Saturday Betting Guide: Our writers' 10 best football tips
We've compiled our writers’ best football tips, including win/draw/win and BTTS, into one bite-size betting preview for Saturday's matches.
Millwall to beat Newport to nil (12:31)
Millwall followed their 1-0 home win over third-placed Brentford with a 3-1 victory against Luton, meaning they have won four of their last six league games.
The Lions have only lost once in their last 11 and are unlikely to be troubled by out-of-form opposition from a lower division.
Newport are winless in seven in all competitions and, having managed only 21 league goals, are the lowest scorers in League Two outside the bottom two.
Brentford to beat Stoke (15:01)
Brentford went third in the Championship on New Year’s Day after hammering fellow promotion hopefuls Bristol City 4-0 away from home.
The Bees have won five league games on the spin at Griffin Park, including victories over Swansea, Fulham and a 7-0 pasting of Luton in November.
Stoke won at Huddersfield in their last game, but had lost six of their previous seven away games.
Reading to beat Blackpool (15:01)
Reading notched their fourth straight victory – and sixth game without defeat – by beating fifth-placed Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.
The Royals have won five of their last seven games at the Madejski Stadium, keeping clean sheets in four.
League One Blackpool lost 2-1 at Rotherham in their last game and are winless in five.
Colchester to beat Stevenage (15:00)
Bottom-of-the-league Stevenage made it nine games without a league win following their 1-0 defeat at Northampton on New Year’s Day.
They have managed only two victories in League Two all season and have accrued just 10 points at the Lamex Stadium – the joint-fewest in the division.
Play-off challengers Colchester were held to a 1-1 draw with Crawley last time out, but are unbeaten in 10.
Manchester City to beat Port Vale & BTTS (17:31)
Manchester City’s 2-1 win against Everton on New Year’s Day was their sixth victory in seven matches in all competitions, and they will almost certainly make that seven in eight here.
But City have kept only two clean sheets in their last 16 matches, and also conceded away to Oxford in their EFL Cup quarter final.
Port Vale have only failed to score twice in 32 games in all competitions this season, so will fancy their chances of putting at least one past Claudio Bravo.
Bournemouth v Luton (17:31)
Bournemouth are in dreadful form defensively, conceding 19 goals in their last 10 games.
The Cherries lost 4-0 at West Ham on New Year’s Day, but should score this weekend against another leaky backline.
Luton have shipped three goals in each of their last three games, and have conceded at least twice in nine consecutive away matches.
Wolves v Manchester United (17:31)
BTTS has landed in all of Wolves’ four matches against Big Six opposition at Molineux this season, including in the 1-1 draw between these sides in August.
The score finished 2-1 when they met in the quarter-final of this competition last season, while Nuno Santo’s side have both scored and conceded in 14 of their last 18 overall.
Manchester United have netted in 12 of their last 14 games.
FA CUP UPSETS
Bristol City not to beat Shrewsbury (12:31)
Bristol City lost 4-0 to Brentford on Wednesday, and Shrewsbury are exactly the kind of team that they have struggled against all season.
The Shrews are brilliant in defence, conceding just two goals in their last eight away games.
The hosts have only won two of their last seven home matches, three of which were against teams that were below them in the table at the time.
Burnley not to beat Peterborough (12:31)
Burnley lost 3-1 at home to League One Sunderland in the EFL Cup earlier this season, and their recent FA Cup record is not much better.
The Clarets scraped past Barnsley with an injury-time penalty at this stage last season, and were knocked out by non-league Lincoln at Turf Moor three seasons ago.
Having lost four of their last five home matches, they are vulnerable to Peterborough, who are sixth in League One.
Phil Foden (Man City) to score v Port Vale (17:31)
Foden scored in both of his home appearances against lower-league opposition last season, in the 7-0 win over Rotherham and 9-0 thrashing of Burton.
With a similar scoreline possible in this one, he is bound to have opportunities to add to that tally.
Port Vale have conceded at least twice in seven of their last 13 away games and face a marked improvement in quality here.
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