Saturday Betting Guide: Our writers' best football tips
We've compiled our writers’ best football tips, including win/draw/win and BTTS, into one bite-size betting preview.
RB Leipzig to beat Freiburg (14:30)
RB Leipzig followed their two-goal comeback victory over Borussia Monchengladbach by beating in-form Wolfsburg in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions, including five on the spin in the Bundesliga.
Freiburg were beaten 3-0 by Leipzig in the reverse fixture in November and, despite decent home form, should be beaten by a better side here.
Barnsley to beat Birmingham (15:00)
Barnsley continued their charge on the Championship play-off places in midweek with a 3-1 victory away to QPR.
That victory was their sixth in a row and ninth league game without defeat, leaving them one point behind sixth-placed Bournemouth with a game in hand.
Fourth-bottom Birmingham have won just two of their last 10 matches.
Morecambe to beat Carlisle (15:00)
Fifth-placed Morecambe made it back-to-back victories at home and three in their last four games with a 3-1 win over Crawley on Tuesday.
Derek Adams’ side have won seven and drawn one of their last nine matches at the Globe Arena and look a massive price against out-of-form opposition.
Carlisle lost 2-1 to a Colchester side that had been without a win in 14 in midweek and have earned just one point in their last six matches.
Tranmere to beat Crawley (15:00)
Tranmere have picked up 25 points from their last 10 league games – more than any other side in League Two.
That run has carried Keith Hill’s side to the brink of the automatic promotion spots and, with seven wins in their last nine in all competitions at Prenton Park, they are an attractive prospect this weekend.
Crawley have lost four straight away games in all competitions.
Barcelona to beat Osasuna (20:00)
Tipping up Barcelona in La Liga isn’t ground-breaking, but their favourable price means they are worth siding with on Saturday.
Ronald Koeman’s side are unbeaten in 15 league games and have won nine of their last 10.
Given that Osasuna have taken one point from their five matches against the current top four, this looks like a safe bet.
Lincoln v Crewe (15:00)
Both teams have scored in all of Lincoln’s last six matches.
Michael Appleton’s side have scored 17 goals in their last eight home games and have kept one clean sheet in 14 at Sincil Bank.
Crewe have scored in 15 of their last 16 matches, with BTTS landing in 13 of them.
Morecambe v Carlisle (15:00)
Morecambe have scored and conceded in six of their last seven matches.
The Shrimps have won their last two home games 2-1 and 3-1.
BTTS has landed in Carlisle’s last four matches, with the last three ending 3-2, 3-1 and 2-1.
Feyenoord v VVV-Venlo (15:30)
Feyenoord have scored at least twice in four of their last five games.
The hosts lost 4-2 at AZ Alkmaar last week, with their last seven matches averaging close to four goals per game.
VVV-Venlo have seen BTTS land in their last five, with those scorelines reading: 4-1, 3-2, 3-1, 4-1, 4-1.
Middlesbrough to win or draw v Swansea & under 3.5 goals (15:00)
Middlesbrough have lost just one of their last five games, with a tilt at the play-offs still very much on the cards.
Boro have avoided defeat at top-six sides Norwich and Reading in their last five on the road, both of which featured fewer than four goals.
Swansea had lost three of five matches before edging past Stoke with a questionable late penalty on Wednesday. They look vulnerable enough to be held by in-form visitors.
Emiliano Buendia (Norwich) to score v Luton (15:00)
Buendia became the first Championship player to reach 10 goals and 10 assists when he struck against Brentford on Wednesday.
He ranks seventh for shots per game in the Championship, and has scored in five of his last nine at Carrow Road.
Luton have only kept two clean sheets in 10 away games against top-half sides this season.
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