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. Luton to beat Southend (15:00)
Luton’s league form remains unaffected since manager Nathan Jones’ departure to Stoke, having drawn away to Sunderland and won 4-0 at home to Peterborough in the two games since he left.
Those results mean the Hatters are unbeaten in 15 league games, having won 11 of those, and are still three points clear of the third-placed Black Cats in League One.
Southend have lost eight of their last 13 league games and, despite their 4-0 win away to relegation-threatened Bradford last weekend, are one of the most inconsistent sides in the EFL.
2. QPR to beat Portsmouth (15:00)
Portsmouth were beaten 2-1 away to relegation-threatened Oxford last weekend to record back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season.
Kenny Jackett’s side have struggled since losing influential loanees Ben Thompson and Andre Green, who scored the winner against Norwich in the FA Cup third round, after they were recalled by Millwall and Aston Villa respectively.
QPR have already beaten League One sides Peterborough and Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup this season and have lost just two of their last six away games, against league leaders Leeds and fourth-placed Sheffield United.
3. Fleetwood v Scunthorpe (15:00)
Fleetwood have scored at least twice in seven of their last nine home matches, with their last three matches at Highbury finishing 2-5, 2-3 and 2-2.
And Scunthorpe’s recent upturn in form should ensure that something similar occurs this weekend.
The Iron have won four and drawn one of their last five, with BTTS landing in their last three. January signings Adam Hammill and Kevin van Veen should ensure that their new-found goal threat continues.
4. Tyler Walker (Mansfield) to score v Tranmere (15:00)
Walker has scored six goals in Mansfield’s last eight matches, including in both of his last two, so is an easy bet to repeat the trick against Tranmere on Saturday.
The striker – who is aiming to score in three straight matches for the third time this season – has registered an xG of at least 0.4 in each of his last 10 home appearances (experimental361). Three of those matches have seen him post a figure of 0.9 or more, suggesting that chances are bound to come along on Saturday.
Tranmere have conceded 18 goals in their last seven league away games, which should help his cause.
5. Everton not to beat Millwall (17:30)
It is hard to see past the favourites in most of Saturday’s FA Cup ties, but backing Everton to slip up at Millwall holds some value.
Marco Silva’s side have won just two of their 11 away games this season, most recently losing at Brighton and Southampton, while a team full of first-teamers could only inch past Lincoln in the third round.
A trip to Milwall is not ideal for an under-pressure side struggling for form and confidence.
The Lions pounced on Premier League teams in a similar predicament two seasons ago, beating Bournemouth 3-0, and Watford and Leicester 1-0 on home turf on their way to the quarter-finals.
6. Napoli to beat AC Milan (19:30)
Milan have not had a bad campaign at the San Siro, but generally fall short when faced with the best teams.
Gennaro Gattuso’s side have lost to Real Betis, Juventus and Fiorentina on home soil this season, also dropping points against Atalanta.
Napoli should prove their superiority on Saturday. They have won five of their last seven league away games, and have beaten Lazio and Atalanta on the road this term.
7. Ajax to beat Feyenoord (13:30)
Ajax are second in the Eredivisie, just two points behind league leaders PSV, having won 15 and drawn two of their opening 18 matches.
Erik ten Hag’s side were held to a 4-4 draw at home to Heerenveen last weekend, but had won their previous 11 league games.
Feyenoord lost 3-1 away to strugglers PEC Zwolle last Saturday and have picked up just one point their last three matches.
8. Juventus to beat Lazio (19:30)
Juventus maintained their nine-point lead at the top of Serie A with a 3-0 win over Chievo on Monday evening, their fourth straight victory in all competitions.
Max Allegri’s side have dropped just four points in an unbeaten league campaign so far and, at close to evens, represent excellent value.
Lazio were beaten 2-1 by second-placed Napoli last weekend and have lost all four of their matches against the current top three this season.
9. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) to score v Espanyol (19:45)
Benzema was back in the goals against Girona in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday, and looks a big price to add to his 13 goals for the season at Espanyol on Sunday.
The Frenchman ranks eighth for shots, fifth for shots inside the penalty area, and eighth for xG in la Liga, suggesting that his goal output should soon increase.
Espanyol have conceded three goals at home on three separate occasions this season, including a 0-4 defeat to Barcelona in December. They also rank 19th for xG against since the beginning of November, suggesting that their defence is getting worse.
10. Athletic Bilbao v Real Betis (17:30)
Athletic Bilbao beat Sevilla 2-0 in their last home game, and they’ve now scored nine goals in their last five matches at Estadio San Mames.
They face Real Betis, who beat Girona 3-2 last weekend, scoring for the 10th successive league game.
There have been goals at both ends in each of Betis’ last five matches in La Liga, and they should make it six in a row this weekend.
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