In this section you will find the latest football betting tips from our team of skilled tipsters. Each week we will be rounding up the most interesting games (from a betting perspective) and giving predictions on the outcome.
The football betting tips are primarily for the weekends games, and they tend to focus on the premier league fixtures. We usually upload the latest football tips on a wednesday, giving you plenty of time to put a few bets down before the weekend – so bookmark this page and make it one of your regular weekly reads.
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In the list below we only show the 5 most recent tips articles. To see a full list of our previous tips, head on over to our blog. We also run a weekly Goals Galore tips article (also released on a wednesday) that summarises our top ‘both teams to score’ picks for the weekends games. You can find a link to the most recent article on the Goals Galore page or through the blog.
As with our BTTS tips, we cover matches on a day by day basis. Coverage is updated multiple times per week so if you’re not seeing the matches you’re interested in please check back at a later date (NB: we tend to hold off on covering mid-week matches until Monday at around midday).
Football Bets Explained
For the tips on this page we tend to primarily look at match bets and variations thereof when they offer better value – including correct score, handicap and HT/FT. We may even throw in an occasional BTTS bet if we think that’s where the smart money is (you can see our full list of BTTS tips here).
- Match Winner (Team to Win) – Nice and simple, who will win the match in regular time. This could also include the draw.
- Handicap Betting (Team to Win -1) – For matches with a heavy favourite we often venture into the handicap markets as they offer bigger odds. Here we’re picking the team to win along with handicap. The number next to the team represents the number of goals in the handicap with – meaning they’re taken off the score and + meaning they’re added. For example, if you bet on Arsenal to beat Brighton with a -1 handicap that means that 1-0 becomes 0-0, 2-0 becomes 1-0 and so on.
- Correct Score (Team to Win 2-0) – A simple bet to understand but a hard one to win, hence the larger odds. We pick the winning score at the end of regular time.
- Half Time / Full Time (Team HT/FT) – Another way of increasing the return on short odds favourites, this bet involves picking the result at both half time and full time. Often this is the same team for both legs (eg: Fulham HT/FT) but could also be different – such as Man City HT / Draw FT.
- Both Teams to Score (BTTS) – Both teams need to score for your bet to win.
- Both Teams to Score + Win (Team + BTTS) – Here we’re selecting the winner of the match, as well as the fact that both teams will score.
Historical tips for the last month or so are included below. We keep 30 match days worth of results, although when there are breaks or gaps this may cover a longer period. Results are unedited and show exactly as they did before the match.
Monday 15 October
|19:45||Spain v England||Spain to Win -1||13/8|
|Luis Enrique’s Spain entertain Gareth Southgate’s England in a UEFA Nations League A, Group 4 fixture at the Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville on Monday night. La Furia Roja, who sit five points clear at the top of the group, will be looking to book their place in the Nations League Finals.
A few days after beating the Three Lions 2-1 at Wembley Stadium last month, Spain thumped the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0 in Elche to take a commanding grip on this group. England, meanwhile, picked up a 0-0 draw in Rijeka on Friday night.
A win would see Spain through to the finals with one match to spare. After easing to a 4-1 friendly triumph over Wales at the Principality Stadium on Thursday, Enrique’s men will be eyeing up another victory over British opponents in Seville. Spain are available at 13/8 to win with a -1 goal handicap on Monday night.
|19:45||Iceland v Switzerland||Switzerland Win||8/11|
|In Nations League A, Group 2, Iceland and Switzerland go head-to-head in Reykjavik on Monday evening. Belgium have maximum points in the group, with the Swiss on three and the Icelanders on zero. Three points for Vladimir Petkovic’s boys on Monday would see Iceland relegated to League B.
In the reverse fixture between these two back in September, Switzerland mauled Iceland 6-0 in St Gallen. After that, Belgium beat Erik Hamren’s team 3-0 in Reykjavik and the Swiss 2-1 in Brussels.
After that embarrassing loss in Switzerland, Iceland will be out for revenge on Monday. However, we can see Switzerland doing the double over the Icelanders. The away win is priced at decent odds of 8/11.
|19:45||Bosnia & Herzegovina v Northern Ireland||Bosnia & Herz HT/FT||5/1|
|Michael O’Neill takes his Northern Ireland team to the Stadion Grbavica in Sarajevo on Monday to face Robert Prosinecki’s Bosnia & Herzegovina in a Nations League B, Group 3 fixture. The Irish currently sit bottom of the group on zero points while Bosnia are top with six points out of six to their name.
The Nations League has been a struggle for Norn Iron so far, as O’Neill’s men have lost to both Bosnia and Austria. Prosinecki’s troops beat the Austrians 1-0 in Zenica after winning 2-1 in Belfast in their opener. The Bosnians are now in pole position for promotion to League A.
Northern Ireland will no doubt have a real go in Sarajevo as they seek to survive relegation to League C. Unfortunately for them, we can see Bosnia cruising to all three points on home soil. You can get 7/5 for the hosts to be winning at half time and full time.
Tuesday 16 October
|19:45||France v Germany||Draw & BTTS||7/2|
|On Tuesday night in League A, Group 1, Didier Deschamps’ France and Joachim Low’s Germany lock horns in a blockbuster Nations League game at the Stade de France.
The world champions have picked up four points from their opening two games so far. Les Bleus earned a 0-0 draw with the Germans in Munich before beating Holland 2-1 at the Stade de France on matchday two.
Three points for the French on Tuesday would put them in a commanding position in the group. This is a match well worth tuning in for, and we can see the pair playing out an entertaining draw in Saint-Denis. Have a punt on the draw and both teams to score at odds of 7/2.
|19:45||Republic of Ireland v Wales||1-1 Draw||9/2|
|Republic of Ireland will be out for revenge when they host Wales at the Aviva Stadium in League B, Group 4 on Tuesday. Last month, the Dragons beat the Irish 4-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium, but who will come out on top in Dublin?
Goals from Tom Lawrence, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts were enough to give the Welsh a comfortable 4-1 win over Ireland in Cardiff last month. However, Ryan Giggs’ boys were beaten 2-0 by Denmark in Aarhus in their second match.
Being at home, Ireland will be looking to take the fight to Wales on Tuesday. This could be a close one, so check out the solid odds of 9/2 for this to end in a 1-1 draw in Dublin.
|19:45||Ukraine v Czech Republic||Ukraine to Win to Nil||13/8|
|Ukraine and Czech Republic meet in Kharkiv for a Nations League B, Group 1 matchup on Tuesday. The Ukrainians lead the way in the group having picked up six points from two games thus far.
When these two met in Hradiste a month ago, Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko scored in injury time to give Andriy Shevchenko’s men a 2-1 win in the Czech Republic. Ukraine then followed that up with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Slovakia in Lviv, with West Ham United’s Andriy Yarmolenko scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Ukraine should be too strong for the Czechs at the Metalist Stadium on Tuesday. We fancy the home team to keep a clean sheet in this one, so put some money on the Ukrainians to win to nil at 13/8.
|18:45||Brazil v Argentina||Brazil to Win 2-1||15/2|
|Old rivals Brazil and Argentina go head-to-head at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah for a mouth-watering friendly on Tuesday. Matches between these two South American rivals are always fascinating affairs.
These two nations are regulars during qualifiers, but the last meeting between the two was a friendly back in 2017, which the Argentines won 1-0 in Melbourne. During 2018 World Cup qualifying, though, Brazil beat Argentina both home and away.
With so much talent on display in both camps, this will be an entertaining match in Jeddah, which could go either way. However, we fancy Tite’s troops to pick up a narrow win, with the odds of 15/2 for a 2-1 Brazilian win catching our eye.
|19:45||Belgium v Netherlands||Belgium to Win -1||6/4|
|Also on Tuesday, Roberto Martinez’s Belgium and Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands meet in a friendly fixture at the King Baudouin Stadium. The Belgians head into this one as the strong favourites.
Belgium, who finished third at the 2018 World Cup, are a team in outstanding form. In fact, since Martinez took over, Belgium have been incredibly hard to beat. The Dutch, meanwhile, are in a period of transition under Koeman.
Friendly or not, Belgium will be hoping to keep up their excellent form with another victory on Tuesday. We’re backing the home team to come out on top with ease, so put a few quid on Belgium to win with a -1 goal handicap at 6/4.
Saturday 13 October
|19:45||Netherlands v Germany||Germany to Win 3-1||14/1|
|On Saturday night at the Johan Cruyff Arena, Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands and Joachim Low’s Germany go head-to-head in a mouth-watering Nations League A, Group 1 contest. Despite being away from home, the Germans head to Amsterdam as favourites.
Holland put up a brave fight against world champions France in their opening game of the tournament, eventually losing 2-1 at the Stade de France. Before then, Low’s troops were held to a 0-0 draw by the French at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Having played two games, Didier Deschamps’ boys sit top of the group on four points.
This should be an exciting game in Amsterdam, but Germany’s qualities should get them over the line in the end. The 3-1 away win is worth having a punt on at the top odds of 14/1.
|19:45||Republic of Ireland v Denmark||Republic of Ireland Win||21/10|
|Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland host Age Hareide’s Denmark at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday night. Nations League B, Group 4 is wide open at the moment, with the Danes and Wales on three points each. A win for Ireland on Saturday will leave all three nations on three points having played two games apiece.
The Irish were given a drubbing by the Welsh at the Cardiff City Stadium last month, as they fell to a big 4-1 defeat in Cardiff. As for Denmark, two Christian Eriksen goals were enough to give Hareide’s side a 2-0 win over Ryan Giggs’ Dragons in Aarhus in their opening fixture. With Ireland now having two home games in the space of a few days, can they take control of this group by claiming six points from a possible six?
Denmark have a star-studded squad, led by Tottenham Hotspur’s excellent Eriksen. However, the Irish have some top players too, and the hosts will fancy their chances of making home advantage count on Saturday. The Republic victory this weekend is available at 21/10 and that’s more than fair.
Friday 12 October
|19:45||Austria v Northern Ireland||Austria to Win 1-0||9/2|
|On Friday night in League B, Group 3, Michael O’Neill takes his Northern Ireland side to the Ernst-Happel-Stadion to play Franco Foda’s Austria. As expected, the Austrians are the clear favourites to pick up the win in Vienna.
Bosnia & Herzegovina have taken charge of this group with two wins from two so far, with Austria and N Ireland both losing to the Bosnians. O’Neill’s side were beaten 2-1 in Belfast, while the Austrians lost 1-0 in Zenica. With Bosnia threatening to run away with League B, Group 3, this is a big game in Vienna.
Northern Ireland have been in patchy form of late, and this will no doubt be a tough trip to the Austrian capital. Unfortunately for Norn Iron, we can see them falling to a narrow defeat at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion. Have a punt on Austria to win 1-0 at 9/2.
|19:45||Belgium v Switzerland||Belgium to Win to Nil||7/5|
|Roberto Martinez’s Belgium welcome Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland to the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels for a Nations League A, Group 2 encounter on Friday night. These two both picked up wins from their opening matches.
Belgium cruised to a 3-0 win in Iceland, with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku (2) getting the goals. As for the Swiss, they put six past the Icelanders in St. Gallen, with six different players getting on the scoresheet in the emphatic 6-0 win.
With the pair sitting on three points each, this should be an interesting matchup in Belgium’s capital. However, the Belgians should be too strong for the Swiss on Friday. The hosts to win to nil is nicely priced at 7/5.
|19:45||Croatia v England||England Win & BTTS||5/1|
|Gareth Southgate’s England continue their Nations League campaign with a trip to Croatia on Friday night. Spain lead the way in League A, Group 4 after impressive wins over the Croatians and English. Which way will this one go at the Stadion Rujevica on Friday evening?
Zlatko Dalic’s men got off to the worst possible start, losing 6-0 to Spain in their opening Nations League match. That heavy defeat in Elche was a firm reality check for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists. Meanwhile, England were beaten 2-1 by Luis Enrique’s side at Wembley Stadium. Despite taking an early lead thanks to a Marcus Rashford goal, the Three Lions were second best after that.
After watching Spain dismantle Croatia last month, England will fancy their chances of picking up three points in Rijeka. The English victory and both teams to score is generously priced at 5/1.
Thursday 11 October
|19:45||Israel v Scotland||Scotland to Win -1||5/1|
|Andi Hergoz’s Israel and Alex McLeish’s Scotland meet at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa on Thursday night for a UEFA Nations League C, Group 1 fixture. The Scots will be hoping to make it six points from two games.
Scotland began their Nations League tournament with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Albania at Hampden Park last month. An own goal and a strike by Steven Naismith were enough to get the Scots off to a winning start in Glasgow. Israel, meanwhile, began with a 1-0 loss to Albania in Elbasan.
McLeish’s troops will be targeting all three points from their trip to Israel. Scotland should be too strong, so have a punt on the away side to win -1 (5/1) this Thursday.
|19:45||Poland v Portugal||Draw & BTTS||5/1|
|Poland and Portugal square off in an intriguing Nations League A, Group 3 matchup on Thursday. The Portuguese, who are current European champions, head to Chorzow as favourites with the bookies.
Poland kicked off their campaign with a good 1-1 draw with Italy in Bologna. However, after taking a first half lead at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Jerzy Brzeczek’s men will have been disappointed to have only left with a point. Fernando Santos’ side picked up a 1-0 win over the Italians in their opener, with Andre Silva getting the only goal of the game.
This has the potential to be a close match at the Silesian Stadium, with both sides looking for a win. However, we fancy the Portuguese to nick it in Poland. Back the away win and both teams to score at 5/1.
Sunday 7 October
|12:00||Fulham v Arsenal||Arsenal to Win -1||7/5|
|Unai Emery takes his Arsenal side to Craven Cottage on Sunday to face Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham in a London derby in the Premier League. The Gunners have won each of their last five games in the Premier League, and they should make it six in a row on Sunday.
The Cottagers, who won the Championship play-off final last season, have found it tough going in the top flight up until now. Fulham have won one, drawn two and lost four. After two successive defeats at the start, Arsenal have taken 15 points from the last 15 on offer to move up to fifth in the table.
Fulham will make themselves hard to beat at the Cottage this season, but Arsenal should find a way to see them off on Sunday. The Gunners are priced at 7/5 to win with a -1 goal handicap this weekend, so get involved.
|13:30||Bristol City v Sheff Wednesday||Bristol City to Win 1-0||6/1|
|Lee Johnson’s Bristol City and Jos Luhukay’s Sheffield Wednesday meet at Ashton Gate in the Championship on Sunday afternoon. Being the hosts, the Robins will be eyeing up all three points from this one.
Bristol City have been decent at home this season, picking up seven points from their last three at Ashton Gate. Wednesday have had a mixed bag of results on the road, winning three and drawing three of six away matches in all competitions.
This could be a close one in Bristol, but we can see City just edging it. Take a punt on the hosts to win 1-0, which you can get at the big price of 6/1.
|14:15||Southampton v Chelsea||Chelsea HT/FT||7/5|
|Mark Hughes’ Southampton host Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon. The Blues have made a fast start under their new boss, while the Saints have sealed just one Premier League win so far. Which way will this one go this weekend?
Southampton, who survived by the skin of their teeth last season, have won one, drawn two and lost four so far. Since sealing their one and only league win of the season against Crystal Palace last month, the Saints have accumulated only one point from three games. Chelsea had kicked off their season with five straight league wins, but Sarri’s side have had to settle with two draws from their last two.
After dropping four points in their last two league fixtures, the Blues will be gunning for all three points at St Mary’s on Sunday. Chelsea should be too strong for their hosts, so back the away side to be winning at half time and full time at 7/5.
|16:30||Liverpool v Man City||1-1 Draw||13/2|
|Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester City do battle in a blockbuster match at Anfield this Sunday. With both teams firing on all cylinders at present, this heavyweight clash could go either way on Merseyside.
Both Liverpool and City have taken 19 points from an available 21 this term, with the Citizens top of the table on goal difference. The Reds dropped points in their last game when they drew 1-1 at Chelsea. Man City, meanwhile, thumped Cardiff City 5-0 in South Wales before easing to a 2-0 home win over Brighton last Saturday.
The pair have hardly put a foot wrong this season, and this fixture is just too close to call. Because of that, put a few quid on this to end in a 1-1 draw (13/2) at Anfield.
Saturday 6 October
|12:30||Leeds v Brentford||Draw & BTTS||3/1|
|The early kick off in the EFL Championship on Saturday is the Leeds versus Brentford match at Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa’s boys have made a strong start to their season, and they will fancy their chances of picking up a victory in this one. However, a win for the Bees would put them just two points behind United.
After taking one point from two games, Leeds got back to winning ways last time out, beating Hull City 1-0 at the KCOM Stadium. After a superb start, Brentford have failed to win any of their last four in the Championship, losing one and drawing three. Nevertheless, Dean Smith’s troops have still made a solid start to their season.
This promises to be an intriguing match at Elland Road, with both sides pushing for a win. We can see the pair cancelling each other out in West Yorkshire, so put some money on the draw and both teams to score (3/1).
|17:30||Bolton v Blackburn||Blackburn to Win 2-1||8/1|
|Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers go head-to-head at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday evening in the Championship. Rovers, who have been beaten just once in the league this term, are the slight favourites.
Bolton have had a topsy-turvy week to say the least. After beating Frank Lampard’s Derby County 1-0 last weekend, Phil Parkinson’s Wanderers fell to a disappointing 2-0 loss at Stoke City on Tuesday. Blackburn, meanwhile, have been very competitive on their return to the Championship, winning three, drawing six and losing one.
Blackburn are good enough to return to Ewood Park with maximum points in this one. We like the look of the 2-1 away win at the top odds of 8/1.
|17:30||Man Utd v Newcastle||Man Utd to Win -1||13/10|
|Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd entertain Rafa Benítez’s Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. The pair are in poor form at the moment, so both teams would love to pick up all three points from this one.
The Red Devils have lost two and drawn two of their last four in all competitions, crashing to a 3-1 defeat at West Ham last weekend. Newcastle, meanwhile, has started their Premier League campaign in woeful fashion, losing five and drawing two.
The pressure is starting to mount on Mourinho’s shoulders, but we fancy his team to get back to winning ways at the weekend. Man Utd to win with a -1 goal handicap is available at 13/10 which looks decent value to us.
Friday 5 October
|20:00||Brighton v West Ham||West Ham Win||9/5|
|The action in the Premier League kicks off on Friday night as Brighton & Hove Albion welcome West Ham United to the Amex Stadium. With only two points separating these two in the table, we should be in for an intriguing night in Sussex. The Seagulls are the slight favourites in this one, but can they live up the billing.
Chris Hughton’s Brighton have started their league campaign with one win, two draws and four defeats. Since beating Manchester United, however, Albion have taken just two points from a possible 15. As for West Ham, after losing their opening four, the Hammers have hit back with two wins and a draw. After beating Everton and drawing with Chelsea, Manuel Pellegrini’s boys beat Man United 3-1 last weekend.
Brighton were very hard to beat at the Amex in their debut season in the top flight last term, but they have already lost two of their four league and cup matches on home turf this season. Back West Ham to return to London with all three points (9/5) this Friday.
Thursday 4 October
|17:55||Qarabag v Arsenal||Arsenal HT/FT||11/10|
|Arsenal are in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday, as Unai Emery’s side travel to Azerbaijan to play Gurban Gurbanov’s Qarabag in Group E. The Gunners will be doing all they can to secure their second Europa League victory of the season.
Arsenal sealed a comfortable 4-2 win over Vorskla Poltava at the Emirates Stadium in their opening match in Group E. As for Qarabag, they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.
Arsenal are available at just 2/5 to win in Azerbaijan on Thursday, and Emery’s men should be far too strong for Qarabag in this one. Take a punt on the Gunners to be winning at half time and full time at 11/10.
|20:00||Chelsea v Vidi||Chelsea to Win -2||8/11|
|Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea entertain Marko Nikolic’s MOL Vidi at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night. As expected, the Blues are the overwhelming favourites to get the win, with the visitors priced at 22/1 to cause an almighty upset in west London. Chelsea should make it six points from an available six in Europa League Group L.
Sarri’s side kicked off the group with a solid 1-0 win over PAOK in Greece, with Willian’s early goal enough to give them all three points. Vidi, meanwhile, were beaten 2-0 at home by BATE Borisov in their opening match.
Chelsea have started this season in excellent form, and the Blues should have no problems whatsoever seeing off their Hungarian opponents on Thursday night. The Londoners have won by more than two goals on two occasions this term, and we fancy them to win this one with a -2 goal handicap, which you can get at odds of 8/11.
Wednesday 3 October
|20:00||Tottenham v Barcelona||Barcelona Win & BTTS||9/4|
|Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur and Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona lock horns in a heavyweight Champions League Group B clash at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night. Spurs’ results have improved in recent weeks, while Barca have underperformed in La Liga of late. Can the Lilywhites record a memorable win at Wembley on Wednesday?
Tottenham have responded well after three defeats in a row, winning three league and cup games on the spin since. Their opening Champions League match ended in a heart-breaking 2-1 loss at Inter Milan, with the home team scoring two late goals. Meanwhile, Barcelona began their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven, but they have picked up just two points from their last three fixtures in La Liga.
This is a vital fixture for Spurs as they look to put points on the board in Group B. However, we can see Barca leaving London with a win on Wednesday. Take a punt on the away side to prevail and both teams to score (9/4).
|20:00||Napoli v Liverpool||Liverpool to Win 1-0||9/1|
|Liverpool make the trip to Naples on Wednesday to face Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo in Champions League Group C. The Reds currently sit top of the group after a superb 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain a couple of weeks ago, while Napoli picked up a point on the road. Who will come out on top in this one?
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have made a fine start to their season, winning seven of nine matches across all competitions. Liverpool edged a thriller at Anfield against PSG in their opening European game, with Roberto Firmino netting the winner in injury time. Napoli kicked off their Champions League journey with a 0-0 draw with Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.
Liverpool may be on the road, but Klopp will back his side to pick up all three points from Wednesday’s trip to Italy. This could be a close one, so put a few quid on the Reds to win 1-0 at 9/1.
Tuesday 2 October
|17:55||Hoffenheim v Man City||Man City to Win -1||10/11|
|Manchester City continue their UEFA Champions League campaign with a trip to Germany on Tuesday to play Hoffenheim. After a shock home defeat to Lyon in their opening game, Pep Guardiola’s boys could really do with all three points from this one. City head to the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena as favourites.
Hoffenheim started Group F with a respectable 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk. However, having taken the lead twice, Julian Nagelsmann’s men should have left Ukraine with all three points. As for Man City, they were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by French side Lyon at the Etihad Stadium in their opening game.
This is a big fixture for City, and we fancy Pep’s boys to hit back with an important win in Germany on Tuesday. Take a punt on the Citizens to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 10/11.
|20:00||Man Utd v Valencia||Man Utd Win||7/10|
|Also on Tuesday in the Champions League, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United welcome Marcelino Garcia Toral’s Valencia to Old Trafford in Group H. United lead the way in the group after an impressive 3-0 win over Young Boys in their first match. Will the Red Devils make it six points out of six on Tuesday?
Man United head into this European match in poor form. Since beating Young Boys, Jose’s men have drawn one and lost two of their last three in all competitions. Last weekend, United fell to an embarrassing 3-1 defeat at West Ham United in the Premier League. Marcelino’s Valencia kick started their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 home reverse to Juventus.
The Red Devils will move on to six points in Group H with a win over Valencia on Tuesday. The Spanish side will be desperate to leave England with at least a point, but United should return to winning ways on home turf. The home win is available at betting odds of 7/10.
Monday 1 October
|20:00||Bournemouth v Crystal Palace||Bournemouth Win||6/5|
|The action in the Premier League concludes on Monday night when Roy Hodgson takes his Crystal Palace side to the Vitality Stadium to face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. After crashing to a heavy defeat at Turf Moor last time out, the Cherries will want to hit back with a win in front of their home supporters on Monday.
Things were going well for Howe’s troops before their mauling at Burnley last weekend. The Cherries had won three of their opening five, sealing victories over Cardiff, West Ham and Leicester City. Palace, who had lost three in a row, returned from the international break with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town. However, they were held to a 0-0 draw by Newcastle United at Selhurst Park last Saturday.
Bournemouth were uncharacteristically poor at Burnley last time out, but in truth they were a little unlucky and we fancy them to bounce back with an important victory on Monday. Take a punt on the hosts to secure a win (6/5) at the Vitality in this one.
Sunday 30 September
|16:00||Cardiff v Burnley||Cardiff to Win 1-0||6/1|
|Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City and Sean Dyche’s Burnley lock horns in a Premier League fixture at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Bluebirds are still waiting for their first win back in the top flight, while the Clarets picked up their first league victory of the season last weekend. This is a crucial clash for both, with Cardiff being the slight favourites with the bookies despite having so far looked very much out of their depth at this level.
It’s been a tough start for the Welsh side, who have drawn two and lost four of their opening six Premier League fixtures. After a 4-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge, the Bluebirds were hammered 5-0 at home by Manchester City last weekend. Burnley, meanwhile, earned a stunning 4-0 victory over Bournemouth at Turf Moor in their previous match, lifting them off the foot of the table in the process.
Sunday’s clash in South Wales is a tough fixture to call, but we believe that home advantage could play a key role in the outcome of this one. You can get the 1-0 Cardiff win at the generous odds of 6/1 and with the home side sure to find things easier against a team more at their level that offers real value.
Saturday 29 September
|12:30||West Ham v Man Utd||Man Utd to Win 1-0||15/2|
|West Ham United and Manchester United get the Premier League underway this Saturday. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have improved of late, but Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils are fancied to leave the London Stadium with all three points at the weekend.
West Ham have responded well following four successive league defeats at the start of the season, beating Everton and drawing with Chelsea in their last two. If the Hammers can take something from this they will have come through a tough spell of games with flying colours but can they deliver?
As for Man Utd, they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at Old Trafford by Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend. It looked like United had turned a corner following some good results but they would have expected to beaten Wolves and will be keen to bounce back here.
Jose’s Red Devils will be hoping to take all three points from this trip to London, and we can see them just about nicking a tight game against the Hammers. If you fancy something at longer odds here take a punt on Man Utd to win 1-0 (15/2), with United to win to nil also a good choice.
|17:30||Chelsea v Liverpool||Liverpool Win||13/10|
|The standout fixture in the Premier League this weekend is without any doubt at all the Chelsea v Liverpool match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. The Reds are the only team with a 100% record in the Premier League, with the Blues just two points behind in third. Which way will this blockbuster showdown go in the capital at the weekend?
Chelsea had begun life under Maurizio Sarri with five consecutive league wins, but they were held to a 0-0 draw by West Ham in their last outing. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, meanwhile, have been outstanding at the start of this season, picking up maximum points from six games and conceding the least amount of goals in the league with two.
Liverpool have looked the real deal so far, and they will back themselves to make it 21 points from a possible 21 this weekend. The away victory is priced at 13/10 and that is good value given how unplayable the Reds have seemed thus far.
|17:30||Rotherham v Stoke||Stoke Win & BTTS||3/1|
|In the Championship on Saturday night, Paul Warne’s Rotherham United and Gary Rowett’s Stoke City square off at the New York Stadium. With the teams sitting on nine points each after nine games, both will be gunning for all three points from this one as they look to press on into the top half of the table.
Rotherham have lost six of their nine games, but they have secured 1-0 home wins over the likes of Ipswich Town, Millwall and Derby County. Rowett has endured a miserable start to his career at the bet365 Stadium, with the Potters, one of the pre-season Championship favourites, winning just two league matches so far.
The Millers will not be an easy nut to crack on their own patch, but Stoke’s qualities should shine through in South Yorkshire. The away win and both teams to score is priced at 3/1 and with Stoke sure to improve sooner rather than later that’s worth a punt.
Friday 28 September
|19:45||Sheff Wednesday v Leeds United||Draw||23/10|
|Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United meet at Hillsborough on Friday night in the EFL Championship. With both teams in good form and hoping for promotion this term, we should be in for a thrilling South v West Yorkshire derby in Sheffield. After losing for the first time in the league last weekend, can United hit back with a win to stay at the summit of the second tier table?
After a sluggish start, Jos Luhukay’s Owls have turned a corner, winning four of their last six in the Championship, with their last game ending in a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa. Leeds remain top, but last Saturday’s shock home loss to Birmingham City was certainly a setback. Still, the Whites have won five of their opening nine league encounters under Marcelo Bielsa and have played some of the best football seen in the Championship.
With the pair in good shape, this could go either way at Hillsborough. With that in mind, we can see this ending all square in the Steel City. The draw is available at the tempting odds of 23/10 and that’s good value given the likely nature of the game.
Wednesday 26 September
|19:45||Arsenal v Brentford||Arsenal to Win 2-0||15/2|
|Unai Emery’s Arsenal get their League Cup campaign underway with a match at the Emirates Stadium against Dean Smith’s Brentford on Wednesday. The Bees have made a strong start to their Championship season, so this could be a tricky game for the Gunners. Still, the hosts are fancied to progress to round four and it should be noted that their new manager has a great record in cups.
Since losing to Man City and Chelsea at the start of the season, Arsenal have won five out of five in league and cup. After seeing off Vorskla Poltava in the UEFA Europa League, the Gunners beat Everton 2-0 at the Emirates in the league on Saturday. As for Brentford, they have won four of their nine Championship encounters to sit in seventh place on 15 points, just three points off the top.
Ultimately though, class should prevail here. Arsenal have been in terrific form since losing to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last month, and we can see the north Londoners extending their winning run on Wednesday. Take a punt on the Gunners to win 2-0 at the decent odds of 15/2.
|19:45||Liverpool v Chelsea||Liverpool to Win 2-1||15/2|
|The standout game of the third round of the Carabao Cup comes at Anfield as Premier League rivals Liverpool and Chelsea lock horns in a warm-up for their weekend Premier League clash. Both teams have made superb starts to their seasons, and neither side will want to bail out of the EFL Cup at the first hurdle. However, the Reds are the 19/20 favourites to get the win and right now they look close to unstoppable.
Liverpool are the only side left with a perfect record in the Premier League, with six wins out of six to their name. Jurgen Klopp’s side also beat Paris Saint-Germain in their opening Champions League match. Maurizio Sarri’s side had won six games in a row in all competitions before drawing 0-0 with West Ham United on Sunday.
This will no doubt be a tight match at Anfield, with both teams desperate to progress to the next round. Being at home, though, the Reds should edge this one – back Liverpool to win 2-1 at 15/2.
|19:45||West Ham v Macclesfield||West Ham to Win -2||Evens|
|Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham entertain EFL League Two side Macclesfield Town at the London Stadium on Wednesday. The Hammers have improved of late, and they should be too good for their fourth tier opponents in the EFL Cup on Wednesday. They are another side, along with the likes of Wolves, Leicester and Everton, who may feel they can go far in the League Cup this term.
Having lost four league games in a row at the start of the season, West Ham have picked up four points from their last two games. After beating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park, the Irons then did well to hold Chelsea to a 0-0 draw on Sunday. Macclesfield, meanwhile, sit rock bottom of League Two with a mere two points to their name and they certainly have bigger fish to fry as they seek to secure their place in the Football League.
West Ham laboured to a 3-1 win over Wimbledon in the second round, but we can see this one being a far more comfortable victory for the Hammers. Put some money on the home team to win -2 at more than fair odds of evens.
|20:00||Tottenham v Watford||Tottenham to Win to Nil||6/4|
|Also on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur face Javier Gracia’s Watford, somewhat strangely at Stadium MK. The Hornets have made an excellent start to their league campaign, but they head to Milton Keynes as big underdogs.
After losing three in a row under Pochettino for the first time, Spurs hit back with a priceless 2-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion last time out. Watford, who came from behind to beat Tottenham at Vicarage Road earlier in the month, have won four, drawn one and lost one of their opening six Premier League fixtures and have been the early season surprise package.
Gracia’s men eased to a 2-0 win at Reading in the previous round, but we can see them crashing out of the competition on Wednesday. Tottenham will be up for the cup this season, and we’re backing the Lilywhites to win to nil (6/4) in midweek.
Tuesday 25 September
|19:45||Wolves v Leicester||Wolves Win||5/4|
|Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers and Claude Puel’s Leicester City meet at Molineux on Tuesday for a Carabao Cup fixture. Both teams have taken nine points from their opening six games in the Premier League, but who will advance to the fourth round of the League Cup on Tuesday? These are two teams that will fancy themselves as dark horses for this competition and it could well be their best bet of getting into Europe next term.
Wolves have made an excellent return to the top flight, already picking up points against the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton. As for Leicester, they got back to winning ways last weekend after two defeats. The Foxes came out on top with a 2-0 win when the pair met in a Premier League fixture at the King Power Stadium last month but will find things tougher in the Black Country.
This should be an intriguing cup tie, which could go either way. However, we fancy the hosts to make home advantage count and sneak a win at Molineux. The Wolves victory is available at 5/4 and that’s good value given the positive mood in the camp having some through some tough opening games with a decent points tally.
|19:45||Oxford v Man City||Man City to Win -3||7/4|
|The holders Man City begin the defence of their trophy with a trip to the Kassam Stadium to take on EFL League One side Oxford United on Tuesday. Pep Guardiola’s troops are the overwhelming favourites to get the job done, but Karl Robinson’s side would love to pull off a huge shock on home soil and will relish the chance to pit themselves against one of the best teams in world football.
After falling to a surprise defeat to Lyon in the UEFA Champions League, Man City hit back in emphatic style at the weekend, thumping Cardiff City 5-0 in South Wales. Oxford, meanwhile, sit in a lowly 23rd place in the third tier, winning just one of their opening nine league fixtures so far. However, they have beaten Coventry City and Newport County to reach the third round of the EFL Cup and may view this clash as a welcome distraction.
That said, there is no getting away from the fact that, rotated team or now, this should be a stroll in the park for Guardiola’s boys. As such we’re backing City to leave the Kassam Stadium with a big win. Have a punt on the away side to win -3 at 7/4.
|20:00||Man Utd v Derby||Man Utd Win & BTTS||21/10|
|Frank Lampard goes up against Jose Mourinho on Tuesday as Derby County make the trip to Old Trafford to face Man Utd. Having failed to beat Wolves in the Premier League at the weekend, United will be hoping to return to winning ways in the Carabao Cup in midweek. Will they be too strong for the Rams, or can County leave Manchester with a shock result and dump the home side out of this competition?
The Red Devils had won three league and cup games in a row before drawing 1-1 with Wolves on Saturday. Lampard, meanwhile, is beginning to find his feet at Pride Park after a shaky start. He has now guided Derby to five league and cup victories from their last seven matches and things are looking good for the man who must have learned so much from Mourinho. Last weekend, County beat Brentford to move up to sixth in the EFL Championship table and they will travel to Old Trafford in positive mood.
Derby will have a real go at the Theatre of Dreams but Man Utd’s qualities should shine through in the end. We like the look of odds of 21/10 for United to win and both teams to score on Tuesday.
Sunday 23 September
|13:30||West Ham v Chelsea||Chelsea HT/FT||5/4|
|Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United face Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea at the London Stadium for an intriguing London derby on Sunday afternoon. The Hammers picked up their first points of the season with a surprise win at Everton last time out. Can they follow that up with a positive result against a Chelsea team who have a 100% record after five games?
West Ham had kicked off their season with four successive Premier League defeats. However, goals from Andriy Yarmolenko (2) and Marko Arnautovic gave the Irons a 3-1 win at Goodison Park last Sunday. The Hammers were a little flattered by the result and score but they will hope to build on that and will surely have taken some confidence from the three points.
As for Chelsea, prior to their Thursday night clash in Europe, they thumped Cardiff City 4-1 at Stamford Bridge to maintain their 100% winning record under Sarri. Before that, the Blues had seen off the likes of Huddersfield Town, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Bournemouth.
The Hammers may have picked up their first league victory of the season in their last outing, but we can see Pellegrini’s men losing this one against their rivals. Back the away side to be winning at half time and full time at the London Stadium, which you get at solid odds of 5/4.
|16:00||Arsenal v Everton||Arsenal to Win 2-0||17/2|
|The late match in the Premier League on Sunday may well be the highest quality and it takes place at the Emirates Stadium as Unai Emery’s Arsenal host Marco Silva’s Everton. The Gunners, who have won their last three in the Premier League, will be gunning for a fourth successive league triumph at the weekend. Meanwhile, the Toffees will be keen to respond after a poor home defeat at West Ham last Sunday.
Having started with defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal have won each of their last three in the Premier League (prior to their Europa League game on Thursday), seeing off the likes of West Ham, Cardiff and Newcastle to move on to nine points from five fixtures.
Everton were unbeaten under Silva in five league and cup encounters until the Hammers rocked up at Goodison Park and took all three points last Sunday. The Toffees have a number of injuries and whilst they welcome back Richarlison from suspension, they may struggle at a stadium where they so often fail to produce.
The Gunners are beginning to find their feet under Emery, and they are the clear favourites to pick up another victory on Sunday. We fancy the hosts to cruise to all three points in this one, so take a punt on the 2-0 Arsenal win at 17/2.
Saturday 22 September
|12:30||Fulham v Watford||Draw||12/5|
|Fulham and Watford meet at Craven Cottage in the early kick off in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. After losing for the first time this season in their last outing, can the Hornets get back to winning ways this weekend? The short trip to Fulham will certainly provide a stern test but they will fancy their chances against the newly promoted side.
The Cottagers have had a mixed bag of results at the start of this season, winning one, drawing one and losing three. As for Javier Gracia’s men, they beat the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Crystal Palace and most impressively Tottenham Hotspur, before losing 2-1 at home to Manchester United last Sunday.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham will be eager to make home advantage count, but we can see this ending all square at the Cottage. Take a punt on the draw at 12/5 in what should be a close and very well contested affair.
|17:30||Brighton v Tottenham||Tottenham to Win -1||7/4|
|Having lost three league and cup games in a row, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham will be desperate to return to winning ways when they make the trip to the Amex Stadium to play Chris Hughton’s Brighton on Saturday evening. Despite their poor form and midweek trip to Milan, Spurs head to East Sussex as the odds-on favourites.
Since an impressive 3-0 win at Old Trafford, the Lilywhites have crashed to three defeats in a row. Spurs lost to Watford and Liverpool in the Premier before letting a lead slip to fall to a 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Seagulls have taken five points from a possible 15 in the Premier League so far. That’s not the best return but Hughton will be pleased to see six sides worse off.
Tottenham have been uncharacteristically poor in recent weeks, losing three in a row under Pochettino for the first time. The manager showed signs of strain in his post-match press conference after the latest of those losses and it’s clear that things aren’t quite right at Spurs. However, we fancy them to bounce back with a comfortable win at the Amex at the weekend. Tottenham to win -1 is available at the tempting odds of 7/4 and that’s our tip here.
|17:30||QPR v Norwich||Draw & BTTS||10/3|
|On Saturday evening in the Championship, Steve McClaren’s Queens Park Rangers welcome Daniel Farke’s Norwich City to Loftus Road. These two teams look evenly matched on paper, but the bookies are just siding with a home win.
After losing their opening four, QPR have picked up in recent weeks, lifting themselves away from the foot of the table. Norwich have made an indifferent start, although they did beat high flying Middlesbrough 1-0 last weekend.
This has the potential to be a tight game, and a stalemate seems a likely outcome in London. Therefore, put some money on the draw and both teams to score at 10/3 or simply back the draw at shorter odds if you want to play things a shade safer.
Friday 21 September
|19:45||Wigan v Bristol City||Wigan to Win 1-0||15/2|
|Paul Cook’s flourishing Wigan Athletic entertain Lee Johnson’s Bristol City at the DW Stadium in the EFL Championship on Friday night. These two sides are separated by just one point in the table, so this could go either way in Greater Manchester this Friday. There are lots of big names in the Championship but these two will hope to be in the promotion mix come May after making good starts to the season.
The Latics, who were last season’s EFL League One winners, have indeed made an excellent start to life back in the Championship. Athletic have won four, drawn one and lost three of their eight league matches so far. As for the Robins, they won four league games in a row before falling to a 4-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.
This should be an intriguing fixture at the DW Stadium, but we fancy the home side to take the points. It could be close, so back Wigan to win 1-0 at big odds of 15/2.
Thursday 20 September
|17:55||Saloniki v Chelsea||Chelsea to Win to Nil||21/10|
|Maurizio Sarri’s high flying Chelsea begin their UEFA Europa League campaign with a trip to Thessaloniki in Greece to face PAOK Saloniki on Thursday. The Blues are the odds-on favourites for the win and there is clearly a huge gulf in class between these teams.
Sarri’s Chelsea have a 100% winning record in the Premier League after picking up five wins out of five so far. The Blues will be looking to take their domestic form into Europe. PAOK finished second in Greece’s top league last term but may be out of their depth somewhat here.
Chelsea’s qualities should shine through in this one, and we fancy the Londoners to win without conceding in Thessaloniki. The away side to win to nil is priced at 21/10 and that’s our tip.
|20:00||Arsenal v Vorskla||Arsenal HT/FT||1/2|
|Unai Emery’s Arsenal go up against Ukrainian outfit Vorskla Poltava at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening. Last season, the Gunners reached the semi-final stage of this competition under Arsene Wenger and right now winning the Europa League may be the more realistic way back into the Champions League.
After losing their opening two, Emery’s men have hit back with three wins in a row in the Premier League. Vorskla have had a mixed bag of results in the Ukrainian Premier League so far, winning four and losing four of eight and as such will be up against it here.
Arsenal will be eager to start their European campaign with a comfortable home victory on Thursday. The Gunners should cruise to all three points, so back the hosts to be winning at half time and full time at 1/2.
Wednesday 19 September
|20:00||Man City v Lyon||Man City to Win -2||11/10|
|Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City begin this season’s Champions League journey with a match against Bruno Genesio’s Lyon at the Etihad Stadium. With Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk also in the group, the Citizens are the strong favourites to win Group F as they look to continue their climb up what the owner called “their Everest”.
Man City have been solid at the start of this campaign, kicking off the defence of the title by picking up 13 points from the first 15 on offer in the Premier League. As for Lyon, they have already lost twice in Ligue 1 and so know they will have to be better here.
This should be a stroll in the park for City, and we’re backing Guardiola’s boys to get up and running with a big victory on Wednesday. You can get Man City to win -2 at the tempting odds of 11/10 and that’s the best way to garner a decent return from a comfortable home win.
|20:00||Young Boys v Man Utd||Man Utd to Win 2-1||7/1|
|Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United begin Champions League Group H with a trip to Switzerland to play Gerardo Seoane’s Young Boys. The Red Devils will fancy their chances in Bern as they seek to build on a good win at Watford last time out.
Young Boys booked their place in this year’s Champions League by winning the Swiss Super League last term, and they will not be an easy team to play against in Group H. Although United are fancied to prevail in the Swiss capital, Jose’s men must be at their best to claim the win.
This has the potential to be a close match at the Stade de Suisse, but we can see the away side nicking it. Take a punt on the 2-1 Man Utd victory at 7/1, the same score they beat the Hornets by on Saturday.
|19:45||QPR v Millwall||1-1 Draw||5/1|
|In the Championship on Wednesday, London rivals QPR and Millwall do battle at Loftus Road. Steve McClaren’s Rangers, who have picked up in recent weeks, head into this home match as the slight favourites in what is a clash between two sides currently languishing at the wrong end of the table.
QPR made a disastrous start to their campaign, losing each of their opening four. However, over the past month or so, the R’s have taken seven points from their last three games. As for Lions, they have accumulated just one point from the last 12 on offer, albeit that came last time out against league leaders Leeds.
This should be a spicy London derby at Loftus Road and it is certainly one that could go either way. With that in mind, our money is going on the 1-1 draw at chunky odds of 5/1.
Tuesday 18 September
|17:55||Inter v Tottenham||Tottenham Win||8/5|
|Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur begin their UEFA Champions League campaign with a tough trip to the San Siro to play Luciano Spalletti’s Inter Milan on Tuesday. Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven are the other teams participating in a difficult Group B.
Tottenham have lost their last two visits to Inter, with the home team scoring four goals on each occasion. Gareth Bale stole the show from an individual point of view when the pair met at the San Siro in a Champions League game back in 2010, netting a hat-trick in a 4-3 defeat.
After winning their opening three this term, Spurs have fallen to back to back defeats in the Premier League. However, we fancy the Lilywhites to get back to winning ways with a vital victory in Europe on Tuesday. The Tottenham win is available at 8/5 and that’s good value given Inter have hardly set the world alight this term.
|20:00||Liverpool v PSG||Draw & BTTS||3/1|
|Also on Tuesday in the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain meet in a heavyweight tussle at Anfield in Group C. Both teams will want the win on matchday one in the Champions League in what is arguably the biggest clash of the week.
Liverpool have made an excellent start to their Premier League season, winning five out of five so far to sit joint top of the table. As for PSG, they have picked up 15 points from 15 available in Ligue 1. These two giants have not met since the 1996/97 Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final, with PSG coming out on top over two legs.
Liverpool will be eager to make home advantage count, but Paris have some exceptional players and a top manager. We’re predicting this to end in a score draw at Anfield, so put some money on the stalemate and both teams to score at 3/1. This could be yet another Anfield thriller.
|19:45||Leeds v Preston||Leeds to Win -1||12/5|
|There’s also a full fixture list in the EFL Championship in midweek, with the league leaders Leeds United in action against Preston North End. Having drawn their previous two, Marcelo Bielsa’s men will be on the lookout for all three points this Tuesday against opponents who are struggling at the other end of the table.
Leeds have made a very strong start to their Championship campaign, winning four and drawing three to sit pretty at the top after seven games. In contrast, Alex Neil’s men have taken just five points from a possible 21, losing four of their last six in the league.
With these two teams in very different form, we fancy Leeds to secure an easy win at Elland Road in midweek. Have a punt on United to win -1 at 12/5, good value given the gulf between them and North End right now.
|20:00||Stoke v Swansea||Swansea Win||7/2|
|Gary Rowett’s Stoke City entertain Graham Potter’s Swansea City at the bet365 Stadium on Tuesday night. These two sides were both in the Premier League last term, but Swansea have made a far better start to this season, despite Stoke starting the campaign as title favourites. Who will come out on top in the Potteries in this huge clash?
The Potters have won only one of their opening seven in the Championship, losing three times already. The Swans, meanwhile, have secured three wins, drawn three times and lost only one of their opening seven league matches.
This should be an entertaining game in Staffordshire, but we can see the Welsh outfit returning to South Wales with all three points. The Swansea win is available at 7/2 and that’s a huge price given Stoke have been poor on home soil for some time now.
Monday 17 September
|20:00||Southampton v Brighton||Southampton Win & BTTS||15/4|
|The final Premier League game of the round takes place at St Mary’s as Mark Hughes’ Southampton play Chris Hughton’s Brighton. Both the Saints and Seagulls have four Premier League points to their name thus far. Being the hosts, Southampton are fancied to pick up all three points from this one.
After taking one point from their opening three league games, the Saints secured their first top flight win of the season last time out, beating Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park. Brighton have had a mixed bag of results, but their solitary win was a memorable 3-2 success over Mourinho’s Man United at the Amex Stadium last month.
This could be a close game at St Mary’s, but Hughes’ boys should follow up their impressive win at Palace with another victory here. We like the look of 15/4 for the home side to win and both teams to score on Monday night.
Sunday 16 September
|13:30||Wolves v Burnley||Wolves to Win -1||21/10|
|Sunday’s early kick off in the Premier League comes from Molineux where Wolverhampton Wanderers entertain Burnley. Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops have made a solid start to life in the top flight, picking up five points from four games. Can they make it eight points from a possible 15 with another win this weekend?
Since falling to an unlucky 2-0 defeat at Leicester, Wolves have drawn 1-1 with Manchester City and beaten West Ham 1-0 at the London Stadium. Sandwiched in between those two results was a 2-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup. Burnley, who have already played 10 league and cup games this term, have taken just one point from a possible 12 in the Premier League.
Wolves will be hoping to make their home ground a fortress this season, and a win on Sunday would be their first Premier League victory at Molineux since December 2011. Take a punt on Wanderers to win with a -1 goal handicap at 21/10.
|16:00||Everton v West Ham||Everton to Win to Nil||12/5|
|Marco Silva’s Everton and Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham lock horns at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon. The Toffees have won one and drawn three, while the Hammers sit rock bottom of the Premier League table on zero points. Will Everton pile more misery on Pellegrini’s Irons this weekend?
Having been held to a 1-1 home draw by Huddersfield Town last time out, the Toffees will be hoping to bounce back with three points this Sunday. As for West Ham, the Londoners are in desperate need of a positive result after falling to four successive Premier League defeats so far. The Hammers are the only side in all four divisions yet to pick up a point.
Everton should seal a comfortable victory on home soil at the weekend. West Ham look completely devoid of confidence, and we fancy the Toffees to win to nil at 12/5.
Saturday 15 September
|12:30||Tottenham v Liverpool||Liverpool Win||29/20|
|The Premier League gets back underway after the first international break of the season with a blockbuster match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur entertain Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Reds, who have taken 12 points out of 12, head to the national stadium in London as favourites.
Tottenham fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Watford last time out. Despite taking a second half lead at Vicarage Road, the Lilywhites left Herefordshire pointless. However, Spurs did win their opening three to sit on nine points from a possible 12. Liverpool have started their season like a house on fire, beating the likes of West Ham United, Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City to sit top of the pile.
This promises to be a fascinating fixture at Wembley, which really could go either way. However, we’re backing Klopp’s troops to continue their fine start by picking up another three points on Saturday. Back the Reds to prevail at 29/20.
|17:30||Watford v Man Utd||1-1 Draw||6/1|
|Watford are one of only three teams left with a 100% record in the Premier League. This Saturday, Javier Gracia’s Watford host a Manchester United side who have picked up six points from four games. Despite sitting six points behind their hosts, United make the trip to Vicarage Road as the odds-on favourites.
Watford have made a stunning start to their season, winning five league and cup games in a row. After Premier League wins over Brighton, Burnley and Palace, the Hornets came from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 last time out. The Red Devils, meanwhile, have made an indifferent start to their league campaign, winning two and losing two so far.
With Gracia’s Watford in such fine form, this will not be an easy task for United. With that in mind, put a few quid on the 1-1 draw at the big odds of 6/1.
|17:30||Blackburn v Aston Villa||Draw||23/10|
|In the EFL Championship on Saturday evening, Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers entertain Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa at Ewood Park. These two sides have both won two, drawn three and lost one of their six Championship games up until, so this could be an even encounter in Lancashire.
Blackburn, last season’s EFL League One runners-up, have made a competitive return to the Championship. However, after going five league games unbeaten, Rovers crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Bristol City in their last outing. Villa also suffered their first Championship loss of the season just before the break, losing 4-1 at Sheffield United.
Aston Villa have not won a league meeting at Ewood Park since James Milner and Gabriel Agbonlahor were on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win back in February 2009. Blackburn are unbeaten in four league and cup home games this term, and we fancy them to hold the Villans to a draw (23/20) on Saturday.
Friday 14 September
|19:45||Birmingham v West Brom||West Brom to Win 2-0||9/1|
|Midlands neighbours Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion get the EFL Championship back up and running this Friday night with a match at St Andrew’s. The Blues will be on the lookout for their first win of the season, while the Baggies head into this one having won five of their last six in all competitions.
It’s been a frustrating start to the season for Garry Monk and Birmingham, who are one of only three teams in the second tier yet to win. After a slow start, the Baggies are beginning to find their feet in the Championship, winning three of their last four to move up to ninth.
Birmingham could really do with a win, but we think that West Brom will be too strong for them at St Andrew’s on Friday. Albion to win 2-0 is generously priced at 9/1.
Monday 10 September
|19:45||Portugal v Italy||Portugal Win||17/10|
|Fernando Santos’ Portugal and Roberto Mancini’s Italy meet at the Estadio da Luz for a Nations League A, Group 3 affair on Monday night. With this taking place in Lisbon, the current European champions will back themselves to claim all three points.
The Portuguese were knocked out by Uruguay at the Round of 16 stage in Russia, while the Italians failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time in 60 years. These two famous nations have played out several battles over the years, and we’re hoping for another tasty clash on Monday.
Being the hosts, Santos’ side should come out on top in this one. This should be a close clash between reasonably well matched sides but we fancy Portugal to nick the win on Saturday. Put some money on the home victory at 17/10, good value considering Italy remain a work in progress.
Sunday 9 September
|19:45||France v Netherlands||France to Win -1||21/10|
|World champions France play their first game since their World Cup success in Russia back in July. On Sunday night at the Stade de France, Didier Deschamps’ Bleus entertain Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands in an intriguing Nations League A, Group 1 encounter.
France are back at the top after a stunning World Cup in the summer. The French went on to beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow to secure their second World Cup crown and their first major championship on foreign soil. In contrast, the Dutch were at home watching after a disastrous qualifying campaign. Can Koeman bring the glory days back to the Holland national team?
France will still be riding on the crest of a wave after their heroics in Russia, and Deschamps’ boys should be too strong for the Dutch in Saint-Denis on Sunday evening. Have a punt on the home team to win -1 at 21/10.
Saturday 8 September
|14:00||N Ireland v Bosnia||N Ireland Win||15/8|
|Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland begin their Nations League campaign at Windsor Park on Saturday afternoon, with Robert Prosinecki’s Bosnia & Herzegovina visiting Belfast. Can Norn Iron get off to a flying start in this League B, Group 3 matchup?
Despite failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the last few years have been very successful for Northern Ireland. The Green and White Army reached the Round of 16 at UEFA Euro 2016 a couple of years back, and they will be desperate to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020. The Nations League could be a route into that championship for them and so they may well take it more seriously than some bigger nations.
Bosnia – who are managed by former Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder Prosinecki – will not be an easy nut to crack for the Irish on Saturday. However, we’re predicting a narrow victory for the hosts, with the home win looking like very solid value priced at odds of 15/8.
|17:00||Switzerland v Iceland||Switzerland to Win 3-1||16/1|
|Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland and Erik Hamren’s Iceland meet at Kybunpark in St. Gallen for a Nations League A, Group 2 game on Saturday. This Swiss head into this one as favourites with the bookies but the Icelanders are accustomed to causing upsets and overcoming the odds.
By their high standards, Switzerland had a disappointing World Cup in Russia, eventually losing out to Sweden in the Round of 16 when they had a real chance at going deep into the tournament. Iceland, meanwhile, were making their first World Cup appearance in the summer, although they failed to get past the group stage in Russia. Nevertheless, the Icelanders are a forced to be reckoned with these days and didn’t let themselves down on their World Cup debut.
This will no doubt be an entertaining fixture in St. Gallen, but the hosts should prevail. We like the look of the big odds of 16/1 for the Swiss to win 3-1 on Saturday.
|19:45||Estonia v Greece||Greece to Win -1||3/1|
|On Saturday night in League C, Group 2, Estonia and Greece square off at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn. The Greeks may be on the road, but Michael Skibbe’s boys are fancied to prevail in the Estonian capital.
Greece have ultimately failed to build on their heroic European Championship triumph back in 2004, failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and several tournaments in between. As for the Estonians, they are yet to participate in a major tournament and so they are certainly another side who may think the Nations League gives them an opportunity to make history.
That said, Greece should be looking for maximum points from their trip to Tallinn at the weekend. Skibbe without question has a better squad of players at his disposal, and we fancy his side to win -1 (3/1) in Estonia on Saturday. Greek domestic football is on the up at the moment and we think that will be reflected in improved performances from the national side too – starting here.
|19:45||England v Spain||Draw & BTTS||7/2|
|Gareth Southgate’s England host Luis Enrique’s Spain in a blockbuster Nations League match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night. The English, the Spanish and Croatia contest a very even League A, Group 4. Can the Three Lions continue their excellent form by getting off to a winning start in the Nations League on Saturday?
England had a World Cup to remember in Russia in the summer, eventually losing out to Croatia in the semi-finals. In contrast, it was a turbulent tournament for the Spanish, with Fernando Hierro’s men losing on penalties to the hosts in the Round of 16 and suffering off the pitch disruption pre-tournament which certainly didn’t help.
Spain have won four of their last six matches with England, but the pair played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Wembley in their last meeting back in November 2016, with Spain scoring twice at the death. The draw and both teams to score on Saturday is available at 7/2 and once again that looks a solid bet in a game without too much pressure.
Friday 7 September
|19:45||Italy v Poland||Italy to Win 2-0||6/1|
|Having missed out on the World Cup in Russia, Italy will be gunning for a winning start to the Nations League, which offers an alternative qualification route into Euro 2020. Roberto Mancini’s troops take on Jerzy Brzeczek’s Poland at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna on Friday evening. The current European champions Portugal are also in this fascinating group.
A World Cup without Italy – who have won the tournament on four occasions – was very strange, but the Italians will be keen to make amends as we move towards the next major tournament. Poland were in Russia, but they were knocked out in the group stage after losing their opening two. The Poles now have a new manager, with Brzeczek taking over from Adam Nawalka after the World Cup disappointment.
When these two nations last met, Italy ran out winners in a friendly match back in November 2011, with Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini on the scoresheet in a 2-0 victory for the Italians. We fancy another 2-0 Italy triumph on Friday, which is available at 6/1.
|19:45||Turkey v Russia||Russia Win||11/5|
|Mircea Lucescu’s Turkey and Stanislav Cherchesov’s Russia meet at the Senol Gunes Stadium in Trabzon on Friday. Can the Russians, who performed so heroically at their own World Cup in the summer, get their Nations League tournament off to a perfect start with a win in Turkey on Friday?
The Turks have qualified for four of the last six Euros, even reaching the semis in Austria & Switzerland back in 2008. Russia were not given much hope at the World Cup, but Cherchesov’s boys proved a lot of people wrong by reaching the quarter-finals, eventually losing out to runners-up Croatia on penalties in the final eight. They also reached the semis at Euro 2008.
There’s not a lot to split these two nations in terms of ability on the pitch, but Russia will have all the confidence and belief in the world after their stunning World Cup campaign. Because of that, we’re siding with a narrow Russian victory (11/5) in Trabzon.
Thursday 6 September
|19:45||Czech Republic v Ukraine||Czech Republic to Win 2-1||17/2|
|Karel Jarolim’s Czech Republic host Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine in a UEFA Nations League match on Thursday night. These two sides will go up against Slovakia in League B, Group 1. Being the hosts, the Czechs are the favourites to come out on top in this one.
Czech Republic’s record at the FIFA World Cup is nothing to write home about, but they have several fond memories at European Championships. Back in 2004, the Czechs reached the semi-finals in Portugal. Meanwhile, Ukraine have participated at the last two Euros, picking up just one win from six games.
On paper, these two nations look well matched. However, home advantage could play a big part in the result of this one. Take a punt on the 2-1 Czech Republic win, which you can get at the decent odds of 17/2.
|19:45||Germany v France||Draw & BTTS||10/3|
|The most mouth-watering Nations League match of the week by far takes place at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Thursday as Joachim Low’s Germany entertain Didier Deschamps’ France. Having won the World Cup in the summer, the French will be looking to get their Nations League campaign off to a flying start.
The Germans, who were the reigning world champions heading to Russia, had a World Cup to forget as they were knocked out in the group stage. This was a rare humiliation for Germany but the governing body have kept faith with boss Low.
Les Bleus, in stark contrast, went all the way, beating Croatia in the final to lift their second World Cup trophy and their first major tournament outside of France. Which one of these European heavyweights will reign supreme in Munich on Thursday?
Germany will be out for blood after their horrifying summer, but France will not be an easy nut to crack at the Allianz Arena. This has the potential to be a close, tense and ding-dong battle in Germany, and we can see the pair cancelling each other out. With that in mind, check out the top odds of 10/3 for the draw and both teams to score in what should be an entertaining clash in a relatively low pressure environment.
|19:45||Wales v Republic of Ireland||Wales Win||11/10|
|Wales and Republic of Ireland go head-to-head once again, this time in a Nations League B, Group 4 match at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday night. Having been knocked out of World Cup qualification by the same opponents back in October, the Dragons will be out for revenge in this one. Ryan Giggs’ men are favourites to take all three points in the Welsh capital as the former Man United star continues to get to grips with international management.
Ireland beat Wales in Cardiff to progress to the World Cup play-offs last year. Unfortunately for Martin O’Neill and his men, they were thumped by Denmark over two legs to miss out on Russia. However, there were plenty of positives to take from an excellent qualifying campaign. Meanwhile, Wales will be hoping to qualify for their second successive European Championship, having stunned the footballing world by reaching the semi-finals in France back in 2016.
With the pair looking to get their Nations League campaign off to a flying start, this is a big fixture for both in Cardiff. Wales will be desperate to hit back after October’s disappointment, and we’re backing the Dragons to take all three points in this one. The home win is available at more than fair odds of 11/10.