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.
Lazio to beat Sampdoria to nil (14:00)
Lazio are currently on a 12-game domestic winning streak, having beaten Cremonese 4-0 in the Coppa Italia in midweek.
The Biancocelesti have won six on the bounce at the Stadio Olimpico, only conceding one goal to Juventus in their last five.
Sampdoria have lost seven of their last eight away games and drew 0-0 with AC Milan last time out on the road.
Southampton to beat Wolves (15:00)
Southampton won their fifth game out of six in all competitions last weekend, beating third-placed Leicester 2-1 at the King Power.
The Saints have won four of their last six games at St Mary’s, with their form helped by the performances of Danny Ings, who has scored 10 goals in his last 11 appearances.
Wolves have picked up one point from their last three league games, while their only two away victories in the last seven came against bottom-of-the-league Norwich and second-bottom Bournemouth.
Swindon to beat Newport (15:00)
League-leaders Swindon proved they can do it without Eoin Doyle last weekend, beating fourth-placed Crewe 3-1 on the road in the first game since the 23-goal striker was recalled from his loan.
Richie Wellens’ side have won 10 of their last 13 league games, losing only once in that sequence, and are three points clear at the top of League Two.
Newport beat out-of-form Scunthorpe 2-1 last weekend, but that was their first league victory in 11 matches.
Plymouth to beat Mansfield (15:00)
Plymouth climbed to fifth in League Two after they beat Carlisle 3-0 away from home last weekend, their fifth league victory in six matches.
The only match the Pilgrims have failed to win in that sequence came against league leaders Swindon but, having won five out of six at home, they should be backed on Saturday.
Mansfield blew a two-goal lead to lose 4-3 to Forest Green in their last game and have only won one of their last 12 games in all competitions.
AZ Alkmaar to beat Willem II to nil (19:45)
AZ lost 3-0 to Sparta Rotterdam in their last match before the winter break, but had won each of their last seven league games to nil prior to that.
They won four home games in that sequence, including a 1-0 victory over Ajax last month.
Willem II are in decent shape themselves, having not lost in six, but drew 0-0 at home strugglers Fortuna Sittard last time out, with the visitors earning only their second away point of the season.
Birmingham v Cardiff (15:00)
BTTS has landed in 10 of Birmingham’s last 12 matches.
The Blues’ last four games at St Andrews’ have finished 2-3, 4-5, 2-3 and 2-1, while they lost 4-2 to Cardiff in the reverse fixture in November.
Saturday’s visitors have scored and conceded in nine of their last 11 away matches, including a 3-3 draw and 6-1 defeat since the beginning of December.
Crewe v Cheltenham (15:00)
Both teams have scored in Crewe’s last nine matches, including five 3-1s, a 4-1 and a 5-1.
David Artell’s side have netted 19 goals in their last seven home games and have conceded in all of their last five.
Cheltenham have scored in eight of their last nine matches, winning their last two 3-0 and 3-1.
Wycombe not to beat Rochdale (15:00)
Four defeats and a draw from their last five matches suggests that Wycombe’s bubble has burst.
Gareth Ainsworth’s side have conceded four goals twice on that run, and scored from their only shot on target in the 1-1 draw with Ipswich last time out at Adams Park.
Rochdale have won both of their last two league matches, and held Newcastle to a 1-1 draw at Spotland a fortnight ago.
Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) to score v Bolton (15:00)
Only six players have scored more goals than Curtis in League One this season.
Six of his 11 goals in all competitions have come away from home, while he ranks fourth for shots per league game across the division.
Bolton have conceded 11 goals in their last three games, and nine in their last four at home.
Ezequiel Avila (Osasuna) to score v Real Valladolid (17:30)
Avila has scored in seven of his last eight games, including in all of his last three.
The forward ranks ninth for xG and third for shots per game in La Liga so far this season.
Real Valladolid have only kept three clean sheets in 12 away games this season, and rank fourth-bottom for xG against away from home.
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