Tenner On: Our writers battle to win most weekend profit
Armed with a £10 stake, our writers put forth their football tips in an attempt to be crowned the week's top tipster.
Tenner On is our writers' weekly football tips competition.
The rules are simple: each writer is given £10 to place any bet(s) they like over the weekend. At the end of the season, the writer with the most profit is crowned the Insider's top tipster.
Man Utd (-2) and Bristol City both to win: £10 at 3/1*
Manchester United have won four out of four since Ole Gunnnar Solskjaer became interim manager, three of which have come by a margin of three goals or more.
I expect them to coast past a struggling Reading side that are winless in nine away games and have scored just once in their last six away from home.
Elsewhere, I fancy Bristol City to produce a shock of sorts against Huddersfield, who have lost eight straight matches and have already been beaten by Championship opposition this season in the EFL Cup.
Cenk Tosun, Connor Wickham and Isaac Success to score: £10 at 8/1*
With team selections up in the air, FA Cup results are fairly difficult to call this weekend, so I’m backing three strikers I am confident will feature to find the net.
Cenk Tosun had 20 minutes off the bench against Leicester on New Year’s Day and is an obvious pick to start against League Two Lincoln, where he should have plenty of chances created for him.
Similarly, Connor Wickham has been eased back into first-team football with a few substitute appearances and will likely lead the line against Grimsby.
Finally, Isaac Success – who scored on both of his EFL Cup starts this season – will likely replace or partner Troy Deeney for Watford and shouldn’t be short of opportunities against non-league Woking.
Gillingham to win or draw against Cardiff: £10 at
I’m reliably informed by Adam Drury that Neil Warnock has failed to win nine of his last 10 FA Cup third-round matches at the first attempt, so backing Gillingham, who beat League One leaders Portsmouth in their last home match, to avoid defeat is worth a punt.
Bournemouth and Real Madrid to win, BTTS in Charlton v Sunderland: £10 at 7/2*
Bournemouth reached the EFL Cup quarter-finals on the back of three home wins, and I fancy them to win this FA Cup tie against Brighton, who they beat 2-0 in the Premier League.
Charlton and Sunderland are two of League One’s three most-reliable BTTS sides, so goals at both ends look likely at the Valley on Saturday.
Real Madrid drew 2-2 with Villarreal in midweek but should bounce back to beat a Real Sociedad side that have lost four successive La Liga matches.
Aston Villa, Derby, Charlton and Cheltenham all to win or draw & BTTS: £10 at 31/1*
Third-round weekend feels like a shot to nothing, so I'm hoping for a bit of cup magic to turn my fortunes around.
Villa have only lost two home matches all season, with their last five finishing 4-2, 5-5, 2-2, 2-3 and 2-2. I fancy them not to lose against Swansea, who have seen goals at both ends in eight of their last nine.
Derby also have a solid home record, with BTTS landing in 14 of their last 17 overall. That pattern is unlikely to change against a Southampton side more concerned about Premier League survival.
Charlton and Sunderland are two of League One's three most-reliable BTTS sides, with the Addicks winning eight and drawing one of the last 10 league games at the Valley.
Finally, Cheltenham have lost just one of their last 10 games in League Two, only once failing to score while keeping just two clean sheets.
*Odds subject to change.
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