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.
Will Rook and Adam Drury provide their football tips for Saturday's matches in the Premier League, EFL, and Serie A.
Chelsea to beat Leeds (12:30)
Leeds were beaten 2-0 away to top-four hopefuls West Ham on Monday, leaving them three points off the top half of the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have lost eight of their last 12 matches in all competitions – their worst run of the season.
Chelsea won the reverse fixture 3-1 in December and are unbeaten in the 11 matches since Thomas Tuchel took over, winning nine and drawing two.
Scunthorpe to beat Leyton Orient (13:00)
Leyton Orient’s goalless draw with Stevenage in midweek means they have managed one victory in their last 10 matches, against bottom-of-the-league Grimsby earlier this month.
Orient,, who are currently without a permanent manager, have scored just three goals in that sequence.
Scunthorpe have taken seven points from their last four away games, with their only defeat in that period coming against Bolton, who are the form side in the division.
Burton to beat Crewe (15:00)
Burton Albion have been flying since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink returned as manager, winning eight games out of 11.
They have won five on the spin, including a 2-1 victory over second-placed Peterborough last weekend. That run has taken them from bottom of the table to 18th and has opened a five-point gap to the drop zone.
They look very generously-priced against a Crewe side with one win in four.
Bradford to beat Carlisle (15:00)
Bradford were unlucky to lose 2-1 to Newport in midweek, taking the lead before losing the game to a stoppage-time penalty.
That was only the second defeat in 16 games for the Bantams, who had taken 16 points from their last available 18 prior to that defeat.
Carlisle scraped a 1-1 draw with bottom-of-the-league Grimsby after a 90th-minute equaliser in midweek, but that was only the second point they have earned in eight games.
Bolton to beat Port Vale (15:00)
Bolton made it 10 games without defeat with a 2-1 win at home to league leaders Cambridge in midweek as they continued their charge towards the promotion places.
Wanderers have dropped just four points in that run, taking four more points than any other League Two side in that period.
Port Vale have earned just six points in the same timeframe – the third-worst total in the division – and are winless in seven.
Sassuolo v Hellas Verona (14:00)
BTTS has landed in six of Sassuolo’s last seven home games, including in all of their last four.
The hosts drew 3-3 with Napoli last time out on home soil and are the seventh-highest scores in Serie A overall.
Verona have scored in all but two of their last 13 away games, only keeping three clean sheet on that run.
Crewe v Burton (15:00)
Crewe have scored and conceded in eight of their last 10 home games, including against relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon, Bristol Rovers, Northampton and Swindon.
Only two League One teams have cored more home goals than David Artell’s side this season.
Burton have scored in all but one of their last eight matches.
Carlisle v Bradford (15:00)
Carlisle have scored in every one of their 18 home games this season, with BTTS landing in each of the last four.
They take on Bradford, for whom BTTS had landed in four of five away games.
The Bantams have scored in all of their last 10 games.
Barnsley to win or draw v Bournemouth & under 3.5 goals (15:00)
Barnsley are on a remarkable run of 10 matches unbeaten in the Championship, with eight of those featuring three or fewer goals.
The Tykes have jumped above Bournemouth into the play-off positions and can take something from this game having conceded one goal in four away games.
Bournemouth have won just two of their last five games, with under 3.5 goals landing in all of them.
Francesco Caputo (Sassuolo) to score v Hellas Verona
Caputo has scored in four of his last five games, including in all of his last three at home.
The striker ranks 15th for xG in Serie A, with his xG per 90 minutes tally of 0.56 also impressive. He will be on penalty duty here.
Verona have conceded at least twice in three of their last four away games, and also conceded twice in the reverse fixture against Sassuolo.
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