19:45 - Chelsea v Tottenham
London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head in a mouth-watering EFL Cup semi-final this Wednesday night, with the first leg taking place at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have picked up just three wins from their past eight league and cup fixtures, but Thomas Tuchel’s troops are the favourites in this first leg.
Tottenham have looked solid under Antonio Conte so far and are unbeaten in eight Premier League matches (with five wins and three draws). Chelsea won 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when the pair met in the league back in September, but a lot has changed since then. This potentially cracking EFL Cup tie could go either way in midweek, but we fancy the Londoners to play out an entertaining draw. Check out the solid price of 15/4 for the draw and both teams to score in what should certainly be a match to entertain the neutrals.
19:45 - Arsenal v Liverpool
Please note that this match has been postponed.
Arsenal and Liverpool do battle at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. The Gunners have been outstanding at home this season, though they did fall to a gut-wrenching home reverse to champions Manchester City in the Premier League last time out. As for the Reds, they let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 at Chelsea on Sunday, which could have lingering psychological effects.
When this pair clashed in league action at Anfield in November, Liverpool ran out comprehensive 4-0 winners. However, we expect this EFL Cup semi-final, first leg to be a tight affair in the capital. As we touched on, Arsenal have an excellent record at the Emirates this season, and we fancy them to take a narrow lead to Merseyside. Back the hosts to win by one goal at fair odds of 7/2.
20:00 - Swindon v Manchester City
Pep Guardiola takes his Manchester City superstars to the County Ground this Friday night to face EFL League Two side Swindon Town in the third round of the FA Cup. Pep will no doubt chop and change his team for this one, but the Premier League champions are the overwhelming favourites to book their place in round four. Of course, anything can happen in the FA Cup, but the chances of an upset occurring here look remote.
Swindon earned this glamour FA Cup tie by securing away wins at Crewe Alexandra and Walsall in the previous rounds, but this will obviously present a far sterner test. City are in devastating form right now and have picked up 11 straight league wins to open a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. They head to Swindon having won 13 of their last 14 games in all competitions and it will take a brave or foolish punter to bet against them progressing here. This should be a walk in the park for Pep’s boys, and we like the look of the price of 4/6 for Man City to win both halves.
12:45 - Millwall v Crystal Palace
South London rivals Millwall and Crystal Palace meet in the third round of the FA Cup at The Den this Saturday in what could be a rather feisty affair. The Lions are currently in 11th place in the EFL Championship table, while the Eagles sit 11th in the Premier League. Palace are the bookies’ favourites at odds of evens, but Millwall will certainly fancy their chances against their neighbours at The Den.
Having said that, Gary Rowett’s men are in patchy form and have lost three and won two of their last five games. Last time out, they lost 3-2 to Bristol City in a thriller at Ashton Gate. Palace were also on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline in their last match when they lost at home to West Ham United. The pair may be a league apart, but this could be a close one at The Den. Still, Premier League Palace should nick it at odds of evens, though backing over 2.5 goals could also pay dividends here.
17:30 - Chelsea v Chesterfield
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea welcome James Rowe’s Chesterfield to Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup on Saturday evening. The Blues have struggled at home in recent weeks, but the Premier League giants will be targeting an easy victory in the cup against the National League side. As you would expect, Chelsea are the overwhelming favourites to progress to the fourth round.
Since a dramatic 3-2 win over Leeds United on 11th December, the Blues have drawn three games in a row at home. Chesterfield have beaten Curzon Ashton, Southend United and Salford City to reach the third round, but Chelsea should be far too strong for the non-league outfit on Saturday. The hosts will be eyeing up a big win, and you can get the decent price of 21/20 for Chelsea to win with a -3 goal handicap at the Bridge.
17:30 - Hull v Everton
In the FA Cup on Saturday evening, EFL Championship side Hull City entertain Premier League outfit Everton at the MKM Stadium. The Toffees are in poor form right now, to say the least, and the Tigers will be looking to cause an FA Cup upset on their own patch. Still, the top-tier team are the odds-on favourites to get the job done in East Yorkshire.
Grant McCann’s Hull were on an impressive six-game unbeaten run in the Championship before recent back-to-back defeats at Nottingham Forest and Blackpool. Everton have won just one game since September, and the Merseyside club crashed to a disappointing 3-2 home reverse to Brighton and Hove Albion in their last match. This will be a tough one for Rafa Benitez’s struggling Toffees, who are having a very disappointing campaign, and we like the look of the draw and both teams to score at odds of 7/2.
17:30 - Swansea v Southampton
Swansea City and Southampton are set to meet in the FA Cup at the Swansea.com Stadium on Saturday evening. The Swans, who have not played since 11th December, head into this cup tie having lost three on the spin in the league. As for the Saints, they have suffered only one reverse in six in the Premier League and have been playing some nice football.
Although Southampton have been tough to beat of late, they have picked up just one victory since beating Aston Villa 1-0 at St Mary’s on 5th November. Swansea have had a tough season in the second tier, and Southampton should edge this cup affair in South Wales. When they last met, the Saints won 1-0 in Wales back in May 2018. Check out the tempting odds of 11/4 for the away side to win by one goal again.
17:45 - Yeovil v Bournemouth
EFL Championship leaders Bournemouth make the trip to Huish Park this Saturday evening to face Yeovil Town in the FA Cup. Getting back to the Premier League remains the Cherries’ ultimate ambition, but Bournemouth will want to keep their momentum ticking with another victory at the weekend. Scott Parker’s troops are the clear favourites to see off the National League side.
Yeovil booked their place in the third round and secured this glamour tie against the Championship leaders after beating Weymouth, Yate and Stevenage. Unfortunately, the Glovers’ cup run is likely to come to an end this weekend. After a slump in form, Bournemouth are back on track after wins over Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City. Both victories came with clean sheets, and Parker’s boys are available at a reasonable price of 11/10 to win to nil again.
14:00 - West Ham v Leeds
Premier League duo West Ham United and Leeds United go head-to-head in the third round of the FA Cup at the London Stadium this Sunday afternoon. When these two sides squared off at Elland Road in the Premier League in September, the Hammers ran out 2-1 winners. Will West Ham see off Leeds again or will the West Yorkshire side earn a slice of revenge?
After three successive league and cup defeats, West Ham have got back on track with Premier League wins over Watford and Crystal Palace. Leeds also picked up a much-needed win last time out, beating Burnley 3-1 at Elland Road. The Whites have struggled on their travels this term, though, picking up just one victory. We fancy West Ham to edge an entertaining cup tie at the London Stadium. Put some money on the home win and both teams to score at decent odds of 13/5.
14:00 - Liverpool v Shrewsbury
Premier League giants Liverpool host EFL League One side Shrewsbury Town at Anfield in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon. The Reds are likely to play a weakened side in this one, but Jurgen Klopp’s men will be the overwhelming favourites no matter which starting line-up is selected. Liverpool will be looking for a comfortable FA Cup win ahead of their big EFL Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal in midweek.
Liverpool have a proud record in this competition, and the Merseyside giants will want to go far once again this year. Shrewsbury will enjoy the occasion at Anfield, but the Premier League heavyweights should ease past the League One team. Have a punt on the home side to be winning at half time and full time at the decent odds of 4/9.
14:00 - Tottenham v Morecambe
Antonio Conte has made a strong start to life at Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs are unbeaten in the Premier League since he arrived and are in the last four of the EFL Cup. Tottenham’s FA Cup journey begins this Sunday when they entertain EFL League One side Morecambe at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Londoners will be on the search for an easy cup victory here, despite what could be a plucky attempt at the upset from the visitors.
Tottenham are in fine fettle having won five and drawn three of their eight league matches under Conte’s stewardship. Morecambe earned this fantastic tie by beating Buxton in the previous round. It will be a memorable day for Stephen Robinson and his boys no matter what happens, but Spurs should sail to victory on home soil. We are backing Tottenham to win both halves of this one at odds of 4/5.
17:10 - Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Nottingham Forest and Arsenal square off at the City Ground in an intriguing FA Cup third round tie on Sunday evening. The in-form Gunners head to the East Midlands as the bookies’ favourites, but Steve Cooper’s Reds will not be an easy nut to crack on their own patch. Can the EFL Championship side shock the Premier League giants?
Nottingham Forest have been on an excellent run since Cooper arrived. However, they have lost two on the spin against Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town and this match could prove a very difficult challenge. Arsenal’s run of five straight wins came to an end with a heartbreaking loss to Manchester City in their last one. We can see Mikel Arteta’s boys striking back with a hard-fought cup win on Sunday. Check out the Arsenal win and under 2.5 goals at the top price of 3/1.
19:55 - Manchester United v Aston Villa
The final FA Cup fixture of the third round will take place at Old Trafford on Monday night, as Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United welcome Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa to Manchester. After suffering his first defeat as United boss last time out, Rangnick will be looking for a big response from his players in this one. The Red Devils are the odds-on favourites but Villa could be capable of pulling off an upset if they bring their A-game to the Theatre of Dreams.
Gerrard has made a positive impact at Villa Park since joining from Rangers in November, but the Villans head into this FA Cup tie having lost back-to-back Premier League matches to Chelsea and Brentford. Man United were poor in Monday’s 1-0 home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, though that was their first defeat since 20th November. Villa won 1-0 at Old Trafford in the league a few months back, but on balance, we fancy United to prevail in this one. Check out the home win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 13/8.
19:45 - Southampton v Brentford
Southampton and Brentford meet at St Mary’s in a Premier League fixture on Tuesday night. The Bees have taken to Premier League life exceptionally well and are in 12th place at present, two points and two places ahead of the Saints. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s troops have been tough to beat lately, losing just one game since November. As for Thomas Frank’s Brentford, they have won two league and cup matches on the spin to arrest a minor slump in form.
Since a 4-0 defeat at Anfield on 27th November, only Arsenal have beaten Southampton. Brentford suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City but bounced back with a much-needed 2-1 home victory over Aston Villa in their last league outing. Everything suggests there is not much between this pair and they look tough to split on paper, so we are backing the draw. The stalemate and both sides to score is nicely priced at 10/3, with 1-1 our correct score tip.
20:00 - Reading v Fulham
Reading and Fulham go head-to-head at the rather unpleasantly named Select Car Leasing Stadium this Tuesday in the EFL Championship. The Cottagers will be desperate to get back to winning ways having not tasted victory in the league since November. The Royals, who are down in 21st place, could also do with a positive result from this one.
Reading have had a tough time of late, winning just two of their last 11 in the Championship and being dumped out of the FA Cup by lowly Kidderminster at the weekend. After their points deduction, Veljko Paunovic’s side languish in 21st spot on just 22 points and are undoubtedly in a relegation battle. In contrast, Fulham looked all set for an instant return to the top flight until recently. After four straight draws, they lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield United in their last league game. However, they did pick up an extra-time win over Bristol City in the cup at the weekend. We fancy Marco Silva’s men to shade this by one goal (11/4).
19:45 - Tottenham v Chelsea
Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur and Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea do battle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final this Wednesday night. The Blues hold a handy lead in the tie after a solid 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge last week. As a result, Chelsea are the strong favourites to book their place in the Wembley Stadium final and it is hard to see how the hosts can overturn the deficit.
A Kai Havertz effort and an own goal from Ben Davies gave Chelsea a 2-0 win at the Bridge in the first leg last week. Although the Blues are now the clear favourites to go through, Spurs have been excellent at home since Conte took over in north London. Still, Chelsea should get the job done. We can see this second leg ending all square at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – check out the draw and both teams to score at 10/3.
19:45 - West Ham v Norwich
The midweek football keeps on coming as in-form West Ham United welcome struggling Norwich City to the London Stadium for a Premier League fixture on Wednesday night. The Hammers are enjoying another fine season under David Moyes, and the hosts head into this one having won three league and cup games on the bounce. West Ham will be eyeing up a fourth successive victory in midweek as they seek to stay in the hunt for a top four place and Champions League football next term.
The Irons are sitting pretty in fifth position in the Premier League table right now, a point behind the final UEFA Champions League spot. In contrast, Dean Smith’s Canaries are rock bottom with a mere 10 points to their name and even at this relatively early stage of the season look set for yet another instant return to the Championship. After losing the last home league fixture, Moyes’ men will be keen to return to winning ways here. It should be rather easy against a Norwich side that look out of their depth and have learnt nothing from previous relegations. You can get the solid price of 5/6 for West Ham to be winning at half time and full time.
20:00 - Barnsley v Stoke
On Wednesday night in the EFL Championship, Poya Asbaghi’s Barnsley entertain Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City. The Tykes are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the Championship table, while the Potters are hunting down a play-off spot. Stoke, who are in eighth place right now, will fancy their chances of leaving Oakwell with all three points.
Barnsley made the play-offs last year but the manager moved on to pastures new and they have had a miserable 2021-22 season so far. The Yorkshire club are down in 23rd position with just 14 points to their name after two wins, eight draws and 14 defeats. Stoke have lost their last two in the Championship, but we fancy O’Neill’s boys to bounce back with a comfortable victory at Oakwell in midweek. Put some money on the visitors to win -1 at big odds of 10/3.
19:45 - Liverpool v Arsenal
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal lock horns at Anfield in the first leg of their previously postponed Carabao Cup semi-final on Thursday night. The Kop side are the favourites on their own patch, but the Gunners will fancy their chances of taking a positive result back to the Emirates Stadium for the second game. Which way will this first leg go at Anfield?
Liverpool have been sensational on their own patch this season, relishing playing in front of their fans once again. In fact, Klopp’s boys have not lost at home in any competition since Fulham won 1-0 in a Premier League fixture way back in March 2021. Arsenal have had some poor results on the road of late, losing four of the last six in all competitions, including exiting the FA Cup to second tier Nottingham Forrest last time out at the weekend. Liverpool should edge this first leg on home turf, and there is good value in odds of 21/20 for the Reds victory.
20:00 - Brighton v Crystal Palace
Rivals Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace go head-to-head at the Amex Stadium in Premier League action this Friday night. The Seagulls have been tough to beat in the league this season, losing just four of their opening 19 games. The Eagles are in mid-table, four points behind their rivals. Who will come out on top at the Amex on Friday?
Brighton have taken seven points from their last three league matches. Last time out in the Premier League, Graham Potter’s men won 3-2 in a thriller at Everton. Palace lost 3-2 at West Ham United in their previous league outing, but Patrick Vieira’s side did win 2-1 at Millwall in the FA Cup last Saturday. There is not a lot to split these two rivals on paper, so our money is going on the draw at odds of 23/10.
12:30 - Manchester City v Chelsea
Heavyweights Manchester City and Chelsea square off at the Etihad Stadium in Premier League action on Saturday afternoon. Rampant City have opened a 10-point lead at the top of the table after recording 11 straight league wins and a win here could open an unassailable gap. Pep Guardiola’s men will be clearly hoping to extend the lead even further with three points against Thomas Tuchel’s Blues this weekend, but the visitors will be doing all they can to scupper Pep’s plans.
Man City have been in scintillating form over the past few months or so and have won 14 of their last 15 league and cup matches. In contrast, Chelsea have drawn four of their previous five in the Premier League. City won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge when the sides met back in September, with Gabriel Jesus scoring the only goal of the game. We can only see one outcome here and we’ll be backing the Manchester giants to win to nil again at the top odds of 2/1.
12:30 - Luton v Bournemouth
Nathan Jones’ Luton Town and Scott Parker’s Bournemouth meet at Kenilworth Road in the EFL Championship this Saturday. The Cherries are top of the table after 25 matches played, a point above Fulham, who have a game in hand. As for the Hatters, they find themselves in 16th position in the table with 29 points to their name. Parker’s men will be looking for a third straight league victory at the weekend.
After no wins in six games, Bournemouth have got their act together, securing much-needed back-to-back league victories over Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City in their last two. They then beat Yeovil Town in the FA Cup last weekend. Kenilworth Road is not an easy place to visit, but Bournemouth will fancy their chances of returning to Dorset with all three points. Put some money on the visitors to prevail at odds of 29/20.
17:30 - Aston Villa v Manchester United
Aston Villa and Manchester United do battle at Villa Park in Saturday’s late kick off in the Premier League. Last Monday, United knocked Villa out of the FA Cup, with a Scott McTominay header giving the Red Devils a narrow 1-0 win at Old Trafford. However, when they met in Manchester in league action in September, the Villans left with a 1-0 victory and they could fancy their chances of repeating that feat here.
Since taking over at Old Trafford, Ralf Rangnick has suffered just one defeat in seven games and added a new solidity to the side. As for Steven Gerrard, he has won four and lost five as Aston Villa boss. United will be out for revenge after losing the reverse game on home soil a few months back, and we fancy the Red Devils to edge a tight affair at Villa Park. We’ll be taking a punt on Man United to win by one goal at odds of 3/1.
12:00 - Hull v Stoke
Hull City and Stoke City clash at the MKM Stadium in EFL Championship action on Sunday. The Tigers are fighting for survival and are currently four points above the drop zone. As for the Potters, they are in the promotion mix at present, sitting five points away from sixth spot in eighth position. This is a massive fixture for both teams and it could mean we see a tight and cagey affair.
Hull recently went six matches unbeaten in the Championship, picking up four straight wins and drawing twice. However, the Tigers head into this one having suffered back-to-back losses to Nottingham Forest and Blackpool. Stoke are in poor form, winning just one of their past six in the league. Both sides will want the three points here, but we can see the pair cancelling each other out in East Yorkshire. Put your money on the draw at a decent price of 12/5.
14:00 - Liverpool v Brentford
Liverpool welcome Brentford to Anfield for a Premier League fixture this Sunday afternoon. The Reds have failed to win in three in the league, collecting just two points from a possible nine, which has left them off the pace in the race for the title. In fact, as a result of their recent inability to win, Jurgen Klopp’s men have slipped 11 points behind leaders Manchester City. Liverpool will be desperate to get back to winning ways in the Premier League this weekend and they could face tougher opposition than Brentford, truth be told.
Klopp’s boys have drawn with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea and were beaten by Leicester City in their last three games. Still, they have been sensational at home in the league this term, dropping just six points. Thomas Frank’s Brentford have lost three of their past four Premier League fixtures, and this will be a tough test for the Bees. We can see the hosts dominating this game and we think backing the Reds to win both halves at odds of 2/1 looks the way to go here.
14:00 - West Ham v Leeds
West Ham United and Leeds United meet once again this weekend. The pair locked horns at the London Stadium in the FA Cup last Sunday, with the Hammers running out 2-0 winners. Will West Ham get the better of the Yorkshire side in the Premier League at the weekend? The in-form Irons are the odds-on favourites to get the points on home turf, but Leeds will certainly be out for revenge.
After a little slump in form, West Ham are well and truly back on track having claimed four league and cup wins on the spin. After beating Leeds in the cup, David Moyes’ men recorded a comfortable 2-0 Premier League victory over struggling Norwich City in midweek. We can see the London side securing a fifth consecutive success on Sunday. Check out the solid odds of 6/4 for West Ham to win with a -1 goal handicap in this one.
16:30 - Tottenham v Arsenal
Please note that this match has been postponed.
North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal go head-to-head in a mouth-watering derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. When the pair met at the Emirates Stadium a few months back, the Gunners cruised to a 3-1 win on home soil. Will Spurs avenge that defeat or can Arsenal return home with a positive result?
Antonio Conte suffered his first home loss as Tottenham manager in midweek, losing 1-0 to Chelsea in the EFL Cup. However, Spurs are undefeated in eight Premier League games since the change of management, winning five and drawing three. Arsenal have had a couple of iffy results of late, but Mikel Arteta’s troops will fancy their chances of snatching a point at the home of their rivals. The draw and both teams to score is nicely priced at odds of 10/3.
19:30 - Burnley v Watford
Burnley and Watford square off in a huge Premier League game at Turf Moor on Tuesday night. Sean Dyche’s men have slipped to the foot of the table but have games in hand on the teams around them. As for the Hornets, they are just a point above the drop zone after a miserable run of results. Who will come out on top in this midweek basement battle in Lancashire?
Burnley have been in poor form of late and have lost four of their past five league and cup matches. The Clarets have picked up just one league win all season. Claudio Ranieri’s side stopped a run of seven straight league and cup losses with a handy 1-1 draw at Newcastle United last time out. Both teams will be desperate for maximum points from this one, but we fancy they’ll end up cancelling one another out and we’ll be backing the draw at odds of 23/10.
19:45 - Fulham v Birmingham
After the weekend’s results, Fulham moved back to the top of the EFL Championship. Marco Silva’s Cottagers will be looking for another comfortable win on Tuesday when Lee Bowyer’s Birmingham City visit Craven Cottage. Everything is pointing towards a routine home victory, but can the Blues cause an upset in the capital?
Fulham have kicked off 2022 in stunning style, beating Reading 7-0 away from home and securing a big 6-2 home victory over Bristol City last time out. Last weekend’s success over the Robins coupled with Bournemouth’s loss at Luton Town took the Cottagers back to the top of the Championship table. City have picked up just one win in over two months. Silva’s side should have no problems against lowly Birmingham in midweek, so take a punt on the hosts to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 5/6.
19:45 - Preston v Sheffield United
Preston North End and Sheffield United go head-to-head at Deepdale in the EFL Championship on Tuesday night. Ryan Lowe is still unbeaten in the league since taking over in Lancashire, while United’s four-game Championship winning streak was ended by bottom side Derby County last weekend. This promises to be an intriguing fixture at Deepdale and one that should offer plenty of entertainment to fans and neutrals alike.
Lowe has guided Preston to two wins and a draw from three league games. After wins over Barnsley and Stoke City, North End drew 1-1 at home with Birmingham City last time out. Under Paul Heckingbottom, Sheffield United started with victories over Bristol City, Cardiff City and Fulham. However, they were beaten 2-0 at Derby on Saturday. This is a tough one to call, so our money is going on the draw and both teams to score at odds of 7/2.
20:00 - Brighton v Chelsea
Graham Potter’s Brighton and Hove Albion welcome Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea to the Amex Stadium this Tuesday night in Premier League action. The Seagulls, who sit in ninth position in the table as things stand, have been very tough to beat this season, though half of their league matches have ended in draws. The Blues were beaten at Manchester City last Saturday, but the London outfit are the odds-on favourites in this one, as one might well expect.
Brighton have only lost four times in the Premier League this season, with just Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea suffering fewer defeats. Chelsea will still be licking their wounds after the narrow loss at the Etihad Stadium, which saw them slip 13 points behind the leaders. Nevertheless, we are backing the Blues to get back to winning ways here. Check out the away victory with a -1 goal handicap at the tempting price of 2/1.
19:30 - Leicester v Tottenham
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City take on Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League this Wednesday night in what should prove a highly entertaining affair. At the time of writing, the Foxes sit in 10th place in the table with 25 points to their name, while Spurs are eight points above in sixth spot. Both teams will be gunning for all three points from this fascinating midweek Premier League fixture, but who will prevail?
Leicester have had a topsy-turvy season so far, winning seven, losing seven and drawing four of their opening 18 league fixtures. Tottenham have shown a big improvement since Conte’s arrival, and Spurs are undefeated in eight Premier League matches under their new boss (five wins, three draws). These two have played out several high-scoring encounters in recent times, and we could be in for another goal-fest at the King Power on Wednesday. Take a punt on the Tottenham win and over 2.5 goals at odds of 5/2.
19:45 - Hull v Blackburn
On Wednesday night in the EFL Championship, strugglers Hull City entertain in-form Blackburn Rovers at the MKM Stadium. The Tigers were starting to show signs of fight, but Grant McCann’s men head into this one having lost three Championship games on the spin. As for Rovers, they are just two points behind leaders Fulham in third and performing very well as things stand.
Hull hover four points above the drop zone after a tough first season back in the Championship. Last weekend’s 2-0 home loss to Stoke City was their fourth league and cup reverse on the spin. Blackburn kept up their stunning form a 1-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, which stretched their unbeaten run in the Championship to 10 games (including eight wins and two draws). We are backing Tony Mowbray’s boys to win to nil again at odds of 3/1.
20:00 - Brentford v Manchester United
The rescheduled Premier League fixture between Brentford and Manchester United will take place at the Brentford Community Stadium this Wednesday night. Having taken just one point from their last two league matches, Ralf Rangnick’s Red Devils will be looking for maximum points in the capital in midweek. As expected, United are the odds-on favourites with the bookies.
Thomas Frank’s Brentford have found it tough going of late, and the Bees head into this one having lost four of their past five Premier League matches. Man United let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa last time out, but we fancy the Manchester giants to get back to winning ways in midweek. Brentford have failed to score in five of their last six defeats so we’ll be confident putting our money on United to win to nil at odds of 2/1.
19:45 - Arsenal v Liverpool
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool meet in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final this Thursday. This one is taking place at the Emirates Stadium, but the away side are the favourites to reach the final. After holding Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield a week ago, the Gunners will fancy their chances, especially given Liverpool will be without Mo Salah and Sadio Mane who are at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Despite playing against 10 men for over an hour, Liverpool failed to break through Arsenal’s resolute defence in the opening game. The first leg was a tight and tense affair, but this second leg at the Emirates promises to be a thriller with a place at Wembley Stadium at stake. The Gunners will no doubt play their part on home soil, but we fancy the Reds to edge it. Put some money on the Liverpool win and both teams to score at the very juicy looking odds of 3/1.
20:00 - Watford v Norwich City
Watford and Norwich City meet in a crucial Premier League fixture at Vicarage Road this Friday night. The Canaries moved off the foot of the table and up to 18th with a vital victory over Everton last time out, spelling the end for Rafa Benitez at the Toffees, and Dean Smith’s troops are now just a point behind Watford. The Hornets will be desperate for their first win since November and this is a massive relegation six-pointer.
Claudio Ranieri’s men stopped a run of six straight Premier League defeats with a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at St James’ Park last Saturday. Norwich’s win over Everton also ended a six-game losing streak in the Premier League, one in which they had also failed to score. The pair will be gunning for maximum points, but we fancy the strugglers to play out a tense draw at Vicarage Road, the perfect result for the likes of Newcastle and Burnley. You can get nice odds of 10/3 for the draw and under 2.5 goals.
12:30 - Everton v Aston Villa
Life after Rafa Benitez starts for Everton when they welcome Aston Villa to Goodison Park this Saturday afternoon in the Premier League. The Toffees are on a miserable run of results and could really do with maximum points from this one if they want to stay well clear of the relegation zone. However, Steven Gerrard’s Villans will not be an easy nut to crack. This could go either way and neither side will be giving any quarter.
Since beating Norwich City at home on 25th September, Everton have managed to win just one of their following 13 Premier League games. Gerrard had won four and lost four of eight Premier League matches before last weekend’s comeback draw with Manchester United. Both teams would love all three points from this one, but our money is going on the draw and both teams to score, which is available at the decent price of 10/3.
12:30 - Nottingham Forest v Derby
East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County square off at the City Ground in EFL Championship action this Saturday. As you would expect, Steve Cooper’s Reds are the bookies’ favourites on home soil. However, Wayne Rooney’s Rams are one of the form sides in the division right now. Will the hosts make home advantage count, or can County continue their fine form?
After back-to-back defeats to Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest secured a much-needed 1-0 win at Millwall last time out. Under Cooper, Forest have suffered just three Championship defeats. Derby are showing signs of fight, winning four and drawing one of their last five games. However, we fancy the hosts to nick this one at the City Ground. You can get the decent odds of 5/2 for Nottingham Forest to win by one goal.
12:30 - Bristol City v Cardiff
On Saturday afternoon in the EFL Championship, rivals Bristol City and Cardiff City lock horns at Ashton Gate in a Severnside derby. The Robins are in 16th place in the Championship table on 30 points at present, with the Bluebirds seven points behind in 20th position. Both struggling sides will be desperate for all three points in Bristol, but this could be a tight derby that could go either way.
Bristol City crashed to a humbling 6-2 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend. Nigel Pearson’s side have won just one of their last six league and cup fixtures. Despite their lowly position, Cardiff have shown a slight improvement since Steve Morison took over, and the Welsh side have suffered just one away defeat under their new boss. This is tough to call, so our money is going on the draw at odds of 9/4.
15:00 - Manchester United v West Ham
One of the standout matches from the weekend’s Premier League action is Saturday’s encounter at Old Trafford between Manchester United and West Ham United. The Red Devils are the favourites on home soil, but West Ham are above Man United in the Premier League table. The Hammers won 1-0 at Old Trafford in an EFL Cup match back in September, but this will be a stern test for David Moyes’ men.
Ralf Rangnick’s side picked up a 3-1 win at Brentford in midweek after taking just one point from two games. West Ham’s four-match winning streak was ended by Leeds United last weekend. The Irons are enjoying another excellent season under Moyes, but we fancy Man United to edge this one. The Manchester club won 2-1 in the reverse match at the London Stadium, and a repeat scoreline here is priced at decent odds of 17/2.
17:30 - Southampton v Manchester City
Saturday’s late kick off in the Premier League will see leaders Manchester City make the trip to St Mary’s to face Southampton. Pep Guardiola’s men, who moved 11 points clear at the top of the table last weekend, are in stunning form and are the clear favourites in this one. Still, the Saints held City to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the campaign, and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men will fancy their chances of upsetting the champions again.
Since suffering a shock 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace back in October, Pep’s troops have gone on to win 15 of their following 16 league and cup matches. The Premier League champions head to St Mary’s having won 12 in a row in the league. Southampton have been in decent form of late, but the Citizens should cruise to all three points in this one. We can see a relatively easy victory and we’ll be backing City to win both halves at a price of 13/8.
14:00 - Arsenal v Burnley
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are back in Premier League action this Sunday when bottom club Burnley visit the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have lost two league and cup matches in a row at home, but they have generally been very strong on their own patch this season. In truth, the hosts should have no problems finding a route to victory in this one.
Before the 2-1 loss to Manchester City on New Year’s Day, Arsenal had won seven in a row at the Emirates in all competitions. The Clarets are having a tough season, picking up just one Premier League victory from 17 games played. This could be another tough day at the office for Sean Dyche’s boys, and our money is going on an easy Arsenal win. Back the home team to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 21/20.
14:00 - Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool troops to the capital this Sunday to face Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace in Premier League action. The Reds will be buzzing after booking their place in another major final in midweek. After securing their first league win in four last weekend, can Liverpool follow that up with three points in south London on Sunday?
Klopp’s boys won six Premier League games on the spin before a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on 19th December. They then lost at Leicester City and drew at Chelsea. However, the Reds bounced back with a comfortable 3-0 home success over Brentford last weekend. Meanwhile, Palace have lost five of their last nine games in the league. We fancy Liverpool to win to nil at Selhurst on Sunday, which is nicely priced at odds of 7/4.
16:30 - Chelsea v Tottenham
London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head in a mouth-watering London derby at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. These two teams have already met three times this season, with the Blues winning all three and keeping three clean sheets. Having said that, Spurs will be bang up for this one after their dramatic victory over Leicester City last time out.
Chelsea made a stunning start to their Premier League campaign but have gone off the boil in recent weeks. In fact, the Blues have picked up just one league win in eight. Tottenham are unbeaten in nine Premier League matches since Antonio Conte took over, claiming six wins and drawing three times. At Leicester on Wednesday, the Lilywhites scored two injury-time goals to leave with a 3-2 win. We are backing Tottenham to follow that up with a draw at the Bridge this weekend at a price of 16/5.
19:45 - Blackburn v Middlesbrough
The final EFL Championship fixture of the round promises to be an entertaining encounter on Monday night, as promotion-chasers Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough meet at Ewood Park. After their incredible unbeaten run was ended by Hull City in midweek, Blackburn will be desperate to get back to winning ways at the first time of asking.
Before Wednesday’s 2-0 loss at the MKM Stadium, Tony Mowbray’s men had won eight and drawn two of their last 10 Championship matches to fire themselves into the title race. Middlesbrough have shown a big improvement since Chris Wilder arrived, and Boro head to Ewood Park having won six and drawn one of their past seven league games. With both teams in superb form, we fancy the pair to cancel each other out. Check out the draw and both teams to score at odds of 7/2.
19:45 - QPR v Swansea
Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City lock horns at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in the EFL Championship action this Tuesday night. QPR are in stunning form at present and have won four league games in a row. As for the Swans, they picked up a much-needed victory over Preston North End last time out, which was their first win since November.
Rangers’ 2-1 win at Coventry City last Saturday was their 14th Championship success of the season and they are surpassing most people’s expectations. Mark Warburton’s boys are sitting pretty in fourth place in the table with 47 points to their name. Despite picking up three points in their last outing, Swansea have struggled in recent months, and this will be another tough test for Russell Martin and his side. We fancy the Hoops to secure a comfortable victory on home soil and we’ll be backing the hosts to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 3/1.
19:45 - Nottingham Forest v Barnsley
Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest welcome Poya Asbaghi’s Barnsley to the City Ground in midweek EFL Championship action. Forest are in eighth place after a superb upswing in fortunes since Cooper arrived. In contrast, the Tykes are rock bottom with a mere 14 points to their name. The home side will the targeting all three points from this one.
Nottingham Forest beat rivals Derby County in the East Midlands derby last weekend, with Lewis Grabban and Brennan Johnson netting in a 2-1 win. Barnsley played their first league game in 2022 last Saturday, losing 2-1 at Birmingham City. The Tykes have not won since early November, and our money is going on a routine home win here. Have a punt on Nottingham Forest to be winning at half time and full time at the solid odds of 7/4.
20:00 - West Brom v Preston
On Wednesday night in the EFL Championship, Valerien Ismael’s West Bromwich Albion and Ryan Lowe’s Preston North End meet in an intriguing fixture at The Hawthorns. The Baggies picked up a much-needed three points last time out, easing past lowly Peterborough United. Can they make it back-to-back home victories with three points in this one?
West Brom’s 3-0 success over Posh on Saturday was their first win in six league and cup fixtures. Preston were narrowly beaten 1-0 at the Swansea.com Stadium last time out, which was their first Championship defeat under new boss Lowe. The Baggies have not been at their best recently, but they should see off the Lilywhites at The Hawthorns on Wednesday. You can get a decent price of 6/4 for West Brom to win to nil again, which looks a worthwhile option to us.
19:45 - Huddersfield v Stoke
Carlos Corberan’s Huddersfield Town entertain Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City at the John Smith’s Stadium in EFL Championship action this Friday night. The Terriers occupy the final play-off position at present, taking 44 points from 28 league fixtures. As for the Potters, they find themselves six points adrift in 11th position in the table. The home side are the bookies’ favourites here and we think they’ll have enough to muster the victory.
Huddersfield have taken many by surprise this season. After 28 games played, Town have picked up 12 wins, eight draws and eight defeats. The Terriers are unbeaten in eight Championship matches, winning four and drawing four. Stoke head to Yorkshire having lost six of their last nine games in the league. We fancy Huddersfield to nick the points on home soil, and there is good value in the odds of 3/1 for the hosts to win by one goal.
15:00 - Barnsley v Bournemouth
Barnsley and Bournemouth do battle at Oakwell in the EFL Championship this Saturday. With the Tykes currently propping up the league table, while the Cherries dropped out of the automatic promotion spots earlier in the week, this is a massive match for both clubs. Bournemouth are the favourites with the bookies in this one and we can’t see them stumbling on the road.
Barnsley made the play-offs last season but have had a miserable campaign this time around. After 26 matches, the Yorkshire outfit are bottom of the Championship table with a mere 14 points to their name. Barnsley have picked up just two league wins this term. Bournemouth have been inconsistent of late and have lost their last two matches, but we fancy Scott Parker’s troops to snatch the points at Oakwell on Saturday. You can get the away win at the decent odds of 3/4.
15:00 - Millwall v West Brom
Gary Rowett’s Millwall and Valerien Ismael’s West Bromwich Albion go head-to-head at The Den in the EFL Championship on Saturday afternoon. The Lions are one of several clubs with play-off aspirations, while the Baggies will be hoping to break into the top two by the end of the campaign. This promises to be a fascinating fixture in the capital contested by sides who are difficult to split.
Millwall’s play-off hopes have been dealt a huge blow lately, as the Londoners head into this one having lost five of their last seven games in the Championship. West Brom have been solid at The Hawthorns but have struggled away from home this season. In fact, they have picked up just one away win since September. We are backing this one to end all square at The Den – check out the draw and both teams to score at odds of 7/2.
15:00 - Fulham v Blackpool
EFL Championship leaders Fulham will be looking for another three points when Blackpool visit Craven Cottage this Saturday. The Cottagers are well and truly back on track after a slump in form at the end of 2021, winning four in a row in the Championship to take back top spot. Blackpool are having a decent season so far and are currently sitting in 13th position in the table on 36 points.
Fulham have started the year like a house on fire. After a 7-0 away win at Reading to kick things off, the London side then secured back-to-back 6-2 home wins victories over Bristol City and Birmingham City. Last time out, Fulham made it four league successes on the spin with a 3-2 win at Stoke City. The Seasiders shocked the Cottagers in the reverse game, but we can only see one winner in this one. Back the hosts to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 5/6.
17:30 - Peterborough v Sheffield United
Struggling Peterborough United welcome in-form Sheffield United to the Weston Homes Stadium for an EFL Championship fixture this Saturday evening. Posh, who were last term’s EFL League One runners-up, have picked up just five league wins all season and are certainly not on top of their game at the moment. The Blades have won 10 of their 25 Championship games. Who will come out on top in this one?
Peterborough squandered a two-goal lead and dropped two points at Birmingham City in midweek. After no wins in three league and cup games, Sheffield United returned to winning ways last time out, with goals from Rhian Brewster and Jack Robinson giving them a 2-0 home victory over Luton Town. The Blades won the reverse match 6-2 at Bramall Lane in September, and you can get odds of 3/1 for Sheffield United to win and both teams to score in this one.
13:30 - Derby v Birmingham
Wayne Rooney’s Derby County and Lee Bowyer’s Birmingham City go head-to-head at Pride Park in the EFL Championship on Sunday. The Rams are in desperate need of points, while the Blues will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to three games with a positive result in Derby. There is not a lot to split these two on paper, and this all-Midlands match could go either way.
Derby have shown a big improvement of late, winning four of their past six Championship games. However, after four wins and a draw from five, the Rams were beaten by rivals local Nottingham Forest last time out. Birmingham scored two late goals to rescue a point at home against struggling Peterborough United in their last outing. This is a tough one to call, and it could be decided by a single moment of brilliance (or madness), but our money is going on the draw at odds of 21/10.
16:00 - Cardiff v Nottingham Forest
Sunday’s late EFL Championship game comes from the Welsh capital, as struggling Cardiff City welcome in-form Nottingham Forest to the Cardiff City Stadium. The Bluebirds have a stunning recent record over the Reds, but Forest will fancy their chances in this one. City have the worst home record in the league, while the visitors have suffered just one away loss since August.
Cardiff have had a woeful campaign so far. The Cardiff City Stadium has so often been a fortress in the Championship over the years, but the Bluebirds have mustered up just two home league wins this term. Nottingham Forest head to Wales in excellent form, winning seven of their last nine league and cup games. We are backing Steve Cooper’s boys to secure a precious three points in this one at a price of 9/5.
19:45 - Millwall v Preston
Millwall and Preston North End square off in EFL Championship action this Tuesday night. After four straight league and cup defeats, the Lions beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 last time out. Can Gary Rowett’s side make it back-to-back victories at The Den? The Lilywhites have been tough to beat under Ryan Lowe, but Millwall are the bookies’ favourites to get the victory from this one.
The Lions’ poor form has seen them slip down the Championship table into the bottom half. Preston are currently a point above in the standings having played a game more. On paper, these two teams look hard to split, and this could be a tight and tense fixture at The Den. The pair are among the draw specialists in the league, and we like the look of the odds of 7/2 for the draw and both teams to score on Tuesday.
19:45 - Swansea v Luton
Russell Martin’s Swansea City and Nathan Jones’ Luton Town do battle at the Swansea.com Stadium in the EFL Championship on Tuesday night. The Swans have been going backwards of late, while the Hatters are one of the form sides in the division. Who will come out on top in this intriguing midweek fixture in South Wales?
Swansea head into this one having won just one of their last seven matches in the Championship. Last time out, they were beaten 2-0 at Hull City. In contrast, Luton are in relatively fine fettle, winning four, drawing two and losing one of their last seven league encounters. After a decent enough run of results, we fancy Town to snatch the points in Wales. All four of their away victories in the Championship this term have come with clean sheets and we’ll be backing Luton to win to nil here at a price of 7/2.
19:45 - Barnsley v Cardiff
Barnsley and Cardiff City meet at Oakwell in a huge EFL Championship fixture on Wednesday night. The Tykes remain rooted to the foot of the table after suffering a 17th league defeat of their miserable season last time out. As for the Bluebirds, they picked up a rare home win on Sunday. Can the Welsh side secure another invaluable three points in midweek?
Barnsley have had a woeful season up until now, winning just two of their 27 Championship fixtures. The Yorkshire team lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, which was the club’s fourth successive league reverse. Cardiff stopped a run of six league games without a win with an excellent 2-1 home victory over Nottingham Forest on Sunday. The 2-1 City victory on Wednesday is available at the tempting price of 9/1.
19:45 - Huddersfield v Derby
Two form sides clash at the John Smith’s Stadium on Wednesday night, as Huddersfield Town entertain Derby County. The Terriers are unbeaten in nine Championship games (four wins, five draws), while the Rams have suffered just one loss in their past seven league fixtures. This promises to be an entertaining encounter in West Yorkshire.
Huddersfield are level on points with West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough, who currently occupy the final two play-off spots. Town are in superb form, but Carlos Corberan’s men have won just one of their last five home league matches. Wayne Rooney’s Derby scored two goals at the death to earn a 2-2 draw with Birmingham City on Sunday, and we fancy this one to end all square too. There is good value in the draw and both teams to score at odds of 10/3.