Just The Tips: Our 10 best football tips for this weekend
We've compiled our writers’ best weekend football tips, including win/draw/win, BTTS and anytime goalscorers, into one bitesize betting preview.
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1. Newcastle (+1) v Southampton (15:00)
Southampton’s 0-0 draw with Bournemouth last weekend means that they have won just four of their last 34 matches in the Premier League.
Mark Hughes’ side haven’t scored for four league games and are yet to record a victory at home this season.
Both of Newcastle’s two points have both come away from St James’ Park this season, while their only two defeats on the road were against Manchester City and Manchester United – the latter of which they had been 2-0 ahead until the 70th minute.
2. Watford not to beat Huddersfield (15:00)
An improvement in results is imminent for Huddersfield, who have performed much better than their results throughout a tough run of fixtures suggest.
Four of the Terriers’ six defeats this season have come against Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool. They won the xG count comfortably in another, against Crystal Palace, as well as the 1-1 draw at Burnley in their last away game (Understat).
Having avoided defeat in two of their last three on the road, David Wagner’s side were at least a match for Jurgen Klopp’s side in last week’s 1-0 defeat.
They can get their good run going at Watford, who habitually provide struggling opponents with a timely boost.
Two of last season’s three relegated teams, Stoke and Swansea, claimed rare away wins at Vicarage Road, while Huddersfield themselves ended a seven-match winless run on the road to win this fixture 4-1.
3. West Brom v Blackburn BTTS (15:00)
After Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat to Derby, BTTS has landed in six of West Brom’s seven home league matches this season.
Despite a chaotic defensive performance, the Baggies still managed to score at the end of that match, and the class of Harvey Barnes and Jay Rodriguez should ensure a repeat.
Darren Moore’s side have conceded 10 goals in their last five games now and Blackburn should take advantage. The visitors have scored and conceded in six of their last nine league matches, including both of their games inside the last week.
4. Cambridge to beat Macclesfield (15:00)
Cambridge followed an impressive point away to league leaders Lincoln last weekend with a 2-0 victory at Swindon on Tuesday night.
The U’s should be able to bring that form back to the Abbey Stadium against bottom-of-the-league Macclesfield.
The visitors were spanked 5-0 at home to Northampton in midweek and have earned just one point in their seven away games this season.
5. Jevani Brown (Cambridge) to score v Macclesfield (15:00)
Cambridge manager Joe Dunne said after Tuesday’s win at Swindon that he had been working specifically on Brown’s goalscoring, and it has certainly been paying off.
The forward has scored four times in his last six matches, including two in his last two, with last Saturday’s long-ranger at Lincoln and Tuesday’s neat finish at Swindon examples of the different types of goals he can score.
He has every chance of extending his good run against Macclesfield, who have conceded 16 goals in seven away matches.
6. PSV (-1) v Groningen (18:45)
PSV are the safest bet around at the moment, having won their nine Eredivisie matches this season by an aggregate score of 28-1.
The Dutch champions haven’t conceded a goal in their last five league games, the last of which was a 6-0 win over Emmen last weekend.
Groningen have lost six of their last seven games, so -1 looks nailed on at a decent price.
7. Frankfurt to beat Nuremberg (12:30)
Nuremberg’s 3-1 loss at home to Hoffenheim last weekend was their third Bundesliga defeat in four matches.
They had previously lost 7-0 at Dortmund and 6-0 at Leipzig, while their only victory in that sequence was against bottom-of-the-league Dusseldorf.
Frankfurt bagged their fifth straight victory in all competitions in midweek with a 2-0 win over Apollon Limassol in the Europa League. They are worth backing at their generous price.
8. Andrea Petagna (SPAL) to score v Frosinone (14:00)
Petagna has three goals this season, including one in a fantastic 2-0 victory at Roma last week, but his underlying data suggests that they will soon begin to come even more frequently.
The 23-year-old ranks fourth for xG of all Serie A players so far this season, and fifth for shots on goal inside the penalty area.
He has a wonderful chance to hit the net against Frosinone, who have conceded 12 goals in four away games this season.
9. Marseille v PSG (20:00)
The last five meetings between these sides in Marseille have finished 2-3, 1-2, 2-4, 1-5 and 2-2, and it’s safe to expect another cracker on Sunday.
PSG have scored at least twice in all 13 of their matches in all competitions this season, so they will surely find the net again here.
Marseille are on a run of eight home league games in which they’ve scored twice dating back to last season, so they’re also worth backing to get on the scoresheet.
10. DC United to beat Chicago Fire (20:30)
Wayne Rooney’s brace against New York City helped DC United to a 3-1 victory that secured their spot in the play-offs last Sunday.
That was DC’s fifth straight league victory and ninth match without defeat.
Chicago are second bottom in the Eastern Conference and have lost three of their last four matches, winning just two in 15.
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