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.
Everton to beat Crystal Palace (15:00)
Palace have lost their opening home game in each of the last seven seasons, and failed to score from open play in their first six matches at Selhurst Park last year.
The Eagles lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka over the summer and, with Wilfried Zaha’s future looking uncertain, they are in trouble.
Everton finished 2017/18 with five victories and just one defeat from their last eight matches and have recruited relatively well.
Portsmouth to beat Tranmere (15:00)
Tranmere were beaten 3-2 at home to likely strugglers Rochdale on their return to League One last weekend.
Their two goals only came in the final two minutes of the match, while they also had striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy sent off in stoppage time.
Portsmouth bounced back from their opening-day defeat at Shrewsbury by hammering Championship Birmingham 3-0 in the EFL Cup in midweek.
Plymouth to beat Colchester (15:00)
Plymouth got the Ryan Lowe-era off to a great start last weekend, winning 3-0 away to a Crewe side that had the fifth-best home record in League Two last term.
Despite being relegated, the Pilgrims finished last season with six victories and just two defeats from their final 11 matches at Home Park, and are a great price to carry on that impressive home form.
Colchester were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Port Vale last Saturday as they adjust to life without last season’s top scorer Sammie Szmodics, who netted 15 goals from midfield before a summer move to Bristol City.
Ajax to beat Emmen & over 3.5 goals (18:45)
Ajax dropped just four points in an unbeaten campaign at the Johan Cruyff Arena last season, and beat PSV 2-0 there in the Dutch Super Cup a fortnight ago.
Erik ten Hag’s side netted a league-high 70 goals in 17 games at home, with over 3.5 in 12 of those matches.
Their two games against Emmen last season finished 5-0 and 5-2, so this looks a great bet.
Nice to beat Amiens (19:00)
Amiens finished last season with a 10-match winless run away from home.
Luka Elsner’s side had the second-worst travelling record of any Ligue 1 side, winning just two and losing 11 of their 19 away games.
Nice have won seven of their last 10 matches at the Allianz Riviera and lost just one of their last 16 in all competitions at the end of last season.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Burnley v Southampton (15:00)
Both of these sides ranked in the top six for BTTS ratio in the Premier League last season.
Burnley only failed to score against Manchester City in their last 15 matches at Turf Moor, with BTTS landing in nine.
Southampton – who will feature a front three of Danny Ings, Che Adams and Nathan Redmond – scored and conceded in six of their final seven games last season.
Middlesbrough v Brentford (15:00)
Middlesbrough scored three goals (and missed a penalty) in their first game under Jonathan Woodgate – something they failed to do in their last 18 matches under Tony Pulis.
They can back up that 3-3 draw at Luton with another entertaining game against Brentford.
The Bees hit the woodwork three times in their 1-0 defeat to Birmingham last weekend, and have several new attacking signings to introduce.
Stoke not to beat Charlton (15:00)
Charlton secured a surprise 2-1 win at Blackburn last weekend, so should be backed to do some damage against Stoke on Saturday.
The Addicks won 10 and drew three of their final 13 home league games last season, including victory in all of their last six.
Stoke lost their first match 2-1 at home to QPR last week, and it may take some time for all of their summer signings to gel.
Nicky Maynard (Mansfield) to score v Morecambe (15:00)
Despite missing a penalty against Newport last weekend, Maynard can get going for Mansfield on Saturday.
The striker scored in six of his last 10 home games for Bury last season, finishing the campaign with 22 goals.
He should get chances to add to that tally against Morecambe, who lost 2-0 at home to Grimsby last weekend and were hammered 4-0 in this fixture in April.
Lucas Moura (Tottenham) to score v Aston Villa (17:30)
With Son suspended, Moura seems sure to start up front alongside Harry Kane here.
The Brazilian ranks second to Kane for xG per minute among Tottenham players in 2019, a run that includes a home hat-trick against Huddersfield in April.
Aston Villa only kept clean sheets in three of their last 12 away games in the Championship last season, so will struggle to keep Spurs – and Moura – at bay.
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