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.
BTTS in Scunthorpe v Shrewsbury, Sunderland v Rochdale and Arsenal v Everton: £10 at 15/4*
I’ve been backing BTTS exclusively of late and have been rewarded with two wins in as many weeks, so there’s no reason to stop this weekend.
League One is a gold mine of goals at the moment, and three of the four teams I’m backing in that division have both scored and conceded in at least 75 per cent in their matches so far.
Arsenal can’t keep a clean sheet for toffee, so BTTS also looks a certainty when they play Everton, who are the only Premier League side to have scored and conceded in all five of their games.
Leeds and Bury to win, BTTS in Blackpool v Luton and Scunthorpe v Shrewsbury: £10 at 17/2*
Leeds were irresistible in beating Preston 3-0 on Tuesday, so would be worth backing at this price at home to most Championship teams.
I also expect Bury – who have won three from four at home this season, and three on the bounce overall – to easily see off Carlisle, whose fast starts appears to be fading.
BTTS has landed in all of Luton’s league away games so far this season, and in three of Blackpool’s four at home, while Scunthorpe’s two matches under Stuart McCall have finished 3-3 and 3-2.
Crystal Palace to beat Newcastle: £10 at 21/20*
The last time I backed Crystal Palace to beat a struggling Premier League side, Wilfried Zaha was ruled out with injury and they lost 1-0.
With Zaha back fit and in the goals, I fancy Roy Hodgson’s side to do just enough against Newcastle, who have four defeats and one draw from their five matches this season.
Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Charlton and Exeter all to win: £10 at 11/1*
I've been one goal away from sizeable wins in each of the last two weeks, so am confident that a change of luck is just around the corner.
My tactics this time are simple: one home favourite from each division, whose prices all look generous.
Palace have won their last three games at Selhurst Park when Wilfried Zaha has played, while Newcastle – who are yet to win this season – have lost four of their last five away.
Boro have won all four of their home games in the league this season to nil, while Swansea have won just one of their last seven, failing to score in five.
Plymouth have gone eight league games without a win and three without a goal and head to Charlton this weekend, who have won three on the bounce.
Finally, Exeter beat Notts County 5-1 in their last game at St James Park. Cheltenham have improved under Michael Duff, but they’ll struggle to end a run of six defeats against the Grecians in the last three years.
Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Charlton and Peterborough all to win: £10 at 11/1*
It’s been an abject start to the season for me, but this is the one. I can feel it.
Leeds were back to their dynamic best in midweek and are worth backing against a Birmingham side that will give them plenty of time on the ball.
Nottingham Forest are a great price to beat Rotherham, who seem allergic to playing away in the Championship.
In League One, I’m backing both Charlton and Peterborough to take three points from respective matches against strugglers Plymouth and Gillingham.
*Odds subject to change.
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