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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
Under 2.5 Goals 10/11 Goals
Everton vs West Ham
Place Bet
Tottenham to Win 23/20 To Win
Newcastle vs Tottenham
Place Bet
Under 2.5 Goals
Tottenham to Win
3.03/1 Double Place Bet

Date of Tips: 17/10/2021

Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (08:50 17/10/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.

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Football Betting Tips Sunday 17th October

Everton vs West Ham Prediction

First up today we have Everton vs West Ham and both these teams have had a great start to the season and I really feel this game could be a tight affair. Both managers will really want this one but more than likely would be happy taking a point home.

Everton have managed to hang around the top six so far with limited use of their main man Calvert-Lewin and I think that speaks volumes for what Rafa Benitez is trying to bring to the club. They do still seem to lack the killer instinct in front of goal though and that could haunt them today.

West Ham have also had a solid start to the season and Moyes just keeps impressing everyone with his tactics and getting results. He recently said this team is the best he has managed and that is a big statement. The team really seems to be playing for the manager which is great to see but just like Everton they don’t have the goal threat.

All this being said it is hard to make a selection and mine is Under 2.5 Goals @ 10/11 with Bet365, a cautious game is predicted. Also Bet365 offer up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers.

Everton vs West Ham
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Newcastle vs Tottenham Prediction

What a week it has been for Newcastle with the new owners getting the deal over the line. They have stuck with Bruce over the weekend and that could be a perfect way to end his reign at the club. I feel win lose or draw it will be the end for him but he will want to bow out in style.

Tottenham are really struggling to get a decent run going and no Kane no party springs to mind. It’s a no win situation for Bruce today and Spurs will be ready to pile on the pressure. I really feel that Kane just needs that one goal to get going and he will then start scoring for fun. Newcastle have a very leaky defence and that could be the problem for them today.

Newcastle are a tough team to break down but I think all the team are ready for a new manger and a new chapter. My bet today is Tottenham to win @ 23/20 which is great value. It’s a tale of two sides needing the big push into their team and Newcastle have this but to the expense of a manager and most likely many players. These odds are also with Bet365.

Newcastle vs Tottenham
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Tottenham to Win
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Football Betting Tips Saturday 16th October

As expected, it was goals galore in the Burton v Morecambe match last night which meant that our BTTS single at 19/20 landed along with the double which included West Brom to win at odds of 2.90. Overall, a good day for betting.

Onto today and Premier League football is back along with fixtures from top-flight leagues around Europe.

Norwich v Brighton Prediction

Norwich host Brighton at Carrow Road this afternoon with Daniel Farke’s side looking for their first win in the Premier League since being promoted last season.

Life in the top-flight has been tough for Norwich having picked up just their first point this season in their goalless draw against Burnley before the international break. Goals at both ends of the pitch have been an issue but having found the net just two times in seven games, there are clear issues in the Canaries’ attacking department. Although Brighton haven’t proven to be the most prolific scorers in the Premier League this season, they should have enough going forward to find the net today and should they do that, it could be another miserable day for the hosts.

Brighton have lost just one game this season and find themselves in a respectable sixth position in the league. As they’re tied on points with Everton, Man Utd and Man City, only Liverpool and Chelsea have picked up more points this season which is an impressive feat for a side that finished just two places above the relegation zone last season.

The fact that Brighton are away today doesn’t bother me too much as they have won three of their four matches on the road, only dropping points in their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at the end of September.

Odds of 5/4 are available on a Brighton victory with SpreadEx and I think that’s a price that is too good to turn down.

Norwich v Brighton
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Bristol City v Bournemouth Prediction

Heading down into the Championship and I’m backing another away victory, this time for Bournemouth against Bristol City. 

Bournemouth are looking set for a return to the Premier League and are currently unbeaten in the Championship so far this season. I expect that run to continue today as they face a Bristol City side who have been unable to pick up a win at Aston Gate in their last 15 matches. You have to head all the way back to January to find that victory and although their last three on home turf have ended in draws, I can see Bournemouth outscoring the hosts today.

Although Bristol City are currently 22nd in the league based on points picked up at home, surprisingly, they have the best away record in the league. If they’re going to pick up their first home win of the season (and their third of 2021), it’s unlikely to be against a Bournemouth side that have their targets set on automatic promotion and if they are to do that, they are expected to pick up maximum points in games such as this one.

Bournemouth are priced at 10/11 with Betfred which I think is another good price.

Bristol City v Bournemouth
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Mo Salah Price Boost (Sky Bet)

Liverpool are away to Watford in the early kick-off today and although I’m not going to include a match result in my selections, it’s worth pointing out that Sky Bet are offering boosted odds of evens for Mo Salah to have one or more shots on target. The selection has been boosted from just 1/8 and no reasoning is needed to explain why there’s value there.

Mo Salah Price Boost
To Have 1+ SOT
Against Watford
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SkyBet Soccer Saturday Boost

Continuing with SkyBet and they once again have their Soccer Saturday Price Boost available. This week, there are the following options:

  • Man City, Brighton & Man Utd all to win (was 7/2) NOW 7/1
  • Man City & Brighton to win & Man Utd to draw with Leicester (was 7/1) NOW 11/1
  • Man City, Brighton & Leicester all to win (was 7/1) NOW 11/1

City are at home to Burnley and I can’t see a big upset happening there. I’ve already covered Brighton so that just leaves the match between Leicester and Man Utd at the King Power Stadium.

I’m backing United to edge this one as I think they need a response after their disappointing 1-1 draw against Everton at Old Trafford two weeks ago. Several big names were benched for that match in a bazaar managerial decision by Solskjær and he needs his team to pick up maximum points today to avoid any further backlash.

Leicester haven’t been the team of late that we’ve been used to watching in past seasons with Brendan Rodgers’ side not being able to find consistent form. After beating Manchester City in the Community Shield back in August, they have picked up just two wins in the league and find themselves in a disappointing 13th position on just 8 points after 7 games.

I’m still not fully convinced on Man Utd’s abilities under Solskjær but they are the more likely team to come away with three points from the match and so I’m backing the win treble at odds of 7/1, boosted from 7/2.

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Man City
Brighton
Man Utd
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Football Betting Tips Friday 15th October

I for one am looking forward to league football returning after a break for international fixtures and it starts tonight with a handful of games taking place across Europe before a full set of fixtures get underway over the weekend.

Burton v Morecambe Prediction

I’m starting off in League One where mid-table teams Burton and Morecambe take each other on at the Pirelli Stadium.

This is an interesting game looking at the odds. After a strong start to the season which saw Burton pick up three consecutive victories, their form has taken a turn for the worse and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side have now won just one of their last nine which happened to be their last home match when they beat Portsmouth 2-1. Tonight’s hosts haven’t shipped a worrying number of goals, averaging 1.17 per game, but with an average of just 0.92 goals scored, they’ve been unable to win many matches which has left the Brewers 10th in League One.

After being promoted from League Two last season, Morecambe have handled themselves well in the league above. They’ve won the same number of games as tonight’s opponent’s (4) and are currently just two points adrift in 13th place. They’ll see this as a winnable game for them but their form on the road so far this season is a slight concern. The Shrimps have won one, drawn one and lost three of their five away matches but they have managed to bag nine goals in the process. Their last league match resulted in a 4-3 loss away to Wycombe who are currently joint-top of League One with Plymouth. Stephen Robinson’s side headed in at half time with an impressive 2-goal lead but four second-half goals from the hosts, including a 92 minute winner, meant that they left Adams Park with nothing. However, their proven ability to score goals in League One is impressive with only MK Dons and Ipswich scoring more.

Given that both teams have found the net in all of Burton’s last five games and in four of Morecambe’s, a Both Teams To Score bet seems a solid bet at odds of just under evens. However, I’m also suggesting a small wager on Morecambe to Win & BTTS which is priced at 7/1 and given that they have proven they can put multiple goals past the best in the league, I think that bet is overpriced.

Burton v Morecambe
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West Brom v Birmingham Prediction

Heading up a league into the Championship and West Brom welcome Birmingham at The Hawthorns with The Baggies hoping to head into the weekend as the league leaders. To do that, they’ll have to pick up maximum points tonight and I’m backing them to do that fairly comfortably.

West Brom haven’t lost at home so far this season (W3, D2) and have averaged two goals per game in front of their home fans. Given that Birmingham have failed to find the net in any of their last four matches, conceding a total of eight in the process, it’s hard to see anything other than a home victory tonight.

Birmingham’s last win in the Championship was a 2-0 victory at home to Derby last month which was their only one of the season. Everything points to Lee Bowyer’s side not adding to that tally tonight and odds of 6/10 for a home win with 888Sport are more than fair.

West Brom v Birmingham
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Double
Burton v Morecambe BTTS &
West Brom To Beat Birmingham
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Football Betting Tips Tuesday 12th October

England are back in action tonight as they welcome Hungary to Wembley and aim to continue their excellent run of form in the qualification stages of the 2022 World Cup.

England v Hungary Prediction

There are a handful of betting offers available for tonight’s match that are worth taking advantage of. Firstly, Betfred are running their £5 risk-free #PickYourPunt offer on the game and Boylesports have a similar offer from which you can receive a £5 free bet to use in-play when you place a £5 pre-match Bet Builder.

As one would expect, England are flying high in Group I and following their 5-0 victory against Andorra on Saturday, Southgate’s side have now won six of their seven matches having only dropped points in their 1-1 draw away to Poland last month.

Although I was relatively impressed with Hungary’s performance during the Euros in which they were unlucky not to progress to the knockout stages in what was the toughest group of the tournament, it’s hard to see them posing too much of a threat to an in-form England side who have scored 23 and conceded just 2 during qualification so far. England also came out as 4-0 winners when they played tonight’s opponents in Budapest last month and it’s not out of the question that we’ll see a similar scoreline tonight.

Following Hungary’s Euro 2020 campaign where they picked up respectable draws against both France and Germany, their form has taken a turn for the worse and Marco Rossi’s side have since lost three of their four matches with their only victory being a 2-1 win at home to Andorra last month.

Everything points to another England victory to nil and so for my #PickYourPunt bet with Betfred, I’m backing England to win to nil, Over 2.5 Goals and Raheem Sterling to score anytime which is priced at 3/1.

For the Boylesports Bet Builder offer, I’m backing a home win and Harry Kane to score 2 or more at 21/10. Kane should start and will be well-rested after sitting out the match against Andorra and he has a point to prove at the moment so will be eager to get on the scoresheet.

England v Hungary
England Win
BTTS - No
Sterling Anytime Scorer
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England Win
Kane Score 2+ Goals
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Denmark v Austria Prediction

Denmark were another team that impressed throughout the Euros but unlike Hungary, they’ve be able to retain that form throughout their World Cup qualifying fixtures. The Danes have a perfect record in Group F, winning all seven matches, scoring a total of 26 goals and impressively, are yet to concede. That means that tonight’s hosts have averaged just under four goals per game in the group which was the score in their last outing away to Moldova and also when they faced Austria in Vienna back in March. Although I am expecting a slightly closer game tonight, I can’t see past another win for Kasper Hjulmand’s side.

Austria picked up a 2-0 win against the Faroe Islands on Saturday but defeats prior to that match against Scotland and Israel has left them fourth in the group and at risk of tearing up their plane tickets to Qatar should they not get anything out of tonight’s game. It’s a must win match for them given that Scotland are four points ahead of them in the group and have a winnable game against the Faroe Islands tonight which could result in their lead being extended to seven points with just two games to play and sealing Austria’s fate in the competition.

Given that Austria need to get something out of this game, I’m expecting an entertaining match and I’m backing them to be the first side to put one past Kasper Schmeichel in the Danish goal.

Odds of 11/4 are available on Denmark to win & BTTS which is my selection on this match.

If you’d rather, you can throw that selection into a double with England to win and if you place it with Betfair Sportsbook, you’ll qualify for a £10 free bet regardless of whether it comes in or not.

Denmark v Austria
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Double
England Win
Denmark & BTTS
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Football Betting Tips Monday 11th October

A late and somewhat controversial goal from Kylian Mbappé helped France achieve a 2-1 victory over Spain last night in the UEFA Nations League final which meant that our 9/2 Match Result & BTTS came in. Unfortunately, Belgium were on the losing side in their 2-1 defeat to Italy earlier in the day for the big double but a £10 free bet from Betfair cushioned the blow somewhat.

Also, on Saturday we had winners with our 11/2 boosted treble on Harrogate, Wycombe & Ipswich along with the double on Harrogate & England HT/FT at evens. Overall a very profitable weekend.

World Cup qualifying fixtures continue today and I’ve picked out a double priced at over 6/1 with Betfair.

Estonia v Wales Prediction

It’s tight in Group E with Wales locked on points with the Czech Republic who should pick up all three points today against Belarus. Wales do have a game in hand and so this is a huge match for them considering their final game of the qualification stages is against Belgium next month.

Although they only managed a goalless draw when they hosted Estonia in Cardiff last month, Wales are big favourites to pick up maximum points today. I think that they’ll do that but tonight’s hosts have been relatively good in front of goal and so I’m also backing both teams to get on the scoresheet. Estonia have scored 8 goals in their five qualification matches including two at home to Belgium last month and twice at home in their latest outing against Belarus.

We’re at the stage in the competition now where wins are vital and both sides need to pick up three points tonight to be in with a realistic chance of qualifying for Qatar 2022.

Given Estonia’s poor defensive record, having shipped 5 goals against Belgium and six against the Czech Republic, I do expect Wales to outscore them tonight. However, they should put up a fight and it is possible that we could see Over 2.5 Goals even without Gareth Bale on the pitch.

Wales to Win & BTTS is my first selection of the day priced at 9/2.

Estonia v Wales
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Croatia v Slovakia Prediction

Things are looking a little clearer in Group H with Croatia and Russia occupying the first two places having picked up 16 points from 7 matches. With just 3 games to play, Slovenia, who are six points adrift and Slovakia, who are seven, have a tough task on their hands if they are to progress out of the group.

Croatia have conceded just one goal in qualification so far, scoring 11 in the process, including back-to-back 3-0 wins over Slovenia and Cyprus most recently. It took a late goal from Croatia’s midfielder Marcelo Brozović to seal a 1-0 win when these two sides last met in Bratislava last month but I expect a slightly more comfortable victory tonight for Zlatko Dalić’s side.

Although I do expect Slovakia to get their chances in front of goal, whether or not they convert them is another question. Pavel Hapal’s side had 70% possession against Russia in their last outing, 26 attempts on goal, 5 of which were on target and still managed to lose the game 1-0. That defeat meant that they have won just one of their last six games, losing four of them and I think their hopes of qualifying for next years World Cup could be brought to an end with defeat tonight in Osijek.

Croatia are priced at 1/2 for the win and will be the second selection in my double.

Croatia v Slovakia
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As I have done recently, I’ll be placing my double with Betfair Sportsbook who offer a £10 free bet for placing it regardless of the outcome.

Double
Wales & BTTS
Croatia
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Football Tips – Sunday 10th October

Today we see the 3rd Place Play off and The Final of the UEFA Nations League and on paper both games should be brilliant.

Italy vs Belgium Prediction

Italy really shot themselves in the foot with Bonucci getting his marching in the first half and despite a late break away goal Spain always looked in control with plenty of possession football frustrating Italy. Italy started off with real intent but after the first 15 minutes Spain really started to take control and I don’t think the Red Card would of had much influence on the result. The World Record unbeaten run has now ended and I think they are vulnerable to lose some more including today’s fixture.

Belgium were very similar and played fast free flowing football, loads of passing triangles and looked in total control heading in at HT with a 2-0 lead. The rest is history though as France were relentless on the attack and Belgium allowed them to come at them which ultimately lead to three goals and a tough defeat from a dominant position. I feel Belgium will have learned from this and with less pressure to get the win today I think they will be too much for the Italians in midfield.

Belgium are currently 13/5 to Win with Bet 365 and that is my main bet for this game. I also like the odds of Belgium to Win and Both Teams to Score which is currently at 11/2 also with Bet 365. Bet 365 is also offering up to £100 in Free Bet Credits for new customers which is a fantastic way to start an account with them with a head start.

Italy vs Belgium
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Italy vs Belgium
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Spain vs France Prediction

What a cracker of a final we have on our hands. Spain were pretty comfortable getting into the final and France showed some real fight to make the final coming from 2-0 down, both of these factors make finding a bet in this game much harder.

Spain can really keep the ball under pressure and I don’t think that style is going to break down France as they would hope. Italy showed that as soon as you get the ball off Spain in the middle of the park plenty of options open up and a 11 man France will take chances like that all day long. Ideally the best chance for Spain is to score first but I really can’t see that happening.

France showed everything you want then losing 2-0 in a semi-final. Belgium were trying to keep the ball but constant pressure caused many mistakes and they countered with some great goals. Mbappe was key to this simply gliding past players and I fully expect him to be the difference in this game.

I am going for another win bet in this game and that is France to Win currently at odds of 6/4 with William Hill. I am also again going for France to Win and Both Teams to Score currently at 9/2 also with William Hill. William Hill also offer a bet £10 get £50 in Free bets for new customers.

Spain vs France
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Spain vs France
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I am also doing my selections in Doubles, best odds with Betfair who offer a £5 Free Bet even if the Bet loses. A great way to back any losses up.

Double
Belgium to Win
France to Win
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Double
Belgium to Win & BTTS
France to Win & BTTS
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Football Betting Tips – Saturday 9th October

Premier League action makes way for international fixtures this weekend as teams across Europe continue in their quest to qualify for Qatar 2022. England make the trip to Andorra in what should be a predictable outcome but there are also matches taking place in the lower leagues of English football which we will be looking at also today.

Andorra vs England Prediction

England are back in action tonight and face Andorra in a match that they’re expected to win comfortably. There’s no value in backing Southgate’s side to win as they’re priced at a very short 1/50 (even 1/100 with some bookmakers!) and so we’ll have to look at other markets for some more interesting selections.

England came out as 4-0 winners when they hosted Andorra at Wembley last month and a somewhat similar scoreline is expected tonight. In fact, England have never conceded a goal against tonight’s opponents in the five times they have met, scoring a total of 20 goals themselves in the process. 

Given past results and the fact Andorra have failed to find the net against the Three Lions, you could be tempted to back England -3 which is priced at around evens. However, Southgate is more than likely to make several changes for tonight’s game with the likes of Harry Maguire, Trent Alexander-Arnold,  Jude Bellingham, Reece James and Kalvin Phillips all absent. Declan Rice and Kyle Walker could also be left out given that they’re a card away from missing England’s clash against Hungary and the out of form Harry Kane could also find himself benched. Those absences could provide opportunities for Ben Chilwell and James Ward-Prowse along with Ollie Watkins and Tammy Abraham and so it should be a much different starting XI to what fans are used to seeing. That said, they should have more than enough to win the game comfortably but it will depend on how the replacements step up as to by what scoreline.

If you are thinking of having a bet on a player market, I would recommend waiting until the lineup has been announced. Should Abraham start, I think he will be a good shout for the first scorer or perhaps to score anytime and England to win. Since his move to Roma to play for Jose Mourinho’s side in Serie A, the former Chelsea player has found the net four times in eight games. He’ll be eager to impress after recently being recalled into the England squad and a place in the starting XI against a weak Andorra side could be just the opportunity he needs to do that.

Jesse Lingard is another good shout to find the net. He performed well against Andorra at Wembley, bagging two goals, and should be in the starting lineup tonight. If he is, expect him to get chances and I’d take him at just over evens to find the net at some point in the game.

Andorra v England
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First Scorer
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Anytime Scorer
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Boylesports are offering a £5 free bet to use in-play on this match when placing a pre-match £5 Bet Builder bet at odds of 2/1 or greater.

For this selection, I’m backing:

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England HT
BTTS - No
Abraham to Score 2+
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If Abraham doesn’t start, I suggest replacing him with Lingard which is priced at 5/1.

SkyBet Soccer Saturday Price Boost

This week, Sky Bet are offering the following for their Soccer Saturday Boost:

  • Harrogate, Wycombe & Ipswich all to win (was 4.5) NOW 6.5
  • Harrogate & Wycombe to win & Ipswich to draw with Shrewsbury (was 9.0) NOW 13.0
  • Harrogate, Wycombe & Shrewsbury all to win (was 11.0) NOW 17.0

High-flying Harrogate host struggling Scunthorpe in League Two and backing a home win seems like a great bet at odds of around 3/5. The hosts are currently 2nd in the league having picked up 19 points from their first 10 games whereas Scunthorpe sit rock-bottom with just 7 points from as many matches. With Harrogate averaging 1.7 goals per game and Scunthorpe just 0.6, a home victory looks on the cards.

Heading into League One and Wycombe welcome Gillingham to Adams Park and could potentially go top of the table with a win today. Gareth Ainsworth’s side are just two points adrift of Wigan at the top of the table and have scored an impressive 6 goals in their last two league games. They also have a 100% win record at home this season and should be able to continue that run today.

Following a rare 2-0 victory against Cambridge two weeks ago, Gillingham have suffered back to back 2-0 defeats to Wigan and most recently, Ipswich in the EFL Trophy. It’s not out of the question that they could get something out of this game but it’s easy to see why the hosts are the strong favourites.

Lastly, Ipswich play Shrewsbury at Portman Road with both sides desperate for points. Just 2 points separate these two sides in League One but Ipswich have played a game less and they have a far superior goal difference. Only Morecambe and Bolton have scored more goals than Ipswich in League One so far this season but the same can’t be said for Shrewsbury who have found the net just 8 times in 11 games. Steve Cotterill’s side have also scored just two goals on the road this season and picked up just one point from a possible fifteen which points to another home victory in this fixture.

The treble on Harrogate, Wycombe & Ipswich has been boosted from 7/2 to 11/2 which looks like a great bet.

Sky Bet Price Boost
Harrogate /
Wycombe /
Ipswich
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I’ll also be taking advantage of Betfair’s offer of a £10 free bet for placing a double. For this selection, I’m doubling up with England HT/FT & Harrogate to win which is only priced at evens but it means that we’ll qualify for a £10 free bet and seems likely to come in.

Double
England HT/FT
Harrogate
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Football Tips – Friday 8th October

Yesterday’s tip on Belgium to win & BTTS was looking good at halftime with Roberto Martínez’s side being 2-0 up. However, a VAR review denied Lukaku his second of the match and three goals from France in the final 28 minutes flipped the game in their favour.

World Cup Qualifying fixtures continue today but for European teams which is what I’ll be looking at.

Czech Republic vs Wales Prediction

There are some heavy favourites in tonight’s fixtures but I’m starting off with one of the slightly closer matches and backing the Czech Republic to come out on top against Wales.

This is a big match in Group E with both sides locked on 7 points each and fighting for the second qualification spot given that Belgium are uncatchable at the top of the table.

Wales won the first leg of this clash 1-0 back in March when they hosted the Czech’s in Cardiff. However, I’m expecting a similar scoreline but in favour of the hosts tonight mainly based on their form at home.

Although the Czech Republic have won just two of their last seven matches, it is a different story when they have been playing on home turf where they are unbeaten in their last six and winnings four of them. They have also proven to be solid at the back in front of home fans which should limit Wales’ predictably few chances to even less. Wales will also be travelling without their star player Gareth Bale which will be a huge blow for them.

A narrow Czech win is what I’m predicting tonight and the first selection of my double.

Iceland vs Armenia Prediction

My second selection comes from Group F where struggling Iceland host Armenia in Reykjavik.

The hosts are having a tough time currently having collected just 4 points from a possible 18 in the qualification stages. They look a shadow of the squad that reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 and expectations since that tournament haven’t helped matters. Arnar Viðarsson’s side are now winless in their last six matches, scoring just 3 goals and conceding 11. This is a must-win game for them tonight if they want to be in with a chance of qualifying for Qatar 2022 but it should prove to be a tough match for them.

Armenia beat tonight’s opponents 2-0 when they met back in March and they’re a generous price of over 2/1 to repeat that result in Reykjavik. They have a real chance of qualifying for the World Cup and are currently 2nd in the group just four points adrift of leaders Germany. However, both Romania and North Macedonia are hot on their heels and so they will be keen to extend the gap between them by picking up maximum points tonight.

You could place the safer bet of Armenia Double Chance for this selection but I think they have a better chance of winning than the odds suggest.

The double on the Czech Republic and Armenia comes in at 6.23 with Betfair Sportsbook who offer a £10 free bet when placing £20 or more on multiples.

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Football Betting Tips – Thursday 7th October

Spain ended Italy’s 37 unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory in Milan last night – their first defeat since September 2018. As expected, Ferran Torres was on the scoresheet for the visitors and both teams were able to find the net. However, a first half red card for Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci meant that they were down to 10 men for over 45 minutes which was too much for them to come back and draw the game to see our score draw bet come in.

Onto today and the second semi-final fixture of the UEFA Nations League takes place with another cracker between Belgium and France and World Cup Qualifying fixtures continue for teams in Africa and Asia.

Online bookmaker Betfair Sportsbook usually offer a £5 free bet when placing a multiple containing two or more selections which I regularly take advantage of. However, they’ve upped the offer to a £10 free bet temporarily which has huge value. Therefore, I’ll be picking out a double today to hopefully land a winner as well as picking up a free bet to use on another selection later in the week.

Belgium vs France Prediction

This is another potentially thrilling clash in the UEFA Nations League with the winner set to face Spain in the final on Sunday in Milan.

After reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 where they were knocked out by winners Italy, Belgium have another crack at finally bringing home a trophy as they face France in Turin tonight. Roberto Martinez’s side have the potential to beat the best in the world but have yet to be able to go all the way in tournaments over recent years. However, there were signs throughout the European Championships that things are starting to come together for Belgium and their defeat to Italy was their first in 17 matches.

France failed to impress me during the Euros. They were far from bad but didn’t look convincing at any stage of the tournament before they were knocked out by Switzerland on penalties following a miss from PSG frontman Kylian Mbappé. Since that defeat, Didier Deschamps’ side have played three World Cup Qualifying matches, drawing two of them 1-1 against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ukraine and winning the other 2-0 at home to Finland. They’re not showing the quality at the moment for me to be confident in backing them and given the odds are relatively even on both sides tonight, I’d much rather back Belgium who are more capable of finding the net.

Both teams have scored in five of Frances last  six matches and I fancy the same tonight. However, the absence of N’Golo Kante will be a huge blow to France’s central midfield and so I’m expecting Belgium to outscore their opponents tonight.

You can get odds of 11/2 for Belgium to Win & Both Teams To Score which I think is excellent and is my selection for tonight.

Belgium vs France
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Australian vs Oman Prediction

Heading over to World Cup Qualifying fixtures and my first selection in today’s double comes from the Australia vs Oman game played in Doha, Qatar.

Australia are strong favourites to pick up the win and I agree. They’ve won their last 10 matches, scoring 32 goals and conceding just 2. They’ve also beaten Oman to nil (5-0 & 4-0) the last two times they have met.

Although Oman have won 7 of their last 8, including a 7-2 win away to Nepal in their last outing, they are expected to be on the backfoot tonight against Australia where their opponent’s midfield are likely to dominate possession. They’ll hope to catch Australia on the break but they’ll do well to get anything out of the game.

Australia currently top Group B with maximum points from their first two qualifying matches and I expect them to extend their lead at the top with another victory tonight.

Saudi Arabia vs Japan Prediction

My second selection for the double also comes from Group B in the Asian World Cup Qualifying fixtures and I’m backing Japan to go level on points with Saudi Arabia in the table with a win.

Japan have had a shaky start to their World Cup Qualifying campaign having lost their opening fixture 1-0 at home to Oman. They followed that defeat up with victory against China five days later and they have the quality to continue to get back on track by picking up another three points tonight.

Saudi Arabia have picked up maximum points in qualification so far which means that Herve Renard’s side are now on a seven-game winning streak. They’ll be eager to continue that run tonight but I think that it’ll be Japan who will have more determination to take away maximum points from the game given they need them more. They’ve dominated possession in both of their games so far and should have put the game to bed against Oman but wasted multiple chances in front of goal to do so.

With Japan facing a tough clash with Australia next week, a win tonight is vital for them. If they’re in form, I would expect them to come out of this game on top and odds of over evens for them to do that are relatively generous in my opinion.

If you place the double with Betfair Sportsbook, you can get odds of 2/1 and also receive a £10 free bet regardless of whether it comes in or not.

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Japan
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Football Betting Tips – Wednesday 6th October

Following a successful 17/10 tip for Almeria to beat Girona on Monday evening, we took a break from predictions yesterday due to the lack of fixtures. There aren’t many top-flight matches taking place today other than the two World Cup Qualifiers but we do have the Italy v Spain UEFA Nations League semi-final to look forward to which may bring back some fond memories of Euro 2020.

Italy vs Spain Prediction

These two sides met back in July at Euro 2020 when Italy gained a place in the final after edging past tonight’s opponents on penalties. It was a match in that Spain dominated possession but as they showed throughout the tournament, they were unable to convert their chances to take hold of games.

I can see a similar 1-1 score tonight given that both sides have their key forwards out with Lazio striker Ciro Immobile withdrawing from the squad due to injury and Spain travelling to Milan in the absence of Pedri, Thiago Alcantara, Dani Olmo and Alvaro Morata along with several squad players.

Immobile will likely be replaced by Moise Kean and will play alongside fellow Juventus teammate Federico Chiesa who scored the winning goal for Juve against Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Chiesa will be the main attacking threat for the hosts along with Insigne.

For Spain, Ferran Torres will be the target man in the absence of Morata and I wouldn’t put it past the Manchester City winger to find the net tonight.

Sky Bet have a good price boost available for this match tonight and are offering odds of 6/1 for Insigne to have 2 or more Shots on Target and Torres 1 or more. I have no doubt that Torres will get his chances which just leaves the Italian forward to hit the target a couple of times. The bet has been boosted from 3/1 so it has value and one that I’ll be placing tonight.

Italy v Spain
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As for a result, I’m finding it hard to pick a winner. With key players out for both sides, it’ll be up to the likes of Kean, Chiesa and Insigne to step up for Italy and Torres for Spain. Italy have drawn five of their last seven matches and three of the last five between these two sides have ended all square.

Along with the Sky Bet price boost, I’m backing a score draw which you can get odds of 4/1 for with Parimatch and BetVictor. Italy (11/1) or Spain (11/1) or either (5/1) to win on penalties is tempting but I’m sticking with the 90-minute result today.

Italy v Spain
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Football Betting Tips Monday 4th October

EFL Trophy action returns tomorrow but with a shortage of fixtures taking place today, there’s just one match that has caught my eye with a selection that I think has value.

Girona v Almeria Prediction

Girona host Almeria at the Estadi Montilivi tonight with the aim of picking up some points to lift themselves away from the drop zone.

In my experience, La Liga 2 matches can be somewhat unpredictable. However, given the current form of the two sides, I think there is some value in backing an away win tonight at odds of  17/10 with bookies such as Bet365, Parimatch, BetVictor and William Hill.

After three consecutive defeats, Girona’s form has picked up a bit of late with a 1-0 victory at home to Valladolid and seeing out a goalless draw away to Real Oviedo. However, the side who finished just two points adrift of tonight’s opponents in 5th place last season find themselves towards the bottom of the table after seven matches and although they have been one of the stronger teams defensively this season, they have struggled for goals, averaging just 0.71 per game. Last season, they picked up a relatively impressive 40 points from a possible 63 at home but they have yet to show the same level of form this term.

Almeria have scored more than any other team in the Spanish second division this season, finding the net 15 times during 7 games. They’ve also only conceded 6 which has left them 3rd in the league and victory tonight would see them top the table which has surely got to give Rubi’s side an additional boost heading into this fixture. The visitors have won 5 of their 7 matches played. One being a 1-0 defeat to an in-form Ponferradina side and the other, more worryingly, a 2-1 loss to newly-promoted Amorebieta at the end of August. However, midfielder Robertone was shown a straight red card after just 18 minutes in that game which played a part in Amorebieta finding a very late winner via substitute Koldo Obieta.

Both of Almeria’s losses this season have come on the road which is a slight concern but given their ability, and the hosts lack of, in front of goal, I’m siding with an away victory tonight which would see Almeria head into the new week as league-leaders.

Girona v Almeria
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Football Betting Tips Saturday 2nd October

Today, I’ve picked out three selections of my own from League One and Serie A but will also be taking advantage of two boosts from Sky Bet and William Hill which definitely have value. The Sky Bet Soccer Saturday Price Boosts haven’t came in often so far this season and so I’m hoping today will be the day one lands.

Doncaster vs MK Dons Prediction

Doncaster host MK Dons at the Keepmoat Stadium at 3pm with the hosts hoping to bounce back from consecutive defeats which has left them rock-bottom of the League One table.

The hosts haven’t had the best of starts to their season having picked up just one win and a draw from their first nine matches. What’s more worrying for Rovers is that they have scored just four goals and conceded 17, including letting six in away to Ipswich in their last outing. Teams can sometimes survive in leagues when they are strong at one end of the pitch but what Doncaster have displayed so far this term is a recipe for disaster and something needs to change before they find themselves in a situation so soon in the season that they’re unable to get out of.

For MK Dons, they could potentially top the table should they win today with Russell Martin’s side just three points adrift of league-leaders Sunderland. They’ve only lost once this season and that was a 2-1 defeat to the Black Cats and with them scoring more goals than any other team in the league, it’s hard to envision anything other than an away win here today.

All four of Doncaster’s points have come on home turf this season which may give a glimmer of hope for the hosts. However, I certainly wouldn’t have any confidence in backing them and at odds of 7/10, my first selection is on the visitors.

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Portsmouth vs Sunderland Prediction

My second selection also comes from League One where Portsmouth welcome Sunderland to Fratton Park.

Sunderland are flying high in League One and are looking like a side finally able to claw themselves back into the Championship. Their last outing resulted in a 5-0 thrashing of Cheltenham at the Stadium of Light which made it three consecutive victories in all competitions for Lee Johnson’s side and that comfortable win will surely give them confidence heading into this match.

Although the North East side have a 100% record at home, winning all six league matches played at the Stadium of Light, their results on the road this season have been mixed where they have picked up just one win and a draw from their three games. However, their win came against MK Dons and they would have been frustrated to only take away a point away to Fleetwood having gone two goals up with just 14 minutes to go and conceding a 97th-minute penalty.

Despite Sunderland’s away form in the league, three matches aren’t enough to gain an accurate measurement of their ability on the road and they have won all three of their EFL Cup fixtures which included away trips to Port Vale (1-2), Blackpool (2-3) and Wigan (0-2). They should have enough confidence following recent matches to take away all three points today and retain their position at the top of the league.

Portsmouth are winless in their last seven matches in all competitions, losing five of them. Results haven’t gone Pompey’s way of late as although they have shown the ability to score goals, they have also been leaking them at the other end of the pitch. Danny Cowley’s side have scored in each of their last four matches, include two against both Charlton and Plymouth, but have been unable to take away three points since the middle of August when they beat Shrewsbury 1-0 at home.

Both teams to score today is a strong possibility but I envision the visitors to be the side to score more. Sunderland to win & Both Teams To Score is priced at 17/4 with Parimatch which will be my second selection today.

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Sassuolo vs Inter Milan Prediction

My final single selection today comes from Serie A where Sassuolo take on Inter at the Mapei Stadium.

Inter have scored an impressive 20 goals in their first 6 matches in Serie A this season which is more than any other team in the league. They’ve also found the net at least two times in every single game which, if they repeat that today, should be enough for Simone Inzaghi’s side to take away all three points and continue their unbeaten run.

Although the hosts haven’t been terrible defensively, they have lost three of their last four league matches, albeit by a one-goal margin. However, with averaging just one goal per game and a worrying 0.33 goals per game at home, they may find it tough to outscore today’s opponents and get anything out of the game.

Even without Romelu Lukaku, Inter have been firing on all cylinders in front of goal this season and their average of 3.33 goals per game may be too much for Sassuolo to handle.

You can get odds of 7/10 for Inter to win today with bookies such as Bet365, Betfair and William Hill which I think is more than fair.

Sassuolo vs Inter Milan
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Saturday Price Boosts

Both William Hill and Sky Bet and have huge price boosts available on fixtures taking place today and there’s value in both of them.

William Hill have boosted the odds on Chelsea, Leeds and Wolves all to win from 11/4 to 9/2 which looks good.

Chelsea are at home to Southampton and will be looking to bounce back from defeats to both Manchester City in the league and Juventus in the Champions League which I think that they should be able to do comfortably.

Leeds are at home to Watford and although Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been unable to find the form of last season, in front of goal especially, they are the big favourites to pick up all three points today at home being priced at around 5/7.

Lastly, Wolves host Newcastle at the Molineux with neither side excelling so far this season. However, Newcastle have been unable to keep a clean sheet this season and only Norwich have conceded more goals than Steve Bruce’s side. Wolves are odds-on to inflict more misery for the Toon Army and it’s a likely outcome.

Secondly, Sky Bet have the following boosts available:

  • Chelsea, Bournemouth & Burnley all to win (was 5.0) NOW 7.0
  • Chelsea & Bournemouth to win and Burnley to draw with Norwich (was 9.0) NOW 13.0
  • Chelsea, Bournemouth & Norwich all to win (was 11.0) NOW 15.0

Bournemouth face a tough match as they host Sheffield United at the Vitality Stadium. However, United are heading into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Middlesbrough and have only picked up 5 points in 5 matches on the road this season compared to Bournemouth’s 11 in 5 at home. The hosts will be looking to retain their position at the top of the table with West Brom and given the home advantage, should be able to come the final whistle.

The final match in the boost is Burnley vs Norwich as the bottom two clash at Turf Moor. Norwich have yet to pick up a point or score a goal on their travels this season and so it makes sense to back the home side here.

Odds of 6/1, boosted from 4/1 are available on victories for Chelsea, Bournemouth & Burnley which is my final selection of the day.

Lastly, Sky Bet have also boosted the price on Ronaldo to have one or more Shots on Target this afternoon against Everton. It has been boosted from 1/10 to evens which is an absolute no-brainer and strongly recommended.


Football Betting Tips Friday 1st October

We’re a little thin of fixtures today heading into the weekend but there are single matches taking place in the Championship, Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 and so something to work with.

I’m going to start off with the Championship fixture between Stoke and West Brom which should be a good match and Betfred are running their £5 Risk-Free #PickYourPunt offer on the game which is a regular betting offer from which you will receive your stake back as a free bet if it doesn’t come in.

Stoke vs West Brom Prediction

This should be a competitive match and one that both sides will be confident of getting something out of. West Brom currently top the table but Stoke are hot on their heels after an upturn in form and a victory for the home side tonight would take them within just one point of tonight’s opponents.

Starting with the hosts, they’re currently unbeaten at the Bet365 Stadium, winning six of their seven matches played there this season and only dropping points in their 1-1 draw with Barnsley two weeks ago. They’re around 13/5 to be the first team this season to beat West Brom in the league and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.

West Brom fought back from a goal down against QPR two weeks ago to pick up all three points thanks to two late goals from their top scorer, Karlan Grant. They followed that victory up with another as they demolished Cardiff 4-0 away from home and showing why they are one of the more likely candidates for automatic promotion back into the Premier League.

Stoke have scored in each of their last 10 matches at home and West Brom in 9 of their last 10 on the road. Both teams have also found the net in five of Stokes last six and so it’s likely that we could see goals at both ends of the pitch tonight.

You can back both teams to score at odds of 10/11 with Mansionbet but I’m finding it hard to bet against the visitors tonight and so I’m opting for West Brom to Win & BTTS which is priced at 4/1 with William Hill.

Betfred are only offering odds of 3/1 via the #PickYourPunt market for the bet above and so for this selection, I’ll be backing Stoke to be winning at half time and West Brom to win. West Brom seem to come alive in the second half so providing they are just one goal down come the break, they’ll have a chance of going on to win the match.

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Cagliari vs Venezia Prediction

My second selection comes from Serie A where two struggling sides meet at the Sardegna Arena in desperate need for points.

After six matches, Cagliari find themselves with two points and Venezia with four. It hasn’t been the best of starts by either side but I’m backing the underdogs to sneak a win tonight at generous odds of 18/5 with Unibet.

The visitors have won one, drawn one and lost two of their last four matches. One of those defeats was away to AC Milan and they were unlucky to lose to Spezia two weeks ago after conceding in the 94th minute. They’re the more in-form side of the two and so odds of 18/5 surely have some value.

Although they have only picked up two points this season, Cagliari have faced the likes of Napoli, AC Milan and Lazio and so tonight’s opponent’s will pose less of a threat than in those fixtures. However, the hosts only won five games at home last season and although this match is definitely winnable for them, I see it more as a 50/50 game and so I’m going with the much bigger odds on the visitors rather than odds-on for a home win.

Cagliari vs Venezia
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Football Betting Tips Thursday 30th September

Just the one winner from the three yesterday as both Chelsea and Bournemouth were unable to come out on top in their matches. However, thankfully, it was a 3/1 winner with Salzburg beating Lille and both teams scoring which resulted in an overall profit for the day again.

Today, we move onto the Europa League where top sides across Europe play their second matches of the group stages.

Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction

Despite scoring three goals against Betis in their opening Europa League group stage match two weeks ago, Celtic came away with nothing and will be searching for their first point in the competition tonight.

Celtic have had a mixed start to the season and find themselves in sixth place in the Scottish Premiership, six points behind league-leaders and rivals Rangers despite scoring more goals than any other team in the league by some margin. Ange Postecoglou’s side have been excellent at home this season with them winning seven consecutive games at Celtic Park. That 100% record was brought to an end on Sunday when only one of their 23 attempts on goal was successful and Dundee Utd were able to take away a point from the 1-1 draw.

After being knocked out of the Champions League at an early stage by Danish side Midtjylland, tonight’s hosts will be hoping to progress in this competition. They are in desperate need of points after their loss to Betis but they have a tough task on their hands against an in-form Leverkusen side.

Bayer are second in the Bundesliga, just three points adrift of 30-time champions Bayern Munich. They look relatively solid at the back and are a definite threat going forward with players such as Patrick Schick and Moussa Diaby both finding the net multiple times for the German side, not to mention the young German international Florian Wirtz who has scored five goals in as many games for Leverkusen this season which has resulted in several top clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal all watching the 18-year-old midfielder closely.

Despite Celtics excellent form at home this season, Bayer Leverkusen may prove too much for them given the form of their attacking players in front of goal. Odds of evens are available on an away win tonight with 888Sport but I’m opting to back Leverkusen to win & BTTS for which you can get odds of 13/5 for with William Hill.

Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen
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Marseille vs Galatasaray Prediction

For my second selection today, I’m again backing a side who are in excellent form in front of goal.

Up until Sunday, Marseille were unbeaten at home in their last 16 matches, winning 13 of them and drawing 3. Unfortunately, that run was brought to an end with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Lens but their form and ability to score goals at the Stade Vélodrome can’t be ignored. In their last 10 matches in front of home fans, Jorge Sampaoli’s side have averaged an impressive 2.5 goals per game and I’m backing them to find the net at least once against a Galatasaray side who have conceded in 7 of their last 8 on the road.

Although Galatasaray picked up an impressive 1-0 victory against Serie A side Lazio in their opening fixture of the group stage, they have unimpressed domestically this season having won just one of their last five which has left the 20-time Turkish champions in a disappointing 10th place in the Super Lig.

I’m expecting Marseille to come out on top tonight given their impressive record at home and ability to score goals but again, I’m backing BTTS. Marseille & BTTS is priced at 5/2 with Bet365.

Marseille vs Galatasaray
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West Ham vs Rapid Vienna Prediction

Lastly, I’m backing West Ham to beat Austrian side Rapid Vienna and to do so in style.

David Moyes’ side are fully expected to win tonight and are priced at just 1/4 to do so. However, you can get odds of 4/6 on West Ham -1 with several bookies which is what I’ll be having a punt on.

West Ham top Group H after a 2-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb two weeks ago and they should be able to retain that position in the table with another victory tonight. It’s likely that Moyes’ will rotate his squad somewhat in preparation for his sides clash with Brentford on Sunday but they should still prove to be too much at home against a Vienna side who have had a terrible start to the season in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Rapid Vienna are second bottom of their domestic league having picked up just 8 points from a possible 27 this season. They’re winless in their last six in all competitions and have lost four of those, including their most recent outing at home to Sturm Graz in which they lost 3-0.

West Ham definitely have the talent in front of goal and I think a -1 bet on the Hammers tonight is one that has a high chance of coming in.

West Ham vs Rapid Vienna
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Football Betting Tips Wednesday 29th September

Four separate tips were posted yesterday. West Brom to beat Cardiff (21/20), Sunderland to beat Cheltenham (4/6) and Liverpool to beat Porto (3/4) all came in with flying colours. However, who would have thought that it would be Real Madrid who would let us down for the Liverpool / West Brom / Real Madrid boosted treble @ 5/1? The Spanish giants were just 1/8 to beat Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol last night at the Bernabéu and despite having 68% possession and 30 attempts on goal, of which 11 were on target, they still managed to lose the match 2-1. It was the biggest shock of the tournament so far and one that will have saved SkyBet a lot of money.

That’s football though and today is a new day with more fixtures from the Championship and Champions League taking place.

Juventus v Chelsea Prediction

Starting off with one of the big games of the night and I’m backing Chelsea to bounce back from a rare defeat in the Premier League with a victory tonight in Italy.

After a terrible start to the season, Juventus have picked up a bit in form and have won their last two matches in Serie A. Two 3-2 victories have lifted them up to 10th in the league but still within 10 points of league-leaders Napoli. Despite scoring six goals over their last two games, they have proven to be vulnerable at the back still. Couple that with Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata being ruled out from tonight’s match and you can surely see the logic in backing an away win tonight. The duo have netted over 46% of Juve’s goals in all competitions this season and so their absence is a huge blow for the home side given how solid Chelsea are at the back and the limited chances that they are expected to have.

Chelsea conceded just their second goal of the season in the Premier League at the weekend when they lost 1-0 to current champions Manchester City. It was a disappointing result for Tuchel’s side who are genuine title challengers this season but they will be looking to bounce back from that defeat and will fancy their chances of getting back to winning ways against a weakened Juventus side.

Chelsea have kept 10 clean sheets in 14 Champions League matches from the beginning of last season and their defence has been looking even more solid since the arrival of Tuchel back in January. I expect a standard performance from the visitors tonight and it’s likely that they could come out as 1-0 winners and maintain the majority of possession in the game.

Odds of 6/5 are available with Betfair Sportsbook for an away win which I think are more than fair.

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Red Bull Salzburg vs Lille Prediction

Tonight’s hosts have had a tremendous start to their season in the Austrian Bundesliga where they are yet to drop any points from their first nine matches. With 23 goals being scored and just 4 conceded, they look on target to claim their ninth consecutive league title.

A respectable 1-1 draw for Salzburg away to Sevilla two weeks ago, along with Lille’s stalemate at home to Wolfsburg, has left all four teams in Group G level on 1 point after the first round of matches and I expect Salzburg to be topping the table after the final whistle tonight.

The current French Ligue 1 champions haven’t gotten off to the best of starts this season having picked up just 11 points from their opening 8 matches. They’ve conceded more goals than any other team in the top 14 of the league which is a worry heading into a match against a side that is averaging over 2.5 goals per game domestically.

Given Lille’s vulnerability at the back, I’m expecting Salzburg to come out on top tonight. However, Lille can pose a threat and so I’m opting to back Salzburg to win & Both Teams To Score which is available at a price of 3/1 with Bet365.

Red Bull Salzburg vs Lille
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Peterborough v Bournemouth Prediction

My final selection comes from the Championship where Bournemouth travel to the Weston Homes Stadium to face a struggling Peterborough side.

The visitors have the chance to leapfrog West Brom and claim a spot at the top of the Championship table tonight and I fancy them to do just that. Scott Parker’s side have conceded just one goal on the road this season and remain undefeated in the league having won their last four matches.

Newly-promoted side Peterborough have shown mixed form in the Championship this term having scored a respectable 10 goals. However, they have conceded 20 which is more than any other team in the league and will do well to keep Bournemouth’s attack at bay tonight.

After four consecutive defeats, the Posh picked up an impressive 3-0 victory against Birmingham two weeks ago but suffered defeat to Coventry with the same scoreline a week later.

If Bournemouth are to be challenging for an automatic promotion spot to get back into the top-flight next season, these are games that they can’t afford to lose. I’m expecting an away win tonight for which Betfred are offering odds of 3/4 on.

Peterborough v Bournemouth
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Football Tips – Tuesday 28th September

A 95th-minute strike from Neal Maupay last night helped our Draw & Under 2.5 Goals #PickYourPunt bet come in with Betfred on the Palace v Brighton match at odds of 13/5. Unfortunately, Torino could only manage a 1-1 draw away to struggling Venezia to spoil a perfect day for us.

Moving onto today and Champions League group stage matches return along with some action from the Championship and League One.

Cardiff v West Brom Prediction

Starting off in the Championship and West Brom make the trip to Cardiff with the aim of picking up three points and topping the table when the final whistle blows.

The Baggies are currently two points adrift of league-leaders Bournemouth and remain unbeaten in the Championship so far this season (W5, D4). They’ll see this as a winnable game and will look to exploit Cardiff’s shaky defence.

Despite a relatively positive start to the season which saw Mick McCarthy’s side pick up two wins and two draws from their opening four matches, they have now lost four of their last five in the league, including a 5-1 defeat away to Blackburn just three days ago.

Given the form Cardiff are in, an away win is expected and odds of over evens with Betfred look very tempting indeed.

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Sunderland v Cheltenham Prediction

Moving down into League One and we have Sunderland hosting Cheltenham Town at the Stadium of Light.

The hosts have been in excellent form this season and are currently locked on points with Wigan at the top of the table having won six of their first eight matches and only suffering one defeat to Burton in the middle of last month. The majority of the Black Cats’ victories this season have come by a one-goal margin but they have had the quality to see games out as winners and I expect the same from Lee Johnson’s side tonight.

As for Cheltenham, they have now lost their last two matches which included a 4-1 defeat away to Preston in the EFL Cup and a 2-0 loss on the road to Wigan on Saturday. They’ve picked up 5 points from 5 games away from home this season which isn’t a match for Sunderlands 100% win record in as many games at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland will be eager to retain the form that they’re currently in throughout the season to finally get out of League One which they have been trying to do for the past three seasons. A home win could very well be on the cards tonight which is what I’ll be backing at odds of 4/6 with Boylesports.

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Porto v Liverpool Prediction

Onto the Champions League and two in-form sides meet in their second game of the group stages. FC Porto host Liverpool at the Estadio de Dragao and they could top Group B come the final whistle if they perform an upset.

These two sides’ opening Champions League matches couldn’t have been more different with Liverpool picking up a thrilling 3-2 win against AC Milan at Anfield and Porto playing out a goalless draw against Atletico Madrid. I do expect goals tonight though and envision the hosts coming out on top.

Porto are unbeaten in their last 18 matches in all competitions with their last defeat being back in April when Sérgio Conceição’s side were knocked out of this competition in the quarter-finals by Chelsea. That is an impressive stat that they will hope to retain. As is their current run of nine consecutive victories on home turf. However, Liverpool should be the ultimate test for them and unfortunately, they’re meeting Klopp’s side when they’re in excellent form.

Liverpool’s last competitive loss was also back in April and also in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid. Their excellent run in the league was halted slightly at the weekend as they twice gave away a lead against Brentford to eventually draw the match 3-3 and leave with just a point. However, goals are flowing for Klopp’s side and they have scored an impressive 15 goals in 6 league matches which is more than any other team in the league this season.

You won’t get huge odds on an away win here tonight but it is the expected result.

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Two winners from three on Sunday as Son found the net for Spurs (9/4) late in the second half and Real Betis inflicted more misery on struggling Getafe (3/4) by taking away all three points with goals either side of half time.

It’s slim pickings in the top European Leagues today but there are a few games to look at, along with a betting offer from Betfred for the Palace v Brighton match.

Crystal Palace v Brighton Prediction

Brighton make the trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League’s Monday night fixture. It’s a tricky game to call and probably not one I would usually have a bet on. However, Betfred are running their Risk-Free #PickYourPunt offer for the match from which you can get your stake refunded as a free bet on #PickYourPunt markets if it doesn’t come in.

I wasn’t expecting much at all from Palace this season and although Patrick Vieira’s side are way down in 15th place in the league and just two points above the drop zone, they have only lost to Chelsea and Liverpool this term. Their points have come from respectable draws against Brentford and West Ham as well as an impressive 3-0 victory against Spurs two weeks ago. They’ll see this match as one from which they can come away with points but it’s likely to be another tough fixture for them.

Brighton are having a great season so far having won four of their five league matches and progressing in the League Cup with 2-0 victories against Championship sides Cardiff and Swansea. They haven’t been running away with games and three of their four league victories have been won by a one-goal margin. Although no match in the top-flight is easy, Graham Potter’s side haven’t had the toughest start to the season but this should be another winnable game for them.

Neither side has proven to be prolific in front of goal and so I’m expecting a low-scoring game. Palace have failed to score in three of their five league matches and Brighton have conceded just 0.8 goals per game on average so far. For the Betfred #PickYourPunt bet, I’m backing a Draw & Under 2.5 Goals which basically is for the match to end either 0-0 or 1-1.

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Venezia v Torino Prediction

Tonight’s hosts are having a shocking time since being promoted into the Italian top-flight and have lost four of their five opening matches of the season. Perhaps what is more concerning for Paolo Zanetti is that his side have only managed to score three goals and conceded a total of ten. Their latest outing resulted in a 2-0 defeat away to AC Milan in a match where they had just 29% possession of the ball. Finding goals at this level is obviously a problem for the newly-promoted side but their focus should be on keeping the ball out of their own net which they are struggling with.

After suffering 2-1 defeats in their opening two matches of the season against Atalanta and Fiorentina, Torino are now unbeaten in their last three, picking up victories against Salernitana (4-0) and Sassuolo (1-0) and taking away a point from their 1-1 draw at home to Lazio midweek. The latter was a match they should have won but managed to give away a penalty in the 91st minute to allow their opponents back into the game.

Torino are clearly the more in-form side of the two and are more capable in front of goal as well as in defence. Odds of 6/5 are available on an away win with several bookies such as Bet365, Betfair, Parimatch and SpreadEx which I think has value.

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Football Tips – Sunday 26th September

Arsenal v Tottenham Prediction

Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates this afternoon and it should be an interesting match since both sides have underperformed this season. From the ten games played between the two of them, they have only scored a total of five goals with Spurs bagging three and Arsenal just two. I believe that we’ll see goals this afternoon but I’m backing the underdogs to score more and take away the three points.

Tottenham’s last two league matches have ended in 3-0 defeats to the hands of Crystal Palace and Chelsea but they did put two past Wolves on Wednesday evening to progress to the last 16 of the EFL Cup. A goal for England striker Harry Kane was much needed given he has failed to find the net in the league for his side so far this season and partnered with Son, it could be what was required to kick start his form in front of goal.

After a dismal start which put the pressure on manager Mikel Arteta, the Gunners have picked up back to back wins in the league and also progressed in the League Cup following a 3-0 victory against Wimbledon earlier in the week. However, their league wins came against the likes of Norwich and Burnley by just a one goal margin and so they still have a lot to prove against more threatening sides.

Arsenal are priced at 5/4 whereas a Spurs win has odds of 5/2. I think there is a lot more value in backing an away victory in this match which is what I’ll be doing.

Boylesports are also running their No-Lose bet offer for this match from which you’ll get your stake refunded as a free bet up to £10 should it fail to win. For this bet, I’m opting for a price boost on Son to score anytime which has been boosted from 7/4 to 9/4.

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Betis v Getafe Prediction

My second Sunday selection comes from the late match in La Liga where Betis host struggling Getafe at the Benito Villamarín Stadium.

The hosts are unbeaten in their last four, winning three of them and scoring an impressive 11 goals in the process. One of those victories was a 4-3 triumph over Celtic in the Europa League group stages but Manuel Pellegrini’s side are also in excellent form in the league.

The same can’t be said for Getafe who head into this match on the back of six straight league defeats and are searching for their first point in La Liga this season.

Other than their 3-0 loss away to Vallecano a week ago, all of Getafe’s defeats have been by just one goal, including their respectable 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening. Confidence must be at a low in the Getafe dressing room and given the hosts’ form in from of goal recently, should they take the lead, I can see heads going down resulting in a home victory and more misery for Getafe.

Odds of 3/4 are available on a Betis win with Betfair Sportsbook.

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QPR were unable to hold onto their lead last night against West Brom and following two goals in the last 15 minutes, left the field with a 2-1 defeat. An away victory would have resulted in a perfect day of betting but we did have the BTTS bet come in (4/6) along with Coventry to beat Peterborough (8/11).

Premier League action returns today and top-flight fixtures get underway with a potentially cracking match between title challengers Chelsea and current holders Manchester City. I’ll be looking for value in betting markets for today’s games and also taking the bookies up on some of the available betting offers to add further value to the bets.

Chelsea v Manchester City Prediction

What a fixture to kick things off on a Saturday! Chelsea host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge at lunchtime in what could be the game of the season so far.

Chelsea are strong contenders for the title this season and I backed both teams to finish in the top 2 in my Premier League ante-post tips last month. It’s an incredibly tough match to call but one that many will be looking to have a flutter on.

Under Tuchel, Chelsea have looked like a side capable of winning tournaments and the league. They’ve only lost three league matches since he took over in January and so it’s hard to bet against them at the moment. 

City sit four places below Chelsea in the table having dropped points in their defeat to Spurs in their opening fixture and in their goalless draw with Southampton last weekend. However, the goal they conceded in the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham was their only one of the season and so they too look incredibly solid at the back.

Other than 3 points, there’s not much to separate these two sides. Both have conceded just one goal this season and Chelsea have scored one more with a tally of 12. I’m expecting a close match with neither side likely to run away with the game given their defensive capabilities. City have the most potential to score multiple goals but I expect a low scoring game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the match end in a 1-1 draw.

This isn’t really a game I’d like to bet much on but there are a few betting offers available for the match that are worth taking advantage of.

Firstly, SkyBet are offering a £5 free bet to customers who place a bet of just £0.05 or more on the match. It’s a no-brainer to take them up on this offer as it’s close to being risk-free.

Secondly, Coral are also giving away £5 free bets to use in-play on the game when you place a bet of £5 or more pre-match. 

I’m backing a 1-1 draw here at 5/1 and as a second bet, Draw/Draw in the HT/FT market at odds of 4/1 which I think is good.

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Saturday Treble Tip

Onto other fixtures in the Premier League and I’ve picked out three selections to include in a treble that comes in at around 3.70 with SpreadEx.

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Everton v Norwich Prediction

The price on Everton has shortened slightly over the past couple of days but you can still get 3/4 for a home win with Spreadex which I think are good odds on the Toffees.

Starting with Norwich, they’re without a point in the Premier League this season having suffered defeats in all of their five matches. The manner of those defeats isn’t exactly inspiring any confidence in taking a punt on them either with Daniel Farke’s side conceding 14 and scoring just 2. They have faced the likes on Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal and Leicester but Everton away from home shouldn’t be too much easier. 

Prior to last weekend, Everton had only dropped points in their 2-2 draw away to Leeds last month but conceded three goals within 10 minutes in their most recent outing against Aston Villa. They’ll be looking to bounce back from that defeat and a match against bottom of the table could be just what they need to do that.

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Man Utd v Aston Villa Prediction

I backed West Ham to knock United out of the EFL Cup earlier in the week but I’m tipping them to pick up all three points today. The main reason for betting against them was due to their rotation in squad and in particular, the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo. The team that beat West Ham 2-1 just three days prior to their cup defeat will return and they should have too much for Villa on home turf.

Although I do expect United to win, they have only kept a clean sheet in one of their seven matches this season and so we could see Villa get on the scoresheet. However, they have not been the most prolific on the road this season having suffered defeats in both their matches.

Man Utd to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League this season is the second part of my treble.

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Brentford v Liverpool Prediction

Brentford host Liverpool in the late kick-off today and I can’t see anything other than away win. Klopp’s side have won nine of their last ten league matches and top the table in terms of form. On top of that, they have found the net three times in their last four matches in all competitions and should be able to do so again this afternoon.

Brentford have held up well in their first season in the top flight having only lost one match at home to Brighton two weeks ago. However, Liverpool will be their biggest test of the season and they’ll do well to get anything out of the game.

An away win is currently priced at 1/2 with Betfred which I think is fair and concludes my Saturday treble.

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Yesterday’s double came frustratingly close to coming in again. Both Napoli (4-0) and Roma (1-0) won their matches but Roma needed to bag an additional goal for the bet to land. However, the single on Napoli produced a return at 10/11 and we received a £5 free bet from Betfair for placing the double so all is not too bad.

There are only a handful of matches taking place in the top leagues today but I’ve picked out a couple of selections from them and will be focussing on the weekend’s fixtures for which tips will be live tomorrow morning. There are some great matches taking place this weekend along with some excellent betting offers so be sure to check back then.

West Brom v QPR Prediction

This has the potential to be a cracking game. I’ve enjoyed watching QPR this season and think that they stand a chance of picking up three points against any team in the Championship. Only Fulham have scored more goals than Mark Warburton’s side and when you have that sort of form in front of goal, you head into matches with a huge amount of confidence.

I am slightly reluctant to back QPR tonight for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they’re away to West Brom who are an excellent side and should be towards the top of the table for the majority of the season and contending for an automatic promotion spot. Secondly, this will be the third match that QPR will have played in the last six days. Despite making some changes for their impressive victory over Everton in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, there will surely be tired legs on the pitch which doesn’t go in the favour of the visitors.

Looking at the odds, I don’t think there is a huge amount of value in backing West Brom at 8/11 giving that they have drawn all three matches played in September. If I was having a bet on the Match Result market, it would have to be on QPR as the odds of 4/1 are a lot more appealing. However, due to the reasons above, it would only be a small wager. If you’d like to take a slightly bigger risk, odds of 7/1 are available on a QPR win & BTTS. Both teams have found the net in five of West Broms eight matches this season and six of QPR’s and so goals are likely to be on the cards tonight.

Betfred are running their £5 Risk-Free Bet Builder offer on this match tonight. Place a £5 bet on a Bet Builder and if it loses, you’ll receive your stake back as a free bet. I’m going to cover another base with this selection and back the Draw & BTTS at odds of 10/3.

West Brom Predicted Lineup

Johnstone; Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend; Furlong, Livermore, Mowatt, Reach; Phillips, Diangana; Robinson

QPR Predicted Lineup

Dieng; Dickie, De Wijs, Barbet; Odubajo, Johansen, Ball, McCallum; Chair; Gray, Dykes

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Coventry v Peterborough Prediction

The other Championship fixture this evening sees newly-promoted Peterborough travel to Coventry.

The visitors will be high on confidence after picking up three points in their 3-0 victory at home to Birmingham at the weekend to end a four-match losing streak in which they conceded a worrying 11 goals. That win lifted them out of the relegation zone and another victory tonight would see Darren Ferguson’s side move up seven places in the league and five points above the drop zone.

However, they’re away to a Coventry side who have picked up five wins and a draw from their first eight matches which has given Mark Robins’ side an excellent start to the season. They currently sit 4th in the Championship but a win tonight would see them top the table which surely has got to give huge motivation to the players to leave the pitch with all three points.

Despite Peterbourghs recent victory and the fact that they are capable of scoring goals, I’m backing a home win tonight as there’s no getting away from the fact that the visitors are still yet to pick up a single point on the road this season and more worryingly, have scored just 3 goals on their travels whilst conceding a whopping 13.

Coventry Expected Lineup

Moore; Hyam, McFadzean, Rose; Kane, Hamer, Sheaf, Maatsen; O’Hare; Gyokeres, Godden

Peterborough Expected Lineup

Cornell; Thompson, Edwards, Kent, Butler; Taylor, Norburn, Grant; Ward, Kanu, Dembele

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Football Tips – Thursday 23rd September

Unfortunately, both Tottenham and Chelsea couldn’t hold onto their leads in the EFL Cup last night which meant that the treble failed to come in. However, West Ham did manage a 1-0 victory against Manchester United and so our 13/2 tip landed resulting in another profitable day.

Onto today and there are a lot fewer matches taking place but I have picked out a double from Serie A that I think has value at odds of 4.40. I’ll also be placing the double with Betfair Sportsbook in order to qualify for the £5 free bet they offer on multiples.

Sampdoria v Napoli Prediction

Napoli make the trip to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris tonight to face Sampdoria with the aim of reclaiming their spot at the top of Serie A. They’ve beaten tonight’s hosts in their last five meetings, both home and away, and I expect them to extend that to six consecutive wins.

The visitors have had the perfect start to the season having won all four of their opening matches with their most recent outing resulting in a 4-0 victory away to Udinese on Monday evening. Luciano Spalletti’s side are averaging 2.5 goals per game currently and have proven they’re also capable at the back having only conceded two goals this season.

Sampdoria sit 12th in Serie A having picked up five points from four games. After failing to find the net in their opening two matches of the season, the hosts have scored five in their last two matches, including a 3-0 win away to Empoli on Sunday.

The hosts should be heading into this match with some confidence based on their most recent matches but I do think that Napoli will have too much for them. Odds of just shy of evens are available on an away win which is what I’ll be backing tonight.

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Roma vs Udinese Prediction

Another match tonight in Serie A sees Roma host Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico.

The hosts headed into the weekend with a perfect record this season but gave away a first-half lead away to Verona to eventually lose the match 3-2. Jose Mourinho’s side will be looking to bounce back from that defeat tonight and I expect them to do so on home turf tonight.

Three of Roma’s four victories in Serie A this season have been won by two goals or more and midfielders Lorenzo Pellegrini and Jordan Veretout have already bagged three goals each this term. Therefore, to give the odds on Roma winning (1/2) a boost, I’m opting to back Roma -1 tonight. The hosts have been prolific at the Stadio Olimpico and I’m expecting them to get on the scoresheet more than once.

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Football Tips – Wednesday 22nd September

Close but no cigar on the treble last night as Fulham played out a goalless draw with Leeds at Craven Cottage. However, the other two singles on Atletico to beat Getafe at 7/10 and both teams to score in the QPR v Everton match at 5/7 came in which resulted in an overall profit and so we can move on to today with a bit in the bank.

Although there are some matches taking place in the top leagues across Europe, I’m going to focus on EFL Cup fixtures today as there are some good betting offers around that can add value to the bets. There are some tricky fixtures tonight, especially given that some lineups will be rotated from what we would expect in league games. However, with a bit of research we should hopefully be able to land some winners.

Man Utd v West Ham Prediction

Just four days after these two sides met in London, they face each other again, this time at Old Trafford. United took away the three points from the encounter at the weekend but the two sides would have shared the points if substitute Mark Noble had converted his 95th-minute penalty. The somewhat strange decision by manager David Moyes to bring Noble off the bench purely to take the penalty didn’t pay off and resulted in West Ham leaving the pitch with nothing to show for their efforts.

Tonight’s match should be different as both sides are likely to make changes from the starting XI’s we saw on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo has been a key player for United since arriving and has already bagged 3 goals for his old club which has helped them pick up points against both West Ham and Newcastle. He will most likely be rested tonight along with Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood and others and so whether or not the likes of Sancho, Lingard and Martial will pose as much of a threat to West Ham remains to be seen.

West Ham are away to Leeds on Saturday and face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League a few days after and so they too will be considering rotating their squad. Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice may step aside for Alex Kral and Mark Noble but we should see the return of Michail Antonio up front who will be the key man for the Hammers.

It’s a tough match to call but I certainly don’t think that there is any value in backing United at odds of 1/2. West Ham are a big price of 13/2 with Betfair Sportsbook which I think has value as a small single wager. Online bookmaker Betfred are offering a £5 risk-free #PickYourPunt on this match where your stake will be refunded as a free bet if it doesn’t win. They’re worth taking advantage of despite the relatively poor odds you generally get on #PickYourPunt markets and for this bet I’m going for Antonio to score anytime and the match to end in a draw @ 17/2. Although I will be placing a small wager on West Ham winning the match, this provides a bit of a safety net and the stake is refunded if it doesn’t come in.

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SkyBet Price Boost – Arsenal / Chelsea / Tottenham

SkyBet have a price boost on today for Arsenal, Chelsea & Spurs all to win with the odds being boosted from 7/2 to 11/2. Although this is in no way a sure bet, it does have value with the boost and I’ll be taking SkyBet up on it tonight.

Arsenal have perhaps the easiest fixture of the three and host Wimbledon at the Emirates. Arteta’s side head into the match following back to back wins against Norwich and Burnley and saw off West Brom 6-0 in the previous round of this tournament. A comfortable home win is expected in this fixture.

Chelsea are at home to Aston Villa and this could potentially be a tricky match. I would never bet against Chelsea in the league at the moment but they are likely to make changes for tonight’s match given that Tuchel’s side currently top the Premier League and will want to hold onto that position for as long as possible. That may mean that they’re more vulnerable than usual but they should have the strength in their squad with the rotations that they make to see out the game as winners and progress to the next round.

Wolves v Tottenham is the final fixture and the toughest to predict. Sky Bet do give you the option of selecting a win for Wolves @ 9/2 or the match ending in a draw @ 11/2 but I think Spurs may just edge this one. Neither side is in particularly great form and both have been struggling for goals in the league. With Wolves yet to find the net in front of a home crowd at the Molineux so far this season, I can see Tottenham winning this match by the odd goal.

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Parimatch £5 Free Bet

Finally, Parimatch are offering a £5 free bet when you place 2 x £5 doubles on football which is a great offer. Even if neither of the bets come in you will still receive half your stake back and so there is a lot of value in this offer.

For my first double, I’m backing both teams to find the net in the Man Utd v West Ham match. Both sides should have chances as they did on Sunday and it would come as no surprise to see goals at both ends of the pitch.

For the second part of my double, I’m backing Brighton to beat Swansea. Brighton have gotten off to an excellent start in the league and Graham Potter’s side find themselves in 4th position in the table. The Seagulls have won four of their five matches and should have enough to progress to the next round against a Swansea side in poor form.

Swansea have only picked up 7 points from a possible 24 this season in the Championship and will find themselves in an early relegation battle if they’re not careful. Picking up points in the league will be Russell Martin’s main focus at the moment and with tough fixtures against Huddersfield and Fulham approaching, he’s likely to rest key players.

The double comes in at 2.30 with Parimatch which is just over the minimum odds of evens to qualify for the free bet.

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Moving onto the second double, and I’m heading away from the EFL Cup and over to France where Metz host PSG. It’s bottom vs top in this match and an away win is fully expected. PSG are at odds of 1/4 to win which isn’t surprising but to give the odds a boost, I’m backing PSG -1. PSG have scored more goals than any other team in Ligue 1 this season and Metz have conceded more than any other and so it seems like a logical bet and one which has value at odds of 4/6 with Parimatch.

For the second selection, I’m backing AC Milan to beat Venezia at home in Serie A. Milan have the opportunity to be tied on points at the top of the league with rivals Inter should they win tonight and it’s the most likely outcome. Venezia have lost four of their five matches in Serie A since being promoted and I can’t see them troubling the hosts tonight.

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Football Tips – Tuesday 21st September

Only Barcelona let the treble down yesterday with both Napoli and Benfica picking up victories. Despite dominating the match with 77% possession and 17 attempts on goal, Ronald Koeman’s side were only able to take away a point in their 1-1 draw against Granada. However, both teams found the net in the Benfica v Boavista match which came in at 11/5 to provide some returns.

Onto today and there’s action taking place across Europe including in League One, League Two, La Liga, Serie A as well as in the FA and League Cups.

Getafe v Atletico Madrid Prediction

I’m going to start off in La Liga where struggling Getafe host Atletico Madrid at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

The hosts have had their worst ever start to the season in the top-flight having suffered five straight defeats in as many games this season. Their most recent outing resulted in a 3-0 defeat away to Vallecano to make it four out of their five matches that Míchel’s side have failed to score in. The manager is under increased pressure to put points on the table but it’s a tough ask to get anything out of tonight’s game against an Atletico side that will be hoping to top the table come the final whistle.

Atletico currently sit second in La Liga, two points adrift of league-leaders Real Madrid and will see this match as a good opportunity to get back to winning ways after goalless draws against Porto in the Champions League and at home to Bilbao on Saturday in La Liga. The visitors have not been prolific in front of goal so far this season but as usual, have been solid defensively and so I can’t see Getafe posing too much of a threat to their backline. To back that up, Getafe have failed to score in every one of their last 20 meetings with Atletico!

An away win is priced at 7/10 with William Hill which I think has value and will be my first selection today. If you’d like to, you can give the odds a small boost by backing Atletico to win to nil which you can get odds of 5/4 with 888Sport for.

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QPR v Everton Prediction

Next up, I’m heading to the EFL Cup where there are some great fixtures taking place tonight, including QPR v Everton.

QPR had an excellent start to the season and remained unbeaten until just a week ago. However, 2-1 defeats to both Bournemouth and Bristol City have resulted in Mark Warburton’s side dropping to 8th in the league and six points adrift of Bournemouth at the top of the table. Despite their recent defeats, there has been a lot to like about QPR this season and in particular, their form in front of goal. Only Fulham have scored more goals than tonight’s hosts in the Championship this season with them averaging two goals per game. However, they’ve also proved to be vulnerable at the back with the Hoops conceding more than any other side in the top 12 teams in the table. As such, Everton should find themselves with chances tonight and I’m confident that they’ll be able to convert at least one of them.

Everton head into this match on the back of a 3-0 defeat away to Aston Villa which ended their unbeaten run in the top-flight this season. New manager Rafael Benitez will hope to progress in this competition in his first season in charge of the Toffee’s and he should have the experience to see this game out as winners. However, I don’t think it will be an easy task for him and so instead of backing the win, I’m opting to go for a simple both teams to score bet which I think has a good chance of coming in.

QPR v Everton
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Fulham v Leeds Prediction

Another potentially thrilling cup fixture tonight is Fulham v Leeds at Craven Cottage. Leeds haven’t shown the quality in front of goal as they did last season and now find themselves towards the bottom of the Premier League table after picking up just three points from their first five games. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have scored in each of their three away matches to Man Utd, Burnley and Newcastle but also conceded in each of those games. I’m expecting the same tonight but finding it hard to pick a winner from the two.

Fulham are hot on the tails of Championship leaders Bournemouth and are likely to make changes for tonights game to focus on their campaign to return to the top-flight next season. The same can be said for Leeds who are in desperate need for points to move away from the danger zone. However, both sides have reserve players who are capable of scoring goals and who will use this opportunity to showcase their talents and make an impression.

Again, I’m backing both teams to score in this fixture at odds of 20/29 with Mansionbet which is a reasonable price in my opinion.

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Football Tips Monday 20th September

Only Leicester let us down for the treble yesterday at odds of almost 11/1 but victory for Manchester United, albeit a nervy one, and over 2.5 goals in the Tottenham v Chelsea game meant it was another profitable day overall.

EFL Cup action takes place tomorrow but for today, I’ll be looking at the Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and the Portuguese Primeira Liga to pick out a few selections from the handful of matches taking place.

Barcelona v Granada Prediction

Barcelona are holding their own in La Liga without the likes of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. Although, they were massively outclassed in their opening Champions League group match last week when they were beaten 3-0 at home by Bayern Munich and didn’t register a single shot on target. Ronald Koeman’s side are currently 10th in the league but have two games in hand and winning both of them would put the 26-time La Liga champions tied on points at the top of the table with Real Madrid.

There’s no doubt that Barca aren’t the force that they were last season and it remains to be seen how they will respond to last weeks dismal performance in the Champions League. They’re vulnerable at the back and have conceded in all three league games this term and although Granada have only found the net twice in their four La Liga matches, I’m backing both teams to score tonight.

Granada will fancy their chances against a vulnerable Barca side and so I expect them to head out with the intention of winning the match. However, I do think that Barca will edge it and so a home win & both teams to score is my pick from this fixture.

Barcelona v Grenada
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Udinese v Napoli Prediction

Next up, we head to Serie A where Udinese host Napoli at the Stadio Friuli. Both sides head into this match in excellent form with Napoli picking up maximum points from their first three games and the hosts only dropping points in their 2-2 draw at home to Juventus last month.

Both sides have averaged two goals per game so far this season and I’m again backing both sides to get on the scoresheet tonight. However, Napoli have won 10 of their 11 most recent encounters against Udinese with the other ending in a draw and I’d be surprised to see the hosts put an end to Luciano Spalletti’s sides 100% record

Napoli will no doubt cause Udinese problems in front of goal but they are also prone to conceding the odd goal. An away win and both teams to score seems like a good bet in this match which is what I’ll be backing at odds of 11/4 with Bet365.

Udinese v Napoli
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Benfica v Boavista Prediction

Lastly, 37-time Primeira Liga champions Benfica take on Boavista at the Estádio da Luz in a game the bookies are expecting a comfortable home victory.

The hosts have won 14 of their last 19 matches at home and so it’s no surprise to see them priced at a short 1/5 to come out on top tonight. However, they did travel to Ukraine last week where they played out a goalless draw against Dynamo Kyiv in their opening Champions League fixture and so fatigue could be a minor issue. Jorge Jesus’ side have a flawless record in the Primeira Liga this season, having won all five of their matches so far and they should continue with that record against a side that finished 13th last season and just two points above the drop zone.

Boavista are in reasonable form with only suffering one defeat in their five league matches and I can see them getting on the scoresheet tonight should Benfica be feeling the effects of their trip to Ukraine in midweek. There’s not a lot of value in backing the home win here given the short odds but I will be taking Bet365 up on their price of 11/5 for Benfica to win and both teams to score.

Benfica v Boavista
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If you’d like to back the treble, the safer bet would be on a straight win for each team at odds of around 2.90 with Betfair who offer a £5 free bet for placing it regardless of the result. However, odds of 32/1 are available with Bet365 for the win & BTTS treble which is tempting for a small bet.


Football Selections – Sunday 19th September

Brighton vs Leicester Prediction

Brighton have had a great start to the season with three wins from four games. It’s not been the hardest of opening fixtures for them but they are getting the job done and getting valuable points for their season however I feel against better opposition the class will show and they could be on for a long afternoon.

Leicester have started with two wins from 4 games and although not looking the force of last season you feel that that is about to start. The star man up top Jamie Vardy has already scored a couple of goals and I feel he could be the difference today. 

I am going for the Leicester win today at 19/10 which I feel are very generous odds. Brighton will be happy to sit back and use the counter attack but I feel that is a very dangerous tactic against a fast paced Leicester side. Bet 365 offer you to 100 in free bet credits for new customers. 

Brighton vs Leicester
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West Ham vs Manchester United Prediction

Another great fixture this afternoon and West Ham will be more than happy to spoil Ronaldo’s party. David Moyes she seen another great start to the season and the job he does there is undoubtedly over expectations. Two wins and two draws to start the season is exactly what they needed and no doubt confidence is very high right now! 

Man United look very dangerous this season and after a solid transfer window they really are title contenders. Ronaldo has got straight off the mark and although he won’t be the old Ronaldo we know his goal scoring ability is second to none and we won’t be surprised for more goals today. 

West Ham are a tricky opposition but I feel Man United are definitely the value today at 4/5 with Paddy Power. The home side will want to frustrate Man United but the quality will eventually show and as soon as a goal goes in it will be very much a uphill task. 

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Tottenham vs Chelsea Prediction

What a game we have this evening! No doubt there will be a lot of passion and end to end football for us all to enjoy.

Tottenham have fought to some good results this season although they came unstuck against Crystal Palace in their last game. The football hasn’t been a joy to watch but we know exactly what the presence of Harry Kane can do and will always be a threat. Before the Palace defeat they looked very solid defensively but the weaknesses showed.

Chelsea really look the part this season and in all honesty are my title favourites. Three wins and a draw sees them near the top of the table and Lukaku has settled in perfectly for them. Tuchel has really made his mark and his philosophy will only bring success to the club. I think the game will be pretty much on Chelsea’s terms but the counter attack may provide the goals for Tottenham.

A very hard one to predict, Chelsea have more ability and overall could control proceedings but Tottenham simply have Kane and if he is firing then the game can be turned on its head. With all this been said I am going to concentrate on the goals market. Over 2.5 Goals is surprisingly 6/5 with Bet365 and this is where the value is.

Tottenham vs Chelsea
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The Treble is at odds of 10.68/1 with Betfair. They offer a £5 free bet for just putting this bet on no matter what the results are!

Treble
Leicester to Win
Manchester United to Win
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Football Selections – Saturday 18th September

Burnley vs Arsenal Prediction

Well it’s been a miserable start to the Premier league for both these teams and it’s a must win game for both to try and push on.

Burnley have just one draw in four games so far this season and although they are known as a defensively solid side they need to start using key man Chris Wood to score some much needed goals. Manager Sean Dyche signed a new contract this week and well deserved considering the job he’s done with limited resources and this could help push them for a result today.

Arsenal secured their first win against Norwich in their last game but it wasn’t exactly impressive. This win saw their first and only league goal of the season which is a big worry for Arteta. It was a deserved win non the less with constant pressure on the Norwich goal but something just isn’t right at the moment and today it could show again.

I’m going to go to a result today and that result is a draw, two teams who really want to win and try to get away from the bottom of the league. The value for me is in the draw at 11/4 with Betfred. They offer £30 in Free Bets for new customers who stake £10.

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Manchester City vs Southampton Prediction

Manchester City looked very impressive on the attack midweek and the 100 million pound man Grealish showed exactly what he can do. After an opening loss to Tottenham this season they have really kicked on and are showing why they are the early favourites for the title. With the team hitting form the only way is up now and with all the rotating available due to a squad of pure talent we can only see one result today. Pep will be very keen to put on a display for the fans especially after the controversy sparked this week and we won’t be surprised if it is a full house.

Southampton are becoming a very resilient side with three draws in four games but are showing very limited attacking force and with the quality Man City have they really won’t be able to stop the barrage of attacks. Southampton aren’t shy of losing by big goal differences and that is where I am leaning towards today, an early goal could open the floodgates! There is no value in Man City just winning the game but there is value in the margin they can get this done.

The value is with the handicap market and that’s Man City -2 Handicap at 11/10, this is with Bet 365 who we mention below of a fantastic offer for Premier League football today.

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Aston Villa vs Everton Prediction

Everton have got off to a flyer this campaign with Rafa Benitez with three wins and a draw and looking very impressive in the mean time. In their last game against Burnley they showed real character coming from 1-0 down to score 3 quick goals and take over the game. Rafa got it right that day and I think he will again today.

Aston Villa haven’t had a bad start to the season either but showed real vulnerability against Chelsea in their last game losing 3-0. One thing we are seeing with Villa is they will attack consistently all game but concede way too often without a real goal threat leading their charge and they could definitely come unstuck today.

Again I’m going for a result and I think Everton will be too strong for Villa and get the victory. They are at odds of 2/1 with Bet 365 who are offering a £5 free on the premier league today! Just log in and claim yours or sign up and also get up to £100 in free bet credits.

Aston Villa vs Everton
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Treble
Burnley vs Arsenal Draw
Man City -2 Handicap
Everton to Win
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Football Selections – Friday 17th September

Newcastle vs Leeds Prediction

The Premier League returns this evening with Newcastle vs Leeds and these are two teams who really need a win to kick start their season.

Newcastle had a promising start in their game against Manchester United and you can see on the attack they have the ability to stretch teams but the same problem persists and that is the defence who simply concede too many goals. Today they will really need Saint-Maximin to show up and cause numerous problems against a shaky Leeds United defence.

Leeds have also started their campaign in a similar way only managing two draws from their opening four games. They seem to lack the intensity they were so well known for last season and teams are taking full advantage of that. I am sure though Bielsa will let his men know that it is not good enough and we can expect to see a fired up Leeds United team.

The result is too hard to predict and I expect a cagey affair with both teams really wanting to take some points home with them. Due to this I am happy to say the value is with the Draw at 11/4 with Betfred. I am also concentrating on the card betting market. The one and only Mike Dean is in charge and when he fancies a card they come in abundance. The Over 3.5 cards market just has no value at 8/13 so we are going to go with Phillips to be Carded at 2/1 with Bet 365. They also offer up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers.

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Hertha vs Furth Prediction

Both of these teams have had a shocking start to the season, they both average conceding nearly three goals a game. This has a recipe for either team grabbing a few goals this evening and the value definitely is in the goals market. I also feel the home side have a much better side to control the game from the off so taking that into account have found a bit of extra value.

Hertha wouldn’t have expected to be where they are so far this season but after 3 defeats to start the season they showed some fight against Bochum to come out the game 3-1 winners which will have really boosted their confidence going into a must win fixture.

Furth have just managed one draw so far and the rest have been easy defeats and conceded plenty of goals. I don’t see this changing this evening and it could be a really long night for the away team. 

My main selection is over 2.5 goals at 10/11 with Bet 365. I actually expected the odds to be a little less so I am happy to take this one on. I also like the odds of Hertha Berlin to win both halves at 7/2 with Bet 365 also. My instincts say a comfortable home win and a bad night for the away team.

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I am having two doubles again today from my main selections and one for my extra value selections. Both are best odds with Betfair who will give you a £5 free bet just for placing a bet even if the bet loses.

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Football Selections – Wednesday 15th September

Stoke vs Barnsley Prediction

Another night ahead with The Championship and Champions League taking centre stage.

Stoke have looked very solid so far this season and have only come unstuck against a very impressive Fulham side, away from that it has been pretty much perfect. Stoke have always been known as a defensively sound side which creates many opportunities on the counter attack and young Jacob Brown looks like he will cause plenty of problems this season for many oppositions. Stoke are currently in the play offs and only 2 points off top spot.

Barnsley on the other hand are in a real struggle. They opened their campaign with an impressive win over Coventry but since then only managed to get a couple of draws. Their main problem is the lack of goals and against a solid defensive side like Stoke I feel these problems are only going to continue. 

Stoke are ⅘ to WIN and that is enough value for me, they could even get the job done a little comfortably so I will also be advising a Stoke -1 Handicap bet at 9/4! Both of these selections are best odds with Betfred so be sure to take advantage of their bet £10 get £30 in free bets offer for new customers!

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Coventry vs Cardiff Prediction

Coventry have proved the surprise package so far this season with 4 wins in 6 games. Another side who seem very solid at the back so far but when tested , like against QPR, there will be plenty of goals scored. A win could see them near the top of the table which for the faithful fans would be brilliant and the atmosphere should be fantastic.

Cardiff have also started very well and if there is one thing we can say about them it is they can find the net but also concede far too many. One of the big advantages they have is the presence on set pieces with Centre Back Aden Flint already getting 4 goals this season. This could be the key to opening up a resilient Coventry defence. I have a strong feeling the game will be end to end and an early goal from either team will really open it up for more goals.

The result of the game seems far too tricky to predict but out of all The Championship games this is the one to me that stands out for Both Teams to Score at EVENS with 10bet. They also offer a 50% up to £50 welcome bonus for new customers.

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Sporting vs Ajax Prediction

Sporting as always have had a great start to the season, unbeaten in 5 and sat in the top 4. A loss for them is very rare for them but the calibre of side they play against makes it hard to say how solid they are compared to the other teams in their group. Champions League regulars but not consistent enough over the years to cause many problems.

Ajax are in a similar position, an unbeaten start but again in a league arguably with even less depth than the Portugal Liga but a team who really bring their A game when in the Champions League. Their fast football philosophy makes them a real handful and new signing Sebastian Haller is scoring for fun this season with 4 goals in as many matches. He is 11/2 to score first with Betfred and I think this is great value for a man who simply knows where the net is.

My main bet for this game though is Ajax to win at 27/20, I think they will just have too much for Sporting this evening. These odds are with Unibet who offer money back up to £40 if your bet loses for new customers.

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If you’d like to back the Treble with the main three selections above, I recommend placing it with Betfair who offer a £5 free bet for doing so. The odds are 6.04/1.

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Stoke to Win
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Football Selections – Tuesday 14th September

Bournemouth vs QPR Prediction

We have plenty of football to go at this evening with The Championship and Champions League taking centre stage. 

Both Bournemouth and QPR have started the season fantastically so trying to predict the result would not be a wise move. Due to this I have to find the value and that value comes in the shape of goals. Bournemouth are averaging just under 2 goals a game and QPR are averaging just over 2 goals a game so this leads me to feel that Over 2.5 Goals at ⅘ is the best bet for this fixture.

Both teams have a player in form in front of goal. For Bournemouth this is Dominic Solanke (9/2 to score first) who has 4 goals already this season. For QPR this main man is Lyndon Dykes (15/2 to score first) who has bagged 3 goals and continued that fine form for Scotland in the qualifiers.

My initial hope is that it is early in the season and both teams will want to get the win. This would create an end to end affair which would surely lead to plenty of goals, an early goal will definitely set the mood in the Vitality stadium. The ⅘ odds are with Unibet who offer money back as a bonus up to £40 if your bet loses for new customers so this is a great way to guarantee some sort of return if you dont already have a Unibet account.

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Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Prediction

What a game we have here! Obviously Barcelona won’t be the same for a long time but they will always stick to their philosophy of playing fluent football and have plenty of young talent to back this up. Bayern have started the season like they mean business and looked emphatic in their 4-1 win against a difficult Leipzig at the weekend.

You will find with Champions League football that experience usually pays off and Bayern Munich have plenty more of that than Barcelona. I don’t think it will be a one sided game but I think on the counter attack and with the abundance of talent Bayern have they will get the win this evening. That being said I don’t see the value in Bayern just to win, I see the value in Bayern to win and Both teams to score at 9/4. The game will be at a very fast pace from the off and it might take an early Barcelona goal to wake Bayern up and then they can show why they are one of the most feared opposition in the Champions League.

You can get 9/4 with Betfair which is pretty good value .

Lille vs Wolfsburg Prediction

Another game that really stands out for me in the Champions League this evening. Wolfsburg have started the season with a perfect record of 4 wins and only conceding one goal in these. Lille on the other hand have had a tough start to their campaign and this is mainly due to the terrible defensive displays resulting in 11 goals being scored past them in 5 games.

The only thing putting me off a Wolfsburg win is Champions League football can throw many surprises and this is mainly down to teams playing in different leagues so it is hard to get a real emphasis on form. I feel goals will be key and goals for Wolfsburg in particular so I have decided to go with Wolfsburg to score over 1.5 goals at 6/4. This covers an end to end 2-2 draw or 3-2 Lille win etc which I would not be surprised about happening.

I also like the main man for Wolfsburg Weghorst and with odds of 9/2 to score first I feel this is very good value. These odds are with Paddy Power and they offer a £20 risk free bet for new customers so that is advised to use on this one.

Football Selections – Monday 13th September

Everton vs Burnley – Predictions

The result in this game I really can’t call. Everton have had a much better start to the season but if there is one thing we have learnt about Burnley it is to never write them off and I can’t see enough value in the 7/10 odds of Everton to win. Home advantage will obviously be a big bonus for Everton but I imagine the plan for Burnley is frustrate them all night and get them on the counter attack, something they have mastered over the years.

With this been said I feel the value is definitely in the bookings market. Over 2.5 cards to be exact @ 4/5. Both teams are known for big tackles and frustrating the opposition in the middle of the park which always stirs up some confrontation. To add to all that as well we have Andre Marriner in charge of the game who is averaging 4 cards a game so far in the Premier League and one early booking could create a dominion effect with plenty of players being shown a card.

Taking into account all these stats I also really like the odds on both teams to receive 2 or more cards @ 9/2, these games can turn ugly fast and with the Everton fans in full voice this could really push Marriner to keep the cards coming out.

Both these selections are with Bet365 who offer a massive sign up bonus of up to £100 in bet credits, this is a prefect way to get a head start on them.

Everton vs Burnley
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Bologna vs Verona Predictions

Bologna have started the season with a win and a draw, not moving mountains by any means but a solid start non the less and the fans really seem to be getting behind their team going forward. Verona have lost their opening two matches and their defensive performances have been very poor. I was looking for the value in the game and with the Bologna faithful being the 12th man I have decided to take the Bologna to WIN odds of 11/10.

Bologna have a great record against Verona and despite the amount of goals both teams have been scoring and conceding I feel this could be a much tighter affair with Bologna scraping a 1-0 (9/1) or 2-0 (10/1) victory. The main man for Bologna is their summer signing Marko Arnautovic who is already off the mark. A natural goal scorer as we saw for West Ham and comes back from a strong international break with a couple of goals for Austria.

I was initially looking at another total amount of cards bet but the value just isn’t there and probably rightly so as the Italian league don’t mind handing out plenty of cards.

The 11/10 odds are from William Hill who offer a huge sign up bonus of £50 when you bet £10!

Bologna vs Verona
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Football Tips – Saturday 11th September

After a short break for international fixtures, Premier League action returns and there are some great games to look forward to this weekend as well as the debut of Cristiano Ronaldo in his second spell at Manchester United.

Today, I’ve picked out selections from the Premier League and Championship along with a nice price boost on the Man Utd v Newcastle match at 3pm.

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Prediction

Crystal Palace put two past West Ham two weeks ago to take away a much needed point. However, Patrick Vieira’s side were far from convincing and those two goals came from their only shots on target during the match. 

Tottenham are a lot more solid at the back than West Ham are and Palace are unlikely to get many chances in front of goal today. Spurs the only team in the league yet to concede a goal and so should they find the net, I’d expect them to go on and win the game relatively comfortably.

Heung-Min Son is a doubt for the match as he is recovering from a calf injury which is a slight concern but with Harry Kane gaining pitch time for England during the break, and finding the net in all three matches, Spurs should have enough in attack to cause the Palace backline some problems.

SpreadEx are offering odds of just over evens (21/20) on an away win which I think is excellent value and I’ll be putting them in a treble today along with the selections below.

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Southampton v West Ham Prediction

West Ham make the trip to St Mary’s to face Southampton today and I’m backing them to get back to winning ways after a somewhat disappointing 2-2 draw with Palace in their last league outing. 

The Hammers have been anything but boring this season and you can expect goals in every match that they play. They bagged four against both Newcastle and Leicester and another two against Palace which makes them the Premier League’s joint top scorers this season along with Manchester City. 

Although they’ve proven to be capable of finding the net, they’re also vulnerable at the back. David Moyes’ side shipped two first half goals against Newcastle in their opening fixture of the season and two weeks ago threw away their lead twice against Crystal Palace who are not exactly known for their strengths in front of the opposition’s goal currently.

Southampton’s season is going relatively well considering. They lost their main striker Danny Ings in the summer and I expected them to struggle for goals. However, the Saints have found the net in all three of their matches so far this season and have picked up draws in tricky fixtures at home to Man Utd and away to Newcastle. 

Both teams have found the net in all of Southampton’s and West Ham’s matches this season and so we could be on for a very entertaining match. However, I’m playing it slightly safer and backing just West Ham to win in this fixture. They’re more than capable of putting two or three goals past the best of teams and if their attacking players such as Antonio and Benrahma are on form, I think they may have just too much for the host today.

Odds of 6/4 are available on West Ham with 888Sport which I think has value.

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Man Utd v Newcastle Prediction

This isn’t a huge betting game for me and I’m only including it in my writeup as I think it’s worthy of a mention given that Ronaldo is set to make his first appearance in a United shirt for over 12 years. 

As a Newcastle fan, as much as I would like to see an away win today, it’s not very likely to happen. Callum Wilson has a thigh injury and if he doesn’t feature, Newcastle will be short of attacking threat and will look to Joelinton or Dwight Gayle as a replacement. The Magpies start to the season has been far from thrilling after suffering losses to West Ham and Aston Villa and twice giving away a lead at home to Southampton to take away their only point of the season.

With the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Man Utd will be hoping to challenge the best at the top of the table and all eyes will be on the former Real Madrid & Juventus player this afternoon. 

I won’t be backing United at odds of 2/9 today but I have come across a price boost that I think is worth taking advantage of.

William Hill have boosted the odds on Ronaldo to score at any point in the game against Newcastle from a short 4/9 to a very attractive 2/1. The all-time international top scorer will be looking to make his mark on his old club as quickly as possible and what better way to do that than to score on your debut in front of fans at Old Trafford. With Steve Bruce’s side looking vulnerable at the back, he should get his chances and there’s no doubt that he’ll want to steal the show with a goal or two.

Ronaldo to score anytime at odds of 2/1 is a great bet in my opinion.

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Chelsea v Aston Villa Prediction

Again, this isn’t a betting game for me but Betfred are offering a £10 Risk-Free #PickYourPunt bet on the match from which you can get your stake back as a free bet if it loses.

For this bet, I’m backing Chelsea to be winning at HT and FT and Kai Havertz to score anytime. It’s only priced at 2/1 but as it’s risk-free, I think it’s worth a punt.

Chelsea have been incredibly solid under Tuchel and I wouldn’t bet against them when they’re playing any team. They’ve only conceded one goal this season and although Villa have found the net in each of their first three games, they have a much tougher task on their hands breaking down the Chelsea backline.

New signing Lukaku is a doubt for Chelsea as he recovers from a thigh injury but even if he doesn’t feature, the hosts have enough of an attacking threat to cause Villa problems. Kai Havertz is one player who will most likely do that and the German international bagged his first goal of the season in Chelsea’s last outing against Liverpool at Anfield. I’m backing him to do the same again today and Chelsea to pick up all three points.

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Sky Bet Price Boost

Sky Bet have another cracking price boost available this weekend on Premier League matches that I think is worth taking advantage of.

They’re offering:

  • Man Utd, Man City & West Ham to win: Was 3/1 NOW 6/1
  • Man Utd, Man City & West Ham to draw with Southampton: Was 5/1 NOW 8/1
  • Man Utd, Man City & Southampton to win: Was 4/1 NOW 7/1

I’ve already tipped West Ham to beat Southampton and I fully expect Man Utd to come out on top against Newcastle and so that just leaves Manchester City to beat Leicester. It’s not a sure bet by any means with Leicester beating City 5-2 away from home last season and again in the Community Shield last month. However, City have scored 10 and conceded just 1 so far this season and with the way they’re playing, I do expect them to have too much for Leicester.

At odds of 6/1, boosted from 3/1, there is definitely value in this bet.

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Reading v QPR Prediction

Dropping down a league into the Championship and the game with value, in my opinion, is Reading v QPR at the Madejski Stadium.

QPR have started their new campaign in the Championship how they left off last year and have picked up 11 points in their first five games. Consecutive 2-0 victories against Oxford and Coventry has left Mark Warburton’s side in third place in the league, just two points adrift of leaders Fulham and they’ll be hoping to leapfrog their London rivals with a victory today.

Reading find themselves towards the bottom of the table having lost four of their first five matches, during which time they have conceded 13 goals. That’s a worrying stat for the Royals and manager Veljko Paunović has to pull something out of the bag quickly to avoid his club getting into trouble early on in the season. However, their issues are not new as Reading won just one of their last 11 matches last season and I’m backing their poor run of form to continue today with an away victory for QPR.

Bookmaker Betfair are offering odds of 7/5 on QPR which I think is a good bet and completes my treble for today.

Odds on three away wins in the fixtures above comes in at 11/1 and Betfair are currently offering the best price which is good news as they will also credit a £5 free bet for placing it regardless of the result.

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Football Tips – Friday 10th September

We’re heading towards an exciting period of football with Premier League action this weekend which will see Cristiano Ronaldo make his first appearance for Manchester United since May 2009, and also a string of Champions League fixtures throughout next week.

For today’s selections, I’m looking at matches taking place in League Two with Harrogate hosting Newport as well and the French Ligue 1 where the current title holders Lille face Lorient.

Harrogate Town vs Newport County Prediction

I tipped Harrogate to beat Mansfield at 3/1 last weekend and they left Field Mill with all three points having won the match 3-1. They were a big price that day and although the odds aren’t quite as generous on Simon Weaver’s side tonight, I still think there’s value in backing them against Newport.

Although the hosts are unlikely title winners (14/1), they are on a great run in League Two and currently top the table having picked up 13 points from a possible 15. They also have a game in hand over Forest Green who are in 2nd place on the same number of points. You can guarantee that Weaver will be putting the point across to the players before the match that this is a chance to go three points clear at the top which would be a great position for them to be in at this stage of the season. 

Newport have picked up just 7 points from their first 6 matches this season but 6 of them did come on the road where they have beaten both Oldham and Tranmere with 1-0 scorelines. However, Michael Flynn’s side have proven to be vulnerable at the back as they let in three goals away to Salford and two at home to Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Harrogate are priced at 6/5 to win today and although I’m not expecting them to run away with the game, I think with the home advantage, they should have the edge and see the game out as 1-0 or 2-1 winners.

If you want to take a bit of a bigger risk, Harrogate to win & both teams to score is at odds of 10/3 with Betfair Sportsbook.

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Lorient vs Lille Prediction

Moving onto Ligue 1 and Lorient host Lille at the Stade du Moustoir tonight. 

Surprise 2020/21 winners Lille have not gotten their title defence off to the best of starts this season having picked up just 5 points from their first 4 matches. However, their only defeat was to Nice three weeks ago and they are currently unbeaten on their travels, averaging two goals per game away from home. Despite not having problems finding the net in their opponent’s goal, they are venerable in their own where they have shipped a worrying nine goals in their first four matches. That’s something that Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side is going to have to improve on fast if they are aiming for a spot in one of next seasons elite European competitions.

Lorient have picked up the same amount of points as tonight’s visitors (5) and although they got their season off to a good start with a 1-1 draw away to St Etienne and an impressive victory against Monaco, they have shipped 5 goals in their last two matches with a 3-1 defeat to Montpellier and a 2-2 draw with Lens. 

However, despite only playing one match at home so far this season, their form in front of their fans at the Stade du Moustoir has been excellent. Christophe Pélissier’s side have lost just 1 of their last 16 at home, winning 12 and drawing 3. The majority of those victories came with a one goal margin and so I’m expecting a close game tonight.

Both sides have proven they can score goals but also that they’ve vulnerable at the back. With Lorient’s impressive home record, I can’t bring myself to back Lille tonight but I’m also reluctant to back the hosts given how much of a threat Lille pose in front of goal. Therefore, I’m backing both teams to find the net which is priced at evens with 10Bet.

If you’d like to back the double with the two selections above, I recommend placing it with Betfair who offer a £5 free bet for doing so which you can use for Premier League fixtures this weekend or one of the several Champions League matches next week.

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All three selections came in yesterday with Croatia (7/10) beating Slovenia 3-0, Denmark (1/3) beating Isreal 5-0 and the Netherlands (1/3) adding to Turkey’s woes by thrashing them 6-1. It also meant that the treble at just over 2/1 landed and we also received a £5 free bet for placing it with Betfair. Some great results and hopefully, we’ll get the same today.

I’m going to stick with the European World Cup Qualifying fixtures this evening and hopefully find some value in those. I’ll also be taking a look at the Poland v England match for which there are some betting offers available that are worth taking advantage of.

Poland v England Prediction

England currently top Group I with maximum points from their first five matches and Gareth Southgate’s team have looked nothing but solid as usual having conceded just one goal in their World Cup Qualification matches and scoring 17. However, this will be their toughest test yet. They beat Poland 2-1 at Wembley in the reverse fixture back in March but they won’t be taking that for granted and they know that they will have to be near their best to continue their flawless record in the group.

Victory for Poland tonight in Warsaw will take them within two points of England in the table and they do have players who could cause them trouble. Robert Lewandowski is of course the main threat and the Bayern Munich striker has already bagged 6 of Poland’s 18 goals during the qualification stage. The hosts head into the match on the back of successive victories against San Marino (7-1) and Albania (4-1) but they’ll know that England are a team that will test them a lot more tonight.

Looking too much into form isn’t really needed in this match as both sides have picked up victories as they were expected to against the weaker teams. However, England are the stronger of the two sides and had a much better Euro 2020 campaign than Poland who lost two of their three group games. England have been incredibly reliable for some time now and I expect a similar performance tonight with Southgate’s men aiming to control the game with possession and finally break down the Polish defence.

As well as an England win, it’s tempting to back both teams to score tonight. England do not concede many goals but both teams have scored in 10 of Poland’s last 11 matches and with Lewandowski on the pitch, they’ll always be a threat.

England are 2/3 to win tonight in Warsaw which I think are fair odds and I’ll be backing them at that price. Betfred are also offering a £5 Risk-Free #PickYourPunt bet on this match from which you’ll get your stake refunded as a free bet if it doesn’t come in. For this bet, I’m backing a simple England to Win & BTTS as I do think Poland will have their chances and you wouldn’t put it past Lewandowski to finish them.

Lastly, SkyBet are offering odds of 8/1 on both Kane and Lewandowski to have 2 or more shots on target each which has been boosted from 4/1. I think this is worth a punt as both sides will be looking towards these players for goals and they both should have their chances in front of goal.

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Belarus v Belgium Prediction

Belgium have picked up 13 points from a possible 15 in Group E with the 1-1 draw away to the Czech Republic back in March being the only time they have faltered. Roberto Martínez’s side are up against Belarus tonight and they’re fully expected to win and extend their lead at the top of the group. They’re close to achieving automatic qualification with the Czech Republic being six points adrift of them in second place and victory tonight will take them a step closer to that.

Belgium are priced at 1/8 to win and so to add more value, I’m suggesting a bet on Belgium -2. The visitors have bagged an impressive 20 goals in just 5 matches during the qualification stage and given that they put 8 past Belarus when they played them in Heverlee back in March, seeing them win by 3 or more goals tonight would be no surprise at all. They’re 6/4 to do that with Betfair which I think is a good bet.

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Northern Ireland v Switzerland Prediction

Switzerland have a real chance of qualifying for Qatar 2022 and victory tonight in Belfast could all but seal the deal. It wouldn’t confirm qualification but it would take Murat Yakin’s side 5 points clear of 3rd placed Bulgaria with a game in hand which would be a nice position for them to be in.

Northern Ireland head into this match on the back of victories against both Lithuania and Estonia which should give them a boost tonight. However, Switzerland are a class above those two sides and proved that when they battled it out to take a point away from European Championship winners Italy on Sunday evening.

Despite N.Ireland’s good run of form lately, I can’t see them having enough quality to run away with this match. Switzerland should cause them problems and if they’re able to get on the scoresheet, which they have done in 14 of their last 16 matches, I think they should be able to see the game out as winners.

An away win is priced at 8/11 with Sky Bet which isn’t huge odds but I’ll be putting it in a double with my selection on the Belgium match above and placing it with Betfair in order to receive another £5 free bet regardless of the result.

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Football Predictions Tuesday 7th September

European World Cup Qualifying fixtures continue tonight and I’ve picked out a treble which comes in at just over 2/1. Not huge odds but Betfair are offering some of the best odds currently and they also award a £5 free bet for placing it with them which adds overall value to the multiple.

Croatia v Slovenia Prediction

Croatia lost the first leg of this fixture 1-0 back in March despite dominating the game and will be looking to inflict revenge on tonight’s visitors. It’s a big match for both sides with the hosts tied on points at the top of the table with Russia and Solvenia trailing by 3 points in 3rd place in the table. I’m backing Croatia to come out on top despite the loss in Ljubljana as they have picked up 10 points from a possible 12 since that disappointing defeat.

Slovenia don’t travel particularly well and have lost their last five World Cup Qualifying fixtures on the road. They generally don’t get humiliated in defeat and so I’m expecting a narrow win for Croatia but one that should be relatively comfortable.

Odds of 7/10 are available on a home win which I think is a solid pick.

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Denmark v Israel Prediction

Denmark had an impressive Euro campaign and have followed that up with successive victories against Scotland and the Faroe Islands in matches that they managed to not concede. They’re looking like an extremely solid side and one that is difficult to beat and so it’s logical to expect them to pick up another three points at home tonight and extend their lead at the top of Group F.

Israel are far from a poor side as they showed when they defeated Austria 5-2 in their last outing on Saturday. Victory tonight would take them within two points of Denmark in the group and they will take confidence from winning three of their last four on the road. However, Denmark will prove to be a much tougher opponent than the likes of Moldova, Montenegro and the Faroe Islands and they’ll do extremely well to get anything from this game.

Denmark have a perfect record in their World Cup Qualifying campaign so far having picked up maximum points from their first five matches. They’ve also scored 17 goals throughout those fixtures and have yet to concede a single goal.

The hosts are 1/3 to win tonight which makes a good Acca selection in my opinion.

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Netherlands v Turkey Prediction

My final selection comes from the Netherlands v Turkey match tonight in Amsterdam. This will be the first time I’ve bet against Turkey since the beginning of their qualifying campaign but I feel the hosts will have just too much for Şenol Güneş’s side who have proven to be vulnerable at the back and yet to regain their pre-Euro 2020 form.

Turkey beat tonight’s hosts 4-2 back in March but results haven’t gone quite as well since. They came out as 3-0 winners against Gibraltar on Saturday which will give them a boost heading into this match but they gave away a 2-0 lead to draw their match against Montenegro three days earlier which shows their inconsistency and vulnerability currently.

The Netherlands have averaged three goals per game in their World Cup Qualifiers so far and if they produce the same tonight, it’s hard to see Turkey having enough chances in front of goal to get anything from the game. New Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has opted to revert back to a 4-3-3 formation which as you would expect, has resulted in goals for his side, especially on home turf where they have scored 19 goals in their last 8 matches.

Similar to Denmark, the Netherlands are priced at 1/3 for the win which completes the treble for the day.

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Football Predictions Monday 6th September

6/5 and 3/1 winners on Saturday with Accrington Stanley and Harrogate made it two profitable days in a row and fingers crossed we can extend that run today with selections from a somewhat limited list of fixtures. Tomorrow looks better with a string of European World Cup Qualifying matches scheduled, but today, it’s slim pickings as I don’t fancy looking too much into the African World Cup Qualifiers. However, there is a competitive League One fixture taking place between Bolton and Burton and I’ve also picked out a single from La Liga 2 in Spain.

Bolton v Burton Prediction

Bolton bounced back up into League One last season and it’s been an entertaining start from the Trotters. They’ve bagged 9 goals in their first 5 matches but also managed to concede 8. Two wins and two draws has left them with 8 points and in 14th position in the league, six places below tonight’s opponents. What is steering me more towards a home win in this fixture is Bolton’s form in front of a home crowd. They put three past MK Dons in their opening fixture of the season and beat Offord 2-1 two weeks ago. Their most recent outing resulted in a 3-2 victory against League Two side Port Vale in the EFL Trophy at the end of August which extended their feat of just one defeat in their last 18 matches at the University of Bolton Stadium. Ian Evatt’s side seem to have no problem finding the net if you dismiss their 1-0 defeat away to Cambridge Utd a week gone Saturday, and I’m confident that they’ll have their chances in front of goal tonight also.

Burton are six places above tonight’s hosts in the league but have only collected two more points from their opening five matches. Despite winning three and drawing one this season, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side have averaged just one goal per game. However, they have scored in four of their five matches, as well as in their EFL Cup defeat to Oxford, and they should be confident of scoring against a side who have conceded in four of their five league fixtures.

Bolton’s attacking nature does make them somewhat vulnerable at the back which is why I’m backing Burton to also get on the scoresheet tonight. I think with the home advantage, Bolton are the more likely to go on and win the match and so I’m backing a home win & both teams to score at odds of 7/2 with Bet365.

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Huesca v Oviedo Prediction

Heading to the second division of the Spanish La Liga and a single match between Huesca and Oviedo is scheduled for tonight.

The hosts were relegated from the Spanish top-flight last season after finishing two points into the drop zone. However, they’ve gotten off to a positive start having won two of their opening three matches, both of which finished 2-0 on home turf. Tonight, they host Oviedo who are winless this season having drawn two and lost one of their opening three matches. Oviedo only managed four wins from 21 matches played away from home in La Liga 2 last season and I can’t see them causing an upset tonight.

Huesca picked up 22 points at home last season in a league that featured the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico and Sevilla, and so they should be confident of taking away maximum points this season in all of their home matches against much poorer sides.

Huesca are a very reasonable 10/11 to win tonight with Boylesports which will be my second single of the day.

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If you fancy backing the win double, Betfair Sportsbook are offering a £5 free bet for doing so, regardless of the outcome.


Football Tips – Saturday 4th September

There’s no Premier League action this weekend with European World Cup Qualifying fixtures still underway. England have two fixtures remaining with hosting Andorra at Wembley tomorrow and taking the trip to Poland on Wednesday. I won’t be covering the Andorra game today as England are 1/41 to win and so there isn’t much value in any of the main markets. Our 6/1 tip on Harry Maguire to have 1+ headed SOT against Hungary came in with the centre-back bagging a goal in the 69th minute, and as expected, it was off his head.

Looking at today’s fixtures and there are several from League One, Two and further down the ranks to choose from and so I’ve picked out a few selections that I think have value.

Accrington Stanley vs Shrewsbury Prediction

My first selection today comes from League One where Accrington Stanley host Shrewsbury at the Crown Ground. 

Shrewsbury have gotten off to a terrible start and have found themselves in the relegation zone after five matches, having picked up just three points. Those points came from a 2-1 victory against Gillingham last weekend which should give them somewhat of a boost heading into this match but their other games this season don’t paint a pretty picture. Other than last weeks win, Steve Cotterill’s side lost their other five matches this season without scoring a single goal. That included their most recent outing which ended in a 1-0 loss at home to Crewe in the EFL Trophy.

Accrington have won three of their last four in the leagues with the defeat being a 2-0 loss away to MK Dons last weekend. They’re not running away with games with all of their victories being by a one-goal margin this season but there’s a good chance they can see this game out as winners if they find the net today as they have only conceded once on home turf so far this season.

Odds of 6/5 are available on a home win which I think is excellent.

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Bradford vs Walsall Prediction

Moving down a league and Walsall make the trip to Valley Parade to face Bradford who are currently 18 places above them in League Two.

Bradford have picked up 10 points from their first five matches and lost their first game of the season in a 2-0 defeat away to Leyton Orient last weekend. That loss was followed by an early exit from the EFL Trophy when Derek Adams’ side suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to Lincoln. They’ll be looking to get back to winning ways today and potentially top the table come the end of the weekend.

Walsall finished 8 points above the relegation zone last season in 19th place and haven’t gotten off to the best of starts this term having picked up just four points in their opening five matches. A 1-0 victory at home to Stevenage last weekend is what Brian Dutton’s side needed but they have yet to pick up a single point or goal on the road this season.

Bradford have their eyes set on promotion this term which is one reason the cup exit to the hands of Lincoln on Tuesday can be dismissed. They’ll be looking to maintain their 100% record at home and I’m backing them to do that at odds of 7/10 with Betfair.

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Tranmere vs Hartlepool Prediction

This is an interesting fixture and not a sure bet but I do think that there’s value in backing the away win.

Tranmere have picked up 5 points in 4 games this season despite only scoring 1 goal. They have had the vast majority of possession in all of their matches except against Swindon and so it seems as though their game plan is to simply keep the ball and hope to bag a goal or two. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out like that for them so far but they have proven to be a very tough team to score against with both Swindon and Port Vale failing to do so and Newport and Scunthorpe only managing to find the net once. 

However, they’re up against a Hartlepool side who have averaged 1.75 goals per game in the league so far this season and they ended up putting three past Carlise in their EFL Trophy clash before coming out second-best on penalties. I feel that if the visitors can break them down, then Tranmere won’t have enough in front of goal to get back into the match and at odds of 9/4 for an away win with Boylesports, I think it’s a good bet.

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Mansfield v Harrogate Prediction

Another somewhat risky selection I’m going for today is Harrogate to beat Mansfield away from home.

Just three points separate these two sides in the league with Mansfield picking up 7 points from 5 games and Harrogate 10 points from a game less. 

The visitors are a huge price to pick up a win away from home today being priced at 3/1 with Unibet which I think has a lot of value.

Not only do Harrogate head into this match in the better form having won 3 and drawn 1 of their last 4 matches and Mansfield have lost their last 3, but the visitors have also beaten today’s hosts on all three occasions since November last year. The latest being just four days ago when Harrogate came out as 3-1 winners at home in the EFL Trophy.

There isn’t much reasoning why Mansfield should be odds-on favourites for the win today and so I’m backing Harrogate to make it four consecutive victories against the hosts at some very appealing odds.

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SkyBet Super Boost

This weeks SkyBet Super Boost features two of my selections above and so it makes sense considering it. As well as backing Accrington and Bradford, you can include Oxford, Wimbledon or the draw at boosted prices.

  • Accrington, Bradford & Oxford: 10/1 (from 7/1)
  • Accrington, Bradford & Wimbledon: 12/1 (from 9/1)
  • Accrington, Bradford & Draw: 14/1 (from 10/1)

I’m taking a punt on the draw in the Wimbledon v Oxford match. There’s not much separating the two sides in my eyes, despite Oxford being the bookies’ favourites. Wimbledon have drawn 3 of their last 5 and I can see this game ending in another one, most likely with goals from both sides.


World Cup Qualifying Predictions – Thursday 2nd September

European World Cup qualifying fixtures continue tonight with a dozen fixtures scheduled including Hungry v England in Budapest. I’ve picked out a double from tonight’s matches and will also be taking a brief look at Southgate’s potential lineup.

North Macedonia vs Armenia Prediction

North Macedonia really caught my eye during the Euros. Their attacking style of play, even against the bigger teams, was refreshing to see and although they didn’t have the overall quality to progress in the tournament, they were certainly enjoyable to watch. They’re up against the leaders of Group J who they are currently three points adrift of and could potentially top the group should they win tonight.

The hosts have been in excellent form at home over the past year and are undefeated in their last 10 games in Skopje, which included eight wins and two draws. They conceded a late goal in their first qualification match away to Romania to lose that match 3-2 but followed it up with a 5-0 win at home to Liechtenstein and an incredibly impressive 2-1 victory against Germany when they were priced at 20/1.

Armenia are having the perfect run in the qualification rounds so far, having picked up maximum points from their opening three fixtures against Liechtenstein, Iceland and Romania. Not many would have expected them to be leading the group at this stage and they’ll do well to hold onto their lead at the top of the table. Although the visitors will take confidence from their recent form, their form on the road will be a concern and they could be vulnerable to North Macedonia’s attacking threat. Having said that, Armenia have scored in their last seven away fixtures and so we could see goals from both sides tonight.

North Macedonia will be looking to qualify for their second major tournament after having a taste of the Euros in the summer and winning this match will take them one step closer to that. With their home advantage and their attacking threat, I’m backing them to pick up all three points today and potentially leapfrog their opponents into first place in Group J.

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Czech Republic vs Belarus Prediction

Heading into their first match since their quarter-final exit of the Euros at the hands of Denmark, the Czech Republic host Belarus in Ostrava tonight.

After a 1-0 loss to Wales in their last World Cup qualifying match, this is a big chance for the hosts to add three points to their tally and move one step closer to featuring in Qatar next year. They’re currently in second place in the table behind Belgium but are only one point ahead of both Wales and tonight’s opponents who have played one game less. It’s a big game for them and I think that they should have enough quality to see this match out comfortably.

Belarus picked up three points in their 4-2 win against Estonia only to be hammered 8-0 by Belgium in their second qualification match. They’re clearly vulnerable at the back and the Czech’s should be able to take advantage of that tonight which is why I’m backing them to win with a handicap of -1.

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Hungary v England Prediction

This isn’t really a betting game for me. England, as you would expect, are priced relatively short but Hungary are a decent side as they proved throughout the Euros and could cause Southgate’s team some problems tonight in Budapest.

England take to the field for the first time since their heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Itlay in the final of Euro 2020 and will have the eyes firmly set on qualifying for Qatar in a bid to go one step further next year.

After topping their group and then seeing off Germany, Ukraine and Denmark, England were unable to bring football home despite Luke Shaw hammering in an goal early in the first half. Although Southgate’s side will look to learn from that defeat, they will also be looking to put it behind them as well, as the abuse certain players received online following the match. They currently top Group I with maximum points from their first three matches having scored nine goals in the process and conceding just one.

Hungary were close to progressing through to the knockout stages of the Euros but things didn’t go their way in the final round of fixtures as they twice gave away a lead to Germany to only take away a point from the game. They were drawn into the toughest group of the tournament along with France, Germany and Portugal but held their own and with a bit of luck on their side, their tournament could have been very different.

Tonight’s hosts are currently in second place in the table, two points adrift of England but just a point above Albania. They’d be happy with taking a point away from this match and although I wouldn’t bet against England winning tonight, the odds on them are just not appealing enough.

Instead, I’m backing the SkyBet price boost of Harry Maguire to have one or more headed shots on target which has been boosted from 3/1 to 6/1. The Manchester United centre-back should be up there for the corners and often rises the highest in the air. At odds of 6/1, it looks like a great bet with value.

Hungary Expected Lineup:
Gulacsi; Botka, Orban, At. Szalai; Bolla, Schafer, Szoboszlai, Nagy, Fiola; Sallai, Ad. Szalai

England Expected Lineup:
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Sterling, Mount, Grealish; Kane

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World Cup Qualifying Predictions – Wednesday 1st September

National teams take to the pitch for the first time since Euro 2020 and it’s great to be looking at these kind of fixtures again after such a thrilling tournament throughout the summer.

I had relatively good success with my selections throughout Euro 2020 and so I’m hoping I can pick a few winners from this evenings fixtures. There aren’t too many majorly competitive matches taking place but I will be doing my best not to pick heavy favourites but some will make good additions to a multiple.

Denmark v Scotland Prediction

After a relatively successful Euro 2020 campaign where they reached the semi-finals, Denmark host Scotland in Copenhagen in their fourth World Cup Qualifying groups stage match. They currently top the table of Group F having picked up maximum points from three games, scoring an impressive 14 goals in the process and not conceding a single one.

Kasper Hjulmand will be hoping that his side can maintain their 100% record tonight and they’re strong favourites to do so. If their performance throughout the Euros is anything to go by, they shouldn’t have a problem doing that as they only narrowly missed out on a place in the final after conceding to England in extra time of the semis. They’ve won 12 of their last 17 international appearances with losses to only England, Belgium and Finland over the past three years.

Scotland, unfortunately, didn’t make it past the group stages of Euro 2020, picking up just one point in their three matches played. They struggle in front of goal which isn’t good against a side who have averaged three goals per game in their qualifying fixtures so far. The visitors are currently in second place in the group on five points but they could see themselves drop down a few places should they fail to get anything out of tonight’s match and either Israel or Austria win their games.

Given Denmark’s threat in front of goal and their record throughout the Euros and over the past few years, I can’t see past a home victory tonight. They’re 4/9 to win with Betfair which I’ll be adding into a multiple today.

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Faroe Islands v Israel Prediction

These two sides are in Group F along with Denmark and Scotland in the above fixture with the hosts having picked up just one point from their first three matches and Israel, four points. The visitors have a real chance of leapfrogging Scotland into second place tonight and to do so, they’ll most likely need to win the match. They were denied a place in Euro 2020 after Scotland pipped them to the post in the playoffs and will have their eyes firmly set inflicting revenge on Steve Clarke’s side and travelling to Qatar for the World Cup next year. With tough fixtures against Austria and Denmark following tonight’s match, this is a must-win game for Israel and I’m backing them to do it.

The Faroe Islands picked up a point in their 1-1 draw against Moldova but suffered heavy defeats to both Austria (3-1) and Scotland (4-0). They have won four of their last six at home but those victories were against the likes of Malta, Andorra and Liechtenstein and Israel should prove to be more of a threat.

An away win is priced at 1/2 which is my second selection of the day for the multiple.

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Turkey vs Montenegro Prediction

I, like many, tipped Turkey to do well at Euro 2020 but it wasn’t to be. They underperformed and looked to be missing the cutting edge to go on and win games. I’m hoping that they have taken something away from that tournament and head into this match firmly believing that they can come away with all three points.

Turkish manager Şenol Güneş has a relatively strong attacking team at his disposal and they need to show some of the attacking threat that they displayed prior to the Euros. They currently top Group G with 7 points but are under pressure in this match with the Netherlands, tonight’s opponents Montenegro and Norway all just 1 point adrift of them and so nothing other than victory tonight will be acceptable for them.

Montenegro head into this match on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Israel and will also be looking to get back to winning ways. They had a relatively good start to their World Cup qualifying campaign with wins against Latvia (2-1) and Gibraltar (4-1) but may face a tougher task tonight.

Turkey were undefeated in their last six matches prior to Euro 2020, picking up four wins and two draws and they have scored in all but one of their last eight games on home turf. I’m backing the hosts to find their form again in front of goal and I can see them seeing out this game as 2-1 or 3-1 winners.

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Norway v Netherlands Prediction

My final selection comes from another fixture in Group G where Norway host the Netherlands in Oslo. Both sides are locked on six points each with this being a crucial match that could send either to the top of the group.

The Netherlands made it through to the last 16 of Euro 2020 with eventually being knocked out by the Czech Republic in a 2-0 defeat. They’re a squad that is currently going through a transition period but there were good signs from the Dutch side throughout the tournament. They scored 8 goals in their 3 Euro group stage matches and have currently bagged 11 in their 3 World Cup qualification games.

Louis van Gaal has taken the reigns following Frank de Boer stepping down after the tournament and he’ll be looking to get off to a good start with his national side. The Dutch manager has been in charge of his home nation twice previously and made the decision to come out of retirement for one last stint. Qualifying for and success in next years World Cup will be his only aim and I’m backing him to get one step closer to that target with victory tonight.

Norway didn’t make it to the Euros and will be hoping to qualify for their first major tournament since 2000. They do pose a threat to teams, especially when Erling Braut Haaland features and will be confident of giving the visitors a run for their money this evening. Haaland has scored an impressive 112 goals in 158 appearances at club level and is the player the hosts will be looking at to provide an attacking threat.

This could be a tricky match for both sides but I think the overall attacking threat throughout the Netherland’s squad will be too much for Norway. I’m backing an away win as the final part of my multiple.

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Instead of putting all four selections in an accumulator, I’m opting for a Lucky 15 bet. If you’d prefer placing an Acca, I recommend doing so with a bookie offering Acca Insurance such as Paddy Power.


EFL Trophy Tips – Tuesday 31st August

The group stages of the 2021/22 EFL Trophy get underway today with a series of lower-league clubs going head-to-head in their opening fixtures of the competition. I’ve taken a look at the matches being played today and picked out a couple of selections from the bunch that I think have potential.

Accrington Stanley v Barrow Prediction

League Two side Barrow take the trip to the Wham Stadium tonight to face Accrington Stanley with the hope of causing an upset against the League One club and get their EFL Trophy campaign off to the perfect start. They’ve been drawn into Group G along with Fleetwood Town and Leicester City U-21s and so picking up points tonight is vital for both sides.

The last time these two sides met was in last season’s EFL Trophy where Accrington came out on top with a 1-0 away victory thanks to an early goal from Lewis Mansell. They’re favourites for a repeat result tonight and I’m backing them to do so.

After three consecutive league wins, tonight’s hosts suffered their second loss of the season in a 2-0 defeat away to AK Dons at the weekend. They’ll be looking to bounce back from that defeat with a victory tonight and will be confident of doing so.

Barrow narrowly avoided relegation in their first season in League Two after over a decade in the National League. Mark Cooper’s side finished 21st in the league, 5 points above the drop zone and his main aim this season will be to keep them as a League Two club. They’ve picked up 5 points in 5 games so far this term and so will Cooper will likely rotate his squad for this cup fixture to focus firmly on the league and his clubs survival.

Accrington Stanley Expected Lineup:
Trafford; Sykes, Nottingham, Rodgers; Clark, Pell, Morgan, Butcher, McConville; Charles, Bishop

Barrow Expected Lineup:
Farman; Brown, Ellis, Grayson; Hutton, White, Banks, Williams, Brough; Gordon, Zanzala

I’m backing a home victory tonight at a best price of 7/10 with Boylesports.

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Harrogate Town v Mansfield Town Prediction

League Two sides Harrogate and Mansfield face each other at the EnviroVent Stadium tonight in what could be a very closely fought match in Group H of the EFL Cup which also features Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United U-21s.

The hosts head into this match in the better form of the two with currently being unbeaten in the league so far this term. Simon Weaver’s side have picked up three wins and a draw from their opening four matches which has left them in second place in League Two, two points being leaders Forest Green. Weaver has worked his magic at Harrogate having brought the club up to the National League in 2018 and then to League Two in 2020. Despite finishing towards the bottom of the table last season, they’ll be pushing for a top-half finish this term with a promotion spot not being out of the question.

The visitors have also had a relatively positive start to their league campaign with seven points from their opening four matches. However, after nine seasons in the English fourth-tier, fans will be hoping for a bigger push for promotion into League One and to do that, they may have to improve in front of goal as was shown in their 1-0 defeat away to Swindon at the weekend when they failed to score from 17 attempts at goal.

Harrogate beat today’s opponents both home and away in the league last season and I’m backing them to do it again tonight. Odds of 5/4 are available with Boylesports for a home victory which I think are relatively good odds.

Harrogate Town Expected Lineup:
Oxley; Page, Hall, McArdle, Burrell; Kerry, Falkingham, Pattison; Muldoon, Armstrong, Thomson

Mansfield Town Expected Lineup:
Bishop; Gordon, Rawson, Hewitt, McLaughlin; Maris; Clarke, Quinn; Lapslie; Hawkins, Johnson

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I’ll also be backing the double using the selections above which comes in at 3.56 with Betfair Sportsbook who offer a £5 free bet for placing the bet with them regardless of the result.

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Football Predictions – Saturday 28th August

This weekend brings us some exciting fixtures in the Premier League with Manchester City hosting Arsenal in the early kick-off and Liverpool taking on Chelsea at Anfield this afternoon. 

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Man City v Arsenal Prediction

Today’s lunchtime kick-off sees title defenders Manchester City host struggling Arsenal at the Etihad. City lost their opening fixture of the season as a Son Heung-Min goal was enough to hand Tottenham the three points in front of their home crowd. However, Pep’s side responded well the following week with a 5-0 thrashing of newly-promoted Norwich and they’ll be looking to build on that with a win today.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was given a lifeline on Wednesday night as his side put six past West Brom in their EFL Cup match at the Hawthorns. The ex-Arsenal midfielder has been under increased pressure of late with the Gunners losing their first two league matches against Brentford and Chelsea without scoring a single goal. He’ll be hoping that his side can transfer some of that cup form across into the league today as if they don’t, his job could be on the line. 

Arsenal have had a number of players out through both injury and due to having to isolate and some of those will be available for today’s match. Both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette featured and scored in their cup victory on Wednesday night with Aubameyang bagging a hattrick on his return. We’re likely to see a better performance from the visitors than we have seen in their previous two league matches but whether it will be enough to get anything out of the game against City is yet to be determined.

City are a relatively short price of 3/10 with Spreadex to win the match but given that they have beaten Arsenal in 10 of their last 11 competitive encounters, I think they make a good addition to a weekend accumulator.

Man City expected lineup: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, Grealish; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling 

Arsenal expected lineup: Leno; Cedric, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang

Prediction: Manchester City Win @ 1/3 with Betfred

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West Ham v Crystal Palace Prediction

West Ham currently top the Premier League table after picking up maximum points against both Newcastle and Leicester in their opening matches. Perhaps what is even more impressive is that the Hammers scored no less than eight goals throughout those games which is more than any other team in the top flight so far this season. They’re up against a Palace side who only managed a point in their goalless draw against Brentford and finished their match against Watford a goal behind.

Palace are not looking like a confident team this season and new manager Patrick Vierra has yet to make his stamp at the top level. They’re going through a transitioning period at the moment which may take time to develop and their main goal this season will simply be to survive. Unfortunately for them, they haven’t gotten off to the best of starts, despite favourable opening games, and it’s likely that they’ll remain winless after their match against West Ham later today.

I really can’t see past a home victory in this match and I think West Ham will achieve that with ease. A 2-0 scoreline is predicted with Palace not posing enough of a threat in front of goal to trouble the hosts at the London Stadium.

West Ham United expected lineup: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma; Antonio 

Crystal Palace expected lineup: Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, McArthur; Zaha, Benteke, Ayew

Prediction: West Ham Win @ 8/13 with Spreadex

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Liverpool v Chelsea Prediction

This is the big match of the week and one that I may leave out of my predictions if it wasn’t for the betting offers available on the game. However, there are some bets that I fancy for this match and will be suggesting a few of them.

Both Liverpool and Chelsea are locked on 6 points with victories in their opening two matches. They’ve also both scored five goals and are yet to concede in the league this term and so there’s nothing between them stats wise.

The bookies have Liverpool as the slight favourites, being priced at around 6/4 whereas you can get 2/1 on Chelsea and 12/5 on the draw. I won’t be backing the hosts today as I don’t have enough confidence in them to see off a strong Chelsea side which has been strengthened even further with the arrival of Romalu Lukaku. 

Thomas Tuchel took over as the Chelsea coach at the end of January and since then, the Blues have only lost three Premier League matches. He’s managed to tighten the squad up considerably at the back and the only thing they have been missing is an outright goalscorer. Now that they have that, they could be ready to challenge for the title and add to the Champions League silverware that they collected last season.

Tuchel has played eight matches against the big-six clubs since his arrival and has won six of them. I’m backing him to make it seven from nine today by just edging it past Liverpool. Their solid defence, creative midfield and Lukaku up front could be too much for Liverpool and although I think it will be a tight affair, I can see a 2-1 away win tonight.

Boylesports are running their No-Lose bet for tonight’s match from which you can get your stake back as a free bet up to £10 if it loses. For this bet, I’ll be backing the price boost of Lukaku to score anytime and Chelsea to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 which is boosted from 11/2 to 6/1. Not a huge boost but I can see it coming in.

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SkyBet Soccer Special Price Boost

This week, SkyBet have Leicester, West Ham and the choice of either Aston Villa or Brentford in their boosted treble. I’ve already tipped West Ham and Leicester are looking good for a win away to Norwich who are yet to pick up a point or a goal in the Premier League so far this season. The tricky selection comes from the Villa v Brentford match which I think could go either way.

You can get odds of:

  • 7/1 – Leicester, West Ham & Villa to win
  • 12/1 Leicester & West Ham to win & Villa to draw with Brentford
  • 14/1 Leicester, West Ham & Brentford to win

I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of the above come in today and I was tempted to back Villa & Brentford to draw. However, I’m taking the slightly riskier option and going with Brentford to win. Thomas Frank has set his side up so that they’re hard to beat but I expect them to have some chances today. If they can contain the likes of Danny Ings and Anwar El Ghazi, they’ll be in with a chance of snatching a win. I can’t see either side running away with the match so I’m hoping for a 1-0 Brentford win which, providing West Ham & Leicester come in, would produce a very nice return.

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Peterborough v West Brom Prediction

West Brom travel to Peterborough this evening and will hope to continue with their unbeaten start to the season. Valérien Ismaël’s side have picked up 10 points from a possible 12 and have the chance to top the table with a victory today as Fulham and Stoke, who they are currently tied on points with, play each other at 3pm. 

Peterborough picked up an impressive point against Cardiff but followed that up with a 1-0 defeat to Preston last week. The Posh have now conceded 7 times in their Championship campaign and that tally is likely to be added to this evening by a threatening West Brom attack. I can’t see the visitors not getting on the scoresheet today and think that they’ll tighten things up at the back after shipping six in their cup match. Unless Peterborough can fend them off, an away win is on the cards.

I’m backing the Baggies to brush off their 6-0 hammering inflicted by Arsenal mid-week and get back to winning ways in the Championship. Odds of 3/4 for them to do that with Betfred look good to me.

Peterborough expected lineup: Pym; Kent, Thompson, Knight; Ward, Grant, Norburn, Butler; Szmodics; Dembele, Clarke-Harris 

West Brom expected lineup: Johnstone; O’Shea, Bartley, Ajayi; Furlong, Mowatt, Livermore, Townsend; Diangana, Phillips, Grant

Prediction: West Brom Win @ 3/4 with Betfred

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Hull City v Bournemouth Prediction

Similar to West Brom, I’m a big fan of Bournemouth and think that they’ll do well in the Championship this season. However, they too suffered a 6-0 defeat in their midweek cup clash against Norwich which may have dampened their spirits somewhat. However, I’m backing them to bounce back with another league win today which could see them climb up the table into one of the top spots.

Despite winning their opening fixture of the season away to Preston, Hull have lost their last three league games without scoring a single goal and conceding a total of six. That’s worrying for the Tigers, especially since they’re going up against a Bournemouth side which has scored two goals in each of their four league matches this season. 

Odds of 5/4 are available on a Bournemouth win with Boylesports which I’ll definitely be taking up.

Hull City expected lineup: Ingram; Coyle, Bernard, Greaves, Elder; Smith, Smallwood; Longman, Docherty, Lewis-Potter; Magennis 

Bournemouth expected lineup: Travers; Mepham, Rossi, Kelly, Zemura; Marcondes, Kilkenny, Billing; Brooks, Solanke, Anthony

Prediction: Bournemouth Win @ 5/4 with Betfred

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A simple double is what I’m looking at today from two of the Europa League matches taking place. It’s the final round of qualifying with the group stage draw being made tomorrow and there are some interesting fixtures to look forward to in these second-leg ties.

Alashkert FC v Rangers Prediction

Rangers travel to Armenia to face Alashkert FC tonight, having won the first leg of the tie 1-0 at the Ibrox last week. It’s not the commanding lead that Steven Gerrard would have hoped for on home turf but it is an advantage nonetheless. It means that Rangers will be going out to win this match as they can’t afford to sit back and play the game out with just a one-goal lead.

This is the furthest that Alashkert FC have ever made it in Europe and a great chance for them to better that record. However, even if they depart the competition tonight, they will still play in the group stages of the Europa Conference League which is an adequate consolation prize for the Armenian side should that happen.

One concern is that Rangers have players out through isolation, but at this point, it’s unclear as to which ones or how many. However, these players are due back for the Old Firm Derby at the weekend against Celtic which could work out well for them as they will have players rested.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the match at the Ibrox last week and still managed to find the net after the sending off and hold onto the lead. If they can beat Alashkert with 10-men, I expect them to go on to win tonight and with their defence looking impressively solid, I think a 2-0 scoreline is a possibility. Especially since the hosts have won just one of their most recent eight matches and failed to score in six of them.

Galatasaray v Randers Prediction

Galatasaray welcome Danish side Randers to the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stadium tonight after drawing 1-1 with them in Denmark last week. The Turkish side were the bookies favourites to win that match but were unable to hold onto the lead that Mostafa Mohamed gave them in the 26th minute.

The 1-1 draws gives a good opportunity to back the hosts tonight as they need to win the match and with the home advantage, it would be a big surprise if they failed to do so. They continued their 100% record in the Turkish Super Lig with a 2-1 win against Hatayspor on home turf at the weekend which should give them confidence heading into this second-leg clash tonight.

Galatasaray maybe should have put this tie to bed last week but have the advantage being in front of home fans tonight and I’m backing them to come out on top and progress through to the group stages.

The double comes in at 2.35 and I’m opting to place the bet with Betfair Sportsbook as they are offering a £5 free bet for doing so, regardless of the outcome.

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Carabao Cup Predictions – Wednesday 25th August

After a somewhat disappointing string of results in the cup yesterday, I’m going to take another stab at the remaining fixtures of round two tonight where there are three games that all feature Premier League sides.

Newcastle v Burnley Prediction

Newcastle made it through to the quarter-finals of this competition last season, only to be knocked out by Brentford to the frustration and heartache of the Toon Army. It was one of the clubs best chances of silverware in a long time and fans were disappointed in the way that their club exited with the majority of the blame being put on Steve Bruce’s lineup and tactics in that game. I expect Bruce will want to make amends tonight and he, along with everyone else at the club, know how much it would mean to the city to even make the final of a competition such as this and just be in with the chance of lifting a trophy.

Both sides will make changes from their usual starting lineups tonight but one thing that will go in the hosts favour is their better depth of squad. I’m not saying Newcastle have a world-beating second string of players but the likes of Sean Longstaff, Ryan Fraser, Joelinton, Jeff Hendrick and Dwight Gayle should all get a start and be able to cause the visitors problems.

Changes could be just what Newcastle need for this match after losing their opening fixtures in the Premier League and Burnley are also yet to pick up a point this term having suffered defeats to both Brighton and Liverpool.

Given the home advantage and their slightly stronger squad, I’m edging towards a home win tonight. I do think it will be a battle between the two sides but expect the hosts to come out on top. I’m also backing Dwight Gayle to get on the scoresheet anytime tonight at odds of 2/1 with Paddy Power.

Newcastle United expected starting lineup:
Gillespie; Krafth, Fernandez, Clark; Murphy, Longstaff, Hendrick, Lewis; Joelinton, Gayle, Fraser

Burnley expected starting lineup:
Hennessey; Bardsley, Collins, Mee, Dodgson; McNeil, Brownhill, Cork, Pieters; Rodriguez, Barnes

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West Brom v Arsenal Prediction

This is an interesting match and could turn out to be very entertaining.

West Brom have gotten off to a great start in the Championship having picked up 10 points from a possible 12 and scored more goals (11) than any other team in the league. Tonight, they host Arsenal at the Hawthorns with the Gunners yet to register a win this season having suffered defeats to both Brentford and Chelsea without scoring a single goal. Those results have caused the bookies to slash the odds on Arteta to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post from 12/1 at the start of the season, to 6/1 before their trip to Chelsea, to just evens heading into this match. Defeat tonight would pile even more pressure on the ex-Arsenal player and unfortunately for him, I can see that happening.

Arsenal have a string of players out through injury and more who are currently isolating and so we can expect a heavily rotated squad being fielded tonight. Especially given that they make the trip to the Etihad on Saturday to face Manchester City in the league. West Brom will also make changes given that promotion back into the top-flight will be their main priority this season. However, I expect a relatively strong side featuring at the Hawthorns as they will see this as a winnable game.

Odds of 7/1 are available on West Brom winning tonight which I think are too good to turn down. Especially with a small wager.

I’m also going to place a Bet Builder bet with Paddy Power who are offering money back if one of the selections lose. For this bet, I’m backing West Brom to win, Both Teams To Score, Over 2.5 Goals and Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe to have 1 or more Shots on Target. It comes in at an ambitious 32/1 but looks possible to me.

West Brom expected starting lineup:
Button; Kipre, Ajayi, Bartley; Furlong, Mowatt, Livermore, Reach; Phillips, Grant, Diangana

Arsenal expected starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Mari, Tavares; Xhaka, Elneny; Nelson, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Balogun

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The second round of the 2021/22 Carabao Cup gets underway tonight with some interesting fixtures between some good sides.

I usually steer clear of cup matches unless I’m backing the underdog as I feel that’s usually where the value lies under the circumstances. Cup upsets are common due to the lesser teams putting more into the games and their opponents usually fielding second-string teams. It’s important to look into the expected lineups with cup fixtures rather than just the names of the teams and so a little bit more research is required to determine where the value is.

Barrow vs Aston Villa Prediction

I mentioned that I usually back the underdog in cup fixtures but I can’t see past a Villa win here.

As expected, Dean Smith will field a very different side that saw off Newcastle at the weekend in a 2-0 win at Villa Park, but they should have more than enough in their reserves to comfortably beat the hosts who sit 73 positions lower than them in the leagues.

Players such as Marvelous Nakamba, Matt Targett, Axel Tuanzebe, Jaden Philogene-Bidace and the Brazilian national forward, Wesley, are all likely to be given a start along with El Ghazi who picked up his first goal of the season on Saturday against Newcastle. It’s unlikely that new signing Danny Ings will play a part tonight with him being rested for Villa’s match against Brentford this coming weekend.

The hosts are currently in 16th position in the League Two table after four games having won just once this season and averaging one goal per game. Barrow were expected to do well this season under Mark Cooper but it hasn’t been the best start for them. They’ve failed to score in two of their four league games and I can’t see them outscoring tonight’s opponents who have enough depth in their squad to field a winning side.

A comfortable away win is expected.

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Norwich City v Bournemouth Prediction

This is a tough game to call but at odds of 10/3, I think the value is definitely in the away win.

Norwich City’s Premier League campaign has gotten off to a dreadful start with the Canaries losing their opening to games 3-0 and 5-0. However, they weren’t handed the best fixture list with clashes against Liverpool and Manchester City which will be followed up with matches against Leicester and Arsenal after tonight’s cup game. They desperately need a win under their belt to boost morale and this could be the best chance they get until they host Watford at Carrow Road in mid-September. However, surviving in the Premier League will be the main focus for manager Daniel Farke this season and so a rotation of their squad is more than likely. How drastically Farke will rotate his squad is yet to be seen but if several changes are made, the value is surely in backing an away win. I expect the odds will shorten on Bournemouth once the teams are released at 6pm if a second-string starting XI is fielding by the home side.

Bournemouth are unbeaten in the Championship this season having picked up two wins and two draws in their opening four fixtures. The Cherries have averaged two goals per game so far and look a real threat in front of goal. They could cause problems for a rotated Norwich defence, especially if their 5-0 thrashing of MK Dons in the first round of this competition is anything to go by. That score gives the impression that manager Scott Parker wants to have a cup run this season and he’ll need to field a relatively strong side to be sure of that tonight.

This could be an entertaining fixture but I expect Bournemouth to come out on top and leave City winless for another week.

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Cardiff vs Brighton Prediction

Another underdog I’m going to back tonight is Cardiff to beat Premier League side, Brighton.

Again, this is a tough match to call but I’m expecting Graham Potter to be firmly focussed on the league and so changes are expected from the Seagulls’ 2-0 victory against Watford at the Amex on Saturday.

Both sides have had a strong start to the season with Cardiff winning two and drawing two in the Championship and Brighton picking up maximum points in their opening two matches in the Premier League. Those two victories were against Burnley and Watford and so, although nothing should be taken away from them, they are due a real test against the bigger sides.

Brighton are expected to make several changes for tonight’s cup match and given that Mick McCarthy fielded several first-team players in their first-round game against Sutton earlier in the month, I would think that he would do the same against potentially stronger opposition tonight. Because of that, it has swayed me into backing the Bluebirds which you can get odds of 11/5 for with Bet365.

Welsh international Marley Watkins could be given another start for the hosts tonight after bagging a brace against Sutton in the previous round and he’ll likely be alongside fellow Welsh forward and regular starter, Kieffer Moore. The same defence that lined up against Millwall at the weekend could feature tonight with the trio of Morrison, Nelson and the Championships surprising top-scorer, Aden Flint (4 goals), aiming to keep the Brighton attack at bay.

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Back to the top-flight fixtures and there are some exciting matches to look forward to this weekend. This week I’m looking at the Premier League, Championship and also La Liga where Barcelona continue without their main man, Lionel Messi.

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Crystal Palace v Brentford Prediction

Looking at the match result odds for this game and I’m surprised to see Palace as the favourites. They’re a team that is going through a transition period and heading into this match on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea in their opening fixture. It wasn’t the result that new manager Patrick Vieira would have wanted but one that was pretty much expected. Palace registered just one shot on target in that match and they’re going to have to improve up front if they are to get anything out of this match against a lively looking Brentford side.

Brentford played their first ever match in the Premier League last Friday and got off to the perfect start with a 2-0 win at home to Arsenal. The Bee’s deserved their victory and looked like a real threat in front of goal. They reminded me of how Leeds decided to take on the top flight and played with enthusiasm, pace and determination.

I think Palace could find themselves in trouble today against Brentford and odds of 2/1 on an away win with SpreadEx look too good to turn down.

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Leeds v Everton Prediction

Leeds were hoping to get revenge on Manchester United last weekend for the 6-2 hammering they suffered at Old Trafford last season. However, it was not to be as they once again fell short, losing the game 5-1. If there’s one thing you can expect from Leeds, it’s goals at either end of the pitch. They’ll stand a better chance of getting something out of the game when they host Everton at Elland Road today but it will still be a tough match for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

New Everton manager Rafa Benitez got his season off to a good start with a 3-1 win against Southampton last weekend. The Toffees went 1-0 down inside the first half but showed composure to be able to pull the score back level and to eventually go on and win the match with three second-half strikes. The visitors will be relying on Calvert-Lewin for goals and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get on the scoresheet for the second week running.

I’m expecting both sides to find the net in this game and although they’re at pretty short odds, I’m not confident in backing a winner so will leave this as a short-priced single.

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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Prediction

Barca proved that they still have firepower without Lionel Messi by putting four past Real Sociedad in their opening La Liga fixture last weekend. 30-year-old Martin Braithwaite bagged a brace along with an assist ad will be looking to add to his tally tonight.

Bilbao only managed a 0-0 draw when playing away to Elche on Monday and that is now the fourth consecutive La Liga game that Marcelino García Toral’s side have failed to score in, albeit the other three being the final matches of last season. However, that is a worrying stat when playing against Barcelona, with or without Messi, as should the visitors be on form in front of goal as you would expect them to be, Bilboa are unlikely to have the ability to get back into the game.

Odds of 20/23 are available on a Barcelona win today which I think has value.

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If you’d like to back all three of the selections above, Mansionbet will give you odds of 8.88 but you could go with Betfair Sportsbook who are offering slightly shorter odds of 8.60 but will award a £5 free bet for placing it which would be my choice.

SkyBet Price Boost

Lastly, I’m going to back the Sky Bet boost again this weekend. They’re offering odds of 5/1 on Man City, Bournemouth & West Brom to win, boosted from 5/2 which is once again, a great offer.

Man City are at home to Norwich and so you’d fully expect a win for the Citizens today. They need to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Spurs last week and Pep will accept nothing else. Norwich may have to wait at least one more week to pick up their first points of the season after losing 3-0 to Liverpool at Carrow Road and it’s hard to see them having enough to cause City problems today.

Bournemouth host newly-promoted Blackpool at Dean Court this afternoon and are favourites to pick up all three points. Following a positive 1-1 draw away to Bristol City in their first match of the season, Blackpool fell short at home to Cardiff (0-2) and Coventry (0-1) in recent matches. Bournemouth should be challenging for promotion this term and I’d expect them not to drop too many points throughout the season to lesser sides on home turf.

West Brom to beat Blackburn is the final selection in the treble and the most tricky. The two teams are level on points after three games having picked up two wins and a draw. However, I find it hard to bet against the Baggies at the moment with them finding the net no less than nine times in the Championship so far this term. I’m expecting goals from both sides in this match but I think the value is in backing an away win.

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Football Tips Sunday 22nd August

Moving onto Sunday and we have some very intriguing fixtures and I’ve picked out a treble that comes in at over 7/1 that I think has good value.

Southampton v Man Utd Prediction

Man Utd thumped Leeds 5-1 last week and showed that they’ll be a match for anyone this season. Leeds should have been a tougher test than Southampton and I expect Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side to finish the week with a perfect record. 

Despite going 1-0 up against Everton, the Saints couldn’t hold onto their lead and conceded 3 second-half goals to leave Goodison Park with nothing. United should pose more of a threat up front than Everton and so I’m expecting nothing other than an away victory. Especially if Jadon Sancho gets his first start for the club.

Wolves v Tottenham Prediction

Tottenham followed up an impressive 1-0 victory against PL champions Manchester City last week with a defeat to the same scoreline against Paços de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League. However, Nuno Santo rotated his squad drastically for the European clash with the starting XI unrecognisable to that which lined up against City. His reasoning will have been to keep players fresh for this match and if they are, they should be able to see off a Wolves side who suffered a 1-0 defeat against Leicester last week.

Whether or not Harry Kane will start for Spurs is yet to be determined but with Son leading the attack, I think that they’ll have enough up front to cause the Wolves back line problems.

Arsenal v Chelsea Prediction

You can get odds of 4/5 on a Chelsea win which I think is very appealing. They dominated their game against Crystal Palace last week and the introduction of Romelu Lukaku to the starting lineup should add to their threat significantly.

Arsenal went down 2-0 to newly-promoted Brentford in their opening fixture and they haven’t looked like a side who I would confidently back for some time now. I think Chelsea could be challenging for the title this season if Lukaku finds his feet relatively quickly and I’m backing them to get one over on their London rivals on Sunday by taking away all three points comfortably.

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Football Betting Tips – Friday 20th August

Bristol City vs Swansea City Prediction

After a poor opening two games which resulted in a disappointing 1-1 draw with Blackpool and a 2-1 defeat away to Middlesbrough, Bristol City picked their season up with a 3-2 victory against Reading on Tuesday evening. That result will have had some impact on the odds on the Robins to win today but odds of 11/8 are tempting considering the form that Swansea are in currently.

The Swans are still searching for their first win of the season having picked up just one point in their opening three games. Along with their manager, they also lost some of their main players in the summer which has left the squad looking just a glimpse of what they were last season. They’ll unlikely achieve anywhere near the 4th place that they did last season and Steve Cooper’s side could struggle for a playoff spot.

Despite City’s recent win along with Swansea’s unbelievably poor record at Aston Gate, where they have won just 1 of their last 12 meetings there, I’m not going to back the hosts tonight. Bristol City have more to prove before they can be backed confidently as you have to head all the way back to January to find their last league in on home turf. Instead, I’m backing Both Teams To Score in this fixture. Bristol certainly have goals in them which they have proved in recent games but they’re also vulnerable at the back. That coupled with their poor home record, I can see both teams finding the net which is priced at a little over evens with 10Bet.

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Betfred have an offer available on this match and are offering money back on losing #PickYourPunt bets. I’m sticking with the BTTS selection for this selection but also including Bristol City to come out on top. A home win & BTTS comes in at 10/3 through the #PickYourPunt builder and it’s essentially a risk-free bet.

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RB Leipzig vs Stuttgart Prediction

Heading over to the German Bundesliga and we have RB Leipzig hosting Stuttgart at the Red Bull Arena. The hosts didn’t get their season off to a great start when suffering a 1-0 defeat away to Mainz at the weekend and will be looking to bounce back against a side that they finished 7 places above last season. However, the odds on Leipzig are just too short for me at 9/20 and I think a better bet is Both Teams To Score.

Stuttgart currently top the table after their opening fixture having thrashed newly-promoted Furth 5-1 at home. Prior to that match, they came out as 6-0 winners away to BFC Dynamo in the DFB Pokal and although those two opponents cannot be compared to tonight’s opposition, it does prove that they’re capable in front of goal.

Stuttgart have never beaten Leipzig but I do think that they’ll find the net tonight. The hosts were unable to score against Mainz at the weekend despite 11 of their opponents’ side being in isolation. They’re playing in front of a home crowd tonight so I do expect a better performance from them but Stuttgart are in with a chance.

I’m going to back the BTTS double tonight with Betfair Sportsbook to receive a £5 free bet but also going to take a very small punt on Stuttgart to cause an upset. At odds of 10/1 on an away with & BTTS, I think it’s worth a small wager to make it interesting.

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Football Betting Tips – Wednesday 18th August

The 14/1 price boost last night was frustratingly close to coming in but Cardiff were unable to find a late winner against Peterborough to make it three for three. Sky have another big boost for tonight on the West Brom v Sheff Utd match and I’m also going to take a look at a couple of the other Championship fixtures taking place.

Hull v Derby Prediction

Hull are evens to beat Derby tonight at home which I think are great odds. They’re heading into this match on the back of a 3-0 defeat to a relatively good QPR side at the weekend but did pick up 3 points in their 4-1 win against Preston in their opening fixture and so will want to bounce back from their recent loss and get back to winning ways.

Derby have yet to be tested by a strong team and although Hull aren’t the best side in the league, I do think that they’ll pose more of a threat than Huddersfield or Peterborough did from which they picked up a total of just 1 point from.

Hull had the second-best record at home in League One last season, picking up 46 points in 23 games and I fancy them to take away all three points tonight.

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Birmingham vs AFC Bournemouth Prediction

I fancy Bournemouth to do well this season and they should be in contention to head straight back up into the top flight. Scott Parker’s side drew 1-1 against West Brom in their opening fixture and followed that up with a 2-1 win away to Nottingham Forest despite being reduced to 10 men for the final 30 minutes of the match. They’re up against a Birmingham side who they’re level on points with but who have only registered one goal in the league so far this season.

Birmingham have only conceded one goal but I think Bournemouth should be a bigger test for the hosts back line tonight and as I can always see them getting on the scoresheet, I think the visitors will have enough to break them down and squash Birmingham’s unbeaten record.

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West Brom v Sheffield United Prediction

Similar to Bournemouth, I expect West Brom to be up near the top of the table for the majority of the season. The Baggies have goals in them which they’ve proved in their opening two fixtures by finding the net no less than five times.

Sheffield United struggled for goals in the Premier League last season and I expected them to have an easier time in the Championship. However, Slaviša Jokanović’s side are yet to score in their two league games this season and have picked up just one point in their 0-0 draw against Swansea at the weekend, losing their opening fixture 1-0 at home to Birmingham.

I think the value is definitely in the home win here and odds of evens with Bet365 look good to me.

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SkyBet have a boost on this match and are offering odds of 8/1 on both teams to have 2 or more shots on target in each half, boosted from 4/1. Although this bet isn’t massively appealing given Sheff Utds poor form in front of goal, the odds are. Despite scoring five goals in their first two matches, West Brom have also conceded four. I do expect them to outscore the Blades tonight but they are vulnerable at the back which could allow the visitors to at least register some attempts on target and so worth a small wager in my opinion.

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Betfred also have a betting offer available for this match and are offering refunds on #PickYourPunt bets if they lose. The odds are generally very poor with these type of bets but as the stake is refunded, they’re often worth a punt.

For this bet, I’m backing West Brom’s Callum Robinson to score anytime and Over 29.5 booking points in the match. The ex-Sheff Utd forward has bagged two goals in as many games this season as well as picking up an assist and is one of the more likely contenders to get on the scoresheet tonight. As for booking points, there have been an average of 50 booking points in Sheff Utd’s first two matches and an average of 40 in West Broms.

The #PickYourPunt bet comes in at 3/1 which aren’t huge odds but worth it in my opinion due to the refund if it loses.


Football Betting Tips – Tuesday 17th August

There’s quite a bit of football taking place today with dozens of Championship, League One & League Two games as well as the German Super Cup between Dortmund and Bayern Munich. I’m going to focus mainly on the Championship as there are some good odds available for some of the fixtures as well as a price boost of 14/1 from 7/1 with Sky Bet.

Millwall v Fulham Prediction

This could be a tight match but I’m backing Fulham to come out on top. After a somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Boro in their opening fixture, they upped their game against Huddersfield where they came out as 5-1 winners away from home. Fulham registered an impressive 11 shots on target in that match showing that they’re out to win the Championship this season and bounce straight back up into the top flight.

Millwall should be a tougher opposition tonight but they’ve only managed two 1-1 draws in their opening fixtures and may struggle to outscore the visitors. Their defence is relatively solid and so they’ll be looking to keep Fulham at bay for the majority of the match but if the likes of Mitrovic and Carvalho can get the ball at their feet, I fancy them to finish their chances and put the game to bed.

Peterborough vs Cardiff Prediction

Peterborough host Cardiff at the Weston Homes Stadium tonight and I’m backing another away win. After a 3-0 defeat to Luton in their opening fixture, newly-promoted Peterborough bounced back with a 2-1 win the following week but that was against a very poor Derby side who have a strong chance of being relegated this season. Cardiff are a much better side than Derby and should be in the running for a playoff spot come the end of the season and I can’t see them slipping up tonight against the hosts. They’ve lost just 1 of their last 13 matches on the road and should improve on that stat tonight.

Portsmouth v Shrewsbury Prediction

I’m heading down into League One for my next selection as SkyBet have a price boost available on the three fixtures mentioned from which you can get odds of 14/1 on a Fulham, Cardiff & Portsmouth treble; boosted from 7/1.

Portsmouth currently top the table with victories against Fleetwood and Crewe in their opening fixtures and will be looking to keep their 100% win record intact when they host Shrewsbury tonight at Fratton Park. Danny Cowley’s side have finished in a playoff position in two of the last four seasons and will be aiming for the same this term, if not achieving automatic promotion.

Shrewsbury are rock bottom of the table following defeats to Burton and Morecambe and they are yet to register a goal in the league this season. The visitors are generally not good on the road and that is a stat that could likely be confirmed once again tonight should they lose to Portsmouth which I’m expecting them to do.

The treble of Fulham, Cardiff & Portsmouth all to win at boosted odds of 14/1 has huge value and a great bet on the Tuesday evening fixtures.

Reading vs Bristol City Prediction

Heading back to the Championship and I’m also going to have a single on the Reading v Bristol City game.

Bristol City have failed to impress so far this season having only picked up a point against newly-promoted Blackpool and losing 2-1 away to Middlesbrough at the weekend. They face a tough trip to Berkshire tonight to line up against Reading who are heading into this match on the back of a 2-1 win against Preston on Saturday.

Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson has just 2 wins from his last 17 matches and could find himself in trouble should that form continue, despite recently being handed a long-term contract.

I expect a fight from Bristol City tonight but Reading to come out on top. That’s why I’m opting for Reading Win & Both Teams To Score which you can get odds of 4/1 with Bet365.


Football Betting Tips – Monday 16th August

We had some good winners at the weekend as the Premier League returned with Everton beating Southampton 3-1 bringing in the Win single & the -1 bets, and both teams found the net in the Man Utd v Leeds match as expected. Hopefully, we’ll continue that form throughout the season but for today, we’re heading to La Liga where two matches take place on a relatively quiet day for football.

Villarreal vs Granada Prediction

It’s the first match of the season for both sides as Villarreal host Granada at the Estadio de la Cerámica tonight. It’s a fixture that has produced goals over the seasons with the last two finishing 4-4 and 2-2. Both sides have goals in them but are also prone to leaking a few at the back and so backing Both Teams To Score seems like a logical bet here.

Granada had the worst defensive record in La Liga last season and registered just 4 victories from their 19 on the road. However, the visitors tonight did score the majority of their goals when playing away from home last season and I’m backing them to find the net tonight.

Villarreal have goals in them having scored in 8 of their last 9 matches. However, they also conceded in every one of those 8 games and so they’re a little short to be backing for the win at odds of around 7/10.

Both Teams To Score in this match will go into a double today along with the selection below.

Elche vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction

Elche vs Athletic Bilbao is the other La Liga match taking place tonight and another that I think both teams will find the net in. Bilbao weren’t prolific goalscorers on the road last season but I do fancy them to get on the scoresheet tonight against an Elche side who have conceded in 10 of their last 12 matches at home. They lost 2-0 to tonight’s hosts on the final day of the 2020/21 season but have had a relatively solid string of warm up games which have seen them score in every one of the six. Elche, although winning just 2 of their 6 pre-season matches, have scored in all but one of them and with playing at home tonight, I do fancy them to score again and possibly go on to win the game.

Similar to the Villarreal match, I can’t be confident of a winner in this fixture and so I’ll be backing Both Teams To Score again. The double comes in at a very reasonable 4/1 with 10Bet which I think is excellent value.


Football Betting Tips – Saturday 14th August

Three months on from the 2020/21 season and we have a full weekend of Premier League action again with some interesting fixtures to look forward to. 

I’m going to dive straight in and look at a handful of the matches taking place today and pick out a few bets that I think have value.

Manchester United v Leeds Prediction

For me, this is the fixture of the weekend and has the potential to be a cracker. I say that because when Leeds visited Old Trafford last season, the ball found the net no less that 8 times resulting in a 6-2 win for United. We’re unlikely to see that scoreline on opening day but I do expect Leeds to at least attempt the same style of play as Marcelo Bielsa enforced last season and if they do, they’ll head to Old Trafford with the intent to outscore their rivals.

Jadon Sancho should make an appearance at some point in the match which will be something to look forward to but he’ll likely start on the bench and be brought on somewhere in the second half. However, with Martial set to be included in Solskjær’s starting XI, along with other potential threats such as Greenwood, Fernandes and Pogba, they should have enough going forward to cause Leeds trouble.

You can never put it past Leeds to beat any team in the Prem and so I don’t think backing United at 3/5 has much value. I’d also be hesitant about backing Leeds given their poor pre-season campaign and so a safer bet would be to simply back Both Teams To Score.

Both Teams To Score is priced at 4/5 with 10Bet which I think is good value.

Everton v Southampton Prediction

I mentioned in my pre-season bets that I think Southampton could struggle this season with the departure of Danny Ings. The Saints were pretty poor for a large part of last season but Ings was able to net 12 goals despite missing several games due to injury. 

They have a tough opening fixture away to Everton at Goodison Park and I expect the hosts to come out on top. New manager Rafa Benitez will want to get off to a good start and his experience in this league should help him to do that on Saturday.

Everton started last season strongly with Calvert-Lewin bagging 10 goals in their first 7 games. They couldn’t keep up their impressive form throughout the season but should they be anywhere near their best on Saturday, I think that they should win comfortably in front of a home crowd.

Everton are 23/20 just to win the match with Spreadex which I think is very generous. I’d definitely include a home win in my accumulator at that price and may even consider an Everton -1 bet at odds of 3/1 with 10Bet.

With goals expected from the home side due to the Saints’ poor defensive record, I think Calvert-Lewin should get on the scoresheet as he will be eager to do and he’s 5/1 to do so first with Betfair Sportsbook.

Those are the two matches that caught my eye from a betting perspective but there is value to be had elsewhere when incorporating some of the available betting offers.


SkyBet are offering a huge price boost on the following:

  • Chelsea, Leicester & Aston Villa all to win 7/2 boosted to 7/1
  • Chelsea & Leicester to win and Aston Villa to draw with Watford 6/1 boosted to 10/1
  • Chelsea, Leicester & Watford all to win 6/1 boosted to 10/1

Chelsea are at home to Crystal Palace and I expect them to win that game with ease. I expect Palace to struggle this season and Chelsea could be competing for the title along with City. If they are to do so, they can’t be dropping any points against the lesser sides in the league.

Leicester are also at home and up against a Wolves side that struggled for goals last season. New manager Bruno Lage will be looking to improve on that this term but they may struggle to outscore the Foxes who have several potential goalscorers. 

Perhaps the trickiest selection of the three is Watford v Aston Villa which is probably why SkyBet have given customers the choice of outcome in this match. 

After being relegated in the 2019/20 season, Watford bounced straight back up into the top-flight by finishing in 2nd place in the Championship behind Norwich. Both Norwich and Brentford scored more goals than Watford last season, as did both Bournemouth and Cardiff who finished 6th and 8th in the table. With it likely that they’ll receive less chances in front of goal in the Premier League, they could struggle this season if they concede too many goals. Thankfully, they’re up against a Villa side who are prone to leaking the odds goal at the back and so they should have chances to get on the scoresheet. 

If it wasn’t for Danny Ings arrival at the club, I would probably back this match ending in a draw. Especially with the departure of Jack Grealish to Manchester City. However, I’m edging towards a Villa win and think that’ll they have just enough to take away all three points.

The treble on Chelsea, Leicester & Aston Villa all to win at 7/1 shows huge value and that’s the combination I’ll be backing this week.


Football Betting Tips – Friday 13th August

Top-flight league football around Europe returns today with opening fixtures from the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and Ligue 1. With only one match from each league taking place, there’s not a whole lot to go from tonight and the majority of them could go either way. Therefore, I’m backing a simple BTTS double today and will be focussing on the weekend’s football for some more interesting bets in the coming days.

Brentford v Arsenal Prediction

What a day this is for Brentford Football Club and their fans. Their first ever Premier League match and they host the opening fixture by welcoming Arsenal to the Brentford Community Stadium. It should be a great match and one that I’m finding very tough to call. Last season I wasn’t a fan of backing Arsenal and I rarely did. They were less than convincing on a regular basis and I never felt confident that they would beat even the poorest of teams. Until I see more from them this season, I’ll continue to be cautious with Arteta’s side and stay clear of including them in my bets.

Brentford will be up for this match and it’ll be interesting to see how they go out. I’d love for them to take on Arsenal and if they do, I think they’ll have a real chance of beating them and at odds of 37/10 to win at home, I think I’d rather take that than Arsenal at odds-on. Thomas Frank’s side have had some good results in their pre-season matches and haven’t lost a competitive match at home since mid-February. Obviously, they weren’t playing in the Premier League back then but they have a good squad and should be a match for Arsenal on home turf.

I’m backing Both Teams To Score in this match tonight but will also be placing a Bet Builder as Betfred are offering money back on losing bets for this match.

For my Bet Builder, I’m taking a punt on the draw and Ivan Toney to score anytime for Brentford @ 6/1. The striker scored an impressive 33 goals in the Championship last season and looks the most likely to find the net for the hosts tonight should they do so.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich Prediction

Moving onto the Bundesliga and we have a cracking opening fixture between Monchengladbach and current champions Bayern Munich.

Suprisingly, Bayern have only managed to beat the hosts 2 times from their last 8 meetings at Borussia-Park with Monchengladbach winning the last two by 2 goals to 1 and 3 goals to 2.

With the Monchengladbach’s record against Bayern at home and considering the visitors have had a relatively poor pre-season, having not won a single game, I don’t have much confidence in backing an away win. Both teams to score again seems like a sensible bet which is what I’ll be going with.

The BTTS double comes in at around 2.81 with Betfair Sportsbook who I’m going with in order to receive a £5 free bet for doing so


Football Betting Tips – Thursday 12th August

European action continues tonight with UEFA Champions League qualification fixtures as well as a host of fixtures from the European Conference League. Today, I’ve picked out four selections and placing the bet with Paddy Power in order to qualify for their Acca Insurance offer from which we’ll receive a refund if one of the four legs fails to win.

Celtic vs FK Jablonec Prediction

Celtic head into this match with the advantage after winning the first leg of this tie 4-2 in the Czech Republic last week. Ange Postecoglou’s side dominated the match in terms of possession and attacking threat and are looking likely to proceed into the next round of the competition where they’ll meet the Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.

After a poor pre-season and a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Hearts in their opening fixture, the 51-time Scottish league champions seem to be back in form having followed up their first leg triumph with a 6-0 thrashing of Dundee at Celtic Park at the weekend. Jablonec on the other hand are winless in their last three with their only victory this season being a 1-0 win at home to Ostrava.

Celtic don’t need to win tonight but I expect them to do so given they’ll be in front of a full crowd at Celtic Park and that they will hope to keep their momentum going for their League Cup match against Hearts at the weekend.

St Johnstone vs Galatasaray Prediction

I backed Galatasaray in the reverse leg of this fixture last week and they came up short by only managing a 1-1 draw at home to the Scottish Premiership side. This will be a tougher match for Turkish Super Lig side who only missed out on the league title by a goal difference of one last season. However, they were the better team in the first leg having had 62% of the possession, recording over double the amount of dangerous attacks and having 9 attempts on goal compared to St Johnstones 3.

It would be a huge achievement for St Johnstone to get past Galatasaray in this competition and it’s not out of the question. The visitors have conceded in each of their last eight matches and so if the Saints can get on the scoresheet and keep it tight, which they have been recently by only conceding two goals in their last four, they’ll have a chance. However, my money is on Galatasaray to get the first goal and see the game out and at odds of just over evens for them to do that, I think the value is in an away win.

Anorthosis Famagusta vs Rapid Vienna Prediction

My third selection from the Europa League Qualification round is Rapid Vienna to beat Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta. I often stay clear of second-leg fixtures where one team has a considerable lead but I expect Vienna to do the double over the hosts tonight.

Rapid Vienna picked up a 3-0 win against tonight’s opponents last week and it was nothing but convincing. The 2020/21 Austrian Bundesliga runners-up had 21 attempts on goal and 9 on target in the first leg compared to Famagusta’s 5 attempts and 1 on target. They dominated in all areas of the pitch and showed that they are a class above tonight’s hosts.

Given that Rapid Vienna have such a commanding lead heading into this match, you can get odds just shy of evens on them to win tonight which I think is an excellent selection to add to the Acca.

HNK Rijeka vs Hibernian Prediction

I’m moving over to the European Conference League for my final selection and backing Both Teams To Score in the match between Croatian side HNK Rijeka and Hibernian.

The hosts have managed to find the net in their last 17 matches and Hibs in their last 9. Hibernian’s away form of late has been excellent and Jack Ross’s side have bagged 14 goals in their last five matches on the road.

With both sides seemingly scoring for fun at the moment, it’s tough to pick a winner. Therefore, I think a safer bet is to back Both Teams To Score at odds of just below evens.


Football Betting Tips – Wednesday 11th August

Well, it’s didn’t really go to plan last night. The single on Salford City to beat Derby was looking good early on when Salford went 2-0 up inside 14 minutes. However, a goal conceded just before half time and another in the final eight minutes left the score level at the final whistle which was a big disappointment for myself and Salford fans.

The double was also looking good with Benfica winning 2-0 and Rangers 1-0 up at home. It was the Gers who would fail for me in this bet after conceding 2 goals in the space of 5 minutes in the second half. What’s more frustrating is that they were 1-0 up against 10 men. Considering Rangers had won 26 of their last 29 at Ibrox leading up to last nights match, you’d bet your house on them seeing that game out when a goal up.

However, today is a new day and I’m hoping to pick things up with backing some winners in the UEFA Super Cup which takes place tonight at 20:00.

Chelsea v Villarreal Prediction

At Windsor Park in Belfast, the home ground of NIFL Premiership club Linfield F.C, UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea take on UEFA Europa League winners Villarreal in what will be the first competitive fixture of the season for both sides.

I’m a big fan of Chelsea under Tuchel and I think that they’re going to have a strong season in the Premier League. This match will be a good test for the first team heading into the new season and I’m backing them to come out on top. The bookies have them as strong favourites being priced at 8/11 which may be a little short but Villarreal will do extremely well to get anything out of this game. The Spaniards haven’t won a match since their penalty shootout win against Manchester United back in May to claim the Europa League title having lost 3 and drawn 3 of their pre-season friendlies. This is of course a more competitive match and so not too much can be taken from warm-up games but Chelsea will prove to be a much sterner test for the La Liga side tonight. Chelsea came out on top against Peterborough, Bournemouth and Arsenal in pre-season as well as seeing out a 2-2 draw against Tottenham last week and so head into this fixture in somewhat better form.

Tuchels side beat the likes of Sevilla, Porto, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League before Kai Havert’s strike sealed victory for the London side against Manchester City in the final and so have a strong record in recent months against Spanish sides. Villarreal however have lost to Leicester City and only managed a draw against Leeds in their latest outings and so may struggle against a much stronger Chelsea team. That said, Unai Emery’s side have found the net 5 times in their last 3 matches and Chelsea have conceded in all of their pre-season friendlies which is quite surprising given they have been so solid at the back since Tuchel’s arrival.

I’m not 100% confident in backing Both Teams To Score tonight as I think Chelsea should step their game up in their first competitive match of the season and so I’m simply backing the London side to win at odds of 8/11 with Betfred.

Sky Bet also have a price boost available on this match for both Kai Havertz and Timo Werner to have a shot on target. It’s been boosted from evens to 2/1 which shows great value and definitely worth taking up.

Lastly, I’m going to place a Bet Builder bet with Betfred as they are offering customers their money back as a free bet if they lose on this match. For this bet, I’m backing Chelsea to Win, BTTS & Kai Havertz to score anytime at odds of 5/1 which will add to the first bet should Villarreal find the net.


Football Betting Tips – Tuesday 10th August

Premier League action is just days away but first, we have a string of EFL Cup games to enjoy tonight along with Champions League qualification matches.

Derby vs Salford City Prediction

Derby County host Salford City at Pride Park tonight in a match that surely won’t be a priority for manager Wayne Rooney. The Championship club is in serious financial trouble which has resulted in them offloading a large number of their players and has left the squad incredibly thin. They managed to pick up a point at the weekend in their opening league fixture against Huddersfield but they too were struggling for players after several of the squad missed the game after having to isolate.

This is a huge match for Salford City and one that they should be well up for. They beat tonight’s opponents on home turf just last month in a pre-season friendly which should no doubt give Gary Bowyer’s side confidence heading into this match. Salford too only managed a 1-1 draw at the weekend against Leyton Orient but have had a good pre-season and have lost only one of their last six competitive matches.

Rooney doesn’t have much of a squad to rotate but will be looking to keep any key players fit for their match away to Peterborough on Saturday. They really can’t afford any injuries and even fatigue in a thin squad will start to show throughout the season.

Salford City are 13/5 to win tonight which I think they can do given that they’ll be the much more up for it side and Derby will not be looking to focus on the cup at all this season.

Derby County v Salford City
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Rangers vs Malmo FF Prediction

Moving onto the Champions League qualification fixtures and there are two matches that take my fancy, albeit not at huge odds. The first of which is Rangers v Swedish side Malmo FF at Ibrox.

Rangers head into this match on the back of two straight defeats. Dundee produced a shock 1-0 win when hosting the Gers at Tannadice Park on Saturday and prior to that, they went down 2-1 away to tonight’s opponents in Sweden.

Despite those defeats, I fancy them to pick up a win tonight. Rangers have an exceptional record at Ibrox having won 26 of their last 29 matches there and they will be up for tonight having to win it to progress in the competition.

Odds of 7/12 are probably not the most appealing but fair in my opinion. I’ll be putting Rangers in a double with another selection below and placing the bet with Betfair Sportsbook in order to receive a £5 free bet for doing so.

Benfica vs Spartak Moscow Prediction

Benfica came out on top in the first leg of this tie having won the match 2-0 in Moscow last week. That gives them a huge advantage heading into the home tie and I’m backing them to do the double on Spartak.

Similar to Rangers, Benfica have an excellent record on home turf having lost just 1 of their last 18 at Estadio da Luz, whereas Spartak Moscow have lost 2 of their last 3 in the league as well as the defeat to tonight’s hosts last week.

Benfica are just 3/7 to win tonight but it looks like a more than probable outcome. I’m going to stick with a double today which comes in at odds of 1.11/1 with Betfair. Not the most exciting odds but hopefully a relatively safe bet and a £5 free bet to come from Betfair regardless of the outcome.

Champions League Double
Rangers & Benfica
to Win
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Football Betting Tips – Saturday 7th August

As you may know, I try to incorporate betting offers into by selections as over time, they can significantly increase your returns. Offers such as Acca Insurance, Price Boosts and Free Bets are generally available throughout the week and now that league football is back, we’re seeing a lot more generous offers available from some of the UK’s top bookies.

One offer that is usually available every week is the Sky Bet Super Price Boost from which you can get largely boosted odds on a selection of fixtures. This week, SkyBet are offering boosts on a treble from the following fixtures:

SkyBet Soccer Saturday Super Boost Fixtures

  • Cardiff vs Barnsley (Championship)
  • Sheffield United vs Birmingham (Championship)
  • Ipswich vs Morecambe (League One)

With the following boosts available:

  • Cardiff, Ipswich and Sheffield Utd all to win 10/1 instead of 5/1
  • Cardiff & Ipswich to win and Sheffield Utd to draw with Birmingham 16/1 instead of 10/1
  • Cardiff, Ipswich & Birmingham all to win 25/1 instead of 16/1

Cardiff vs Barnsley Prediction

Barnsley made it to the playoffs last season but I don’t have as strong hopes for them this term. They have lost manager Valerien Ismael to rivals West Brom and have struggled against the top teams when away from home. They picked up 11 wins on the road last season, drew 2 and lost 9. However, every one of their losses was against teams in the top half of the table, including a 3-0 defeat to today’s opponents back in November at Cardiff City Stadium. 

Cardiff turned their season around after current manager Mick McCarthy was appointed back in January following the sacking of Neil Harris and the Bluebirds went on to record the fewest defeats in the Championship for the remainder of the season. They ended up finishing 8th in the league which was an achievement considering their start and will hope to better that this time around.

Prediction: Cardiff 2 – 1 Barnsley

Sheffield United vs Birmingham Prediction

Sheff Utd had a dreadful spell in the Premier League last season but things should be slightly easier for them in the Championship. Now managed by ex-Watford and Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic, who guided both those teams into the top-flight from the Championship, the bookies have them as one of the favourites to gain promotion and although I do think it will be tough for them to do so with the league being so competitive, they should have enough to see off a Birmingham side that finished 18th last season.

Birmingham did see somewhat of a turnaround towards the end of last season when Lee Bowyer was appointed as manager and helped them avoid the drop but it’s a tough ask for them to take anything away from Bramall Lane with a full capacity expected. 

Prediction: Sheffield United 1 – 0 Birmingham

Ipswich vs Morecambe Prediction

Morecambe gained promotion to League One via a playoff place last season but they have failed to strengthen their squad and that could be a big issue for the Shimps at this level. The bookies have them as favourites to drop back down a league come the end of the season and they’re beginning their campaign with a tough away fixture at Portman Road.

Ipswich finished a respectful 9th in the league last season and had the fifth best record at home. Unlike Morecambe, they have improved on last seasons squad and they will hope to push for the title this season or at a very minimum, a play off spot.

Prediction: Ipswich 2 – 0 Morecambe

The treble of Cardiff, Sheff Utd and Ipswich has been boosted from 5/1 to a HUGE 10/1 with Sky Bet which has tremendous value.

Along with league action resuming this weekend, we also have the FA Community Shield taking place this afternoon with Cup winners Leicester City taking on league champions Manchester City.  

Bookmaker Boylesports have their £10 No-Lose bet offer available for this match which is an opportunity to make a selection and get your stake back as a free bet if it doesn’t come in.

Leicester v Manchester City Prediction (FA Community Shield)

On paper, you would look nowhere else other than a City win but Leicester have proved multiple times that they shouldn’t be underestimated. They’re featuring in this game thanks to Youri Tielemans wonder-strike in their 1-0 FA Cup victory over Chelsea back in May and I wouldn’t put it past them to get one over on the 2020/21 league Champions today.

At odds of 20/23, I’d usually be backing City for the win but they’re due to be without a string of first-team players including Ederson, John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus. That means that Zack Steffen could feature in goal along with Cole Palmer and Sam Edozie possibly getting a start outfield. 

Due to their missing players, Leicester stand a much better chance getting something out of this game and the likes of Tielemans, Barnes, Vardy and Iheanacho should relish on that fact. New Foxes signing Boubakary Soumare could also gain a place in the starting XI following his arrival from French Ligue 1 club Lille.

Boylesports have a price boost available on Jamie Vardy to score anytime & Leicester to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 @ 10/1 from 8/1 which is my selection for this match. I think they have a strong chance of lifting the trophy given the expected lineups and Vardy should be in the mix as usual.


Football Betting Tips – Friday 6th August

We came frustratingly close to both the 4.88/1 and 15.88/1 doubles coming in yesterday with Celtic seeing off Czech side Jablonec 4-2. However, Galatasaray were surprisingly only able to walk away with a 1-1 draw against St Johnstone which wasn’t enough for the bets. Another goal from the Super Lig side would have produced a nice return but we did receive a £5 free bet from Betfair for placing the bet which cushioned the blow somewhat.

Moving onto today and English football returns with Bournemouth and West Brom going head to head in the opening fixture of the EFL Championship. I’ve tipped both teams to do well this season in my Championship season bets and it could turn out to be a cracker of a game.

Bournemouth vs West Brom Prediction

Bournemouth have managed to retain several of their players from last season which should bode well for them heading into their new campaign. They’ve also managed to lure new manager Scott Parker away from fellow Championship side Fulham and he should make a big difference to the side defensively and help them push for promotion this season.

West Brom also have a new manager with Valerien Ismael joining from Barnsley. The Baggies had a disappointing run in the Premier League last season but they should find themselves with more chances in front of goal at this lower level.

I’m finding it hard to pick a winner from this match as both sides are more than capable of scoring goals. It’s too early to determine how the new managers will set up their teams but I do expect both sides not to hold back. Bournemouth were the second-highest goalscorers at home last season and Scott Parker should be able to tighten things up at the back. Ismael is known for his high-pace style of play and so it’s likely that West Brom will also be looking to get in front of goal from the whistle with both sides wanting to get their promotion campaigns off to the perfect start by taking away all three points from this match.

Both teams to score seems like a good bet which is priced at 5/6 with 10Bet.

SkyBet also have an offer available for this match and are giving customers a £5 free bet when placing a bet of just £0.05 or more! It’s close to being risk-free and so a no-brainer if you have a Sky account. I’m edging towards a Bournemouth win given their home advantage and their form at the Vitality Stadium and so I’ll be backing Bournemouth to Win & BTTS at a price of 10/3 with SkyBet.

Bournemouth v West Brom
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Monaco v Nantes Prediction

The French Ligue 1 also gets underway tonight with eight-time league champions Monaco hosting Nates at the Stade Louis II.

Monaco had the best home record in the league last season and I expect them to pick up all three points tonight against a Nantes side that finished the season 3rd-bottom.

Monaco beat the visitors both home and away last season by 2 goals to 1 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar score tonight. Although the hosts have an impressive defensive record at home, Nantes picked up more points on their travels last season and have only failed to find the net in 2 of their last 11 away matches.

Although Monaco to Win would be a safer bet, I’m including the BTTS selection into my double tonight which comes in at a reasonable 4.36/1 with Betfair and we’ll again receive a £5 free bet for placing it.

Friday Night Double
Bornemouth & West Brom BTTS
Monaco Win & BTTS
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Football Betting Tips – Thursday 5th August

Other than focusing on my EFL Championship predictions, today, I’m looking at UEFA Europa League qualification matches of which there are seven taking place. I’m keeping it simple with a double but also going to boost the odds for the bet by including BTTS in one of the games.

FK Jablonec vs Celtic Prediction

Celtic are having a terrible time at the moment. After failing to win their first Scottish Premiership title in a decade, they failed to qualify for the Champions League after being beaten over two legs by Danish side Midtjylland in the qualification round last week and also lost 2-1 to Hearts in their opening league match on Saturday. They’ll be looking to get their season back on track against Czech side FK Jablonec tonight and I’m backing them to do so.

FK Jablonec were impressive at home last season having won 13 of their 17 matches in the league. They finished 3rd last term but are heading into this match on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Mlada Boleslav. Although Celtic are not in particularly good form, they should be a good test for the hosts tonight and new manager Ange Postecoglou will be eager to get his first victory under his belt.

I think both teams getting on the scoresheet in this fixture is extremely likely but I’m siding with Celtic for the win. Odds of 7/2 are available on an away win & BTTS with Bet365 which will be the first part of my double.

Galatasaray vs St Johnstone Prediction

Galatasaray are a best price of 6/13 to win tonight and make a good accumulator selection. By adding them into the double, we’ll qualify for a £5 free bet with Betfair Sportsbook regardless of the outcome.

Galatasaray should pose too much of a threat for the Scottish side tonight who were held to a goalless draw against Ross County at the weekend. The hosts finished level on points with overall Süper Lig champions Besiktas last season and only suffered two defeats on home turf. Although St Johnstone produced relatively solid form on the road last season, I feel Galatasaray should be a step up in class for them and I expect the home side to win.

Seven of Galatasaray’s last eight matches at home have seen both teams find the net and so I am tempted to include that into the double. Given that we’ll receive a £5 free bet from Betfair for placing the double, I’m opting for a second bet with a small stake on both selections to win and all four teams to score at appealing odds of 15.88/1 with Bet365.

Europa League Doubles
Celtic Win & BTTS
Galatasaray To Win
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Galatasaray To Win & BTTS
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Football Betting Tips – Tuesday 3rd August

We’re going to be focussing on Champions League matches today with the remaining teams heading into the third round of the qualification stages. However, for anyone who followed my Olympics Men’s Football Tips last month, it’s worth keeping an eye on the semi-final fixtures today as both Spain and Mexico who were tipped have made it through to the semi’s and could potentially meet each other in the final on Saturday. Mexico were a big price of 33/1 pre-tournament and are now at 5/1. They’ve scored more goals than any other team in the competition this year, finding the net an impressive 14 times in 4 matches and should give Brazil a good game this morning.

I’m backing an ambitious Win & BTTS double today and placing the bet with Betfair Sportsbook in order to receive a £5 free bet for doing so which will add to the overall value of the bet.

Malmo FF vs Rangers Prediction

This should be a great game with both sides in excellent form and not short of goals at the moment. Malmo are currently unbeaten in their last 7 matches and have only lost 2 of their last 17 on home turf. However, I’m edging towards a Rangers win tonight and I’ll think that they’ll do it with both teams getting on the scoresheet.

Rangers got their Scottish Premiership title defence off to the perfect start on Saturday when they beat Livingston 3-0 and impressed pre-season also where they beat La Liga giants Real Madrid 2-1 and held both Premier League sides Brighton (0-0) and Arsenal (2-2) to draws. Admittedly, all those matches were played at the Ibrox but I’m confident that they’ll get on the scoresheet at least once tonight and should have enough to win it.

One concern is that Rangers will be without Glen Kamara, Leon Balogun and Kemar Roofe, who scored against Livingston on Saturday, due to suspension, but the side that won their first Premiership title in a decade whilst remaining undefeated all throughout the season, should have the momentum, drive and squad to see this game out.

CFR Cluj vs Young Boys Prediction

My second selection comes from the match between Romanian side CFR Cluj Swiss Super League champions Young Boys. The hosts have won their last 5 matches and progressed to this stage after beating Lincoln (Gibraltar) and Bosnia and Herzegovina side, Borac Banja Luka. However, they only edged past those opponents and Young Boys should pose a much greater threat to them tonight in a match that I expect the visitors to win.

CFR Cluj scored in all four legs of their previous Champions League qualification fixtures and three of those saw both teams find the net. I expect Young Boys to get on the scoresheet tonight but they too are prone to leaking the odd goal and so it wouldn’t surprise me to see both teams bag a goal.

Generous odds of 26.5/1 are available on the To Win & BTTS double which is what I’ll be backing tonight and when placing the bet with Betfair Sportsbook, you can also receive a £5 free bet regardless of the result.

Champions League Double
Rangers &
Young Boys
Win & BTTS

26.5/1
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Football Betting Tips – Friday 30th July

Other than a string of pre-season friendlies, fixtures are a little on the short side today. Therefore, I’m opting for a straight double from the Irish Premier Division and recommending placing the bet with Betfair Sportsbook in order to receive a £5 free bet for doing so regardless of the result.

Shamrock Rovers vs St Patricks Prediction

Both sides head into this match level on points and the outcome will determine who tops the table once the final whistle is blown. It’s a fixture that is notorious for ending all square with four of the last five meetings ending in a draw. However, Shamrock Rovers did manage to snatch the win in injury time in their latest clash back in May and I’m backing them to do it again tonight. The hosts have lost only 1 of their last 12 matches on home turf and when you compare that to St. Patricks winning just 3 of their last 12 on their travels, it seems logical to back Rovers tonight.

Both sides are currently in great form and St Patricks will want to pick up maximum points in a bid to retain their title, but with it being a relatively even match on paper, I feel the home advantage will give Shamrock Rovers the edge tonight and allow them to do the double on their opponents.

Odds of 11/9 are available on a home win which will be the first part of my double.

Drogheda United vs Waterford United Prediction

For my second selection, I’m taking a bit more of a risk and backing the underdogs at odds of almost 4/1.

Waterford were looking set for relegation until just a few weeks ago when they started a revival which has seen them pick up 3 wins from their last 5 league games. They’ve also won 3 of their last 4 on the road and that doesn’t include their 5-4 win against Athlone in the FAI Cup last Friday.

For Drogheda, they have just 1 win in their last 6 matches in the Premier Division and were also knocked out of the cup in their most recent outing after losing in extra time to fellow top-flight side Derry City. They will be looking to get back on track tonight to regain a European spot in the table, which they are currently 1 point adrift of, but I feel the value is in backing the visitors tonight who are more than capable at the moment of causing an upset.

Although Drogheda are considered the better side, Waterford are clearly the more in-form team and they can move one step closer to safety by continuing their good run of form away from home tonight by taking away all three points from this match.

The Irish double comes in at odds of 9.21/1 with Boylesports but I’m opting for slightly shorter odds of 8.66/1 with Betfair Sportsbook in order to receive a £5 free bet regardless of the outcome.

Irish Premier Division Double
Shamrock Rovers &
Waterford United
Win Double

8.66/1
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Football Betting Tips – Thursday 29th July

Yesterday’s BTTS double came in at over 2/1 and we were frustratingly close to the 45/1 double landing also but Brentford sadly couldn’t find a winner against Manchester United in their 2-2 draw which saw Andreas Pereira score one of the best goals Old Trafford has seen.

Moving onto today’s fixtures and there are a couple of dozen matches in the UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying round taking place and I’ve picked out a couple of bets that I think have value. Today I’m backing a BTTS treble along with a straight win double.

FC Levadia Tallinn vs Dundalk Prediction

After a thrilling 2-2 draw in the first leg of this tie a week ago, which saw no less than four goals inside the first 30 minutes, the two teams head into this match all square.

I’m expecting goals again in this match given that the hosts have scored 46 goals in their 17 matches in the Estonian top flight this season and with both sides producing a number of chances in the first leg. Also, you have to go back 21 games to Dundalks 1-0 defeat away to Arsenal to find an away match that they didn’t score in and so Both Teams To Score tonight is looking like a very probable outcome.

BK Hacken vs Aberdeen Prediction

Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen look set to progress through to the next round of the tournament having thrashed BK Hacken 5-1 at the Pittodrie Stadium last week. Both sides created chances in that match and with the Swedish side playing on home turf tonight, I expect them to find the net at least once given that they have only failed to do so in one of their last 16 games at the Bravida Arena.

Aberdeen have proved they can score goals against tonight’s opponents and with the hosts needing to find the net a minimum of four times, Both Teams To Score looks like another good bet here.

Breidablik vs Austria Vienna Prediction

My final selection in the BTTS treble is in the match between Icelandic side Breidablik and Austrian club Austria Vienna. The first leg finished 1-1 last week but there could have been several more goals with Vienna recording 17 attempts on goal and Breidablik 12.

Breidablik have an excellent goal scoring record at home having found the net in 16 of their last 17 matches and averaging 2.82 goals per game. Austria Vienna have a similarly impressive record on the road and have only failed to score in 2 of their last 17.

A BTTS bet here seems sensible and when coupled with the two other matches, the combined odds for the treble are 7/2 with SportNation.

Europa League BTTS Double
FC Levadia Tallinn vs Dundalk
BK Hacken vs Aberdeen
Breidablik vs Austria Vienna
BTTS Treble

7/2
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My second tip today is a straight win double from two more UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying matches taking place tonight.

Partizani Tirana vs FC Basel Prediction

Basel haven’t produced the best form on the road of late having won just 3 of their last 13 matches. However, they did score in 9 of those and have only suffered one defeat in their last seven. They dominated the first leg of this tie at St. Jakob-Park last week having registered 16 attempts on goal and 5 on target compared to their opponents 7 attempts and 1 on target. Although the Swiss side don’t need to win tonight, they’ll want to make it 3 for 3 in their new season and given that Partizani Tirana didn’t pose much of a threat in the first leg, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Basel win this game comfortably to progress through to the next round of the tournament.

I’m not expecting a similar scoreline to last week but with Basel keeping a clean sheet in both of their matches this season, I can see a 0-1 or 0-2 result after 90 minutes.

You can back Basel to win tonight at odds of 10/11 with Boylesports.

Valerenga vs Gent Prediction

My final selection for today is Gent to beat Valerenga in Norway. A 4-0 win for Gent last week means that Valerenga have it all to do on home turf tonight but the odds are stacked against them given that they didn’t register a single shot on goal, or an attempt on goal in fact, throughout the 90 minutes of that match. In comparison, Gent had 13 attempts of which 5 were on target. Gent also missed a second-hlaf penalty which could have added to Valerenga’s woes.

Again, there is some doubt in backing Gent since they simply need to see the game out tonight but given the hosts have registered just 3 victories in their last 10 games, odds of 23/20 on an away win tonight seem too good to turn down.

The double for both Basel and Gent to win tonight comes in at 3.11/1 with Boylesports.

Europa League Win Double
FC Basel & GentWin Double

3.11/1
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Football Betting Tips – Wednesday 28th July

A late equaliser from HJK Helsinki in their match against Malmo FF last night meant that just two of the four Lucky 15 selections landed. Should Malmo have held on, it would have produced a nice return but the loss wasn’t a huge one with two singles and a double still coming in.

Onto today and there are more Champions League qualifying fixtures taking place as well as Olympic matches and some interesting friendlies in preparation for the new season. Today, I’ve opted for a BTTS double along with a small wager on the winner of each game & BTTS.

Manchester United vs Brentford Prediction

Manchester United host newly-promoted Brentford at Old Trafford this evening with Ole Gunnar Solskjær hoping his side can bounce back from the 4-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of QPR at the weekend. That result may have come as a surprise to many but given the team United fielded, QPR had every chance to get something from the match, and tonight, Brentford do also.

Friendlies are often not the best matches to bet on but I do think there is value in both teams scoring in this match. With the majority of United’s senior players still absent, we can expect Solskjær to field a similar-looking lineup tonight with the only notable names being Mason Greenwood, Jesse Lingard and veterans Nemanja Matić and possibly Juan Mata. With Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw not set to make an appearance, United’s backline could be vulnerable to Brentford’s attack which has seen them net six goals in their three pre-season friendlies so far.

Despite the absence of Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and new signing Jadon Sancho, United should have enough going forward to bag a goal on home turf tonight and so I think backing BTTS is a relatively good bet at odds of 14/19 with SportNation. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the game go either way and so if you’d like to take a little punt at bigger odds, you can back Brentford & BTTS at odds of 13/2 with Betfair which I think is more than fair considering they are 3 for 3 pre-season so far.

Midtjylland vs Celtic Predictions

Celtic were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of this clash last Tuesday at Celtic Park and a 6-2 thrashing by West Ham which followed four days later will not help them in preparation for this return leg.

I backed Midtjylland to beat Celtic & BTTS a week ago and even though they didn’t have quite enough to find the second goal, I fancy them to do it tonight. Midtjylland’s form at home is excellent having only lost 1 of their last 9, scoring a total of 23 goals in the process. Celtic however, have won just 2 of their last 9 on the road and could be set for an early exit from this seasons Champions League.

Given Celtic’s poor defence and record on the road, I expect Midtjylland to get goals tonight. Celtic will have to respond and so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get on the scoresheet. I’ll be putting BTTS in the double today and also suggesting a small wager on Brentford & Midtjylland both to win & all four teams to score. That second selection is a bit of a long shot at odds of 45/1 but worth a small punt in my opinion.

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Football Betting Tips – Tuesday 27th July

It’s been a few days since I’ve published a football tip here at WhichBookie due to the lack of fixtures taking place. During these periods, you may wish to take a look at the horse racing tips available from racing analysts Will Smith and Andrew Blair White who have an excellent record and will be providing tips for both the Goodwood and Galway festivals taking place this week. There are also some good betting offers available today on racing including £5 free bets from both Paddy Power and Bet365 to use on the races with no qualifying bet required!

There are four second-leg Champions League qualification matches taking place today and I’m opting for a Lucky 15 with a selection from each.

Omonia Nicosia vs Dinamo Zagreb Prediction

Dinamo Zagreb head into this second leg with a two-goal advantage after winning the home tie 2-0 a week ago. That scoreline isn’t enough for them to sit back in this return leg and I fancy them to do the double over the Cypriot side. Zagreb have only conceded one goal in their last five away games, scoring fifteen in the process and given that Ominia Nicosa only managed to hit the target twice from 12 attempts in the first leg of this tie, they shouldn’t pose too much of a threat to Livakovic in the Zagreb goal. If they can maintain that form at the back tonight and also find the net, a score of 1-0 is likely which would see the Croatian side comfortably through to the next round.

HJK Helsinki vs Malmo FF Prediction

Malmo dominated the first leg of this clash last week and had 16 attempts on goal compared to Mjalby’s 4 and over double the number of dangerous attacks. Despite that, they only have a one-goal lead and so will look to put this tie to bed with another victory.

Malmo currently top the Swedish Allsvenskan after 13 matches played and will not be looking for an early exit from this seasons Champions League competition. HJK’s home form has been very good over recent months which is a slight concern but given the way the reverse fixture played out last week, I do fancy Malmo to have enough to see off the home side tonight.

FC Flora Tallinn vs Legia Warsaw Prediction

FC Flora are the only team I’m backing tonight that head into their second leg with a goal deficit. They lost the first leg of this tie 2-1 away from home last week but put in a good performance and have every chance of flipping that scoreline in their favour on home turf.

Warsaw attacking midfielder Bartosz Kapustka will miss tonight’s match after picking up an injury early on in last weeks match. He managed to bag a 3rd-minute goal before being forced off in the 7th and will be a big miss for the Polish side in this clash.

I fancy Flora to win this one with them possibly picking up a 2-1 win to send the match into extra time.

FK Žalgiris Vilnius vs Ferencvarosi TC Prediction

A 2-0 victory for Ferencvarosi last week means that they head into this match with a comfortable advantage. However, similar to Dinamo Zagreb, I don’t think that they’ll sit back as they dominated the first leg with 17 attempts on goal compared to Žalgiris’ 7 and over 100% more dangerous attacks. They have experience in this competition having squared up to the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Dynamo Kyiv in last seasons Champions League group stages and will look to qualify tonight to set up more fixtures against big teams in the later rounds.

Ferencvarosi have won their last 11 matches and haven’t lost any of their last 15 on the road with their last defeat away from home coming at the hands of Dynamo Kyiv back in December when they lost 1-0 at the NSC Olimiyskiy Stadium.

The four-fold comes in at a rather ambitious 56/1 with online bookmaker SBK but I’m opting for a Lucky 15 with a 0.5pt bet on each combination which will reduce the risk and hopefully still produce a good return should some of the selections land. As SBK do not accept Lucky 15’s, I’ll be placing my bet with 10Bet at slightly shorter odds of 47/1.

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Football Betting Tips – Wednesday 21st July

Our 2/1 BTTS double came in yesterday thanks to goals from both sides in the Rapid Vienna vs Sparta Prague and Celtic vs Midtjylland fixtures, and today, I’m going to continue with tips for Champions League qualification matches of which there are interesting clashes.

Again, if you wish to follow the tips, I suggest placing the double with Betfair Sportsbook in order to receive a £5 free bet for doing so.

Kairat Almaty vs Crvena Zvezda Prediction

Serbian Super Liga side Crvena Zvezda, or Red Star Belgrade as they are most commonly known outside of their country, qualified for the Champions League after topping their domestic table last season. What is more impressive is that the Super Liga champions didn’t lose a single game throughout the season and have now not lost a match since October 2020 when they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in the Europa League. They also scored an impressive 114 goals in the league last season and only conceded 20.

They’re up against a Kairat Almaty side that beat Israeli team Maccabi Haifa to make it through to this stage of the qualification process but Crvena Zvezda should pose a much greater threat for them tonight. They’re currently 3rd in the Kazakhstan Premier League but lost their last outing 2-0 at home to 8th placed Kaspiy.

Odds of 13/10 are available on Red Star Belgrade to win tonight which I think is good value as I expect them to head into the second leg of this clash with the advantage.

Olympiacos vs Neftci Baku Prediction

Olympiacos is another team that excelled domestically last season having won the Greek Super League by an extremely impressive 34 points and losing just 2 of their 36 matches played. Tonight, they host Azerbaijan Premier League side Neftci Baku who are currently 2nd in the league and hoping to cause an upset at the Karaiskaki Stadium. However, I can’t see it happening and clearly the bookies agree as they are priced at 20/1 to win with William Hill whereas Olympiacos are a short 1/6 with Boylesports.

I wouldn’t usually tip a 1/6 selection but I’ve included it simply so that we will qualify for the £5 free bet with Betfair for placing a multiple with two or more selections. Hopefully, Olympiacos will have no problem seeing off Neftci Baku on home turf and then it will be up to Red Star Belgrade to see in the bet.

You can get odds of 1.64/1 for the double with Betfair and receive a £5 free bet regardless of the result.

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Slovan Bratislava vs Young Boys Prediction

Betfred have an offer on tonight from which customers can receive a £5 free bet for placing a £10 in-play bet on any football match taking place today. If you’re following this tip, I suggest placing the bet straight after kick-off so that you can get as close to the pre-match odds as possible and to qualify for the free bet.

Slovan Bratislava won the Slovakian Super Liga last season and will hope to head into the new season with a win under their belt against Young Boys tonight. After a somewhat successful pre-season campaign, tonight’s hosts have now lost just one of their last nine matches. They beat Irish side Shamrock Rovers in the previous qualification round but it was a narrow 3-2 victory over two legs that got them through and Young Boys should pose more of a threat to them at this stage.

Young Boys also came out on top last season, finishing their campaign an impressive 31 points ahead of 2nd placed Basel. I expect them to be the more attacking team tonight and although Slovan Bratislava have proven to be solid defensively, should Young Boys be able to get an early goal, I can see them holding onto their lead and seeing the game out.

You can back Young Boys to win at 4/5 with Betfred and similar odds should be available shortly after kick-off to qualify for the £5 free bet.

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Football Betting Tips – Tuesday 20th July

Today, the Scottish League Cup continues in preparation for the domestic leagues getting underway in just under two weeks time. The Scottish League Cup has a slightly different format to what you may be used to with English cup competitions as it begins with a group stage prior to moving onto the more familiar knockout fixtures. Eight groups featuring five teams are currently battling it out to finish in one of the top two positions to progress to the next stage of the tournament. It’s an interesting competition as all group stage matches that finish in a draw will go to a penalty shootout. Both teams receive a point for the draw but the winner of the shootout will receive an additional point.

No Scottish teams that have qualified for UEFA competitions participate in the Cup which means that clubs such as Celtic, who are hosting Danish side Midtjylland at Celtic Park this evening in their Champions League qualification clash, will not feature. However, there are still some exciting fixtures to look forward to and some top teams in contention of qualifying.

Today, I’m going to make use of the Betfair Sportsbook offer that credits a £5 free bet for placing a multiple and also have a look at the upcoming UEFA Champions League fixtures taking place tonight.

Scottish Betfred Cup Treble

  • Cove Rangers vs Inverness – Inverness WIN
  • Partick Thistle vs Dumbarton – Partick Thistle WIN
  • Stirling vs Hearts – Hearts WIN
  • Odds: 2.02/1 + £5 Free Bet with Betfair Sportsbook

Cove Rangers vs Inverness Prediction

This is the trickiest fixture of the three but I think there’s value in backing Inverness against a poor Cove Rangers side at just under evens. Cove Rangers haven’t managed to pick up a single point in their 3 matches in this competition so far and have a very poor record in the League Cup in general having lost 13 of their last 19 matches. They’re heading out of the cup early again and victory for Inverness today could be the nail in the coffin for the League One side.

Inverness play in a league above the hosts in the Scottish Championship and have a very good chance of moving into one of the top two spots in the group table with a win tonight. They have picked up four points in two matches so far which included a 2-0 win against Peterhead and a 2-2 draw in their most recent clash with Stirling. The fact that they’ve managed to bag two goals in both of their fixtures in this competition points to them outscoring Cover Rangers tonight and odds of just under evens for them to do that seem to have value.

Partick Thistle vs Dumbarton Prediction

I’ll be adding two more slightly safer bets to the treble which will ensure that we qualify for the £5 free bet from Betfair and to keep the risk to a minimum whilst still seeing a reasonable return. The first of those two selections is Partick Thistle to beat Dumbarton at home tonight.

Dumbarton, like Cove Rangers, are rock bottom of their group having been unable to pick up any points in their three fixtures and are already out of the competition. They’ve conceded a worrying 10 goals in those matches and scored just two which makes backing Partick an easy choice. Partick have won four of their last five matches at home if you exclude their 1-0 friendly defeat to Rangers and in those four matches they didn’t concede a single goal and found the net and impressive 13 times. The hosts did suffer a 4-2 defeat to Dunfermline a week gone Saturday but given that they have proved that they are dangerous in front of goal, they should have more than enough to break down a poor Dumbarton defence and pick up all three points.

Stirling vs Hearts Prediction

Hearts finished top of the Championship last season to regain their place in the top flight of Scottish football and will be looking to kick-start their season by going all the way in the League Cup. They currently sit top of their group having picked up maximum points against Peterhead and Cove Rangers and have now gone seven games without conceding.

Stirling sit in second place in the group and just one point adrift of Hearts but the League Two side will do well in getting anything out of this game tonight as the visitors will be much tougher opponents than Inverness and Cove Rangers who the hosts scraped past in recent matches.

Both Partick Thistle and Hearts to win are relatively short odds but by including Inverness in the treble, it boosts the price up to a reasonable 2.02/1 which I’ll be taking along with the £5 free bet from Betfair for placing it.

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UEFA Champions League Predictions

Six matches take place tonight in the qualification stage of the UEFA Champions League and I’ve picked out a double at just over 2/1 that I think has potential.

Rapid Vienna vs Sparta Prague Prediction

Both sides head into this clash in excellent form and it’s hard to pick a team to come out on top. Sparta Prague achieved 10 consecutive victories before suffering a 3-2 loss in their friendly against Wolfsberger AC earlier this month and followed that up with a 2-2 draw at home to Dynamo Moscow. Rapid Vienna are unbeaten in their last six with their most recent outing resulting in a 6-0 victory against Wiener Viktoria in the Austrian Cup on Friday evening.

One thing I’m expecting to see in this match is goals. Sparta Prague have found the net an average of 3.9 times in their last 12 matches and Vienna an average of 2.83 in their last 6. With the final outcome difficult to predict, I think the safer bet would be on Both Teams To Score which I’ll be putting in a double along with a selection from the Celtic game tonight.

Celtic vs Midtjylland Prediction

Celtic will host Danish side Midtjylland at Celtic Park tonight and it’s another match that I think we’ll see goals in. Midtjylland had an extremely impressive defensive record at home last season where they conceded just 7 goals in 16 matches but the story wasn’t the same on their travels. The Danish Superliga side let in 26 goals in as many games on the road and given both teams have found the net in all of their last five matches, I can see that happening again today.

Again, this is a tough match to call and I’d be tempted to back Midtjylland to win & BTTS at odds of 13/2 with Betfred. However, I’m going for the safer option with a BTTS double which comes in at just over 2/1 with SportNation.

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Football Betting Tips – Friday 16th July

There are four weeks to go until the 2021/22 Premier League season kicks off but other leagues around the world are getting started earlier such as the Danish Superliga which gets underway tonight with the opening fixture being Midtjylland v Odense at the MSH Arena.

Midtjylland v Odense – Friday 16th July 18:00

Midtjylland have really developed as a team in recent years and finished top of the Superliga in 2014/15, 2017/18 and 2019/20. Tonight’s hosts finished just 2 points adrift of Brøndby last season and came frustratingly close to retaining their title and they’ll look to claim it back this season, starting with a win tonight against Odense.

They haven’t lost to tonight’s opponents in their last six meetings and have won 11 of their last 12 encounters when playing on home turf. Last season, Midtjylland won 12 of their 16 matches at home and look set to continue that good run of form into the new season given that Odense only managed to pick up 4 victories on the road in their last campaign.

Considering the hosts were undefeated in their last 8 home matches last season, winning 7 and drawing 1 and have had positive pre-season results, winning two of their three matches, everything points to a home victory tonight. Odds of around 7/10 are available with Betfair Sportsbook on a home win but I’d be looking to give the odds a slight boost by either backing Midtjylland -1 (2/1) or Midtjylland Win & BTTS (5/2). 5 of the last 6 encounters between these two sides have seen both teams find the net and Odense have scored in their last 7 games.

Midtjylland -1 is what I’ll be backing tonight though as despite conceding 26 goals in 16 matches on their travels last season, they only let in a total of 7 goals in as many games at home. They had the best defensive record by a clear margin on home turf in the Superliga last term and I expect them to be similarly solid heading into the new season.

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Euro 2020 Final Tips – Sunday 11th July

Italy v England – Sunday 8pm

England have made it to their first ever European Championship final and face what will most likely be their toughest match of the tournament so far on Sunday when they’ll play Italy at Wembley Stadium.

Italy have undoubtedly had the tougher route to the final having to progress past the likes of Belgium and Spain in the knockout stages. However, Germany and Denmark were no pushovers for England and in my opinion, the two best teams of the tournament have made it to the final stage.

Both sides were forced to play over 90 minutes in their semi-final clashes with Italy progressing past Spain on penalties and Harry Kane finding the winner for England against Denmark in extra time. Although Italy’s fast-paced football and duo of extra time periods may result in some fatigue, there’s no doubt that both sides will be up for this match and put any tiredness to one side until after the final whistle has blown.

Onto the bets…

We’ll be taking advantage of the following betting offers for the final:

  • Bet365: £10 Free Bet (No qualifying bet required) – CLAIM
  • Boylesports: £10 No Lose Bet (Refund as a free bet if it loses) – CLAIM
  • Betfred: £10 Risk-Free #PickYourPunt (Refund as a free bet if it loses) – CLAIM

As much as I respect Italy, I can’t bring myself to bet against England in this match. If they play at their best, which they have done for the majority of the tournament, I think that they’ll be a good match for the Italians and I can see the match ending in a draw. However, I can see Italy starting strong and wanting to get the first goal. Therefore, my £10 free bet from Bet365 will be placed on the HT/FT market of Italy/Draw @ 16/1. I think 1-0 at halftime is a likely score and I’m hoping England have enough to come out in the second half to level the score which if they do, should slow the game down somewhat and play out into extra time. 

Moving onto the Boylesports offer from which stakes are refunded as free bets if they lose, I’m backing a price boost on Harry Maguire to Score a Header @ 16/1. Maguire has had shots on target with his head in every match that he has featured in at Euro 2020 and so I believe this bet usually has value when boosted. 

For the Betfred offer, I’m again going for a bit of a long shot. I’m backing England to Win From Behind & Kane to Score Last @ 25/1. As mentioned, I think Italy will start the game at a fast pace and more likely to get the first goal. If England can come back then Harry Kane will likely to play a part in that and he’s almost certain to be on the pitch until the final whistle.

Finally, I’m backing a huge price boost with Sky Bet who are offering odds of 3/1 on England To Win in 90 minutes. It’s a bet that’s hard to turn down at those odds. Although I wouldn’t back England to win in normal time at 6/4, the 3/1 has huge value and not one to miss.

Should another betting offer come about, I’d recommend looking at a team to win on penalties. If the match ends in a draw, neither side will be pushing too hard in extra time as they won’t want to risk conceding and so I fancy England to win on penalties @ 17/2. Although it would cause nationwide stress for a short period, it would be the perfect way for England to win the tournament given Southgate’s miss in the semi-finals of Euro ‘96 against Germany.

Southgate has transformed his England squad into an exciting proposition with players who have proved their ability at both ends of the pitch. The England manager has got his tactics spot on so far in the tournament and the majority of us are starting to have faith in his decisions and will trust any that he makes on Sunday night. 

Can England end 55 years of hurt in front of over 60,000 fans in London? Let’s hope so.


Copa America Final Tips – Sunday 11th July

All eyes will be on the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday evening as England take on Italy at Wembley in a bid to end 55 years of hurt for the nation. However, earlier in the day, at 1 am in fact, another final takes place a mere 5763 miles away with Brazil and Argentina facing each other in the finale of the 2021 Copa America. It’s a final many were hoping to see with several of the world’s best players set to feature such as Neymar & Lionel Messi.

Brazil v Argentina – Sunday 01:00

Brazil take on Argentina on home turf with the match being played at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro which gives the 6-time Copa America winners (or 9-time winners if you include the South American Championship era) the home advantage on Sunday. They were the bookies’ favourites prior to the tournament beginning and are priced at just over evens to go all the way this weekend.

Tite’s side got their campaign off to the perfect start with three consecutive victories in the opening fixtures. They were unable to maintain a perfect record after a surprising 1-1 draw against Ecuador in their final group stage match but progressed as winners of their group and picked up 1-0 wins against Chile and Peru in the quarters and semis to reach the final.

Argentina dominated the Copa America when it was known as the South American Championship up until 1975 where they won the tournament an impressive 12 times from 29 appearances. Since then, they have only managed to claim the trophy 3 times with the last being back in 1994 when they beat Mexico 2-1 in Ecuador. However, Argentina have made the final of Copa America in 4 of the last 6 tournaments, two of which were against Brazil who they lost on penalties to in 2004 and 3-0 in 2007.

La Albiceleste also topped their group and despite having a slightly earlier route to the final and will be tough opposition for the hosts. Especially with Lionel Messi in their side who has already picked up four goals in the tournament so far.

Brazil will be without Gabriel Jesus for the final as the Manchester City forward serves a two-match suspension for the red card he received for a dangerous challenge on Chile’s Eugenio Mena in their quarter-final clash but he will be replaced by Lucas Paqueta who has scored the winning goal in both of Brazil’s knockout matches in recent days.

Can Argentina end a 27-year wait to lift the Copa America trophy on Sunday? It’s a very tough match to call with both sides having world-class players with the ability to score goals. However, Brazil have proved to be more solid at the back and I expect them to edge it very slightly.

These two sides have played each other on 107 occasions but only in four finals to date. Three of those were in the final of the Copa America with Brazil winning two of them. I’m backing Brazil to claim another victory on Sunday but also both teams to find the net which is priced at 9/2 with Bet365. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Messi fire in a free kick which could happen early on in the match and so I’m also having a small 0.5pt wager on Brazil to win the match from behind at odds of 14/1.


Euro 2020 Tips – Wednesday 7th July

Close but no cigar last night as Spain were unable to find a late winner. They did come back from a goal down as expected but as they’ve shown throughout the tournament, their finishing wasn’t quite good enough to put away the chances that they created. Another great game of football though which has sent Italy into the final to face either England or Denmark which will be determined tonight at Wembley.

England v Denmark – Wednesday 8pm

England have never had a better chance to make it through to the final of a major tournament. Although they’re expected to progress, they shouldn’t take the Danes for granted as they are a very good side but after England’s exit from the World Cup at the hands of Croatia three years ago, I have no doubt that Southgate and every one of the players will be focussed on the task at hand and not be looking ahead to a possible first-ever European Championships final for the Three Lions.

Other than their opening match against Finland, Denmark have had a relatively solid tournament so far. They suffered a 2-1 defeat to Belgium but put four past both Russia and Wales and reached the semis following a 2-1 win against Czech Republic. Getting past England will no doubt be a tougher task for the Danes but they’ll be up for it and have several players who are a threat in front of goal including Kasper Dolberg who has found the net three times in the tournament so far.

England once again have the home advantage with the fixture taking place at Wembley. Although their performances in the earlier stages of the tournament weren’t fully convincing, they have remained a solid unit under Southgate and impressively, haven’t conceded a single goal at this years tournament. That’s a stat that you can’t ignore and a big reason to be backing England to progress tonight. Thankfully, things have improved significantly at the other end of the pitch with Harry Kane picking up his first goal of Euro 2020 against Germany which lead to a much improved performance from the England number 9 against Ukraine on Saturday. Those four goals that England put past Ukrainian goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan will give them confidence that they can win tonight’s match within 90 minutes which would be the preferred outcome for Southgate’s side.

As usual, there are several betting offers available for tonight’s game, some of which can be found below.

  • Boylesports: £10 No Lose Bet (Refund as a free bet if it loses) – CLAIM
  • Betfred: £10 Risk-Free #PickYourPunt (Refund as a free bet if it loses) – CLAIM
  • William Hill: Bet £5 on a #YourOdds & Get £5 free bet – CLAIM

For the Boylesports offer, I’m backing Sterling to Score Anytime & England to Win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 which has been boosted from 5/1 to 6/1. I imagine it will be a much tougher match for England than when they played Ukraine and so if they win, a 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 scoreline does look likely and although Sterling didn’t find the net against Ukraine, he has been a key player and a threat in front of goal throughout the competition.

Betfred are again running their money-back offer on losing #PickYourPunt bets for the England match and it’s a great offer to take advantage of. Again, I’m backing England to Win but including BTTS also. Denmark do have threats going forward and desipte Englands defensive record in the tournament so far, I think this is the game that they may concede in. You can back England & BTTS @ 3/1 and get your stake back as a free bet if it loses.

William Hill are offering a £5 free bet when placing a £5 #YourOdds bet. For this, I’m going for England to Win & Harry Maguire to have 1+ Shots on Target. Maguire found the net against Ukraine and had a couple of chances against Germany in the game prior. I expect he’ll be up there for the set pieces and corners again and I think odds of 3/1 are more than fair.

SkyBet have a huge price boost available and are offering odds of 3/1 on Kane to score anytime, boosted from just evens. It’s a no-brainer bet given that Kane has scored in England’s last two matches and looked sharp against Ukraine on Saturday. He’ll be eager to get on the scoresheet again to help England through to the final but also to edge one step closer to picking up the Top Goalscorer award for which he needs two more goals to match the tally of five achieved by Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrik Schick.


Euro 2020 Tips – Tuesday 6th July

Another winner last night in the Copa America Semi-Final continues the good run of form and I hope we can find some winners tonight in the first semi-final of Euro 2020 between Italy and Spain.

Italy v Spain – Tuesday 8pm

The majority of tipsters and people I’ve spoken to are backing Italy tonight. It’s not surprising given their impressive performances defensively and they’ve proved their ability at the other end of the pitch also. They’re up against a Spain side that creates a lot of chances but have repeatedly wasted many of them and are in no way as solid at the back which will likely result in chances for Roberto Mancini’s side. However, I have some doubts about the Italians in tonight’s match. I’m a big fan of Italy and tipped them ante-post to make it to the semis @ 2/1. I also have a personal wager on them to go all the way but I think this could be one of their toughest matches. Spain aren’t the best team they’ve faced in this competition but there were signs of them tiring against Belgium on Friday night. One factor in their success in this tournament so far is their determination to close the ball down when the opposition has it and to break quickly when the ball is at their feet. The result is very fast-paced and exhausting performances from the Italians and they’ve done extremely well to keep up that style of football through to this stage of the tournament. In their match against Belgium, Italy made five substitutions in the final 15 minutes. Some may put this down to time-wasting which was evident in many ways towards the end of the match but it was clear to see that several players were tiring and cramping up. They’ve had four days to fully recover from that match and only time will tell whether that will be enough.

Due to those events towards the end of their last match, I’m not going to back Italy to win in 90 minutes tonight. However, as Spain have conceded against Switzerland and 3 goals against Croatia, I do expect them to get on the scoresheet. I’m tempted to take a punt on Spain to win the match and you can get odds of 6/1 for them to do that with both teams scoring.

Bet365 are handing out £10 free bets for this match and as no qualifying bet is required, I’m going to take a punt on Spain to win from behind @ 14/1. Italy will no doubt start strong but if they tire as they did against Belgium, Spain could find a way back into this match, but only if they improve on finishing their chances.

Secondly, Parimatch are offering £10 in free bets when placing £20 worth of bets on the semi-final fixtures. I’m going to split the qualifying bet into two £10 bets with one going on Italy’s Marco Verratti to make an assist @ 5/1 and the other on Spain to Win & BTTS @ 6/1. Verratti has two assists in Italy’s last three matches, one of which included setting up Nicolò Barella for their opening goal against Belgium last week. He’s been impressive so far in the tournament and at 5/1, I think the PSG midfielder is a good bet to take his assist tally to 3 for the tournament.

Although at quite high odds, I think these bets have value and with no qualifying bet required for the Bet365 bet and receiving a £10 free bet from Parimatch for placing the two bets, the overall risk is minimal.


Copa America Semi Final Tips – Monday 5th July

Brazil v Peru – Tuesday 00:00

Whilst Europe is engrossed in the European Championships, South America has all eyes on the Copa America which concludes on Sunday, the same day as the Euro 2020 final.

Semi-final fixtures get underway tonight with Brazil taking on Peru in Rio de Janeiro with the winner set to face either Argentina or Colombia in the final. 

These two sides have already met in the competition this year with Brazil coming out on top as 4-0 winners in the opening fixture of the tournament. They also met in the 2019 Copa America final where Brazil again got the better of Peru with a convincing 3-1 victory. In fact, from the 49 times these two sides have met, Brazil have only lost 5 times. Everything is pointing to another victory for Tite’s side but is there any value in backing them?

A 1-0 victory against Chile on Saturday saw Brazil make it through to the semi’s but it wasn’t the convincing display fans would have liked to have seen. Chile were 12/1 outsiders for the win but got the better of Brazil in the stat department by recording more possession, more attempts on goal, more corners and more passes. However, some of those stats may have been enhanced by the dismissal of Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus who received a red card in the 48th minute for a high kick to the face of Chile’s Eugenio Mena. Jesus will miss tonight’s match due to suspension.

Peru reached this stage of the tournament following a thrilling 3-3 draw with Paraguay which saw them lead twice but concede in the final minute to send the match to a penalty shootout. It was a game that also featured a red card after Peru winger Andre Carrillo was dismissed with 5 minutes to go after receiving his second yellow. He’ll be a big miss for the underdogs tonight given that he has been a key player throughout the tournament and found the net against both Ecuador and Venezuela.

Brazil have been extremely good defensively of late which was proved when they held on for a 1-0 victory against Chile with 10 men on Saturday. They’ve conceded just two goals in their last nine matches and with Carrillo missing for Peru, they’re unlikely to feel the pressure too much in front of their own goal tonight. Brazil to win to nil is at a best price of 4/6 but I would rather back Brazil to win & Under 3.5 goals at a bigger price of 5/6 with Boylesports. As I don’t expect Peru to have many chances, I think this is a safer bet with Brazil averaging just 1.33 goals in their last 3 games.


Euro 2020 Tips – Saturday 3rd July

It was another exhilarating night of football that saw Switzerland go frustratingly close to knocking out Spain but ultimately couldn’t hold their nerve from the penalty spot. However, the Swiss coming back from being 1-0 down at half time to draw level by the final whistle meant that our huge 19/1 selection landed. The double of BTTS in the Spain game and Italy to beat Belgium also came in at a healthy 3.80/1, making it a great day for anyone following the tips.

Euro 2020 quarter-final fixtures conclude tonight with Czech Republic v Denmark at 5pm and England v Ukraine at 8pm. I’m going to stay away from the Denmark game from a betting perspective as although I think they should win, the Czechs could cause an upset. Also, there are several betting offers available for the England match and so I’ll be putting all my focus into hopefully backing some winners in that game.

Ukraine v England – Saturday 8pm

England will rarely get a better chance to make it through to the semi-finals of the European Championships than they have tonight as they meet Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and if they succeed, it will be their first semi-final appearance in the competition for 25 years. Southgate’s side are unbeaten in the tournament and with Kane finally getting on the scoresheet against Germany earlier in the week, things are looking promising from an attacking point of view as well.

Ukraine have done well to make it this far and managed to see off a relatively good Sweden side. However, it could have gone either way in that match and Sweden were unlucky not to finish the game off having hit the woodwork a number of times and generally being the better team throughout the match.

It would be a huge shock if England didn’t progress tonight and not many will be betting against them. Odds of 4/9 on England have shortened in the past couple of days and although I fully expect them to win without the need for extra time or penalties, I’m not going to back them in normal time as I don’t see a huge amount of value.

There are several betting offers available for the England v Ukraine match with some of the stand-out ones being:

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My first selection is with Boylesports and I’ll be taking an advantage of a price boost. They’re offering odds of 10/3 on England to win 2-0 or 3-0, boosted from 11/4, which is an increase of over 15%. 2-0 or 3-0, in my opinion, is the most likely score as England are yet to concede in the competition and Kane along with Sterling should be able to cause the Ukraine back line some trouble. I expect England to dominate possession and so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ukraines chances limited and for England to win to nil.

For the £5 free bet with Bet365, I’m simply backing England/England in the HT/FT market. They’re not huge odds at 1.2/1 but I do think that England will manage to find just their second first-half goal of the tournament tonight and I expect them to go on and win the match so it seems like a sensible bet, albeit not producing a huge return.

I’ll also be taking Betfred up on their £10 risk-free #PickYourPunt bet. Betfred’s #PickYourPunt odds are generally very poor but as the offer makes it essentially risk-free, it’s worth having a punt. For this bet, I’m backing England to Win, Over 1.5 Goals and Harry Kane to score first. I think England will find the net more than once tonight and with Kane grabbing a goal late on against Germany, he should have the confidence to get in more promising positions against Ukraine which should result in more chances.

Lastly, I’ve spotted a nice price boost at SkyBet which I think has value. I was planning on stopping with the last selection but this one has caught my eye. Sky have boosted the odds on Harry Maguire to score a header in 90 minutes from 14/1 to a healthy 20/1 which is a boost of 40%! The Manchester United centre-back only has 3 goals at a senior international level to his name but 60% of his 10 goals in the Premier League have come off his head. He had a couple of chances in the match against Germany and I expect him to be up for the corners again tonight. Odds of 20/1 are definitely worth a punt and we’ll receive a £5 free bet for placing it also.


Euro 2020 Tips – Friday 2nd July

England have made it through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 after defeating Germany 2-0 thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. A half-time goalless draw and Sterling’s second half strike resulted in two of our 5/1 bets coming in on Tuesday evening which gave our Euro 2020 profit a nice boost and brought the overall ROI for bets throughout the tournament to a healthy 72%+.

The quarter-finals of the tournament get underway tonight with Switzerland taking on Spain in Saint Petersburg and Belgium up against Italy in Munich. Both are very tricky fixtures but I’ve picked out a double that I think has some potential.

Switzerland v Spain – Friday 17:00

Both of these two sides reached this stage of the tournament following 3-3 draws in the previous round. For Spain, they conceded two late goals in their match against Croatia but managed to progress with two goals in extra time to win the match 5-3. Switzerland achieved an impressive comeback against the tournament favourites, France, with goals in the 84th and 90th minutes to force the game into extra time and eventually penalties where they came out on top after Mbappe was unable to put the ball past Swiss goalkeeper, Yann Sommer.

Spain are the bookies favourites being priced at 7/10 to win and 2/7 to progress but it should be a tough game for them and I don’t have full confidence in them at those odds. You can get 5/1 on Switzerland winning in 90 minutes or 5/2 for them to qualify which is what I’d be backing if I was to pick a winner from the match. However, I think a better bet is simply to back both teams to score which you can get odds of evens for. I’ll be putting this is a double this week along with a selection from the later kick-off.

Another bet that I like in this match is from the HT/FT market. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the match end in a draw but as both sides have proven that they can score goals when needed, I think there is value in backing one team to be leading at half time and the game ending all square. Odds of 19/1 are available on Switzerland/Draw and also on Spain/Draw and I’d suggest a small 0.5pt bet on both which would return a nice profit.

Belgium v Italy – Friday 20:00

This is another very tough match to call. Although, my prediction has been made easier due to the absence of both Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard who Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has said will likely miss the match due to injury. Hazard is the more likely of the two to recover in time but if he can’t, it’s a huge blow for the Red Devils as they have played their part in Belgium getting this far in the tournament. They were 1-0 down at half time against Denmark and both players were brought on in the second half and went on to score to eventually win the match 2-1. Whether they can create enough chances without Hazard and De Bruyne to break down a solid Italy team is yet to be seen but I think that they may struggle. Italy conceded their first goal in 12 games against Austria on Saturday but they won their previous 11 matches to nil and scored 32 goals in the process. They’re stats that you can’t ignore and I find it hard to bet against Italy right now which is why I’m backing them to win.

Odds of are 7/5 available on Italy to beat Belgium and coupled with BTTS in the earlier match, you can get combined odds of 3.92/1 for the double and receive a £5 free bet from Betfair Sportsbook when placing the bet there.

However, I would recommend waiting until the lineups have been released before placing this bet. Should Hazard and De Bruyne feature, I would prefer to back the draw in the double which you can get odds of 5.1/1 for with SportNation.


Euro 2020 Tips – Tuesday 27th June

Well, what a night of football that was! Two 3-3 draws, two sets of extra time and a penalty shootout that resulted in the favourites, France, exiting the competition at the hands of Switzerland. Teams seem to be opening up a lot more in the knockout stage and providing a lot more entertainment than we saw in the group matches so let’s hope for more of that tonight.

There are a string of betting offers available for the England v Germany match tonight and so it makes sense to incorporate some of them into today’s selections.

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England v Germany – Tuesday 5pm

Based on how other last 16 fixtures have panned out, who knows how this game will go tonight. The logical thought is that England will play in their usual style, trying to retain possession and control the game. If so, a 1-0 scoreline wouldn’t be out of the question. After all, that is the score by England have won 4 of their last 5 matches. However, Germany did manage to put 4 past Portugal and 2 against Hungary and so England may need to up their game from an attacking point of view tonight if they want to win the match in 90 minutes. I think the safer bet here would be to back England Draw No Bet. I don’t think anyone would be surprised to see the match head into extra time but hopefully not penalties given that England have only won 2 of their 8 shootouts in the Euros & World Cup whereas Germany have won 6 of their 7.

It makes sense to take advantage of some of the available betting offers for this match and so I’m going to save my Draw No Bet selection for a double with the later game and pick out some slightly higher odds bets for the Boylesports, Paddy Power and Betfred offers.

Boylesports £10 No-Lose Bet: With this offer, our stake will be refunded as a free bet up to £10 if it loses. I’m going to back England to win and Sterling to score anytime which has been boosted from 4/1 to 5/1. Sterling found the net against both Croatia and Czech Republic in the group games and seems to be one of the main threats from close range in the box. With Harry Kane short of chances at the moment, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get on the scoresheet again tonight.

Paddy Power £5 Free Bet Builder: Again, I’m going to put my faith in Raheem Sterling and back him to register 1 or more Shots on Target and also to get an assist. At 8.85/1, it seems to have reasonable value.

Betfred £10 Risk-Free #PickYourPunt: For this risk-free bet, I’m backing Draw/England in the HT/FT market along with Under 3.5 goals. England will likely not want a box-to-box match and will be happy with the usual 1-0 scoreline we have become accustomed to. If so, a draw at half time is likely and I’m hoping that they can find a winner in the second half. You can get #PickYourPunt odds of 5/1 with Betfred.

Sweden v Ukraine – Tuesday 8pm

Sweden have won 8 of their last 10 matches and had a great result against Poland last week when a 94th minute goal from Viktor Claesson sealed a 3-2 win for them. That result meant that they have been drawn against Ukraine and given them a huge chance to progress to the quarter-finals, a stage that they reached at the 2018 World Cup.

Ukraine lost 2 of their 3 matches in the group stage, managing just a 2-1 victory against North Macedonia. Although they too will see this as a favourable draw, I think Sweden will be the team to progress and I’m backing them to do it within 90 minutes.

I’ll be putting a Sweden victory in a double today along with England Draw No Bet which you can get odds of just over 3/1 with Betfair Sportsbook and receive a £5 free bet for doing so.


Euro 2020 Tips – Monday 27th June

There haven’t been many upsets so far in the tournament but Czech Republic knocking out Netherlands with a 2-0 victory last night was surely one of them. They went into the match as 5/1 underdogs but a second-half straight red for centre-back Matthijs de Ligt put the Netherlands on the back foot and the Czechs had the quality to take advantage of that. Unfortunately, it meant that our 3/1 double didn’t come in despite Belgium beating Portugal as expected but we’ll move onto today and hope to get back to winning ways.

Croatia v Spain – Monday 17:00

Spain finally got their tournament going on Wednesday with a 5-0 thrashing of Slovakia in Sevilla which will no doubt help their confidence heading into the knockout stages. Before that match, they were struggling to convert their chances and were looking at a possible early exit from the competition. They’re up against a Croatia side tonight who finished second in Group D but have not been performing well at all. Zlatko Dalić’s side have lost 50% of their last 12 matches and haven’t put in a performance at Euro 2020 yet that will convince many that they’ll progress to the quarter-finals tonight. They haven’t shown much of a threat in front of goal which will be a worry for them given that Spain have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four and are unbeaten in their last 11.

Providing Spain can create chances in the final third, I’m confident that they’ll have too much for Croatia in tonight’s early game which would see them set for a tough quarter-final fixture against either France or Switzerland towards the end of the week.

France v Switzerland – Monday 20:00

France are still the bookies favourites to win Euro 2020 at a quite short price of 4/1. They’ll face some potentially tough matches on the route to the final, starting with Switzerland tonight. Didier Deschamps’s side haven’t lit up Euro 2020 as some were expecting but they are still a very good team with some of the worlds best players. They’ll be happy with their last 16 draw and are expected to progress, possibly with ease, tonight.

Switzerland have never made it past the last 16 of the Euro’s and only scraped through to this stage thanks to a win against a poor Turkey side. Tonight’s opponents will be a much thoughter test for the Swiss and I expect them to struggle to contain the attacking talent of the likes of Mbappe, Benzema and Griezman. A big win for France will give them a lot of confidence heading into the quarter-finals where they could meet Spain and this could be the opportunity to do just that.

I’ll be placing the win double with Betfair Sportsbook in order to receive a £5 free bet for doing so but I’ll also be taking advantage of the Betfred offer that is available on tonight’s matches from which you can receive a refund if your #PickYourPunt bet doesn’t come in. For this, I’m backing France to score 2 or more goals and both teams not to score in the match.

Euro 2020 Tips
Spain / France1.6/1
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France over 1.5 Goals
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13/5
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Euro 2020 Tips – Sunday 27th June

Yesterday’s fixtures saw both Denmark and Italy progress as expected but as Wales could find a way onto the scoresheet and Italy left it until extra time to step up their game, our selections came up short this time.

Today, I’ll be suggesting a straight double and placing the bet with Betfair Sportsbook in order to receive another £5 free bet regardless of the result.

Be sure to log into your Bet365 account today if you have one as they are giving away free bets of up to £50 on the Portugal v Belgium match to selected customers.

Netherlands v Czech Republic – Sunday 17:00

After a somewhat disappointing build-up to Euro 2020 which included a 4-2 loss to Turkey and only a 2-2 draw against Scotland, the Dutch picked up maximum points in their group matches to progress to the knockout stages as winners. If they beat Czech Republic tonight, it will be their first knockout stage victory since 2004 and see them face Denmark in the quarter-finals next week.

Netherlands trio Wijnaldum, Depay and Dumfries bagged 7 of the teams 8 goals in the group stages and with all set to feature tonight, goals are expected from Frank de Boer’s side.

I expect Netherlands to win tonight but they are up against a relatively solid Czech side who only conceded twice in their three group matches. I’m not fully confident of Netherlands running away with the game or for them to win to nil and so I’m backing a straightforward win for Oranje Holland.

Belgium v Portugal – Sunday 20:00

What a match this could be. Both sides found the net no less than 7 times in their group matches and face each other in the hope to progress into the quarter-finals to meet Italy late next week.

Belgium, the world’s #1 ranked team, are looking good with wins under their belt against Russia, Denmark and Finland so far. Lukaku, De Bruyne and Hazard have all found the net for Roberto Martínez’s side and will look to take advantage of a somewhat fragile Portugal back line that leaked 6 goals in the group stage.

Portugal’s defence is worrying, especially when they’re going up against some of the best attacking players in the world tonight, but they do look dangerous themselves on the counter with Cristiano Ronaldo already netting 5 of their 7 goals in the tournament so far.

Portugal won this tournament back in 2016 without winning a single group stage match or looking particularly convincing in general. There’s no doubt that they’re a better team this time around but they’ll do well to outscore tonight’s opponents who many will expect to find the net at least once.

Considering the two teams have 14 goals, shared equally, between them so far this tournament, the obvious bet would be on both teams to score. However, given Portugal’s two goals against France were penalties, I’m going to back a simple Belgium win and add it in a double with Netherlands at combined odds of 3.2/1 which I think is reasonable. I’ll be placing this bet with Betfair Sportsbook in order to qualify for a £5 free bet regardless of the outcome.

Euro 2020 Double 27/06/2021
Netherlands / Belgium2.9/1
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Euro 2020 Tips – Saturday 26th June

16 teams remain in Euro 2020 as the knockout stages get underway today with Wales v Denmark and Austria taking on one of the favourites, Italy.

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Wales v Denmark – Saturday 17:00

Wales have done extremely well to make it through to the knockout stages having picked up 3 points in their group and finishing 2nd only on goal difference. Their determination has shown so far in this tournament and no doubt helped them progress by only conceding one goal against a relentless Italy side in their last group stage match. 

Tonight, they’re up against a Denmark side who won just one of their group stage matches but scored 5 goals in the process. They got their campaign off to a terrible start with a shock 1-0 defeat to Finland but qualified on goal difference thanks to their 4-1 thrashing of Russia on Monday.

Despite only picking up one win in the group stage, Denmark shouldn’t be underestimated and they seem to have found their feet a bit and showing the quality that many expected of them in this tournament. Similar to Wales, Denmark have conceded in every match so far at Euro 2020 and so Wales could be in with a fair chance of finding the net tonight.

I expect both sides to have their chances in this match but with Denmark having the highest expected goals in all of their group matches and being 2nd in that category only to the Netherlands in the tournament so far, I can see them outscoring Wales and progressing into the next round where they’ll face either Netherlands or Czech Republic.

Betfred are offering a £5 risk-free #PickYourPunt bet on this match. Place your bet and if it loses, your stake will be refunded as a free bet up to £5.

Wales v Denmark
Denmark & BTTS9/2
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Italy v Austria – Saturday 20:00

After a string of impressive performances, Italy have moved up to the bookies 3rd favourite to lift the trophy at Euro 2020. Roberto Mancini’s side are now unbeaten in their last 30 matches which is staggering but perhaps even more impressive is that they have won their last eleven games without conceding a single goal and scoring 32 in the process.

Although Austria found the net four times in their group matches, three of those were against North Macedonia and they have failed to score in four of their last six. They haven’t looked hugely threatening in front of goal and they’re going to find it a tough task to get past what is one of the most solid defences in the world at the moment.

It’s hard to envision anything other than Italy winning this match and given their record over the last 2.5 years, it’s likely that they’ll continue their solid defensive display and win to nil.

Italy v Austria
Italy to win to Nil6/5
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Euro 2020 Tips – Wednesday 23rd June

England couldn’t find a second goal last night which would have landed our England -1 bet but Grealish did provide the assist for Sterling’s goal which meant that our 5.15/1 Bet Builder bet with Paddy Power came in and produced a good return.

There are two matches from Group E and two from Group F taking place today which will conclude the group stage fixtures of Euro 2020 and lead us into the last 16 round next week.

Betfred are offering money-back on #PickYourPunt bets for the Portugal v France match which we will be taking advantage of along with claiming a £5 free bet from Betfair Sportsbook for placing a double.

Sweden v Poland – Wednesday 17:00

Although this will likely be a very close match, I think Sweden could edge it. Poland need to win to be in with a chance of progressing to the next stage and even if they do pick up maximum points, they will likely progress as one of the best 3rd placed teams given that Spain are expected to win against Slovakia tonight. A draw would be enough for Sweden to claim one of the top two spots but they will be confident of topping the group given that Poland haven’t beaten them since 1999. Poland have also won only one of their last nine matches and haven’t created many chances in front of goal to look like winning many games at this years tournament.

I can’t see either team running away with the match but I do think that Sweden possess more quality. However, given the current standings and the fact that Sweden will most likely set themselves up defensively to ensure a draw, I’m backing the somewhat safer option of Sweden Draw No Bet which is just shy of evens with most bookies.

Portugal v France – Wednesday 20:00

This could be one of the games of the tournament so far and a huge test for both sides. Portugal need at least a point from tonight’s game and I fully expect them to play their usual counter-attack style of football which has helped them find the net five times in their first two games. Although they kept a clean sheet against Hungary, they conceded four goals against Germany in their last outing which is a worry for them given the attacking talent France possess. I can’t see them holding off France tonight and I’d expect them to get on the scoresheet at least once. If they do, they might find it tough getting back into the game and so I think the value is in backing France to win at odds of around 5/4.

The double on Sweden (Draw No Bet) and France to Win comes in at 3/1 with Betfair Sportsbook and we’ll receive a £5 free bet regardless of the result from their promotion.

Euro 2020 Double
Sweden v PolandSweden Draw No Bet
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Portugal v FranceFrance
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For the Betfred #PickYourPunt refund offer, I’m backing France to score two or more goals and both teams to score. I think Portugal will play cautiously but they’re always a threat on the counter-attack and if they do go behind at any point in the game, they’re going to have to push forward to rescue a crucial point that they need. Whether a single goal for them will be enough to get anything from the game is yet to be seen but there is a good chance that they’ll find the net tonight.

Portugal v France
France Over 1.5 Goals
Both Teams to Score
11/5
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Euro 2020 Tips – Tuesday 22nd June

England are back in action tonight as they take on the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium. Southgate’s side have already qualified for the knockout stages thanks to Belgium and Denmark winning last night which means that they are guaranteed at least a third-place finish which is enough to see them progress. However, they’ll want to win tonight regardless and if they do, it could see them lined up to possibly play Germany or Portugal depending on how the final matches of Group F play out tomorrow evening.

Again, there are several bookmaker offers available for the England match and it makes sense to take advantage of them and incorporate them into today’s bets.

Czech Republic v England – Tuesday 20:00

Both sides are guaranteed a place in the last 16 of the tournament but neither will be holding back as it’s still unclear as to who each will play should they finish 1st or 2nd in the group. Personally, I think the best option would be to finish top of the group which would likely see England face a tougher last 16 fixture against most likely Germany or possibly Portugal but an easier route to the final afterwards. It would also likely mean that they are drawn into opposite sides to the likes of France, Italy and Spain who they would only meet in the final if they made it that far. However, there are still a lot of uncertainties as we don’t know how other matches will play out and so all England can do is play to win to raise their confidence heading into the next round.

Southgate will be feeling the pressure in this match following his sides lacklustre performance against Scotland at the weekend and whether or not he will make any changes to the starting lineup is yet to be seen. Mason Mount will miss the game due to isolating after coming into close contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour and we could see Phil Foden sit this one out due to being a card away from suspension. Card penalties reset after the quarter-finals and so he may be replaced with Grealish in today’s starting XI. If Grealish does start, it will delight many England fans and he should hopefully create the chances for Kane that the England number 9 has been lacking so far in the tournament.

England beat the Czech Republic 5-0 in qualification for the Euros at Wembley and although they lost the return leg 2-1, I do fully expect England to react to their disappointing display against Scotland by picking up all three points tonight. Should Grealish start, which I expect him to with the absence of Mount and possibly Foden, I think they’ll have a lot more chances in front of goal and get on the scoresheet more than once with Kane hopefully bagging his first goal of the tournament.

Boylesports are running their £10 No-Lose bet on tonight’s match which means that stakes are refunded as free bets should they lose. I’ll also be taking advantage of the £5 free bets available at both Paddy Power and Bet365 which require no qualifying bets.

For the Boylesports offer, I’m backing the same selection as I did against Scotland and hopefully, this time it will come in. Kane to score anytime and England to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 has been boosted from 3/1 to 4/1 which I think is a good bet.

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Newcastle v Tottenham
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The Paddy Power offer is a £5 free bet to use on BetBuilder markets with two or more selections. For this bet, I’m backing Sterling to have one or more Shots on Target and also Jack Grealish to make an assist @ 5.15/1. If you are following this tip, I suggest waiting for the lineup to be announced and if Grealish doesn’t start, swap him for Sterling to assist which is slightly better odds at 6.32/1.

Lastly, Bet365 are handing out £5 free bets to use on any market and for this bet, I’m going for a simple England -1 bet at a price of 6/4 as I expect them to create a lot more chances tonight than they have done in previous games.

Czech Republic v England
Kane Anytime Scorer &
England win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1
4/1
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Grealish Anytime Assist
5.15/1
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England -16/4
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Euro 2020 Tips – Monday 21st June

My continued faith in Turkey didn’t pay off yesterday as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Switzerland. However, both teams found the net and Shaquiri bagged not one but two goals which meant that the 5/2 BetBuilder with Betfred came in and made it another profitable day.

Four matches, two from Group C at 5pm and two from Group B at 8pm, take place today. I don’t see much value in the Finland v Belgium and North Macedonia v Netherlands matches and so I’ll be concentrating on the other two games.

Ukraine v Austria – Monday 17:00

Both sides have picked up 3 points in their first two group matches with wins against North Macedonia and defeats to the Netherlands. However, it has been Ukraine who have impressed more in the tournament so far and they narrowly missed out on a virtual point in their opening match against the Netherlands after levelling the score following going 2-0 down only to concede in the final 5 minutes. A draw would more than likely result in both sides progressing which could produce a cagey game. Therefore, I’m backing Ukraine Draw No Bet at just shy of evens in a double today along with a selection from the Russia v Denmark game.

Russia v Denmark – Monday 20:00

Denmark were expected to do relatively well in this tournament but a shock 1-0 defeat to Finland in their opening match didn’t get them off to the best of starts and they were unable to get anything from a good Belgium side despite a relatively solid performance. They’re rightly favourites for the match but at odds of around 7/10 to win, I don’t see any value in backing them.

Russia, who currently have 3 points, will likely need just a draw today to progress into the knockout stages, which similar to the Ukraine v Austria match, could result in quite a defensive set up. They’ve avoided defeat in 75% of their last 24 matches and are a relatively big price of 4/1 to win today. I’m not confident that they’ll run away with the game given that they’ll be happy with a draw and Denmark need to win but I think there’s value in Backing the Draw No Bet again with them at odds of 11/4.

A double Draw No Bet on Ukraine and Russia comes in at an attractive 5.77/1 with Unibet which will be my bet of the day.

Euro 2020 Double
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Russia v DenmarkRussia Draw No Bet
Double @ 5.77/1 with Unibet

Euro 2020 Tips – Sunday 20th June

Yesterday’s matches didn’t quite go to plan with Hungary and Poland each picking up a point in 1-1 draws against France and Spain. There are two matches taking place today but I’ll be focussing on the slightly more tricky fixture of Switzerland v Turkey.

Switzerland v Turkey – Sunday 17:00

As we head into the final fixtures of the group stages, all matches kick-off at the same time which means that you’ll have to decide which game you want to watch the most. Italy v Wales could be a great match but not great from a betting perspective in my opinion. Italy are rightly the favourites and it’s difficult to see anything other than another win for Roberto Mancini’s at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, but they’re relatively short and so I’d look to add to win to nil or win & BTTS to the bet to boost the odds. However, despite Italy not conceding in their last 10 matches, I’m not overly confident that Wales won’t be able to find the net and so I’m going to leave this match today.

Instead, I’m focussing on Switzerland v Turkey which is a much tougher match to predict. Both sides are without a win at Euro 2020 so far and both need to pick up 3 points today to stand a chance of progressing. If there is a winner today, due to the goal difference between Switzerland and Wales, it’s like that should they progress, it will be via the route of one of the best 3rd placed teams.

Turkey were tipped to do well in this tournament and conceded just three times and kept eight clean sheets throughout their 10 qualifying matches for Euro 2020. However, they have been disappointing against Italy (3-0) and Wales (2-0) and have one last chance today of matching expectations.

Switzerland were also beaten 3-0 by Italy but did manage a 1-1 draw against Wales in their opening fixture. They’ll be looking for just their 3rd win at the European Championships in 16 fixtures and the bookies have them as odds-on favourites to do so.

Despite the Swiss being tipped to pick up all three points, I see this as a much more even match than the odds suggest. You can get odds of 9/2 with SpreadEx on Turkey to win which I think is overpriced and so it’s what I’ll be backing today. They’ll have to address concerns at both ends of the pitch if they are to get anything out of the game but at odds of 9/2, I’m willing to take that chance.

Betfred are also offering your stake back as a free bet up to £5 on #PickYourPunt bets for this match and worth taking advantage of. For this bet, I’m going to back Shaqiri to score anytime and both teams to find the net. Along with Turkey, it’s likely that Switzerland will be adopting a slightly more attacking approach today and with Shaqiri sitting just behind the two Swiss forwards, I think he’ll have a good chance of finding the net today. The odds for this double are a little short but it’s essentially risk-free with the refund offer available.

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Euro 2020 Tips – Saturday 19th June

It wasn’t a scoreline anyone was expecting last night in the England v Scotland match and although Scotland did extremely well, it was the lacklustre performance from the hosts at Wembley that was the main cause of the stalemate. I’ve said before that England don’t create enough chances and if they go behind in games, or are put under a lot of pressure like they were last night, they can struggle to get back into matches and find a way to win them. In a way, I’m pleased they didn’t manage to find a winner late on in the game as hopefully, this will be a wake up call for Southgate that he’s going to have to have a Plan B when their usual tactics aren’t working. In last night’s game, he didn’t have one.

Thankfully, yesterday’s bets were refunded due to the excellent offers from Boylesports and Betfred that are available on all England games throughout the tournament.

For today’s selection, I’m going to give the Portugal v Germany game a miss. It could be a great one to watch but I’m struggling to pick a winner or a score and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 1-0 either way or a 1-1. Instead, I’m backing the favourites in the other two games but for both to win by two or more goals.

Hungary v France – Saturday 14:00

Hungary managed to hold off Portugal for 84 minutes on Tuesday evening but after a deflected shot from Raphaël Guerreiro found it’s way into the back of the net, it opened up the floodgates for 3 goals inside just eight minutes. Portugal should have opened up the scoring prior to that and if France manage to do that this afternoon, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them find the net 2 or 3 times.

I expect a dominant performance from France today and with the likes of Kante, Griezman, Pogba, Benzema and Mbappe on the attack, a comfortable win should be on the cards.

Spain v Poland – Saturday 20:00

Spain could only manage a disappointing goalless draw in their opening match against Sweden on Monday despite dominating the game with 75% possession.  Luis Enrique’s side also had 17 attempts on goal, 5 of which were on target but they seemed to lack the finishing touch. I expect Spain to dominate again today but be more clinical in front of goal. They should get their chances against a relatively poor Poland side who have conceded in 7 of their last 8 matches and despite them having possibly the best striker in the world playing for them in Robert Lewandowski, they shouldn’t pose too much of a threat to Spain given their lack of quality in providing him with chances which showed against Slovakia on Monday in a match that they lost 2-1.

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Euro 2020 Tips – Friday 18th June

Two of our three selections in our patent bet came in yesterday. It could have been a huge return of 62 points should Austria have found a goal against the Netherlands last night but they didn’t look sharp in front of goal and were disappointing as a whole.

Today is the day many England fans have been waiting for as they take on Scotland at Wembley. It’s probably not a great game for betting given the short odds on England as you would expect, but as there are several betting offers available for the match and this column is all about finding value, I will be making a couple of selections which have minimal risk.

England v Scotland – Friday 20:00

England’s last defeat came against Belgium in the UEFA Nations League back in November. Since then, Southgate’s side has won seven in a row and only conceded one goal. It’s hard to bet against England winning to nil but Scotland do pose a threat up front and there’s no question they’ll be up for this game. Their 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic in their opening fixture wasn’t really reflective on how they performed and the scoreline could have quite easily been the opposite way around. I expect England to retain possession tonight to limit Scotland’s chances but I’m not fully confident that they won’t find the net.

There are two betting offers that I’ll be taking advantage of today for the England v Scotland match. The first is the £10 risk-free #PickYourPunt bet offer from Betfred and the second is the £10 risk-free bet from Boylesports. Both are excellent offers and available on every England match throughout the tournament.

For my #PickYourPunt selection, I’m backing England to win as I can’t see any other outcome in this match. However, to boost the odds up a bit, I’m also predicting Scotland to find the net. They had their chances against the Czech Republic and ultimately didn’t get on the scoresheet due to poor finishing. If they can improve on that today, they’ll have a decent chance of bagging a goal and the odds of 5/2 on that are pretty good. If this bet loses, we’ll get our stake back as a free bet so it’s somewhat risk-free.

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Secondly, I’m backing a price boost with Boylesports which is eligible for their £10 risk-free offer which will boost the value of the bet even further. Boylesports have boosted Kane to score & England to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 from 3/1 to 4/1 which seems like a probable outcome and obviously, Kane is a likely scorer having found the net in all eight of England’s qualifying games for Euro 2020.

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Euro 2020 Tips – Thursday 17th June

We were extremely close to yesterday’s treble coming in at just shy of 5/1. Both Russia and Italy did their job but Turkey couldn’t find a way past Wales for the BTTS selection. They had their chances but just lacked the quality and patience in front of goal which I wasn’t expecting from them in this tournament. However, fair play to Wales and it’s great to see them with a more than likely chance of making it through to the next stage of the tournament.

Onto today’s matches…

Today, I’m going to mix things up a bit and instead of a straight treble, I’m suggesting a Patent bet which consists of three singles, three doubles and a treble. If two of the three come in, we’ll return a good profit and jackpot if all three land.

Ukraine v North Macedonia – Thursday 14:00

The first game of today’s Euro 2020 fixtures sees Ukraine take on North Macedonia in Bucharest which is almost bang in the middle of the two countries. Both sides lost their opening matches but still have it all to play for today as Austria face a tough test against the Netherlands this evening.

For Ukraine, a late winner from Netherlands right-back Denzel Dumfries resulted in a 3-2 defeat but they showed fight after coming back from 2-0 down in the second half. Their attacking threat of Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk should be enough to see Ukraine find the net at least once today but there are concerns with their defence which could see North Macedonia get on the scoresheet also.

Despite losing 3-1 to Austria on Sunday, North Macedonia showed good spirit and went out to win that match. I don’t expect them to sit back today either and given Ukraine’s flaws at the back, it wouldn’t be surprised to see the ball find the net.

I’m backing Ukraine to win in the early fixture but also both teams to score at a price of 3/1.

Denmark v Belgium – Thursday 17:00

Romelu Lukaku showed why he was one of the bookies favourites for the Golden Boot in this tournament when he found the net either side of half time on Saturday against Russia. It was the perfect start for Belgium and I expect them, and Lukaku, to be on form again today against Denmark.

Denmark’s campaign got off to a sad start when they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Finland on Saturday. It was a result that was overshadowed by the incident with Cristian Eriksen and although emotions may have settled in the squad by today, I think Belgium will have too much for them which would cement them to the bottom of the group heading into their final match against Russia on Monday.

Denmark are a very good side but odds of evens on Belgium are just too good to turn down.

Netherlands v Austria – Thursday 20:00

The final fixture of the day sees Austria travel to the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam to face the Netherlands who have a good shot at progressing after narrowly beating Ukraine 3-2 at the weekend. However, the fact that they conceded two goals within four minutes in that match shows that they are vulnerable and considering Austria should need a point at a minimum their remaining two group games to progress, I think that they could find a way onto the scoresheet today.

I’m backing goals today in this match with the Netherlands to pick up all three points but both teams to score at odds of 11/5.

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Euro 2020 Tips – Wednesday 16th June

A great set of results yesterday meant that the 2.78/1 double landed along with receiving a £5 free bet for placing it with Betfair Sportsbook. Portugal left it late, scoring three goals within the final six minutes but it was a fair result considering how they dominated the game. It took an unfortunate own goal from Mats Hummels to separate France and Germany but a win nevertheless and one that helped boost the ROI of our footy tips since the beginning of May to just shy of 20%.

We’re back to three fixtures today and there are a couple of tricky ones based on the outcome of the opening games. However, I have picked out a few selections which caught my eye and hopefully we’ll continue the winning streak into tomorrow.

Finland v Russia – Wednesday 14:00

Finland got their first-ever European Championships campaign off to the perfect start on Saturday evening when they surprisingly beat Denmark 1-0 in Copenhagen. However, due to the circumstances of that game with the incident involving Christian Eriksen, I don’t think it was a true and fair reflection on what the result would have been should the incident not have happened. Denmark dominated that match and also missed a penalty and although Finland’s confidence will be high heading into this game, I think that Russia will have enough to find the net at least once.

Russia’s opening fixture was against the worlds #1 ranked team, Belgium, in a match that they lost 3-0. Today’s opponents won’t pose so much of a threat and considering Russia have the home advantage with the match being played in Saint Petersburg, I think that they’ll have too much for the visitors who will likely take a cautious approach given that a point should see them through to the knockout stages of the tournament.

Turkey v Wales – Wednesday 17:00

Turkey were the dark horses in this tournament and were strongly fancied by many, including myself, to do well. They didn’t really get going in the opening match of Euro 2020 against Italy which was a slight disappointment but you have to consider how good Italy were in that game.

Wales picked up a very good point against Switzerland on Saturday but to be honest, they could have lost that game by 2-3 goals if it wasn’t for some excellent saves from Danny Ward.

I do fancy Turkey to win today but I think I need to see something more than they showed against Italy to be fully confident in backing them. Therefore, I’m including Both Teams to Score in my treble today which you can just just over evens for and will give the Acca a nice boost.

Italy v Switzerland – Wednesday – 20:00

There’s no denying Italy were excellent against Turkey on Friday and it’s hard not to back them against the majority of teams. However, Switzerland, despite only managing a 1-1 draw against Wales, are a very good side and could cause problems for them.

Italy again have the home advantage tonight with the match taking place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome which will no doubt give them a boost. They have proven to be very solid at the back in a string of recent matches and I think they should be able to limit Switzerlands chances in front of goal. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Swiss get on the scoresheet today but I think they will be outscored. Either way, I think this will be a thrilling match to end the day with.

The treble of Russia to Win, Turkey & Wales Both to Score & Italy to win comes in a 4.86/1 with Betfair and we’ll once again pick up the daily £5 free bet you can claim when placing a multiple with them.

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Euro 2020 Tips – Tuesday 15th June

Well, yesterday’s tip didn’t come in with Scotland losing 2-0 to the Czech Republic. It was a game that could have quite easily ended with the score reversed as Scotland did put in a good performance and had chances themselves. In the end it took a brace from Czech forward Patrik Schick, including a sensational goal from just past the half way line, to lock in 3 points for the away side.

Moving onto today and there are only two matches taking place from Group F which is possibly the toughest group of the six. I’ll be backing a simple double from these matches to qualify for a £5 free bet from Betfair regardless of whether or not it comes in.

Hungary v Portugal – Tuesday 17:00

Hungary qualifying for Euro 2020 meant that they will play in their first major tournament in 30 years. Unfortunately for them, they’ve been drawn into a group not many will be expecting them to progress from and they’ll be facing the reigning champions in their opening match tonight in Budapest. The home advantage will give the hosts a slight boost but they’ve never beaten Portugal in 13 attempts and have failed to put a goal past them in five of their last six meetings. They’re also missing their star man, RB Leipzig midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, who was key to Hungary creating chances.

Portugal head into Euro 2020 in an attempt to be only the second country ever to win consecutive European Championships. There’s no doubt that they are a better side than they were when they won the tournament in 2016 and if they can progress from the group, they’ll be in with a realistic chance of retaining their title. Fernando Santos’s side have lost just one of their last fifteen matches, during which time they picked up 0-0 draws against Spain (twice) and France as well as beating the likes of Croatia and Sweden comfortably on two occasions each.

A good start is essential Portugal with tough fixtures against Germany and France lined up and I expect them to do just that against Hungary tonight.

France v Germany – Tuesday 20:00

This is the biggest fixture of the tournament so far and sees two of the favourites face each other in Munich. The World Cup holders France will want to go one better this time around after dominating the 2016 final against Portugal but suffering an unexpected 1-0 defeat in extra time. Their attacking talent is second to none with the likes of Mbappe, Benzema and Griezmann all likely to feature in their starting XI. They’re unbeaten against Germany in their last five meetings and although they’re playing away tonight, the bookies do have them as slight favourites, and rightly so.

Although Germany aren’t the dominating force that they once were, they’re still a very good side and can cause trouble for the best of teams. Other than their 7-1 thrashing of Latvia in their most recent outing, their Euro 2020 preparations didn’t go quite to plan with only managing a 1-1 draw against Denmark and suffering a shock 2-1 defeat to the hands of North Macedonia at the end of March.

It’s likely that Griezmann could feature in a deeper role for France tonight, playing behind Benzema and Mbappe who will be supported by the likes of Pogba, Tolisso and Kante in midfield. They also have match-winners on the bench should they need them with Olivier Giroud the most likely to be called upon if goals are needed late on in the game.

I think there is value in backing France tonight at odds of 17/10 and so they’ll be going in my double today along with Portugal.

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Euro 2020 Tips – Monday 14th June

England got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a great start yesterday with a 1-0 win against Croatia and as the score was all square at half-time, our HT/FT bet came in at 3/1. North Macedonia couldn’t add to our winning bets as they, unfortunately, lost 3-1 to Austria but they played exactly how I imagined they would and went out to win it.

Three matches take place again today but to keep things simple, I’m going to be focussing on just one game.

Scotland v Czech Republic – Monday 14:00

It’s Scotland’s first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup and if they are to progress into the knockout stages, they’ll surely see this match as their best chance of picking up points. It’s a match neither side can afford to lose but I’m backing Scotland to edge the win and set themselves up to potentially grab a point against Croatia or England for a chance to progress.

This afternoons match is being played at Hampden Park in Glasgow which gives Scotland the home advantage and was a big factor in deciding to back them today since they haven’t lost a match on home turf since September 2019. The hosts have had some good results in preparation for the tournament including a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands. They’ve also beaten today’s opponents in their last three meetings, including twice last year both home and away.

Being beaten twice in 2020 by Scotland won’t give the Czech Republic much confidence heading into this match and playing at Hampden Park will only add to their worries since they’ve lost four of their last five matches on the road without scoring a goal.

I don’t see Scotland running away with this match but at odds of 7/4, it’s a good enough price to back them to sneak the win. I’ll also be putting a small wager on the hosts to be winning at half-time given that they’ve scored the opener within 30 minutes in their last three matches and found the net in the first half in their last four meetings against the Czech Republic.

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Euro 2020 Tips – Sunday 13th June

Today is the day England fans have been waiting for as Southgate’s side line up against Croatia in their first match of Euro 2020. England will be seeking revenge after being knocked out of the 2018 World Cup by today’s opponents but I expect it to be a similar performance from the Three Lions as we have become accustomed to under Southgate.

This should be the toughest match in the group stage for both sides with wins expected against Scotland and the Czech Republic and so a draw is definitely possible. However, England do have the home advantage with the match being played at Wembley and their record there since their exit from the 2018 World Cup has seen them win 15 of their 17 matches. That coupled with Croatia losing four of their last six on the road, should sway you towards an England victory today. I’m not 100% confident in England just yet and I’d like to see them play this first match before backing them with a big stake in the tournament but I will be having a bet on the match due to the betting offers that are available that essentially makes the bets risk-free.

Firstly, Boylesports are running their No Lose Bet promotion for England Croatia which is a no-brainer. Place a £10 bet on any market and if it loses, you’ll get your stake back as a free bet.

For this offer, I’ll simply be backing Harry Kane to score anytime at odds of 1.1/1 so we’ll get over double our stake back if he finds the net and a refund as a free bet if he doesn’t which we can use on another selection. Kane scored at least once in every one of England’s eight qualifiers for the Euros and if anyone is to score today, you’d expect it to be him either from open play or the penalty spot.

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Secondly, Bet365 are giving customers a £5 bet completely free to use on the match. Just log into your account and it should be there waiting for you.

The England lineup hasn’t been announced yet and so this market isn’t available at the time of writing but if Jack Grealish starts, I fancy him to get an assist. He’s been excellent for England in recent matches and he looks to create chances every time he gets the ball. You should be able to get odds of around 4/1 or greater on him today but wait for the lineup to be announced first.

If Grealish doesn’t start,  I’ll be putting my £5 free bet on the HT/FT market and backing Draw/England. I’m not expecting England to come out firing from the start and a slow build-up with the aim of retaining possession is probably what Southgate will want in the early stages of the match. 3/1 is reasonable for this bet and it’s a risk-free chance of making £15 profit.

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The other two matches are tough to call. However, I’m going to take a punt with a very small wager and hope that it pays off.

Austria vs North Macedonia – Sunday 17:00

North Macedonia make history as they play in their first-ever European Championships as an independent nation. They qualified via winning the UEFA Nations League playoffs and coach Igor Angelovski has stated that his goal is to guide his side through to the knockout stages. In my opinion, they have a chance of doing so with their group consisting of Ukraine and a slightly unpredictable Netherlands along with tonight’s opponents and given that they have scored 12 goals in their last four matches, they could start by picking up points this evening, especially since two of those goals came in a shock 2-1 away win to Germany in their World Cup qualifying match at the end of March.

Austria are a solid team and did relatively well in their 1-0 defeat to England. However, they haven’t scored in their last three matches which will be a concern for them heading into the tournament.

I’m going to take a punt with a small stake on a shock win for North Macedonia given that I expect them to go out all guns blazing. If they do, they could outscore Austria and get their first-ever Euro campaign off to the perfect start. Splitting a 1pt stake between the win & win & both teams to score is my bet today, albeit a rather risky one.

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Euro 2020 Tips – Saturday 12th June

Well, what a game that was. Or should I say, what a performance from Italy! Two of the three possible bets came in from this game – Firstly, the boost on Italy to win at Evens was great value and doubled our money, and secondly, Immobile delivered for me and bagged the first goal. Well, technically it was the second goal but as the first was an own goal, it doesn’t count in the first goalscorer market and so Immobile @ a tidy 9/2 was a great bet to land. It’s also a great start for my 22/1 bet on him to be the tournaments top scorer!

Ok, so a great start to Euro 2020 from a betting perspective. Now onto day two…

Three matches take place today which isn’t enough to qualify for any of the Acca Insurance offers around but we can again receive a £5 free bet should we place our bet with Betfair Sportsbook. We need to include just two selections to qualify for the free bet but I’m going to take a punt on the treble as I think there’s a reasonable chance of all three coming in.

Wales v Switzerland – 14:00 Saturday

The first Euro 2020 match of the weekend sees Wales take on Switzerland in the somewhat neutral venue of the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. Along with England and Scotland, I’d really love to see Wales do well in this competition but they’ll do well to match their semi-final finish of 2016 and this time around, I think they’ll do well to get out of their group. As I pointed out in my Euro 2020 ante post bets below, I have high hopes for both Italy and Turkey in this years competition and their first match against the other team in their group, Switzerland, will be no easy feat either.

Switzerland head into the Euros on the back of six consecutive victories. Prior to that, they had a bad spell in the UEFA Nations League where they won only one of their eight matches. However, of the four matches that they lost, they were only beaten by one goal and those defeats came against the likes of Croatia, Spain and Belgium who are considered superior opponents to Wales.

Wales on the other hand haven’t had the best warm-up matches for Euro 2020 as they lost 3-0 to France and only managed a disappointing goalless draw against Albania. The absence of manager Ryan Giggs due to his court case won’t help Wales in this tournament either as he has been replaced by the relatively inexperienced Rob Page who has only managed lower-tier clubs.

This is a huge match for both sides as they are expected to battle it out for third place and hope to qualify through that route to the knockout stages. It should be a relatively close match but I do think that Switzerland can edge it and I expect them to win by a narrow margin.

At odds of 6/5 with 888Sport, they will give the Acca a nice boost.

Denmark v Finland – 17:00 Saturday

Denmark host Finland in their first match of Euro 2020 at the Parken Stadium which gives the hosts the home advantage, although they shouldn’t really need it against Finland who head into their first ever European Championships.

Denmark are a good side who are hard to beat. They held England to a 0-0 draw at this stadium back in September before beating them 1-0 a month later. They also picked up a solid 1-1 draw against Germany just a week ago in their preparation match and have now lost just twice in their last 28 matches with both those defeats being inflicted by Belgium.

Finland on the other hand are winless in their last six matches where they failed to beat the likes of Estonia (1-0), Wales (3-1), Bosnia and Herzegovina (2-2) and others. They’re in a tough group along with Belgium and Russia and it’s hard to see them picking up any points in the tournament.

I expect Demark to continue their excellent run of form at home which has seen them pick up five consecutive wins, scoring 18 goals and conceding just once.

They’re ½ to win today and a good addition to the accumulator in my opinion.

Belgium v Russia – 20:00 Saturday

Belgium are currently ¾ to beat Russia tonight which, considering how well they’re expected to do in the tournament, seem pretty generous odds. However, they’re effectively playing an away game with the match being held at the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg and Russia are a half-decent side who can trouble the best of teams. They showed how well they can play on home turf when they finished second in their group in the 2018 World Cup and were only denied a place in the quarter-finals against Croatia when beaten 4-3 on penalties. A result that could have played a huge impact on England’s route to the final that year.

Despite my respect for the Russian side, I’m still backing Belgium to come out on top in tonight’s match. They beat them both home (3-1) and away (4-1) in qualification for this tournament and although they haven’t been as convincing in front of goal as one would hope in their most recent matches against Greece (1-1) and Croatia (1-0), I do think that they’ll step it up in the tournament.

Odds of ¾ on Belgium to win gives us combined odds of 4.54/1 for the treble.

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Euro 2020 tips – Friday 11th June

Well, the time has finally come. Euro 2020 gets underway tonight with Turkey facing Italy in Rome in what could be one of the most underrated matches of the tournament. When the fixtures were first released some time ago, I was slightly underwhelmed with the opening fixture. However, I’ve been thinking about it more over recent weeks and I think it could be a cracker of a game.

Italy’s odds on winning Euro 2020 have been shortening over the past week. Roberto Mancini’s side were 11/1 just a week ago but the best price on them now to win their second European Championship is 8/1 as people become more aware of their recent form and how Mancini has developed the squad since taking over in 2018. The Azzurri haven’t lost any of their last 27 matches (W22, D5) with their last defeat being at the hands of Portugal (1-0) in their UEFA Nations League match almost 3 years ago. They’re also not shy of goals either having bagged a total of 25 goals in their last eight games without conceding any. That’s an incredibly impressive stat for any national team and gives reasoning to their odds shortening over recent days.

They’re up against a Turkey side who could quite possibly be one of the most underrated teams in the tournament. They too aren’t shy in front of goal and have averaged 2.2 goals per game in their last 10 matches which included an impressive 4-2 victory over the Netherlands. Unlike Italy, Turkey aren’t so solid at the back and are prone to leaking a few goals, even against lesser opposition. However, they’ve found the net two or more times in 9 of their last 12 matches and so clearly have an attacking threat. Turkey manager Senol Gunes has drafted in a young and energetic side who are capable of creating chances against the bigger teams and who will be feeding the ball to veteran striker Burak Yilmaz who heads into the Euros in terrific form having bagged 16 goals in 28 appearances domestically for Ligue 1 side Lille. He also managed a hat-trick in his sides 4-2 demolishing of the Netherlands in March. Having lost just one of their last thirteen matches, Turkey, if they in their best form, should give Italy a run for their money tonight and odds of 15/2 for them to win the match are pretty generous in my opinion.

I find it hard to back Italy tonight at odds of just 1/2 given how Turkey have proved themselves in recent matches against top opposition but I’ve come across a price boost from bookmaker Boylesports that I’ll be taking advantage of as well as suggesting a couple of small wagers.

My first selection is simply on Italy to win. As mentioned, I wouldn’t back them at 1/2 but Boylesports are offering DOUBLE the odds with a max stake of £10. Evens on Italy is worth taking advantage of considering their unbeaten form and the fact that they’ll be playing in Rome tonight which will undoubtedly give them an advantage over the visitors.

Turkey v Italy
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My second bet goes against what many are predicting as I’m expecting both teams to find the net tonight. As our top tipster, Matt Le Tissier said in his recent article, opening fixtures of major competitions such as Euro 2020 can be cagey affairs with neither side wanting to lose and this can often lead to a lack of goals. However, in my opinion, both Italy and Turkey will definitey want to get on the scoresheet tonight. Italy look like they’re enjoying their games currently and Turkey’s youthful players have something to prove in this tournament which should mean that they’ll play to impress. You can back both teams to score at odds of 11/8 with Betfair Sportsbook which I think are generous odds should Turkey get going from the off.

Turkey v Italy
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Finally, I’m going to two small wagers on the first goalscorer. Ciro Immobile is the obvious choice for me as the Lazio striker has scored 20 goals this season for his club and found the net in three of his last four appearances for the Azzurri. As I mentioned in my Euro 2020 ante-post tips, should Italy do well, I think Immobile could be a good shout for the tournaments top scorer. He was 22/1 on Wednesday when I tipped him but his odds have shortened slightly to 20/1 which I think still have value.

Turkey v Italy
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Secondly, I can’t ignore Turkey’s 35 year old star striker Burak Yılmaz. If Turkey come our raring to go, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him bag the first goal and at best odds of 12/1 with Betway, there’s surely value in backing a striker to score first at those odds.

Turkey v Italy
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Good luck and enjoy the next month of football!


Football tips – Wednesday 9th June – Euro 2020 Ante Post Bets

A disappointing result yesterday saw Hungary draw 0-0 with Ireland which meant that we didn’t make it three consecutive winning days. I caught the first half of the match and Hungary were all over them. A great save from Ireland’s young goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, followed by a goalline clearance meant that both teams went into the tunnel at halftime goalless, and the resilience of Ireland in the second half paid off so fair play to them on this occasion.

There isn’t much football being played anywhere in the world today so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share my thoughts on Euro 2020 since it is only days away. There are also some great Euro 2020 Betting Offers available and as this column is all about finding value in bets, I’ll be sharing a few of them to incorporate into my tips to hopefully return a decent profit over the next month.

To begin with, I’ll be taking a look at the Overall Winner market of Euro 2020.

Winner

France – France have leapfrogged England in recent days as the bookies favourites to win Euro 2020 and personally, I can’t understand why they were’nt the top pick from the start. Granted, England are playing a lot of their group stage matches and potential knock-out stage matches at Wembley which should give them an advantage but the quality in the French team far outweighs any other in my opinion. Players such as Kylian Mbappé, Wissam Ben Yedder, Ousmane Dembele, N’Golo Kanté and Kurt Zouma are world-class and they’ve already proved themselves in big tournaments by winning the World Cup back in 2018. Even Antoine Griezmann, who found the net in their friendly last night against Bulgaria, could shine despite having a relatively poor season and ending up on the bench at Barcelona. In fact, if Griezmann gets game time, I think he could be a good shout at the tournaments top scorer at some tasty odds of 25/1 with Bet365.

Euro 2020 Winner
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Although I do agree that France are the favourites, odds of 9/2 are quite short. You could probably back them at close to evens should they meet one of the other top teams along the way which would be a better option. However, I am confident that they’ll make it through to the later stages of the tournament and so I’m going to make use of the betting offer below from William Hill from which I’ll receive a £5 free bet for every match France win in the group stages when betting just £10 on the winner. If they win all their group stage games then that’s £15 in free bets from a £10 stake regardless of whether they win the tournament.

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To Reach Semi-Finals

Although I’ve backed France to win the tournament, a more attractive bet is on two teams to reach the semi-finals. I’m a big fan of both Italy and Turkey at the moment and given how my predictor chart has panned out (see below), I feel that they have some of the better routes to that stage.

euro 2020 prediction chart

Italy – Italy are in terrific form heading into the tournament and are unbeaten in their last 27 matches. Their last 8 matches have resulted in 8 consecutive victories, scoring 25 goals and not conceding a single one. Roberto Mancini has transformed the squad since taking over as coach in 2018 and they are now looking like a solid team who are playing as if they enjoy it.

You could have backed Italy to win Euro 2020 at 11/1 a few days ago but they have shortened to a best price of 9/1 now. They could face some tough opposition if they top their group and so I think a small wager on them to reach the semis at 2/1 is a better bet.

Euro 2020 To Reach Semi Finals
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Turkey – Turkey have seemed to go under the radar of most Euro 2020 predictions I’ve read, but they are a quality team. They will have to be in their best form to progress in the tournament but if they are, I’d back them to see off the likes of Russia and Portugal on the road to the semis, especially at a price of 8/1 with 888Sport.

Euro 2020 To Reach Semi Finals
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If you wanted to go one further, you can back them at 25/1 to reach the final with William Hill.

Top Scorer

There are a lot of big names in this year’s Euros and numerous contenders for the Golden Boot award. However, past winners have showed that your best bet is backing a player playing for a team that will reach the later stages of the tournament.

  • Euro 2016 Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann (6 goals) – France reached the final
  • Euro 2012 Top Scorer: Fernando Torres (3 goals) – Spain won the tournament
  • Euro 2008 Top Scorer: David Villa (4 goals) – Spain won the tournament
  • Euro 2004 Top Scorer: Milan Baroš (5 goals) – Czech Republic reached the semi-finals
  • Euro 2000 Top Scorer: Patrick Kluivert (5 goals) – Netherlands reached the semi-finals
  • Euro 1996 Top Scorer: Alan Shearer (5 goals) – England reached the semi-finals

Players such as Robert Lewandowski, who scored an impressive 41 goals this season for Bayern Munich, may seem like good value at odds of 25/1 but how far will Poland progress?

So, looking at the teams that I think will do well, I’ve picked out a few possible contenders, but before I get into them, if you are backing a top scorer at Euro 2020, Sporting Index are giving away a £5 free bet every time you chosen player scores when you bet £25 on them. Alternatively, you may wish to place your bet with Paddy Power who are offering a £1 free bet every time your player has a shot on target throughout the tournament when you bet just £10.

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Kylian Mbappe is currently 11/1 with Unibet to be the top goalscorer at Euro 2020 which I think has value considering Harry Kane is a short 5/1. France should do well and Mbappe is their key man up front. The only slight doubt is that France have so many options up front and players from all positions that can score that I’m not 100% confident the majority of the goals will go to Mbappe. However, at 11/1, I think he’s worth a small bet.

If Italy do well, Ciro Immobile is more than likely to find the net at least a few times. Italy have been scoring for fun lately and so I’d expect him to get on the scoresheet when they do. He’s netted 20 for Lazio this season and is currently an attractive 22/1 to score the most goals at Euro 2020.

Another outsider bet is France’s Antoine Griezmann who is currently 25/1 to bag the most goals. There are doubts whether he will start every game and so I wouldn’t go all in on him. However, if he starts against Germany in France’s opening fixture, and he manages to score, I think he could feature in future matches which would see his odds shorten dramatically.

I’d suggest perhaps waiting to see if Griezmann is in France’s starting XI against Germany and if he is, get on it while the price is still there!

Euro 2020 Top Scorer
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Expired Tips from 4th May Onwards

 


Football tips – Tuesday 8th June

Yesterday’s tip came in with flying colours as Jonkopings beat Akropolis 4-1 in the Swedish Superettan and the Faroe Islands comfortably saw off Liechtenstein by 5 goals to 1. That 5/2 winner made it two in a row and increased our overall ROI for the season to over 10%. Today, I’m hoping to make it a hat trick of wins to continue the good run as we head into the Euros later this week.

The majority of my bets lately have been doubles to take advantage of the £5 free bet that is available daily when placing them with Betfair but there will be bigger Accas to come throughout Euro 2020 when more fixtures are taking place. We can then look to take advantage of some of the Acca Insurance offers that are available as well as some of the excellent Euro 2020 Betting Offers that have already been released.

Hungary v Republic of Ireland – Tuesday 19:00

My first selection today is Hungary to beat the Republic of Ireland tonight in their friendly fixture.

Hungary are 750/1 to win the Euros which are some of the biggest odds you can get on any team. That may give you the impression that they’re a poor side but those odds are more reflective of the group that they’ve landed in which contains the likes of France, Germany and Portugal. They’ll do well to get out of the group stage but tonight’s opponents aren’t really comparable to who they are set to face over the coming weeks.

I actually quite like Hungary and have been impressed with what I’ve seen of them over the past year. They’re unbeaten in their last 10 matches, winning 7 of them and drawing 3 and many of the points they have picked up were against decent opposition such as Poland, Russia and Turkey who I rate very highly. Despite being a friendly and the hosts missing RB Leipzig midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, this is their final fixture before heading into their Euro 2020 campaign and they will be eager to keep spirits high and extend their longest ever unbeaten run with victory tonight.

The Republic of Ireland sadly were unable to qualify for this years European Championships and given their form, it’s hardly surprising. Stephen Kenny’s side have registered just 1 win in their last 13 matches which came from their last outing away to Andora. However, the visitors struggle in front of goal and being up against a side who have found the net 13 times in their last 5 matches, I find it hard to envision them outscoring Hungary tonight.

At odds of 7/5 for a Hungary with Betfred, I think there is a lot of value here.

France v Bulgaria – Tuesday 20:10

I was considering just a single on Hungary tonight but it seems logical to include a ‘banker’ in a double so that we again qualify for the £5 free bet Betfair offers daily when placing a bet with two or more selections. For my second leg, I’m of course backing France to beat Bulgaria in another international friendly.

Odds on France are as you would expect, very short at just 1/9 but as I’m only including it to qualify for the free bet, the odds are somewhat irrelevant.

There’s not much explanation needed for this selection with France being the current World Cup holders and one of the strong favourites to go all the way at Euro 2020. They’ve only lost once in their last 19 matches and haven’t conceded in their last three. Compare that to Bulgaria’s record of 2 wins in their last 29 and you can understand why the hosts are such heavy favourites.

Today’s double comes in at 1.42/1 with Betfair. You can get odds of 1.64/1 with Betfred but I prefer to take the slightly lower odds and lock in that guarantee of a £5 free bet regardless of the result to add value to the bet.

Double
Hungry v Republic of IrelandHungry WinbetfairVisit
France v BulgariaFrance Win
1 Point Bet @ 1.42/1 + a £5 Free Bet

Football tips – Monday 7th June

It was back to winning ways yesterday thanks to both England and Scotland winning their friendlies 1-0 against Romania and Luxembourg. That bet returned 1.28 points + a £5 free bet for placing it with Betfair which is an offer I’ll be taking advantage of almost daily whilst there is a somewhat lack of fixtures taking place.

As we draw closer to the start of Euro 2020 (only 4 days to go!), the international fixtures wind down and so other than one match which I’ll be including in my double today, I’ll be heading to the Swedish Superettan for the second leg.

Jonkopings v Akropolis – Monday 18:00

Betting on the Swedish second division isn’t something I do often but today’s selection should boost the odds of the double and has a reasonable chance of coming in.

With just 9 games played so far this season, Jonkopings sit ninth in the league with the hosts having mixed results so far this term. However, two recent victories against 3rd placed Sundsvall and 4th placed Landskrona will have boosted their confidence heading into this match and helped them on their way to improve on their 3rd place finish that they achieved last season. Their achievements last season were mainly down to having the best home record in the league where they picked up an impressive 38 points from a possible 45 and they look set to continue their fine form on home turf this season with being unbeaten so far in their four matches played.

Today, they host Akropolis who currently sit second bottom of the table and are winless on the road this term. They did pick up their first win of the season in a 1-0 home victory against Falkenbergs two weeks ago but the odds are against them tonight against a side who will be looking to end the season in an automatic promotion spot.

Odds of around 4/5 for a home win here seem to have value considering Jonkopings’ fine form at home.

Faroe Islands v Liechtenstein – Monday 19:45

I was looking at including Ukraine to beat Cyprus as my second selection but I’m not convinced in their ability to finish off games, even against lesser opposition and wouldn’t be surprised to see a draw in that match. Instead, I’ve chosen to back the Faroe Islands to beat Liechtenstein which kicks off at 19:45 tonight.

Despite being the underdogs, it was disappointing to see the Faroe Islands lose 1-0 to Iceland on Friday as that win would have equalled their longest ever undefeated home run. However, they will hope to get back to winning ways when they play a Liechtenstein side that they have beaten on all four occasions, albeit the last being back in 2018.

I wouldn’t usually have much confidence in backing the Faroe Islands but in every one of their last 10 victories on home soil, they have scored first. If they can manage that tonight then I expect that stat to continue. To back that reasoning up, Liechtenstein have conceded first in their last eight games that registered goals. The visitors have also conceded a whopping 16 goals in their last 3 matches including a 7-0 defeat to Switzerland last time out which was their biggest defeat in 4 years.

At 5/2, this double can produce a nice return and as we have claimed several times lately, we’ll receive a £5 free bet regardless of the outcome when placing the bet with Betfair Sportsbook.

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Faroe Islands v LiechtensteinFaroe Islands Win
1 Point Bet @ 5/2 + a £5 Free Bet

Football tips – Sunday 6th June

Chesterfield disappointedly threw away a 2-1 lead in yesterday’s National League playoff match by conceding two late goals which scuppered our bet. Today, we head back to the international friendlies taking place as teams get their final chances to get their affairs in order for Euro 2020 getting underway on Friday. It’s hard to back any of the big underdogs in Sunday’s fixtures and so I’ve selected a double which should hopefully be relatively safe but still result in a reasonable return.

England v Romania – Sunday 17:00

Gareth Southgate will be reasonably happy with his teams performance on Wednesday night against Austria in a match where they looked relatively in control of the game. England continued with their impressive defensive display which has seen them concede just one goal in their last five matches and although they only managed to find the net once on Wednesday, I can’t see them failing to do that again or one better on Sunday which should be enough to see off Romania.

Jack Grealish should feature again as Southgate has to make a tough decision as to whether or not to start him in England’s group matches and if he does, he should play an instrumental role in creating chances for Kane and any other forwards Southgate gives pitch time to on Sunday. 

Another solid England performance is expected resulting in a sixth straight win which is no less than what will be accepted heading into their Euro 2020 campaign.

Luxembourg v Scotland – Sunday 17:00

Scotland are rearing up for their first tournament since France ‘98 and confidence will be high after an impressive 2-2 draw away to the Netherlands in their most recent warm-up match on Wednesday night. However, Steve Clarke will be frustrated that his side couldn’t hold on for the win after their 2-1 lead was squashed with a last minute goal from the Netherland’s star forward, Memphis Depay.

Luxembourg have won just one of their last seven matches, losing five of them and their record in international friendlies is even worse. With Scotland scoring nine goals in their last four matches and the hosts finding the net just twice in their last five, I think Scotland should have too much for them.

You can back the double at odds of 1.28/1 which is fair and if you place your bet with Betfair, you’ll also receive a £5 free bet regardless of the outcome.

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England v RomaniaEngland WinbetfairVisit
Luxembourg v ScotlandScotland Win
1 Point Bet @ 1.28/1 + a £5 Free Bet


Football tips – Saturday 5th June

Nothing takes my fancy in the international fixtures taking place tonight but we do have the National League quarter-final playoff between Notts County and Chesterfield which should be an interesting game.

Notts County v Chesterfield – Saturday 16:00

There’s pretty much nothing to separate these two sides from their performances in the league this season with the hosts finishing just one point and place place about the visitors and with an almost identical goal difference. Similarities continue when you look at the home and away form of the two sides with Notts County picking up 36 points on home soil and Chesterfield accumulating the same on the road.

Both sides ended the season in good form but County’s 1-0 defeat away to Bromley will have knocked their confidence a little bit and I feel the pressure will be on them more than Chesterfield.

The winner of this fixture will face a tough fixture away to Torquay United and although I think it will be a tight match, I’m suggesting a small wager on Chesterfield to progress either in normal time, extra time or on penalties.

Notts County v Chesterfield
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1 Point Bet @ 5/4


Football tips – Friday 4th June

International friendlies continue tonight as teams prepare for the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament next week. Two matches have caught my eye and so I’m going to make use of the Betfair Sportsbook free bet offer again from which we’ll receive a £5 free bet for placing a double.

Italy v Czech Republic – Friday 19:45

Italy are heading into Euro 2020 in terrific form and shouldn’t be underestimated at this year’s tournament. Roberto Mancini’s side were last beaten all the way back in October 2018 which means that they are now undefeated in their last 26 games. They’ve also won their last seven matches without conceding a single goal.

Czech Republic on the other hand have won just one of their last four on the road and that was a 6-2 victory against an extremely poor Estonia. All three of their other matches ended in 1-0 defeats to the likes of Wales, Germany and Scotland and so I can’t see them troubling Italy too much tonight.

The hosts will be looking to continue their fine form tonight against the Czech Republic and head into their opening match next Friday against Turkey with full confidence. With their solid backline and their forwards firing on all cylinders, I expect them make it eight wins in a row.

Hungary v Cyprus – Friday 19:00

Hungary’s Euro preparations start tonight with a match against Cyprus who they haven’t played since 2007. The hosts are currently on a nine-match unbeaten run which is their longest since 1970 and I’m backing them to improve on that record tonight. They haven’t had the best record in friendlies which is a slight concern but considering their current form which saw them draw 3-3 with Poland and pick up an impressive 2-0 victory against a good Turkey side in November, I think they should have enough to win tonight.

Cyprus have managed to win just 2 of their last 18 matches with those victories being against San Marino and Kazakhstan. They tend not to draw many games and so if Hungary can get break down their defence first, I expect them to hold on for the win.

At odds of 1.4/1 with Betfair, this double won’t result in huge returns. However, I do think that it has a good chance of coming in and we’ll receive a £5 free bet regardless thanks to the Betfair Sportsbook offer.

Double
Italy v Czech RepublicItaly WinbetfairVisit
Hungry v CyprusHungry Win
1 Point Bet @ 1.4/1 + a £5 Free Bet

Football tips – Wednesday 2nd June

With league football mostly finished for the season, there hasn’t been much to choose from in terms of multiples and I haven’t been able to take advantage of many of the bookie betting offers that are still available. However, with a string of international friendlies tonight, I’ve picked out a double which will qualify for a £5 free bet with Betfair Sportsbook regardless of the outcome. However, I do think that it has a good chance of coming in.

England v Austria – Wednesday 2nd June 20:00

England play their first of two warm-up matches tonight in preparation for their Euro 2020 campaign which starts next week. They’re up against Austria who they have beaten on the last two occasions and I’m backing them to make it three in a row.

Southgate’s side has had a perfect 2021 so far and have won 13 of their last 14 matches on home turf and averaged an impressive 3.3 goals per game throughout those fixtures. Many of those matches were against inferior opposition but they’re unlikely to be truly tested until they face Croatia on 13th June.

Austria’s last outing resulted in a 4-0 defeat to Denmark which meant that Franco Foda’s side have only picked up one win in their last four and that was a victory at home to the Faroe Islands back in March. I can’t see them getting anything out of this game against a relatively solid and enthusiastic young England side which has led me to include the Three Lions in my double today.

Romania v Georgia – Wednesday 2nd June 19:45

I was looking to add possibly France or the Netherlands into today’s double but think that there is more value in backing Romania at home against Georgia.

Romania will be looking to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat to Armenia a month ago when two goals in the 87th and 89th cost them victory. Prior to that, Mirel Rădoi’s side looked in relatively good form with wins against the like of Belarus, Norway and North Macedonia where they found the net 11 times in those three fixtures. If they can carry their goalscoring form into tonight’s match, it’s likely that they’ll be able to outscore Georgia.

Georgia are without a win in their last eight matches although they don’t often get beaten by a lot of goals. In recent games, they’ve suffered defeats by just one goal to Spain, Sweden, Armenia and North Macedonia but with Romania not being shy in front of goal, we’re expecting them to concede tonight.

Although neither side are preparing for a Euro campaign in this match, Romania will be looking to bounce back from their recent defeat with a victory tonight which should see them head into their much sterner clash with England this coming Sunday.

Double
England v AustriaEngland WinbetfairVisit
Romania v GeorgiaRomania Win
1 Point Bet @ 1.98/1 + a £5 Free Bet

Football tips – Tuesday 1st June

Slovakia v Bulgaria – Tuesday 1st June 16:55

With Euro 2020 less than two weeks away, teams are preparing with warm-up games scheduled over the coming days. Tonight, we see Slovakia host Bulgaria in what isn’t expected to be the most thrilling match but may provide a value betting opportunity.

I don’t usually like betting on international friendlies as they can throw out some unexpected results. However, as this match is in preparation for the upcoming European Championships for the home side, I’m confident that they’ll want to win in order to head into the tournament with as much confidence as possible.

Slovakia aren’t the most predictable side. They had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Malta back in March when conceding two early first-half goals but did follow that up with an impressive 2-1 victory over Russia three days later. Their form on home soil is relatively good having won four of their last seven and have found the net at least once in their last nine home matches. Tonight, they play a pretty dismal Bulgaria side who have failed to win any of their last eleven matches on the road and their only win in their last twelve was an expected victory over Gibraltar back in November.

Given that Slovakia have more to play for in this match, coupled with their home advantage and the fact that Bulgaria have failed to score in their last five matches, I think that a single on the home side at odds of 3/4 with Boylesports shows quite a bit of value. If Slovakia can get an early goal, I can see them winning comfortably with a 2-0 or 3-0 scoreline.

Slovakia v Bulgaria
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2 Point Bet @ 3/4

Football tips – Sunday

For Sunday the game of the day in England is the League One play-off final between Blackpool and Lincoln. 

3rd place finishers Blackpool overcame Oxford Utd in the semi-final beating them 6-3 on aggregate. 

And 5th place finishers Lincoln endured a nervy 2nd leg against Sunderland but progressed with a 2nd half goal for the tie to end 3-2 to the Imps on aggregate.  

Goals galore in both semi-finals then with an average of 3.5 goals scored over the 4 games.

These teams have been involved in plenty of goals recently in general. When these 2 met in the league season a total of 9 games were scored over the games, although, the 2 sides were not necessarily prolific goalscorers throughout their campaigns.

Looking at previous League One finals it also points to goals. 7 of the last 8 finals have recorded over 2.5 goals and that together with the recent goal spurt from both sides leads me to believe that history may repeat itself.

Looking at the odds you can get better than evens at 5/4 with BetVictor for over 2.5 goals in this game. Big enough for us to back here I think. 

Blackpool v Lincoln
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1 Point Bet @ 5/4


Football tips – Champions League Final

An all English Champions League final then and after Man Utd failed to bring home the bacon on Wednesday in the Europa League, Premier League enthusiasts will have comfort in knowing an English team will have its name on the trophy come the end of this tie.

Looking at the odds, Man City are clear favourites and are below evens to win in 90 minutes. City are as low as 17/20 with some bookies which seems very short considering previous results with Chelsea winning the last 2 meetings.

Perhaps the odds reflect the injury concerns Chelsea have over N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy. If both of those don’t make it then surely that’s a huge plus for City who themselves have no injury concerns at all. 

For now though, no value in the City win so we’ve looked to cards to find a bet. 

The referee for the final will be the Spaniard Antonio Mateu Lahoza and this guy absolutely loves a card. English fans may be familiar with this ref as he dished out 9 cards in the RB Leipzig v Man Utd CL tie back in December and for those of you who watched the thrilling 1/4 final 1st leg between Bayern and PSG he dished out another 5 cards in that game.

So with it being a tight game and teams not wanting to give an inch, I think there will be plenty of fouls around leading to the card happy ref more than willing to dip into his pocket. 

Unibet has over 4.5 cards at 21/20 so I feel this is big enough for us to have a bet. Plenty of other firms are odds on here so 21/20 looks like value 

Man City v Chelsea
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1 Point Bet @ 21/20


Football tips Wednesday 26th May 

Villarreal v Man Utd – Wednesday 20:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to win his first major piece of silverware as Man Utd boss as his team travels to Poland to play Villarreal in the Europa League final.

United may have to win it without captain and key centre back Harry Maguire as he is struggling to get fit for the game.

It was reported he sat out of training yesterday so will not have trained since his injury if he plays tonight.

Looking at the game, it’s not easy to pick out a bet here. Anything can happen in a cup final and even though Man Utd are odds on favourites, there are many stats that contradict United’s short odds.

For instance Spanish teams have a 100% win record against English teams in the Europa League final, albeit only over 2 games. Also Villarreal have not lost any of their last 12 Europa League games outside of Spain and are undefeated vs non-Spanish opposition in 23. 

We would certainly not be surprised if this game ends in a draw and goes to extra time.

It’s a stat from the United camp that we look to for our bet tonight though as we’re more confident of success here. 

Man Utd have scored 13 of their 18 goals in the Europa League this season in the 2nd half. They’ve also kept clean sheets in a competition-high 62.5% of their games this UEL campaign.

Looking at the odds and you can get 6/5 for Man Utd to win the 2nd half which feels big enough for us to back. With United also having a high 2nd half goals rate in the Premier League it does seem like that is their theme for this season.

Villarreal v Man Utd
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1 Point Bet @ 6/5


Football tips Sunday 23rd May 

Onto Sunday then and 2 bets of interest here. 

Angers v Lille – Sunday 20:00

In Ligue 1, if Lille win their game away to Angers it will be the first time a team other than PSG have won the French title since Monaco won it in the 2016/17 season. Not the best start for Mauricio Pochettino in his first season!

Lille have a good away record and have the best away defence record in the league. We fancy them to get the 3 points and to keep it tight at the back. 

So we’re going for Lille to win and under 2.5 goals which is 12/5 at Bet365

Leicester v Tottenham – Sunday 16:00

Over to the Premier League then and the top 4 race. Champions League qualification is still up for grabs between Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester. You would say Liverpool are certainly in the driving seat as they have the easier fixture at home to Crystal Palace. We expect no slip ups there. 

Chelsea are away to Villa and Villa have Watkins and Grealsih both fit so that won’t be easy for Tuchel’s men. Leicester also have a tough fixture on paper but with Spurs well out of sorts we fancy Leicester to get the 3 points. There is normally plenty of goals around on the final day of the season and with both of these teams usually scoring, I also like over 2.5 goals here.

So I’ll be going with Leicester to win and over 2.5 goals which is 7/4 at Bet365.

Angers v Lille
Lille/Under 2.5Winbet365Visit
1 Point Bet @ 12/5
Leicester v Tottenham
Leicester/Over 2.5Winbet365Visit
1 Point Bet @ 7/4


Football tips Saturday 22nd May 

It’s the final weekend of the season across the major European leagues and what a weekend of football we have in store.

It’s still all to play for in Ligue 1 and La Liga with the title race going down to the final day in these 2 leagues and potential surprise winners in both.

On Saturday Atletico Madrid need a win to take the title and then on Sunday Lille need to win to secure the Ligue 1 championship. We also have the top 4 race still to play out in the Premier League on Sunday with Liverpool, Leicester and Chelsea all still in with a chance of Champions League qualification.

Atletico Madrid v Valladolid – Saturday 17:00

Atlecio need a win to take the La Liga title with Real Madrid looking to pounce, 2 points behind should they slip up. Should they win, it will be the first time Real Madrid or Barcelona haven’t won the Spanish Primera since Atleti last won it in the 2013/14 season. A draw could also work if Real Madrid don’t beat Villarreal today but Real have the better head to head record so level points would see the Galacticos take the title.

It’s also worth mentioning that Valldolid have a slim chance of escaping relegation if results go their way today.

In spite of Valladolid having plenty to play for, I think that will play into Atletico’s hands and they will take the 3 points to be crowned champions. I’m also keen on cards in this game as both teams have high yellow card percentages for their respective home and away records. 

So I’ve gone for a Bet Builder at Bet365 to try and increase the value for today’s bet.

Valladolid v Atletico Madrid
Over 4 Cards/Atl MadridWinbet365Visit
1 Point Bet @ 10/11


Football Tips Friday 21st May

Our 2/1 Bet of the Day came in again yesterday thanks to Morecambe who beat Tranmere 2-1 away from home – A victory by a single goal as we predicted. We’re going to take a look at another playoff game today but this time from League One where Blackpool meet Oxford United.

Blackpool v Oxford Utd – Friday 19:45

Blackpool host Oxford United at Bloomfield Road tonight in the return leg of their League One playoff battle. The hosts are looking more than likely to reach the playoff final against either Sunderland or Lincoln after a convincing 3-0 victory in the first leg at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday and I think they have it in them to do the double tonight.

Second legs of playoffs can be tricky to predict as Blackpool could lose this game by two goals and still progress but at odds of 13/10, I think it’s worth backing the Seasiders for the win.

Along with their 3-0 victory against tonight’s opponents earlier in the week, Blackpool also ran out 2-0 winners when the sides met in the league back in March. Oxford haven’t gotten the results they desired against top-half teams with only four of their 22 wins this season being against them. They’ve also only won 1 of their last 16 encounters with teams in the top 8 which is a further worry for the visitors tonight.

Blackpool on the other hand have won their last five matches without conceding a single goal and with Oxford conceding in 11 of their last 13, if Blackpool can keep it tight at the back, another victory tonight isn’t hard to envision.

Bet365 are offering good odds for a Blackpool win and so they’re my bookmaker of choice again so that we can trigger the Early Payout Offer from which the bet will be settled as a winner if Blackpool go two goals ahead at any point.

Blackpool v Oxford Utd
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1 Point Bet @ 13/10

Football Tips Thursday 20th May

Joe Willock struck again for Newcastle last night to continue their excellent run of form in their 1-0 win against Sheffield United. That result along with Sporting comfortably beating Maritimo 5-1 in the Portuguese Primeira Liga meant that our 2 point double at 13/10 came in and we also received a £5 free bet from Betfair for placing it.

Only one English league match takes place today which is the League Two playoff clash between Tranmere and Morecambe. It’s not the most obvious match to call but I do think that there is some value to be had and I’ll be suggesting a small wager on the Match Winner market.

Tranmere v Morecambe – Thursday 18:00

Morecambe narrowly missed out on automatic promotion into League One by an agonising 1 point after Bolton beat Crawley on the final day of the season to claim the 3rd spot in the table. However, it was not for want of trying as tonight’s visitors won five of their last six matches, scoring 15 goals in the process.

Tranmere finished the season just 5 points adrift of tonight’s rivals but unlike Morecambe who head into this first-round playoff game in superb form, the hosts ended the term with just 2 wins from their last 11 games. To make matters worse, Tranmere manager Keith Hill was sacked on the final day of the season leaving Rovers managerless heading into this crucial match.

Playoff matches can often be cagey affairs, especially for the visitors who may be happy to bring Tranmere to the Mazuma stadium in three days time with the score level. However, based on current form of both sides, Tranmere being managerless and only finding the net 3 times in their last 7 matches, I think there is value in backing an away win here at odds of 2/1 with Bet365. A safer bet would be Morecambe Draw No Bet but I think there is a good enough chance that they’ll win by the odd goal and force Tranmere’s dismal run to continue.

By placing this bet with Bet365, should Morecambe go 2 goals ahead at any point in the game, the bet will be settled as a winner regardless of the result thanks to the Bet365 Early Payout Offer.

  • Morecambe to WIN (1pt bet)
Tranmere v Morecambe
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1 Point Bet @ 2/1

Football Tips Wednesday 19th May

Premier League action continues tonight as 12 teams play their second-last match of the season. There are some tricky fixtures and at this point in the season, results can be even more unpredictable as we saw last night with United drawing 1-1 with Fulham and City suffering a shock 3-2 defeat away to Brighton – the only time they have beaten them in their ten encounters.

Today, we’re backing a double which will see us qualify for Betfair’s ‘Bet £20 Get £5’ multiple offer.

Newcastle United v Sheffield United – Wednesday 18:00

After a relatively dull season under Steve Bruce, Newcastle’s style of play has changed in recent weeks and although I wouldn’t go as far to say they should bring back their ‘Entertainers’ nickname, they have certainly given fans more of what they’ve been looking for from their team.

Newcastle’s last eight games have averaged 4 goals per game which resulted in them picking up a point in their 2-2 draw with Spurs, impressive wins against West Ham (3-2) and Leicester (4-2) and giving Premier League winners Manchester City a run for their money in a seven-goal thriller in which they narrowly lost 4-3. If Bruce’s team can continue to find the net tonight, they should be too much for Sheffield United who, despite picking up a surprising 1-0 win against Everton last time out, have averaged just 0.53 goals per game this season.

Newcastle will be looking towards the creative flair of midfielders Allan Saint-Maximin and Joe Willock to produce the goals with Callum Wilson being ruled out for the rest of the season and with fans set to return to St James’ Park, motivation should be high to produce an energised performance.

  • Newcastle United to WIN

Sporting v Maritimo – Wednesday 21:45

I was considering adding another Premier League match into the double today but there’s nothing that really stands out for me and so I’m including a somewhat safer selection from the Portuguese Primeira Liga where Sporting host Maritimo at the José Alvalade Stadium in a late kick-off.

It’s the final fixture of the season for both sides and Sporting have already confirmed their 19th Primeira Liga title, topping the table by five points ahead of Porto. It’s their first league title in 19 years and although they have already been crowned as champions, they’ll surely want to finish the season on a high.

The hosts are unbeaten on home soil this term and have conceded just 9 goals in their 16 matches played at the José Alvalade Stadium. They’re up against a Maritimo side who have won just 5 matches on the road this season and who are safe from relegation and so have nothing to play for.

The last time these two sides met back in February, Sporting came out as 2-0 winners with Maritimo recording not a single shot on target. Sporting are a relatively short price for the win as you’d expect but with the double coming in at 13/10 with Betfair and a £5 free bet being awarded regardless of the outcome, there should be value there.

  • Sporting to WIN
Double
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2 Point Bet @ 13/10

Football Tips Tuesday 18th May

Yesterday was a great start to the week with Girona winning 1-0 against Sporting Gijon to see our 8/5 single come in. There’s a bit more to choose from today with mid-week Premier League matches taking place along with a handful of games in other leagues around the world so along with my bet of the day, I’m going to make use of Paddy Power’s Acca Insurance offer again from which we will receive our stake back if just one of our four selections let us down. Hopefully, we won’t need it though.

Bet of the Day

Lazio v Torino – Tuesday 19:30

My single tip for today is from Serie A where Lazio host Torino at the Stadio Olimpico.

This could be a tricky game for reasons I’ll explain but odds of over evens for a home win are too tempting not to take up and worth the risk in my opinion given Lazio’s form on home turf recently. The hosts have won their last 12 matches at the Stadio Olimpico including wins against the likes of AC Milan and Napoli without conceding a goal. Points picked up from those victories have helped Lazio secure a 6th place finish in Serie A and guaranteeing a spot in next seasons Europa League.

Tonight, they host Torino who currently sit 3 points above the relegation zone with Benevento, the team below them, having just one game to play. Torino have the superior goal difference but relegation battles work slightly differently in Serie A than in the Premier League as if two teams are tied on points, the first deciding factor is the Head-to-Head results followed by the H2H goal difference and then finally, their overall goal difference. In a twist of fate, Torino’s final match of the season is against Benevento on Sunday and so they need to pick up at least 1 point either against Lazio or Benevento to avoid the drop given that their first match against Benevento earlier in the season resulted in a 2-2 draw.

Despite Torino looking for a draw in tonight’s game (an outcome that they’ve been able to achieve in 38.89% of their matches this season), we’re backing the hosts to have too much for them at odds of 11/10 with Betfair. Along with their 12 consecutive league victories at the Stadio Olimpico, half of which they won to nil, Torino have only managed to beat Lazio in one of their last 16 meetings when playing away. Also, Lazio have won an impressive 20 of their 23 matches where they have scored first and with them scoring in every league match at home this season, I think 11/10 on Lazio to win has value.

Bet of the Day
Lazio v TorinoLazio betfairVisit
1 Point Bet @ 11/10

4-Fold Accumulator

As mentioned above, there are mid-week matches taking place tonight so I’ll be having a punt on a 4-fold and incorporating the Paddy power Acca Insurance offer so that the stake is returned if one leg fails to win.

Manchester United v Fulham – Monday 18:00

Fans returning to Old Trafford tonight should give the hosts a boost, although, not that I think that they’ll need it as they’re up against a relegated Fulham side who are winless in their last eight, losing seven of them. United will look to bounce back from their recent defeats to Leicester and Liverpool and victory tonight would see them secure the runner-up spot in the Premier League for the second time in four seasons.

  • Manchester United to WIN

Brighton v Manchester City – Monday 19:00

Brighton host Premier League champions Manchester City at Falmer Stadium tonight in search for only their second league win in eight matches. However, they’ll find it tough against a Man City side who have beaten them in their last eight meetings. Brighton are safe from the drop and although City have already been crowned as champions, they will be looking to extend their record of 23 matches unbeaten on the road – a record that is held across the top four football tiers.

  • Manchester City to WIN

Chelsea v Leicester City – Monday 20:15

A stunning goal from Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans gave the Foxes their first ever FA Cup trophy on Saturday. Other than that goal and some VAR controversy in the final minutes, it was a relatively uninspiring match but it was Chelsea who were on top for the most part and I’m backing them to get revenge in their league meeting tonight at a price of around 8/11.

Both teams have it all to play for tonight with a win for Leicester meaning that they would secure a spot in next seasons UEFA Champions League and 3 points for Chelsea resulting in them leapfrogging the visitors into third place.

I expect another solid defensive display from Tuchels side but with a bit more eagerness to get the first goal. If they do, I expect Chelsea to hold onto their lead and go on to win the match.

  • Chelsea to WIN

Solihull Moors v Barnet – Monday 19:00

The final selection in my four-fold is Solihull Moors to beat Barnet on home turf tonight. Finishing the season in playoff spot still isn’t out of the question for the hosts. They’re currently 7 points adrift of 7th-placed Chesterfield but have two games in hand and they’ll see this match as winnable. The hosts are unbeaten in their last eight at Damson Park, winning seven of those, and the visitors have won just two of their last nineteen on the road.

  • Solihull Moors to WIN
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1 Point Bet @ 3.31/1

Football Tips Monday 17th May

A thrilling end to the FA Cup final which saw one of the best ever cup final goals scored by Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans along with heartbreak for Chelsea as Ben Chilwell’s 89th-minute equaliser was ruled out for offside by a hairs-width by VAR. The result, although great for Leicester, who secured their first ever FA Cup trophy, meant that our single on Chelsea didn’t come in. However, thanks to Boylesports’s No-Lose offer, we received our stake back as a free bet!

It’s a new week and the final of the season for most major leagues and we’re going to have another crack at the La Liga Segunda Division where Girona host Sporting Gijon at the Estadi Montilivi.

Girona vs Sporting Gijon – Monday 20:00

The Spanish 2nd Division runs until the end of May with teams playing a total of 42 games and these two sides are locked on 61 points each with four games remaining. The hosts are in teriffic form having won their last four matches and seven of their last nine, including a 4-1 thrashing away to Logrones in their last game. If they beat Gijon tonight, they’ll equal their record of five consecutive wins which they have been attempting to match for the past decade. Girona’s centre-forward, Cristhian Stuani, was last seasons top scorer with 33 goals and although he hasn’t been able to match that tally this term, his brace against Logrones in his last outing will surely give him confidence heading into tonight’s match.

Gijon have only won one of their last six on the road and they’re set to be without several names such as Victor Campuzano and Marc Valiente and potentially, Aitor Garcia, Nikola Cumic and Guille Rosas.

Girona haven’t lost to Gijon in their four meetings with them and we’re backing them to take that tally to five with victory on home turf tonight.

Bet of the Day
Girona vs Sporting GijonGirona unibetVisit
1 Point Bet @ 8/5

Football Tips Saturday 15th May

No dice for our Spanish Segunda tip last night. Cartagena won the game 2-0 despite Espanyol having the lion’s share of possession and some decent goal threat.

It’s FA Cup final day so we’ll be focusing on that today and putting all our efforts into finding a winner between Chelsea and Leicester.

Chelsea v Leicester – FA Cup Final – Saturday 17:15

A month-watering tie in prospect as 2 fantastic managers come head to head to battle it out for the FA Cup final. 

Chelsea have not faced Leicester with Thomas Tuchel in charge so we have little previous stats to base our opinion on for today’s game. 

When the 2 teams have met previously, Chelsea under different managers, the games have been close with 3 draws recorded in the last 5.

Looking at the big picture it’s hard not to back Chelsea here. Tuchel has been mightily impressive since taking charge and a 1-0 loss to Arsenal in their previous outing will only add to their motivation and preparation here. 

Chelsea’s squad is superior and they are boosted by N’golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic being declared fit.

Looking at the odds I feel Chelsea are big enough at 10/11 to back. And with BoyleSports offering a £10 ‘no-lose’ bet we’re sufficiently covered if things don’t go to plan.

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1 Point Bet @ 10/11
Chelsea v LeicesterChelsea/Under2.5bet365Visit
1 Point Bet @ 11/4

With a close game predicted I’m also throwing this bet in here – Chelsea to win and under 2.5 total goals at 11/4 with Bet365.


Football Tips Friday 14th May

Another winning double yesterday made it three for three with our footy tips and we’re hoping to make it four consecutive profitable bets with today’s selection.

As there isn’t a great deal of football taking place in the major leagues this evening, today’s selection will be a single with no betting offer attached. However, be sure to check back soon for tomorrows selections which will include tips for the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City for which Boylesports are running their No-Lose bet offer which we will look to incorporate into our selections.

Espanyol v Cartagena – Friday 20:00

Betting towards the end of the season when teams are battling for both promotion and relegation is never an easy task as results can be somewhat unpredictable at times. However, the La Liga 2 match between Espanyol and Cartagena is one that caught my eye and I think there is value in the home win here at odds of just under evens (9/10) with Unibet who often offer the best odds on football markets.

Espanyol currently sit top of La Liga Segunda and are on course for their first league title since the 1993/94 season. They have already secured promotion but with six points separating themselves from 2nd-placed Mallorca with four games remaining, they’ll be looking to pick up maximum points tonight to move one step closer to being crowned as champions. Espanyol are unbeaten in their last 15 matches and achieved a comfortable 3-1 victory over tonight’s opponents in their first league meeting back in December.

Cartagena could give Espanyol a good game as they have only lost one of their last eight matches. Their recent run of good form has lifted them out of the relegation zone into 16th position but are just 1 point from the drop zone. The fact the Cartagena still need points to remain safe is a slight worry but Espanyol should be too strong for them tonight and odds of 9/10 do seem to have value. Also, taking into account that Espanyol have picked up 47 points from their 19 home matches this season, scoring 40 goals and conceding just 9, compared to Cartagena picking up just 15 points in as many matches on the road, adds to the confidence in our bet tonight.

Bet of the Day
Espanyol v CartagenaEspanyol unibetVisit
2 Point Bet @ 9/10

Football Tips Thursday 13th May

It was a successful day yesterday as both our footy tips landed. The last leg of our Napoli/Atletico Madrid double came in with an Atleti 2-1 win over Real Sociedad. And Celta Vigo secured a 1-0 win over Getafe to make it a clean sweep.

There are 2 huge games today that are worth focusing on which we’ll put into a win double and take advantage of a great offer available at Betfair Sportsbook where you can claim a £5 free bet daily for placing a double bet of £20.

RB Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund – Thursday 19:45

First, it’s the German Cup final, the DFB Pokal, between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund.

2 of Germany’s biggest sides go head to head in this fascinating battle for the DFB-Pokal title. These 2 have just played each other in the Bundesliga with that game finishing 3-2 to Dortmund.

In fact the last 3 meetings have all ended in Dortmund wins with the yellows actually winning 4 out of the last 5 head to head match-ups. Dortmund themselves have won their last 5 games in all competitions including the 3-2 victory over Leipzig last week.

It’s for these reasons that we’ll be backing Dortmund here at what looks like a generous 6/4.

Man Utd v Liverpool – Thursday 20:15

The other big game of the night is the always highly anticipated meeting between Man Utd and Liverpool.

There has been recent controversy between these 2 as Man Utd fielded a completely changed team against Leicester and ended up losing the game, giving Leicester the upper hand over Liverpool in the Champions League race.

The reason they fielded such a changed team was of course due to the fixture pile up after Man Utd fans caused the initial fixture between the 2 to be postponed.

With that in mind I think Liverpool will come out firing here and will be motivated to do all they can to claim Champions League qualification. 

Odds of 13/10 at Betfair Sportsbook look like good value so we’ll be adding a Liverpool win to complete our win double.

By placing the double above, we will qualify for a £5 free bet with Betfair regardless of whether our bet wins or loses.

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Man Utd v LiverpoolLiverpool
1 Point Bet @ 3.3/1

Football Tips Wednesday 12th May

Napoli managed an impressive 5-1 victory over Udinese yesterday which saw the first part of our double come in with flying colours. A win for Atletico Madrid tonight would see our double at 2.12/1 land as well as receiving a £5 free bet from the Midnite Free Bet Club.

For today’s tip, we’re heading to La Liga where four matches take place including Celta Vigo v Getafe.

Celta Vigo v Getafe – Wednesday 19:00

Celta Vigo haven’t beaten Getafe since 2016 but they’re a big price on home turf tonight against a Getafe side who look a shadow of their former self. Celta Vigo have won their last three league matches, including an impressive 4-2 victory away to Villarreal on Sunday which has left them in contention for a spot in next seasons Europa League.

Getafe on the other hand are just four points above the relegation zone having won just two of their last 17 games in La Liga. Their away record is just as dismal having suffered seven losses in their last nine matches on the road.

Odds of 6/4 on a home win in this match seem very generous and so we’re backing Celta Vigo to make it four consecutive wins tonight.

Bet of the Day
Celta Vigo v GetafeCelta VigospreadexVisit
2 Point Bet @ 6/4

Football Tips Tuesday 11th May

For yesterdays Acca tip, we made use of Paddy Power’s Acca Insurance offer. The first leg came in last night with Porto comfortably beating Farense 5-1 so we’ll be keeping an eye on the remaining fixtures over the coming days.

Today, we’re going to place a bet with another betting offer in mind but this time, it will be Midnite.com’s Bet Club offer from which you can get a £5 free bet when placing £25 worth of accumulator bets throughout the week. Only a double is required to qualify for the £5 free bet so long as the minimum odds are evens (2.0) or above.

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Napoli v UdineseNapolimidniteVisit
Atletico Madrid v Real SociedadAtletico Madrid
2 Point Bet @ 2.12/1

Napoli v Udinese – Tuesday 19:45

Napoli are currently unbeaten in their last six matches and have only lost one of their last fourteen. A recent run of good form has seen the two-time Serie A winners settle in the 4th spot of the league and with just three games remaining, they’ll be looking to hold that position to secure a spot in next seasons Champions League. With Juventus just one point adrift of Napoli, every point matters and so they’ll be pushing to pick up all three points against Udinese tonight.

Udinese currently sit mid-table. They’re safe from relegation and so don’t have much to play for in their remaining games this season. They have had two away wins on the bounce recently but those victories were against bottom of the table Crotone and 18th placed Benevento and before that, they were winless in their last five on the road.

With Napoli having it all to play for and considering they have beaten Udinese in their last seven meetings at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, we’re expecting a home win tonight.

Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad – Wednesday 21:00

Our second selection in our double today is Atletico Madrid to beat Real Sociedad on Wednesday evening. Atletico top the La Liga table by two points with three games to play but with Real Madrid and Barca but just two points behind them, they have everything to play for still.

Diego Simeone’s side have lost just once at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium this season and have conceded just 9 goals in their 17 matches played there. Their solid back line has seen them concede less goals than any other team in La Liga this season and so if they find the net on Wednesday, we’re confident that they’ll see the game out as winners.

Real Sociedad are 5th in La Liga but there is a 15 point difference between themselves and 4th placed Sevilla. A Champions League spot is not possible for them now but they will be looking to hold onto their current Europa League spot. However, they’ve been unable to beat Atletico away from home since 2013 (D 1, L 6) and so they may be looking more towards their remaining matches against Valladolid and Osasuna to pick up points.

Atletico are close to securing their 11th La Liga title and their first since 2013/14 and we’re expecting them to get one step closer to achieving that by picking up maximum points against Real Sociedad on Wednesday.

By placing the double above, we will qualify for a £5 free bet with Midnite.com regardless of whether our bet wins or loses.


Football Tips Monday 10th May

With just one Premier League match taking place today, we’re going to take a look at some other leagues and look to see how we can incorporate some of the betting offers available at the top bookies to increase the value in our bets. 

Today’s accumulator will qualify for the Paddy Power Acca Insurance offer which means that we’ll get our stake back as a free bet up to £10 if one selection loses. 

Today’s Accumulator Tip

4 Fold Accumulator
Porto v FarensePorto paddy powerVisit
Levante v FC BarcelonaBarcelona
FC Schalke 04 v Hertha BerlinHertha Berlin
Lazio v AC ParmaParma
2 Point Bet @ 1.60/1

Porto v Farense – Monday 20:15

Although still possible, it’s unlikely that Porto will be able to make up the 8 point gap between themselves and Sporting in their remaining three matches. However, the 29 time Primeira Liga winners are looking good for a spot in next seasons Champions League and victory tonight could secure their place. They’re up against Farense who currently sit second bottom and although they’re not relegated yet, they’ll find it tough to get any closer to safety away to Porto on Monday. 

Porto have never lost to Farense in their nine meetings with them and have won their last five encounters, conceding just one goal in the process.

Levante v Barcelona – Tuesday 21:00

Levante need just one point from their remaining three matches to ensure that they’re a La Liga side next season. However, with matches against Getaf and Cadiz lined up in coming weeks, they may be looking to secure their safety in those matches instead of against Barcelona on Tuesday night. The hosts have won just one match since the beginning of April and lost their last three on home soil. They also haven’t scored in the second half of their last 12 matches!

Barcelona are still within reach of claiming their 27th La Liga title following their goalless draw against league-leaders Atletico Madrid on Saturday and with Madrid facing a potentially tricky fixture against Real Sociedad on Wednesday, Barcelona will be looking to capitalise on this very winnable fixture by picking up all three points.

FC Schalke 04 v Hertha Berlin – Wednesday 17:00

With just 2 wins to their name all season, it’s hard to see Schalke getting anything from this game. The Bundesliga side are well and truly relegated having picked up just 13 points all season and sitting firmly bottom of the table. Hertha Berlin are battling themselves to remain in the Bundesliga but they seem to have fight in them as they have now not lost in their last 6 matches which included an impressive 3-0 victory over Leverkusen. Hertha’s recent run of good form has lifted them out of the relegation zone on goal difference but they will see this match as the perfect opportunity to put some points between themselves, Breman and Bielfeld who they share a 31 points tally with.

Lazio v Parma  – Wednesday 19:45

Another selection from Wednesday’s fixtures sees Lazio host Parma in Serie A and we’ve included this match for similar reasons to the fixture above. Lazio currently sit 6th in the league and still have a chance of claiming a Champions League spot whereas Parma are confirmed to be relegated.

With Lazio having a lot more to play for on Wednesday night and the fact that they have beaten Parma in their last 10 encounters with them, we can’t see anything other than a home win.

Remember that when placing this accumulator with Paddy Power, should just one of the four selections lose, you will receive your stake back as a free bet up to £10.

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Football Tips Saturday 8th May

Starting with a mixed ACCA in the Premier League, scouted all the games and altogether the odds are very good value, really like this bet throughout the day. I suspect the Leeds & Liverpool games will be end to end due to contrasting styles and the underdogs in both games love to attack. Sheffield United seem to be a bit lost at the moment and big tackles are expected simply due to frustration and Palace don’t mind getting stuck in. Manchester City vs Chelsea should be a cracker, a little taster for the CL final and both teams are looking fantastic on the attack.

Premier League Mixed ACCA

  • Leeds vs Tottenham – Over 9 Corners
  • Sheffield United vs Crystal Palace – Over 2.5 Cards
  • Manchester City vs Chelsea – Both Teams to Score
  • Liverpool vs Southampton – Over 8 Corners

ACCA @ 7.06/1 – 2 Point Bet (Odds with Bet 365)

Accumulator
Leeds vs Tottenham
Sheffield United vs Crystal Palace
Manchester City vs Chelsea
Liverpool vs Southampton
Over 9 Corners
Over 2.5 Cards
Both Teams to Score
Over 8 Corners
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2 Point Bet @ 7.06/1

Win Double

A massive day in the Championship and a very nervy battle for safety. Derby are in the worse form imaginable right now and they look lost whilst Sheffield Wednesday are fighting hard and look a real team. I’m siding with Sheffield Wednesday to get the job done.

The other selection I’m going for is Cardiff, simply should be too much for a Rotherham fighting for safety. Currently playing well and Rotherham just don’t have that cutting edge.

Win Double – Sheffield Wednesday & Cardiff @ 7/1 – 2 Point WIN Bet (Odds with Bet 365)

Double
Sheffield Wednesday
& Cardiff
Winbet365Visit
2 Point Bet @ 7/1

Both Teams to Score ACCA

  • Bristol City vs Brentford
  • Watford vs Swansea
  • Port Vale vs Mansfield
  • Salford vs Leyton Orient

Both Teams to Score ACCA @ 10.96/1 – 2 Point Bet (Odds with Bet 365)

BTTS Acca
Bristol City vs Brentford
Watford vs Swansea
Port Vale vs Mansfield
Salford vs Leyton Orient
BTTSbet365Visit
2 Point Bet @ 10.96/1

It’s the season curtain closer for these teams and you just have to anticipate goals. There will be so many twists and turns throughout the day but the value on this day will always be goals.


Football Tips Friday 7th May

Another fairly quiet day so as always it will be keeping the stakes low and having a bet on some value. Today I have found a treble which on paper looks very solid and willing to share. The goals route last night was let down by one game and there were plenty of chances.

Today we will be having a WIN treble. First up is Leicester, playing a very average Newcastle and I don’t think their defence will be able to handle the in form Iheanacho from scoring again. Newcastle have really struggled with keeping the ball out the net and Leicester have had no problem finding it. Leicester also have more to play for to gain on 2nd and Newcastle are pretty much guaranteed safety now.

Next up we have Lille. They are playing Lens who have really shone this season, nobody expected them to do so well but on the other hand Lille have been a class above that. Currently sat at the top of Ligue 1 and will be fighting hard to extend the gap on PSG. I expect a cagey affair with both teams really needing to win and feel the first goal could be vital.

The last selection is Real Sociedad playing a very poor Elche who really struggle to score whereas Sociedad don’t. I feel the league positions say it all for this one and the only question mark is how much Elche have to win but unless they have signed Aguero I can’t see them posing too much of a threat today.

Treble

  • Leicester to WIN
  • Lille to WIN
  • Real Sociedad to WIN

Treble @ 3.09/1 – 2 Point Bet (Odds with Bet 365)

Treble
Leicester
Lille
Real Sociedad
Winbet365Visit
2 Point Bet @ 3.09/1

Football Tips Thursday 6th May 

It is another day of limited fixtures so will only be doing a treble today and this will be based around goals. All to play for in the Europa League tie between Arsenal and Villarreal. I expect an end to end game and if we can get that early goal it will be wide open so I have gone with Both Teams to Score in that fixture. Manchester United have pretty much sealed their fate and will rest a few big names but they will still have the firepower for constant counter-attacks and over 2.5 goals for me is the value in that game. Roma simply have to go for it. We also have a Portugese Premeira Liga game between FC Porto and Benfica. With their seasons pretty much decided this game could be very important for who comes 2nd in the league and both these teams will want the bragging rights. I have just gone over 1.5 Goals as I expect it to be open and the last 7 games have all had that outcome.

A tricky first couple of days for me but not much been staked and easily won back. Much more to go at over the weekend and looking forward to us all hitting the big winners soon.

Treble

  • Arsenal vs Villarreal – Both Teams to Score
  • Roma vs Manchester United – Over 2.5 Goals
  • Benfica vs Porto – Over 1.5 Goals

Treble @ 2.38/1 – 2 Point Bet (Odds with Bet 365)

Treble
Arsenal
vs
Villarreal
Both Teams to Scorebet365Visit
Roma
vs
Manchester United
Over 2.5 Goals
Benfica
vs
Porto
Over 1.5 Goals
2 Point Bet @ 2.38/1


Football Tips Wednesday 5th May 

A quiet day of football today but one game that should be a cracker…

Chelsea vs Real Madrid 20.00 PM (Champions League)

This one is a really tricky game to judge, especially on goals and other stats. Will Chelsea just soak up the pressure or will Tuchel tell his team to go win it? We simply just do not know. All we know is that Real Madrid will be going for it from the first whistle and as proved in last nights game these tactics bring a lot of frustration into the game. This is why the only value I see is in the cards market and one player in particular… Casemiro. Definitely overdue a card considering his record but also in these games when you have to win he is the sort of player to foul smart or lose his head depending on the situation.

Casemiro to be carded @ 6/4 – 2 Point Bet (Odds with Bet 365)

Chelsea vs Real Madrid
Casemiro to be carded2 Point Bet @ 6/4bet365Visit


Football Tips Tuesday 4th May 

NAP of the Day 

  • Luton vs Rotherham – Championship 19.15 PM 
  • Selection – Luton to WIN @ 9/5 – 3 Point Bet (Odds with Bet 365)
NAP of the Day
Luton vs Rotherham
Luton3 Point Bet @ 9/5bet365Visit

Luton have been a surprise package this season and keep getting big results no matter where they are playing. A win tonight secures a top half finish and with any underdog that is enough to light the fire and get a win against a struggling Rotherham side who are fighting for safety. Rotherham are in poor form and with only 2 goals in over 500 minutes of play I feel this fixture will once again prove too much and the added fear of the drop can aid a relaxed Luton.

Treble 

  • Manchester City vs PSG – Over 2.5 Goals
  • Shrewsbury vs Ipswich – Both Teams to Score
  • Blackpool vs Doncaster – Over 1.5 Goals

Treble @ 2.94/1 – 2 Points Bet (Odds with Bet 365)

Treble
Manchester City
vs
PSG
Over
2.5
Goals 
bet365Visit
Shrewsbury
vs
Ipswich
BTTS
Blackpool
vs
Doncaster
Over
1.5
Goals 
2 Point Bet @ 2.94/1

With PSG needing a win this game really could be anything. We saw in the last game how much of a handful Neymar was but also now needing to win the counter attack will be ever present for Man City to score themselves. This should be a very open game.

Both Shrewsbury and Ipswich have pretty much secured their positions and this should naturally open up the game for an end to end encounter and hopefully both teams have their shooting boots on.

Doncaster love a goal but also seem to love to concede. This will really get Blackpool confident and they are having a fantastic season. An early goal would really set this game up.

Outsider Double 

  • Luton vs Rotherham – Luton to WIN
  • Manchester City vs PSG – Over 2.5 Goals – PSG to WIN

Double @ 12.3/1 – 1 Point Bet (Odds with Bet 365)

Outsider Double
Luton
vs
Rotherham
Lutonbet365Visit
Manchester City
vs
PSG
PSG
1 Point Bet @ 12.3/1

Simply two teams who you can just not write off especially taking into account what is up for grabs for PSG and as explained above Luton keep getting written off and prove people wrong. This double really is value on a great evening of fixtures.

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