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.
Brentford to beat QPR and over 2.5 goals (12:30)
Brentford’s 1-0 victory over Stoke in the FA Cup last weekend was their 11th win 16 matches in all competitions and sixth on the bounce at Griffin Park.
There have been three or more goals in three of the Bees’ last four home league games, including a 7-0 hammering of Luton at the end of November.
QPR have won one of their last six away games in the Championship but, having scored 11 goals in their last two, should make it an entertaining encounter.
Barnsley to beat Huddersfield (15:00)
Barnsley have been invigorated since the appointment of Gerhard Struber in late November. They are currently on a run of just two defeats in nine in all competitions, both of which came away from home.
Back at Oakwell, the Tykes have only dropped two points in four games under Struber, with that draw coming against second-placed West Brom on Boxing Day.
Huddersfield lost their fourth away game in six last weekend as they were beaten 2-0 by a fringe Southampton team in the FA Cup third round.
Middlesbrough to beat Derby (15:00)
Middlesbrough enjoyed the best festive period of any club in the Championship, winning all four of their league fixtures and earning a 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham in the FA Cup.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side beat promotion chasers West Brom and Preston to nil in that sequence and come into this having won four league games on the spin at the Riverside.
Derby have picked up one point from their last seven away games in the Championship, while two recent narrow home victories both came against sides currently in the bottom six.
Plymouth to beat Carlisle (15:00)
No side in League Two has taken more points than the 18 accrued by Plymouth in their last eight league games – a run that has lifted them to sixth in the table.
The Pilgrims’ only defeat in their last five came against league leaders Swindon on New Year’s Day, while they have won three out of three against sides currently in the bottom four.
Carlisle have managed two victories from their last 12 games in all competitions.
Liverpool to beat Tottenham & BTTS (17:30)
Liverpool have taken 58 points from a possible 60 in their first 20 league games this season, and beat Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield in October.
But Jurgen Klopp’s side have only kept seven clean sheets in the league, failing to do so against any of the Big Six.
Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last weekend, with their only victory in five coming against Brighton on Boxing Day.
Manchester United v Norwich (15:00)
BTTS has landed in Manchester United’s last seven home league matches.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side scored in all 16 matches at Old Trafford this season, but their defence has been further weakened by the absence of Harry Maguire.
Norwich have scored and conceded in eight of their last nine games, including a 4-2 win at Preston in the FA Cup last time out, with BTTS landing in all seven of their outings against the Big Six and Leicester.
Scunthorpe v Newport (15:00)
BTTS has landed in four of Scunthorpe’s last five home games.
Paul Hurst’s side have scored in 12 of their last 13 matches overall, keeping just five clean sheets on that run.
Newport have scored and conceded in four of their last five league games.
Everton not to beat Brighton (15:00)
One-goal victories over Burnley and Newcastle at Christmas feel a long time ago for Everton, whose players are already reportedly disgruntled with Carlo Ancelotti.
The Toffees have only won two of their last six at Goodison Park overall, and were awful in the second half of last Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool’s youngsters.
Brighton have only lost two of their last seven games, both of which were to sides in the top eight.
West Brom not to beat Charlton (15:00)
West Brom have only won one of their last six league matches, a 3-2 win at struggling Birmingham.
The second-placed Baggies could only win 1-0 at The Valley in the FA Cup last week, despite fielding a much stronger side, and rank down in ninth for xPts in the Championship (experimental361).
After a wobble, Charlton have drawn 2-2 with Hull and beaten Bristol City 3-2 in their last two home games.
Connor Jennings (Tranmere) to score v Southend (15:00)
Southend are appalling defensively. They have conceded 22 goals in their last six home games, and at least twice in six of their last eight overall.
Of Tranmere’s forwards, Jennings is in the best form to take advantage.
The 28-year-old has scored in both of his last two matches, and ranks top for penalty-area shots for Tranmere.
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