted defeat in just one of their last eleven away from the City Ground. They head into this game on the back of four consecutive victories which included an impressive 1-0 victory against Premier League side Arsenal in the FA Cup followed by three league wins against the likes of Millwall, Derby and Barnsley. Only Middlesbrough, QPR and Blackburn have picked up more points than Forest over their last ten games and they look like a great bet to take away maximum points today at odds of 6/4.

Cardiff are hovering above the drop zone and much of that is down to their performances at home where Steve Morison’s side have picked up just 7 points from a possible 36. Goals have been the main issue for the Bluebirds on home turf this season, averaging a worrying 0.75 goals per game. However, they did bag two in their lastest outing in their 3-2 defeat away to Bristol City and managed a respectable 1-1 draw away to West Brom earlier in the month.

I’m fully expecting Forest to come out on top today and I am tempted to simply back them for the win at 6/4 but I’m willing to take a chance on Cardiff finding the net with odds of 9/2 available on an away win & BTTS.

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Mo Salah Price Boost

AFCON games haven’t really appealed to me from a betting perspective throughout the tournament but Sky Bet do have a tempting price boost available on the quarter-final match between Egypt and Morocco today. They’ve boosted the odds on Mo Salah to find the net at any point during the game for Egypt from 6/4 to 3/1.

Egypt certainly aren’t the highest scorers in the competition and Salah has only bagged one in his last four for his country if you disregard his winning goal in Egypt’s penalty shootout against the Ivory Coast in their last game. However, at odds of 3/1, he’s definitely worth a punt as we all know his ability to produce goals from nothing.

Egypt vs Morocco Boost
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Football Betting Tips – Saturday 29th January

Championship Lucky 15

Barnsley vs Bournemouth

Bournemouth travel to Oakwell this afternoon knowing that this match could be the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways following a string of disappointing results.

Scott Parker’s side are currently third in the Championship but having picked up just two wins in their last ten league games, they’ll be kicking themselves thinking of what could have been. Victory today could put them level on points with second-placed Blackburn and they’ll be confident of doing so against a side that is rock-bottom of the league.

Barnsley look set for the drop having picked up just 14 points from a possible 78 this season. Markus Schopp’s side are winless in their last eleven in all competitions and although they have picked up very respectable draws against Huddersfield and West Brom in their last two Championship home matches followed by a 5-4 win in extra time against Barrow in the FA Cup, they’ll do well to get anything out of this game.

I’m backing Bournemouth to come out on top today as they really can’t afford to be dropping any more points against inferior sides if they are to challenge for automatic promotion.

Bournemouth to win is priced at 3/4 with Novibet and is the first selection in my Championship Lucky 15.

Fulham vs Blackpool

Next up is Fulham vs Blackpool and no prizes for guessing who I’m backing in this one.

It’s hard to bet against Fulham at the moment who have won their last four in the league, averaging a whopping 5.5 goals per game throughout them. They’re currently topping the league with a game in hand over second-placed Blackburn and will want to have the chance to extend that today by picking up all three points.

Blackpool have lost their last three league games on the road followed by a 2-1 defeat to Hartlepool in the FA Cup earlier in the month. Neil Critchley’s side have kept things relatively tight on their travels but they also haven’t been scoring many.

It should be another routine win for Fulham today and although the odds aren’t hugely appealing at 7/20 with Unibet, they do make a good addition to the Lucky 15.

Middlesbrough vs Coventry

This is a slightly more tricky game to predict but I’m siding with the hosts who have been in great form lately.

Boro have won seven of their last nine, losing just one of those last time out in a 1-0 defeat away to Blackburn. 26 points from 14 games at the Riverside is respectable and when compared to 14 points from 12 games that Coventry have picked up on the road this season, it’s not hard to see why they’re the favourites here.

That said, Coventry have won three of their last four in all competitions. Only losing narrowly to an in-form QPR side a week ago. However, the Sky Blues have won just three times away from home this season and all of those victories have come against teams in the bottom half of the table.

Odds of 11/10 for a home win look good to me and is the third selection in my Lucky 15.

QPR vs Reading

My last selection comes from the match between QPR and Reading with the visitors aiming to put an end to their five-match winning streak.

QPR are the most in-form side in the Championship at the moment, picking up 13 points from their last five games and 22 from their last ten. Mark Warburton’s side have climbed their way up to fourth place and are set to challenge for an automatic promotion spot if they keep picking up results.

Reading have lost their last four league games and have conceded a worrying 15 goals in the process. Their last win was back in November which has resulted in them getting caught up in a relegation battle with the Royals now just two points above the drop zone.

I can’t see past a home win here which is priced at 8/15 with Boylesports.

Odds on the fourfold are 6.85 with Betfred but I’ll be backing a Lucky 15 with the selections instead as I’m confident that the majority of them will come in.

If you would rather take Middlesbrough out of the equation, SkyBet’s Soccer Saturday Boost this week is on Fulham, Bournemouth & QPR which has been boosted from 2/1 all the way to 4/1.

Championship Lucky 15
Bournemouth /
Fulham /
Middlesbrough /
QPR
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Cheltenham vs Wigan

Another game I like the look of is Cheltenham vs Wigan and at odds of evens, I think there’s value in backing an away win.

Wigan currently top the League One table on goal difference and have four games in hand over second-placed Sunderland. Leam Richardson’s side are unbeaten in their last 18 matches in all competitions, winning an impressive 15 of those. You have to go all the way back to October to find the last time The Lactics got beat and they won’t want to be changing that today.

Cheltenham’s form took a nosedive heading into December and Michael Duff’s side now haven’t won in their last ten outings. A string of bad performances has resulted in them dropping down to 18th in the table and they’re now just four points above the drop zone.

Wigan have been outstanding away from home this season having picked up 31 points from a possible 36 which is truly impressive. I can’t envisage the hosts causing an upset here and odds of evens do seem rather generous.

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Football Betting Tips Wednesday 26th January

Huddersfield vs Stoke

Just the one match takes place tonight throughout the top English leagues and it’s Huddersfield vs Stoke at Kirklees Stadium.

This is a very tricky match to call for me as it has the potential to go either way. Huddersfield are the much more in-form side of the two but Stoke do have the ability to give the best teams in the league a game as we have throughout the first half of the season.

The hosts are unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions and head into this game on the back of a seven-goal thriller away to Reading in which they came out as 4-3 winners. Their recent run of good form has taken Carlos Corberán’s side up to sixth in the Championship table and are now well in the mix to challenge for a playoff spot come the end of the season.

Although the Terriers have seen results of late, they are still conceding a lot of goals. They’ve seen the ball hit their own net in eight of their last ten outings and twice or more in several of those including leaking two against Bristol City and Blackpool and three against Reading. The hosts have conceded more goals than any other team in the top half of the table, although, it seems to have been just in the last couple of months that this has been a potential cause for concern.

Stoke have been hard to predict this season and their inconsistency has resulted in the Potters finding themselves midtable halfway through the season. They still have the time to turn things around given that they’re just six points adrift of today’s opponents but Michael O’Neill will need to find some consistency in his side.

This season, Stoke have beaten the likes of Nottingham Forest, QPR and West Brom and have been beaten by a single goal when up against Bournemouth and Fulham. They’re perfectly capable of getting results but it’s hard to tell which Stoke team will turn up.

I’m expecting both sides to get on the scoresheet tonight but I’m finding hard to pick a winner. Therefore, a score draw is the logical bet in this game which is priced at a reasonable 18/5 with 10Bet.

I’m also having small wagers on Stoke to be leading at halftime and a draw at full time at 17/1 and Huddersfield’s Danny Ward to score two or more goals which has been boosted from 12/1 to 16/1 with SkyBet as the forward bagged a hattrick in his latest outing away to Reading to take his tally up to 10 for the season in the Championship.

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West Brom vs Preston 

West Brom take on Preston at The Hawthorns this evening and will be looking to pick up back-to-back wins after a string of disappointing results.

West Brom hosted Peterborough on Saturday and it looked as though Valérien Ismaël’s side were set to drop points once again but three goals within the space of eleven minutes late on in the game provided a much-needed win for The Baggies that allowed them to retain a place in the playoff spots. That was to be their first win of the year and their first in their last six in all competitions.

Only Middlesbrough have scored less than West Brom from the sides in the top half of the table and goals have certainly been an issue this season for the hosts. Saturday’s 3-0 victory was just the third time from West Brom’s last 18 games that they’ve managed to bag two or more in a match. USA International striker Daryl Dike was brought in at the beginning of 2022 for a fee of £7.77m from Orlando in a bid to solve that issue but came off injured in his just first start for the club at the weekend with a hamstring injury. His likely absence will be another blow for West Brom which means that we could see Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson start up front today.

Preston look set to finish the season in no mans land after failing to find any consistency. They’re winless in their last four in all competitions and head into this game on the back of a 1-0 defeat away to Swansea. New manager Ryan Lowe hit the ground running by picking up back-to-back wins in his first two games in charge. However, since then, his side has been knocked out of the FA Cup by Cardiff which was followed by two draws and a loss in the league. He will believe his side can take something away from this game but with West Brom having the home advantage, it’s a tough ask for them.

Despite their struggles in front of goal, West Brom are just one of two teams across England’s top four leagues that remain unbeaten on home turf with the other being Liverpool. Their victory against Peterborough at the weekend should hopefully give them a boost heading into this game and I do expect them to come out on top by what will most likely be a narrow margin. The hosts have conceded just six goals at The Hawthorns all season and so I’m willing to take a chance on West Brom to win to nil which is priced at 6/4 with bookmakers such as William Hill, Bet365 and Sky Bet. I’m also willing to have a small wager on the correct score being 1-0 to the hosts at odds of just over 5/1 with Unibet.

West Brom vs Preston 
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Football Betting Tips Tuesday 25th January

Luton Town vs Bristol City

Luton take on Bristol City at Kenilworth Road this evening and the hosts to win will be my first selection of the day.

Luton head into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Sheffield United three days ago but prior to that they were unbeaten in their last five in all competitions, winning four of them. The Hatters have also proven to be a force at home as in their last two matches played at Kenilworth Road, they’ve picked up a point against league leaders Fulham and achieved an impressive 3-2 win against Bournemouth.

Although they picked up three points at home to Cardiff on Saturday, Bristol City’s form on the road has been dismal of late where they have collected just one point from their last six games. Even more worrying for Nigel Pearson’s side is the fact that they have conceded a whopping 21 goals across their last seven away from home and so it’s hard to see them keeping a clean sheet tonight.

A home win is expected in this fixture but I also think that we’ll see goals from both sides. Therefore, my selection is Luton to WIn & BTTS at a price of 3/1 with Bet365.

Luton Town vs Bristol City
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QPR vs Swansea

QPR are on a fantastic run with defeats only to Bournemouth and Stoke since October. They’re currently on a four-game winning streak and making that five tonight would see them move up into third place and within just two points of an automatic promotion spot. It’s difficult to bet against Mark Warburton’s side at the moment and there look to be some generous odds available on them to pick up another win at home tonight.

Swansea currently sit 17th in the Championship and look destined to finish in no man’s land come the end of the season. The Swans did pick up a 1-0 win at home to Preston last time out but that was their first since November as Russell Martin’s side have struggled with consistency.

Although it’s not guaranteed, it’s very unlikely that Swansea will find themselves in a relegation battle in the second half of the season and it’s equally unlikely that they’ll challenge for a playoff spot. QPR have a lot more to play for at this stage of the season and they’ll be eager to keep their momentum going by picking up another three points tonight on home turf.

Again, I’m backing both teams to find the net with odds 7/2 available on a home win & BTTS.

QPR vs Swansea
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Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley

My final selection comes from the Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley game at the City Ground and I’m again backing a home win.

Forest have won four and drawn one of their last six league matches played at home and they have found the net at least twice in all four of those victories. After a poor start to the season, Steve Coopers’ side have climbed up to eighth in the table and are now within touching distance of a playoff spot. A win tonight wouldn’t quite take them there but they’ll be eager to put another three points on the board and will be confident of doing so against a Barnsley side who have slid down the table.

Barnsley are rock bottom of the Championship and don’t look like they’re going to claw their way back up anytime soon. Although they have a respectable defensive record for where they are in the league, goals have been an issue for Markus Schopp’s side who have found the net just 17 times in their 25 games played this season. They’ve yet to win on the road this term, drawing four and losing nine of those played away from Oakwell, and I can’t see that changing tonight against an in-form Forest side.

Although Barnsley have scored in their last three on the road, I’m not confident of them finding the net tonight and so a straight home win is my selection. Odds of 3/5 are available with Unibet which I think makes a good addition to a multiple.

Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley
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Football Betting Tips Monday 24th January

Blackburn vs Middlesbrough

Blackburn Rovers host Middlesbrough at Ewood Park this evening in the only English fixture of the day.

The hosts ended 2021 in fine form with six consecutive victories and keeping clean sheets in five of them. However, Tony Mowbray’s side have won just one of their four played in 2022 which has dampened their chances of automatic qualification into the top-flight next season. That said, Rovers are still tied on points with second-placed Bournemouth and so they’ll be eager to get back to winning ways tonight following a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Hull last Wednesday.

Where Blackburn’s form of late may have taken a bit of a nosedive, Middlesbrough are firing on all cylinders and are now unbeaten in their last eight in all competitions, winning seven of them, including their last five. Their last outing resulted in a 2-1 win at home to Reading and Chris Wilder’s side had to dig deep to take away points from the game. Boro headed into the final minutes of the match 1-0 down but two late goals from Matt Crooks sealed the win for the hosts who are now just two points adrift of a spot in the playoffs and seven away from today’s opponents but with a game in hand.

Middlesbrough are the more in-form side of the two but despite a couple of bad results, Blackburn still have the joint-best home record in the league having picked up 30 points from a possible 42 this season. Other than their 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Fulham in November, you have to go all the way back to August to find a defeat at Ewood Park and so it’s hard to bet against Rovers on home turf.

This game could go either way and so the logical bet would be on a draw. Both sides are capable in front of goal and so my bet is going to be on a score draw which is priced at 7/2 with Parimatch.

Blackburn vs Middlesbrough
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Almeria vs Eibar

My next selection is going to be from the Spanish second division where Almeria are up against Eibar. The hosts currently lead La Liga2 but today’s opponents are just three points adrift and so this is a huge game for both sides.

Almeria could have been clear at the top by some margin should they not have dropped points in their last three league games. Losses to both Elche and Lugo as well as a 1-1 draw away to Las Palmas mean Rubi’s side are now winless in their last four in all competitions and they’ll be eager to win, or at the very least, not let their opponents win this match this evening.

One thing that Almeria do have going for them is that they have the joint-best defensive record in the league and have conceded just six times in eleven games played on home turf this season. Couple that with Eibar averaging a little over one goal per game on their travels and they’ll be mildly confident of not losing this match.

Eibar are in relatively good form but rarely run away with matches. In fact, they have won by more than one goal just twice all season and as they’re up against the league leaders, it’s hard to see them adding to that tally this evening.

With the home advantage, it’s understandable that Almeria are favourites. However, 3/1 is a big price on Eibar who head into this match in the better form of the two. They also beat tonight’s opponents when playing them at home back in October and so a win for the visitors wouldn’t be out of the question and very tempting at that price. However, I’m going for the somewhat safer option of a draw and similar to my first selection, I’m also backing both teams to find the net.

A score draw is priced at 19/5 with BetVictor and a probable outcome in my opinion.

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Football Betting Tips Sunday 23rd January

Leicester vs Brighton

I’ve chosen the Premier League match between Leicester City and Brighton to look at today as I can’t see much value in the other top-flight fixtures. It’s a tricky game to call and I think the logical bet would be on the game to finish all square.

Brighton have proven to be an incredibly tough team to beat this season and are a match for any side in the Premier League. They’ve lost just four of their 21 league games played this term with only Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea tasting defeat fewer times. However, they’ve also drawn more games than any team in the league with over 50% of their matches ending level. Graham Potter’s side have taken a point away against the likes of Chelsea (twice), Liverpool and Arsenal this season and I think another could be on the cards today.

Leicester have had a disappointing season overall considering they have finished fifth in the last two. The Foxes find themselves 11th in the table after playing 19 games and although they have a couple of games in hand over most teams above them, they’re looking unlikely to challenge for a place in Europe next season.

Brendan Rodgers’ side head into this game on the back of a 3-2 defeat at home to Spurs on Wednesday in a match that they’ll be devastated not to take three points away from. After leading the game 2-1 heading into the final minutes, Tottenham’s Steven Bergwijn struck twice in injury time to secure victory for the visitors. That defeat made it three losses in their last four in the league and they’ll be eager to pick up points today given that they have tough fixtures against Liverpool and West Ham in the coming weeks.

The hosts have struggled with injuries this season and will again be without the likes of Timothy Castagne, Wesley Fofana, Ricardo Pereira, Ryan Bertrand, Jamie Vardy and Jonny Evans for today’s clash and Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Nampalys Mendy will also be absent due to being away on AFCON duties.

It’s difficult to bet on Brighton getting beat in any game but I’m also not confident enough to back them to win given that they’re not exactly prolific in front of goal. However, I do think that both sides will get on the scoresheet today and so my selection is a score draw which is priced at 7/2 with Parimatch.

Leicester vs Brighton
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Chelsea vs Tottenham

I wasn’t going to cover this game but there are some last-minute free bet offers and price boost offers available that I think are worth taking advantage of.

Firstly, Sky Bet are offering customers a £5 free bet when placing a bet of £5 or more on the game during the first half.

Chelsea have beaten Spurs three times already this season and haven’t conceded against them in any of the games. If I had to pick a winner, it would be the hosts but odds of just 8/11 don’t appeal to me in the Match Result market. Instead, I’ll be backing a price boost on Lukaku To Score First & Chelsea Win 2-1 or 3-1 at odds of 20/1.

Sky also have a boost available on Kane to have two or more shots on target that has been boosted from 6/4 to 3/1. With the possibility of hitting the target from free-kicks, penalties and from open play, there has to be value in this at the boosted odds.

Chelsea vs Tottenham
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Nantes vs Lorient

I’m not a big fan of betting on Ligue 1 but one match taking place today has caught my eye, and that I think there is value in backing a home win in, is the game between Nantes and Lorient at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

The hosts have suffered just one loss in their last seven played in all competitions and although they have dropped points in their last two outings, they were in a 0-0 draw at home to Monaco and a narrow 2-1 defeat away to Nice and can be forgiven for both.

La Maison Jaune have been in good form of late having beaten several bottom-half sides and they’re up against another one this afternoon with their opponents currently third-bottom and without a win since September. Antoine Kombouaré’s side are currently 11th in Ligue 1 but only five points away from a spot in European football next season and so they’ll be eager to get back to winning ways today to take one step closer to achieving that.

Lorient are having a tough season in the French top-flight and find themselves in a relegation battle with less than half of the season to go. Christophe Pélissier’s side are winless in their last 14 in the league, losing nine of those, including their most recent outing that resulted in a 3-1 defeat away to Lille four days ago. They did pick up an impressive, and rare, point at home to PSG towards the end of last year and followed that up with a 0-0 draw at home to Angers, but they have seemed to a fallen back into old habits again and with their last victory being all the way back in September, it’s hard to see them picking up all three points today.

Nantes have already beaten Lorient this season away from home and with the visitors winless on their travels this season, picking up just 4 points from a possible 33, I’ll be backing a home win today at what look like somewhat generous odds of 23/20 with Boylesports.

Nantes vs Lorient
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Football Betting Tips Saturday 22nd January

Everton vs Aston Villa

My first selection today comes from the Everton vs Aston Villa game at Goodison Park and I think the odds are very generous on an away win.

This will be Everton’s first game since the sacking of Rafa Benitez with ex-Toffee’s forward, Duncan Ferguson taking the reigns as caretaker manager until a suitable replacement is found.

Everton have scored in their last seven games but have been unable to pick up results with any consistency. They now find themselves in an unexpected relegation battle and have a tough match today against a transformed Villa side.

After a positive start under Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa are winless in their last four. Losing to the likes of Chelsea and Brentford in the league and Man Utd in the FA Cup but they did manage to take away a point when they met the Red Devils five days later at Villa Park. Other than their loss to Brentford, it’s hard to discredit Villa since the arrival of Gerrard as they have only dropped points to City, Liverpool, Chelsea and United. With the poor form Everton are in at the minute, you’d expect the visitors to come out on top today and with the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from La Liga side Barcelona, they look like a great bet to take away all three points.

New manager syndrome may well have an impact on the outcome of this game but I’m willing to take a chance on the visitors given the odds that are available with the bookies.

2/1 can be taken up for an away win today with bookmaker Betfred which I think is too good to turn down and will be my first selection of the day. If you place this bet in-play, Betfred will credit your account with a £5 free bet which is definitely worth taking up. I suggest placing it immediately after kick-off to be able to get the advised odds.

Sky Bet also have a ‘Double Up Boost’ available on this game and are offering odds of 5/1 on Coutinho to have two or more shots on target throughout the match, boosted from 5/2. Coutinho scored on his debut against Man Utd in Villa’s last match and at 5/1 looks a great bet to have a couple of attempts on target against a fragile Everton side.

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Coventry vs QPR

Moving into the Championship and one fixture that stands out from a betting perspective is Coventry vs QPR.

The hosts had an excellent start to the season but Mark Robins’ side have now picked up just one win in their last seven league games which has resulted in them dropping down to ninth in the league and five points adrift of a playoff spot. That one win did come from their lastest outing when they put four past Peterborough to take away all three points on their travels but last weekends opponents are in a relegation battle and QPR should pose much more of a threat to them today.

QPR have only lost to Stoke and Bournemouth in their last eleven matches in the Championship and The Hoops are currently on a three-game winning streak with recent victories against Bristol City, Birmingham and West Brom. Mark Warburton’s side are looking like one of the more in-form teams in the league currently and following their recent positive results, they’re now just ten points adrift of league-leaders Fulham with a game in hand.

QPR beat Coventry twice last year without conceding a goal and I expect them to make it three in a row today. It’s definitely not a sure bet as the hosts are capable of causing problems in front of goal for their opponents and they have been relatively solid at home so far this season. However, 12/5 on QPR is a big price and I’d much rather back them for the win than Coventry at just 5/4.

Both sides are capable of scoring goals but also prone to conceding and so I’m taking a punt on QPR & BTTS which is priced at a very attractive 11/2 with Betfred.

Coventry vs QPR
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Longshot Double

I’m willing to take a punt on two outsiders today who are taking part in games that I think could go either way.

First, there’s Man Utd vs West Ham and I’m still not convinced on United picking up the win at odds of evens compared to The Hammers at 3/1. West Ham have already beaten United at Old Trafford this season in the EFL Cup and with four wins in their last five, I wouldn’t put it past them to do it again.

United were put under pressure in the first half when they were away to Brentford on Wednesday and I’ve no doubt that they’ll concede chances to their visitors today. If West Ham can take those chances then odds of 3/1 look very generous to me.

The second selection in my longshot is Newcastle to beat Leeds at Elland Road. Leeds picked up a very impressive 3-2 win away to West Ham in their most recent outing but there’s no getting away from the fact that Marcelo Bielsa’s side have conceded a whopping 21 goals throughout their last 7 matches and so Newcastle, in my opinion, are in with a chance at odds of just shy of 3/1. It’s a huge game for Eddie Howe’s side and he’ll know that they must pick up points in both this and their next game at home to Everton as they have a tough run of fixtures towards the end of the season.

The double on West Ham and Newcastle is priced at just over 14/1 with SpreadEx but I’m expecting goals in both fixtures and so putting my neck on the line with an outrageous Win & BTTS bet on the underdogs at 41/1 with 10Bet.

Longshot Double
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Sky Bet Saturday Price Boost

Once again, Sky Bet have big price boosts available on the following today:

  • Man City, Bournemouth & Fulham all to win (was 5/2) NOW 9/2
  • Man City & Bournemouth to win & Fulham to draw with Stoke (was 11/2 )NOW 8/1
  • Man City, Bournemouth & Stoke all to win (was 13/2) NOW 10/1

Manchester City are away to Southampton and although the Saints have proven to be an extremely tough team to break down at St Mary’s, it’s hard to see City failing to pick up all three points today.

2nd-placed Bournemouth host Hull at the Vitality Stadium this afternoon and after dropping points to Luton in their most recent outing, I’ll be backing The Cherries to get back to winning ways. They’re going through a bit of a tough patch at the moment but their form at home has been relatively consistent where they have picked up over double the number of points today’s opponents have on their travels this season.

The third match is Stoke vs Fulham and who will be betting against The Cottagers at the moment? 7-0 vs Reading, and 6-2 wins against both Bristol City and Birmingham in their last three. Marco Silva’s side are in the form of their lives and even though Stoke have picked up maximum points in their last two games, this clash should prove to be a sterner test for them and they’ve failed to put a goal past today’s opponents in their last two meetings with them.

The treble on Man City, Bournemouth and Fulham all to win has been boosted from 5/2 to a very generous 9/2 and a great bet to have today that has a lot of value.

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Football Betting Tips Friday 21st January

Espanyol vs Real Betis

Espanyol take on Real Betis tonight at the RCDE Stadium in the only La Liga match taking place.

The hosts are currently winless in their last two league matches and were knocked out of Copa del Rey last week when away to Mallorca. However, their form at home has been very different with their recent 2-1 defeat to Elche being their first in eight at the RCDE Stadium where Vicente Moreno’s side have proven to be a very tough team to break down. They’ve conceded less than one goal per game at home this season but may find it though to contain a Betis side that are free-scoring when they click.

Real Betis are having a fantastic season and the possibility of Champions League football next season gets closer by the day. However, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad are hot on their tails and both have a game in hand over Manuel Pellegrini’s side and so they’ll know that they need to maintain their form throughout the second half of the season if they are to achieve that.

Although Betis have the third-best away record in La Liga, 17 points from a possible 30 doesn’t scream consistency. That said, their defeats on the road this season have come at the hands of Villarreal, Atletico and Bilbao and they are yet to drop points against any team in the bottom half of the table on their travels.

This is a tricky match to call given Espanyol have proven to be solid at home but Real Betis are formidable in attack when things click for them. I’m siding with the visitors to take all three points from the game tonight and I’m also expecting a few goals. Real Betis have scored in 13 of their last 14 and Espanyol in 9 of their last 10. Both teams to get on the scoresheet tonight seems like a logical selection and odds of 13/19 are probably fair.

Odds of 10/3 are available on Real Betis to Win & BTTS  and I’ll also be taking a longshot punt with a small stake on Espanyol to be leading at halftime but Betis to win @ 28/1 with Parimatch as if any team is capable of getting back into the game from being down it’s the visitors.

Espanyol vs Real Betis
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Football Betting Tips Thursday 20th January

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Arsenal take on Liverpool this evening at the Emirates in the second leg of this EFL Cup semi-final clash with the winner set to face Chelsea in the final.

These two sides met a week ago at Anfield with the game ending goalless after 90 minutes. The Reds failed to capitalise on an early red card for Arsenal’s Xhaka and although Klopp’s side maintained 78% possession throughout the game, they only registered one shot on target. Liverpool were without several key players for the first leg and they will too be tonight with the likes of Liverpool, Salah, Mane and Naby Keita being away on AFCON duties and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to miss the game due to an injury sustained in their game against Brentford on Sunday in which Liverpool emerged as 3-0 winners.

Arsenal will be somewhat hopeful things will go their way tonight given that they head into this match with the score level and having the home advantage. However, they too have players out with Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny all away at the Africa Cup of Nations. There are also doubts regarding the fitness of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has returned from AFCON but is unlikely to feature tonight.

Absentees are the main factor in determining a winner in this clash and it’s Arsenal’s midfield that is the concern for me. Arteta may have Albert Sambi Lokonga as his only recognised central midfielder and I feel they may struggle with controlling the game in that part of the field. Arsenal will need to produce more of the defensive resilience that they showed in the first leg if they are to progress to the final but I think that they’ll fall short tonight by a somewhat narrow margin.

Arsenal have been excellent at home for the majority of the season and were unbeaten in their last twelve, winning eleven of them, prior to their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on New Years Day. However, with several players out from both sides, it’s difficult to look too much into past results. Liverpool definitely aren’t as strong without Salah and Mane but they still have a host of players at their disposal who are capable of causing Arsenal’s back line issues and so I’ll be backing them to win tonight within 90 minutes.

Odds of 11/10 are available on an away win with Betfair Sportsbook.

I’ll also be having small wagers on Liverpool to win 1-0 @ 9/1 and Jota to score anytime @ 9/5.

Lastly, Sky Bet have boosted the odds on Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold to have a shot on target from outside of the box from 5/2 to 5/1 which I like the look of a lot.

Arsenal vs Liverpool
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Football Betting Tips Wednesday 19th January

Premier League BTTS Double

Two top-flight matches take place tonight with Leicester hosting Tottenham and Brentford taking on Manchester United and I think that we’ll see goals from both sides in each game.

Brentford vs Man Utd could be a great game and I’m tempted to back the hosts to come out on top. Man Utd have found the net in every one of their league games away from Old Trafford this season but have been poor at the back and conceded in all but three. There’s still a lot of work to be done with Ralf Rangnick’s side as they look to find a formation and tactics that produce consistent results.

Brentford haven’t been getting the results they would have wanted recently with losing four of their last five in the league. However, their only loss at home came at the hands of Manchester City and that was by a narrow 1-0 scoreline and Thomas Frank’s side impressively limited the reigning Premier League champions to just two shots on target throughout the 90 minutes. Their form at home has been a lot better with victories against Everton, Watford and most recently, Aston Villa. They’ll fancy their chances tonight against a somewhat vulnerable and inconsistent United and odds of 15/2 for them to win & BTTS is tempting.

Both teams to score tonight is a safer bet and at a price of 9/10 makes a good selection to include in a multiple.

The other match tonight is Leicester vs Tottenham at the King Power Stadium and Spurs head into the game as the bookies favourites. I’m not confident in backing Spurs in this one given that Leicester have won their last five home games in all competitions. Brendan Rodgers’ side have also averaged 2.9 goals per game throughout their last ten and so should pose a threat in front of goal tonight despite the absence of a number of key players such as Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey, Nampalys Mendy, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, Ryan Bertrand and Jamie Vardy.

Tottenham haven’t been the best on the road this season and generally don’t score that many away from home. However, the likes of Kane and Moura should get their chances against a depleted squad and I’d fancy them to get at least one goal tonight.

BTTS in this game is a relatively short 5/8 but when coupled with the first selection, comes in at just over 2/1 with 10Bet.

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Hull vs Blackburn

My other selection today comes from the Championship where Hull City take on Blackburn Rovers at the MKM Stadium.

Hull were in great form towards the end of the year, going on a six match unbeaten run (W4, D2) but their form has taken a nosedive and they have now lost four consecutive matches in all competitions. Grant McCann’s side now find themselves back in a relegation battle and they’ll do well to take three points away tonight from a side challenging for automatic promotion.

Rovers on the other hand are unbeaten in their last ten Championship matches (W8, D2) and their run of good results have propelled Tony Mowbray’s side up to third in the league, tied on points with second-placed Bournemouth and just five points adrift of Fulham. Victory tonight would see them move into an automatic promotion spot and given the form that they’re in, I think it’s the most likely outcome.

Blackburn have beaten Hull in their last five meetings with Hull failing to find the net in any of them. An away win at odds of 11/8 seems like a great bet and one that I’ll be taking up tonight.

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Football Betting Tips Tuesday 18th January

Morecambe vs Wigan

I’m starting off today in League one where Morecambe host Wigan at the Mazuma Stadium and I think the value is with backing the visitors.

Wigan are in tremendous form at the moment and are now unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions. Leam Richardson’s side have won their last four with those including a 6-0 thrashing of Oldham in the EFL Trophy and a 3-2 win at home to Blackburn in the FA Cup. Their impressive run of form has propelled The Latics up to fourth in League One and they’re now the bookies favourite to take the title come the end of the season. That’s mainly due to the fact that today’s visitors have five games in hand over league leaders Wycombe who are currently just four points ahead of them.

While Wigan are the bookies favourites to win the league, Morecambe are the favourites for the drop. They currently sit in 21st place and head into this game with just 2 wins in their last 15 league games. Stephen Robinson’s side did pick up a point in their latest outing away to Wimbledon but today’s opponents should prove to be a must bigger test for them this evening and considering that they’ve conceded more goals than any other team in the league this season, it’s hard to see them coming away with anything tonight.

Wigan to win is priced at 4/6 with Boylesports which I think is a good price for both a single and an inclusion in a multiple with all factors considered.

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Preston vs Sheff Utd

Next up, we have Preston vs Sheffield United in the Championship in what could be a very close encounter.

These two sides are locked on 32 points apiece midway through the season and need to find some consistency if either are to challenge for a spot in the playoffs. That’s not out of the question given that only ten points separate them from sixth-placed Middlesbrough with Sheff Utd having three and Preston two games in hand.

The hosts head into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham in their most recent outing but won their two previous league games with a scoreline of 2-1. In fact, Preston’s last four victories have finished 2-1 and a similar score today wouldn’t be out of the question.

After a good run of four consecutive victories, including a 1-0 win away to Championship leaders Fulham, Sheffield United crashed out of the FA Cup with a 3-0 defeat away to Wolves and followed that up with a 2-0 loss to Derby on Saturday. They’ll be eager to get back to winning ways tonight but I think that the game will be more even than the odds suggest.

Preston are priced at 2/1 whereas you can get odds of 8/5 for United to win. Given the home advantage, I would have put the odds the other way around and so if I was to pick a winner, I’d have to back the hosts based on the prices. There is a reasonable chance that this game could end all square as it has done in the last two meetings between the two. However, I’m willing to take a punt on Preston and given that they struggle to keep a clean sheet, I think Preston to Win & BTTS is a good bet at odds of 11/2 with Bet365.

Preston vs Sheff Utd
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Brighton vs Chelsea Price Boost

This isn’t a betting game for me as I find it hard to bet against Chelsea but Brighton have proven to be an incredibly tough team to break down this season. However, SkyBet have a Double Odds Boost available on the game and are offering 5/1 on Chelsea’s Mason Mount to have two or more shots on target. It’s been boosted from 5/2 and definitely has value. Mount has netted seven in the league this season and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him have a handful of attempts in front of goal tonight and at odds of 5/1 to hit the target two or more times, it’s definitely worth a small wager.

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Football Betting Tips Monday 17th January

AFCON Double

There are a handful of fixtures taking place today in Serie A but I’ve chosen to focus on the Africa Cup of Nations where we have two games scheduled, both of which are in Group A.

Burkina Faso vs Ethiopia

Burkina Faso take on Ethiopia in their final match of the group stages of AFCON. Realistically, only a draw is required from Burkina Faso today to secure a place in the last 16 of the competition and they’ll be confident of achieving at least that against an out-of-form Ethiopia side.

Following an opening defeat at the hands of Cameroon, Burkina Faso picked up three points in a 1-0 win against Cape Verde on Thursday to give their chances of progression a huge boost. They’re currently second in Group A and with today’s opponents without a point on the board, a draw would see them guaranteed a spot in the next round, either automatically via second place or via the third-place route. However, a win would be preferable for Kamou Malo’s side as a second-place finish would mean that they avoid one of the bigger teams in the next round.

Ethiopia are all but out of the competition with just a small glimmer of a chance of qualifying in third place. After a narrow 1-0 defeat to Cape Verde in their opening match, in which they played with 10 men for 78 minutes, they threw away an early lead against Cameroon to lose the game 4-1 and head into this final fixture without picking up a single point in the tournament. The quality isn’t there in the Ethiopia team currently with 23 or their 25 squad players playing in domestic leagues. It could be argued that because they have less to play for today that they may play more freely tonight but ultimately, I think that the difference in quality will show and that they’ll suffer their third defeat of the tournament, albeit by a narrow margin.

Burkina Faso have it all to play for today and with suffering just one defeat in their last ten, I’m backing them to pick up all three points and finish second in their group to make it through to the last 16 of the tournament. They’re priced at 6/10 to do so and make a good addition to a multiple in my opinion.

Burkina Faso vs Ethiopia
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Cameroon vs Cape Verde

Cameroon look in great form during the opening stages of this tournament, averaging three goals per game over their first two played. They’ll be eager to finish the group stages with a perfect run of results and given that they’ve won six games on the bounce now, I expect them to do so.

Toni Conceição’s side came back from 1-0 down early on in their games against Ethiopia last week to win the match rather comfortably with a 4-1 scoreline. They’re anything but shy in front of goal, which is more than can be said for many of the teams at AFCON this year, and it’s rare to see them not get on the scoresheet at least once in a game.

Cape Verde are relatively solid at the back and haven’t conceded more than one goal in their last six matches. They’ll likely aim to get men behind the ball today in an attempt to contain Cameroon’s attacking threat but whether or not they can do that effectively for 90 minutes remains to be seen. However, they will take confidence in the fact that they beat today’s opponents 3-1 in the qualification rounds of this competition in March of last year.

Although it is Cape Verde who need the three points more, they really can’t afford to be pushing too hard against a Cameroon side who are so dangerous in front of goal. Based on current form in this tournament, it’s hard to see past a third successive AFCON victory for the Indomitable Lions and they’ll be my second selection in the double at odds of 19/25.

Cameroon vs Cape Verde
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I suggest placing the double with Betfair Sportsbook who are offering odds of 2.60 on the two selections and will award a £5 free bet regardless of the result.

AFCON Double
Burkina Faso &
Cameroon
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Football Betting Tips Sunday 16th January

West Ham vs Leeds

My selections today come from the game between West Ham and Leeds at the Olympic Stadium and I’m confident the Hammers will come out on top after 90 minutes.

David Moyes’s side will be looking to make it five consecutive victories after picking up maximum points against Watford, Palace and Norwich in recent weeks. They also knocked today’s opponents out of the FA Cup seven days ago with a 2-0 convincing win at home and I can see a similar scoreline today.

The hosts are currently fourth in the Premier League and are having a superb season under David Moyes. Victory today would take them within just two points of third-placed Liverpool and give their hopes of a place in next seasons Champions League a significant boost. After a disappointing end to 2021, which saw them pick up just one win from seven, they seem to have gotten their season back on track and will be confident of picking up three points today against a Leeds side who have been poor on the road this season.

Leeds have picked up 19 points from as many games this season and find themselves just six points above the drop zone following Norwich’s 2-1 win against Everton yesterday. For a side that finished in a respectable ninth last season, it’s fair to say that they’re having a disappointing season and with some tough fixtures scheduled for the weeks ahead against the likes of Villa, Man Utd and Spurs, Marcelo Bielsa’s side could find themselves in a relegation battle heading into the final few months of the season should they not improve.

Defeat today would make it five losses from their last six for the visitors but perhaps more worrying is the fact that they’ve conceded 17 goals across their last five and with West Ham averaging 2.6 goals across theirs, another defeat could be on the cards today for the Whites.

West Ham are by far the stronger side and head into this game in much the better form. Given their ability to score goals and Leeds’ poor defensive record against the top teams, I’m willing to take a punt on West Ham -1 which is priced at 8/7 with Sport Nation.

Hammers forward, Jarrod Bowen, has netted three times throughout his last two games and looks a great bet to get on the scoresheet at any time today at 5/2 with Coral. Sky Bet have also in included him in their Double Odds boost today and are offering 8/1 instead of 4/1 on both Bowen and Liverpool’s Jota to have two or more shots on target each. Liverpool are at home to Brentford this afternoon and I expect Jota, who is the leagues second-highest scorer this season, to get a handful fo chances in front of goal. It’s definitely not a banker but at odds of 8/1, it has value and is a boost I’ll be backing today.

West Ham vs Leeds
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Burkina Faso vs Ethiopia
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Football Betting Tips Saturday 15th January

Manchester City vs Chelsea

Although this is by far the game of the weekend, it’s not one for betting in my opinion. City are understandably the favourites but I can’t see the value in backing them at odds of around 7/10.

I expect Chelsea to try and keep things tight at the back and they’ll probably be able to contain City more than most teams have been able to. However, it’s hard to bet against City at the moment and to force a bet out of this game, I think you have to look at other markets.

Sky Bet are offering customers a £5 free bet when placing a bet of £5 or more pre-match on the game. With this offer, it’s definitely worth having a punt and I’ve spotted a Request a Bet that I quite like the look of.

Odds of 7/2 are available on Manchester City to win, Manchester City most corners in each half and Manchester City most shots on target in each half.

As I think Chelsea will be set up defensively, they should be on the back foot for the majority of the game with City attempting to retain possession as much as possible. Therefore, there’s a good chance that the ball will be in Chelsea’s half for the best part of 90 minutes and so backing City to have the most corners and the most shots on target is a logical bet.

At 7/2, I’d much rather take this bet on than a straight City win at odds-on.

Boylesports also have their EPIC ODDS offer available on the game and are offering the following price boosts on the Match Winner market:

  • Man City to Win: 2/1
  • Chelsea to Win: 6/1

Both selections of course have value but with the home advantage and how they’ve played this season, I’ll be backing City to come out on top at very generous odds of 2/1.

Man City vs Chelsea
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Most Corners,
Most SOT
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Huddersfield vs Swansea

Huddersfield host Swansea at Kirklees Stadium in the Championship this afternoon knowing that they have to maintain their good run of form if they are to stay in the race for a place in the playoffs.

The Terriers are unbeaten in their last seven games and head into this match after knocking Premier League side Burnley out of the FA Cup with an impressive 2-1 victory away from home. That win made it four from their last five for Carlos Corberán’s side who are currently one of the most in-form sides in the Championship.

Swansea’s form on the road this season has generally been rather poor having avoided defeat in just four of their last ten. They’re currently 17th in the league heading into this clash and although they’re not looking likely to get caught up in a relegation battle, they do have to improve if they are to play out the second half of the season without that worry.

Three league losses in a row were followed up with an exit from the FA Cup in extra time by Southampton last weekend and it’s hard to see them picking up all three points today against a side who are looking very tough to beat at the moment.

Considering Huddersfield are at home, the odds on them to win look very generous at 8/5 with Boylesports which is a price I’ll be taking up today.

Huddersfield vs Swansea
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Sky Bet Price Boost

Sky Bet are offering price boosts on the following today:

  • Fulham, Everton & Middlesbrough all to win (was 5/2) NOW 9/2
  • Fulham & Everton to win and Middlesbrough to draw with Reading (was 10/1) NOW 14/1
  • Fulham, Everton & Reading all to win (was 16/1) NOW 25/1

Fulham are at home to Bristol City and head into this game on the back of an impressive 7-0 thrashing of Reading on Tuesday night. After suffering their first loss in 12 games when being beaten 1-0 at home to Sheff Utd, it was the perfect response from Marco Silva’s side. I expect them to build on that win with another today against a Bristol City side with just one win in their last five in all competitions.

Everton are away to struggling Norwich and although the Toffees haven’t exactly been in great form themselves, I do think that they’ll have enough to pick up all three points against a side who have scored just 8 goals in 20 games this season.

The final game sees Middlesbrough host Reading at the Riverside and I’m backing the hosts to come out on top. Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last seven games, having won their last four, and are at home to a side who have conceded in their last 13. The Boro are back in the mix for a spot in the playoffs and with a game in hand over sixth-placed Huddersfield, they’ll be eager not to drop points in the games ahead.

The treble on Fulham, Everton and Middlesbrough to win has been boosted from 5/2 to a very nice 9/2.

Sky Bet Boosted Treble
Fulham /
Everton /
Middlesbrough
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League One Double

I’ll also be having a double today with two selections from League One with the first being league leaders Rotherham to beat Fleetwood Town away from home.

The hosts head into this match in relatively good form having lost just one of their last five (W3, D1, L1). However, those three victories all came against sides in 18th place or below and today’s opponents are likely to prove to be a much tougher test for Stephen Crainey’s side.

Defeat today for Fleetwood could potentially see them drop into the relegation zone and I think that they’ll have to wait until they meet Charlton next week for a chance to put more points on the board.

Rotherham have lost just once in the league since mid-September and are looking like one of the more likely candidates for automatic promotion this term. With Sunderland having a somewhat tricky fixture this afternoon away to Accrington, they’ll be eager to pick up maximum points to retain their place at the top of League One and it’s difficult to not back them doing that today.

Odds of 8/15 are available on Rotherham to win away from home today which isn’t hugely appealing as a single but makes a good addition to a multiple in my opinion.

My second selection comes from the Doncaster vs Wigan game and I’m backing another away victory.

Wigan are on a great run currently and are unbeaten in their last 14 games across all competitions. They head into this match after picking up three points in the league away to Oxford in December, followed by a 6-0 demolishing of Oldham in the EFL Trophy and and most recently, knocking Blackburn out of the FA Cup with a 3-2 win in front of home fans a week ago. Leam Richardson’s side have picked up more points in the league than any other side from their last 20 games and with having five games in hand and as many points adrift of second placed Sunderland, automatic promotion wouldn’t be out of the question if they’re able to maintain their current form throughout the second half of the season.

Odds of 1/2 are available on Wigan today and 2.30 when coupled with Rotherham in the double.

You may wish to place the bet with Betfair Sportsbook or Parimatch who both offer a £5 free bet for doing so, regardless of the result.

League One Double
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Football Betting Tips Friday 14th January

Gabon vs Ghana

I’ll be looking at just one game today and it is the AFCON match between Gabon and Ghana taking place this evening.

It is Ghana who head into this fixture as the bookies favourites, priced at around Evens for the win. However, their AFCON campaign hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Morocco on Monday night. That result made to back-to-back losses for Milovan Rajevac’s side who were beaten 3-0 in their previous game when playing against current AFCON champions, Algeria, back in May. The lack of goals from Ghana is a slight concern given that they have found the net more than once in just one of their last ten games.

Gabon currently share the top spot in Group C with Morocco after picking up a 1-0 win against Comoros in their opening match of the competition. They were able to hold onto an early goal from forward Aaron Boupendza to take all three points from the game and give their qualification chances a huge boost. They were without both Nice midfielder, Mario Lemina, and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for that match but it’s possible that both could make a return tonight and should they do so, there is a good chance that the odds on a Gabon win will shorten.

Gabon are priced at 4/1 for the win which I think is overpriced. There haven’t been many teams run away with games so far in the competition and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another low-scoring affair. Should Lemina and Aubameyang be fit and named in the starting XI, I think Gabon have a great chance of getting something from this game and at those odds, they’re definitely worth a punt. If you’d rather play it a bit safer, Gabon Draw No Bet is available at 23/10 or the double chance bet on Gabon or Draw is priced at just shy of Evens.

Gabon vs Ghana
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Football Betting Tips – Thursday 13th January

Our £20 single with Novibet on Chelsea came in last night and we also received a £5 free bet for placing it. They have the same offer available today on the Liverpool vs Arsenal match which is worth taking advantage of if you’re having a bet on the game. Sky Bet also have a generous price boost for the second EFL Cup semi-final that I’ll be sharing the details of.

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Chelsea secured their place in the final of the EFL Cup last night with a 1-0 win away to Tottenham but they’ll have to wait another week to find out their next opponents as tonight’s match is only the first leg between these two sides.

Both sides will be without key players due to various reasons. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are all missing for Liverpool with being away on African Cup of Nations duties and Harvey Elliott, Divock Origi, Thiago Alcantara and Nat Phillips will miss the match due to injury. Trent Alexander-Arnold being back in training will be a major boost for the hosts should he prove fit to make an appearance and it’s likely that we’ll see the return of Jordan Henderson and Diogo Jota to the starting XI.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey and Nicolas Pepe will be absent for Arsenal and there are doubts regarding the fitness of Granit Xhaka, Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Liverpool head into this clash on the back of a 4-1 win at home to League One side Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup 3rd Round four days ago. That victory broke a four-game winless run for the Reds after only managing draws against Tottenham, Leicester (EFL Cup normal time) and Chelsea and suffering a rare 1-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester in the league. The absence of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and others is a concern for them tonight but Klopp still has some quality players to field who should be able to cause problems for Arsenal’s back line.

Arsenal’s five-game winning streak was halted when they conceded in stoppage time against Manchester City on New Year’s Day to lose the match 2-1. They followed that defeat up with another a week later being knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Nottingham Forest for the second time. That exit from the FA Cup made it four defeats in their last six on the road for the Gunners and given that they were beaten 4-0 at Anfield in their last visit, Arteta’s depleted side may find it tough to head into the second leg next week with the advantage.

Both sides are missing players for tonight’s game, as they were in their FA Cup fixtures four days ago. However, it was Liverpool’s second-string side that showed more quality and should do tonight also, especially with being on home turf where they remain unbeaten in all competitions having won 10 and drawn four of their 14 games played this term.

As mentioned, Novibet are offering customers a £5 free bet when placing a bet of £20 or more on the game and I’ll be backing a straight win for the hosts which is priced at 17/20.

Sky Bet have boosted the odds on Van Dijk to have one or more headed shots on target from 3/1 to 6/1 which shows huge value and definitely worth a punt in my opinion.

I’m also going to have another single on Liverpool to Win & Both Teams To Score. With players missing for both teams, there should be chances for both sides who still have players capable of causing issues in front of goal for their opponents such as Lacazette, Saka and Jota. Odds of 5/2 are available on this selection with William Hill.

Liverpool vs Arsenal
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Football Betting Tips Wednesday 12th January

Tottenham vs Chelsea

Spurs host Chelsea in the second leg of one of two EFL Cup semi-finals taking place this week but it is the visitors who head into the game with a 2-0 advantage.

Chelsea will be confident of progressing through to the final stage of the competition following a dominant performance at Stamford Bridge a week ago. The Blues haven’t been beaten by Spurs in their last ten meetings (W7, D3) and won 3-0 last time out when playing them away in the league early on in the season.

Tottenham have it all to do tonight and will be without key player, Son Heung-min due to injury. They’ll need to improve significantly on their performance in the first leg but they will take confidence in the fact that they have found the net at least two times in their last four played on home turf.

With Chelsea heading into the match with a two-goal lead, it’s likely that they’ll take a more defensive approach. However, a goal from either side early on could open up the game but I’d still back Tuchel’s side to be able to contain Kane and other threats that Spurs pose in front of goal.

Chelsea haven’t lost by more than one goal all season which is one reason why I’m not confident Tottenham will progress tonight. They’re also unbeaten in their last ten and were far the better side last week at Stamford Bridge.

It’s a difficult result to call but I’m siding with Chelsea to come out on top. There are a few betting offers available on the match that are worth taking advantage of with the first being a £5 free bet from Novibet when placing a bet of £20 or more on any market. For this bet, I’m simply backing a Chelsea win which is priced at 6/5.

Boylesports are also offering customers a £5 free bet when placing a £5 pre-match Bet Builder. I’m opting for Both Teams To Score and Under 3.5 Goals which I think at 2/1, is a good bet.

Lastly, Sky Bet have doubled the odds on both Kane and Lukaku to have two or more shots on target each from 5/1 to 10/1. It’s a longshot but at those odds, it’s definitely worth a punt.

Tottenham vs Chelsea
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid

La Liga rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid meet tonight in the semi-finals of the Super Cup which will be played at the King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia.

The winner will meet either Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in the final which is scheduled to take place on Sunday evening.

Barcelona threw away a 1-0 lead when away to Granada in their most recent outing to take only a point away from the game. A second yellow card for Gavi resulted in his dismissal with 10 minutes remaining which helped Granada’s Antonio Puertas grab an equaliser in the 89th minute. That result has left Xavi’s side sixth in La Liga but with third-placed Betis just two points ahead, they still have everything to play for this season to be part of the Champions League next year.

Although Real Madrid remain at the top of La Liga, they have slipped up a couple of times recently, taking only a point away from their meeting at home to Cadiz and suffering a shock 1-0 defeat away to Getafe. However, Carlo Ancelotti’s side responded with back-to-back wins against Alcoyano (3-1) in the Copa del Rey and Valencia (4-1) in La Liga.

It’s hard not to back Real Madrid with the form they have been in this season which sees them at the top of the league and having scored more goals than any other team. They’ve generally had a good record at the back also but have conceded in each of their last four games. Therefore, I’m willing to take a chance on a Madrid Win & BTTS bet here at odds of 27/10 with William Hill rather than just shy of Evens for just the win.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid
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Football Betting Tips Tuesday 11th January

Sunderland vs Lincoln

Sunderland host Lincoln at the Stadium of Light this evening and the Black Cats will be looking to continue their excellent run of form on home turf.

Sunderland have the best home record in League One having picked up an impressive 31 points from a possible 36. Lee Johnson’s side have been incredibly solid at the Stadium of Light this season and have conceded just six goals in twelve games which has resulted in them winning nine, dropping points only in their 1-0 defeat to Charlton in October and in a 1-1 draw with Oxford the week after. Since those two slip ups, they’ve gone on to beat both Morecambe and Sheffield Wednesday 5-0 and Plymouth 2-1 which has given their promotion hopes a huge boost. They now sit tied on points at the top of the table with Rotherham and will be confident of keeping the pressure on the Millers by picking up all three points today.

Lincoln would be heading into this game in the relegation zone had it not been for a rare win at home to Oxford three days ago. That was Michael Appleton’s sides first victory in nine and they’ll do well to get anything out of this game. The Imps have conceded in 14 of their last 15 matches in League One and so it’s difficult to see them keeping at bay a Sunderland side who have netted 12 goals in their last three at home.

Sunderland will be disappointed to have dropped points in their 3-3 draw away to Wycombe last weekend. Ross Stewart put the visitors ahead in the 93rd minute only for Rotherham to steal a point with a 98th-minute equalizer from Joe Jacobson. That result has kept Wycombe hot on the heels of Sunderland and they’ll be eager to extend that gap of four points to seven this evening and I’m backing them to do so.

Seven of Sunderland’s ten victories at home this season have resulted in three of more goals being scored and so I’m backing a home win & Over 2.5 goals which is priced at 6/4 with Boylesports.

Sunderland vs Lincoln
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Forest Green vs Colchester

Next, we head down into League Two where league leaders Forest Green take on Colchester at the New Lawn.

Although Forest Green have drawn two of their last three, they are unbeaten in their last 11 in League Two and look set for promotion come the end of the season. Rob Edwards’s side have by far the best goalscoring record in the league, averaging over two goals per game, although, they did see out a stalemate at home to Exeter last time out. They’re at home to a side currently third-bottom this evening and they’ll be hopeful of getting back to winning ways in a rather comfortable fashion.

Where Forest Green have scored more goals than any other team in the league, Colchester have netted the fewest. Just 17 goals have been scored in their 21 matches this season and things get even worse when you look at their away record where they have averaged a measly 0.64 goals per game.

It’s hard to envisage anything other than a home win today and if you’d like to give the odds a boost, Forest Green to win to nil looks like a good bet at odds of 13/10. However, I’m sticking with a straight win and adding it into a multiple today.

Forest Green vs Colchester
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Halifax vs Grimsby

My final selection comes from the National League where Grimsby travel to The Shay Stadium to take on the league leaders.

Halifax currently top the National league table but there is pressure from Chesterfield who are just a single point adrift of The Shaymen with two games in hand. They’re in good form heading into this game being unbeaten in their last six and have an excellent record at home having picked up 24 points from a possible 30 this season, scoring 22 in the process and conceding just 7.

Grimsby picked up a point in their most recent game at home to Halifax just over a week ago but that was only the second time in ten games that Pete Wild’s side have avoided defeat. They’ll do extremely well to pick up points away from home this evening against the league leaders and there are what looks like some generous odds available on a home win.

Halifax are 11/8 with Betfred which I think is a great price and will be the third and final selection in my treble today.

Halifax vs Grimsby
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If you place the treble with bookmaker Parimatch at odds of 4.31/1, they will award you with a £5 free bet regardless of the result.

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Sunderland
Forest Green
Halifax
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Football Betting Tips Monday 10th January

The third round of the FA Cup concludes today with Manchester United vs Aston Villa at Old Trafford which is worth taking a look at as William Hill have a free bet offer available for the match. There are also a handful of fixtures taking place in other top European leagues as well as African Cup of Nations games.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa

Two Premier League sides look to secure their spot in the fourth round of the Cup with victory today at Old Trafford. The winner will host Middlesbrough in just over three weeks time and so both sides will be eager to progress.

The bookies have United as the odds-on favourites which isn’t surprising given their home advantage. However, they have been far from inspiring of late, or throughout the season for that matter, and so they do have a game on their hands tonight against a much improved Villa side.

Man Utd’s 3-1 win at home to Burnley at the end of December was the only match in which they’ve scored more than one goal under the reigns of Ralf Rangnick. They head into this clash on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Wolves at Old Trafford a week ago which made it just two wins in their last five, averaging just 1.2 goals per game.

After a positive start for Steven Gerrard, which saw him kick-start his managerial stint with the Villans with four wins from six games, losing only to Manchester City and Liverpool by one-goal margins, his side have now lost their last two to Chelsea (3-1) and Brentford (2-1). However, they will be confident of causing an upset today given their opponents’ inconsistent form.

With United struggling for goals currently and Villa having already beaten them at Old Trafford back in September, it’s difficult to back a home win at odds-on. The value has to be with the visitors who are priced at 21/5 with Unibet. A safer bet would be on Villa Draw No Bet (3/1) or Villa Double Chance (5/4) or perhaps even Villa to qualify @ 5/2.

William Hill are offering customers a £10 free bet when placing a £10 pre-match #YourOdds bet on the game which is definitely worth taking advantage of. For this bet, I’m backing Aston Villa or a Draw & Under 3.5 Goals.

I’ll also be having a small wager on Ronaldo to score a header for which Sky Bet have boosted the odds of from 8/1 to 10/1.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa
Aston Villa
Draw No Bet
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Aston Villa or Draw
Under 3.5 Goals
2/1william hillVisit
Cristiano Ronaldo
To Score A Header
10/1skybetVisit

Torino vs Fiorentina

The other match that has caught my eye today is Torino vs Fiorentina in Serie A and there seem to be some generous odds available on an away win.

Fiorentina have been in excellent form of late and head into this match unbeaten in their last six. Goals have been flowing for Vincenzo Italiano’s side, mainly thanks to striker Dušan Vlahović who is Serie A’s top scorer with 16 league goals this season which has resulted him attracting interest from several Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle.

The visitors are currently sixth in the league and six points adrift of Juventus. However, they have two games in hand over them and so will see this game as a great opportunity to narrow the gap and to take one step closer to European football next season.

Torino are currently 13th in Serie A having picked up 25 points this season. Although they have the worst away record in the league, they have the fifth-best at home having picked up 20 of those 25 points at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino. That is a slight concern when backing the visitors. However, they tend not to get results against the big sides and with tonight’s opponents enjoying some of the best form in the league currently, I think that they’ll do well to keep them at bay in front of goal.

Vlahović didn’t find the net in Fiorentina’s last outing but he has in six of his last eight starts. He’s also failed to find the net in consecutive games only once this season and so he’s a great bet to get on the scoresheet tonight.

However, odds of 3/2 are more than enough for me to back a straight win for Fiorentina. They have also conceded in seven of their last eight and so if you’d like to take a chance at some slightly bigger odds, Fiorentina & BTTS @ 4/1 with William Hill seems like a good bet.

Torino vs Fiorentina
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Football Betting Tips Saturday 8th January

FA Cup action continues today with no less than 21 matches scheduled to take place. There are also fixtures in League One, League Two and across Europe and so plenty of betting opportunities to fish out.

Gillingham vs Ipswich

I’m starting off in League One where struggling Gillingham host Ipswich at Priestfield Stadium.

The hosts are without a win in their last ten matches and currently have the worst home record in the league having picked up just nine points from ten games. Although their defensive record on home turf is of a reasonable standard compared to other teams around them in the table, they have struggled for goals, averaging just 0.7 goals per game in front of their home fans. 

Ipswich are hovering around midtable, eleven points off a playoff spot and ten above the relegation zone. New manager Kieran McKenna was introduced midway through December and the Blues are now unbeaten in their last three league games. Although only one of those resulted in a win for Ipswich, they were all against top-four sides, picking up respectable 1-1 draws against both Wigan and Sunderland followed by an impressive 1-0 victory at home to Wycombe last time out. 

Ipswich have already beaten Gillingham away from home in the EFL Trophy this season (2-0) and I can see a similar result today.

An Ipswich win is priced at Evens with Boylesports which I think is worth taking up.

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Lincoln City vs Oxford United

Staying in League One and Lincoln take on Oxford at 3 pm this afternoon. 

Lincoln had a reasonable start to the season and were midtable until heading into November. However, their form has plummeted and Michael Appleton’s side are now winless in their last eight across all competitions and have picked up just three points in their last seven in the league. They are well-rested having last played on Boxing Day but unless they’re able to improve on their form, they could be in for another defeat against an in-form Oxford side.

Oxford have their sights set on promotion and are currently fifth in the league, seven points adrift of league leaders Rotherham. They’re unbeaten in their six on the road and will be hopeful of taking that tally to seven this afternoon.

Karl Robinson’s side have taken 10 points from their last five games, averaging two goals per match. Although their home record is far superior to that on their travels, they will see this as a winnable game and given the momentum that they currently have and the potential to move up to third in the league with a win today, I’m backing them to take away all three points.

Lincoln have managed to bag five goals over their last two games and so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get on the scoresheet today despite averaging less than one goal per game at the LNER Stadium this season. 

A straight bet on Oxford to win at 5/4 would be the safer bet but I’m backing Oxford & BTTS at the slightly more attractive price of 10/3 with Betfred.

Lincoln City vs Oxford United
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FA Cup Double

It would feel wrong not to include some FA Cup selections considering the number of fixtures taking place today and so I’ve picked out a -1 Handicap double from the scheduled matches.

Newcastle vs Cambridge

I’m starting off with Newcastle vs Cambridge at St James’ Park and I’m doing my best not to let my heart rule my head as I’ll be at the match and expecting a rare victory for Howe’s side.

Newcastle have had a horrible start to the season in the Premier League but things have picked up since the arrival of Howe at the beginning of November. Under his reigns, Newcastle have looked far more energetic and although issues at the back remain, they have looked like a different team going forward with dramatic improvements from certain players such as Joelinton who has been moved into a midfield role. 

It goes without saying that remaining as a Premier League club next season is the top priority for Howe but victory for his team today could do wonders for their confidence heading into their match against Watford on the 15th. I’m expecting a reasonably strong lineup from Newcastle despite being without the likes of Paul Dummett, Callum Wilson, Isaac Hayden, Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis through injury. Karl Darlow, Ciaran Clark, Joe Willock and Matt Ritchie could all possibly return following the end of their isolation periods and it’s possible that fans could see the first appearance of new signing Kieran Trippier following his arrival from Atletico Madrid this week.

Cambridge are winless in their last three without finding the net in any of them which has caused the League One side to slip down to 16th place in the table. Mark Bonner’s side have been poor on the road in general this season picking up just 12 points from 11 games and will have their work cut out against a side two tiers above them who’s form is on the up.

I’m expecting a home win today and willing to take a punt on Newcastle -1 which is priced at 5/6 with Betfair Sportsbook.

Yeovil Town vs Bournemouth

Yeovil Town hope to get back to winning ways after losing their last two matches when they host Championship leaders Bournemouth at Huish Park this afternoon.

The hosts are currently 11th in the National League but after an unbeaten run of eleven games, of which they won nine, they head into this game suffering back-to-back defeats against Torquay, both home and away. They’ll be eager to cause an upset today but considering that they have only progressed passed the third round of this competition two times within the last 16 years, it would be a huge achievement if they managed to do so.

Bournemouth are looking set to a return to the top flight with currently topping the Championship table heading into the second half of the season. Scott Parker’s side haven’t been without fault this season. Up until a couple of weeks ago, they were without a win in six games. However, they seemed to have turned a corner and got back to winning ways with back-to-back victories against both QPR (1-0) and Cardiff (3-0). 

Similar to Newcastle’s priorities with staying up, Bournemouth’s main aim this season is to return to the Premier League. Therefore, there are some concerns with the starting XI Parker will name for this clash. However, they should have the depth in squad to see this game out as winners relatively comfortably and with winning their last two without conceding, I envisage a similar scoreline to the Newcastle vs Cambridge game with a 2-0 or 3-0 win for Bournemouth.

Bournemouth -1 is priced at 10/11 with Boylesports and you can back the double at 2.44/1 with Betfred but I’ll be opting to place it at the ever so slightly shorter odds of 2.35/1 with Betfair who are offering a very generous £10 free bet for doing so.

FA Cup Double
Newcastle -1
Bournemouth -1
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Free Bets & Price Boosts

As well as the £10 free bet you can receive from Betfair for placing a £20 double, there are a couple of other offer available today that are worth considering.

The first is a price boost from Sky Bet who are offering the following:

  • Leicester, Newcastle & QPR all to win in 90 mins (was 5/2) NOW 9/2
  • Leicester & Newcastle to win and QPR to draw with Rotherham in 90 mins (was 5/1) NOW 8/1
  • Leicester, Newcastle & Rotherham all to win in 90 mins (was 6/1) NOW 10/1

Leicester are big favourites at home to Watford and I’ve already covered the Newcastle game which leaves QPR vs Rotherham. It’s a tricky one to call with both sides doing well domestically but with Rotherham’s sights solely set on promotion this term, I think QPR will progress within 90 minutes. However, it could be a close game.

Boosted Treble
Leicester
Newcastle
QPR
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Coral are offering customers a £5 free bet to use in-play on the Millwall vs Crystal Palace match when placing a £5 bet pre-match. I’m going to back an upset in this game mainly due to Palace having players away on African Cup of Nations duties. Both teams are capable of scoring goals though and so I’m taking a punt on Millwall to win & BTTS which is priced at 13/2 with Coral and a £5 free bet will be awarded regardless of the outcome.

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Football Betting Tips Friday 7th January

AC Milan beat Roma 3-1 last night for our home win & BTTS tip to land @ 10/3. There were also Under 2.5 Goals scored in the Juventus vs Napoli match (51/50) but unfortunately, as Napoli bagged a goal, our bet on Juve to win 1-0 didn’t come in. However, a profitable day of betting overall and hopefully that will continue today.

There are relatively few games taking place today before we head into the weekend where there is a full round of FA Cup fixtures to look forward to along with some free bet and price boost offers from various bookies.

Santa Clara vs Sporting Lisbon

Struggling Santa Clara host high-flying Sporting Lisbon in Ponta Delgada this evening and an away win seems like the most probable outcome.

The hosts currently sit just one point above the relegation zone and won’t be looking forward to this game against a Lisbon side who they have been unable to beat in every one of their meetings dating back over 20 years. Daniel Ramos’ side head into this game on the back of a 2-1 defeat to mid-table side Ferreira and they will be disappointed not to have taken something away from the game having headed into the tunnel at half-time 1-0 up. That defeat continued their winless run on the road this season but they have been in somewhat slightly better form on home turf, winning three of their eight matches played at Estadio de Sao Miguel.

Sporting Lisbon are only missing out on the top position in Liga Portugal due to goal difference but that would change should they pick up points tonight. Rúben Amorim’s side are unbeaten this term having only dropped points in draws against Porto and Famalicao early on in the season and head into this game with an impressive winning streak of eleven matches. They have the best defensive record in the league, conceding just seven goals in their 16 games played and so it’s hard to see them being outscored tonight.

An away win is on the cards in this fixture but to squeeze a bit more value from the selections, I think it’s worth looking at markets other than just the match winner.

Santa Clara haven’t performed well against the big teams in the Portuguese top-flight. They have been beaten 3-0 by Porto, 5-0 by Benfica and 6-0 by Braga. Although Sporting haven’t been as prolific in front of goal this season as some of those other teams, they do keep things tight at the back and so a Handicap bet could be the smart choice.

I’m backing Sporting to Win -1 and also Sporting to Win & Over 2.5 Goals, both of which are at odds of 11/8 with Bet365.

Santa Clara vs Sporting Lisbon
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Football Betting Tips Thursday 6th January

The Spanish Copa del Rey continues today and we also have a reasonable number of fixtures taking place in Serie A to look at.

Juventus vs Napoli

It’s a tricky time to be betting on football at the moment with many squads depleted due to players isolating and for other reasons. This match between Juventus and Napoli is a perfect example of that and some consideration has to taken into account regarding missing players from both sides.

Five points separate these two sides in Serie A with both battling it out for a spot in next seasons Champions League. After an excellent start to the season, Napoli’s form took a nosedive in November and Luciano Spalletti’s side have now won just three of their last ten matches in all competitions and have scored just once in their last three. They head into this match on the back of a 1-0 defeat at home to Spezia and this fixture won’t be any easier for them, especially with the players they will be without.

Napoli have a number of players missing for tonight’s match due to having to isolate, being suspended or because they’re away at the African Cup of Nations. Up to nine of their regular first-team players could be absent tonight which is a huge blow for Spalletti’s side given that they’re playing Juve just as they have hit a bit of form.

Juventus also have players out, albeit not as many, with Giorgio Chiellini, Carlo Pinsoglio, Kaio Jorge and Luca Pellegrini all set to miss the game for various reasons. However, Massimiliano Allegri’s side are unbeaten in their last six and more impressively, have won five of those to nil.

With Napoli struggling for goals at the moment due to a depleted squad and Juve being solid at the back having conceded just once in six games, a home win could be on the cards tonight. I was hoping for slightly more generous odds than 7/10 but taking everything into account along with the fact Juventus have beaten Napoli in their last four meetings at the Allianz Stadium, the price does seem reasonable.

Under 2.5 goals have been scored in Juventus’s last seven and in Napoli’s last three and so I think this is also a good bet on the match. Odds of Evens aren’t hugely appealing but again, fair.

If you’d like to double up on the above two selections, odds of 11/4 are available with Sky Bet for Juventus to win & Under 2.5 Goals or you could spread your stake across both 1-0 (6/1) and 2-0 (7/1) as you please which is essentially the same bet.

Juventus vs Napoli
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AC Milan vs Roma

This is another match that it’s important to look at carefully as based on recent results, Roma should likely be a shorter price. However, AC have been hit with injuries of late but are looking set to have several key players back tonight for this crucial clash with all of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao having resumed training this week.

AC Milan’s recent run of poor results have halted their title challenge somewhat and have now dropped four points adrift of local rivals Inter. They did pick up a 4-2 win away to Empoli in their most recent outing and will be looking to build on that by picking up another three points today and with the players that they have returning, they have a good chance of doing so.

Despite being unbeaten in their last four in all competitions, Roma head into this match as underdogs. José Mourinho’s side have lost five of their nine matches played on the road this season and although they haven’t been short of goals on their travels, they have conceded far too many.

AC Milan are one of just two teams to have beaten Roma at the Stadio Olimpico this season by picking up a 2-1 win at the end of October. They achieved the same result last season also and with the home advantage this time around along with Roma’s poor away form, it’s not surprising to see them as favourites.

Roma are more than capable of scoring goals on the road as they have done in six of their last seven. Therefore, a win for AC Milan and BTTS seems like the logical bet which has been boosted to 10/3 with Sky Bet.

AC Milan vs Roma
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Football Betting Tips Wednesday 5th January

The first of the two EFL Cup semi-finals take place tonight with Chelsea hosting Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. That’s about it for English football but the Copa del Rey is also back with several fixtures available to look at.

Chelsea vs Tottenham

Chelsea take on Spurs in the Carabao Cup tonight at Stamford Bridge where their 1-0 loss to Manchester City towards the end of September was their only defeat since being beaten in the FA Cup Final at the hands of Leicester back in May. However, Tuchel’s side have struggled to pick up maximum points from games lately having drawn five of their last six league games in front of home fans. Those draws mean that the Blues are now 10 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City and so this competition could be their most realistic chance of picking up silverware this season.

Chelsea’s last outing resulted in a 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool in a game that saw four goals within the first 45 minutes. That made it nine of Chelsea’s last eleven that both teams have found the net in and with Tottenham scoring in nine of their last ten, it wouldn’t be surprising to see both sides get on the scoresheet tonight.

Tottenham have been a much improved side under Conte but generally haven’t travelled well at all this season where they have picked up just half of the points that they have at home in the league. They did pick up a 1-0 win last time out away to Watford but just seven goals have been scored in their eight league games on the road which is a slight cause for concern, especially if Lukaku starts tonight.

It remains to be seen whether or not Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku will make a return to the squad tonight. The Belgian international was dropped by Tuchel for his sides clash with Liverpool at the weekend following negative comments about the club but has since apologised which could see him regain his place. If so, his presence would be a huge boost for the Chelsea attack and I’d back him to get on the scoresheet within 90 minutes should he start.

I was hoping for some more favourable odds on Chelsea tonight but it seems as though the bookies have taken Tottenham’s away form into account with the hosts the big favourites being priced as Evens and the best odds on Spurs being 3/1. It’s a tough one to call but if Lukaku does start, I’d fancy Chelsea to narrowly win the game but it’s whether the value is there with the home side which I don’t think it is. 3/1 on Tottenham seems to have more value but I’m not confident enough in their performances on the road to back them either.

Instead, I’m opting to take advantage of a couple of betting offers that are available from both Boylesports and Sky Bet to gain a bit of extra value.

Boylesports are offering customers a £5 free bet to use in-play when placing a £5 pre-match Bet Builder on the game. For this, I’m backing a score draw that is priced at 7/2.

Sky Bet have a price boost on Harry Kane to have two or more shots on target. It’s been boosted from 6/4 to a generous 3/1 and so definitely has value. Kane has scored in three of Tottenham’s last five and likely to get a handful of chances against a Chelsea defence that have conceded in nine of their last eleven.

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Alcoyano vs Real Madrid

Moving onto the Copa del Rey where Primera División RFEF – Group 2 side Alcoyano host La Liga giants Real Madrid.

Real Madrid have been in excellent form this season having lost just one of their last sixteen games which was a surprise 1-0 defeat away to Getafe in their most recent outing. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are currently leading the Spanish top-flight by five points and have a great chance to claim their 35th La Liga title this term. With the best away record in the league and playing a third-division side tonight, they’re expected to progress to the next round comfortably despite Ancelotti being sure to make a number of changes to his usual starting XI.

Alcoyano play in the Spanish third tier which is a world away from La Liga in terms of quality. They’re currently in 11th position and shouldn’t pose much of a threat to the visitors tonight given that they have only managed to score seven goals in their eight matches on home turf this season. They’re also winless in their last three league games without managing to find the net in any of them and as they are coming up against a team with the second best defensive record in the top-flight, they’ll do extremely well to produce chances, nevermind goals, tonight.

Although the Madrid side we see tonight will be different from what we’re used to seeing in league matches, I do expect them to control the game comfortably and limit Alcoyano to relatively few chances. Therefore, I think there’s value in backing the visitors to win to nil which is priced at 10/11 with Paddy Power.

Alcoyano vs Real Madrid
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Football Betting Tips Tuesday 4th January

There are a handful of EFL Trophy fixtures taking place today but some tricky ones and there’s not much value in the match result odds from what I can see. However, there is one match in League Two between Forest Green and Exeter that I’ll be looking at and we have EFL Cup semi-final matches between Chelsea & Spurs tomorrow and Arsenal & Liverpool on Thursday to look forward to before a round of FA Cup fixtures at the weekend.

Forest Green vs Exeter

Forest Green host Exeter at The New Lawn this evening knowing that a win would take them a healthy ten points clear at the top of League Two.

The hosts are on target for promotion into League One and have now won four league games on the bounce at home which has helped them move closer to achieving that feat. Rob Edwards’ side have kept clean sheets in their last three at The New Lawn but I do expect tonight’s opponents to cause them some issues in front of goal.

Exeter are currently on a four-game losing streak but despite a string of poor results on the road, in which they are winless in their last five, they have managed to find the net in their last twelve away games.  Conceding goals has been the main issue for Matt Taylor’s side this season and it’s hard to see the league leaders not getting their chances in front of goal this evening.

Not many will be betting against Forest Green in this fixture but odds of 4/6 don’t have a huge appeal for a single. With Exeter proving their ability to score goals away from home, where they have averaged a respectable 1.45 per game, the Match Winner & BTTS market appeals more to me. Forest Green to Win & Both Teams To Score is priced at 5/2 with Parimatch which I think is a good single bet to have on tonight.

Forest Green vs Exeter
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Forest Green’s Jamille Matt is a key player to watch tonight. The Jamaican striker has netted six in his last four and 14 in 21 starts for Rovers and should be in the starting XI this evening. Matt’s currently 4/1 to score first if you feel like adding another selection on this fixture.

Forest Green Expected Lineup:
McGee; Bernard, Moore-Taylor, Cargill; Wilson, Adams, Diallo, Cadden; Aitchison; March, Matt

Exeter City Expected Lineup:
Dawson; Key, Stubbs, Diabate, Caprice; Collins, Kite; Brown, Dieng, Edwards; Jay


Football Betting Tips Sunday 2nd January

Brentford vs Aston Villa

Brentford host Aston Villa in one of the three 2 pm kickoffs today and I think that there’s value in backing the visitors to come out on top.

The hosts head into this match on the back of three consecutive defeats and failed to score in any of them. Two of those games were against Chelsea and City but Thomas Frank’s side also fell short in their 2-0 defeat when away to Brighton on Boxing Day. The Bees have held their own in the top-flight so far this term but have failed to find any consistency. They’re currently nine points above the drop zone following recent poor results and will be eager not to get themselves into a relegation battle heading into the new year after starting the season brightly.

Brentford are meeting Villa at a bad time as they have won four of their seven games with Gerrard in charge, losing only to Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Although Villa have a poor record on the road this season, they’ve looked a much better side under the reigns of Gerrard and have won two of their three away trips, only dropping points in their narrow 1-0 defeat at Anfield in mid-December.

Gerrard will be hoping to return to the dugout this afternoon after missing his sides last two games and I think the value is in backing an away win. Odds of 6/4 are available for Villa to take all three points which I think is a good price.

Brentford vs Aston Villa
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Chelsea vs Liverpool

The big match of the day sees Chelsea host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge and there are a few generous betting offers and price boosts available that are definitely worth taking advantage of.

Firstly, Boylesports have their EPIC ODDS offer available and are offering the following boosts:

  • Chelsea to Win: Was 21/10: NOW 4/1
  • Liverpool to Win: Was 6/5: NOW 5/2

Both selections have a lot of value but as we can only choose one, I’m backing Liverpool to get back to winning ways.

Klopp’s side’s title challenge took a big blow on Tuesday when they suffered a surprising 1-0 defeat away to Leicester. That result has left them 12 points adrift of league-leaders Manchester City and now sit in third place and a point away from today’s opponents. They’ll be eager to pick up all three points today given that they have a game in hand over Chelsea and two over City which would keep the pressure on the current holders should they be able to win both of them.

Chelsea managed just a point at home to Brighton last time out which was their third draw in their last four league matches. Tuchel’s side have been relatively solid defensively at Stamford Bridge this season, conceding just 8 goals in their 10 matches played there. However, with Liverpool failing to score in just one of their games this term, it’s hard to see them keeping the likes of Mo Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane at bay for 90 minutes.

Liverpool to Win at the boosted price of 5/2 will be my second selection today.

Sky Bet also have a couple of offers available on this fixture. Firstly, they have a price boost on Mo Salah to have two or more shots on target which has been boosted from Evens to a very generous 3/1. Salah is the leagues top scorer with 15 goals and at 3/1, it’s definitely worth backing him to have a couple on target.

Secondly, Sky are also awarding a £5 free bet to customers who place a bet of £5 or more in-play on the first half. For this bet, I’m backing Draw/Liverpool in the HT/FT market. The score has been level at half-time in four of Liverpool’s last five league games and I expect both teams to keep it relatively tight in the early stages of the match but for Liverpool to come out on top by the final whistle.

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Morecambe vs Doncaster

My final selection comes from League One where Morecambe host Doncaster in a somewhat uninspiring fixture.

Both sides are struggling in League One this season with just four points separating the two in the drop-zone. However, it is the home & away form that should be considered when selecting a match winner from this game and I think there’s value in backing a home win.

Doncaster currently occupy the bottom spot in the league and much of the reason for their position is down to their results on the road where they have picked up just one single point from a possible 33. Perhaps more worrying is the fact that Gary McSheffrey’s side have found the net just three times across their eleven away fixtures this term. They will take some confidence in the fact that their opponents have the worst defensive record in League One this season but it’s still hard to envision them running away with this game.

Morecambe will see this as an excellent opportunity to pick up three points and lift themselves out of the relegation zone and based on Doncaster’s form on the road, they’ll be confident of doing so. However, they too have been struggling for goals of late with their opening goal in their 2-1 defeat to Crewe last time out being their first in five league games.

The return of Cole Stockton would be a huge boost for the hosts should Steven Robinson name him in the starting lineup. Stockton is Morecambe’s top scorer with 13 league goals this season and could provide the cutting edge that the Shrimps lacked against Crewe. Defensive midfielder Alfie McCalmont, who is on loan from Premier League side Leeds, may also make his return which would certainly help in their attempt to keep the visitors at bay.

Although both sides have their flaws, it’s hard to ignore Doncaster’s dismal form on the road this season. Odds of over Evens are available on a home win which I think is worth backing given that they have the home advantage and some key players set to return.

Morecambe vs Doncaster
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New Year’s Day Football Tips

There’s plenty of football action taking place today to enjoy across the top four English Leagues. I’ve taken a look at all of the fixtures and picked out four selections to include in a Lucky 15 along with sharing a boosted double on two Premier League matches which definitely has value.

Lucky 15

I’m opting for a Lucky 15 today for a change as I have picked out four selections from across League One and League Two that I think have a good chance of coming in.

The first selection is Rotherham to beat Bolton at home as it is hard to bet against The Millers at the moment. They did lose 1-0 away to Accrington last time out but prior to that defeat, they had gone unbeaten for 21 matches and will be eager to pick up maximum points today to potentially reclaim their place at the top of League One which was taken by Sunderland following their most recent game.

They’re up against a Bolton side who have lost their last six league matches on the road without managing to find the net in any of them and so it’s hard to envision them causing a title-challenging side like Rotherham many issues today.

Next up, I’m backing MK Dons to pick up three points at home to Gillingham. The visitors are winless in eleven games and have lost their last six. They were beaten 4-1 at home by The Dons back in September and another defeat could be on the cards again today.

MK Dons were 2-0 down heading into half-time in their most recent match away to Lincoln but three second-half goals, which included a 90th-minute winner from Scott Twine, meant that they left the LNER Stadium with all three points leaving Liam Manning’s side just one place adrift of a playoff spot.

My third selection also comes from League one and I’m backing Oxford to come out on top against Cheltenham. After a good stint throughout November, The Robins are winless in their last six and head into this game following two consecutive defeats to Shrewsbury and Plymouth.

Oxford came out as 3-0 winners against Wimbledon in their last match and have tasted defeat just once in their last eleven League One matches. Only Sunderland have picked up more points at home this term than the hosts and it’s not surprising to see them as big favourites for the win today.

For my fourth and final selection, I’m looking at the League Two match between Forest Green and Stevenage and backing yet another home win.

Forest Green currently top the league by four points and have a game in hand over second-placed Northampton. They’re not short of goals having scored two or more in each of their last five and put five past Oldham in their lastest outing which resulted in a ten-goal thriller.

Stevenage have won just once away from home in the league this season where they have picked up just 6 points from a possible 33. They’ve failed to score in any of their last four on the road and I can see a comfortable victory for the hosts this afternoon.

Lucky 15
Rotherham
MK Dons
Oxford Utd
Forest Green
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Boosted Double

Sky Bet have a New Year’s Day price boost available on the following:

  • Tottenham & West Ham both to win WAS 5/2: NOW 9/2 
  • Tottenham to win and West Ham to draw with Crystal Palace WAS 9/2: NOW 13/2
  • Tottenham & Crystal Palace all to win WAS 9/2: NOW 13/2

Spurs are away to Watford and although they have been less than impressive on the road this season, I do expect them to come out on top against a Watford side that have lost their last five games. They have managed to find the net in all of those matches and with them being against the likes of Leicester, Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see them bag a goal at Vicarage Road today. However, they’re up against a Tottenham side who look much improved under Conte and are rightly the underdogs heading into the match.

The second fixture is slightly more tricky as although West Ham picked up a much needed 4-1 win against Watford last time out, they have had a poor run of results prior to that match. It was their first league win in five and it remains to be seen whether or not they’ll be able to build on that victory with another today.

Palace are mid-table with a mixed run of results throughout the season. However, Viera’s side have lost just one of their ten games played at Selhurst Park this term and have averaged 1.8 goals per game there. They’ve proved to be a tough team to beat on home turf and West Ham will have to find some of the form that they showed earlier in the season in order to take away all three points.

I’m split on a result in this match and so I’m opting to back the draw.

The double on Tottenham to beat Watford and Crystal Palace to draw with West Ham has been boosted from 9/2 to 13/2 which seems like a great bet.

Boosted Double
Tottenham Win
C.Palace & W.Ham Draw
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I’ll also be putting a separate wager on both teams to score in the game. Both sides are more than capable in front of goal and it’s likely that we could see one or more goals at both ends of the pitch this afternoon.

Crystal Palace vs West Ham
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Football Betting Tips Thursday 30th December

Our single on Blackburn landed last night as they continued their excellent run of form at Ewood Park, beating Barnsley 2-1 with goals on either side of halftime. However, Danny Welbeck’s 91st-minute header for Brighton to level the score against Chelsea meant that the boosted 3/1 treble failed to come in which would have resulted in a good profit for the day.

Onto today and the match between Everton and Newcastle has been postponed but it looks like Man Utd vs Burnley will be going ahead as planned along with a handful of Championship fixtures and Sunderland vs Sheff Wed in League One.

Manchester United vs Burnley

Manchester United host Burnley at Old Trafford tonight in the only Premier League match to take place. United head into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw away to Newcastle three days ago which made it four straight games in which Ralf Rangnick’s side have scored just one goal. Not taking anything away from Newcastle, United’s performance in that match was well below par and it’s clear that a lot of work is still required to take them back to a title-challenging team. That said, United are still unbeaten under Rangnick and I do expect them to take away all three points tonight. However, odds of 1/3 are just not appealing enough to back them against a Burnley side who have drawn 8 of their 15 matches played this season.

Only a win tonight would see Burnley climb out of the relegation zone but with only Norwich scoring less goals than tonight’s visitors, it’s hard to see them outscoring Man Utd at Old Trafford. Only one goal has been scored across Burnley’s last three matches and two or less in United’s last four. I expect Burnley to play for the draw which is a result that wouldn’t be out of the question here tonight. Therefore, my selection on the match is Under 2.5 Goals to be scored at a best price of 5/4 with Betfair Sportsbook which is a bet that has landed in over 60% of Burnley’s matches on the road this season.

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Bournemouth vs Cardiff

Next up we have Bournemouth vs Cardiff in the Championship and the hosts will be looking to build on their 1-0 win away to QPR three days ago which was their first league victory in seven matches.

The Cherries were looking set to head into the new year with a healthy lead at the top of the Championship but a string of poor results starting towards the end of November has left them just a single point above both Fulham and Blackburn with Fulham having a game in hand. Picking up maximum points tonight is essential for Scott Parker’s side considering the form Blackburn are in and I’m backing them to do so in what could be a very entertaining game.

Despite struggling for goals in recent games, if you ignore their 2-0 loss to Blackburn two weeks ago, Bournemouth haven’t had so much of an issue in that department when playing at the Vitality Stadium where they’ve averaged over two goals per game.

Although only picking up 15 points from a possible 33 on the road this term, only Fulham, Notts Forest and QPR have scored more away from home than Cardiff and so I do expect them to be a threat tonight. Over their last four games, The Bluebirds have put two past Birmingham, Luton and Preston and scored three against Stoke.

Both teams to score tonight seems like a good bet at odds of 10/11 with Bet365 but I’ll also be backing a home win along with that selection as the hosts really can’t afford to be dropping points again.

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Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday

My final selection comes from League One where Sunderland take on Sheff Wed at the Stadium of Light.

The hosts have the chance to go top of the table tonight if they pick up maximum points and based on their performances at home this season, it’s the most likely outcome. Sunderland have taken 28 points from a possible 33 at the Stadium of Light this term, dropping points only in their 1-0 loss to Charlton and their 1-1 draw against Oxford earlier this month. Lee Johnson’s side have averaged 2.18 goals per game at home where they also have the best defensive record in the league by some margin, conceding just 6 goals in 11 games.

Sheffield Wednesday are pushing for a spot in the playoffs and are now unbeaten in their last twelve matches in League One. However, seven of those matches ended in draws, although, the Owls do head into this match on the back of a 2-0 win away to Crewe last time out. Today’s opponents should prove to be much more of a threat to Darren Moore’s side but with them finding the net in 15 of their last 16 games, they too should be able to cause problems for the hosts.

Despite Sunderland’s excellent defensive record at home this season, I think there’s a good chance Sheffield Wednesday will get on the scoresheet. I’m backing both teams to score tonight but also the hosts to come out on top which they have done in over 81% of their league matches played at the Stadium of Light this term.

Sunderland to win & BTTS is priced at 17/5 with William Hill.

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Football Betting Tips Wednesday 29th December

All football tips came in yesterday with Crystal Palace beating Norwich 3-0 and West Ham coming out as 4-1 winners away to Watford for our Win & BTTS selection. The Sky Bet price boost on Mo Salah to have 2+ SOT also landed at odds of 2/1 despite Liverpool losing the match 1-0 to complete a perfect day of betting. Hopefully, we’ll bring in more profit today from bets across UK leagues.

Blackburn vs Barnsley

Blackburn take on Barnsley at Ewood Park this evening and it is the hosts that head into this game in the better form of the two.

Rovers suffered a 7-0 defeat in early November at the hands of Fulham but remain unbeaten since that humiliation with seven wins and a draw. Tony Mowbray’s side are currently on a five-game winning streak and even more impressively, haven’t conceded a single goal throughout those matches. Those victories included a 1-0 win away to Stoke and a 2-0 win away to league-leaders Bournemouth and so you can’t say that they’ve had an easy run of fixtures either. Their excellent run of form has propelled Rovers up to third in the table and just four points adrift of the top spot with a game in hand. They’ll be eager to pick up maximum points today and I don’t think many people will be betting against them doing so.

Where Blackburn are undefeated in their last seven, Barnsley are winless in theirs. They have drawn three of their four, which included a stalemate against West Brom last time out, but with just one victory in the league since the first game of the season, things aren’t looking great for Markus Schopp’s side. The Tykes have picked up fewer points than any other team in the Championship this season and are only propped up off the bottom of the table by Derby who are battling against their points deduction.

With the home advantage and their current form, a sixth successive victory for Blackburn is expected which is priced at 3/5 with Novibet.

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Kilmarnock vs Morton

For my next selection, I’m heading to the Scottish Championship where Kilmarnock host a struggling Morton side at Rugby Park.

Following successive 1-0 defeats to Inverness and Raith, Kilmarnock got back to winning ways with a 3-2 victory away to Hamilton last time out. They’re currently just five points off league-leaders Arbroath with a game in hand and so this is an excellent opportunity to narrow that gap and potentially move up to second in the Scottish Championship.

Morton finished second-bottom last season and look set to finish around that position this term. They’re currently bottom of the Championship having collected 13 points from a possible 54 and have won just 2 of their 18 matches this season. They head into this game on the back of defeats to Inverness (6-1) and Arbroath (2-1) and it’s likely that David Hopkin’s side will suffer a third consecutive loss this evening.

Despite having the best defensive record in the league, Kilmarnock have conceded in their last four and with Morton finding the net in their last seven in all competitions and in their last five on the road, I’m backing both teams to get on the scoresheet today. However, I do expect the hosts to take away all three points from the game and so my selection will be on a Kilmarnock Win & BTTS which is priced at 10/3 with Bet365.

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Boosted Treble

Sky Bet have another price boost available today on the following:

  • Manchester City, Chelsea & Blackburn all to win WAS 6/4: NOW 3/1
  • Manchester City & Chelsea both to win & Blackburn to draw with Barnsley WAS 5/1: NOW 8/1
  • Manchester City, Chelsea & Barnsley all to win WAS 7/1: NOW 11/1

City are away to Brentford and are the big favourites for the win. Pep’s side have won nine consecutive games in the Premier League and are likely to extend their lead at the top of the table tonight following Liverpool’s defeat to Leicester last night.

Chelsea host Brighton at Stamford Bridge and are undefeated in their last six in all competitions, including back to back wins against Brentford and Aston Villa in recent games. They haven’t lost to Brighton in their last nine meetings and with the home advantage, are expected to come out on top tonight which would see them move up to second in the league ahead of Liverpool.

That leaves the Blackburn vs Barnsley match which I have already covered above and expect a home win for Rovers.

The treble has been boosted from 6/4 to a very generous 3/1 which definitely has value.

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Football Betting Tips Tuesday 28th December

Premier League action continues today but with three matches postponed, we only have four to look at.

Crystal Palace vs Norwich

The first match I’m going to look at is Crystal Palace vs Norwich at Selhurst Park and neither side are heading into this fixture with the results they would have wanted from recent matches.

Palace have lost four of their last six with their most recent outing resulting in a 3-0 loss away to Tottenham on Boxing Day. Although Patrick Vieira’s side have picked up just 6 points from a possible 27 on the road this term, they have the sixth-best home record in the league having only tasted defeat once at Selhurst Park. They’ll be without Wilfried Zaha after the forward was dismissed in the Spurs game two days ago but they will see this as a great opportunity to get back to winning ways and to put some points on the board which could move them into the top half of the table.

Dean Smith’s impact on Norwich seemed to have been short-lived as after winning his first game in charge and drawing the following two, the Canaries have now lost their last four. Although those four defeats were against the likes of Tottenham, Man Utd, Villa and Arsenal, they conceded 11 goals throughout those matches and failed to score in every one of them. Goals have been a problem for Smith’s side this season having found the net just 8 times in 18 games. They have also picked up just five points on the road this season which in itself is an achievement given that they have only managed to score three goals.

With the home and away form of the two sides and the fact that the match is at Selhurst Park, a home win is expected here. Odds of 3/4 are available on Palace with Betfair Sportsbook which I think is more than fair.

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Watford vs West Ham

This is another game that both sides head into in relatively poor form. Watford have yet to keep a clean sheet all season but have managed to find the net in their last four, despite losing all of those matches. West Ham are also winless in their last four in the league and will be keen to pick up points after twice coming back from being down against Southampton two days ago only to concede a third in the 70th minute and leave with nothing.

With several of Watford’s matches being postponed, this will be their first since their 2-1 loss away to Brentford over two weeks ago. Claudio Ranieri’s side will be a lot fresher than the Hammers for which this will be their third game in six days which will surely have an impact on the players’ fatigue.

It’s a tough match to call but with both sides proving capable of scoring goals lately, despite not winning games, Both Teams To Score seems like a great bet. Odds of 4/6 for that selection are available with Bet365 which although not hugely appealing, are fair.

I’m also tempted to back West Ham to come out on top in this game. I do expect them to snap out of their poor form sooner or later and this could be the match to get them back on track. West Ham to Win & BTTS is at best odds of 58/19 with 10Bet which is just over 3/1.

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Sky Bet Super Boost

Sky Bet have a Super Boost available on the Leicester vs Liverpool match which certainly has value. I don’t fancy this game from a betting perspective but odds of 2/1 are available on Mo Salah to have two or more Shots on Target during the match. He’s the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 15 goals and has also provided the most assists (9). The bet has been boosted from 4/6 and so a huge price in terms of value.

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Football Betting Tips Monday 27th December

After an exciting day of football yesterday which saw no less than 28 goals scored across just six Premier League fixtures, top-flight football continues today with Newcastle hosting Manchester United at St James’ Park along with a handful of fixtures across the Championship and League One.

West Ham losing to Southampton was the only match that let us down on our Boxing Day selections but we did have the HT/FT double on the Man City & Arsenal games that meant we returned a profit for the day.

I’ll be looking at just one game today as there are some tricky fixtures lined up. However, with Premier League action continuing on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, there will be plenty more to look at throughout the week.

Newcastle United vs Manchester United Prediction

Newcastle fans have been praying for the remainder of their December Premier League fixtures to be postponed until the New Year so that they’d be able to make use of the January transfer window before those games are played. However, their fixtures have continued to run as scheduled and this evening, they host Manchester United in front of 52,000 at St James Park.

Eddie Howe’s side have looked better going forward since his arrival but as a result, they have looked even more vulnerable at the back. In past seasons, Newcastle survived the Ashley era due to being relatively solid at the back and although they were a far cry from the entertainers that they once were, they were able to grind out results to keep the club in the top flight. However, they’ve conceded a worrying 41 goals in 18 games this term, including four against Man City and Leicester and three against Liverpool in their three most recent outings. They’ve kept a clean sheet in just one game this season which was their single victory at home to Burnley at the beginning of the month. It’s hard to see them doing so again today and therefore it’s a case of whether they can outscore United which again, seems very unlikely.

Man Utd are unbeaten since the arrival of Ralf Rangnick six games ago and although they haven’t won any of their league games under the new boss by more than one goal, they are finding some consistency. They’ve beaten Newcastle in their last four encounters and will be confident of picking up maximum points against them again today which would see them move up two places in the league to fifth.

United have scored just three goals across their last three games in all competitions but given that they’re up against the worst defence in the league, I can see them bagging at least a couple. However, Newcastle have been better in front of goal in front of home fans this season with only Chelsea and Man City leaving St James’ Park with clean sheets in their nine home games. Therefore, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see both sides get on the scoresheet this evening with a United Win & BTTS bet being priced at 15/8 with Betfred. Sky Bet are offering odds of 80/1 for Fernandes to score first and United to win 3-1 which I like as a very small punt. A safer bet would be 23/20 on United -1 as if they get an early goal, I’d be confident of them bagging two or three throughout the game. With Howe’s side losing by two or more goals in their last three games, United -2 wouldn’t be out of the question which odds of 3/1 are available on with Paddy Power. Based on that, I’ll also be backing another Price Boost, this time from Boylesports, on Manchester United to score two or more goals in the first half at odds of 3/1, boosted from 9/4. Newcastle have been down by two goals in their last two games and an early United goal could open the flood gates before the halftime whistle.

Sky Bet also have a price boost for which they’ve doubled the odds on Ronaldo, Fernandes and Saint-Maximin to each have one or more Shots on Target. It was priced at 2/1 but they’ve boosted it to 4/1 which looks like a great bet and one I’ll definitely be including in my selections. I’d wait until the lineups are announced before placing it as Saint-Maximin did start on the bench against City but I do think that Howe will restore him to the starting XI for today’s match.

 

Newcastle United vs Manchester United
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Boxing Day Football Tips

Nine fixtures were scheduled for Boxing Day but both Liverpool vs Leeds and Wolves vs Watford have been postponed with others possibly following suit. However, there is still plenty of action to look forward to and I’ve picked out a handful of bets that look to have value.

West Ham vs Southampton

The first game I’m going to look at is West Ham vs Southampton which is an interesting match given that both sides are not in the best of form currently.

Before the international break last month, West Ham were third in the Premier League and one of the most in-form sides in the top-flight. However, a string of disappointing results have meant that David Moyes’s side have dropped down into fifth and are at risk of getting mixed up in a mid-table battle if they don’t turn things around soon. Their 3-2 win at home to Chelsea at the beginning of the month was their only victory in their last seven games in all competitions and they’ll be looking at this match as a good chance to get back to winning ways.

The Saints are currently 15th in the league and six points above the drop zone. After successive victories against Aston Villa and Norwich, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side are winless in their last six in the league but have picked up points in three of those against Leicester, Brighton and Crystal Palace. In fact, no other team has drawn more games than Southampton, taking away a single point in 8 of their 17 matches this season.

Southampton have found the net in 10 of their last 12 games and so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get on the scoresheet again in this fixture. However, with the home advantage, I do fancy The Hammers to take away all three points given that the visitors have only won once away from home this season.

West Ham to Win & BTTS is my first selection and is priced at 3/1 with Sport Nation.

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Tottenham vs Crystal Palace

Next up is Spurs vs Palace and it is the hosts who head into this match in the better form of the two.

Tottenham are unbeaten in the league since their loss to Manchester United at the end of October and only City, Arsenal and Liverpool have picked up more points on home turf this season. A win for Antonio Conte’s side could potentially lift them up to fifth in the league and I’m backing them to take away all three points in this game.

Spurs played extremely well in their 2-2 draw with Liverpool a week ago and had multiple chances to win the game. They followed that match up with a 2-1 win at home to West Ham in the EFL Cup to continue their excellent run of form at home this season. They’ll be confident of adding another home win to their tally on Sunday given that their opponents have tasted victory just once away from home this season, although that was an impressive 2-0 win against league-leaders Manchester City at the Etihad.

Palace have lost their last two on the road and failed to find the net in both of those. In fact, in all of their five defeats away from home this season, Patrick Vieira’s side have been unable to score. They’re meeting Tottenham at a bad time as Spurs have found some consistency under Conte and they’ll do well to get anything from this game.

A Tottenham win is expected based on current form and the home advantage and is priced at 3/4 with SpreadEx.

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Boxing Day HT/FT Double

I’m also opting for a double on the HT/FT result of two matches. The first is in the Manchester City vs Leicester match where I expect a comfortable home win.

City are in excellent form and head into this match on the back of eight consecutive league wins. They’ve scored eleven goals over their last two games which brings their tally for the season up to 44 in just 18 games and perhaps more impressive is the fact that Pep’s side have only conceded 9 goals in the top flight this season. City currently top the Premier League by three points and I expect them to remain there after this weekend by picking up all three points at the Etihad on Sunday.

Leicester are having a tough time currently with missing players and their 4-0 win at home to struggling Newcastle was their only victory in their last five games in all competitions. The Foxes could head to Manchester without eleven of their players which doesn’t bode well for them given they’re playing one of the best teams in the world right now.

Odds of 4/6 are available on Man City / Man City in the HT/FT market with Coral.

My second selection in the double is Arsenal to be winning at HT & FT against Norwich.

The Gunners are fourth in the league and have won 9 of their last 12 games. Although no other team has picked up more points in the league on home turf, their form on the road has been somewhat disappointing. However, the majority of their losses this season have mostly come against the bigger teams such as City, Liverpool and Manchester United and following their 4-1 win away to Leeds in their last league outing, they should be able to make a two consecutive victories on the road against a Norwich side who have picked up just five points at home all season.

Arsenal / Arsenal in the HT/FT market is priced at 6/5 with Bet365 and you can back the double at odds of 3.70 with Coral.

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Sky Bet Boosted Treble

Lastly, Sky Bet have a boosted Boxing Day treble available which looks excellent value. They’re offering the following:

  • Arsenal, West Ham & Tottenham all to win WAS 3/1: NOW 6/1
  • Arsenal & West Ham to win & Tottenham to draw with Crystal Palace WAS 8/1: NOW 12/1
  • Arsenal, West Ham & Crystal Palace all to win WAS 10/1: NOW 14/1

I’ve already covered all three fixtures and so I’ll be backing Arsenal, West Ham & Spurs all to win at odds of 6/1. It’s a great price considering it has been boosted from 3/1 and perfect for a Boxing Day treble.

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Tottenham /
West Ham
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Football Betting Tips Wednesday 22nd December

Carabao Cup action continues tonight with six Premier League teams battling it out for a place alongside Arsenal in the semi-finals next month. We also have a good number of fixtures taking place in other of Europe’s top leagues which I’ve taken a look through and picked out some value bets for.

Carabao Cup Double

All three Carabao Cup fixtures tonight are tricky to predict. Putting aside the fact that cup games are often unpredictable, many of the teams have several players out due to having to isolate which will force managers to consider their starting XI’s carefully, taking into account upcoming fixtures and how thin their squads already are.

Tottenham vs West Ham is the game I’m going to leave out of my selections. I haven’t been fully convinced with Spurs this season but they have gotten the results at home and played a great game against Liverpool last time out which they would have won it if not for a series of missed chances. I’ve enjoyed watching West Ham this season but they have hit a bad patch of form having won just one of their last six. I wouldn’t be confident backing either side but Sky bet have a price boost on Harry Kane to have two or more shots on target during the match. It’s been boosted from 6/4 to 3/1 and great value in my opinion.

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Therefore, my two selections for the double are from the Brentford vs Chelsea and Liverpool vs Leicester games and I’m backing the obvious choices at what may be some surprising odds. The double on Chelsea and Liverpool comes in at 3/1 which are odds you probably wouldn’t get if these sides were playing against each other in the league.

Chelsea failed to have their match against Wolves called off at the weekend with the game finishing goalless at Molineux. Tuchel’s squad is severely depleted and with them now six points adrift of City in the league, he may choose to rest the few key players that he actually has available for tonight’s match to focus on the league.

Brentford’s last game was two weeks ago when they came out as 2-1 winners against Watford. They’re well-rested after having had two matches postponed and will fancy their chances tonight against a weakened Chelsea side.

The situation is similar in the Liverpool vs Leicester match with both sides suffering due to missing players. They’ll be playing each other again at the King Power Stadium in less than a weeks time with the hope of being able to field stronger sides in that match.

Leicester are the more rested of the two teams having not played in 10 days due to postponed matches. However, this will be Liverpool’s fourth in ten days with their last outing being a 2-2 draw with Tottenham at the weekend. Klopp’s side currently have four players isolating which may not be enough to have the game postponed but due to being just one of two teams to play all of their scheduled fixtures, their absences may have an impact on the fatigue of those having to replace them.

Both of these games have the possibility of being called off tonight and with many factors coming into play with missing players and fatigue, they are tough matches to predict which is reflected somewhat in the odds.

Liverpool’s record at Anfield is just too good for me to ignore and so I wouldn’t be betting against them at home at the moment. The Brentford v Chelsea match will be close I think but I can see a narrow win for the Blues as they still have some world-class players who will likely be featuring.

3/1 is available on the Chelsea v Liverpool double with Betfair Sportsbook who will credit your account with a £5 free bet for placing the bet with them.

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Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid

Next up, I’ll be having a single on the Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid game in La Liga.

Real top the Spanish top-flight table by a healthy five points and will look to extend that lead to eight tonight with a win in Bilbao. Los Blancos have several key players out with Rodrygo, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Andriy Lunin and Marcelo isolating and Luka Modric, Isco and Dani Carvajal all major doubts. However, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be eager to get back to winning ways after their 10-game winning run came to an end when they were held to a goalless draw at home to Cadiz at the weekend despite having a ridiculous 36 attempts on goal and 82% possession.

Bilbao head into this match on the back of an impressive 3-2 win against Betis three days ago. However, that was their first victory in nine matches and they have failed to beat Real in their last 13 encounters in the league. Although they have one of the best defensive records in La Liga this season, tonight’s hosts also have one of the worst records in front of goal. If they concede early, I think they’ll find it hard to get back into the game.

Given Real Madrid have several players out, I’m tempted to back an away win & BTTS which is priced at 4/1. However, I’m sticking with the somewhat safer option of just a win for Real at 27/20 which I think is a good price.

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Football Betting Tips Tuesday 21st December

Valencia came back from 2-0 down to beat Levante 4-3 last night which meant that our away win & BTTS tip came in at 9/2 resulting in a good profit for the evening.

Carabao Cup action returns tonight with Arsenal hosting League One side Sunderland at the Emirates in the first quarter-final fixture of the competition. There are also matches taking place in La Liga and Serie A but the League Two game between Forest Green and Colchester has been postponed.

Arsenal vs Sunderland

Eight teams remain in the Carabao Cup and seven of them are Premier League sides. Arsenal would have been elated to be drawn against Sunderland compared to the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool or Tottenham and have a great chance of making it through to a semi-final fixture to be played either in the first or second week of the new year.

Both sides head into the clash in fine form with Arsenal winning their last three and Sunderland unbeaten in their last seven in League One. Arsenal have turned their season around after a poor start and a string of victories have propelled Arteta’s side up to fourth in the league and their aim will be to hold onto that spot to ensure they’re part of the Champions League next season.

Sunderland are third in League One and their hopes of returning to the Championship are still alive with Lee Johnson’s side just four points adrift of league-leaders Rotherham. They’ve managed to avoid top-flight opposition up until this point in the Cup but made hard work of their match against QPR in the last round where it took spot-kicks to see them through to the quarters.

Arsenal are next in action on Boxing Day and Sunderland the day after so there shouldn’t be too many concerns of fatigue when the managers decide on their starting XI’s. However, both sides have players out due to various reasons. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will miss another match for his club due to disciplinary issues and Arteta will likely rotate his squad to give some other players time on the pitch. However, it’s likely that Alexandre Lacazette will lead the attack from the off and if Smith Rowe starts, he will be another big threat for the Black Cats.

Sunderland will likely field their strongest possible team but they do have injuries with Leon Dajaku, Luke O’Nien, Aiden McGeady and others all set set to miss out.

Sunderland haven’t beaten Arsenal in their last eleven attempts (D3, L8) and although not much can be taken from that given they last met in 2017, I don’t expect that to change today. Although they have the more favourable opponents, Arsenal will want to win this match given that they’ve only lifted the EFL Cup twice in the clubs history. They should have the quality to see the game out as winners, most likely quite comfortably, even if Arteta makes some changes to his starting XI.

Boylesports are offering customers a £5 free bet when placing a pre-match Bet Builder on the game which is worth taking advantage of. For this bet, I’m backing Smith-Rowe as an anytime scorer, Arsenal -1 and Over 9.5 Corners at a price of 3/1. I suggest waiting until an hour before kick-off when the teamsheets are released and if Smith-Rowe isn’t starting, replace him with Nketiah at slightly shorter odds of 13/5.

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Sevilla vs Barcelona

Barcelona head to Sevilla tonight knowing that a win would put them on 30 points in joint fourth place in La Liga with Rayo Vallecano.

The hosts have been in excellent form at home this season with only Rayo Vallecano having a better record in front of home fans. Julen Lopetegui’s side have scored an impressive 20 goals in 8 games, more than any other side in the Spanish top-flight this season, and have conceded just 7. They’ve won all of the games with the exception of their 2-2 draw against Alaves last month and are a very tempting price to continue with that trend tonight.

Barca have also been in great form at home this season but their away record paints a different picture. Just seven points have been collected from as many games by Xavi’s side this term, finding the net nine times and conceding ten. However, eight of their nine away goals have come in their last three matches on the road and despite Sevilla’s sturdy defence, they will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet tonight.

Sevilla are priced at 31/20 for the win and based on the home and away records of the two teams, this seems like a great bet. That would be the safer option if you fancy it but I’ll be backing Sevilla & BTTS at slightly higher odds of 9/2. Three goals away to Celta Vigo, another three against Villarreal and two on the road to Osasuna last time out is enough to convince me Barca will be a threat in front of goal.

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Football Betting Tips Monday 20th December

The Premier League has wrapped up now until after Christmas but we do have some great EFL Cup fixtures to look forward to this week with Arsenal vs Sunderland tomorrow and six top-flight sides facing each other on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals.

Today, there is a little less to look at with just two matches of note.

Fulham vs Sheffield United

Fulham take on Sheff Utd at Craven Cottage this evening and the hosts remain top of the Championship table but that is mainly due to second-placed Bournemouth dropping points in recent weeks. Marco Silva’s side were looking unstoppable towards the end of last month, winning seven consecutive games and having the best goalscoring and defensive record in the league. They haven’t lost a game since the beginning of October but they have drawn their last four and scored just three goals throughout those matches. A win today would see Fulham go five points clear at the top having played the same number of games as those around them but it’s likely not to be an easy task for them.

Thirteen places separate Sheff Utd from today’s opponents in the league but that gap isn’t an accurate reflection on the two sides’ current form. The Blades are unbeaten in their last four, winning their last three, and have found a bit of momentum to get their season back on track. Paul Heckingbottom’s side would likely settle for a draw here and given Fulham’s recent results, they’ll be somewhat confident of taking away a point.

Although the form of the two sides may indicate that this match could end in a draw, Sheff Utd’s recent victories have come against Reading, Bristol City and Cardiff who are all in the bottom half of the table. They’ve failed to beat Fulham in their last seven attempts with their last victory being all the way back in 2007. This is a big game for both sides but with a game in hand, Marco Silva will want his side to head into Christmas with a more comfortable five-point lead at the top of the table and I’m backing them to get back to winning ways tonight in what could be a tight game.

Although I am tempted to back the home win, odds of 8/11 are a little short for me. Therefore, given Sheff Utd have found the net five times over their last three, I’m also backing both teams to get on the scoresheet.

A Fulham Win & BTTS is priced at 5/2 with Betfred.

Fulham vs Sheffield United
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Levante vs Valencia

Next up, Levante take on Valencia in the only fixture lined up for tonight in La Liga.

This is a derby clash and one that the bookies are expecting to be relatively close looking at the odds. Valencia are slight favourites but looking at the two teams league positions, you’d expect them to be the much more favoured side. However, both sides have several players unavailable with Levante being without Nemanja Radoja, Shkodran Mustafi, Mickael Malsa and Francisco Son and Valencia are missing Daniel Wass and Maxi Gomez along with Gabriel Paulista and the fitness of both Omar Alderete and Thierry Correia will be determined closer to kick-off.

A win for Velencia would take them to within just one point of fifth-placed Atletico and just two points adrift of a Champions League spot. They’re unbeaten in their last eight in all competitions, winning their last four and should fancy their chances against a side who are yet to pick up maximum points home or away this season.

Levante are in desperate need for points. They’re currently rock-bottom of the La Liga table having collected just 8 points from a possible 51 this season. Although they haven’t won all season, they have drawn six of their eight at home which included a 3-3 draw against Real Madrid, a 2-2 draw against Atletico and taking a point away from their game against Rayo Vallecano. Those results are respectable for any team in the league but Alessio Lisci’s side have lacked the cutting edge to see games out as winners which has left them in their current, and worrying, position in the league.

Similar to the Fulham v Sheff Utd match above, this is another somewhat tricky fixture to predict. Especially when taking into account the absentees. However, I’m sticking with the visitors to narrowly edge the win but also backing both teams to find the net again. Given Lenante have failed to score in their last three, a straight away victory may seem like the safer bet but with players out from both sides, I think this game could be a bit more open.

Valencia to Win & BTTS is priced at 9/2 with William Hill.

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Football Betting Tips Sunday 19th December

All selections landed yesterday other than Monchengladbach who saw out a 1-1 draw away to Hoffenheim. Singles on Blackburn (6/5), Rotherham (13/20) and Arsenal (6/4) all came in which made it a profitable day.

If yesterday is anything to go by, it’s hard to know which fixtures will go ahead today. However, matches in leagues outside of the UK seem to be more reliable which will be my focus.

Tottenham vs Liverpool

This isn’t a great game for betting in my opinion but I’m including it briefly in my selections as Sky Bet have an offer available. They’re awarding customers with a £10 free bet when placing a bet of £10 or more on any market. It’s a great offer and the best I’ve come across today.

Liverpool are in excellent form having won their last eight in all competitions. It’s hard to bet against them at the moment and I do expect them to come out on top today which would see Klopp’s side finish the day as league leaders.

Tottenham’s form on the road has been poor having picked up just 7 points from a possible 18 but at home, only Liverpool, Arsenal and City have performed better.

I don’t think there’s any value in backing Liverpool to win at odds of 4/7 but Sky have boosted the odds on Liverpool to win & BTTS from 7/4 to 9/4 which I’ll be backing in order to claim the £10 free bet.

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Cologne vs Stuttgart

Cologne suffered their first defeat at home since May when they went down 2-0 to Augsburg a week ago. However, they bounced back from that defeat with a 3-2 win on Tuesday evening away to Wolfsburg which has lifted Steffen Baumgart’s side up to 10th in the table and five points adrift in next seasons European competitions. They haven’t been the most predictable of sides this season but their games generally aren’t shy of a few goals, usually at both ends of the pitch.

Stuttgart are a point into the relegation zone and much of the reason for that is their poor form on the road. They managed to pick up their first win of the season away from home last Saturday in a 2-0 win against Wolfsburg but were unable to keep the momentum going three days later when they faced Bayern at home and suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat.

I fancy the hosts to outscore Stuttgart today but given their tendencies to leak a few, I’m also backing both teams to get on the scoresheet.

Cologne to win & BTTS is priced at 5/2 with William Hill.

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Spezia vs Empoli

Next up, we head to Italy where Spezia host Empoli at the Stadio Alberto Picco.

Spezia head into this match without a win in their last six and have lost five of those. They’ve won just 3 of their 17 games this season and currently sit just two points above the drop zone. They have avoided defeat against today’s opponents in their last five meetings (W1, D4) but given their current form, they’ll do well to even take a point away from this match.

Empoli are in the opposite form being undefeated in their last five, winning four of them. They’re a team capable of scoring goals and impressively have the fifth-best record on the road this season with only Napoli conceding less on the road. A win today would take them to within a point of Roma in 5th place and I’m backing them to do that.

Empoli to win is priced at a very tempting 6/4 with Boylesports and will be my second selection.

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Athletic Bilbao vs Real Betis

For my final selection, I’m looking at the match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Betis in La Liga where the value seems to be on the visitors.

Real Betis are having a fantastic season in the Spanish top flight with Manuel Pellegrini’s side currently third in the league. A win today could take them to within just one point of Sevilla in second place which would be an outstanding achievement for the side that finished sixth last season. Only Real Madrid have picked up more points on the road than Betis where they have tasted defeat just twice, winning five of their eight. They head into this match on the back of three consecutive victories away from home, including a 1-0 win against Barca at Camp Nou, which they then followed up with an impressive 4-0 thrashing of Real Sociedad at home. They kept clean sheets in all four of those matches and so to get odds of over 2/1 for them to win today seems too good to be true.

Athletic Bilbao are without a win in their last nine games but perhaps even more concerning is that they’ve been struggling for goals. Marcelino García Toral’s side have failed to find the net in all of their last three and in five of their last six. Athletic don’t concede many but given Betis’ capabilities in front of goal, should the hosts concede first, they’ll have a tough time getting back into the game.

Real Betis are the underdogs in this game based on the odds and so I think there is a lot of value in backing them at 12/5 with Betfair Sportsbook.

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If you’d like to back the double on Empoli and Real Betis, you can receive a £5 free bet from Betfair Sportsbook for doing so, regardless of the outcome.


Football Betting Tips Saturday 18th December

Several games that were scheduled to take place today have been postponed but we do have some matches going ahead in UK leagues as well as several across Europe.

Cambridge United vs Rotherham

Starting off in League One and one match that does look like is going ahead is Cambridge vs Rotherham at Abbey Stadium.

Rotherham currently top the league and head into this fixture on the back of four consecutive victories. It’s hard at bet against Paul Warne’s side at the moment considering they’ve gone 20 games unbeaten and look set to extend that record today.

Following three wins on the bounce, Cambridge suffered a 2-0 defeat last time out in their match away to Charlton. Their form at home in recent games has been relatively good having tasted defeat just once in their last eight. However, today’s opponents will most likely be their toughest test yet and Rotherham dominated the reverse fixture last month where they came out as 3-1 winners.

Rotherham are League One’s highest scorers and also have the strongest defence. Odds of 13/20 are available on an away win which makes an excellent selection to a multiple in my opinion.

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Blackburn vs Birmingham

Next up we have Blackburn vs Birmingham in the Championship.

Blackburn’s 7-0 defeat to league-leaders Fulham at the beginning of November seems to have had a positive impact as Tony Mowbray’s side are undefeated since and have won five of their last six. Even more impressively, Rovers have won their last four without conceding a single goal.

Birmingham currently sit 15th in the Championship. Eight points above the relegation zone and the same number from a playoff spot. Their form on the road has been relatively poor this season with Lee Bowyers side having won just one of their last nine of their travels. They’ve lost to Blackburn both home and away this season and it’s looking likely they will do so again today.

I’m surprised to see Blackburn priced at over Evens (6/5) given they have the home advantage with only West Brom and Fulham picking up more points in their stadiums.

A home win is my second selection of the day.

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Hoffenheim vs Monchengladbach

My final selection comes from the Bundesliga where TSG Hoffenheim host Borussia Monchengladbach at the PreZero Arena.

Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last five matches, winning four of them and coming back from 2-0 down in their latest outing away to Leverkusen to draw 2-2. They’re currently fourth in the Bundesliga and a win today would see them move up to third.

The hosts have averaged 3 goals per game in their last five which is impressive. They’ve also only conceded 7 goals all season in as many games at home and when you compare that to Monchengladbach scoring just 7 goals away from home this term, it’s easy to see why a home win is the favoured bet in this clash.

Monchengladbach are currently having a terrible time. Adi Hütter’s side have lost four on the bounce, conceding 17 throughout those matches and scoring just 4. Their recent results have left them 13th in the league and just a single point above the drop zone. The manager is under an increasing amount of pressure and with tough fixtures against Bayern and Leverkusen in the coming weeks, this could be his last chance to pick up points before the pressure gets so much that a decision will have to be made by the powers above.

Hoffenheim look a great bet at 21/20 with Betfair and is my final single of the day.

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Saturday Double

For today’s double, I’m going with the Sky Bet Saturday Price Boost for which the following options are available:

  • Arsenal & Aston Villa both to win WAS 2/1, NOW 4/1
  • Arsenal to win & Aston Villa to draw with Burnley WAS 6/1, NOW 10/1
  • Arsenal & Burnley both to win WAS 8/1, NOW 12/1

Arsenal are away to Leeds and head into this game on the back of two consecutive wins against Southampton and West Ham. The Gunners didn’t concede in either of those games and are looking a much more solid team than they were at the beginning of the season. In fact, Arsenal have not conceded a single goal in each of their last six victories and with goals not seeming like an issue for Arteta’s side currently, they shouldn’t have too much of a problem seeing this game out as winners against a Leeds side that have conceded 10 goals in their last two games.

Aston Villa host Burnley this afternoon at Villa Park with the hosts bouncing back from their 1-0 defeat against Liverpool with a 2-0 win away to Norwich midweek. Villa are looking a much-improved side since Gerrard was appointed as manager and given Burnley have yet to win away all season in the league, a home win is expected.

The double on Arsenal and Villa to win has been boosted from 2/1 to 4/1 which is excellent value.

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Football Betting Tips Friday 17th December

Friday Four-Fold

There are five matches taking place in the top European leagues this evening and I’m including four of them in an Acca. Unfortunately, due to the relatively short odds of two of the selections, it won’t qualify for Acca Insurance but if you choose to place the bet with either Betfair Sportsbook or Parimatch, you can qualify for a £5 free bet regardless of the result.

My first selection is from the Barnsley vs West Brom game in the Championship which kicks off at 19:45 tonight. West Brom are five points adrift of league leaders Fulham and can’t afford to drop points tonight if they are to continue with their quest to return to the top-flight.

The Baggies picked up a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Reading last time out when they had several players missing due to having to isolate. They will again be without the likes of Cedric Kipre, Semi Ajayi, Matt Clarke and Conor Townsend but even so, I think they should have enough to see this game out as winners for the third consecutive week.

Barnsley have picked up just two wins all season and lost 11 of their last 14. Goals have been a problem for Markus Schopp’s side with no other team finding the net fewer times this season. Although they have an impressive record against West Brom in past encounters, having avoided defeat in six of their last seven meetings, they’ll do extremely well to take anything away from this game based on current form.

An away win is expected at Oakwell tonight.

Next up, we have Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga and no prizes for guessing which team is my pick in this one. The hosts have won nine of their last ten in all competitions and averaged 2.9 goals per game across those fixtures. They’ve beaten Wolfsburg in their last seven encounters with the visitors’ last victory against the German giants being back in 2015.

Wolfsburg head into this match on the back of six straight defeats and without a win in their last eight. Florian Kohfeldt’s side are currently hovering around midtable on 20 points, half of what Bayern have collected this term, and they’re more than likely to remain there after tonight’s match.

A predictable and comfortable win for the hosts is my second selection.

My third and fourth selections both come from Italy where Lazio face Genoa and Salernitana take on Inter Milan in Serie A.

Lazio aren’t in the best of form currently having won just one of their last five league games. However, other than their 2-0 defeat to Juventus last month, you have to go all the way back to November 2020 to find their last league defeat at home which shows how much of a force I Biancocelesti are at the Stadio Olimpico.

Genoa are currently in the drop zone having picked up just 10 points from a possible 51 this season. They have just one league win under their belt this season which was against fellow strugglers Cagliari and have failed to beat Lazio in their last four meetings, conceding 11 goals throughout those games.

I’m backing Lazio to get back to winning ways tonight and continue their excellent run of form on home turf.

It’s bottom vs top at the Stadio Arechi for my final selection as Salernitana, who have lost 13 of their 17 Serie A games this season, host league-leaders Inter Milan who have lost just once this season domestically.

Inter have won their last five Serie A matches and haven’t conceded in their last four. Their last match resulted in a 4-0 win at home to Cagliari but victories against both Roma and Napoli in recent weeks are perhaps more impressive. They’re looking set to claim their 20th Serie A title but with local rivals AC as well as Atalanta and Napoli hot on their tails, they can’t afford to drop points in games such as this one.

A win for Napoli is my final selection of the Friday night Four-Fold which is priced at 5/2 with Betfair Sportsbook. Not the biggest odds for an Acca but they are all strong favourites and the £5 free bet reward also adds value to the bet.

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Celta Vigo vs Espanyol

There is one more match taking place in the European top-flight this evening and it is Celta Vigo vs Espanyol in La Liga. The last five encounters between these two sides have ended all square and a sixth could very well be on the cards again tonight.

Celta Vigo’s goalless draw away to Mallorca made it just one win in their last seven league matches for Eduardo Coudet’s side who are having an underwhelming season so far. The hosts are 14th in the league having picked up 17 points from as many games and currently have the joint-worst home record in La Liga. They’re the better of the two sides in terms of quality in this fixture but their current form is well below par.

Espanyol’s season back in the top-flight of Spanish football has been excellent and Vicente Moreno’s side find themselves within just six points of a Champions League spot. Although that position come the end of the season is pretty much all but a dream, so long as they can keep picking up points, a top-half finish is more than achievable and a spot in one of Europe’s elite competitions may not be out of the question. However, if they are to aim for that, their form on the road must improve. Although only Rayo Vallecano have picked up more points than Espanyol on home turf this season, only Levante have picked up fewer points on their travels. They’re currently winless on the road having collected just single points in three of their eight games played away. However, all but one of their defeats have come by a single goal and they will no doubt fancy their chances tonight.

A score draw would be the most logical bet in this fixture which is priced at 19/5 with Parimatch. However, I’m taking a chance on the visitors to pick up their first win of the season away from home and backing Espanyol & BTTS which you can get 7/1 for with Bet365. It is a risky bet but I do think that those odds, it has value.

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Football Betting Tips Wednesday 15th December

An 89th-minute goal from Anthony Modeste ruined a perfect day of betting for followers yesterday. Our Draw & BTTS bet on the Wolfsburg vs FC Koln match was looking good heading into the final minute before the French forward fired a bullet header from the centre of the box past Koen Casteels to make it 3-2 to the visitors. However, it turned out to be yet another profitable December evening from a betting perspective as the other two tips on Aston Villa to beat Norwich (27/20) and Villa -1 (4/1) both came in producing good returns.

Top-flight football continues today with four Premier League matches taking place along with a string of fixtures in the Bundesliga.

Crystal Palace vs Southampton Prediction

Crystal Palace welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park this evening in what is a big match for both sides. Three points separate the two and a win for either would give them a huge boost and a move further away from the drop zone.

Palace are perhaps the one team who have surprised me the most this season. They’re currently 13th in the league which isn’t anything to shout about but they have scored more goals than any other team in the bottom half of the table, averaging 1.38 goals per game. More impressively, Patrick Vieira’s side have the seventh-best home record in the league and only Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have conceded fewer on home turf. The Eagles head into this game on the back of a confidence-boosting 3-1 win against Everton last time out which was much needed after three consecutive defeats. However, other than their 2-1 loss to Aston Villa towards the end of last month, you have to go all the way back to May to find their last defeat at home.

Southampton’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday made it five games without a win for the Saints. They’ve struggled for goals this season with only Wolves and Norwich scoring less and things get even worse when you look at their record on the road. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have picked up just 5 points from a possible 24 on their travels this season with a 1-0 victory away to Watford being the only time they have taken away maximum points. They did grind out an impressive 0-0 draw against City in mid-September but generally, they haven’t travelled well at all.

Based on the home and away form of the two sides this term, a home win is the most likely outcome. Odds of 23/20 are available with Boylesports on Palace which will be my first selection of the day.

Crystal Palace vs Southampton
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Bayer Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim Prediction

My next selection comes from the Bundesliga where Bayer Leverkusen host Hoffenheim at the BayArena.

There’s not much separating these two sides in any department. They’re side-by-side in the league, have collected almost the same number of points home & away and are in similar form based on recent games.

Bayer suffered a 1-0 loss away to Hungarian side Ferencvaros in the Europa League last week but not much can be taken from that result given that Gerard Seoane fielded a much-weakened side since they were already guaranteed to finish top of their group. However, they followed that defeat up with another when they blew a 2-0 lead away to Frankfurt at the weekend and ended up losing the match 5-2. That’s not the result Seoane would have wanted for his side heading into this crucial clash as another defeat tonight would see their opponent’s leap frog them into third in the table.

Hoffenheim head into this match on the back of four consecutive league victories and scored an impressive 13 goals throughout those matches. They’ve beaten Bayer in two of their last five encounters with them but have failed to do so away from home in any of those. However, they’ll see this as a winnable game and looking at the odds, I think the value is in backing them to do so.

I see this as a very even game with not much at all between the two sides. There’s a good chance it could end in a draw but given the attacking threat of both teams, one of them could easily go two goals ahead and so I’d rather opt to back a winner. Therefore, it comes down to the prices on each side and with Leverkusen being odds-on for the victory, I don’t think there’s any value at all in backing a home win. However, you can get odds of 3/1 with Betfair Sportsbook on Hoffenheim which I think is a great price. I’m expecting goals in this game and so my bet will be on an away win & BTTS @ 11/2 with William Hill.

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I’ll also be placing a double with Betfair in order to receive a £5 free bet regardless of the result. I’ll be including Palace to win and also the slightly safer option of Hoffenheim Double Chance which will come in if they either Win or Draw.

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Football Betting Tips Tuesday 14th December

Roma beat Spezia 2-0 last night which meant that our 8/1 correct score prediction came in and made it another profitable day for December. Onto today and there are two matches in the Premier League taking place with the Brentford vs Manchester United game being postponed due to an outbreak in the Utd camp.

Norwich vs Aston Villa Prediction

Norwich host Villa at Carrow Road tonight in what I expect will be a very tough game for Dean Smith’s side.

Norwich are currently bottom of the table, level on points with Newcastle but with an abysmal goal difference. The Canaries have scored just 8 goals in their 16 games in the top flight this term and have the second-worst defensive record in the league having conceded 32 times in 16 games. A good run of form which saw them pick up maximum points in back-to-back wins against Brentford and Southampton followed by draws with Wolves and Newcastle, ended when they suffered defeats in their latest outings against Spurs and Man Utd. Although they weren’t expected to get anything from those two games, Aston Villa may prove to be of a similar standard tonight as they head into this fixture in excellent form.

Since Steven Gerrard took the reins, Villa have won three of their five games. Those two losses came at the hands of Man City and Liverpool and both of them were by just a one-goal margin. Compare that to the five straight defeats the Villans suffered prior to Gerrard’s arrival and it’s clear to see that he has had a huge impact on the club in a relatively short space of time.

This is a big opportunity for Gerrard and Villa to pick up another three points tonight which could take them level on points with Leicester in 8th position in the table.

Aston Villa are priced at 27/20 for the win with Coral which I think is excellent and is my first selection of the day. I also think Villa could win this by two goals and I’m willing to take a chance with a small wager on Villa -1 which you can get odds of 4/1 for with Parimatch.

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Wolfsburg vs FC Koln Prediction

Wolfsburg take on FC Koln in the Bundesliga tonight in search for their first victory in eight matches. Five consecutive defeats in recent weeks, which included losses to both Sevilla and Lille in the Champions League, isn’t the kind of form that Florian Kohfeldt’s side would have been hoping for heading into this clash. They’re currently a point and a place above tonight’s opponents and will see this match as an opportunity to get back to winning ways.

I backed Cologne in their latest outing at home to Augsburg which failed to come in but that was their first defeat in six and they too will see this game very much as winnable. Their form on the road this season leaves something to be desired but they have avoided defeat in four of their last six on their travels which is something to take note of with defeats only to top-four sides Hoffenheim and Dortmund.

I am very much tempted to side with Cologne again and back an away win. However, the logical result is a draw. Neither side have been involved in a stalemate in the league this season and so my bet is a Draw & Both Teams To Score which you can get odds of 18/5 for with Parimatch.

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Football Betting Tips – Monday 13th December

The Sheffield United vs QPR match that was scheduled to take place tonight has been called off due to QPR having insufficient numbers to fulfil the fixture as several of their players are currently isolating. That leaves us with just a handful of games to look at and I’ve picked out selections from two matches tonight from Serie A and Ligue 2 in France.

Roma vs Spezia Prediction

The Stadio Olimpico is host to the Serie A match between Roma and Spezia tonight and a home win could be on the cards.

Roma head into this match on the back of two straight defeats and worryingly failed to score in both of those games. However, the most recent was against league-leaders Inter Milan and they did follow that loss up with a 3-2 win in the Europa League away to Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia on Thursday evening.

Jose Mourinho’s side are currently 8th in Serie A with a game in hand over all other teams other than tonight’s opponents and could move up into 6th with a win this evening which would take them to within 8 points of a Champions League spot.

The visitors have won just three of their 16 league games played this season and are currently winless in their last four. Spezia manager, Thiago Motta, will meet Jose Mourinho for the first time on the sidelines tonight. The ex-Inter midfielder played under the reigns of Mourinho and won the treble with him in the 2009/10 season with Inter Milan. He’d love to get one over on his old boss tonight but he has a tough task on his hand as Spezia have performed extremely poorly on their travels.

Just 4 points from a possible 24 have been picked up by Spezia on the road this season and what is more worrying is that they have conceded a whopping 25 goals during those matches. Although Roma haven’t been ruthless in front of goal at the Stadio Olimpico this season, if they get on the scoresheet, which given Spezia’s defensive record they should, it is hard to see the visitors being able to get back into the game.

A Roma win is priced at 2/5 which is too short to be backing as a single. Therefore, I’m backing Roma to win & Over 2.5 Goals which is Evens with Paddy Power. I also like a price boost that Betfair have available where they have boosted the odds of Roma to win 2-0 from 6/1 to 8/1 which is the best price I’ve found available.

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Toulouse vs Rodez Prediction

For my second selection, I’m looking at the Toulouse vs Rodez match in Ligue 2 in France.

The hosts have the chance to reclaim their spot at the top of the French second division tonight should they pick up all three points and I’m backing them to do so. They’ll want to get back to winning ways after dropping points in their 2-1 loss away to Niort last time out, which was only their second defeat of the season, and given they beat tonight’s hosts 2-0 in the reverse fixture back in July, I see no reason why they won’t. The hosts won their three matches prior to that defeat, although, two of those were cup matches, and they had drawn three matches before that which means they have just one league win in their last five. This is a great opportunity for them to pick up maximum points before they head into yet another Cup fixture at home to Nimes on Saturday.

Rodez have won four of their last five in the league, including a 1-0 win at home to Nimes in their latest outing. Those victories have propelled Laurent Peyrelade’s side up to 7th in Ligue 2 and within 8 points of tonight’s opponents. However, they’ve averaged just 1.1 goals per game this season and when you compare that to Toulouse’s average of 2.2 goals, it’s clear to see why the hosts are the favourites here.

I’m expecting a home win in this match but with Rodez’s current form, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get on the scoresheet. You can back Toulouse to win at odds of 8/13 with Betfair but I’ll also be including Both Teams to Score which is priced at 3/1 with Bet365.

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Football Betting Tips – Sunday 12th December

We came close to landing all bets yesterday with only Fulham and Forest Green failing to come in. Fulham led against Luton but the hosts’ only shot on target found its way past Fulham keeper Rodak in the 62nd minute to level the score to 1-1 which is how the match finished. Forest Green were up against Oldham in League Two and spectators experienced a ten-goal thriller at Boundry Park. Forest Green lead 3-1 heading into the tunnel at half-time but six goals in the second half, including an own goal by Kane Wilson to level the score, meant the match finished 5-5.

Onto today and there are some tricky fixtures lined up in leagues across Europe.

Burnley vs West Ham Prediction

Burnley became the first team this season to lose to Newcastle United when they visited St James’ Park last week. That result has left Sean Dyche’s side level on points with both The Magpies and Norwich which is a worrying situation to be in. Last week’s defeat won’t give them any confidence heading into this tricky fixture and neither will the fact that they’ve won just one of their last ten in all competitions.

Although West Ham lost 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in their latest outing, not much should be taken from that result given Moyes’ side had already qualified as group winners in the Europa League. Their result in their latest Premier League outing however is something more to shout about as they put up a good fight at home to Chelsea and came out as 3-2 winners. The Hammers needed that win given that they had dropped points against both Man City and Brighton in weeks prior to that. They’ll be fighting for fourth place for as much of the season as possible and if they are to pip the likes of Man Utd, Arsenal and Tottenham to a place in next seasons Champions League, they need to pick up maximum points in games such as this one.

Although Burnley can be a tough team to beat, West Ham’s attacking threat may be just too much for them. An away win is what I’m backing in this fixture which is priced at 21/20 with SpreadEx.

Burnley vs West Ham
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Leicester vs Newcastle Prediction

This is a tricky fixture and one that I considered leaving out of my selections. However, I’ve picked out a couple of selections that I think have value.

Confidence will be low in the Leicester City camp after their 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend was followed up with a 3-2 loss to Napoli that resulted in them being knocked out of the competition and only gaining a place in the Europa Conference League. Overall, the Foxes are having a somewhat disappointing season and currently sit 11th in the table and look set to finish in no mans land come the end of the season unless they can find some consistency. Only Watford, Newcastle and Burnley have conceded more goals than Brendan Rodgers’ side so far this season and given Newcastle’s new found attacking threat under the reins of Eddie Howe, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the ball in their net again today.

Newcastle picked up their first victory of the season last weekend in a 1-0 win at home to Burnley. It was a huge 3 points for Howe’s side who look much improved since his arrival. This game is huge for Newcastle as they are in for a tough run of fixtures leading up to the new year. Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd are their next opponents and so this, along with their match away to Everton on the 30th could be their last chance to put points on the table before their reform happens when the January transfer window opens.

Newcastle have scored in four of their last five and with Leicester conceding in all but one of their league games this season, Both Teams To Score seems like a logical bet. Odds of 8/13 are available for BTTS with William Hill which I think is fair, albeit not hugely appealing as a single.

Leicester still have several players missing due to having to isolate and given that Rodgers had to field many of his first team regulars for the full 90 minutes against Napoli three days ago, he could choose to rest even more of them. If Vardy is rested, I think Newcastle could be in with a chance of sneaking a win here and so I’m taking a punt on Newcastle to Win. You can get 7/2 for an away win but Sky Bet are offering odds of 9/2 on a Newcastle & Callum Wilson to have one or more Shots on Target which I think shows more value. They also have a boost on Wilson To Score First and Newcastle to win 1-0 or 2-1 which I’ll be having a small wager on.

Leicester vs Newcastle
BTTS8/13william hillVisit
Newcastle Win
Wilson 1+ SOT
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Wilson Score First
Newcastle 1-0 or 2-1
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Win & BTTS Combo

I’ve also picked out three matches for a Win & BTTS combo. I’m suggesting a Patent bet which covers all possible combinations from the three selections, making 7 bets in total (1 x treble, 3 x doubles & 3 x singles).

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen

Leverkusen have scored 35 goals in 14 games in the Bundesliga this season, including putting seven past Greuther Fürth in their last league match. A win today would see them move within one point of second-placed Dortmund having played the same number of games and within seven points of league-leaders Bayern.

Frankfurt have picked up just 7 points from their six home matches this season but have only been defeated in one of those. They’ve also scored in all but their game against Augsburg towards the end of August and so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them bag a goal this afternoon.

None of the last 72 meetings between these two sides have finished goalless and I’m not expecting that to change today. Bayer to Win & BTTS is priced at 3/1 with Parimatch.

Real Betis vs Real Sociedad

Next up Real Betis take on Real Sociedad in La Liga in what could be a close encounter.

Betis have been a great team to watch this season and their efforts on the field have paid off with Manuel Pellegrini’s side currently third in La Liga. Only Atletico and Real Madrid have scored more goals than today’s hosts but they’re also prone to conceding the odd goal with only being able to keep a clean sheet in one of their home matches this season.

Sociedad have been relatively impressive on their travels this season but their victories have come against bottom-half teams. They’ve scored 14 but also conceded 10 in their 8 away games which points to another potentially exciting fixture with goals at both ends today.

Real Betis head into this match in the better form of the two and so I’m siding with them for the win. Both teams to score is also likely with the home win & BTTS market priced at 4/1 with William Hill.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

My final selection also comes from La Liga where Real take on Atletico in El Derbi.

Real Madrid have won nine games on the bounce and currently top the Spanish table. They are unbeaten in their last eight league encounters against Atletico, winning the last two played at the Benabeu.

It’s hard to bet against Real at the moment given the form that they’re in and their ability in front of goal. Atletico will prove to be no pushovers but I do expect the hosts to come out on top and extend their unbeaten run to 13 games.

Atletico’s main strength over recent seasons have been their defensive capabilities. However, that area of their game hasn’t been as apparent this season and Diego Simeone’s side have conceded 16 goals in 15 matches played. That’s far from bad but not close to their records over past seasons. They still have the second best goal scoring record in La Liga this term, only beaten by today’s opponents, and so they should pose some threat in front of goal.

Given past outcomes of this derby and Real’s current form, I’m siding with the hosts and also backing both teams to find the net which odds of 10/3 are available for with William Hill.

As mentioned, I’ll be placing a Patent bet on the above three selections which results in a total of seven bets. The treble is priced at 80/1 with William Hill but there will also be bets on the three doubles and three singles at the prices shown above.

Win & BTTS Patent
Bayer Leverkusen /
Real Betis /
Real Madrid
80/1
(treble odds)