Just The Tips: Our 10 best bets for the weekend’s football
We've compiled our tipsters' best win/draw/win, BTTS, anytime goalscorer and over/under weekend bets into one handy bitesize betting preview.
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1. Fulham v Crystal Palace – (Saturday 3pm)
QPR were the only Championship club involved in more BTTS matches than Fulham last season, with Slavisa Jokanovic’s side scoring in each of their last 24 matches of the season proper.
Crystal Palace scored 21 goals in their final 10 matches of last season and, having kept Wilfried Zaha, should breach the Cottagers’ defence.
2. Cardiff to win or draw against Bournemouth – (Saturday 3pm)
Bournemouth have lost their opening match in each of their three Premier League seasons – twice to teams that went on to be relegated – and ended last season with just two wins from six home matches.
Cardiff have lost just two of their last 11 away games.
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3. Middlesbrough to beat Birmingham – (Saturday 3pm)
Middlesbrough’s 3-0 victory over Sheffield United provided a glimpse as to they are why they are fancied for promotion.
Tony Pulis’ side have now won eight of their last nine matches at the Riverside, and should take advantage of their visitors’ recent troubles.
Birmingham have spent much of the off-season under a transfer embargo, and drew 2-2 in their opener against Norwich having twice led.
4. Mansfield to beat Yeovil – (Saturday 3pm)
Mansfield started their season with a 3-0 win at home to Newport last weekend and should breeze past Yeovil, whose 1-0 defeat at Bury extended their winless run to nine league matches
5. Matt Smith to score v Sheffield United – (Saturday 3pm)
Ten of QPR striker Smith’s 11 league goals last season came at Loftus Road, where his side have won four of their last five matches.
Back him to net at home to Sheffield United, who have conceded five goals in their first two matches of the season.
6. Stade Rennes to beat Lille – (Saturday 7pm)
Stade Rennes ended last season with just one defeat in their last 14 matches to finish fifth in Ligue 1.
That sequence involved a seven-match unbeaten run away from home, one which included victories over Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain.
Lille stayed up by just one point last term and had the fourth-worst home record in the division.
7. Sadio Mane to score v West Ham – (Sunday 1.30pm)
Mane scored on his Liverpool debut at the Emirates two seasons ago and all three of their league matches in August last year.
He also has five goals in his last seven Anfield appearances.
8. Hibernian to beat St Johnstone – (Sunday 3pm)
Hibs started their domestic season with a 3-0 victory over Motherwell last Saturday, having won three and drawn one of their Europa League qualifiers.
St Johnstone were beaten 2-0 by Kilmarnock last weekend and had the fourth-worst home record in the Scottish Premiership last season.
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9. Arsenal v Man City over 3.5 goals (Sunday 4pm)
Nineteen of Man City’s 38 league games last season featured over 3.5 goals, the most in the division.
Arsenal were second on that list with 16.
10. Bordeaux v Strasbourg BTTS - (Sunday 4pm)
Bordeaux scored 14 goals in their final four league matches last season and should net against Strasbourg, who went without a clean sheet in their last 11 Ligue 1 games.
Strasbourg are a very reliable BTTS team last season, scoring and conceding in 22 games – the third-most in Ligue 1 – last season.
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