Saturday Betting Guide: Our writers' 10 best football tips
We've compiled our writers’ best football tips, including win/draw/win, BTTS and anytime goalscorers, into one bite-size Saturday betting preview.
Portsmouth to beat Shrewsbury (15:00)
Portsmouth had the best away record in League One last season, taking 45 points from their 23 games.
They have recruited well this summer, adding striker John Marquis and winger Marcus Harness to a squad that came within three points of automatic promotion.
Shrewsbury finished just two points above last season’s relegation zone and won only two of their final 13 home games in all competitions.
Bradford City to beat Cambridge (15:00)
Bradford City manager Gary Bowyer has lifted the negativity surrounding the club after their relegation from League One, bringing in 10 new signings.
The Bantams have added strikers Clayton Donaldson and James Vaughan to an attack that already included Eoin Doyle and is surely too good for League Two.
Cambridge had the fifth-worst away record in League Two last season, winning just five out of 23, and conceded 40 goals on the road – the second-most in the division.
Brentford to beat Birmingham & over 2.5 goals (15:00)
Brentford lost just five of their 23 league games at Griffin Park last season and finished with 10 victories from their last 12 in all competitions.
The Bees finished inside the top six for xG (experimental361) and would have made the play-offs were it not for a freak run of just one victory in 14 matches between September and December.
They scored 50 goals at home last term – second only to promoted Norwich – while there were three or more goals in nine of their last 15 league games at home.
Birmingham lost manager Garry Monk and key players Jota and Che Adams over the summer.
BTTS in Crewe v Plymouth (15:00)
Crewe earned more points than any League Two team from Boxing Day onwards last season and scored 16 goals in their last five home games.
They take on Plymouth, whose manager Ryan Lowe was in charge of a Bury side that ranked second for BTTS percentage in League Two last term.
Argyle should be an entertaining side, having signed several of Bury’s players.
BTTS in Scunthorpe v Swindon (15:00)
Scunthorpe scored in eight of their last 11 home games of last season, despite being relegated from League One.
Having added to their forward options this summer, including the signing of Alex Gilliead from Shrewsbury, expect them to net against Swindon.
The visitors scored and conceded in seven of their last 11 away matches of last term, including a 2-2 and 2-3 in the last three.
Coventry not to beat Southend (15:00)
Coventry would have been heavy favourites to win this game last season, but the fact they’re now playing their home matches at St Andrews this term adds a level of uncertainty.
The Sky Blues only won nine of their 23 home matches in the 2013/14 season, when they played at Sixfields, and a similar record is possible now they are playing away from the Ricoh Arena again.
Southend are good enough to get something from the game, having avoided defeat in six of their last 10 away games of last season.
Celtic to beat St Johnstone & under 3.5 goals (15:00)
Victory should come easily for Celtic, who won all but two of their 19 Scottish Premiership home matches last season.
But don’t expect it to be a thrashing, as Neil Lennon’s side were in Champions League action in Estonia on Tuesday.
Six of their first seven league matches featured under 3.5 goals at the start of last season, when they were juggling another hectic schedule.
Nick Powell (Stoke) to score v QPR (15:00)
Powell scored in the first three matches of last season for Wigan, and he can make a similarly fast start for Stoke on Saturday.
The 25-year-old ranked inside the top 17 for shots per game last term and scored in the Potters’ final pre-season friendly last weekend.
QPR’s weakness is in defence. They conceded at least twice in seven of their last nine away games of last season and have lost impressive full-back Darnell Furlong to West Brom.
Nicky Ajose (Exeter) to score v Macclesfield (15:00)
Ajose is likely to profit from what should be a dominant afternoon for Exeter against Macclesfield.
The striker scored 24 goals in a League One campaign just four seasons ago, so should flourish in the division below. He leads the line for a side that finished one point outside the play-offs last season.
Ajose will relish facing Macclesfield’s defence, as only relegated Notts County conceded more goals than Sol Campbell’s side last season.
Ajax to beat Vitesse & over 2.5 goals (17:30)
Ajax won 28 of their 34 league games on the way to the Eredivisie title last season.
Erik ten Hag’s side scored 119 goals and finished on a goal difference of +87, while there were three or more goals in 27 of their matches – the equal-highest in the division.
Ajax inflicted Vitesse’s only home defeat of the season, beating them 4-0 last September, and should produce a similar result on Saturday.
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