Valencia, Borussia Monchengladbach and Monaco to win: £5 at 13/5*

Valencia have been the standout team in La Liga so far this season, and should have no problems picking off Leganes at the Mestalla.

Monchengladbach and Monaco have very winnable home games, too. I like the look of this one.

Blackpool, Cheltenham, Doncaster, Peterborough and Rochdale all to win: £5 at 16/1*

Perhaps I’m naïve, but some of the value on offer for EFL teams to knock non-league opposition out of the FA Cup this weekend is intriguing.

Blackpool at odds-against away at Boreham Wood particularly stands out.



Spurs, Man City and Watford to win: £5 at 11/2*

Spurs beat Crystal Palace at home requires no explanation. Neither does City to beat Arsenal.

I’ve unsuccessfully backed Watford the last two weeks, but them to win at Everton should make it third time lucky.

The Toffees are just as listless under David Unsworth, and his desire to placate the club’s frustrated home support should leave plenty of space for the Hornets to exploit on the counter-attack.

Man Utd to beat Chelsea: £5 at

United have registered just one league win at Stamford Bridge in their last 15 visits, but I’ve a hunch that they will get all three points on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side are excellent defensively, while Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic should get the better of a Chelsea midfield that looks hollow without the unfit N’Golo Kante and departed, er, Nemanja Matic.

Chelsea were battered by Roma in midweek, and have kept just one clean sheet in eight games. Which means Mourinho will try and steal a 1-0 win.



Leicester, Newcastle, Derby, Sheffield United and Brentford all to win: £5 at 35/1*

Leicester’s new manager bounce should carry on serving them well against a Stoke side that have lost five out of seven in all competitions.

Bournemouth have been dodgy on the road this season, so I’m expecting Newcastle to get back to winning ways.

In the Championship, Derby, Sheffield United and Brentford are all in excellent form and are good value to win at home.

Blackpool, Colchester, Doncaster, Rochdale and Shrewsbury all to win: £5 at 10/1*

Each of these Football League sides face opposition from the National League or below in the FA Cup first round.

They are all games they should expect to win and at this price, it’s worth a fiver of my stake.



Aston Villa, Barnsley, Derby and Sheffield United all to win: £5 at 15/1*

There’s plenty of value to be had in the Championship this weekend.

Derby are flying having won their last four, Birmingham are the division’s worst travellers with six defeats in seven on the road while Wednesday have lost their last three away games to teams much poorer than Aston Villa.

Sheffield United lost at QPR in midweek but are formidable at home, so shouldn’t have much trouble against a Hull side that just cannot get going this season.

Brighton, Burnley, Manchester United and Everton to win or draw, over 2.5 goals in West Ham v Liverpool, Manchester City and over 2.5: £5 at 27/1*

I’m feeling adventurous this week so am sticking a fiver on a few hunches in the Premier League that, together, could prove quite profitable.

Swansea are the most shot-shy team in the league, so are going to struggle against a very well-organised Brighton side, while Southampton will have similar issues against a Burnley team whose only defeat since August was against Manchester City.

Everton are all over the place and there’s no way Jose Mourinho will be embarrassed at Stamford Bridge for a second season in a row.

Four of Liverpool’s five away games have seen five or more goals, so over 2.5 shouldn’t be asking too much, while I don’t see City slowing down against Arsenal.



Atalanta (-1) to beat SPAL and Inter to beat Torino with BTTS: £10 at 4/1*

After taking a week off to clear my head, I’m confident this little Italian double will bring in some much-needed profit.

Atalanta are a much better home side than they are away, and should easily beat a SPAL side that have earned just one point on their travels all season.

Sticking with the black and blue theme, I’m taking Inter at home to Torino.

The Nerazzurri have won all five of their games at the Giuseppe Meazza this season, scoring 12 goals in the process.

They’ve let in four in their last two, however, and will likely concede again with Andrea Belotti returning from injury for Torino.