BTTS in Fulham v Crystal Palace and Stoke v Brentford, Southend and Forest Green not to lose: £10 at 9/2*

Fulham and Crystal Palace are both strong going forward and weaker at the back – their match could be a thriller. Brentford will be involved in plenty of BTTS matches this season, too.

Southend should get something at Plymouth, having been unfortunate to lose last weekend, while Forest Green are dark horses in League Two.



Portsmouth, Peterborough, Forest Green and Mansfield all to win: £10 at 51/1*

After poor showings in both our domestic and World Cup Tenner On competitions last season, I’ve got something to prove. So I’m on the hunt for value.

In League One, Portsmouth look like genuine promotion contenders and can notch their second consecutive victory against managerless Blackpool.

Peterborough have done good business and added their 16th summer signing in Ivan Toney on deadline day. They look a great price to beat Rochdale, who only stayed up on the final day of last season.

In League Two, I fancy Forest Green to follow their 4-1 win at Grimsby with three points against Oldham, who are another side in crisis.

Mansfield should bring this home at Yeovil, who were beaten 1-0 at Bury last weekend and ended the game with nine men.



Everton and Manchester City to both win or draw and BTTS: £10 at 9/2*

Everton will be one of the league’s most attacking teams under Marco Silva, and there should be plenty of goals in their opener against Wolves, who scored 82 times last season.

Given the poor opening-day record of promoted sides, I fancy the Toffees to take at least a point.

Manchester City’s trip to Arsenal screams BTTS, and I just can’t see how Pep Guardiola’s side fail to avoid victory.



Liverpool and Manchester City both to win and over 2.5 goals: £10 at 100/30*

Liverpool come into the new season in good shape, having won their final four friendlies against decent opposition and scored 14 goals in the process.

They beat West Ham 4-1 both home and away last season, and should get off to a decent start this weekend.

I’m also backing Manchester City to start with a win at the Emirates.

They took maximum points from four of their five visits to top-six rivals last season, and beat Arsenal on three separate occasions by an aggregate score of 9-1.



Manchester City to beat Arsenal: £10 at 1/1*

As defending Tenner On champion, and the only player to finish in profit in both our domestic and World Cup competitions, I see no reason to deviate from what’s worked for me in the past: backing the favourites. This is a marathon, after all.

I expect Arsenal to be competitive under Unai Emery, but that’s not relevant for this game. City won four of their five trips to big-six sides last season, and were excellent in last weekend’s Community Shield victory over Chelsea. Them to win at this price is too good to refuse.


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