09:00 - Mexico v Brazil
The first semi-final of the men’s football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics will see Mexico and Brazil lock horns at Kashima Stadium on Tuesday. The Brazilians, who are managed by Andre Jardine, have looked solid so far and are favourites to get the win. However, Jaime Lozano’s Mexicans will be no pushovers in Kashima. Who will book their place in the final?
Brazil won Group D ahead of Ivory Coast, Germany and Saudi Arabia, collecting seven points from a possible nine. They then edged past Egypt in the quarter-finals, with Matheus Cunha scoring the only goal of the game in Saitama. Mexico were runners-up in Group A before winning 6-3 against South Korea in their quarter. This promises to be an entertaining matchup, but our money is on Brazil to make their superior quality count. We’ll be backing the Brazil win and both teams to score at nice odds of 3/1.
12:00 - Japan v Spain
Japan and Spain lock horns in the second semi-final of the men’s football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Hosts Japan have had a very impressive campaign until this point, but can they get the better of a talented Spain outfit at Saitama Stadium 2002 this Tuesday? The Japanese will fancy their chances, but La Roja will be a tough nut to crack to say the least.
Japan won all three of their group matches, seeing off South Africa, Mexico and France, and though there were no massive home crowds to cheer them on, playing on home turf still seems to have given them an edge. At least in the group stage. Hajime Moriyasu’s side then needed extra time and penalties to eventually edge past New Zealand in the quarter-final to set up this tasty fixture. Spain, meanwhile, laboured into the knockout rounds in Japan and needed extra time to beat Ivory Coast in their quarter-final. This truly could go either way, but we can see the Spanish sneaking a win in Saitama by a narrow margin. As such we’ll be putting some money on Spain to win by one goal at odds of 11/4.
18:00 - Malmo v Rangers
Malmo and Rangers meet in the third qualifying round of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League, with the first leg taking place in Sweden on Tuesday night. After kicking off their Scottish Premiership campaign with an easy win over Livingston last weekend, can Steven Gerrard’s men pick up a priceless European victory in Malmo in midweek?
Premiership champions Rangers were solid last Saturday, starting the defence of their crown with a comfortable 3-0 success at Ibrox Stadium. The Gers will be desperate to compete with the big boys in this season’s Champions League group stage, but beating Malmo over two legs will not be an easy task. However, we are backing Gerrard’s troops to pick up a draw in Sweden on Tuesday evening. The draw and both teams to score is nicely priced at odds of 15/4.
18:00 - Sparta Prague v Monaco
Sparta Prague and Monaco do battle at the Stadion Letna in the Czech Republic capital this Tuesday in a UEFA Champions League qualifier. Sparta may be on their own patch in midweek, but the French Ligue 1 side are the strong favourites with the bookies. Can Monaco return to the Stade Louis II with a comfortable lead?
Prague finished second in the Czech First League last term and have started this season with two wins from two. In the previous round of Champions League qualifying, Pavel Vrba’s side beat Rapid Vienna 3-2 on aggregate. Monaco’s league season kicks off on Friday when they play host to Nantes. We fancy Niko Kovac’s boys to be too strong for the Czech side on Tuesday. Putting some money on Monaco to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 15/8 could be a shrewd move.
19:00 - Genk v Shakhtar Donetsk
John van den Brom’s Genk and Roberto De Zerbi’s Shakhtar Donetsk square off in a UEFA Champions League qualifier on Tuesday night. With the first leg taking place at the Luminus Arena, the Belgian outfit will be looking to take a positive result to Kiev. However, Shakhtar are fancied to win on the night and are the clear favourites to go through.
Genk’s league season has already started and Van den Brom’s me have taken just one point from a possible six so far. In the Ukrainian league, Donetsk have won two games out of two. Shakhtar, who finished second in the Ukrainian Premier League last term, will certainly want a win in Belgium. There is good value in the away victory and both teams to score at the solid price of 7/2.
19:00 - PSV Eindhoven v Midtjylland
Roger Schmidt’s PSV Eindhoven entertain Bo Henriksen’s Midtjylland at the Philips Stadion this Tuesday in the third qualifying round of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League. After a stunning win over Galatasaray in the previous round, PSV are the red-hot favourites to see off the Danes over two legs. Can Schmidt’s troops start the tie with a handsome home win?
PSV ran riot on home soil against Galatasaray in the second qualifying round, winning 5-1 at the Philips Stadion. A week later, Eindhoven completed the job with a 2-1 victory in Turkey. Midtjylland got past Celtic in their second-round qualifier, beating the Scottish side 3-2 on aggregate. Unfortunately for the Danes, we fancy PSV to secure an easy home win in midweek. You can get a nice price of 7/4 for the hosts to win both halves.
18:00 - Spartak Moscow v Benfica
Spartak Moscow and Benfica clash at Otkritie Arena in a UEFA Champions League qualifier on Wednesday night. This promises to be an intriguing two-legged tie between two evenly matched teams, but who will prevail and book their spot in the Champions League play-off round? Before a ball has been kicked, Benfica are the bookies’ favourites to go through and plenty of punters will be lumping on them.
Spartak finished second in the Russian Premier League last term, but Rui Vitoria’s side kicked off this league season with an away loss. However, they bounced back with an important win on the road last time out. Jorge Jesus’s men finished third in the 2020-21 Primeira Liga, though they did reach the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League. We can see this first leg in Russia ending all square, and the draw is nicely priced at odds of 12/5.
19:00 - Dinamo Zagreb v Legia Warsaw
Damir Krznar’s Dinamo Zagreb take on Czeslaw Michniewicz’s Legia Warsaw in the third round of UEFA Champions League qualifying on Wednesday night. The first game will be held at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, with the second leg taking place in Warsaw next week. Dinamo are fancied to win on their own patch but can the Polish side cause an upset in the Croatian capital?
This will be the fifth Champions League game of the season for both teams. Zagreb beat Reykjavik and Omonia Nicosia in the previous rounds, while Warsaw got the better of Bodo Glimt and Flora Tallinn. Dinamo have made an indifferent start to their league campaign but have looked solid in Europe so far, winning the last three without conceding. Take a punt on the hosts to win to nil on Wednesday at odds of 13/8.
16:45 - Jablonec v Celtic
After dropping out of the UEFA Champions League, Celtic play Jablonec over two legs in UEFA Europa League qualifying, with the first leg taking place at Stadion Strelnice in the Czech Republic this Thursday. Ange Postecoglou has had a tough time in Glasgow so far, but the Hoops are the favourites to win this tie over two legs.
The Bhoys were knocked out of Champions League qualifying by Midtjylland last week, losing the second leg 2-1 after a 1-1 home draw. To compound their misery, Celtic kicked off their 2021-22 Scottish Premiership season with a 2-1 loss at Hearts. Nevertheless, the Glasgow giants should get the win in Jablonec nad Nisou on Thursday. The Bhoys have conceded in all three games so far, though, so take a punt on the Celtic win and both teams to score at a fine price of 10/3.
19:00 - Galatasaray v St Johnstone
St Johnstone travel to Turkey this Thursday to face Galatasaray in a tough UEFA Europa League qualifier. The Turkish giants were embarrassed by PSV Eindhoven in UEFA Champions League qualifying recently, but Fatih Terim’s men are one of the biggest teams in the Europa League. Can Callum Davidson’s Saints avoid defeat at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium?
Galatasaray lost 7-2 on aggregate to PSV in the Champions League qualifiers, so Terim’s troops will be desperate to bounce back in this one. This will be St Johnstone’s second competitive game of the season after kicking off their Scottish Premiership campaign with a 0-0 draw at Ross County last weekend. Unfortunately for the Saints, we fancy Galatasaray to secure an easy home win here. Put some money on the hosts to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 10/11.
10:00 - Sweden Women v Canada Women
The final of the women’s tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan will take place at the weekend. Sweden and Canada will go head-to-head for the gold medal at the National Stadium on Friday. The Swedes have been sensational in Japan up until now and head into this showpiece final as the bookies’ favourites. Still, the Canadians have been playing well to and it is certainly possible they could cause an upset.
Sweden won all three of their group matches, scoring nine goals along the way. Peter Gerhardsson’s ladies then beat hosts Japan in the quarter-finals before a 1-0 victory over Australia in the semis. Canada beat old rivals United States in the last four, with a Jessie Fleming penalty giving them a narrow 1-0 win. Bev Priestman’s side have done superbly well to reach the final, but we fancy the Swedes to prevail in Tokyo at odds of 4/5.
19:45 - Bournemouth v West Brom
The 2021-22 EFL Championship season kicks off with a cracking fixture on Friday night. Scott Parker’s Bournemouth welcome Valerien Ismael’s West Bromwich Albion to the Vitality Stadium. These two teams will be hoping to be there or thereabouts in the battle for the Championship title this term. The home team are the slight favourites in this one but anything can happen at this early stage of the campaign.
Parker got off to a winning start last weekend, with Bournemouth hammering MK Dons 5-0 in the first round of the Carabao Cup. However, West Brom will provide a much sterner test this Friday, and this Championship opener could go either way in Dorset. The Baggies will be hoping to have a fine season under Ismael, who worked wonders at Barnsley last term. We like the look of the draw and both teams to score here at odds of 15/4.
12:30 - Spain v Brazil
Spain and Brazil will square off in the final of the men’s football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. Saturday’s showpiece event will take place at the International Stadium, Yokohama. These two heavyweights were among the favourites to go all the away in Japan before a ball was kicked, and we should be in for a fascinating final in Yokohama. Both sides will be going all out for glory, but who will take home the gold medal?
Both teams needed extra time to eventually win their respective semi-finals. Real Madrid ace Marco Asensio scored in the 115th minute to give La Roja a 1-0 victory over hosts Japan, while Brazil beat Mexico in Kashima on a penalty shootout. This will no doubt be a close one, with one goal potentially being enough to nick it. With that in mind, back Spain to win 1-0 at the tempting price of 6/1.
15:00 - QPR v Millwall
Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers and Gary Rowett’s Millwall go head-to-head in an all-London EFL Championship affair at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this Saturday. These two clubs look well-matched on paper, but both will be gunning for all three points on the opening weekend. Rangers are the slight favourites but the result might well depend on which of the sides is able to find their stride this early in the campaign.
QPR ended last season in strong style, winning four of their last five to finish in ninth place in the table. They were particularly strong at home after the turn of the year, winning eight of their last 11 league matches at Loftus Road. Millwall were not an easy team to beat last term, though, and we fancy Rowett’s Lions to leave west London with a point. Check out the draw and both teams to score, which is available at the decent price of 15/4.
15:00 - Stoke City v Reading
Stoke City and Reading meet at the bet365 Stadium on the opening weekend of the 2021-22 EFL Championship season. Veljko Paunovic hit the ground running at the start of last season, guiding the Royals to seven wins and a draw from his opening eight league matches in charge. Although Reading came up short in the end, a seventh-place finish was a decent outcome. Can the Berkshire side start this term with three points?
Stoke City are one of the more unpredictable teams in the Championship. Michael O’Neill’s side can beat anyone on their day, but inconsistency has cost them dearly since dropping down from the Premier League. Reading were good on the road last season, picking up 12 away victories. You can get the solid odds of 11/5 for the Royals to win this one, which looks good enough to us.
17:00 - Leicester v Manchester City
Leicester City and Manchester City will contest this season’s FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Saturday with both sides looking for an early-season confidence boost by seizing victory. The match between last term’s FA Cup winners Leicester and the Premier League champions Man City promises to be an entertaining one. The Foxes would love to start their season with some silverware but Pep’s superstars head to the capital as the clear favourites with the bookmakers.
Back in September last year, Leicester stunned Man City with a 5-2 league win at the Etihad Stadium. The Foxes have certainly caused Guardiola one or two problems throughout the years, but the Citizens should be too strong for the Midlands outfit in this one. Man City have won the Community Shield six times, and the Premier League champions should add another Shield to their growing trophy cabinet on Saturday. We’re confident the favourites will prevail so we’ll be backing Man City to win both halves at odds of 6/1.
20:00 - Sheffield United v Birmingham
Sheffield United entertain Birmingham City at Bramall Lane in Saturday night’s late game in the EFL Championship. The Blades will be looking for an instant return to the Premier League after finishing bottom of the pile last season. Can new boss Slavisa Jokanovic start his reign with three points? As you would expect, the home team are the clear favourites to get the win.
Sheffield United had an abysmal season in the Premier League last time around, finishing bottom on just 23 points. However, a lot has changed at Bramall Lane since then, and United are one of the favourites for promotion before a ball has been kicked. Lee Bowyer did a fine job at Birmingham after taking over late last season, though the Blues ended their campaign with two heavy defeats. On balance we think the Blades will kick off with a decent win so we’ll be putting some money on Sheffield United to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 11/5.
13:30 - Fulham v Middlesbrough
In Sunday’s early game in the EFL Championship, Marco Silva’s Fulham welcome Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough to Craven Cottage. After suffering relegation from the Premier League last term, the Cottagers will be looking for another instant return to the top tier under their new manager. Getting the better of Warnock’s Boro will be tricky, but Silva’s side are the strong favourites. This promises to be an entertaining game in the capital and early in the season is of course a little trickier to call.
A lot has changed at the Cottage in the summer, with Scott Parker leaving for Bournemouth and former Everton manager Silva taking over. On the pitch, though, Fulham still have a Premier League squad of players. The experienced Warnock has improved Middlesbrough since taking over at the Riverside Stadium, but we fancy Fulham here, with Silva well known for fast starts at his new clubs. The home win by one goal has caught the eye at the decent price of 13/5.
16:30 - Coventry v Nottingham Forest
Coventry City are back at the Ricoh Arena for the start of the 2021-22 EFL Championship campaign and will be delighted to be back on home soil and to have fans inside the ground too. Mark Robins’ troops kick things off with a fixture against Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon. Last season, only three points separated the pair, with the Sky Blues finishing a place above the Reds in 16th. They are evenly matched, but will we see a winner at the Ricoh?
Coventry had a decent season on their Championship return, collecting a respectable 55 points. However, they were beaten home and away by Nottingham Forest, with the Reds winning 2-1 at the City Ground and 2-1 at St Andrew’s. One goal could be enough to nick this one, but we can see the duo playing out a draw. You can get the draw and both teams to score at odds of 4/1 and that looks big in what should be a very tight clash.
19:00 - Monaco v Sparta Prague
Monaco and Sparta Prague go head-to-head this Tuesday at the Stade Louis II in UEFA Champions League qualifying action. The Ligue 1 outfit have one foot in the play-off round after a solid victory in Prague last week. Niko Kovac’s boys are the overwhelming favourites to go through. Can Monaco bounce back from Friday night’s league draw with Nantes with a win in Europe this Tuesday?
Monaco were pretty dominant at the Stadion Letna last week, cruising to a 2-0 victory. Aurelien Tchouameni and Kevin Volland were on the scoresheet in the Czech Republic capital. The Monegasques are a tough nut to crack at the Stade Louis II, and we are backing Kovac’s troops to seal another easy victory over Sparta. Put some money on the hosts to win to nil again at odds of 7/5.
19:45 - Derby County v Salford City
Derby County entertain Salford City at Pride Park in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. Wayne Rooney’s Rams kicked off their EFL Championship season with a draw, so County will be looking for a win in the League Cup in midweek. Derby are the strong favourites, but Gary Bowyer’s EFL League Two Salford will be no pushovers at Pride Park.
Derby were held to a 1-1 draw by Huddersfield Town last weekend in the Championship. Curtis Davies gave the Rams the lead, but the Terriers equalised on the stroke of half time. As for Salford, they started their League Two campaign with a 1-1 home draw with Leyton Orient. Derby are two leagues above and are the favourites but Salford will fancy their chances of avoiding defeat at the very least. Take a look at the draw in 90 minutes at odds of 12/5.
20:00 - Bolton Wanderers v Barnsley
Ian Evatt’s Bolton Wanderers welcome Markus Schopp’s Barnsley to the University of Bolton Stadium in Carabao Cup action this Tuesday night. After winning promotion from the fourth tier last season, the Trotters are back in EFL League One. However, the Tykes reached the EFL Championship play-offs last term and head to Bolton as the bookies’ favourites. It could be a close encounter in Lancashire, but who will go through to round two?
Bolton started life back in the third tier with an enthralling home draw with MK Dons last Saturday. Alex Baptiste netted at the death to earn a point for the Trotters. Barnsley started their league season with a solid 1-1 draw with Mick McCarthy’s Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium. We can see Schopp picking up his first Tykes victory on Tuesday. We’ll be backing Barnsley to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 3/1.
20:00 - Reading v Swansea City
Reading and Swansea City lock horns in an intriguing all-EFL Championship Carabao Cup fixture at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night. Both teams suffered disappointing defeats on the opening weekend of the league season. The Royals lost 3-2 at Stoke City, while the Swans were beaten 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Which side will regather themselves, dust themselves down and book their place in the second round of the EFL Cup?
Both fixtures between the pair in last season’s Championship ended in draws. They drew 0-0 in South Wales in December before battling to a thrilling four-goal draw at the Madejski in April. We fancy these two evenly matched teams to play out another draw in normal time on Tuesday. You can get the tempting price of 11/1 for the draw and over 2.5 goals here, which looks like a decent option to us.
20:00 - Rangers v Malmo
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers take on Jon Dahl Tomasson’s Malmo in a UEFA Champions League qualifier on Tuesday night. The Swedish side have a one-goal lead after a 2-1 home victory last week. However, Steven Davis’s 95th-minute goal could prove to be vital as the Scottish side do all they can to progress. Ibrox Stadium will be bouncing but can the Gers turn the tie on its head and reach the play-off round of the Champions League?
It has been a turbulent week for Rangers. After losing in Malmo last Tuesday, the Scottish champions were beaten 1-0 at Dundee United in league action on Saturday. Gerrard’s men went the entire 2020-21 Premiership season undefeated. Unfortunately for Rangers, they just might have given themselves too much to do in this tie. We can see Malmo winning and both teams scoring again, which is very nicely priced at odds of 9/1 this time around.
20:00 - Legia Warsaw v Dinamo Zagreb
Czeslaw Michniewicz’s Legia Warsaw and Damir Krznar’s Dinamo Zagreb square off at the Stadion Wojska in Poland for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie. The tie is delicately poised after the pair drew 1-1 at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb last week. Who will get the win in Warsaw and make it through to the Champions League play-off round?
Bruno Petkovic’s goal on the hour mark looked to have given Dinamo a priceless home win. However, with eight minutes to go, Ernest Muci levelled for the Poles to give them a 1-1 draw in the Croatian capital. This second leg could go either way, but we fancy Zagreb to nick a narrow win. Have a punt on the visitors to win by one goal at a fair price of 11/4.
19:45 - Nottingham Forest v Bradford City
Nottingham Forest entertain Bradford City at the City Ground on Wednesday in the first round of the 2021-22 Carabao Cup. After letting a lead slip to lose 2-1 at Coventry City in their EFL Championship opener last weekend, Chris Hughton’s boys will be desperate to bounce back with a home cup win on Wednesday. Nevertheless, could Derek Adams’ Bradford be tricky opponents?
Forest were on their way to an opening weekend three points when Lyle Taylor gave them a lead at the Coventry Building Society Arena, but two goals in the last nine minutes earned the Sky Blues a comeback win. Bradford’s league season started with a goalless draw at Exeter City. Nottingham Forest should come out on top in front of their home supporters here, and the home victory is available at ½, odds which, whilst short, still look like solid value to us.
19:45 - Leyton Orient v Queens Park Rangers
Not quite as glamorous as the European Super Cup, it is east London taking on west London in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, as Leyton Orient welcome Queens Park Rangers to Brisbane Road. Both teams started their league seasons with 1-1 draws last weekend. Can the O’s cause an upset, or will Rangers’ EFL Championship superiority give them the edge in midweek?
Kenny Jackett’s men kicked off their EFL League Two campaign with a 1-1 draw at Salford City last weekend. As for QPR, they drew 1-1 in another London derby with Millwall at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. This will be the first meeting between the two London clubs since August 2007. Orient have won the last two, but we fancy Rangers in this one. Take a look at the decent price of 21/10 for the away team to be winning at half time and full time of this one.
20:00 - Chelsea v Villarreal
Thomas Tuchel’ Chelsea and Unai Emery’s Villarreal do battle at Windsor Park in Belfast in the 2021 UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday. The Blues beat Manchester City in a memorable 2021 UEFA Champions League final to book their Super Cup place. Villarreal, who will be making their first Super Cup appearance, edged past Manchester United in last season’s UEFA Europa League final. That success came despite Villarreal struggling in the league and shows what a dangerous cup side they can be.
Chelsea will want to be genuine Premier League title contenders this year, while also doing their utmost to keep hold of their Champions League crown. If they can add Romelu Lukaku to their ranks they will have a great chance to do that and this is a big season for Tuchel’s Blues. Whatever happens with Lukaku and other transfer targets, we fancy them to start with a win in the Super Cup in Northern Ireland. The Spanish side will no doubt play their part, so take a punt on the Chelsea win and both teams to score at the very tasty odds of 10/3.
19:30 - Rangers v Dunfermline
Rangers and Dunfermline go head-to-head in Scottish League Cup action at Ibrox Stadium on Friday night. The Scottish Premiership champions have had an indifferent start to their 2021-22 season so far, but Steven Gerrard’s men are the overwhelming favourites in this League Cup affair. In truth, the Gers should cruise into the next round without too much hassle.
After easing past Livingston in their opening Premiership match, Rangers then lost at Dundee United last week. Last season, the Glasgow giants went the entire league campaign unbeaten. As for Dunfermline, they have taken just one point from their opening two Championship fixtures. This will surely be a stroll in the park for Gerrard’s boys, and we are predicting a comfortable home win here. Take a punt on the hosts to win both halves at the top price of evens.
19:00 - St Johnstone v Galatasaray
St Johnstone picked up a memorable 1-1 draw with Turkish giants Galatasaray in Istanbul last week. Callum Davidson’s troops are still the underdogs in this UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie, but can the Scottish Premiership side cause an almighty upset and go through to the play-off round? This promises to be a memorable European night at McDiarmid Park.
St Johnstone took the lead in the second half at the Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium last week thanks to a Jason Kerr penalty. However, the Turks were level just two minutes later, with Sacha Boey sparing the home team’s blushes. St Johnstone have drawn all three of their league and cup matches so far this term, but we fancy them to secure an unforgettable win on Thursday night. Back the Saints to prevail at decent odds of 3/1.
19:00 - Rijeka v Hibernian
Jack Ross takes his Hibernian side to Croatia this Thursday to face Goran Tomic’s Rijeka in UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying action. The pair drew 1-1 at Easter Road in the first leg of this third qualifying round tie last week, so it is well and truly in the balance at the Stadion Rujevica this Thursday. Can the Hibees book their place in the play-off round?
Prince Ampem gave Rijeka a lead at Easter Road, but Martin Boyle levelled things up with a crucial goal just six minutes later. Overall, the 1-1 draw was just about the right result. Hibs are the second favourites in this one, but we fancy the Scottish Premiership side to get a narrow victory in Croatia and go through to the next round. You can get the away win at an attractive price of 12/5.
19:45 - Aberdeen v Breidablik
Aberdeen and Breidablik go head-to-head in the second leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League tie this Thursday. The Dons won a five-goal thriller in Iceland last week and will be looking to get the job done in front of their home fans at Pittodrie Stadium. Stephen Glass’s Dandies are the clear favourites with the bookies.
Christian Ramirez was the hero in Kopavogur last week, netting a brace in Aberdeen’s 3-2 win. The Dons have made an excellent start to their 2021-22 season, winning four of their opening five league and cup matches. A full capacity crowd is expected at Pittodrie on Thursday, and the fans should help fire Aberdeen into the play-off round. We could see a similar outcome from the first leg, so take a punt on the hosts to win and over 2.5 goals at odds of evens.
19:45 - Celtic v Jablonec
Celtic have a strong command of their UEFA Europa League qualifying third round tie against Czech Republic side Jablonec. After a big win in Jablonec nad Nisou last week, Ange Postecoglou’s Bhoys should book their spot in the play-off round. Will the Hoops get the job done at Celtic Park on Thursday night?
Celtic have been back to their best in the last two games, scoring 10 goals. Before a 6-0 league win over Dundee, the Glasgow giants won 4-2 at Jablonec in the first leg of this European qualifier. Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi, James Forrest and Ryan Christie got the goals in the Czech Republic. It could be another entertaining game between the pair, so check out the solid odds of 15/8 for the home team to win and both teams to score.
20:00 - Brentford v Arsenal
Brentford and Arsenal kick off the new 2021-22 Premier League season with an all-London affair at the Brentford Community Stadium on Friday night. This will be the Bees’ first ever Premier League match after winning promotion via the EFL Championship play-offs last season. Brentford will no doubt enjoy the occasion and would love to get off to a positive start, but Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are the bookies’ favourites to get the three points.
For the first time in two decades, Arsenal have no European football this term. However, the silver lining of that dark cloud is that Arteta’s men can solely focus on the league, and the north London outfit will be looking for all three points in west London on Friday. The Gunners beat the Bees 3-1 in a cup match when the pair last met three years back, and there is good value in the Arsenal win and both teams to score here at odds of 11/4.
12:30 - Peterborough United v Derby County
The EFL Championship weekend kicks off with the Peterborough United versus Derby County game at Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Posh have had a tough start, losing 3-0 at Luton Town in their opening Championship match before a thumping home defeat to Plymouth Argyle in the cup. Can Darren Ferguson’s men bounce back with a positive result here?
Derby survived on the final day last term, and Wayne Rooney’s Rams have been tipped for another season of struggle. Nevertheless, they started their Championship campaign with a decent home draw with Huddersfield Town last weekend. This is a tough one to call, but we can see County sneaking a win at Weston Homes Stadium. Have a punt on Derby to prevail by one goal, which is available at odds of 15/4.
12:30 - Manchester United v Leeds United
Rivals Manchester United and Leeds United meet at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the 2021-22 Premier League season. The Red Devils finished in second place in the table last year, collecting a respectable 74 points from their 38 games. As for Leeds, their first season back in the top tier was a successful one, all things considered, as Marcelo Bielsa guided the West Yorkshire club to ninth spot, just behind Arsenal and Tottenham and ahead of Everton, Wolves and Aston Villa.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United were unbeatable on the road last term but certainly had their problems at home. However, they made light work of Leeds at Old Trafford, thumping Bielsa’s boys 6-2 back in December. The margin of victory might not be as big, but we fancy Ole’s troops to start with a comfortable win in front of their home supporters on Saturday. Put some money on Man United to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 13/10.
15:00 - Chelsea v Crystal Palace
London sides Chelsea and Crystal Palace lock horns at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. After guiding the Blues to UEFA Champions League glory last term, Thomas Tuchel has been tipped to have a fine first full season in charge in west London. Can his side start with three points on Saturday or will Palace prove to be stubborn opponents?
Chelsea won the Champions League, reached the FA Cup final, and finished in the top four of the Premier League last season. Building on that will take some doing, but Tuchel’s troops are more than capable of kicking on this term if they can get off to a decent start. Patrick Vieira is the new man in charge at Selhurst Park, meanwhile, and even though he has a great footballing brain and some decent experience, we think the Eagles could struggle this season. We are backing Chelsea to start with an easy home win here and we’ll be taking a punt on the hosts to win both halves at odds of 13/8.
15:00 - Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers clash in an all-Midlands Premier League affair at the King Power Stadium this Saturday. The Foxes started their 2021-22 season with an excellent win over Manchester City in the FA Community Shield last weekend. Can Brendan Rodgers’ men now kick off their league campaign with three points on home turf?
Having missed out on the top four on the final day two seasons in a row, can Leicester finally bring Champions League football back to the King Power? A lot has changed at Molineux over the summer, with Nuno Espirito Santo moving on and Bruno Lage coming in. It could take time for Lage to settle in, and we fancy the Leicester take advantage by edging the victory in this one. You can get a fair price of 3/1 for the City victory and both teams to score.
17:30 - Norwich City v Liverpool
On Saturday night, Premier League new boys Norwich City welcome Liverpool to Carrow Road. Last season’s EFL Championship winners will not be an easy nut to crack for Jurgen Klopp’s men, but the Merseysiders head to Norfolk as the red-hot favourites. Can the 2019-20 Premier League champions start with three points on the road or will the underdogs cause a major upset in their first game back in the Premier League?
Norwich are back in the top flight after one year away and they looked like a very decent side in the second tier last term. Daniel Farke’s Canaries were dominant in the Championship, but the step up to the Premier League will be a tough one. Liverpool finished strongly last season to break into the top four, but will they be in the title race this term? Time will tell. We certainly think the Reds should come out on top at Carrow Road on Saturday evening, and the away win with a -1 goal handicap is nicely priced at odds of 4/5.
20:00 - Swansea City v Sheffield United
Russell Martin’s Swansea City and Slavisa Jokanovic’s Sheffield United lock horns at the Liberty Stadium in South Wales on Saturday night. Both managers started their reigns with EFL Championship defeats last weekend. This could swing either way in Wales, but the Blades are the slight favourites with the bookies.
Swansea started their league campaign with a 2-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, though they did win 3-0 at Reading in the EFL Cup in midweek. Sheffield United fell to a disappointing 1-0 loss to Lee Bowyer’s Birmingham City at Bramall Lane. Like Swansea, though, United also won in the cup on Tuesday, beating Carlisle United 1-0 at home. Swansea and Sheffield United will be desperate for maximum points, but we fancy the pair to play out a draw at the Liberty. The stalemate is priced at odds of 11/5, which looks good to us.
14:00 - Newcastle United v West Ham United
Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United entertain David Moyes’ West Ham United at St James’ Park this Sunday. The Magpies finished in 12th last season, while the Hammers finished in sixth place and secured UEFA Europa League football. Newcastle have been tough opponents for West Ham in recent years, but the Londoners are the favourites to earn the three points in this one.
Newcastle pulled off a surprise double over the Irons last season, winning 2-0 at the London Stadium and 3-2 at home. The Magpies are unbeaten in their last four against West Ham, winning three and drawing one. Both teams will be looking for a winning start, but we fancy Newcastle to make home advantage count. It was a five-goal thriller when they last met and the Newcastle win and over 3.5 goals combination looks a good option at the available odds of 10/1.
16:30 - Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
The standout Premier League fixture of the opening weekend will see Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham Hotspur and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City go head-to-head at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. Spurs have been a tough nut to crack in their new home, but Man City head to London as the 3/5 favourites with the bookies.
Manchester City won the Premier League title for a fifth time last term. They made a sluggish start, though, winning just three of their opening eight league games. Last weekend, Man City were beaten by Leicester City in the FA Community Shield. This promises to be a mouth-watering encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which could go either way. The two heavyweights might well cancel each other out, so we are backing the draw and both teams to score at the decent odds of 9/2.
19:45 - Swansea v Stoke
Russell Martin’s Swansea City and Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City lock horns in EFL Championship action this Tuesday night at the Swansea.com Stadium. The Swans have started their season with one point from a possible six, while the Potters have won one and drawn one thus far. Will we see a winner in South Wales in midweek?
It has been a tough start for Martin, as Swansea were beaten at Blackburn Rovers on the opening weekend before a goalless home draw with Sheffield United last Saturday. Stoke edged a five-goal thriller against Reading in their opening game. However, they also drew 0-0 last weekend. This could go either way in Wales, so backing the draw could be the way to go. With both sides firing blanks last time out, there is decent value in the draw and under 2.5 goals at 11/4.
19:45 - Millwall v Fulham
Millwall and Fulham square off in a tasty all-London EFL Championship encounter at The Den on Tuesday night. The Cottagers were at their blistering best last time out, thumping Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium. Can Marco Silva’s talented team make it back-to-back away wins in midweek? Fulham are the 5/4 favourites and having started the season well will have every chance of an instant return to the top flight.
Gary Rowett’s Millwall might also be dark horses for promotion and have drawn their opening two, drawing 1-1 with both Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers. Fulham started with a 1-1 home draw with Middlesbrough, but they were scintillating at Huddersfield last Saturday. Ivan Cavaleiro (2), Aleksandar Mitrovic, Josh Onomah and Fabio Carvalho netted in the 5-1 romp. This will no doubt be a tougher game for the Whites, but we can see Silva’s side edging past the Lions. The away win by exactly one goal is available at big odds of 3/1 and we think that is generous.
20:00 - Reading v Bristol City
In the EFL Championship on Tuesday night, Reading and Bristol City clash at the Madejski Stadium. After a hard-fought home win last weekend, can the Royals follow that up with three points in this one? Sorry Bristol City will be looking for their first victory in any competition since March. Reading are the bookies’ favourites here and given the woeful form of the visitors it is hard to see past a home win.
After a 3-2 defeat at Stoke City on the opening weekend, which they followed up with a 3-0 home reverse to Swansea City in the cup, Reading certainly needed those three points last Saturday. Femi Azeez and John Swift were on target in a 2-1 home win over Preston North End. Middlesbrough piled more misery on Bristol City, beating the Robins 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium. The Bristolians do at least have goals in them so take a punt on the Reading win and both teams to score here at solid enough odds of 15/4.
20:00 - Monaco v Shakhtar Donetsk
A change of pace in the Tuesday night action here as Niko Kovac’s Monaco and Roberto De Zerbi’s Shakhtar Donetsk lock horns in the 1st leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off game. The first fixture will take place at Monaco’s Stade Louis II, with the 2nd leg being held at Metalist Oblast Sports Complex next Wednesday. Before a ball has been kicked, the Ligue 1 side are fancied to go through but the visitors are very experienced in Europe and will not lie down in France.
What is more, Monaco have made a poor start to their league season, taking just one point from their opening two matches. However, they did beat Sparta Prague in the third round of Champions League qualifying. Shakhtar are in decent form, and they edged past Genk in the previous round. However, Monaco should make home advantage count here. Donetsk have scored in every league and cup clash so far, so back the Monaco win and both teams to score at a fine price of 13/5.
19:45 - Celtic v AZ Alkmaar
Celtic are in UEFA Europa League qualifying action on Wednesday night, as Ange Postecoglou’s men welcome Dutch side AZ Alkmaar to Glasgow. The 1st leg will take place at Celtic Park in midweek, and the 2nd leg will be held at AFAS Stadion in Alkmaar next Thursday. The winners of the tie will make it through to the 2021-22 Europa League group stage, although both of these sides have recent experience of playing in the Champions League.
Celtic have picked up after a sluggish start, winning four league and cup matches in a row. In the previous round of Europa League qualifying, the Bhoys beat Jablonec home and away, scoring seven times. This will be a tough test against a solid Eredivisie outfit, but the Hoops will be looking for a win on home soil this Wednesday. Celtic kept a clean sheet in their last European game, and the hosts are priced at 3/1 to win to nil on Wednesday, odds that look too big to us.
19:45 - Hull v Derby
Hull City host Derby County in the EFL Championship on Wednesday. The Rams’ misery continued as they let in two injury time goals to lose 2-1 at Peterborough United last Saturday when they had looked certain to chalk up their first win of the season. The Tigers, last term’s EFL League One winners, were also beaten at the weekend. Hull had the second best home record in the third tier last season, and the bookies have the hosts as their favourites in this one.
Hull fans were in raptures as City’s season started with a convincing 4-1 win at Preston North End. However, they were brought back down to earth last weekend, losing 3-0 at home to Queens Park Rangers. Which Hull will we see turn up here? Both sides could very much do with the points in this one, but we can see Grant McCann’s Hull piling more misery on Wayne Rooney’s men. The Tigers are priced at 10/11 to get the win and on home soil that seems more than fair.
19:45 - Birmingham v Bournemouth
Lee Bowyer’s Birmingham City welcome Scott Parker’s Bournemouth to St Andrew’s this Wednesday night. Both teams have kicked off their EFL Championship seasons with four points from a possible six. Amazingly, after just two games in the second tier, no side has a 100% record, so both of these teams are effectively joint-top on four points. After last weekend’s hard-fought victory at Nottingham Forest, can the Cherries make it back-to-back away wins?
Against the odds, Bowyer’s Birmingham beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane on the opening weekend of the season. They followed that up with a win in the cup and a 0-0 league draw with Stoke City. As for Bournemouth, they drew 2-2 with Middlesbrough before winning at the City Ground. They started their season with a thumping 5-0 victory over MK Dons in the first round of the Carabao Cup so confidence will be high. Parker’s men will fancy their chances here, and the away win -1 has caught the eye at odds of 7/2.
20:00 - West Brom v Sheffield United
West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United meet in an EFL Championship cracker at The Hawthorns on Wednesday night. These two clubs were both relegated from the Premier League last term and both will be desperate to bounce straight back. The Baggies have started well, while the Blades have taken just one point and have yet to score so far. Which way will this fascinating fixture go?
Former Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael has started life in the West Midlands with a win and a draw from two league games and his side have looked irresistible at times. West Brom narrowly beat Luton Town last weekend, though they were 3-0 up in the eventual 3-2 triumph. Slavisa Jokanovic’s Sheffield United got off the mark with a 0-0 draw at Swansea City last time out, but we can see them slipping up in this one. West Brom have scored five and shipped four so far, so back the Baggies to win and over 2.5 goals at very nice looking odds of 13/5.
20:00 - Benfica v PSV Eindhoven
Jorge Jesus’ Benfica and Roger Schmidt’s PSV Eindhoven go head-to-head for a place in the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League group stage. This two-legged play-off tie will get underway at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon on Wednesday night. A week later, the pair will square off at the Philips Stadion in Holland. Who will make it through to join Europe’s elite?
Benfica have won all four of their league and cup matches so far this season. In the previous round of the Champions League, the Portuguese outfit beat Spartak Moscow home and away. PSV have also made a winning start, picking up six victories on the bounce, including a 5-1 Champions League success over Galatasaray. We can see this 1st leg finishing level, and the draw and both teams to score is nicely priced at 10/3.
18:00 - Slavia Prague v Legia Warsaw
Slavia Prague and Legia Warsaw square off in the 1st leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off round tie on Thursday. Jindrich Trpisovsky’s Prague are the favourites at the Sinobo Stadium and should take a lead to Warsaw. The Red and Whites will be looking to bounce back from their UEFA Champions League qualifying defeat to Ferencvaros. The hosts are priced at just 8/15 and once again we think it should be a routine victory for the favourites.
Prague have been good so far this term, winning four of their opening five league and cup matches. However, their one and only defeat was a damaging one, as they were knocked out of the Champions League. Nonetheless, Slavia should bounce back and book their place in the Europa League. Home advantage will surely give them the edge in this one, so take a punt on Prague to win -1 at 7/5.
19:45 - Fenerbahce v Helsinki
Fenerbahce and Helsinki also lock horns in the UEFA Europa League play-offs on Thursday night. The 1st leg will take place at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul. The Turkish giants are the clear favourites with the bookies, but can the Finnish outfit cause an upset and bring home a positive result for the 2nd leg at the Bolt Arena in the Finland capital? This promises to be an intriguing two-legged tie but the bookies definitely have things right in making the Turks big favourites.
Fenerbahce picked up a narrow win on the opening weekend of the new season in domestic action, beating Adana Demirspor 1-0 away from home. As for Helsinki, their league season started way back in April, and they are miles clear at the top after 16 games played. HJK usually have it their own way in Finland, but we fancy the Istanbul outfit in this one. The home team are available at 10/11 to be winning at half time and full time and that looks solid value.
20:00 - Rangers v Alashkert
Rangers take on Armenian side Alashkert in the 1st leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off tie on Thursday night. Steven Gerrard’s men will be looking for a handsome win at Ibrox Stadium. They will expect to get the job done but by their recent high standards it has been somewhat of a shaky start to the new campaign. In addition, there are no easy games in Europe, especially in the play-off round, but the Scottish Premiership champions should see off the Armenian Premier League outfit over two legs and we fancy them to put one foot in the next phase with a decent win here.
Rangers have made a mixed start to their 2021-22 season. Before thumping Dunfermline 5-0 at Ibrox in the league last time out, the Gers had lost three league and cup matches in a row. They were beaten home and away by Malmo in UEFA Champions League qualifying. Nevertheless, Gerrard’s men should ease past Alashkert in Glasgow on Thursday night. Have a punt on Rangers to win -2 at the tempting odds of 13/10.
19:45 - Bristol City v Swansea
Swansea City make the relatively short trip to Bristol City this Friday night for a fixture in the EFL Championship. Russell Martin has had a tough start in South Wales, with his new side taking just one point from a possible nine despite starting the season among the promotion contenders. As for Nigel Pearson’s Robins, they picked up their first win since March on Tuesday. Which way will this one go at Ashton Gate?
Bristol City sealed a much-needed three points at the Madejski Stadium in midweek, with Andreas Weimann (2) and Chris Martin on target in a 3-2 away triumph. Swansea lost again, this time 3-1 to Stoke City at the Swansea.com Stadium. After the vital victory last time out, we fancy Bristol City to follow that up with another three points here and keep their momentum building. Check out the home win and both teams to score at the very rewarding odds of 5/1.
12:30 - Liverpool v Burnley
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley to Anfield in the Premier League this Saturday and they will be keen to show they mean business after a stuttering title defence last term. The Clarets famously ended the Reds’ unbeaten home league record back in January, so Liverpool will be out for revenge here. After opening up with an easy away win, Liverpool should move on to six points out of six this weekend and there is every chance they will move top of the league too.
Klopp’s boys cruised past Norwich City last time out, beating last season’s EFL Championship winners 3-0 at Carrow Road – Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah got the goals in Norfolk. Burnley lost 2-1 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion after leading for a long time. The Clarets shocked the Reds at Anfield with a 1-0 victory last season, but we can see an easy home win this time with a raucous home support likely to make a huge difference. Check out the decent odds of 4/6 for Liverpool to be winning at half time and full time.
12:30 - QPR v Barnsley
Saturday’s early kick off in the EFL Championship is the lunchtime game between Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers and Markus Schopp’s Barnsley at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. Warburton’s Hoops have made an excellent, if slightly surprising start, collecting seven points from their opening three to sit joint top of the division. Can the Londoners move on to 10 points this weekend and mark themselves out as surprise promotion candidates?
QPR pulled off a superb away win in midweek, beating Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium. Prior to that, the R’s had drawn with Millwall and won 3-0 at Hull City. Rangers could be a dark horse in the battle for promotion this season, and we can see them getting the better of Schopp’s Tykes on Saturday. QPR are available at the top odds of 3/1 to win –1 and that’s worth a punt given their current form.
15:00 - Leeds v Everton
Leeds United and Everton clash in an intriguing Premier League fixture at Elland Road on Saturday, with the teams enjoying differing fortunes on the opening day of the season. After last weekend’s embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Manchester United, Marcelo Bielsa will be looking for a rapid response from his players. As for the Toffees, the Rafa Benitez reign started with a home win over Southampton. Who will come out on top in Yorkshire this Saturday?
Leeds were blown away by Man United after the break at Old Trafford, with the home side scoring four times in 12 second-half minutes and looking rampant at times. Everton came from behind to beat Southampton 3-1. The Toffees were excellent in the second half, with all three goals coming after half time. This could go either way at Elland Road, but we fancy the away team to nick the points. The Everton win is priced at 2/1 and those odds is the value pick here.
15:00 - Manchester City v Norwich
After falling to a narrow defeat in London on the opening weekend, Premier League champions Manchester City will be looking for all three points when newly promoted Norwich City visit the Etihad Stadium this Saturday. As you would expect, Pep Guardiola’s boys are the overwhelming favourites. Can City put on a show in front of their returning fans and pile more misery on the Canaries who have been unlucky with the fixture list?
Man City started well at Tottenham Hotspur last week, but a moment of magic from Spurs’ Heung-Min Son won the points for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men. Norwich also lost, crashing to a heavy 3-0 home reverse to Liverpool. The fixture list has not been kind to the Canaries, and we can see Daniel Farke’s men falling to another big loss on Saturday. Take a punt on Man City to win -2 at the Etihad at solid looking odds of 5/6.
17:30 - Brighton v Watford
Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Xisco Munoz’s Watford to the Amex Stadium in Premier League action on Saturday. Both teams kicked off their 2021-22 seasons with wins last time out. The Hornets, last term’s EFL Championship runners-up, will be up for this one, but the Seagulls are the odds-on favourites. This promises to be an entertaining encounter between two teams that like to play good football and attack.
Brighton came from behind to win 2-1 at Burnley last weekend courtesy of goals from Neal Maupay and Alexis Mac Allister. Watford stunned Aston Villa at Vicarage Road, racing into a 3-0 lead after 67 minutes. Villa pulled two late goals back, but Watford held on for the points. Brighton will be buzzing from last weekend’s comeback win, and we can see them prevailing on home turf this Saturday. There is good value in the Albion win and both teams to score at 10/3.
14:00 - Southampton v Manchester United
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United go head-to-head in the Premier League at St Mary’s Stadium this weekend. These two enjoyed, or not in Southampton’s case, very contrasting starts to their seasons. United kicked off their league campaign with a thumping 5-1 home win over rivals Leeds United that sees them sit atop the nascent premier League table. Can the Red Devils move on to six points this Sunday? Man United are the clear favourites and we have to fancy them for a routine victory against a side that has sold some of its best players.
Southampton were 1-0 up at Everton last week, but three Toffees goals in the second half gave the home side a 3-1 win. The Saints looked vulnerable to pace and to crosses which doesn’t bode well against the Red Devils. Man United blew Leeds away in the second period at Old Trafford in their opening game, with Bruno Fernandes helping himself to a hat-trick in the 5-1 romp. Solskjaer’s side looked good last weekend, and we fancy them in this one. Back Man United to be winning at half time and full time at big odds of 6/4.
14:00 - Wolves v Tottenham
The fixture computer often throws up this sort of game and so in just the second fixture of the campaign Nuno Espirito Santo heads back to Molineux as Tottenham Hotspur travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. After an excellent win over Premier League champions Manchester City last weekend, can Nuno’s boys leave the Midlands with another three points? Wolves would love to win this one, though Spurs are the favourites and once again we’re siding with the bookies and the market and predicting a win for them.
Heung-Min Son scored the only goal of the game as Tottenham shocked the champions at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Sunday. Nuno’s troops grew into the game and certainly deserved the points. Bruno Lage started life at Wolves with a 1-0 loss to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. The Londoners were resolute at the back against Man City, and the defence will want another clean sheet here. Put some money on Tottenham to win to nil at 13/5.
16:30 - Arsenal v Chelsea
Arsenal and Chelsea square off in an all-London Premier League encounter at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, probably the biggest fixture of the weekend. The two teams had contrasting opening weekends, as the Gunners were embarrassed at Brentford, while the Blues eased to three points against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace. Who will be the pride of London this Sunday?
Arsenal were poor at the Brentford Community Stadium, losing 2-0 to the Premier League new boys. It may be early days, but the pressure is already mounting on Mikel Arteta. Chelsea eased to a 3-0 win over Palace thanks to goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah, and Thomas Tuchel’s boys will fancy their chances at the Emirates. Our money is on Chelsea, and we like the look of the Blues to score in both halves (2/1) of a comfortable win.
20:00 - West Ham v Leicester
David Moyes’ West Ham United and Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City do battle at the London Stadium on Monday night. Both teams finished in the top six of the Premier League last season, and we should be in for an entertaining evening in the capital. Both are attacking sides with experienced and talented managers and plenty of class and pace on the pitch. With this one taking place on West Ham’s turf, the Hammers are the slight favourites with the bookies but we see it being honours shared.
West Ham fought back twice to leave St James’ Park with a 4-2 victory last weekend. The Hammers were very strong after the break, scoring three times in 13 minutes. Leicester also started with a win, beating Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at the King Power Stadium, with veteran Jamie Vardy getting the goal. We fancy these two evenly matched teams to play out a score draw on Sunday. You can get the draw and both teams to score at big odds of 10/3.
20:00 - Ferencvaros v Young Boys
Ferencvaros and Young Boys lock horns in Budapest in a UEFA Champions League play-off qualifier on Tuesday night. After the Swiss team picked up a narrow win in an enthralling first leg in Bern last week, this second leg in the Hungarian capital is well and truly in the balance. Can Ferencvaros turn the tie around and book their spot in the Champions League group stage?
These two were involved in a real ding-dong battle at the Wankdorf Stadium last week. David Wagner’s Young Boys nicked the win in front of their home fans, with Meschak Elia, Vincent Sierro and Ulisses Garcia getting the goals in a 3-2 victory. This will no doubt be another tight affair, but we fancy Young Boys to get the win in the 90 minutes. Wagner’s troops are available at odds of 19/20 which looks a fair price to our eyes.
20:00 - Ludogorets Razgrad v Malmo
Valdas Dambrauskas’ Ludogorets Razgrad and Jon Dahl Tomasson’s Malmo go head-to-head at the Huvepharma Arena in Razgrad on Tuesday night for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off tie. The Swedish side take a handy 2-0 lead to Bulgaria after a professional display on their own patch last week. Will the Allsvenskan champions get the win at the Huvepharma Arena on Tuesday night?
Malmo have one foot in the 2021-22 Champions League group stage after a comfortable home win last Wednesday. The Swedes were too strong in Malmo, with Veljko Birmancevic and Jo Inge Berget getting the goals in a 2-0 victory. Malmo should complete the job, and we fancy them to win the second leg in Bulgaria. The away team are nicely priced at odds of 14/1 to win 2-0 once again, which looks a tempting option.
20:00 - PSV Eindhoven v Benfica
Roger Schmidt’s PSV Eindhoven welcome Jorge Jesus’s Benfica to the Philips Stadion on Tuesday night. This UEFA Champions League play-off tie is one of the standout fixtures of the round. The Portuguese outfit nicked an entertaining affair at the Estadio da Luz last week, but who will come out on top in the second leg in Eindhoven this Tuesday?
Jesus’s men raced into a two-goal lead on their own patch last week, with Rafa Silva and Julian Weigl getting the goals. Cody Gakpo pulled one back for the visitors, which could prove to be a vital goal in this tie. PSV are a tough nut to crack on home soil, and we fancy last term’s Eredivisie runners-up to turn the tie around and go through. Put some money on the home team to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 9/4.
20:00 - Brondby v Red Bull Salzburg
Brondby and Red Bull Salzburg square off in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off tie this Wednesday. Salzburg hold a narrow advantage after a 2-1 home win last week. The Austrian Bundesliga outfit are the favourites to go through, but can Brondby make home advantage count and cause an upset on their own patch?
Mikael Uhre gave the Danish side an early lead at the Stadion Wals-Siezenheim last week, netting in just the fourth minute. Brondby held their lead until Karim Adeyemi hit the equaliser in the 56th minute. Right at the death, Brendan Aaronson scored to give Salzburg a priceless 2-1 win. Brondby will no doubt be tough opponents, but the visitors should get the job done. Check out the away win and both teams to score at decent odds of 15/8.
20:00 - Dinamo Zagreb v Sheriff Tiraspol
Damir Krznar’s Dinamo Zagreb have it all to do after their poor defeat last week at Sheriff Tiraspol in the first leg of this UEFA Champions League play-off tie. The Romanian side pulled off a stunning victory on their own patch, but even at 3-0, the job is not done and dusted just yet. Can Sheriff hold on and book their place in the Champions League group stage?
Zagreb were woeful in Tiraspol last Tuesday, crashing to a heavy 3-0 defeat. In contrast, the Romanian side were superb, with Adama Traore netting a brace, while Dimitris Kolovos got the other. An early home goal in the second leg could shift the balance, but we fancy Sheriff Tiraspol to hold on and book their place in the group stage. There is good value in the odds of 3/1 for the hosts to win by one goal.
20:00 - Shakhtar Donetsk v Monaco
Shakhtar Donetsk and Monaco clash in a mouth-watering UEFA Champions League play-off game on Wednesday night. Shakhtar have the advantage after picking up a 1-0 win in the Stade Louis II last week. Can Roberto De Zerbi’s troops get the job done in front of their home supporters at the Metalist Oblast Sports Complex on Wednesday night?
As anticipated before a ball was kicked in Monaco, last week’s first leg was a tight and tense affair. Brazilian ace Pedrinho netted the only goal of the game to give the Ukrainians a priceless win. Niko Kovac’s Monaco, who finished third in Ligue 1 last term, will fight tooth and nail to turn the tie around, but we can see the pair playing out a draw in Kharkiv, which would take the hosts through. Check out the 1-1 stalemate at a nice price of 8/1.
19:45 - Tottenham Hotspur v Pacos de Ferreira
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham Hotspur have work to do in their UEFA Europa Conference League play-off tie against Portuguese outfit Pacos de Ferreira. With a weakened side, Spurs were beaten 1-0 at the Estadio da Mata Real last week. At the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night, Nuno’s troops will be looking to turn the tie on its head and much will depend on the side that is selected to play.
Tottenham’s second-string team fell to a poor defeat in Portugal last week, but Spurs have made an excellent start to their Premier League campaign. After a superb 1-0 home win over champions Manchester City on the opening weekend, a Dele Alli penalty gave the Londoners a 1-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out. Spurs should have enough quality to turn this European tie around, so back the home team to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 4/5.
12:30 - Manchester City v Arsenal
The opening fixture of the Premier League weekend is a cracker, as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City welcome Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium. The champions responded expertly well from their opening weekend defeat, thumping Norwich City at home last Saturday. As for the Gunners, they have taken zero points so far and whilst their last match was a tough one, the opening defeat to Brentford will have their fans concerned.
Man City were back to their scintillating best last time out, cruising to a 5-0 home win over Norwich. That result was just what the doctor ordered at the Etihad after City had lost the FA Community Shield game and then gone down 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in the league. Arsenal were outclassed by Chelsea last weekend, and we can see them crashing to a third straight Premier League defeat on Saturday afternoon. They have spent a lot of money but things just do not seem right at the Emirates and this clash could be a chastening experince for them. Check out the decent odds of 7/4 for Man City to win -2.
12:30 - Cardiff City v Bristol City
Two battling and experienced managers go head to head next as Mick McCarthy’s Cardiff City and Nigel Pearson’s Bristol City lock horns at the Cardiff City Stadium this Saturday in a Severnside derby. The Bluebirds are unbeaten in four EFL Championship games this season, while the Robins have taken just four points from a possible 12 and sit 15th. This derby is often hard to call, but Cardiff are the clear favourites in this one given the form of both teams.
McCarthy’s men have started well, beating Blackpool and Millwall, and drawing with Barnsley and Peterborough United. As for Bristol City, they have lost twice so far, crashing to a 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough, and suffering a 1-0 home loss to Swansea City. Cardiff have been tough to beat since McCarthy arrived, and we fancy the Welsh side in this one. Back the Cardiff win and both teams to score at the very nice odds of 10/3.
12:30 - Derby County v Nottingham Forest
Rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest do battle in the East Midlands derby at Pride Park on Saturday. Wayne Rooney’s Rams have been tipped to struggle this term, but Forest are the ones who have made a poor start. Chris Hughton’s Reds have lost all four EFL Championship games and sit rock bottom of the table. They need to turn things round quickly and whilst a derby game can sometimes be perfect for that, we fancy Derby in this derby!
The Rams have made a decent enough start, winning one, drawing two and losing one so far. After losing at Peterborough United in gut-wrenching fashion, the Rams have bounced back with four points from a possible six. In contrast, Nottingham Forest have suffered consecutive league defeats to Coventry City, Bournemouth, Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City. Forest’s four losses have all been by one goal, and you can get 11/4 for Derby to win by one on Saturday.
17:30 - Liverpool v Chelsea
The game of the weekend sees heavyweights Liverpool and Chelsea go head-to-head at Anfield in a mouth-watering Premier League fixture on Saturday evening. Both teams have started with two wins out of two, and this promises to be an enthralling contest in Merseyside. Chelsea were dominant at Arsenal last time out, but Liverpool are the slight favourites with the bookies to win what could prove to be a title six-pointer in the final reckoning.
Jurgen Klopp’s men kicked off their season with a comfortable 3-0 away win at Norwich City. The Reds then beat Burnley 2-0 at Anfield last Saturday. Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have been just as impressive and have also won 3-0 and 2-0, seeing off Crystal Palace and Arsenal. These two giants look hard to split on paper, and the pair could cancel each other out at Anfield. With that in mind, have a punt on the draw and both teams to score, which is nicely priced at big odds of 7/2.
20:00 - Peterborough United v West Bromwich Albion
On Saturday night in the EFL Championship, Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United welcome Valerien Ismael’s West Bromwich Albion to the Weston Homes Stadium. The new Baggies boss has hit the ground running at The Hawthorns, and West Brom are currently joint top of the Championship table and very well-backed to earn instant promotion back to the EPL. Will Albion move on to 13 points from a possible 15 this weekend?
Peterborough have been competitive on their Championship return, taking four points from a possible 12, with all of those points coming on their own patch. After opening up with a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth, West Brom have won three in a row in the league, seeing off Luton Town, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers. We fancy the Baggies to make it four Championship victories on the spin this Saturday. Back the visitors to win -1 at 2/1.
14:00 - Burnley v Leeds United
Sean Dyche’s Burnley welcome Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United to Turf Moor in Premier League action this Sunday. The Clarets were tipped by many to go down this term and will be looking for their first win after back-to-back losses, while Leeds will be hoping to build on last weekend’s draw with Everton. This could go either way, but United are the slight favourites to get the win and will have been boosted by a resounding midweek win in the League Cup.
Burnley let an early lead slip to lose 2-1 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on the opening weekend. Dyche’s troops were then well beaten at Anfield. Leeds were embarrassed at Old Trafford in game one, but Bielsa’s boys struck back with a 2-2 home draw with the Toffees last Saturday, coming from behind twice. We fancy Leeds in this one, and the visitors are available at very fair odds of 6/5 to return to Yorkshire with all three points.
14:00 - Tottenham Hotspur v Watford
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham Hotspur and Xisco Munoz’s Watford square off in the Premier League this Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Nuno’s troops have picked up six points from a possible six so far, and the Lilywhites should secure another Premier League win against last season’s EFL Championship runners-up. The hosts are priced at just 2/5 and with those odds so small many will be looking at ways to increase their returns from a Spurs win.
On the opening weekend of the Premier League season, Tottenham stunned Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. A moment of magic from Heung-Min Son gave Spurs a 1-0 victory over the champions. The Londoners followed that up with a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, with Dele Alli scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot. Nuno likes to keep things tight and so we are backing Tottenham to win to nil again, which is available at the tempting price of 13/10.
16:30 - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his Manchester United side to Molineux this Sunday to play Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League. After dropping points at Southampton last time out, the Red Devils will be looking to get back to winning ways on Sunday. As for Wolves, they have lost two out of two so far and this is not the ideal fixture for a side looking to reverse such fortunes.
Lage has had a tough start to life in the Midlands, as his Wolves side have lost to Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur. However, they did secure a big 4-0 away win at Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup in midweek. Man United thumped rivals Leeds United 5-1 at Old Trafford in their opening Premier League match. However, Ole’s boys could only follow that up with a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s. Nevertheless, we fancy United to bounce back in style, and you can get nice odds of 15/8 for the away team to be winning at half time and full time on Sunday.
17:00 - Finland v Wales
While plenty of other sides are in facing more important games, Finland and Wales lock horns in an international friendly at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on Wednesday evening. The pair return to 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying action at the weekend, so both teams will be looking for a strong performance and a positive result from this friendly. The Dragons are the slight favourites to get the win in Helsinki but Finland will be no pushovers.
Wales had a solid UEFA Euro 2020 tournament in the summer, even though they were hammered by Denmark at the Round of 16 stage. Finland and Wales met in the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League, with the Dragons picking up victories home and away. In November 2020, Wales won 3-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium and looked good value for it. You can get the tempting odds of 9/2 for the Welsh to win and both teams to score in this one, which looks good to us.
19:45 - Portugal v Republic of Ireland
Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland are back in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying action this week. On Wednesday night, Ireland face Portugal at the Estadio Algarve in Group A. This will be a stern test for the Irish against the UEFA Euro 2016 winners, and Fernando Santos’s men are the heavy favourites with the bookies. The Republic could be in for a long night on Portuguese soil but they will be harbouring hope of pulling off something of an upset.
Portugal lead the way in Group A after two wins and a draw from their three games so far. They have not been at their best so far but the Portuguese have put themselves in a commanding position to reach next year’s World Cup in Qatar. Ireland have been disappointing, meanwhile, having lost 3-2 to Serbia before suffering a highly embarrassing 1-0 home loss to minnows Luxembourg. Though stranger things have happened, we can’t see Ireland getting anything from this game. As such, we’ll be backing Portugal to win with a -1 goal handicap here at odds of 8/11.
19:45 - Denmark v Scotland
The current top two sides in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F lock horns on Wednesday night, as Denmark welcome Scotland to the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Both teams are unbeaten in their opening three qualifiers, though the Danes are four points above the Scots after taking maximum points from their games. Will the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-finalists make home advantage count in midweek or can Scotland muster a positive result?
In-form Denmark look to be steamrolling their way to the 2022 World Cup. Kasper Hjulmand’s men have won three out of three in Group F, easing past Israel, Moldova and Austria. So far, the Danes have scored 14 goals and shipped none. Scotland have won one and drawn two but we fancy an easy Denmark win on Wednesday in this one. Given that Scotland are not renowned for finding too many goals at the moment, we’ll be putting some money on the hosts to win to nil again at a decent price of 6/5.
19:45 - Lithuania v Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland make the midweek trip to the LFF Stadium in Vilnius to take on Lithuania in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Ian Baraclough’s boys have made an indifferent start to their campaign to make it to Qatar, taking just one point from their two games. Can Norn Iron pick up their first Group C victory on Thursday? The away team head to Lithuania as the odds-on favourites and they will certainly be doing all they can to force victory.
The Lithuanians, who are the weakest link in the group, are bottom of the group after back-to-back defeats. They lost 1-0 to Switzerland in St Gallen before suffering a 2-0 home reverse to Italy a few days later. As for Northern Ireland, they were beaten by the Italians in Parma in their opening fixture. However, Baraclough’s troops bounced back with a relatively positive goalless draw against a decent-enough Bulgaria side in Belfast. Our money is on the Norn Iron win here at odds of 4/5.
19:45 - Hungary v England
Gareth Southgate’s England are in Budapest this Thursday taking on Hungary in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier. This will be the Three Lions’ first fixture since the gut-wrenching penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the UEFA Euro 2020 final. The Hungarians will be no pushovers at the Puskas Arena, but the English should move on to 12 points in Group I.
England have won three out of three games in qualification so far, seeing off San Marino, Albania and Poland. Hungary have picked up seven points from a possible nine, beating San Marino and Andorra, and drawing 3-3 with the Poles. This could be a tricky fixture for the Three Lions but we are backing Southgate’s side to keep up their 100% record with a narrow win in Budapest. Put some money on the visitors to win by one goal at odds of 12/5.