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.
Leeds to beat Wigan (15:00)
Leeds beat Salford 3-0 in the EFL Cup in midweek to make it two wins and a draw from their opening three matches in all competitions.
That draw came at home Nottingham Forest last weekend, when they had 68 per cent of possession and restricted the visitors to just one shot on target.
Wigan were dreadful in their 3-0 loss at Preston last Saturday and followed that up with a 1-0 defeat at home to Stoke on Tuesday.
Lincoln to beat Southend (15:00)
Lincoln were one of the standout performers in the EFL Cup in midweek, beating Championship Huddersfield 1-0 away from home.
The promoted Imps have also won both of their games in League One this season, keeping two clean sheets along the way.
Southend have lost both of their league games against Blackpool and Coventry and are only above Bolton and Bury in the table.
Plymouth to beat Newport (15:00)
Plymouth’s 2-0 victory over Leyton Orient in the EFL Cup in midweek maintained their perfect start to the season under new manager Ryan Lowe.
The Pilgrims have won both of their league games without conceding a goal and are top of League Two after two matches.
Newport have drawn three matches out of three in all competitions and blew a two-goal lead at home to Mansfield last time out.
Lille to beat Amiens (19:00)
Amiens kicked off with a 2-1 defeat away to Nice last Saturday, while they will be without suspended midfielder Eddy Gnahore this weekend.
Luka Elsner’s side finished last term with just one victory from their last five matches at home.
Lille beat Nantes 2-1 at home in their opener and look a generous price to make it two from two.
Heerenveen to beat Emmen (19:45)
Emmen have started their season with back-to-back defeats to nil against Groningen and Ajax.
They had the third-worst home record in the Eredivisie last season, having taken just 20 points from 17 matches.
Heerenveen look great value after following a 4-0 opening-day win at Heracles with a credible 1-1 draw against Feyenoord last Sunday.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Aston Villa v Bournemouth (15:00)
Aston Villa scored at least twice in 15 of their last 19 matches at Villa Park last season, only failing to net at all once.
Dean Smith’s side looked decent in attack at Tottenham last week, too, scoring once and creating a few other chances in the first half.
Bournemouth drew 1-1 in their opener last weekend, while their final two away games of last season finished 3-3 and 5-3. There have been at least three goals in seven of their last 11 away from home.
Burton v Rotherham (15:00)
Burton hit their stride in a 2-1 win at Gillingham last week, backing it up with another 2-1 win at Port Vale in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Nigel Clough’s side scored and conceded in all of their last four matches at the Pirelli Stadium last season.
Rotherham created plenty of chances despite losing 2-0 at home to Lincoln last week. They won 2-1 at AFC Wimbledon a week earlier, and beat Shrewsbury 4-0 in the EFL Cup this week.
Real Madrid not to beat Celta Vigo (16:00)
Celta Vigo ended last season brilliantly at home, winning four and drawing one of their final five games.
That run included a 2-0 victory over Barcelona, while they also beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 last term.
Real Madrid have had a horrible pre-season, only beating Fenerbahce and Red Bull Salzburg in seven matches. Zinedine Zidane’s side failed to win any of their last five away games of last season, while the Gareth bale transfer saga remains unresolved.
Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) to score v Charlton (15:00)
Wilks had more shots than any other Championship player in Barnsley’s first home game of this season.
The forward scored 16 goals for Doncaster last season, including three in August, so seems sure to get going for the Tykes soon.
He faces a Charlton side that rank in the bottom half for shots conceded so far despite winning both of their games.
Connor Jennings (Tranmere) to score v Bolton (15:00)
Bolton’s young team collapsed to a 5-2 defeat at Rochdale in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, and a third tough game inside seven weeks could see a repeat here.
Jennings scored in Tranmere’s first home game of the season a fortnight ago, and looks the likeliest to do the damage for Rovers again here.
He posted an xG of 0.4 in that match (experimental361), and was rested from the start in Tuesday’s EFL Cup defeat to Hull.
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