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.
Freiburg to beat Stuttgart (14:30)
Freiburg thumped Hoffenheim 4-1 in the DFB-Pokal last weekend and can follow that with three points here.
Christian Streich’s side are sixth in the Bundesliga and have only lost two out of nine at home this season.
Stuttgart have won one out of nine on the road and drew 0-0 with rock bottom side Greuther Furth last time out.
Leeds to beat Newcastle (15:00)
Newcastle are second-bottom of the Premier League, just one point above a Burnley side that have played three fewer games than them.
The Magpies have managed just one league win all season and are one of two sides without a victory on the road.
Leeds have won back-to-back league games against Burnley and West Ham, and this should be a significantly easier task.
Huddersfield to beat Reading (15:00)
Reading’s 2-0 defeat at home to Luton on Wednesday was their fourth in a row in all competitions, which includes a 2-1 loss at National League North Kidderminster in the FA Cup.
The Royals are winless in seven and are bottom of the Championship form table.
Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last eight in all competitions and beat Premier League Burnley 2-1 in their last away game in the FA Cup third round.
Mansfield to beat Barrow (15:00)
This is a massive price for League Two’s form side to win again.
Mansfield come into this on the back of six straight league victories and nine in their last 10.
Fourth-bottom Barrow beat struggling Colchester last weekend, but that was their first victory in five.
Salford to beat Colchester (15:00)
Third-bottom Colchester lost 3-2 at high-flying Sutton in midweek, despite twice taking the lead.
The U’s sacked manager Hayden Mullins after that result, which was their sixth straight defeat and eighth game without a win.
Salford, who signed striker Matt Smith from Millwall in midweek, recorded their third victory in five on Tuesday by beating Port Vale 1-0.
Over 2.5 goals in Borussia Monchengladbach v Union Berlin (14:30)
There have been over 2.5 goals in eight of Borussia Monchengladbach’s last nine matches and in six in a row at home.
Adi Hutter’s side rank sixth-top for xG for and third-bottom for xG against in the Bundesliga.
Union Berlin’s last three matches have finished 2-2, 2-1 and 3-2.
Doncaster to win or draw v MK Dons (15:00)
MK Dons have been far superior to Doncaster this season, but are at their most vulnerable moment of the season.
The Dons are without three key players who were involved in last week’s win at Portsmouth due to loan recalls and sales, including Matt O’Riley, who is joining Celtic.
They have only won one of their last four home games even with those players, so are worth opposing at this price on Saturday.
Jarrod Bowen (West Ham) to score v Manchester United (15:00)
Bowen looks a big price to continue his fine form against a faltering Man Utd defence.
The forward has scored four goals in his last three matches, and is third for xG in the Premier League since the beginning of December.
Ralf Rangnick’s hosts have kept two clean sheets from 15 home games this season and conceded an xG of over two at Brentford on Wednesday night.
Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle) to score a header v Leeds (15:00)
Leeds’ defending from set-pieces is very poor, no more so than at West Ham last week when Jarrod Bowen scored a header and Craig Dawson missed a sitter from another corner.
On that basis, it is worth taking a small punt on Jamaal Lascelles to score with his head here.
The centre-back is one of the main targets from Newcastle’s set-pieces, while he will have specialist Kieran Trippier swinging them in towards him.
Will Keane (Wigan) to score v Gillingham (15:00)
Keane has scored in four of his last five games, including in two in the last week.
He has scored 13 goals overall this season, ranking fourth for xG per 90 in League One.
Gillingham have conceded seven goals in their last two games, losing eight of their last nine.
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