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.
Aston Villa and Liverpool to win, Charlton and Burnley to win or draw and BTTS in Sunderland v Portsmouth: £10 at 12/1*
I’ve got my eye on a nicely-priced five-fold to hold off any last-minute competition and ensure I end the 2018/19 season as the Insider’s top tipster.
First up, Aston Villa won 10 in a row between the start of March and end of April and have been the best team in the Championship since the return of Jack Grealish. They represent great value against a West Brom side with three defeats and a draw from their last four on the road.
In League One, BTTS has landed in Sunderland v Portsmouth on the three occasions the two sides have met this season. It will again on Saturday.
Charlton won nine of their final 11 league games and took four points off Doncaster this season. They should at least take a draw back to The Valley from their play-off semi-final on Sunday.
Moving over to the Premier League, Arsenal have managed just one point from their last four matches and won just two of their last 12 away games. Burnley look value to avoid defeat, having won six and drawn one of their last 10 at Turf Moor.
Finally, Liverpool have won eight on the spin in the Premier League need to beat Wolves to have any hope of winning the title. Expect them to oblige against a side with nothing to play for.
Aston Villa to win, Atalanta and Hoffenheim to win & over 1.5 goals: £10 at 4/1*
I’ve picked out a treble that will see me leapfrog Billy if his bet loses, so there is all to play for.
Aston Villa won 10 consecutive matches before playing Leeds and Norwich at the end of the season, so should have far too much for West Brom at Villa Park.
In Serie A, Atalanta have won six of their last nine home matches, all of which featured more than one goal. They should easily beat Genoa.
Finally, I see Hoffenheim winning their fifth home game in six. All of their last 17 games have produced over 1.5 goals.
Atalanta, Hoffenheim, Liverpool and Lille to win & over 1.5 goals, PSV to win, BTTS in Young Boys v Basel: £10 at 16/1*
With some catching up to do in the final week, I’ve gone for my biggest acca of the season.
Atalanta, Hoffenheim, Liverpool and Lille all look like very likely winners at home this weekend and are all facing sides that score a few goals.
PSV face a tricky trip to AZ Alkmaar, but look good value given that they have only lost to Ajax in their last 19 matches in all competitions.
And I’m rounding off my six-fold with what looks like the safest bet of the weekend.
Young Boys and Basel are two of the most reliable attacking sides in Europe, with their three meetings this season finishing 2-2, 3-1 and 7-1, so I’ve thrown in BTTS to take this to a potentially competition-winning price.
Burnley, Leicester, Man Utd and Southampton to win: £10 at 12/1*
With a healthy profit already guaranteed, I’m hoping four home wins will help me end the season in emphatic fashion.
Arsenal and Chelsea are both poor away from home and had tough Europa League encounters in midweek, so I think it’s worth backing Burnley and Leicester to win.
United should beat Cardiff, as should Southampton at home to Huddersfield.
Aston Villa & over 1.5 goals, under 3.5 goals in AFC Fylde v Salford City, Portsmouth to win or draw & BTTS, Leicester to win, Burnley to win or draw, Manchester United to win & under 4.5 goals: £10 at 73/1*
It's been a tough season, but not quite as bad as the numbers might suggest.
Had you placed a tenner on all my individual tips this season, you'd actually be £794 in profit. The issue has been combining them in multiples.
Twelves times one leg has let me down, while I've been one goal away from big wins on seven separate occasions.
Still, I've got one week to try and spare my blushes, so let's go out with a bang.
Villa had won five home games in a row before losing to champions Norwich on the final day, with over 1.5 goals in all but one.
Our National League expert Alan Alger assures me there won't be many goals in the playoff final, and I'm willing to believe him given Fylde beat Salford 1-0 just three weeks ago.
Portsmouth have played Sunderland three times already this season: beating them 3-1 at Fratton Park, drawing 1-1 at the Stadium of Light and winning on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the EFL Trophy final.
In the Premier League, Arsenal's two away wins since the end of November have come against rock-bottom Huddersfield and 10-man Watford.
Chelsea have already lost away to every top-half team other than Manchester United and Watford, and will be worn out after the Europa League.
Finally, Man Utd will surely end the season with a win at home to relegated Cardiff, though it's unlikely to be pretty.
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