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.
Hertha Berlin to beat Mainz (14:30)
Mainz lost their fourth straight league game last weekend after being beaten 3-1 by Bayern Munich.
They have lost eight of their 11 away games in all competitions this season and have taken just three points from their last six league games – the equal-fewest in the Bundesliga.
Hertha’s only defeat in their last seven league games came against Bayern Munich last month, while they have taken points off Schalke, Borussia Monchengladbach and Leverkusen in that sequence.
Wycombe to beat Bristol Rovers (15:00)
Bristol Rovers lost 2-1 at home to Coventry on Saturday, extending their winless run to 12 matches in all competitions.
The Gas have failed to win any of their nine league games since previous manager Graham Coughlan left for Mansfield and were held by Bolton in their last away match.
Second-placed Wycombe’s home form is keeping them in the hunt for promotion. They have won back-to-back matches at Adams Park and four of their last six.
Plymouth to beat Colchester (15:00)
This is a big price for the one of the division’s form sides to win.
Plymouth have only dropped five points in their last 10 league games, winning eight and drawing one, in a run that has helped them climb to third place.
Colchester were beaten 2-1 last weekend by a Cambridge side that had previously picked up one point in six.
Northampton to beat Port Vale (15:00)
No team in League Two has picked up more points than the 16 Northampton and Plymouth have managed over their last six games.
The Cobblers have won five and drawn one in that period, and have only dropped two points in their last nine league games at Sixfields.
Vale have the sixth-worst away record in the division and have lost four of their last five in all competitions.
Marseille to beat Toulouse & over 2.5 goals (16:30)
Second-placed Marseille have won nine and drawn three of their last 12 league games, picking up more points than any other team apart from Paris Saint-Germain.
There have been three or more goals in six of their last seven games at the Stade Velodrome, so they look a great price here.
Toulouse are bottom of the table and 11 points from safety, having picked up one point from their last 12 league games.
Fiorentina v Atalanta (14:00)
Fiorentina have scored in 11 of their 14 home matches this season, with BTTS landing in eight of them.
They take on Atalanta, who have netted 33 goals in 15 away games this season.
The visitors have scored and conceded in four of their last five games, with the exception a 7-0 win at Torino.
Scunthorpe v Cheltenham (15:00)
Scunthorpe have scored and conceded in six of their last seven home matches, including a 2-2 draw with Crewe last time out.
BTTS has landed in seven of their last eight overall, with the exception a 3-0 defeat at Northampton.
There have been goals at both ends in seven of Cheltenham’s last 10 matches, including in four of their last five on the road.
Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim) to score v Freiburg (14:30)
After successfully picking Kramaric to score last week, it’s worth backing him to net his seventh goal of the season at Freiburg.
Despite having missed lots of this season through injury, the Croatian ranks 18th for total xG in the Bundesliga and eighth for shots per game.
Freiburg have conceded 12 goals in their last five games, including four at Cologne in their last match.
Yakou Meite (Reading) to score v Hull (15:00)
Meite has scored nine goals this season, with three of them coming in his last four games.
Five of those goals have come at the Madejski Stadium, while he ranks 11th for shots per Championship game.
Hull have lost five consecutive matches, and have conceded at least twice in five of their last eight away games.
Ollie Palmer (Crawley) to score v Salford (15:00)
Palmer has scored seven in his last five matches, including three braces and a goal against Scunthorpe last time out.
The 28-year-old ranks joint-fifth for both shots and shots inside the box per League Two home game.
Salford have kept one clean sheet in their last eight home league games.
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