Football Tips – May 2022

3rd May 2022

19:00 - Bournemouth v Nottingham Forest

Draw & BTTS @ 7/2

Scott Parker’s Bournemouth and Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest lock horns in a gigantic EFL Championship match at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday night. The Cherries are clinging on to second position, just three points above the third-place Reds, who are in fine fettle of late. A Forest victory will see both clubs go into the final day on 82 points, but Bournemouth would be promoted to the Premier League with a home win.

With the pressure well and truly on, Bournemouth picked up a spectacular 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday. As for Forest, they continued their stunning run of form with an outstanding 5-1 win against Cooper’s former club Swansea City at the City Ground. These two look hard to split on paper, so our money is going on the stalemate, a result which would favour the hosts. Back the draw and both teams to score at the chunky price of 7/2.

3rd May 2022

20:00 - Villarreal v Liverpool

Liverpool Win @ 7/10

Villarreal and Liverpool meet at the Estadio de la Ceramica this Thursday for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final. The Premier League side hold a handy advantage in the tie after a comfortable 2-0 home win in leg one. Jurgen Klopp’s men are in red-hot form at present, and the Reds will fancy their chances of booking their place in the 2021-22 Champions League final. Villarreal have produced some stunning shocks to make it this far in the competition but we rather suspect it would be asking too much for them to fight back here.

Liverpool dominated the game at Anfield last Wednesday, with an own goal and a Sadio Mane effort giving them a routine 2-0 victory in front of their own fans. Unai Emery is somewhat of an expert when it comes to European knockout football, but the Yellow Submarine have left themselves with too much work to do. We fancy Liverpool to win this second leg in Spain and go through in style, and the bookies are offering very fair odds of 7/10 for the visitors to triumph.

4th May 2022

20:00 - Real Madrid v Manchester City

Manchester City Win & BTTS @ 9/4

Real Madrid and Manchester City do battle at the Santiago Bernabeu in a huge UEFA Champions League semi-final on Wednesday. City hold a narrow lead in the tie after a thrilling first leg at the Etihad Stadium last week. Pep Guardiola’s troops are the favourites, but this semi is far from over and the hosts will be buoyed by having recently lifted the Liga title. What’s more, with that trophy in the bag, they can now focus fully on the UCL. Who will book their place in the final to face either Liverpool or Villarreal for the Champions League trophy?

These two European powerhouses put on a real show at the Etihad Stadium last Tuesday, with Man City edging a seven-goal thriller on home soil. City led 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2, but Madrid left Manchester with the deficit at just one goal. Expect more fireworks on Wednesday, and we fancy a similar outcome in the Spanish capital. You can get 9/4 for the away win and both teams to score.

5th May 2022

20:00 - Eintracht Frankfurt v West Ham

Draw @ 9/4

Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham United meet at Waldstadion in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final this Thursday night. The German side put on the perfect away display at the London Stadium last week, leaving the English capital with a 2-1 win. The odds are stacked against the Hammers, but can David Moyes’ men turn the tie around and battle their way into the final?

Frankfurt were ahead in the first minute in London, with Ansgar Knauff’s goal catching West Ham cold. Michail Antonio levelled for the Irons 20 minutes later, but Frankfurt secured the victory thanks to Daichi Kamada’s 54th-minute effort. This tie is far from over but West Ham may have given themselves too much work to do. We can see this second leg at Waldstadion finishing all square and we’ll be backing the draw which is priced at odds of 9/4.

5th May 2022

20:00 - Rangers v RB Leipzig

Rangers Win & BTTS @ 11/2

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers and Domenico Tedesco’s RB Leipzig do battle at Ibrox Stadium in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final this Thursday night. The German side nicked a narrow 1-0 victory at the Red Bull Arena last week, leaving the tie delicately poised. Leipzig are the favourites, but can the Gers make home advantage count?

Rangers looked to be heading for a solid 0-0 draw in Germany, but former Manchester City man Angelino popped up in the 85th minute to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 win. Ibrox is an extremely tough place to visit for any team, and the noisy Glasgow crowd will be well up for this one. With that in mind, our money is going on the Rangers victory on Thursday. Back the home win and both teams to score at a decent price of 11/2.

5th May 2022

20:00 - Roma v Leicester

Roma Win & Under 2.5 Goals @ 7/2

Leicester City make the potentially very tough trip to the Italian capital this Thursday to face Roma in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa Conference League. The second leg is in the balance after the teams played out a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium last week. Can Brendan Rodgers’ boys upset Jose Mourinho’s Roma and book their spot in the first-ever Europa Conference League final?

The pair drew 1-1 in Leicester in game one, with Lorenzo Pellegrini’s early effort cancelled out by an own goal from Gianluca Mancini. Mourinho’s men are not an easy nut to crack at the Stadio Olimpico, unbeaten on their own patch since Juventus won 4-3 in a Serie A encounter in early January. Unfortunately for the Foxes, we fancy the home victory here. Roma to win and under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match is available at odds of 7/2 and that’s the bet for us.

7th May 2022

12:30 - Luton v Reading

Luton Town to Win by One Goal @ 13/5

Luton Town are one win away from booking their place in the EFL Championship play-offs. On the final day of the regular season, Nathan Jones’ Hatters welcome Reading to Kenilworth Road. Luton were hoping to have a top-six spot secured already, but they have taken just one point from their last two. Can they get back to winning ways on Saturday?

Luton crashed to a humbling 7-0 reverse to Fulham at Craven Cottage on Monday, which was their biggest defeat of the season. However, all will be forgotten if they can edge past Reading and claim a play-off berth this Saturday. The Royals, who will finish in 21st position, will be glad to see the back of this season. We fancy Luton to get the job done on home soil and we’ll be backing the hosts to win by one goal at a price of 13/5.

7th May 2022

12:30 - Preston v Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Win @ 7/10

Chris Wilder takes his Middlesbrough side to Deepdale to play Ryan Lowe’s Preston North End on the final day of the EFL Championship season. Boro can still sneak into the top six, but they need all three points in Lancashire and favours from elsewhere. Middlesbrough are the odds-on favourites to get the required victory at Deepdale.

Lowe has done a good job at Preston since taking over, and North End can still end their campaign with a top-half finish if results go their way. Middlesbrough have to win at Deepdale to stand any chance of sealing a play-off position. If Boro win and Luton Town fail to beat Reading, Middlesbrough’s season will be extended. We fancy Wilder’s side to do their bit at Deepdale, and the away victory is available at odds of 7/10.

7th May 2022

15:00 - Chelsea v Wolves

Chelsea Win & BTTS @ 13/5

At 3pm on Saturday, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea welcome Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers to Stamford Bridge in Premier League action. The Blues will be desperate to bounce back after the poor defeat at Everton, especially as London rivals Arsenal are now just three points behind them. Wolves will not be an easy nut to crack, but the hosts are the clear favourites to get the victory on home soil.

Chelsea have struggled for consistency of late, winning four, losing four and drawing one of their previous nine games across all competitions. Last time out in the league, the Blues lost 1-0 to Frank Lampard’s lowly Everton. Wolves have lost three in a row and four of their past five games and this will be another stern test for Lage’s troops. We are backing the Chelsea win and both teams to score in this one at odds of 13/5.

7th May 2022

17:30 - Brighton v Manchester United

Manchester United to Win to Nil @ 10/3

Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United do battle at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League in the early evening on Saturday. This will be Ralf Rangnick’s penultimate match in charge of the Red Devils. Can United build on the Brentford victory and leave East Sussex with maximum points this weekend?

Man United put their poor form to bed with a comfortable 3-0 home success over Thomas Frank’s Bees on Monday. Goals from Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane did the business. Brighton are back on song after three wins from their past five, but we fancy United to nick this one at the Amex. The Red Devils won 2-0 at Old Trafford when the pair met in February and you can get odds of 10/3 for Man United to win to nil again this time around.

7th May 2022

19:45 - Liverpool v Tottenham

Liverpool Win & BTTS @ 15/8

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head at Anfield in a heavyweight Premier League tussle on Saturday night. With leaders Manchester City not playing until Sunday, three points for Liverpool would take them back to the summit of the Premier League table. However, top-four chasers Spurs could be tricky customers. Who will come out on top in this Saturday night showdown at Anfield?

Liverpool booked their place in the UEFA Champions League final with a 5-2 aggregate win over Villarreal in midweek. The quadruple is well and truly on, but every game is a must-win one from now until the end of the season. Tottenham will be no pushovers on Merseyside, but our money is going on the Liverpool win. Check out the decent odds of 15/8 for the home victory and both teams to score.

8th May 2022

14:00 - Arsenal v Leeds

Arsenal to Win -1 Goal @ 11/10

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United do battle at the Emirates Stadium in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon. As the Gunners push for a UEFA Champions League place, while United hope to fend off relegation, this is a massive matchup for both clubs. In-form Arsenal are the bookies’ favourites to get the three points on home soil but Leeds, hammering against Man City last time out, have improved of late.

After three defeats in a row, Arsenal have responded with a trio of vital victories over very good sides in the shape of Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham United. They will now be looking for a fourth success on the spin ahead of the crunch match with rivals Tottenham Hotspur next Thursday. Leeds have improved under Marsch, but have picked up a couple of bad injuries at the wrong time and we are backing a routine home victory here. Check out the solid odds of 11/10 for Arsenal to win -1.

8th May 2022

14:00 - Leicester v Everton

Draw & BTTS @ 10/3

Just a couple of weeks after the pair locked horns at Goodison Park, Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City and Frank Lampard’s Everton meet in the Premier League again at the weekend. With this one taking place at the King Power Stadium, the Foxes are fancied to get the win. However, can the Toffees build on their stunning victory over Chelsea last time out and edge closer to safety?

After back-to-back fifth-place finishes, Leicester have struggled to live up to the hype this season. The Midlands club will kick off on Sunday in the bottom half of the Premier League table. Everton secured a massive three points in their last outing, but Lampard’s troops are still in the bottom three with just a handful of games to play. The Toffees are poor on their travels but with the hosts away in a big European game on Thursday, Lampard and co might just get something from this one. These two drew 1-1 at Goodison recently, and we fancy a similar outcome here. Back the draw and both teams to score at 10/3.

8th May 2022

14:00 - Norwich v West Ham

West Ham United to Win to Nil @ 9/4

David Moyes takes his West Ham United side to Carrow Road on Sunday to face relegated Norwich City. The Hammers have turned their full focus to the UEFA Europa League lately, but they will want to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after no victories in four. The Irons will back themselves to do the business in Norfolk against a really poor side.

Norwich have been out of their depth in the Premier League yet again this season and have suffered another instant relegation to the EFL Championship. In contrast, West Ham have had another successful season under Moyes. A Jarrod Bowen brace gave United a 2-0 victory over the Canaries at the London Stadium at the beginning of the year, and there is good value in 9/4 for West Ham to win to nil again.

8th May 2022

16:30 - Manchester City v Newcastle

Manchester City HT/FT @ 8/13

Premier League champions Manchester City are back in domestic action this Sunday afternoon when they welcome improving Newcastle United to the Etihad Stadium. After Wednesday’s gut-wrenching defeat to Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s boys must dust themselves down and the get the three points in this one. Any mistake will really open the door for Liverpool to edge towards a potential quadruple and so City will be determined to at least claim the main domestic honour.

By the time Man City kick off on Sunday, Pep’s troops could be second in the table, as Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night. The Citizens will still be licking their wounds from their shock European exit in Madrid, but the Premier League title is still in their hands. Eddie Howe has improved Newcastle considerably, but Man City should be too strong for the Magpies at the Etihad Stadium. Put some money on the hosts to be winning at half time and full time at the nice price of 8/13.

10th May 2022

20:00 - Aston Villa v Liverpool

Liverpool HT/FT @ 5/4

Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool troops to Villa Park this Tuesday to face Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa in Premier League action. After dropping points against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, the Reds have lost ground in the title race. Liverpool will be desperate to get back to winning ways here, but Gerrard’s Villans might not be an easy nut to crack.

Aston Villa were in freefall after taking just one point from a possible 15, but the Midlands club have bounced back with wins over Norwich City and Burnley in their last two matches. Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Spurs at Anfield on Saturday, and Manchester City’s emphatic win over Newcastle United on Sunday has seen the Reds slip three points behind. Nevertheless, we fancy Liverpool to strike back – you can get a price of 5/4 for Liverpool to be winning at half time and full time in this one.

11th May 2022

19:30 - Leeds v Chelsea

Chelsea Win @ 4/6

On Wednesday night, Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United and Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea lock horns at Elland Road in a huge Premier League affair. The Yorkshire side slipped back into the drop zone after last weekend’s results, while the Blues let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 at home with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Both teams will be gunning for maximum points from this one as they look to achieve their respective goals for the campaign.

Leeds had been on a good run under new boss Marsch, but defeats to Manchester City and Arsenal have seen them slip back into the bottom three. Chelsea have really struggled for consistency of late, winning two, drawing two and losing three of their past seven games in the league. However, we are backing Tuchel’s troops to leave Elland Road with a big three points in the bag. The Chelsea victory is available at odds of 4/6 which appears reasonable value to us.

11th May 2022

19:45 - Leicester v Norwich

Leicester City to Win by One Goal @ 11/4

Leicester City and Norwich City meet at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Tuesday. The Canaries are gearing up for life back in the EFL Championship after their relegation. As for the Foxes, they slipped down to 14th at the weekend and will be looking for their first Premier League success in six games.

Leicester fell to a poor 2-1 home loss to Everton on Sunday. Prior to that, Brendan Rodgers’ boys were knocked out of the UEFA Europa Conference League by Jose Mourinho’s Roma. It has been a bad week for the Foxes, but they should bounce back with three points at home against the league’s bottom side. Leicester’s last three league wins have been by a one-goal margin, and you can get odds of 11/4 for the hosts to win by one goal on Wednesday.

11th May 2022

19:45 - Watford v Everton

Everton to Win -1 Goal @ 15/2

Everton are out of the bottom three after back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Leicester City. Can Frank Lampard’s men make it three victories in a row with a big three points against Roy Hodgson’s Watford at Vicarage Road this Wednesday? The Toffees head to Hertfordshire as the odds-on favourites with the bookies, but can the relegated Hornets spring a surprise on their own patch?

Watford are in miserable form, losing six in a row since a win at Southampton in mid-March. The Hornets have been well out of their depth in the Premier League this season, collecting just 22 points. Everton have alleviated their relegation fears after stunning wins over Chelsea and Leicester. They should make it three on the spin with a comfortable victory at Vicarage Road. Have a punt on the Toffees to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 15/2.

11th May 2022

20:15 - Wolves v Manchester City

Manchester City to Win to Nil @ 10/11

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will take a step closer to the Premier League title with a win at Molineux on Wednesday. However, Bruno Lage’s side can be a tough nut to crack on home soil. Wolves came from two goals down to draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, ending a run of three straight defeats. Can they upset the title favourites on Wednesday?

Man City have taken a three-point lead in the battle for the Premier League trophy after capitalising on Liverpool’s slip at the weekend. The Reds were held to a 1-1 home draw by Tottenham Hotspur, while City cruised past Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens have won four in a row in the league, keeping three clean sheets to boot. Back City to win to nil at Molineux at odds of 10/11.

12th May 2022

19:45 - Tottenham v Arsenal

Arsenal Win & BTTS @ 3/1

North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal lock horns in a mouth-watering Premier League fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Thursday night. With both teams pushing for a UEFA Champions League place, this is a huge fixture for the pair. The in-form Gunners hold the advantage, but Antonio Conte’s Spurs would move to within one point of their rivals with a home win.

When the neighbours met at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season, Arsenal blew Tottenham away in the first half, racing into a 3-0 lead after just 34 minutes. The Gunners went on to secure a 3-1 win on that occasion, and we fancy Mikel Arteta’s men to do the double over the Lilywhites with a win on Thursday. There is good value in the odds of 5/1 for the Arsenal victory and both teams to score.

13th May 2022

19:45 - Luton v Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town to Win by One Goal @ 10/3

Two of this season’s surprise packages in the EFL Championship meet in the play-off semi-finals, as Luton Town welcome Huddersfield Town to Kenilworth Road for the first leg on Friday night. The Terriers finished third in the table, while the Hatters ended their regular season seven points behind in sixth place. This is likely to be a tight and tense tussle in Bedfordshire and both sides will fancy their chances.

Huddersfield picked up four points from the two league meetings this season. The pair drew 0-0 at Kenilworth Road back in October, and the Terriers secured a 2-0 victory at the John Smith’s Stadium a month ago. Nathan Jones’ boys are a tough nut to crack at Kenilworth Road, but we fancy Carlos Corberan’s troops to nick a narrow away win. Check out the tempting price of 10/3 for the away team to win by one goal.

14th May 2022

15:00 - Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest

Draw & BTTS @ 15/4

Paul Heckingbottom’s Sheffield United and Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest go head-to-head in the EFL Championship play-offs, with the first leg of this semi-final taking place at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon. Both teams made poor starts to their seasons but found form under new managers and will come into this clash in confident mood. This promises to be a cracking two-legged encounter, which could go either way.

In the regular Championship season, both matches ended in 1-1 draws and we fancy more of the same here. The Blades warmed up for the play-offs with three wins on the bounce, while Forest suffered just three league defeats in 2022. The pair have been tough to beat under their respective new managers, and we fancy the evenly matched sides to play out a score draw at Bramall Lane. Check out the tempting price of 15/4 for the draw and both teams to score, with 1-1 also worth a pop at longer odds.

14th May 2022

16:45 - Chelsea v Liverpool

Liverpool Win @ 19/20

Chelsea and Liverpool do battle in the 2022 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Having beaten the Blues in the 2022 Carabao Cup final a few months back, the Reds are going for a domestic double. As for the London side, they will surely be out for revenge and to stop the Reds moving one step closer to a possible, though now-unlikely, quadruple. The Pensioners have already won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup this season so they too are looking to bolster their silverware collection. Who will get their hands on the trophy this Saturday?

Chelsea are in patchy form, while Liverpool have suffered just one loss in all competitions in 2022. Both Premier League meetings finished in draws, and the Carabao Cup final went to penalties. This is likely to be another tight and tense affair between two of England’s greats, but we fancy Jurgen Klopp’s men to prevail in the national stadium. You can get the decent odds of 19/20 for Liverpool to win in the 90.

15th May 2022

12:00 - Tottenham v Burnley

Tottenham Hotspur Win HT/FT @ 20/21

Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur will be looking for all three points when they entertain Burnley at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Premier League action this Sunday. The Clarets have been in excellent form under caretaker manager Mike Jackson, but the Lancashire side were easily beaten by Aston Villa last time out. Spurs are the clear favourites in this one as they attempt to make a late bid for Champions League qualification.

Tottenham have been in patchy form all season, but they have been tougher to beat since Conte took over. Three wins on the bounce boosted Burnley’s survival hopes, though last weekend’s loss was a real kick in the teeth. The Clarets edged the reverse fixture at Turf Moor, but we fancy Tottenham to make home advantage count here. This could be a comfortable afternoon for Spurs and we’ll be backing the hosts to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 20/21.

15th May 2022

14:00 - West Ham v Manchester City

Manchester City to Win -1 Goal @ 21/20

Pep Guardiola takes his Manchester City superstars to the London Stadium this Sunday to face David Moyes’ West Ham United. This will not be an easy fixture for the Premier League champions, but the Citizens will fancy their chances of getting the win and moving three points clear of Liverpool. City are the odds-on favourites in the capital but the Hammers won’t roll over for their opponents.

After some disappointing results, last weekend’s thumping 4-0 win over Norwich City was just what the doctor ordered at West Ham. The victory at Carrow Road ended a run of four straight league and cup losses. Man City have been in stunning form in the Premier League, winning four games on the spin since drawing with Liverpool last month, scoring 17 goals to boot. We fancy City to get the win here, and there is good value in the odds of 21/20 for the away side to win with a -1 goal handicap.

15th May 2022

16:30 - Everton v Brentford

Everton Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ 21/10

Frank Lampard’s Everton welcome Thomas Frank’s Brentford to Goodison Park for a Premier League fixture this Sunday. This is another massive match for the Toffees in their quest for survival. The Merseysiders have picked up two stunning wins on the trot, and three points at the weekend would take them another step closer to staying up.

Lampard’s men are in fine form having secured wins over Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City in three of their past five games. Their upswing in fortunes has lifted them out of the bottom three and given their fans hope they will remain in the top flight for another season. Brentford have enjoyed an excellent first season in the Premier League, racking up 43 points from 36 games so far. However, we fancy Everton to do the business in this one. This could be an entertaining fixture at Goodison, so take a punt on the home win and over 2.5 goals at odds of 21/10.

16th May 2022

19:45 - Huddersfield v Luton

Huddersfield Town to Win 1-0 @ 6/1

The EFL Championship play-off semi-final between Huddersfield Town and Luton Town continues Monday. The first leg at Kenilworth Road was a tight and tense tussle, and this second game at the John Smith’s Stadium could be similar. The Terriers, who have lost just one home game in 2022, are the favourites to get the win and go through.

The first leg was an entertaining affair in Bedfordshire, with the teams playing out a 1-1 draw. Daniel Sinani gave Huddersfield a 12th-minute lead, though Luton were level before the half-hour mark thanks to Sonny Bradley’s effort. This could be close again, but we can see the home team nicking the victory. Two of Huddersfield’s last three wins have been by one goal and we’ll be backing the hosts to win 1-0 on Monday at a decent price of 6/1.

16th May 2022

20:00 - Newcastle v Arsenal

Arsenal to Win by One Goal @ 11/4

On Monday night in the Premier League, Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal meet at St James’ Park. The Magpies have been outstanding on their own patch this year, winning six of their past seven games. As for the Gunners, they will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointing derby defeat to rivals Tottenham Hotspur last time out.

Newcastle have shown a huge improvement under Howe. However, in their last match, they were thumped 5-0 at Manchester City. Arsenal’s four-game winning streak was emphatically ended by Spurs last Thursday, with Harry Kane (2) and Son Heung-Min on target in a 3-0 Tottenham triumph. Arsenal are still in pole position to take fourth, but they must win this one. We fancy the away side to edge it, and there is good value in the odds of 11/4 for Arsenal to win by one goal.

17th May 2022

19:45 - Southampton v Liverpool

Liverpool to Win -1 Goal @ 6/5

Jurgen Klopp’s in-form Liverpool travel to St Mary’s to face Ralph Hasenhuttl’s unpredictable Southampton in the Premier League on Tuesday evening. Fresh from their dramatic FA Cup final win over Chelsea, the Reds will be gunning for three points in the league in midweek. The Saints are in poor form, winning just one of their past 11.

Liverpool’s form in 2022 has been frightening, as they are undefeated in the Premier League since losing to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on 28th December. Klopp’s troops may just miss out on the title, but the treble is well and truly on for the Merseyside heavyweights. Liverpool should make light work of Southampton at St Mary’s on Tuesday, and we fancy the away team to win by a fair margin. As such we’ll be backing the Reds to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 6/5.

17th May 2022

19:45 - Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United

Nottingham Forest Win & BTTS @ 4/1

Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United meet in the second leg of their EFL Championship play-off semi-final at the City Ground on Tuesday night. The Reds hold a narrow advantage over the Blades after a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane last week. But how important will Sander Berge’s injury-time goal turn out to be?

Nottingham Forest dominated the first half in Sheffield. The Blades were better in the second period, but Forest nicked a deserved 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson. Nottingham Forest have won eight Championship games in a row at the City Ground and have not lost on home soil in league action since December. Our money is going on the hosts here, and we like the look of the Forest win and both teams to score at odds of 4/1.

18th May 2022

19:45 - Northampton v Mansfield

Northampton Town Win & BTTS @ 9/2

Northampton Town and Mansfield Town meet in the second leg of their EFL League Two play-off semi-final at Sixfields Stadium on Wednesday. This tie is delicately poised after the Stags secured a 2-1 home win in leg one, with goals from Rhys Oates and Jordan Bowery doing the business. Who will get the job done and book their spot in the 2022 League Two play-off final?

Mansfield have won the last two meetings, though Northampton picked up a 2-0 victory when the two last met at Sixfields – a repeat scoreline in midweek would put the Cobblers through. There was not a lot to split the pair in Mansfield, and the second leg is also likely to be a tight and tense affair. However, we fancy the hosts to nick this one. Back the home win and both teams to score at decent odds of 9/2.

18th May 2022

20:00 - Eintracht Frankfurt v Rangers

Rangers to Win by One Goal @ 15/4

Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers go head-to-head in the UEFA Europa League final at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville on Wednesday night. Both teams have done remarkably well to reach the last two, but will this European trophy be heading to Germany or Scotland? Frankfurt are the bookies’ favourites, but this showpiece final could go either way in Spain as both clubs strive to add such significant silverware to their trophy cabinet.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers have caused many upsets on their way to the final, beating German giants Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig along the way. Can they shock another German side and get their hands on the Europa League trophy? It could be close, but we fancy the Scottish outfit to nick a narrow win in Seville. Check out the tempting price of 15/4 for Rangers to win by one goal in the final.

19th May 2022

19:45 - Everton v Crystal Palace

Draw & BTTS @ 7/2

Everton host Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in Premier League action this Thursday night. The Toffees are currently two points above the drop zone, while Palace are sitting comfortably in 13th position in the table, assured of Premier League football for another season. If results go their way, Frank Lampard’s Everton could make sure of survival with one game spare. However, Patrick Vieira’s Eagles will not be an easy nut to crack at Goodison.

Palace have already beaten the Merseysiders twice this season, scoring seven goals to boot. A couple of months back, the London side walloped the Toffees 4-0 in an FA Cup quarter-final. Everton will still be licking their wounds after Sunday’s disappointing home loss to Brentford, and this will be another stern test for Lampard and his men. Having said that, we fancy the pair to play out a score draw, which is available to back at odds of 7/2.

19th May 2022

19:45 - Port Vale v Swindon

Swindon Town Win & BTTS @ 12/5

Darrell Clarke’s Port Vale and Ben Garner’s Swindon Town lock horns in the second leg of their EFL League Two play-off semi-final on Thursday night. The Robins hold a handy advantage in the tie after a 2-1 home win in leg one. Swindon have won five in a row and will be tough to topple at Vale Park.

Harry McKirdy was the first-leg hero, bagging a brace for Swindon to put them in control of the tie. Vale did manage to pull one back seven minutes from time, but Town are in pole position in this play-off semi-final. Swindon picked up an impressive 3-1 win in the league meeting at Vale Park back in January, and we can see a similar outcome here. Check out the solid odds of 12/5 for the Swindon win and both teams to score.

19th May 2022

20:00 - Aston Villa v Burnley

Draw @ 5/2

Mike Jackson has done an excellent job since taking over at Burnley. With Leeds United not playing until the weekend, three points against Aston Villa on Thursday would keep the Clarets in the Premier League, for now at least. However, Steven Gerrard’s Villans have lost just one of their last five as they look to finish the season in strong style. Villa are the favourites to get the win at Villa Park, and they’ll certainly be cheered by fans of Everton and Leeds if they manage to get the three points at Burnley’s expense.

Gerrard has done a good job at Aston Villa, and the West Midlands club can still secure a top-half finish if things go their way. Burnley’s campaign has been a struggle from start to finish, but Jackson has guided the club to vital victories over the likes of Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford since taking over. They were unlucky at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, and we are backing Burnley to leave Villa Park with a point on Thursday at odds of 5/2.

19th May 2022

20:00 - Chelsea v Leicester

Chelsea to Win to Nil @ 11/8

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea and Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City do battle at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Thursday night. It has been a turbulent season for the Blues, but they have still reached two domestic finals and won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Tuchel’s team have also sealed a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Leicester finished fifth and won the FA Cup last term, but this season has been far less eventful for Rodgers and his Foxes. However, they did record a big 5-1 win at Watford last time out. Chelsea put up a brave fight against Liverpool in the FA Cup final last week, losing out to the Reds on penalties once again. In their last league match, however, the Blues eased to a 3-0 win at Leeds United. We fancy Chelsea to win to nil again at a fair price of 11/8.

21st May 2022

15:00 - Rangers v Hearts

Rangers to Win -1 Goal @ 6/5

Rangers and Hearts contest this season’s Scottish FA Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday afternoon. The Gers have had a memorable season, but can they top it off with an FA Cup victory at the weekend? These two finished second and third in the Scottish Premiership, but Rangers were 28 points ahead. As you would expect, the Glasgow giants are the clear favourites in this one. But could Rangers’ exertions in the Europa League final on Wednesday evening take its toll and open the door for Hearts to sneak victory?

Rangers have a rich history in this competition, but they have not won the Scottish Cup since 2009. But it should be mentioned that only Celtic, Rangers and Queen’s Park have won more Cups than Hearts. Rangers were unbeaten in the four league meetings with the Jambos this term, winning three and drawing one. Overall, we can see Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s boys claiming a comfortable cup victory on Saturday. You can get odds of 6/5 for the Gers to win with a -1 goal handicap, which is the bet for us.

21st May 2022

15:00 - Sunderland v Wycombe

Draw & Over 2.5 Goals @ 11/1

Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers go head-to-head in the EFL League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Black Cats will want to end their unwanted stay in the third tier, while the Chairboys are gunning for an instant return to the EFL Championship. This fascinating final could go either way, but Sunderland are the bookies’ favourites to get the victory.

There was not a lot to split the pair in the regular season, with the Mackems finishing just a point and a place above Wanderers. When they met at Adams Park back in January, the teams played out an exhilarating 3-3 draw, with both teams scoring in injury time. This could be another thriller, but we are struggling to pick a winner. Take a punt on the draw and over 2.5 goals in the 90 at the eye-opening odds of 11/1.

22nd May 2022

16:00 - Arsenal v Everton

Arsenal Win @ 1/2

Arsenal and Everton meet at the Emirates Stadium on the final day of the 2021-22 Premier League season. The Gunners look likely to miss out on a UEFA Champions League place after suffering disappointing back-to-back defeats. The Toffees could be safe on the final day if they beat play Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Thursday, but if not they could need a result here to be sure to another season in the top flight.

Arsenal dropped into fifth last week and failed to move back into fourth after losing at Newcastle United on Monday evening. Everton were beaten at home by Brentford in their last match, but Frank Lampard’s side will be safe if they win any of their remaining two matches. Arsenal can still finish fourth, but they need to win and hope for a favour from bottom club Norwich City, who play Tottenham Hotspur. We fancy Mikel Arteta’s men in this one at 1/2 though we don’t think it will be enough for them to secure a Champions League spot.

22nd May 2022

16:00 - Brentford v Leeds

Brentford to Win to Nil @ 7/2

Brentford and Leeds United lock horns at the Brentford Community Stadium on the final day of the Premier League season this Sunday. Thomas Frank’s Bees have had a sensational first season in the promised land, racking up an impressive 46 points with a game to go. The Londoners can still finish in the top half of the table and the home side are the favourites to get the win in this one.

Leeds, in contrast, are staring relegation in the face after a tough season in the top tier. At the time of writing, the Whites are a point above 18th-place Burnley, who have a game in hand on United. Leeds are winless in five (two draws, three defeats) and we fancy Brentford to prevail on home turf. The Bees’ last three home victories have come with clean sheets, and you can get odds of 7/2 for Brentford to win to nil on Sunday.

22nd May 2022

16:00 - Brighton v West Ham

West Ham United to Win by One Goal @ 10/3

Graham Potter’s Brighton and Hove Albion and David Moyes’ West Ham United do battle at the Amex Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Both teams have had fine seasons, with the Seagulls looking for a top-half finish, while the Hammers can still overhaul Manchester United and take sixth place. This promises to be a fascinating fixture in East Sussex.

Brighton have had a good campaign under Potter, suffering just 11 defeats. West Ham have been excellent again, as the Irons are in the European places and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League. This one could go either way at the Amex, but we fancy West Ham to nick a narrow victory. Check out the tempting odds of 10/3 for West Ham to win by one goal.

22nd May 2022

16:00 - Chelsea v Watford

Chelsea HT/FT @ 8/13

Chelsea entertain Watford at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The Blues have had a topsy-turvy season off and on the pitch, losing two domestic finals to Liverpool but winning the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Despite the off-field controversy, Chelsea have still managed to finish in the top four of the Premier League. They are also the big favourites to get the three points from this one.

Watford, who finished second in the EFL Championship last term, have struggled in the Premier League this season. The Hornets have picked up just six wins all season and will be a second-tier club once again next term. Chelsea should sign off with a routine victory in front of their home fans on Sunday. There is good value in the odds of 8/13 for the hosts to be winning at half time and full time against the relegated Hornets.

22nd May 2022

16:00 - Liverpool v Wolves

Liverpool to Win Both Halves @ 5/4

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have taken the Premier League title race to the final day. This Sunday, the Reds welcome Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers to Anfield. After a 2-1 win over Southampton at St Mary’s with a second-string side on Tuesday night, Liverpool go into the last weekend just one point behind leaders Manchester City, who play Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

Liverpool have been on a staggering run of form in the second half of the season, unbeaten in the Premier League since the final game of 2021. Lage has had a decent first year at Molineux, guiding the West Midlands club to a top-half finish. However, we can see Wolves losing their final fixture. In-form Liverpool should be too strong for Wanderers at Anfield – back the hosts to win both halves at odds of 5/4.

22nd May 2022

16:00 - Manchester City v Aston Villa

Manchester City to Win -1 Goal @ 1/2

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are just one win away from retaining their Premier League title. Steven Gerrard takes his Aston Villa troops to the Etihad Stadium on the last day of what has been another thrilling Premier League season. If City drop points, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be waiting to pounce. The Citizens are the red-hot favourites, though, and few will be expecting them to slip up here.

Once again, Man City and Liverpool have been the two top dogs in England this season. The pair have been miles better than the opposition, and both would be worthy winners. All Man City have to do is beat Villa at the Etihad. Gerrard’s men will no doubt have a good go, but the Manchester club should get the job done on home soil. Have a punt on Pep’s side to win with a -1 goal handicap at the decent price of 1/2.

22nd May 2022

16:00 - Norwich v Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur to Win to Nil @ 11/10

Antonio Conte takes his Tottenham Hotspur troops to Carrow Road to face already-relegated Norwich City on the final weekend of the Premier League season. Spurs are in pole position to take fourth place after Arsenal’s recent blip in form. Three points in Norwich on Sunday will be enough for Tottenham.

Norwich have suffered an instant return to the EFL Championship after picking up just 22 points from their first 37 games. The Canaries will finish bottom if they fail to beat Tottenham on Sunday. Conte has done a superb job at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo, with the north Londoners just one win away from securing Champions League football. The Lilywhites won the reverse game 3-0, and the away team are available at odds of 11/10 to win to nil again, which looks good to us.

25th May 2022

20:00 - Roma v Feyenoord

Roma to Win by One Goal @ 3/1

Roma and Feyenoord go head-to-head in the first-ever UEFA Europa Conference League final. The showpiece event will be held at Arena Kombetare in Tirana on Wednesday night. Jose Mourinho’s Roma are the bookies’ favourites to seize the victory, but Arne Slot’s Feyenoord have done remarkably well to reach the last two and will be no pushovers in the Albanian capital.

Giallorossi, who finished sixth in Serie A, edged past Premier League side Leicester City in the semi-finals. As for the Rotterdam outfit, they got the better of Marseille and looked good value for their triumph. This will be the first meeting between the pair since they clashed in the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League in 2015, which the Italians edged 3-2 on aggregate. This will no doubt be another tight encounter, and we fancy Roma to nick it in Albania. Overall, we think backing Mourinho’s men to win by one goal looks a solid option at odds of 3/1.

28th May 2022

12:30 - Wrexham v Grimsby

Wrexham Win & BTTS @ 5/2

Phil Parkinson’s Wrexham and Paul Hurst’s Grimsby Town lock horns at the Racecourse Ground in the National League play-offs. Saturday’s game in Wales will be a one-off semi-final, with the winners facing either Solihull Moors or Chesterfield in the final at Wembley Stadium. Can the Welsh side bounce back from last weekend’s FA Trophy final defeat to Bromley?

Wrexham had a superb season in the National League, picking up 88 points and securing second spot. As for Grimsby, who took sixth, they edged past Notts County in a thrilling play-off quarter-final in the week, relying on the latest of late goals to force extra time and then another very late goal in ET to win it. Wrexham are the odds-on favourites on their own patch, and we are backing the Dragons to win an entertaining tie. You can get the solid odds of 5/2 for the home team to win and both teams to score.

28th May 2022

16:00 - Mansfield v Port Vale

Port Vale Win @ 9/5

On Saturday, Mansfield Town and Port Vale go head-to-head in the EFL League Two play-off final at Wembley Stadium. With a place in England’s third tier up for grabs, this final promises to be an enthralling encounter. In the regular season, Vale finished just one point above the Stags, and with the pair clearly evenly matched, this could go either way.

That said, Port Vale picked up four points from the two League Two meetings this term so had the better of things when the two competed directly. The pair drew 1-1 at Field Mill back in October. Then in March, goals from Kian Harratt (2) and James Wilson gave the Valiants a 3-1 victory. As we touched on, this one could swing either way, but we fancy Vale to edge a tight final at Wembley. You can get the decent price of 9/5 for Port Vale to win in the 90.

28th May 2022

20:00 - Liverpool v Real Madrid

Liverpool to Win by One Goal @ 3/1

The football season saves the best until last as the biggest game in club football is finally here. Giants Liverpool and Real Madrid do battle this Saturday in the 2022 UEFA Champions League final. This showpiece event will take place at the Parc des Princes in the French capital and promises to be a real classic, packed with subplots. It is a repeat of the 2018 final (won by Real) and also sees Jurgen Klopp and former Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti go head to head again. The in-form Reds are the bookies’ favourites in Paris, but you can never rule out Real, who are the record winners of this competition and have a belief that means they can never be ruled out, as well as a manager who knows how to enhance that confidence to the maximum.

Liverpool have been sensational in Europe this season, winning a staggering 10 of their 12 Champions League fixtures. In the semi-finals, the Merseysiders beat Spanish side Villarreal home and away. Los Blancos shocked Manchester City in the last four, and Ancelotti’s troops have also seen off Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, making comebacks a specialism along the way. The champions of Spain will be formidable opponents for Liverpool, but the Premier League runners-up should edge it – back Liverpool to win by exactly one goal at solid looking odds of 3/1.

29th May 2022

12:30 - Solihull Moors v Chesterfield

Solihull Moors Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ 11/4

Solihull Moors and Chesterfield meet in a National League play-off semi-final at Damson Park this Sunday. The Moors watched on in midweek as the Spireites edged a gruelling quarter-final away at Halifax Town. Will Solihull make home advantage count and book their spot in the Wembley Stadium final?

The Moors finished third in the National League this term, a substantial 13 points above seventh-place Chesterfield. In the regular season, the Derbyshire club picked up an impressive 2-0 win at Damson Park. However, Solihull got revenge with a 3-2 victory at the Technique Stadium in February. Neal Ardley’s side have home advantage in this one, and all in all we fancy the hosts to edge an entertaining tie. Put some money on the Solihull win and over 2.5 goals at the very solid looking price of 11/4.

29th May 2022

16:30 - Huddersfield v Nottingham Forest

Draw @ 11/5

Carlos Corberan’s Huddersfield Town and Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest do battle in the EFL Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon in what some argue is a bigger game than the Champions League final in terms of the impact it has on a club. Both sides have done remarkably well to get this far, but only one will be rubbing shoulders with England’s elite in next season’s Premier League. Forest finished the season so strongly, charging up the league after Cooper’s appointment early in the campaign. As such, they are the bookies’ favourites in this showpiece final but Town are a really tough nut to crack.

The Terriers took third spot on the final day, finishing two points above the Reds. In the play-off semi-finals, Huddersfield beat Luton Town, while Forest edged past Sheffield United in a thrilling two-legged tie that ended on penalties. There was hardly anything to split the two after 46 Championship games, and this final is set to be a tight and tense tussle in the national stadium. We can see this one going the distance, so take a punt on the draw in the 90 at 11/5. After that it is anyone’s game!

1st Jun 2022

17:00 - Poland v Wales

Draw & Under 2.5 Goals @ 3/1

Poland and Wales kick off the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League campaign with a Group A4 fixture at Stadion Wroclaw on Wednesday night. Rob Page’s men will have one eye on Sunday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off final. However, the Dragons will want to kick off their Nations League campaign with a positive result in Poland.

Wales were promoted to Group A after winning Group B4 of the 2020-21 Nations League. The Dragons had an outstanding tournament, winning five of six and conceding just one goal. Page’s troops are mixing it with the big boys now, but the Welsh are more than capable of holding their own. Ahead of Sunday’s crunch match, we fancy Wales to hold the Poles to a draw in Wroclaw. Check out the draw and under 2.5 goals at 3/1.

1st Jun 2022

19:45 - Scotland v Ukraine

Scotland Win & BTTS @ 5/1

Scotland and Ukraine square off at Hampden Park in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off on Wednesday night. The winners of this one will take on Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium this Sunday for a place in the World Cup finals in Qatar. The Scots have been in tremendous form of late, and Steve Clarke’s boys will back themselves to get the job done on home soil. The teams are currently ranked 45th and 27th (Wales are 19th) by FIFA and so with the Scots at home this should be a close encounter.

The hosts will be full of confidence too, as they are unbeaten since September 2021. After a 2-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Denmark, the Scots struck back with six successive wins before draws with Poland and Austria. The Ukrainians are also on a decent run, undefeated since losing to England at UEFA Euro 2020 (three wins, five draws). In addition, of course, they have the goodwill of neutrals around the world and the boost that immense national pride can offer. This could be tight, but our money is going on the Scotland win. You can get big odds of 5/1 for the home victory and both teams to score.

2nd Jun 2022

19:45 - Northern Ireland v Greece

Northern Ireland to Win by One Goal @ 11/4

Northern Ireland begin their UEFA Nations League campaign with a game against Greece this Thursday. Norn Iron will also face Kosovo and Cyprus in a testing Group C2 but will feel they have a decent chance of topping the pile none the less. Ian Baraclough’s boys will be looking for a win at Windsor Park, but the Pirate Ship will not be an easy nut to crack. The Greeks head to the Northern Ireland capital as the bookies’ favourites but with a vocal crowd behind them we fancy an upset.

These two nations last met in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying. The Northern Irish won both fixtures, following up a 2-0 away victory with a comfortable 3-1 success. The Greeks have improved since then and will be formidable opponents on Thursday. Still, we fancy Northern Ireland to seal a narrow victory on home soil. You can get the really nice price of 11/4 for the hosts to win by exactly one goal, good value in a game between two low-scoring sides.

2nd Jun 2022

19:45 - Spain v Portugal

Draw & BTTS @ 15/4

Spain and Portugal lock horns in an Iberian “derby” in Seville this Thursday in one of the standout UEFA Nations League fixtures of the week. Both countries will be hoping to go far in the 2022-23 campaign. This will be the first competitive meeting between the pair since that famous 3-3 draw in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Will we be treated to another thriller on Thursday? We think we just might!

Spain have been on a fine run of form of late, winning seven of their previous eight. As for Portugal, they have picked up seven victories from nine since losing to Belgium at UEFA Euro 2016 and have an increasingly impressive depth to their squad. With this one taking place in Seville, the Spaniards are the favourites. However, we can see the nations cancelling each other out, albeit in an exciting contest, so back the draw and both teams to score at odds of 15/4.

3rd Jun 2022

19:45 - France v Denmark

France HT/FT @ 7/4

France and Denmark clash in the UEFA Nations League at the Stade de France on Friday night. Didier Deschamps’ men are the reigning Nations League champions after beating Spain in the 2020-21 final. Deschamps has so many top, top players at his disposal and the current world champions will be looking to get off to a winning start this Friday. Les Bleus are the odds-on favourites with the bookies and on home soil they should have too much for a spirited Denmark.

This will be the first meeting between the nations since that 2018 World Cup, with the group game ending in a goalless draw. The Danes have been in excellent form over the past couple of years or so, but this will be a tough test in Saint-Denis. We fancy the current world and Nations League champions to start their campaign with three points. The hosts are short enough in the match odds but France to be winning at half time and full time is nicely priced at 7/4.

3rd Jun 2022

19:45 - Belgium v Holland

Draw & BTTS @ 10/3

In UEFA Nations League Group A4 on Friday night, Roberto Martinez’s Belgium and Louis van Gaal’s Holland do battle it a tasty game at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. Like France, Belgium have an enviable pool of talent to draw their squad from and the Red Devils are a really tough nut to crack on home soil. They may have underachieved on the very biggest stages but Martinez’s men are the clear favourites here. Still, can the Dutch secure a positive result in this Nations League opener?

The last seven meetings between Belgium and Holland have been friendlies, with five of those ending in draws (two Belgium wins). The last competitive meeting came way back in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, which ended in a 0-0 draw on matchday one. The pair are tough to split on paper these days as all these draws over the years have shown, so our money is going on the stalemate once again. Check out the tempting price of 10/3 for the draw and both teams to score.