Saturday Betting Guide: Our writers' 10 best football tips
We've compiled our writers’ best football tips, including win/draw/win and BTTS, into one bite-size betting preview.
Carlisle to beat Southend (13:00)
Carlisle have had a poor start to the season, losing three out of three in all competitions, but this tip is purely based on the standard of their opposition.
Southend are one of a number of crisis clubs in the EFL and have started the season with a squad primarily made up of youth players and inexperienced youngsters.
They have lost three out of three, including a 4-0 thumping at home to EFL new boys Harrogate Town last Saturday.
Lincoln to beat MK Dons (15:00)
This feels like a hefty price for a side that has made such a positive start to the season.
Lincoln come into this on the back of a 5-0 thumping of Bradford City in the EFL Cup, having beaten last season’s play-off finalists Oxford 2-0 in their league opener last weekend.
It’s been a tough start for MK Dons, who needed an 88th-minute equaliser to take a point off Doncaster last weekend and also went out of the EFL Cup at the first hurdle.
Gillingham to beat Wigan (15:00)
Wigan began this season with just 11 senior professionals on their books, having shed almost all of their experienced players over summer in a cost-cutting exercise.
The Latics have lost back-to-back games to Fleetwood and Ipswich in the EFL Cup and League One respectively.
They do at least now have a manager in John Sheridan who is looking to add players, but this price is too good to ignore for a Gillingham side that put Championship Coventry out of the cup on penalties in midweek.
Colchester to beat Bolton (15:00)
Despite starting the season as the League Two title favourites, Bolton have lost three games out of three in all competitions.
Though their squad contains plenty of quality for this level – including Antoni Sarcevic and last season’s top goalscorer Eoin Doyle – getting 18 new signings to gel is proving difficult.
Colchester kicked off their league campaign with a goalless draw at Bradford City and look a big price back on their own patch, where they won seven of their final 12 League Two games last term to reach the play-offs.
Dortmund to beat Borussia Monchengladbach (17:30)
Dortmund started their season with a 5-0 victory over third-tier Duisburg in the DFB-Pokal and look a decent price to continue that positive start.
Lucien Favre’s side ended the previous campaign with 11 victories from their final 14 Bundesliga matches in the Bundesliga, with one of their three defeats coming against eventual champions Bayern Munich.
That sequence includes a 2-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, who Dortmund beat three times last term. Gladbach have managed just four away victories in their last 12.
Cologne v Hoffenheim (14:30)
BTTS landed in all nine of Cologne’s matches after the Bundesliga restart, including a 2-4, two 2-2s and a 6-1.
Markus Gisdol’s side have scored in all of his 12 home matches in charge.
Hoffenheim won their last two games of last season 4-0, with BTTS landing in five of their last seven on the road.
Blackpool v Swindon (15:00)
Blackpool had 19 shots and generated an xG of 1.4 (experimental361) in last week’s defeat at Plymouth, so should be expected to score here.
The Tangerines will field two of their opponents’ star attackers from last season – Keshi Anderson and Jerry Yates.
Swindon beat Rochdale 3-1 in their opener last week, their third straight match in which BTTS has landed.
Grimsby v Salford (15:00)
BTTS landed inside 22 minutes of Salford’s 2-2 draw with Exeter last week.
Graham Alexander’s side have scored in 12 of their last 13 league matches overall, including in five consecutive away games.
Grimsby’s two home games so far this season have finished 1-1 and 2-2, while they scored at least twice in four of their last five matches at Blundell Park last season.
Walsall draw no bet v Harrogate (15:00)
Harrogate’s 4-0 win at Southend last weekend does not mean that they should be such big favourites for this game.
Beating Southend, who put in a performance that reflected their off-the-field chaos, is not as impressive as it looks, and they take on much more formidable opposition here.
Walsall saw off Grimsby 1-0 last week, and ended last season with three wins and two draws from their last five matches. At these prices, backing them with draw no bet looks to be the way to go.
Patrick Bamford (Leeds) to score v Fulham (15:00)
Bamford scored in his first Premier League appearance for Leeds at Liverpool last week, and is a nice bet to repeat the trick.
The 27-year-old may miss a few chances, but he is the beneficiary of an excellent supply line and ranked fifth for attempts on goal per game in the Championship last season.
Fulham looked dodgy defensively in their 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last Saturday, and conceded to Bamford at Elland Road in June.
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