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.
Manchester City (-1), Barnsley to win, and over 2.5 goals in Hertha BSC v Hoffenheim: £10 at 7/2*
This is a fairly random assortment of picks, but I’m confident in all of them.
Manchester City are rampant at the moment, only failing to beat Liverpool and Spurs away by this handicap in their last eight Premier League matches.
In League One, Barnsley have hit form, winning three consecutive league matches to nil.
And just to boost the odds, I’m including over 2.5 goals between Hertha BSC and Hoffenheim – for whom this has landed in every Bundesliga away game this season.
Fulham to beat Southampton: £10 at 6/4*
Fulham have lost their last seven matches in all competitions, but I’ve got a feeling that they will win this one.
I think they’re a better team than their results suggest and, while I don’t particularly believe in the new manager bounce, it’s possible that Claudio Ranieri could inject a bit of dilly-ding, dilly-dong into his new side. I’m also hoping that he’s spent his first few days in the job working on the Cottagers’ terrible defence.
Young Boys to win, BTTS in Bournemouth v Arsenal, Dortmund to win, Basel to win or draw and BTTS: £10 at 5/1*
Young Boys have won 12 of their 14 Swiss Super League matches this season and should comfortably see off seventh-placed Lugano.
I’m expecting plenty of goals when Arsenal – the Premier League’s second-most reliable BTTS team – visit a Bournemouth side that have scored 11 in six at home.
Dortmund should extend their unbeaten run to 12 games by beating Mainz on the road.
Finally, Basel have both scored and conceded in all 14 of their league games this season. I fancy them to avoid defeat in a high-scoring game at Lucerne, with whom Basel drew 2-2 earlier this season.
Manchester United to win, Brighton to win or draw, Preston v Blackburn BTTS & Portsmouth to win or draw & BTTS: £10 at 15/2*
United have won nine out of 10 Premier League games against Palace since they were promoted, and all five at Old Trafford to nil.
Brighton had the best home record outside the top six last season, and have only lost to Spurs at the Amex so far this time around.
Preston have scored two or more in six of their last seven home games but have kept just one clean sheet, conceding 14.
Finally, Scunthorpe’s matches have averaged over 3.5 goals this season, with two 3-3s, a 5-3 and a 4-1 in their last six at Glanford Park.
BTTS looks a certainty when they welcome Portsmouth, and you might as well throw in double chance given the league leaders have only lost once all season.
Barnsley, Sunderland and Northampton to win and MK Dons to win to nil: £10 at 20/1*
Barnsley have won five of their last six matches in all competitions and the underlying data suggests they are the best team in League One by a distance.
The Tykes should beat a Doncaster side that has picked up just one point in their three matches against the current top four.
Elsewhere in League One, Sunderland have won eight of their last nine matches in all competitions and are a cracking price to take three points at out-of-form Walsall.
Going down a division, Northampton have won their last four home games and should get the better of dodgy travellers Grimsby.
Finally, league leaders MK Dons have won seven of their last eight league games to nil and are too tempting to ignore away to Stevenage, who have lost three on the spin without scoring.
*Odds subject to change.
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