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 internationals and EFL games.
Cyprus to beat Scotland (14:00)
This is an audacious tip, but one that is worth taking on, given the price.
Cyprus were only beaten by an 89th-minute goal at Hampden Park in the reverse fixture in June, and have since taken seven points from five matches.
Scotland have lost to nil in three of their four away games in Group I, with their only victory coming against San Marino, and will be without Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay and Ryan Fraser on Saturday.
Blackpool to beat AFC Wimbledon (15:00)
Wimbledon climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time this season with a 1-1 draw at home to Lincoln in their last league game, but remain winless in four.
The Dons have lost seven of their eight away games in all competitions and were even beaten 3-1 by Southend in the EFL Trophy in midweek, who had lost nine of their previous 10 matches.
Blackpool have won four of their last six at Bloomfield Road, taking four points from matches against top-three sides Wycombe and Peterborough during that sequence.
Bolton to beat MK Dons (15:00)
New MK Dons boss Russell Martin began his managerial career with a 1-0 loss to League Two Port Vale in the FA Cup first round last weekend, and followed that with a 2-1 defeat to Wycombe in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.
MK have lost five on the spin in all competitions, taking one point from their last nine league games.
Bolton have been a bit of a mystery so far this season, but three victories from their last four matches in all competitions – including against fifth-place Fleetwood – suggest they are worth backing this weekend.
Port Vale to beat Carlisle (15:00)
Port Vale’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle Under-21s in the EFL Trophy in midweek was their fourth win in a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
John Askey’s side are the only team in League Two yet to lose at home this season and have taken points off promotion contenders Forest Green and Plymouth at Vale Park.
Carlisle have picked up just one point from their last four away games and, having sacked manager Steven Pressley in midweek, it’s hard to see them taking anything from this one.
Belgium to beat Russia (17:00)
Russia have been impressive in their qualification campaign, winning seven games out of eight in Group I.
Their only defeat in that time came against Belgium, who are one of two sides with a 100 per cent record.
Roberto Martinez’s side have conceded just one goal throughout qualifying and, at close to evens, are a great bet.
Northampton v Crewe (15:00)
Crewe have gone two league games without scoring a goal, but don’t let that put you off.
David Artell’s side had scored in all of their previous nine League Two matches, with BTTS landing in eight of them.
Northampton have scored at least twice in five of their last six league games at Sixfields.
Crawley not to beat Morecambe (15:00)
Crawley are horribly out of form, winning just one of their last nine league matches.
Gabriele Cioffi’s side have only won two of their last nine at home in all competitions.
Morecambe beat Leyton Orient in their first match since the departure of Jim Bentley a fortnight ago, and can continue their mini-revival here.
Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) to score v AFC Wimbledon (15:00)
Gnanduillet has scored 10 goals this season, including three in his last two Blackpool starts.
The 27-year-old ranks sixth for shots per game in League One and rises to third for shots inside the penalty area.
AFC Wimbledon are without a clean sheet in nine away games this season, conceding at least twice in six of their eight league games on the road.
Eoin Doyle (Swindon) to score v Salford (15:00)
Doyle has scored 14 goals in League Two this season, with the next best bagging just seven.
That includes a run of seven goals in his last five games, including a hat-trick at Crawley last time out on the road.
Excluding the EFL Trophy, Salford have managed just three clean sheets in their last 18 games.
Robert Lewandowski (Poland) to score v Israel (19:45)
Having scored in 13 of his last 14 starts for club and country, Lewandowski is an easy bet at this price.
The 31-year-old scored a hat-trick at Latvia in his last away game for Poland, and netted a brace against Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich last weekend.
Israel have only managed clean sheets against Andorra, Albania and Guatemala in their last 18 home matches.
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