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.
Barnsley to beat Millwall (15:00)
Barnsley went to within one point of the Championship play-off positions after beating Stoke 2-0 at Oakwell in midweek.
Valerien Ismael’s side have now won four on the spin and are unbeaten in seven, having taken seven points from games against Norwich, Cardiff and Brentford in that sequence.
Millwall have drawn back-to-back games against Luton and Wycombe and have won just two of their last six away games.
Burton to beat Rochdale (15:00)
Don’t let bottom-of-the-league Burton’s position put you off backing them here.
The Brewers have won four league games out of seven since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink returned as manager, including victories against promotion-chasing Hull and Charlton, having managed just two all season beforehand.
Rochdale are winless in five and have managed one victory in their last 13 matches.
Bradford to beat Walsall (15:00)
Bradford City got Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ permanent managerial tenure off to a winning start on Tuesday night with a 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient.
That was the Bantams’ eighth win in 12 matches under the managerial duo, who were in interim charge up to this week, and left them six points off the play-off places despite having been third-bottom at the time they took over.
Walsall lost 1-0 at home to out-of-form Newport on Wednesday, meaning they have managed one victory in their last 10.
Forest Green to beat Colchester (17:30)
Forest Green are second in League Two and, despite a shock defeat to relegation-threatened Southend in midweek, look a good price for three points here.
Mark Cooper’s side had won four and drawn one of their last five games prior to that defeat.
Colchester sacked their manager in the week following a 2-1 loss at home to Exeter – their 13th game without victory.
RB Leipzig to beat Borussia Monchengladbach (17:30)
RB Leipzig narrowed the gap to Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to two points with a 3-0 victory over Hertha Berlin last weekend.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side have won four league games in a row and have the best home record, having taken 28 points from 11 matches.
Gladbach are winless in four in all competitions following their 2-0 defeat by Manchester City on Wednesday.
Crewe v Sunderland (15:00)
Crewe have scored in 10 consecutive home matches, with BTTS landing in eight of them.
David Artell’s side have produced 4-3, 4-2 and 3-2 scorelines on that run.
Sunderland have scored 13 goals in their last six away games, including a 2-2 and 2-1 in their last three.
Carlisle v Oldham (15:00)
Carlisle have scored in all of their 16 home matches this season.
The Cumbrians’ last four matches at Brunton Park have finished 3-3, 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2.
Eleven of Oldham’s last 13 away games have seen both teams score, including 2-2 and 4-3 results in their last two. They have the highest BTTS ratio in the division.
BTTS & over 2.5 goals in Bologna v Lazio (17:00)
Bologna have scored in all but one of their 13 home games this season, with BTTS landing in five of the last six.
BTTS & over 2.5 goals has landed in the hosts’ home games against Roma, Atalanta and Milan this season.
Lazio have scored in 13 consecutive away games, with BTTS landing in 11 of them. Their last three away games have finished 3-2, 3-1 and 3-1.
Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) to score v West Ham (12:30)
Considering that he ranks third in the Premier League for shots per game, it’s remarkable that De Bruyne has only scored three league goals this season.
The midfielder has posted an xG total of 8.12 so far this term and should be back on penalty duties here.
He also scored in this fixture last season.
Adam Armstrong (Blackburn) to score v Coventry (15:00)
Blackburn are so attack-minded that Armstrong is bound to have chances to score here.
The striker has netted 20 goals this season, including two in his last three at Ewood Park, and ranks well clear for shots per game in the Championship.
Coventry are without a clean sheet in 15 away games, conceding 10 in their last five.
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