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. Chelsea to win to nil v Cardiff
Chelsea’s 100 per cent start to the season continued with a 2-0 victory Bournemouth prior to the international break.
That was their second clean sheet in four games, with the first coming in a 3-0 win over Huddersfield on the opening day.
Cardiff have just two points from four matches and have failed to score in three of those.
2. Arsenal not to beat Newcastle (15:00)
A combination of missed chances and a comical own goal have cost Newcastle points in 2-1 home defeats to Tottenham and Chelsea so far this season, so they are a good bet to take something against Arsenal.
Rafael Benitez’s side are stubborn defensively – they went down by the same scoreline despite conceding early at Manchester City last time out – and won all of their last three home matches against the top six last season, including against the Gunners.
There has been signs of progress in attack for the visitors under Unai Emery, but they have lacked any control defensively so far this season, which could cost them here.
3. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) to score v Cardiff
Ignoring the fact that he is named nominally as a left-back, everything points to Alonso making an attacking contribution against Cardiff.
The Spaniard has fired off more shots than any other Chelsea player so far this season, and contributed (goals and assists) to more goals than all bar Eden Hazard.
As a direct free-kick taker, and a key aerial target for corners, Alonso is a great bet to score in a match that his side should control.
4. Bristol City v Sheffield United: BTTS (15:00)
Bristol City and Sheffield United have not only both won all of their last three games, but both recorded 4-1 victories in their last match before the international break.
The hosts have finally hit their stride in the last few weeks, scoring eight goals in that winning sequence, including three for striker Andi Weimann.
Sheffield United were sensational against Aston Villa, going 3-0 up by half-time, and have scored in all of their matches bar an away game against the league’s best defensive side, Middlesbrough.
5. Blackpool to beat Plymouth (15:00)
Blackpool battled back from two goals down with six minutes to go to beat Bradford 3-2 at the weekend and extend their unbeaten run to five league matches.
Despite only winning two games in that sequence, the Tangerines are creating chances and have the second-best xG in League One so far.
They could run riot against a Plymouth side that have conceded eight goals in their last three league games and earned just three points from seven winless matches this season.
6. Harrogate Town to beat Maidstone United (15:00)
Harrogate sit top of the National League table having gone unbeaten through the first 10 games of the season.
They've won their last three, scoring 10 goals in the process.
Their opponents this weekend, Maidstone, have failed to score in their last three, losing their last five games in a row.
7. Borussia Monchengladbach to beat Schalke (17:30)
Schalke have not dealt with the summer departures of Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka well, having lost both of their opening Bundesliga matches.
Last season’s runners up have won just one of their last four away games in the league and were beaten by relegated Hamburg and Cologne at the end of 2017/18.
Gladbach have won four straight games at home following their 2-0 win over Leverkusen on the opening day.
8. Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa) to score v Bologna (14:00)
Genoa manager Davide Ballardini admits he is only “trying to whisper” about Piatek, but, after he was linked to Barcelona this week, keeping him quiet for much longer could prove difficult.
“The complete package” has scored three goals in his side’s first two Serie A matches this season, resulting in a debut for Poland last week, and looks a great bet to hit the net again on Sunday.
Bologna lost 3-0 to Inter last time out, and will be punished for similar defensive shortcomings this weekend, too.
9. Lazio to beat Empoli (17:00)
Lazio’s lukewarm start to the season shouldn’t worry any potential backers this weekend, given that they have played both Juventus and Napoli in their opening three league games.
Simone Inzaghi’s side got off the mark with a 1-0 win over Frosinone last time out and should make it two victories from two against promoted sides.
Empoli were held to a 0-0 draw by bottom-of-the-table Chievo before the international break and haven’t won since playing Cagliari on the opening day.
10. Marseille v Guingamp: BTTS (20:00)
Marseille hit 80 goals in 38 Ligue 1 games last season, and they’ve carried that scoring form into this campaign with 10 in four games so far.
Rudi Garcia’s side are also without a clean sheet in three matches, letting in two goals or more against Nimes, Rennes and Monaco.
Guingamp have conceded in all four of their matches, but have also found the net in three of those games, including at home to PSG.
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