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.
Brentford to beat Crystal Palace (15:00)
Brentford’s Premier League tenure got off to the best possible start last weekend with a 2-0 victory at home to Arsenal.
That victory extended the Bees’ unbeaten league record to 13 matches, while they also beat Newcastle, Fulham and Southampton in the EFL Cup last season.
Crystal Palace were thumped 3-0 away to Chelsea on the opening day.
Peterborough to beat Preston (15:00)
Preston are bottom of the Championship with zero points from three matches.
Frankie McAvoy’s side lost 1-0 at Huddersfield in midweek and were pumped 4-1 by Hull on the opening day in their only game at Deepdale so far.
Peterborough blew a two-goal lead in stoppage time to draw with Cardiff in midweek, but represent great value here.
Stoke to beat Nottingham Forest (15:00)
Stoke’s 3-1 win away to Swansea in midweek left them second in the Championship, having taken seven points from three matches.
Michael O’Neill’s side have won back-to-back home games in all competitions and look good value to make it three in a row against a side struggling for form.
Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 at home to Blackburn on Wednesday and are yet to earn a point in the league this season.
Portsmouth to beat Doncaster (15:00)
Doncaster’s miserable start to the season continued in midweek as they were beaten 1-0 by Accrington.
Richie Wellens’ side lost all three league games so far, while they have also failed to score in their last three in all competitions.
Three wins out of three and three straight clean sheets, meanwhile, have Portsmouth leading League One.
Atalanta to beat Torino & over 2.5 goals (19:45)
Atalanta had the third-best travelling record in Serie A last season behind AC Milan and Inter and finished the season with 14 victories from their last 18.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were the top scorers in the division, netting 90 goals, while there was an average of 3.6 goals per game across the season.
Torino finished one place above the relegation zone and took one point from Atalanta last term, conceding seven goals across both games.
Coventry v Reading (15:00)
Coventry have scored in three of their four matches so far this season, with BTTS landing in each of their two home games.
The Sky Blues rank fifth in the division for xG from open play so far this term.
Reading’s four matches so far this season have finished 3-2, 3-0, 2-1 and 3-2.
Sunderland v AFC Wimbledon (15:00)
Sunderland’s first three matches of the season finished 2-1, before Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Burton.
The Mackems have scored in 19 of their last 20 home games, with BTTS landing in 13 of them.
AFC Wimbledon have scored and conceded in all three of their league matches so far this term, and drew 1-1 at the Stadium of Light last season.
Morecambe to win or draw v Gillingham & under 4.5 goals (15:00)
Gillingham have drawn two and lost one of their three League One games so far this season, requiring a last-gasp deflected equaliser to take a point from AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.
The Gills take on Morecambe, who have drawn with Ipswich and beaten Blackburn on the road this term.
No matches featuring either of these teams have gone over the 4.5 goals line so far.
Danny Ings (Aston Villa) to score v Newcastle (15:00)
Ings scored a confident penalty on his Aston Villa debut at Watford last weekend, and should receive more opportunities from open play here.
Strike partner Ollie Watkins may be fit, while Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey should be more up to speed.
Newcastle conceded four goals at home to West Ham last week, and conceded the second-most shots away from home last season.
Callum Robinson (West Brom) to score v Blackburn (15:00)
Robinson has started the season brilliantly, scoring in all three of his appearances.
The striker is benefitting from West Brom’s direct style, with flick-ons and dropdowns regularly falling to him inside the box.
He ranks fourth for shots per game so far this season, and takes on a Blackburn side that can be brittle from long throws and set-pieces.
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