Just The Tips: Our 10 best football tips for this weekend
We've compiled our writers’ best football tips, including win/draw/win, BTTS and anytime goalscorers, into one bite-size weekend betting preview.
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1. Cardiff to beat Huddersfield (15:00)
Heavy back-to-back home defeats for Cardiff against Tottenham and Manchester United shouldn’t alarm you.
The Bluebirds had won four of their previous five at the Cardiff City Stadium, beating fellow strugglers Fulham and Southampton in that sequence.
Huddersfield slumped to their ninth straight defeat in all competitions last weekend as they were beaten 1-0 by Championship Bristol City in the FA Cup.
2. Crystal Palace not to beat Watford (15:00)
Watford have been consistently good away from home this season, losing just three of their 13 matches on the road.
The Hornets have taken a respectable five points from Everton, West Ham and Bournemouth in their last three league away games, taking the lead in draws at Goodison Park and the Vitality Stadium.
Hosts Crystal Palace have been toothless at Selhurst Park this season, failing to score in seven of their 10 home league matches and labouring to a 1-0 win over Grimsby last week despite fielding a strong team.
Those numbers suggest a 0-0 draw is worth considering on Saturday, but the fact Watford have scored at least twice in four consecutive away games means they could easily take all three points.
3. Peterborough to beat Rochdale (15:00)
Rochdale lost 4-2 to Manchester City Under-21s in the EFL Trophy in midweek, the fourth match in succession where they have conceded four goals.
Dale have lost their last three league games by an aggregate score of 13-0 and their task is even harder after letting go of key players Harrison McGahey and Andy Cannon.
Peterborough come into this on the back of a 2-0 loss to Scunthorpe in the league, but that was their only defeat in eight at the ABAX Stadium and I’m happy to side with them at even money.
4. Conor Chaplin (Coventry) to score v AFC Wimbledon (15:00)
A run of two goals in two games for Chaplin represents an upturn in form that was long overdue.
The 21-year-old is an established penalty-taker and has posted the fourth-best xG (@blades_analytic) of any League One player this season, so expect his tally of six goals for this season to improve further.
AFC Wimbledon have conceded seven goals in four away games under new manager Wally Downes and could struggle at one of League One’s in-form teams.
5. BTTS in Shrewsbury v Charlton (15:00)
BTTS has landed in five of Shrewsbury’s seven non-EFL Trophy matches since appointing Sam Ricketts as manager at the start of December, and a repeat looks an easy bet on Saturday.
The Shrews have only failed to score in two of their last 14 home matches in league and cup, and rank fourth for shots per home game in League One this season.
Charlton, for whom Lyle Taylor and Karlan Grant have scored 14 and 12 goals this season respectively, have scored in 12 consecutive league matches themselves.
Their last five League One away games have finished 2-1, with 10 of their 13 away league matches featuring goals at both ends this season.
6. Juventus to win to nil against Bologna (19:45)
Juventus should ease to a win in this Coppa Italia tie.
The Serie A champions have won eight of their last 10 games in all competitions, and they’ve kept five clean sheets in their last seven away league games.
Bologna are without a win in 12 Serie A matches and have failed to score in three of their last four.
7. BTTS in Everton v Bournemouth (14:15)
The last four meetings between these sides have produced goals at both ends, a run started by Everton’s 6-3 win at Goodison Park in February 2017.
The Toffees have been involved in 13 matches in which both teams have scored this season, the third-most in the Premier League.
Bournemouth have conceded 15 goals in their last four matches, while Everton are without a clean sheet in nine, so it’s hard to see either side keeping the other out on this occasion.
8. Sevilla to beat Athletic Bilbao (15:15)
Sevilla won 3-1 away to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey in midweek and are worth backing to make it back-to-back victories at San Mames at this price.
They are currently on an eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions and have only lost to Barcelona in their last 14 league games.
Athletic Bilbao have improved after a dreadful start to the season. They had gone five without defeat prior to their cup game on Thursday, but have won just two of their last 10 home games.
9. Harry Kane (Tottenham) to score v Manchester United (16:00)
Kane’s price to score in a seventh consecutive match looks far too big to ignore.
The Premier League’s joint-top goalscorer has supposedly suffered a post-World Cup dip this season, but has still netted 20 goals already, including in the reverse fixture against Manchester United, as well as against Chelsea (twice), Arsenal and Barcelona.
While they have improved, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United have done little to suggest that they can keep Spurs’ attack quiet on Sunday. They conceded xG totals of well over 1.0 against Cardiff and Huddersfield last month and gave away several chances to Reading in the FA Cup last week.
10. Antonio Sanabria (Real Betis) to score v Real Madrid (19:45)
Even taking the size of the club out of the equation, Real Madrid’s defensive numbers are terrible this season.
Only bottom-placed Huesca have conceded more goals away from home than the European champions, while they rank 15th for xG against on the road, suggesting that things are unlikely to improve any time soon.
That should offer plenty of encouragement to Real Betis striker Sanabria.
The forward has scored three goals in his last six games and is an established penalty-taker. Of players to have made 10 or more La Liga appearances this season, only seven players have recorded a better xG per minute, so his tally should increase soon.
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