Tenner On: Our writers battle to win the 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.
Barnsley and Northampton to win, BTTS in Crawley v MK Dons: £10 at 5/1*
Only League Two leaders Lincoln failing to score at Colchester let me down last week, so I’m happy to stick with a similarly-simple treble this time around.
Barnsley got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Bristol Rovers last week, and can repeat the trick against an injury-ravaged Southend.
I also strongly fancy Northampton at this price, given they have won their last two 5-0 and 2-1. Crewe were stuffed 3-0 by Mansfield on Tuesday.
Finally, I can’t see past BTTS in Crawley v MK Dons. The hosts have scored 18 goals in eight home matches this term, while the visitors have scored in 13 consecutive league games.
PSV -1, Alaves to win or draw and Basel v Lugano BTTS: £10 at 4/1*
PSV have won 10 of 10 in the Eredivisie this season, and they’ve conceded just one goal at home this season while scoring 23.
They should thrash Vitesse, who have lost back-to-back away games.
Alaves are just a point behind Barcelona in second place in La Liga, having lost just one league game all season. They should avoid defeat against Eibar, who have won just one in five.
All 12 of Basel’s Swiss Super League games this season have seen goals at both ends. That should continue against a Lugano side that have scored and conceded in 10 of their 12 matches.
Watford to beat Newcastle: £10 at 9/5*
This is a great price given both sides’ form this season.
Newcastle have lost all five of their home matches and are winless in 11 in all competitions. Watford have won their last two without conceding and have already beaten Burnley and Wolves on the road this campaign.
The Hornets are solid defensively and, in Roberto Pereyra, Will Hughes and Gerard Deulofeu, have enough creativity to breach Newcastle’s deep-lying defence.
Colchester and Mansfield both to win, Liverpool & over 2.5 goals: £10 at 17/2*
I’ve been chasing getting into the black over the last few weeks so, in honour of Responsible Gambling week, I’m going for something a little more measured just to try and cut my deficit.
Colchester have the best home record in League Two, winning six of their eight games there this season, so look a nice price against Swindon, who have failed to score in five of their last seven.
Cheltenham, by contrast, have the division’s worst home record, taking two points and scoring three goals from their seven games at Whaddon Road.
That is unlikely to improve against Mansfield, who are yet to lose on the road and have won their last two away games to nil.
Finally, Liverpool are unbeaten in five games against Arsenal under Jurgen Klopp, scoring at least three times in all of them.
Given how much their defence has proved since they last met, anything similar ought to be enough to secure three points.
West Brom, Barnsley, Luton and PSV (-1) all to win: £10 at 28/1*
Hull have won just three league games this season – all against sides 19th or lower in the Championship – and are among the least creative sides in the division, so I’m expecting West Brom to beat them.
In League One, I’m betting on a day for the high fliers.
Barnsley should get the better of a Southend side that is struggling with injuries, while Luton have won five out of six and are a great price to beat a Rochdale side that has already lost to each of the current top four.
Sunderland, meanwhile, are on a four-game winning streak and should make it five against lowly Plymouth.
Finally, PSV -1 has landed in all five of their home games this season. It should do so again against Vitesse.
*Odds subject to change.
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