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 bitesize weekend betting preview.
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1. West Ham to win or draw v Tottenham (15:00)
West Ham are up and running after a slow start and they are great value to avoid defeat in this one, despite losing at Brighton in their last league game.
The Hammers had taken seven points from their previous three league games in a run that included a 3-1 victory over Manchester United and a 0-0 draw against Chelsea, with an 8-0 EFL Cup thrashing of Macclesfield sandwiched in between.
Tottenham have won just three of their last eight matches in all competitions and were unconvincing in beating 10-man Cardiff 1-0 a fortnight ago.
2. Lincoln to beat Cambridge (15:00)
League Two leaders Lincoln are another side I’m sticking with after they emphatically came through for us in last weekend’s winning EFL acca.
The Imps smashed Port Vale 6-2 to take their tally to 10 league victories in just 13 matches, maintaining their four-point lead at the top.
Cambridge are bottom of the form table, having earned just one point in their last seven league games, and have lost each of their last four matches.
3. Shrewsbury v Sunderland BTTS (15:00)
Shrewsbury rank second for shots per League One home game this season, which explains why they have scored in all of their last four matches at New Meadow.
And given that BTTS has landed in 11 of Sunderland’s 12 league matches so far this term, there should be more goals for them in this one.
Both teams have scored in every one of the Mackems’ away games so far, with striker Josh Maja joint-top of the League One goalscoring charts on nine.
4. Jarrod Bowen (Hull) to score v Preston (15:00)
This a great opportunity for Hull to find some form in front of goal against a Preston side that have conceded three goals in each of their last three away games.
And, as the heartbeat of the Tigers’ attack and an established penalty-taker, Bowen looks a good price to lead the way.
The 21-year-old ranks 14th for shots and 20th for shots inside the penalty area in the Championship so far this season, suggesting that a record of three goals in his last five starts is sustainable.
5. PSV (-2) v Emmen (17:30)
PSV’s four home Eredivisie matches this season have finished 4-0, 6-1, 3-0 and 4-0.
The Dutch champions have won eight of their last nine league matches by at least three goals, so there’s no hesitation in backing them at this handicap again.
Emmen have already lost 5-0 at Ajax this season, so will be helpless to avoid another hammering on Saturday.
6. Barcelona not to beat Sevilla (19:45)
The La Liga leaders take on title hopefuls on Saturday night, but the two teams are not the way round that you might expect.
Table-toppers Sevilla thrashed Real Madrid 3-0 on their way to first position, with the prolific form of Wissam Ben Yedder and Andre Silva helping them to score 14 goals in their last four matches, all of which have resulted in victory.
That should concern Barcelona, who are without a clean sheet in five matches and have conceded twice in two of their last three home league games.
7. DC United to beat New York City (20:00)
Wayne Rooney’s long-range free-kick secured a 1-0 win over Toronto in midweek for DC United – their fourth consecutive victory and eighth match without defeat.
That result put DC within two points of clinching a play-off spot with two games to play, despite having started the season with just one win from their first eight games.
New York City lost at Minnesota United last time out and have picked up just one point in their last four on the road.
8. Hertha to beat Freiburg (14:30)
Hertha have lost just one of their eight games in all competitions this season after signing off for the international break with a 0-0 draw at Mainz.
That sequence includes three wins from three at the Olympiastadion, the last of which was a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich.
Freiburg were tonked 4-1 at Augsburg in their last away game and have lost two out of three on the road in the Bundesliga.
9. Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha Berlin) to score v Freiburg
You won’t find a better price anywhere for the in-form forward to score at home to leaky opposition.
Ibisevic has scored in all three of Hertha Berlin’s home matches this season – including a brace against Borussia Monchengladbach and a penalty against Bayern Munich – and ranks third for xG by Understat in the entire division, suggesting that chances will continue to come.
Given that Freiburg have conceded eight goals in three away games and rank bottom for xG against away from home in the Bundesliga, this is an unmissable price for Ibisevic to add to his tally.
10. St Etienne v Stade Rennes (16:00)
St Etienne have scored at least twice in three of their four home league games so far, and PSG are the only side to have kept them off the scoresheet in their last five matches home and away.
Expect a high-scoring affair when they host Rennes, who are the most reliable BTTS side in Ligue 1.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side have conceded in each of their last seven matches in all competitions, and also found the net in six of those games.
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