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.
Freiburg to beat Union Berlin (14:30)
Union Berlin have lost their last four games and are sliding towards the Bundesliga relegation zone.
The hosts have only scored twice in those matches, and rank bottom for xPoints so far this season.
Freiburg have won all of their last three away games, scoring eight goals and conceding two.
Preston to beat Reading (15:00)
Reading were pumped 4-1 by Fulham in their last home game at the start of the month and have lost four of their five matches at the Madejski this season.
The Royals are currently on a seven-match winless run, and former sporting director Mark Bowen has not had much time to change anything since his surprise appointment as manager on Monday.
Preston hammered Barnsley 5-1 before the international break and are unbeaten in eight league games.
Coventry to beat MK Dons (15:00)
Coventry lost 1-0 to Tranmere last weekend despite having 71 per cent of the ball and 19 attempts on goal compared to Rovers’ three.
The Sky Blues are yet to win on the road this season but, with an xG (experimental361) that puts them second in the division, that streak surely can’t last.
MK Dons have lost five league games on the spin and were beaten 1-0 last weekend by a Bristol Rovers side missing top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris, who had netted half their league goals.
Crewe to beat Swindon (15:00)
Swindon were held to a 1-1 draw at home to underperforming Plymouth last weekend, making it four games in all competitions without a victory.
Richie Wellens’ side have failed to win any of their four matches against sides currently in the top seven.
Crewe went top of the table last weekend after a 4-2 away victory at Carlisle, which was their eighth win in 12 league games.
RB Salzburg to beat Sturm Graz & over 2.5 goals (16:00)
RB Salzburg are top of the Austrian Bundesliga, having dropped just two points in their opening 10 games.
The Red Bulls have netted 46 goals in that sequence and 12 of their 13 matches in all competitions have seen three or more goals.
Sturm Graz have won one of their last four and have lost six of their last seven matches against Salzburg.
Wycombe v Sunderland (15:00)
Wycombe average close to 2.5 goals per game at Adams Park this season, most recently drawing 3-3 with Peterborough.
Gareth Ainsworth’s side rank top for shots per home game, and are in the bottom half for shots conceded.
BTTS has landed in all but two of Sunderland’s 11 league matches, while they are likely to be more attack-minded now that they have sacked manager Jack Ross.
Bradford v Crawley (15:00)
BTTS has landed in all of Bradford’s last five league matches, including last week’s 2-1 win at Morecambe.
Gary Bowyer’s side have scored at least twice in four of their last five home games, conceding in all but one of them.
Crawley have scored and conceded in all of their six league away matches, including two 2-2s and a 2-3.
Barcelona not to beat Eibar (12:00)
Barcelona have won just one of their five away games this season, only scoring in two of them.
Ernesto Valverde’s side beat Sevilla 4-0 at the Nou Camp last time out but lost the xG battle 2.40-3.04.
Eibar have already beaten Sevilla 3-2 at home this season and can take advantage of their visitor’s defensive frailties to secure at least a point.
Luca Waldschmidt (Freiburg) to score v Union Berlin (14:30)
Waldschmidt returned to Freiburg’s starting XI to score his fifth goal of the season a fortnight ago.
The 23-year-old, who made his Germany debut during the international break, has scored three of those goals away from home and ranks comfortably top for shots per game in the Freiburg squad.
Union Berlin have conceded nine goals in four home games this season, and sit 16th in the Bundesliga.
Jarrod Bowen (Hull) to score v QPR (15:00)
Bowen has gone four games without a goal, but his numbers are good enough to suggest that he will soon hit form again.
The 22-year-old has scored five goals this season, three of which have come at the KCOM Stadium. He ranks third for shots per Championship game, and has posted an xG of at least 0.4 in four of his six home games (experimental361).
QPR have not kept a clean sheet in any of their 13 games in all competitions this season and have shipped seven in their last three.
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