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. Manchester United (-1) to beat Brighton (15:00)
Manchester United have won six matches in a row in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge last month.
All of those victories, bar their 1-0 win away to Tottenham last Sunday, have been by a margin of two or more goals and this one should be no different against a side that are poor on the road.
Brighton have lost seven of their 11 away games in the Premier League this season and are yet to pick up a point at any top-six side in seven attempts since winning promotion.
2. Derby not to beat Reading (15:00)
Frank Lampard referenced Derby’s intense recent workload after Wednesday’s penalty shootout victory over Southampton in the FA Cup, and it could catch up with them here.
While the Rams have secured some decent draws from a difficult run of fixtures, they have only won one of their last eight matches in all competitions.
And after several key first-teamers played 120 minutes against Premier league opposition less than 72 hours before this match, Reading do not look ideal opposition.
The Royals have quickly improved under new manager Jose Gomes, losing just two of their last five league away games, and backed up a good performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford with a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest last week.
3. MK Dons to beat Crewe (15:00)
MK Dons were leapfrogged by Bury last weekend as they surrendered a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 away, but their home form indicates they are worth backing to get back to winning ways.
Paul Tisdale’s side thumped Cambridge 6-0 in their last match at Stadium MK and have won seven of their last eight league games at home.
Crewe have the worst travelling record in League Two, having won just one and lost 10 of their 14 away games this season.
4. Forest Green v Bury both teams to score (15:00)
Forest Green surprisingly drew 0-0 at Oldham last week, but that they racked up an xG tally of 1.5 (experimental361) suggests that their performance was not far off its usual high standards.
Rovers’ three previous matches had finished 2-1, 2-2 and 1-4, and more of the same can be expected for the visit of Bury.
The Shakers’ last two matches have finished 2-4 and 4-3, while they have hit the net at least once in 15 of their last 17 games overall.
5 . Bradley Dack (Blackburn) to score v Ipswich (15:00)
A combination of Dack’s prolific season and Ipswich’s poor defensive record makes this is an unmissable bet.
The midfielder missed an exceptional chance to win Tuesday’s FA Cup tie against Newcastle, but the fact he’s continuing to get into good positions is only a positive.
He has scored in four of Blackburn’s last six league matches at Ewood Park, while he also ranks 10th for shots per Championship home game this season.
Saturday’s visitors have conceded at least twice in 12 consecutive league away games, a dismal record that Dack can take advantage of.
6. Sheffield United to beat Swansea (17:30)
Sheffield United have a great chance to extend their four-match winning streak in the Championship at Swansea.
The Blades have won all of their last three league games to nil, and have scored at least twice in four of their last five outings on the road.
Swansea have lost three of their last five at the Liberty Stadium, only avoiding defeat against strugglers Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan.
7. Stade Rennes to beat Montpellier (14:00)
Rennes’ eight-match unbeaten run was ended in midweek in a 2-1 defeat away to Guingamp, but their impressive home record makes them worth backing to win.
Julien Stephan’s side have won four and drawn one of their last five matches at Roazhon Park, a run that has taken them to within one point of the top six in Ligue 1.
Montpellier are without a win in their last five matches in all competitions, including an extra-time defeat to third-tier Entente SSG in the Coupe de France two weeks ago.
8. Roger Marti (Levante) to score v Real Valladolid (17:00)
Roger was rested for both legs of Levante’s Copa del Rey tie with Barcelona over the last fortnight, so is well rested for this game against Real Valladolid.
The striker has eight goals this season, with many more an inevitability. He ranks 10th in La Liga for shots per game and is sixth for xG per minute of players to have made 10 or more La Liga appearances.
Valladolid have conceded in all of their last seven away games, with their xG rank of fourth-bottom away from home in La Liga suggesting that they will soon start conceding at a far higher rate.
9. Saint Etienne to beat Lyon (20:00)
Saint Etienne made it three victories in a row after they came from behind to beat Marseille on Wednesday.
That result was Les Verts’ fifth consecutive home win and extended their unbeaten record at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard this season.
Their home record is bettered only by Paris Saint-Germain and, at such a generous price, they are well worth backing against a Lyon side that have beaten only second-bottom Monaco in their last six league games.
10. St Etienne v Lyon both teams to score (20:00)
St Etienne have scored in eight successive home games in Ligue 1, netting a total of 14 goals in their last five.
They will surely score against Lyon, who have kept just two clean sheets in their last 10 league games.
Bruno Genesio’s side have also scored in 10 of their last 11 matches, so it’s safe to expect goals at both ends here.
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