18:00 - Union Saint Gilloise v Rangers
Rangers are in UEFA Champions League qualifying action in midweek, as Giovanni van Bronckhorst takes his side to Den Dreef in Belgium to play Union Saint Gilloise in the third qualifying round. The Gers reached the UEFA Europa League final last season, losing out to Eintracht Frankfurt. Can they start this European season with a win on the road?
Rangers’ Scottish Premiership campaign got off to a winning start last weekend, but they were made to work hard for their three points at Livingston. Late goals from Scott Arfield and James Tavernier turned the game on its head to give Rangers a 2-1 win. Union have played two matches in their domestic league, winning one and drawing one. The Glasgow giants will fancy their chances in Belgium, and we like the look of the away win at odds of 31/20.
18:00 - Monaco v PSV Eindhoven
One of the standout UEFA Champions League third qualifying round ties is the tasty affair between Monaco and PSV Eindhoven. The first leg of this intriguing tie will be held at the Stade Louis II this Tuesday night. Being the home team, Monaco are the bookies’ favourites in game one, but it really could go either way.
Monaco finished third in Ligue 1 last season, with Philippe Clement coming in at the start of 2022 and doing a fine job at the Stade Louis II. As for PSV, they finished runners-up to Ajax in the 2021-22 Eredivisie. With both sides pushing for a victory, this first leg promises to be entertaining. However, we are having a tough time splitting the pair. Our money is going on the draw and both teams to score at odds of 7/2.
18:00 - Benfica v Midtjylland
Benfica welcome Midtjylland to the Estadio da Luz this Tuesday for a UEFA Champions League qualifier. The winners of this two-legged third-round tie will progress through to the play-off stage. Midtjylland can be a tough nut to crack on their day, but Roger Schmidt’s Eagles are the odds-on favourites to get the victory on home turf.
Benfica finished third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season, collecting 74 points from 34 games. Midtjylland were runners-up in the Danish Superliga at the end of the 2021-22 campaign, finishing six points behind champions Copenhagen. Benfica are usually a formidable force on their own patch, and Schmidt’s side should secure a routine victory at the Estadio da Luz on Tuesday night. Check out the solid odds of 13/8 for the Portuguese outfit to win both halves of this one.
19:45 - Cambridge United v Millwall
Cambridge United and Millwall meet in the EFL Cup this Tuesday night. The Lions got off to a flying start in the league, beating Stoke City 2-0 at The Den. Can Gary Rowett’s men kick off the 2022-23 campaign with two wins from two? As you would expect, the EFL Championship side are the odds-on favourites to get the victory at the Abbey Stadium.
The Lions started their season in style, as two goals from Charlie Cresswell gave Rowett’s troops a comfortable 2-0 home success over Stoke. Cambridge also launched their league campaign with a win, beating MK Dons 1-0 at home on the opening weekend of the EFL League One season. Unfortunately for Mark Bonner and his men, we fancy Millwall in this one. Back the away team to be winning at half time and full time at a price of 2/1.
19:45 - Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town
The EFL Championship weekend gets underway on Friday night, as Birmingham City take on Huddersfield Town at St Andrew’s. John Eustace picked up a positive result in his first Blues game last week, holding Luton Town to a draw at Kenilworth Road. As for the Terriers, they lost 1-0 at home to Burnley in Danny Schofield’s first match in charge.
On their way to a third-place finish last season, Huddersfield picked up four points from their two meetings with Birmingham. The duo drew 0-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium in game one in October. The reverse meeting at St Andrew’s ended in a 2-0 victory for Town, with Levi Samuels Colwill and Lewis O’Brien getting the goals. We’ll be putting a few quid on Huddersfield to win without conceding again at the top odds of 7/2.
17:00 - Bodo/Glimt v Zalgiris Vilnius
Bodo/Glimt and Zalgiris Vilnius clash in UEFA Champions League qualifying this Wednesday night. The first leg of this third qualifying round tie will take place at Aspmyra Stadium in Norway. Bodo will be hoping to make home advantage count in leg one, and Kjetil Knutsen’s troops are the odds-on favourites to get the win.
Bodo/Glimt fell to a shock 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie, losing to NIFL Premiership side Linfield at Windsor Park. However, they hammered the Northern Irish outfit in the home leg, winning 8-0 at the Aspmyra Stadion to go through 8-1 on aggregate. Bodo should be too strong for the Lithuanians on Wednesday, and we fancy the hosts to secure a comfortable home win. You can get the rather good value price of 5/6 for Bodo/Glimt to win to nil and that’s the bet for us.
19:00 - Dynamo Kiev v Sturm Graz
Mircea Lucescu’s Dynamo Kiev and Christian Ilzer’s Sturm Graz go head-to-head at the Stadion Miejski in Lodz, Poland in UEFA Champions League qualifying on Wednesday night. Kiev did superbly well to get past Turkish giants Fenerbahce in the previous round – can the Ukrainians now see off Graz over two legs to reach the Champions League qualifying play-offs?
Kiev drew 0-0 with Fenerbahce in Poland in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie. They were the underdogs in Turkey, but Oleksandr Karavayev’s extra-time goal won it for Kiev. The 2021-22 Austrian Bundesliga champions will not be an easy nut to crack, but we are backing Dynamo to get the win in Lodz in midweek. Check out the solid price of 15/4 for the Dynamo Kiev win and both teams to score in this one.
19:00 - Qarabag v Ferencvaros
In UEFA Champions League qualifying on Wednesday night, Qarabag and Ferencvaros square off at the Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium in Baku. The home team are the bookies’ favourites in leg one, but picking the winner of this tie is a tough task. Can Qarabag get a win on home soil and take an advantage to next week’s second leg in Budapest?
Qarabag edged past Swiss outfit Zurich in the previous round, winning 5-4 on aggregate after two entertaining games. Ferencvaros lost 2-1 at home to Slovan Bratislava in their first leg, but a stunning 4-1 win on the road saw them progress 5-3 on aggregate. This is a difficult fixture to predict, so our money is going on the stalemate. There is good value in the odds of 4/1 for the draw at both half time and full time.
19:45 - Linfield v Zurich
Linfield welcome Zurich to Windsor Park in a UEFA Europa League qualifier this Thursday night. David Healy’s men were knocked out of UEFA Champions League qualifying with a thumping defeat, but can the NIFL Premiership champions cause an upset against Zurich and book their place in the Europa League play-off round? The home team are the underdogs at odds of 17/4 to get the win.
Linfield edged past Welsh side The New Saints to set up a two-legged Champions League qualifying tie with Bodo/Glimt. They shocked the Norwegians with a 1-0 win at home, but Linfield lost the second leg 8-0 in Bodo. Zurich are the Swiss Super League champions and Franco Foda’s boys should be too strong in Belfast on Thursday. Check out the decent price of 13/10 for Zurich to be winning at half time and full time here.
20:00 - Olympiacos v Slovan Bratislava
Carlos Corberan’s Olympiacos entertain Vladimir Weiss’ Slovan Bratislava at the Karaiskakis Stadium this Thursday in the third round of UEFA Europa League qualifying. The Greek side crashed to a shock loss to Maccabi Haifa in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, losing 5-1 on aggregate. Can they bounce back with a Europa League victory this Thursday?
Olympiacos picked up a solid 1-1 draw away from home in the first leg against Haifa. However, they were torn apart at the Karaiskakis Stadium, collapsing to a 4-0 defeat. Slovan were also beaten in the Champions League, as they lost out to Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros. Olympiacos are the favourites in the home leg, but we fancy the Slovakian champions to hold them to a draw in Piraeus. The draw and both teams to score is priced at fair odds of 11/2.
20:00 - Shamrock Rovers v Shkupi
League of Ireland Premier Division champions Shamrock Rovers take on Macedonian First Football League champions Shkupi in a two-legged UEFA Europa League round three qualifier. The first leg will take place this Thursday at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Can Rovers make home advantage count and take a lead to next week’s second leg in Skopje?
Shamrock Rovers beat Hibernians in their opening Champions League qualifier last month, though they fell at the second hurdle when they lost against Ludogorets Razgrad in the second round. Shamrock have been sensational at home this season, winning 12 and drawing two of 14 league and cup matches at Tallaght Stadium. We are backing Stephen Bradley’s Hoops to claim yet another home victory this Thursday. There is good value in the odds of 5/2 for the hosts to win to nil.
20:00 - Dundee United v AZ Alkmaar
Jack Ross’s Dundee United are in UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying action this week, as they welcome Dutch side AZ Alkmaar to Tannadice Park. United are the second favourites in this one, but can the Scottish Premiership side, who finished fourth last term, cause an upset on home soil and take a lead to Holland?
Dundee United kicked off their domestic season with a decent 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock away from home. They were heading for all three points at Rugby Park, but Ash Taylor netted in injury time to rescue a point for the home team. AZ have played two games this season, beating Tuzla City home and away in Europa Conference League qualifying. United will have a go, but AZ should get the win in Scotland. You can get a reasonably good value price of 11/4 for the away victory and both teams to score in this one.
20:00 - Crystal Palace v Arsenal
The opening weekend of the 2022-23 Premier League season kicks off on Friday night when London rivals Crystal Palace and Arsenal do battle at Selhurst Park. Former Gunners captain Patrick Vieira had a fine first season with Palace last season, and the Eagles will be hoping to get off to a flying start on Friday. However, Arsenal are the odds-on favourites with the bookies.
In April, Crystal Palace thumped Arsenal at Selhurst Park, with Jean-Philippe Mateta, Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha netting in a 3-0 win. The Eagles also held the Gunners to a 2-2 draw in the game at the Emirates Stadium. Palace have been somewhat of a bogey team to Arsenal in recent times, and we fancy Vieira’s side to hold Mikel Arteta’s troops to a draw on Friday. The draw and under 2.5 goals is available at odds of 15/4, which looks a good price to us.
12:30 - Norwich City v Wigan Athletic
Dean Smith’s Norwich City and Leam Richardson’s Wigan Athletic square off at Carrow Road in EFL Championship action on Saturday afternoon. The Canaries started life back in the second tier with a narrow defeat in South Wales, while the Latics picked up a home draw with Preston North End. Can Norwich get off the mark in this one?
Norwich were edged out in a close encounter at Cardiff City last weekend, with a Romaine Sawyers goal giving the Bluebirds a 1-0 win. As for Wigan, they drew 0-0 with Preston at the DW Stadium. These two clubs were two leagues apart last season, but this could be a close one at Carrow Road. We fancy City to nick a narrow victory on home soil – you can get 5/2 for Norwich to win by one goal.
14:00 - Leicester City v Brentford
Leicester City and Brentford do battle at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday. The Foxes finished in eighth after a topsy-turvy campaign last term, and Brentford ended in 13th spot in their first ever year in the Premier League. That was a superb outcome for Brentford but they will be more than aware of the danger of the dreaded “second season syndrome”. There should certainly be no danger of complacency here as City won both fixtures last season, and Brendan Rodgers’ men are the favourites in this one.
Leicester have a good record in this fixture in recent times, winning each of the last five league and cup meetings. City beat Brentford 2-1 home and away last season, and we could see a similar scoreline in this one. Brentford impressed at times in their first year in the Premier League, but they could be in for a tough second season and will certainly miss Christian Eriksen who transformed them at the end of last season. Have a punt on the Leicester win and both teams to score on Sunday at big odds of 11/4.
14:00 - Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Manchester United start life under new boss Erik ten Hag with a Premier League game against Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday. After 10 years of underachieving post-Sir Alex Ferguson, will Ten Hag be the man to bring the glory days back for the Red Devils at long last? United will want to kick off the 2022-23 season with three points at home and they should have more than enough against a Brighton side that still lacks cutting edge.
Brighton were one of the surprise packages in the Premier League last season. Potter’s men suffered just 11 defeats and finished in the top half. Along the way, the Seagulls stunned Man United with a 4-0 win at the Amex Stadium – one of the rare occasions they were clinical in front of goal. However, this is a different United side, and Ten Hag’s boys should take all three points from this home fixture. Put some money on the hosts to win -1 at 8/5.
16:30 - West Ham United v Manchester City
Champions Manchester City begin the defence of their Premier League crown with a tricky test at West Ham United on Sunday. The Hammers have had two great seasons under David Moyes, who has rebuilt his reputation as a top-class manager, and will be a tough nut to crack for many teams this term. City lost the opening game of last season in the capital – will history repeat itself on Sunday?
West Ham have qualified for Europe via their league position for two years running for the first time in the club's history. The Londoners will want to finish in the European spots again this term but things don’t get any easier with all the investment made by the bigger sides. Man City start the season as the Premier League title favourites. They lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur in their opening league game of the 2021-22 season, but we fancy City to win this one. There is good value in 15/8 for Man City to prevail and both teams to score.
15:00 - Coventry City v Rotherham United
Coventry City and Rotherham United face off at the Coventry Building Society Arena in the EFL Championship this Sunday. Both teams kicked off the 2022-23 season with draws last weekend. Mark Robins’ Sky Blues are the favourites to get the win on home soil, but can Paul Warne’s Millers return to South Yorkshire with a positive result?
Coventry battled hard to pick up a 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in game one. Rotherham started life back in the Championship with a good 1-1 draw with Swansea City at the New York Stadium. This could be another tight Championship tussle, but we can see City edging it on their own patch. Check out the tempting price of 5/2 for the home team to win by one goal.
12:30 - Fulham v Liverpool
This is a real baptism of fire for the hosts as Fulham and Liverpool go head-to-head at Craven Cottage on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. The Cottagers are back in the top flight after winning the EFL Championship last term and this is one of the toughest fixtures they could possibly have begun with. As for the Reds, they missed out on the Premier League title by just one point last term and will be determined to pip City this time around. Liverpool are the odds-on favourites to start with all three points in the capital and we can only see one winner here.
Jurgen Klopp’s men had a remarkable 2021-22 campaign. They won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, beating Chelsea on penalties in both finals. They reached the UEFA Champions League final and finished runners-up to Manchester City in the Premier League. Fulham will be hoping to avoid an instant return to the Championship yet again, but Liverpool will surely be too strong in game one. We like the look of 10/11 for the visitors to be winning at half time and full time.
15:00 - Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur begin their 2022-23 Premier League season with a home game against Southampton on Saturday. Big things are expected of Spurs under the experienced Antonio Conte this term, and the Londoners will be looking to kick off their campaign with a routine home win. As you would expect, Tottenham are the big favourites here and having made some astute signings they will be hoping to hit the ground running.
The Saints proved to be tough opponents for Spurs last season, as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men picked up four points from the two fixtures. The game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was a memorable one, as Southampton left with a 3-2 win. Nevertheless, Tottenham have come on since then and have made a few big signings this summer, and Conte’s boys could be a force to be reckoned with this term. Back the Lilywhites to win -1 on Saturday at the solid odds of 20/21.
17:30 - Everton v Chelsea
On Saturday evening, Everton and Chelsea get their 2022-23 Premier League seasons underway with a tasty fixture at Goodison Park. Frank Lampard’s Toffees avoided the drop by the skin of their teeth last time around, while the visitors reached two domestic finals and won two major trophies. Can Everton cause an upset on home soil and carry on where they left off last term?
The Toffees will be looking for a much better season this time. Last season, they picked up just 39 points and were beaten a massive 21 times, only surviving thanks to some decent results in the last few months of the season. Chelsea had a good campaign in very difficult circumstances, and Thomas Tuchel’s troops will want to kick on this year. This is a tough fixture to call on the opening weekend and Everton have a fine recent home record against Chelsea, including a crucial win at the back end of last season. However, Chelsea should have enough to return to the capital with all three points. The away win and both teams to score is available at nice odds of 11/4.
20:00 - West Bromwich Albion v Watford
Steve Bruce’s West Bromwich Albion and Rob Edwards’ Watford do battle in EFL Championship action at The Hawthorns on Monday night. The Baggies picked up a decent 1-1 draw away at Middlesbrough on matchday one, while the Hornets kicked off their campaign with an impressive home win over Sheffield United.
These two clubs will be expecting to be there or thereabouts in the battle for promotion this season but there’s a long way to go and getting points on the board early will certainly pay dividends. West Brom massively underachieved last term but they are one of the favourites this year. As for Watford, they will be looking for an instant return to the Premier League. These two are tough to split on paper, and we fancy the Baggies and Hornets to play out a score draw at The Hawthorns. The draw and under 2.5 goals is priced at odds of 11/4 which looks good to us.
19:30 - Bradford City v Hull City
Bradford City and Hull City do battle at Valley Parade in the first round of EFL Cup this Tuesday evening. The Bantams, who are managed by Mark Hughes, ply their trade in EFL League Two these days, while the Tigers are an EFL Championship club. Hull have taken four points from their opening two league fixtures and will be looking for a comfortable victory in the cup in midweek.
Bradford have kicked off the 2022-23 League Two campaign with a draw and a defeat. After drawing 0-0 at home with Doncaster Rovers on matchday one, the Bantams were on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller at Barrow last time out. Hull beat Bristol City in match one, coming from behind to win 2-1 at the MKM Stadium. The Tigers then drew 0-0 at Preston North End last Saturday. We are backing Hull to keep another clean sheet here, and the away win to nil is nicely priced at odds of 3/1.
19:30 - Cardiff City v Portsmouth
EFL Championship club Cardiff City welcome EFL League One outfit Portsmouth to the Cardiff City Stadium in midweek EFL Cup action. Steve Morison’s Bluebirds will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at Reading. As for Danny Cowley’s Pompey, they have drawn two out of two in League One. Cardiff are the bookies’ favourites in this one and we can see them getting the job done without too much hassle.
These two clubs met in the 2008 FA Cup final, with Harry Redknapp’s men picking up a 1-0 win at Wembley Stadium thanks to Nwankwo Kanu’s effort. However, City have dominated this fixture since, winning four and drawing one of the following five meetings. Cardiff should make home advantage count in this cup tie and progress through to the second round. There is good value in the odds of 11/4 for Cardiff to be winning at half time and full time.
19:30 - Norwich City v Birmingham City
Dean Smith’s Norwich City and John Eustace’s Birmingham City lock horns in an all-EFL Championship EFL Cup tie at Carrow Road on Tuesday night. Norwich have had a tough start to life back in the second tier after dropping out of the Premier League, taking just one point from their opening two league fixtures. Nevertheless, can they get up and running with a win in the cup in midweek?
The Canaries lost at Cardiff City on matchday one and failed to beat Wigan Athletic at home last time out. Birmingham have been tipped to struggle this season, but their campaign has started with a win and a draw. However, we can see the Blues falling to a cup defeat at Carrow Road on Tuesday night. Norwich have won six and drawn one of the last seven meetings, and the home win here is available at 4/6.
19:30 - PSV Eindhoven v Monaco
PSV Eindhoven and Monaco meet in one of the standout UEFA Champions League qualifying ties of the week. After the pair drew at the Stade Louis II in game one, this third-round qualifier is well and truly in the balance. Ruud van Nistelrooy’s PSV, who finished second in the Eredivisie last season, are the favourites to progress to the play-off round.
There was nothing to split these two when they clashed in Monaco last week. Joey Veerman’s goal just before the break gave the Dutch side the lead. However, 10 minutes from time, Axel Disasi levelled for the hosts. This is likely to be another tight fixture between two evenly matched teams, but we fancy Eindhoven to secure a narrow victory on home soil. Put some money on PSV to win by one goal at 10/3.
19:45 - Rangers v Union Saint-Gilloise
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers have work to do in their UEFA Champions League qualifying tie with Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise. The Gers, who reached the UEFA Europa League final last term, find themselves two goals down in the tie after a poor performance in Leuven last week. Still, Rangers will fancy their chances of turning the tie around at Ibrox.
Karel Geraerts’ side impressed at Den Dreef, with Teddy Teuma opening the scoring for last term’s Belgian First Division A runners-up. With 14 minutes to go, a Dante Vanzeir penalty put the hosts two up. Rangers have won two out of two in the Scottish Premiership, beating Livingston and Kilmarnock. However, they may have given themselves too much work to do in this European tie. Take a punt on the draw and both teams to score at odds of 9/2.
19:45 - Sheffield Wednesday v Sunderland
Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland square off at Hillsborough this Wednesday in one of the standout ties from the opening round of the 2022-23 EFL Cup. The Black Cats beat the Owls in the EFL League One play-offs last term. Can Wednesday get revenge, or will the EFL Championship new boys leave the Steel City with a cup win?
Darren Moore’s troops have kicked off their 2022-23 League One campaign with four points from a possible six. After a 3-3 home draw with Portsmouth on matchday one, the Owls won 1-0 at MK Dons last weekend. Sunderland have also taken four points, drawing with Coventry City and winning 3-2 at Bristol City. They may be a league apart nowadays, but we are having a tough time splitting the pair. Our money is going on the draw in the 90 minutes at a fair price of 12/5.
19:45 - Middlesbrough v Barnsley
In the first round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night, Middlesbrough welcome Barnsley to the Riverside Stadium. Chris Wilder will be looking for a big response from his players after their poor league defeat at Queens Park Rangers last time out. As expected, Boro are the odds-on favourites to win this cup tie and we can’t see an upset in this one.
Middlesbrough have been tipped to finish in the top six of the EFL Championship this term, but they have picked up just one point from their opening two games. Before the loss at Loftus Road, Boro started with a 1-1 home draw with West Bromwich Albion. Michael Duff’s Barnsley have taken three points from a possible six in EFL League One. Boro should win this one, and there is decent value in the odds of 21/20 for the hosts to win with a -1 goal handicap.
20:00 - Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt
Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt go head-to-head in the 2022 Super Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki this Wednesday. Madrid picked up yet another UEFA Champions League trophy last season, edging past Liverpool in a tense final in Paris. Frankfurt are in the Super Cup after beating Rangers in the 2022 UEFA Europa League final.
Real are one of the most successful clubs in Super Cup history, winning it four times and finishing runners-up on three occasions. Their most recent appearance was in 2018 when they lost to rivals Atletico Madrid in Tallinn. This will be Frankfurt’s first Super Cup appearance. Real are the heavy favourites in this one, and Carlo Ancelotti’s troops should be too strong for the Germans in Finland. As such, we plan to put some money on Los Blancos to win with a -2 goal handicap at odds of 11/4.
18:00 - Zurich v Linfield
David Healy takes his Linfield troops to Switzerland this week to face Zurich in a UEFA Europa League qualifier. The NIFL Premiership champions have it all to do after losing the first leg 2-0. The home team are fancied to win on the night and are the overwhelming favourites to go through, but can the Blues from Belfast cause an almighty upset at Stadion Letzigrund?
Last season’s Swiss Super League champions did a professional job at Windsor Park in leg one last week, leaving the Northern Ireland capital with a 2-0 win. Tosin Aiyegun’s early goal sent the Swiss side on their way, and Wilfried Gnonto doubled their advantage in the second half. Unfortunately for Linfield, we fancy a similar outcome here. Put some money on the hosts to win to nil again at a fair price of evens.
19:00 - Sligo Rovers v Viking
In UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying in midweek, Sligo Rovers of the League of Ireland Premier Division welcome Norwegian side Viking to The Showgrounds. Viking have one foot firmly in the play-off round after a big win in the home leg. Can the Dark Blues go through in style by beating Sligo in Ireland on Thursday?
The Eliteserien outfit were far too good for the Irish side at the Viking Stadion in Stavanger last week, with the home side running out 5-1 winners. A last-gasp David Cawley penalty restored some pride for Sligo, but Rovers were easily beaten. Viking will want to complete the job with ease in Ireland, and we can see another big win for the club from Norway. There is good value in the odds of 9/2 for the away side to win with a -2 goal handicap.
19:30 - Slovan Bratislava v Olympiacos
Slovan Bratislava and Olympiacos go head-to-head at the Tehelne pole this Thursday in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie. This one is delicately poised after the pair played out a score draw at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece last week. Who can get the win in the Slovakian capital and book their spot in the play-off round?
These two teams are evenly matched on paper, and they played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg. Solihull-born Andre Green opened the scoring for Slovan in the second half, but Youssef El-Arabi levelled for the Greeks just four minutes from time. This could be another close encounter, and we fancy the two to cancel each other out once again. Check out the draw and both teams to score at odds of 4/1.
20:00 - AZ Alkmaar v Dundee United
Pascal Jansen’s AZ Alkmaar and Jack Ross’ Dundee United meet in a vital UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier at AFAS Stadion on Thursday night. The Scottish Premiership side have a handy advantage after an impressive 1-0 win in leg one. However, the Dutch outfit will be a tough nut to crack on their own patch.
Glenn Middleton was the hero in the first leg, scoring the only goal of the game at Tannadice Park. AZ have made a solid start to their season, winning three of four, but overturning the deficit could be a step too far for the Eredivisie outfit. This will no doubt be a tight and tense tussle in Alkmaar, and we are backing Dundee to get the job done. The 1-1 draw at the top odds of 10/1 has caught our eye and that’s the bet for us in this one.
20:00 - West Bromwich Albion v Sheffield United
EFL Championship clubs West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United lock horns in the first round of the EFL Cup at The Hawthorns on Thursday night. These two teams are expected to be there or thereabouts in the battle for promotion to the Premier League this season, so this promises to be an intriguing cup tie in the West Midlands.
Steve Bruce’s Baggies have started their Championship campaign with back-to-back 1-1 draws with Middlesbrough and Watford. Sheffield United were beaten by the Hornets in game one, but Paul Heckingbottom’s boys bounced back with a 2-0 win over Millwall last weekend. This cup tie is tough to call, but home advantage could give Albion the edge. We like the look of the odds of 3/1 for West Brom to win by one goal in this one.
20:00 - Watford v Burnley
Watford and Burnley square off at Vicarage Road in an EFL Championship cracker this Friday. Both teams will be gunning for an instant return to the Premier League after dropping out of the top tier last term. Each have started the new season by taking four points from a possible six, and this Friday night fixture in Hertfordshire could go either way, with both teams adapting well to the second tier.
Watford beat Sheffield United at home on matchday one, with Joao Pedro scoring the only goal. Despite not being at their best, the Hornets then drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. Vincent Kompany won his first game in charge, as his Clarets edged past Huddersfield Town away from home. However, they failed to beat Luton Town at Turf Moor last weekend (1-1). These two rivals look very evenly matched on paper, and we fancy the draw and both teams to score (7/2), with another 1-1 a distinct possibility at even longer odds.
12:30 - Cardiff City v Birmingham City
The opening game in the EFL Championship this Saturday will see Cardiff City and Birmingham City clash at the Cardiff City Stadium in South Wales. The Bluebirds fell to a disappointing defeat at Reading last weekend and were dumped out of the EFL Cup by Portsmouth in midweek. As for the Blues, they have taken four points from their opening two league fixtures.
Cardiff have had a bad week, but their season started with an impressive win over title favourites Norwich City. Birmingham have surprised a few with their start, collecting four points from a possible six. After drawing with Luton Town, John Eustace’s side beat Huddersfield Town last weekend. We can see the pair cancelling each other out in the Welsh capital, and the draw and both teams to score is available at the decent price of 18/5.
12:30 - Aston Villa v Everton
The Premier League weekend gets up and running this Saturday with a tasty fixture at Villa Park between Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa and Frank Lampard’s Everton. The two former England midfield colleagues will both be looking to bounce back from opening weekend defeats. The Villans are the odds-on favourites to get the three points on home soil, but the Toffees will fancy their chances after a positive performance in game one.
Villa were poor at Bournemouth last weekend, losing 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium. In contrast Everton were narrowly beaten at home by Chelsea, but it was an encouraging display against the current FIFA Club World Cup champions and they deserved at least a point. It could be close on the scoreline, but we are backing Everton to come out on top in this one. Check out the tempting price of 5/1 for the away team to win by exactly one goal at Villa Park.
15:00 - Arsenal v Leicester City
After kicking off their 2022-23 Premier League season with a good win at Crystal Palace, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will be looking for two triumphs on the trot when Leicester City visit the Emirates Stadium this Saturday. Brendan Rodgers’ boys let a two-goal lead slip to drop two points to Brentford in their opening fixture, drawing an entertaining game 2-2. The Gunners are the big favourites in this one and we fancy them to get the job done.
Arsenal were excellent at the Selhurst Park in game one, with a Gabriel Martinelli header and a Marc Guehi own goal giving the north Londoners a deserved 2-0 win. Leicester were 2-0 up against Brentford at the King Power Stadium last Sunday, but the Bees battled back to grab a point. Our money is going on a comfortable Arsenal victory here – take a punt on the hosts to win -1 again at 6/5.
15:00 - Manchester City v Bournemouth
Premier League champions Manchester City started the defence of their crown with a comfortable win at West Ham United last weekend, in what had seemed a tricky clash on paper. Pep Guardiola’s City will be looking for a similar outcome when Scott Parker’s Bournemouth make the trip to the Etihad Stadium this Saturday afternoon. As you would expect, the home side are the strong favourites to get the points.
Erling Haaland started life in the Premier League in spectacular style, as the Norway international scored both goals in Man City’s 2-0 win at the London Stadium. The Cherries also started with a 2-0 victory, with Jefferson Lerma and Kieffer Moore on target against Aston Villa. Unfortunately for Parker’s troops, Man City should be far too strong in this one. Put some money on the hosts to win both halves at nice odds of 8/11.
17:30 - Brentford v Manchester United
Thomas Frank’s Brentford welcome Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United to the Gtech Community Stadium in Saturday’s late kick off in the Premier League. Ten Hag lost his first match in charge of the Red Devils last week, and United will be desperate to bounce back with three points here. However, the Bees are never an easy nut to crack on their own patch.
Brentford battled back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in their opening game. As for Man United, they fell to a disappointing 2-1 home reverse to Graham Potter’s well-drilled Brighton & Hove Albion side last Sunday. The Londoners have not beaten United in the league since 1937, but our money is going on the Brentford win here. The hosts are nicely priced at 3/1.
14:00 - Nottingham Forest v West Ham United
Nottingham Forest and West Ham United square off at the City Ground in the Premier League this Sunday. After a long absence away from the top tier, the Reds started life back in the Premier League with a defeat and they will have to find their feet quickly if they are to avoid getting into the losing habit. West Ham also lost the first game of the new campaign. Can one of these bounce back with three points?
Steve Cooper’s men were beaten 2-0 at Newcastle United last weekend, but the Reds gave a good account of themselves at St James’ Park. Champions Manchester City were far too strong for the Hammers at the London Stadium, with Premier League debutant Erling Haaland bagging a brace in a 2-0 City win. This will be the first league meeting between the pair since they met in the EFL Championship a decade ago, a game which West Ham won 2-1. Back the Irons to win and both teams to score here (11/4).
14:00 - Middlesbrough v Sheffield United
One of the standout fixtures of the EFL Championship weekend takes place this Sunday, as Middlesbrough and Sheffield United lock horns at the Riverside Stadium. Both clubs will be hoping to be there of thereabouts in the battle for Premier League promotion this season. They are two evenly matched sides, and it could go either way on Sunday but we think the value is, just about, with the away win.
Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough have made a sluggish start to their season. They have taken just one point from two league games and were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Barnsley in midweek. After a loss on the opening weekend, Paul Heckingbottom’s boys bounced back with a win over Millwall last weekend. We fancy the Blades to edge this one, and there is excellent value in 10/3 for the away win by one goal.
15:00 - Blackburn Rovers v West Bromwich Albion
Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion square of at Ewood Park in the EFL Championship this Sunday. New Rovers boss, former Newcastle United forward Jon Dahl Tomasson, has made an excellent start to life in Lancashire, as Blackburn have won three league and cup games on the spin without conceding a single goal. Can the home team make it four on the trot this weekend and show they mean business when it comes to a serious push for promotion?
Blackburn are the early leaders of the Championship, beating Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City so far, two decent sides. They also won 4-0 against Hartlepool United in the EFL Cup in midweek. West Brom are also unbeaten, but Steve Bruce’s boys have drawn their two league fixtures. We fancy in-form Rovers to rack up another three points here. Put some money on Blackburn to win to nil at 10/3.
16:30 - Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
One of the biggest games of the weekend anywhere sees London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur battle at Stamford Bridge in Premier League action this weekend. This has become a spicy derby in recent times, and Sunday’s showdown promises to be special. Both clubs kicked off their 2022-23 Premier League seasons with wins last time out. With this one taking place at the Bridge, the Blues are the favourites but under Antonio Conte Spurs look better than they have for a long time.
Chelsea started their season with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park, gifted to them by a penalty. As for Spurs, they came from behind to thump Southampton 4-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. These two have had several ding-dong battles over the years, and we are backing the rivals to play out a high-scoring draw on Sunday. You can get 9/1 for the draw and over 3.5 goals.
20:00 - Liverpool v Crystal Palace
After dropping points on the opening weekend to newly promoted Fulham, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be looking for no less than three points from Monday’s Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace. Man City sent out an early warning with their easy win at West Ham and Klopp and co will want to respond in style. Patrick Vieira’s Eagles kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 home loss to Arsenal. The Reds are a formidable force on their own patch these days and should cruise past Palace at Anfield.
Liverpool were shocked in game one, with Marco Silva’s Cottagers holding last season’s UEFA Champions League runners-up to a 2-2 draw. In fact, the Merseysiders did well to leave London with a point. However, Liverpool should put in a far better performance on home soil this Monday, and our money is going on a routine home victory. Back Klopp’s men to win -2 at 11/8.
19:00 - Rangers v PSV Eindhoven
Rangers take on PSV Eindhoven at Ibrox Stadium this Tuesday night in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off tie. The Gers are the favourites to win on the night, but the Dutch outfit are fancied to qualify to the group stage. Can the Scottish Premiership side prove the doubters wrong and progress? If they are to do so they will probably need a home win but we suspect it might just be beyond them.
Rangers made hard work of their previous Champions League tie, edging past Belgian team Union Saint-Gilloise 3-2 on aggregate. After a 2-0 loss in Belgium, the Scots won 3-0 in Glasgow to turn the tie on its head. In the league, Rangers have started with three wins from three. This is a tough fixture to call, and the pair could play out a score draw at Ibrox (10/3) which will leave the Glasgow giants with an uphill battle in the return fixture.
19:00 - Bodo/Glimt v Dinamo Zagreb
Bodo/Glimt and Dinamo Zagreb go head-to-head in UEFA Champions League qualifying. The first leg of this play-off tie will be held at Aspmyra Stadion in Bodo this Tuesday night. The hosts will fancy their chances of making home advantage count and taking a lead to next week’s second game in Croatia. Bodo are the slight favourites in this first leg.
Bodo/Glimt, who won the Eliteserien last term, have had a gruelling European qualifying journey already this term, with Tuesday’s match being their seventh since early July. Zagreb have beaten Shkupi and Ludogorets Razgrad in the previous two rounds. On paper, these two look hard to split, and we can see the pair playing out a draw in Norway. The 1-1 stalemate at the big price of 6/1 is standing out.
20:00 - QPR v Blackpool
Queens Park Rangers and Blackpool meet at Loftus Road this Tuesday in EFL Championship action. Rangers have made a steady start, winning one, drawing one and losing one of three. As for the Tangerines, they have already suffered two defeats and could be in for a long, hard season. QPR will be eyeing up all three points from this home match, and Michael Beale’s boys are the bookies’ favourites.
The Hoops were involved in a four-goal thriller with Sunderland last time out, scoring two late goals to draw 2-2. Incredibly it was goalkeeper Timothy Dieng who netted in injury time to rescue a point for the Londoners in a game they looked set to lose. Pool lost 1-0 at home to Swansea City in their last one. The Seasiders have failed to score in three league and cup games and offer little threat, and we like the look of big odds of 5/2 for QPR to win to nil on Tuesday.
20:00 - Copenhagen v Trabzonspor
In UEFA Champions League qualifying this Tuesday night, Jess Thorup’s Copenhagen and Abdullah Avci’s Trabzonspor lock horns at the Parken Stadium in the first leg of their play-off tie. Copenhagen are the Danish champions, while Trabzonspor won the 2021-22 Turkish Super Lig. This promises to be a fascinating two-legged play-off tie.
By their high standards, Copenhagen have made a very bad start to their league campaign, losing three of their opening five fixtures. Last weekend, they were beaten 3-1 at home by Randers. In contrast, Trabzonspor have kicked off the defence of their league title with two wins out of two. We fancy the Turks to capitalise on the home team’s poor form so put some money on the away win and both teams to score at the huge price of 13/2.
19:45 - Stoke City v Middlesbrough
Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City entertain Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough at the bet365 Stadium in the EFL Championship on Wednesday night. These two sides will be hoping to be there or thereabouts in the battle for promotion this season, but both have made slow starts to their campaigns. Will we see a winner in the Potteries in midweek or will these seemingly well-matched teams play out a draw?
Stoke have suffered two defeats so far, with a home win over Blackpool sandwiched in between away losses to Millwall and Huddersfield Town. Middlesbrough, who were well fancied for promotion before a ball was kicked, have taken just two points from a possible nine, drawing with West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United, and losing to Queens Park Rangers. This one could also end all square, and there is good value in 10/3 for the draw and under 2.5 goals.
20:00 - Sheffield United v Sunderland
Sheffield United and Sunderland square off in a tasty EFL Championship fixture on Wednesday night. The Blades have responded well to their opening defeat, taking four points from their last two. Can Paul Heckingbottom’s boys get the better of Alex Neil’s unbeaten Black Cats at Bramall Lane in midweek?
After kicking off their campaign with a narrow loss at Watford, Sheffield United bounced back with a 2-0 home win over Millwall. Last time out, United drew 2-2 with Middlesbrough in a thriller at the Riverside. Sunderland were also involved in a dramatic four-goal game last weekend, as they shipped two late goals to drop two points against Queens Park Rangers. The Mackems are unbeaten so far on their Championship return, but we fancy Sheffield United to win this one. You can get 13/8 for the hosts to win to nil and that looks solid enough to us.
20:00 - West Brom v Cardiff
After suffering a disappointing defeat on Sunday, West Bromwich Albion will be desperate for a win when Cardiff City visit The Hawthorns in EFL Championship action in midweek. The Baggies are still searching for their first league victory of the campaign, while the Bluebirds have picked up two wins from their opening three and have been looking impressive.
West Brom started the 2022-23 season with high hopes but then came back-to-back 1-1 draws with Middlesbrough and Watford. They then lost 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers last time out. Cardiff have had a mixed start, winning two and losing two of four league and cup matches. After a bad week, the Bluebirds bounced back with a hard-fought 1-0 home success over Birmingham City last Saturday. We are backing City to leave the Midlands with a point, and the draw and both teams to score is nicely priced at 9/2.
20:00 - Dynamo Kiev v Benfica
Dynamo Kiev and Benfica meet in UEFA Champions League qualifying in midweek. Wednesday’s first leg will be held at the Stadion Miejski in Poland. This is one of the standout Champions League play-off ties, and it could go either way over two legs. However, the Portuguese side are fancied to go through and we think they will start with a really positive result on the road.
In testing circumstances, Kiev have done exceptionally well to get this far, seeing off Fenerbahce and Sturm Graz in the two previous rounds. Benfica thumped Midtjylland over two legs in their third-round tie, winning 4-1 at home and 3-1 on the road. They have also won two out of two in the league. The Portuguese side will fancy their chances in Poland, and the away win at half time and full time is available at nice looking odds of 13/8.
17:30 - Ferencvaros v Shamrock Rovers
Shamrock Rovers make the trip to Hungary this Thursday to play Ferencvaros in UEFA Europa League qualifying. The Irish side are the big underdogs in this two-legged European play-off, but can they cause an upset at the Ferencvaros Stadion? The League of Ireland Premier Division champions are priced at 5/1 to get the win in Budapest and whilst that might be beyond them, we think they can secure a huge result.
Steven Bradley’s Rovers were knocked out of UEFA Champions League qualifying by Ludogorets Razgrad, which saw them relegated to the Europa League qualifiers. The Hoops then beat Shkupi home and away to reach the play-off round. This will no doubt be a tough task for Shamrock, but we fancy Bradley’s boys to leave Hungary with a draw. The draw and both teams to score is available at 11/2.
18:00 - Zurich v Hearts
Scottish Premiership side Hearts travel to Switzerland in midweek to face Zurich in the UEFA Europa League qualifying play-offs. The first leg may be taking place at Kybunpark in St. Gallen, but the Jam Tarts will fancy their chances of returning to Tynecastle Park with a lead. The hosts are the favourites on their own patch, however but we think there might just be an upset on the cards.
Zurich are the Swiss champions after winning the Swiss Super League last term. As for Hearts, they are in the Europa League play-off round after finishing third behind Celtic and Rangers in the 2021-22 Scottish Premiership. Zurich will be tough opponents over two legs, but the Jambos have made a solid start in the league and are capable of winning this one. Put some money on the away win and over 2.5 goals at 11/2.
18:00 - Apollon Limassol v Olympiacos
Apollon Limassol and Olympiacos meet at GSP Stadium in Nicosia in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off qualifier this Thursday. The Greek champions, who are now managed by former Leeds and Huddersfield man Carlos Corberan, were dumped out of UEFA Champions League qualifying by Maccabi Haifa and narrowly edged past Slovan Bratislava in the previous round of the Europa League qualifiers.
Olympiacos are the favourites to progress, but last season’s Super League Greece winners have had a tough start to this campaign. Nevertheless, Corberan’s side should get past the Cypriot champions over two legs. Having failed to keep a clean sheet so far, the Greek outfit will be looking to shut the home team out here. Take a punt on Olympiacos to win to nil at 9/4.
19:45 - West Ham v Viborg
West Ham United are in UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying action this Thursday, as Danish side Viborg visit the London Stadium. The Hammers have had a tough start in the Premier League, but can they get their season up and running with a European victory? David Moyes’ boys are the strong favourites on their own patch and we fancy them to secure a solid and morale-boosting win.
West Ham have suffered two losses in the league without scoring. After a 2-0 home reverse to Manchester City in game one, the Irons were beaten 1-0 at Nottingham Forest last time out. Viborg, who finished seventh in Denmark’s top tier last term, have started their domestic season with three wins and two defeats from five. West Ham should be too strong in this first leg, and we are backing the London side to win by a margin. You can get nice odds of 7/4 for United to win -2.
20:00 - Norwich v Millwall
Dean Smith’s Norwich City and Gary Rowett’s Millwall meet in EFL Championship action at Carrow Road this Friday night. The Canaries picked up their first league win of the season last time out to move off the foot of the table. Can City make it back-to-back home victories with three points against the London side on Friday and kick-start their season?
Norwich finally put three points on the board last time out, edging past Huddersfield Town at Carrow Road. Millwall have had a crazy week, coming from two goals down in two matches to take four points from a possible six. They’ll be hoping to start a little faster this time out but we think they may be up against it. This is likely to be a tight fixture, but we fancy Norwich to nick another narrow victory at Carrow Road. Back the hosts to win by one (13/5).
12:30 - Tottenham v Wolves
Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers kick off the Premier League weekend with a fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Saturday afternoon. After their dramatic draw at Stamford Bridge last time out, Spurs will be looking to get back to winning ways as they try to give themselves a chance of maintaining some sort of title race. Wolves are winless so far, and Tottenham are the clear favourites, an assessment we simply have to agree with.
Before the 2-2 draw with Chelsea, Antonio Conte’s troops started their season with a comfortable 4-1 home success over Southampton. Wanderers have taken a meagre one point from a possible six so far, losing at Leeds United and drawing at home with Fulham. Tottenham should be too strong for Wolves here, and we like the look of very solid odds of 11/10 for the hosts to be winning at half time and full time.
15:00 - Everton v Nottingham Forest
Frank Lampard’s struggling Everton host Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest in a Premier League fixture at Goodison Park this Saturday. After two defeats from two, the Toffees will be desperate for all three points on home turf. However, Forest beat West Ham United last time out and could be a tough nut to crack for the home side. Many will be predicting these two will be in the relegation battle for much of the season so this could be a very early six-pointer, even in August!
Everton’s campaign has started with back-to-back defeats to Chelsea and Aston Villa. Nottingham Forest began life back in the top tier with a 2-0 loss at Newcastle United, though the Reds responded with an excellent victory over West Ham last weekend. Everton are the favourites, but we fancy Forest to leave Merseyside with a point. There is good value in the draw and both teams to score at 4/1.
17:30 - Bournemouth v Arsenal
Mikel Arteta’s takes his in-form Arsenal side to the Vitality Stadium this weekend to play Scott Parker’s Bournemouth in the Premier League. The Gunners have made a strong start, picking up two comfortable wins so far, with new signing Gabriel Jesus being particularly impressive. The Cherries won their opening home match of the season, but this will be a tough test for last term’s EFL Championship runners-up and we fancy they may just be outclassed here.
Bournemouth began life back in the Premier League with a very good 2-0 home win over Aston Villa. However, they were thumped 4-0 at Manchester City last time out. Arsenal’s season has started with good wins over Crystal Palace and Leicester City, and Arteta’s men will be looking to move on to nine points with a routine away victory here. Back the Gunners to win -1 at 21/20.
12:00 - Bristol City v Cardiff City
In the EFL Championship this Sunday, Severnside rivals Bristol City and Cardiff City lock horns. The Robins have improved over the last few games, while the Bluebirds have started their season with two wins from four Championship fixtures. Bristol City did the double over Cardiff last term, but who will come out on top at Ashton Gate this weekend?
Bristol City have had a mixed start, taking four points from a possible 12. However, they did beat Luton Town at home last time out. Cardiff battled hard to pick up a handy point at West Bromwich Albion in midweek. Their two wins have come at the Cardiff City Stadium, but we are backing the Bluebirds to make the short trip home with three points in the bag. The Cardiff win is priced at 12/5 and that looks generous to us.
14:00 - Leeds v Chelsea
Chelsea travel to Elland Road this Sunday to face Leeds United in the Premier League. Jesse Marsch’s side have started well, but this will be their toughest challenge so far. The Blues will still be licking their wounds after dropping two points to Tottenham Hotspur last week in a game they probably deserved to win. Chelsea are the odds-on favourites to get the points in West Yorkshire and despite the help of a very vocal home crowd we fancy a routine away victory.
The Blues were involved in a heated four-goal thriller with rivals Spurs last week, with Harry Kane scoring in injury time to rescue a point for Tottenham. After the final whistle, Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were both given red cards. Leeds have also taken four points from two games, but we fancy Chelsea to strike back with a comfortable win on the road. Back the away team to win both halves (11/4).
14:00 - West Ham v Brighton
West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion meet in an intriguing Premier League fixture at the London Stadium this Sunday. After losing both league games so far, the Hammers will be desperate for all three points on their own patch. However, the well-drilled Seagulls will be no pushovers in the capital and have looked very strong thus far this term.
West Ham followed up an opening weekend defeat to Manchester City by losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground last Sunday. They did, however, claim a solid 3-1 win in Europe in midweek. Brighton have started brightly, beating Manchester United at Old Trafford, and drawing at home with big-spending Newcastle United, despite losing two of their best players in the summer. Sunday’s affair could be tight, and we can see Albion holding the Irons to a draw. Check out the draw and both teams to score at the solid price of 10/3.
16:30 - Newcastle v Manchester City
Sunday’s late kick off in the Premier League comes from St James’ Park, as Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Big things are expected from this Newcastle team this season, but can the Magpies shock the Premier League champions on Sunday? City are the clear favourites to get the points and will certainly be a tough nut to crack.
Newcastle have collected four points from their opening two matches, beating Nottingham Forest and drawing with Brighton & Hove Albion, though they have ridden their luck at times. Man City have seen off West Ham United and Bournemouth without conceding. Pep’s boys will be looking for another comfortable victory here. We like the look of 5/4 for the Premier League champions to win to nil at St James’.
20:00 - Manchester United v Liverpool
Bitter rivals Manchester United and Liverpool do battle at Old Trafford in a mouth-watering Premier League fixture this Monday night. Erik ten Hag has had a dreadful start to his United career, seeing his new side lose both league games so far and do so in dismal fashion too. As for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, they have kicked off their 2022-23 Premier League season with two frustrating draws and have lost ground on City already in the title race.
Ten Hag’s first Man United match ended in defeat, as Brighton & Hove Albion left Old Trafford with a 2-1 win. United then had one of the worst results in their Premier League history, losing 4-0 at Brentford last Saturday. Liverpool have drawn with Fulham and Crystal Palace so far, but the Merseysiders should capitalise on United’s woeful start. Take a punt on Liverpool to be winning at half time and full time at solid odds of 6/4.
19:45 - Bolton v Aston Villa
Aston Villa join the EFL Cup at the second-round stage, and Steven Gerrard’s boys start with a tricky-looking trip to the University of Bolton Stadium to face Ian Evatt’s Bolton Wanderers. Wanderers have started their 2022-23 season well and could be a tough nut to crack for the Premier League side. Having said that, the Villans are fancied to go through and we have to agree with the bookies’ assessment all in all.
Aston Villa will be looking for a decent run in the cup this season as they continue their progression under Gerrard. Bolton walloped Salford City in round one, but this will be a far tougher test for the League One outfit. We are backing Villa to claim a routine away victory, with our money going on the visitors to win -1.
19:45 - Fleetwood v Everton
Frank Lampard takes his Everton troops to Fleetwood Town this Tuesday for a second-round tie in the EFL Cup. The Toffees have had a tough beginning to their campaign, but can they kick-start their season with a win in the cup? The Cod Army, who are now managed by Celtic legend Scott Brown, will fancy their chances of toppling the Premier League side but they are clearly facing a massive step up in class, no matter what sort of side Lampard fields.
Fleetwood are tough to beat at Highbury Stadium these days, and they edged past EFL Championship club Wigan Athletic at home in the previous round. Town will no doubt have a real go on home soil, but Everton should be too strong for the third-tier team. Put some money on the visitors to be winning at half time and full time.
19:45 - Cambridge v Southampton
Cambridge United of EFL League One welcome Premier League Southampton to Abbey Stadium this Tuesday night for a second-round EFL Cup tie. Mark Bonner’s U’s stunned EFL Championship side Millwall in the previous round and will be well up for this one. Can Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints, who have not enjoyed the best start to the season, avoid a cup upset in midweek and progress?
A Liam O’Neill goal was enough to give United a 1-0 victory over the Lions in round one. However, their form in League One has been patchy so far. This will be a real test for Southampton, but the Premier League team should get the win at Abbey Stadium and book their place in round three. Our money is going on the away win to nil.
20:00 - Benfica v Dynamo Kiev
Two very decent teams in the shape of Benfica and Dynamo Kiev go head-to-head for a place in the group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League. The Portuguese side have one foot in the competition after an impressive 2-0 first-leg win in Poland last week. Will Roger Schmidt’s men complete the job at the Estadio da Luz this Tuesday night or can the beleaguered Ukrainians cause an upset and give their fans back home some cheer?
Benfica took control of the first leg at the Stadion Miejski early on, as Gilberto’s goal gave the Primeira Liga outfit a ninth-minute lead. Benfica doubled their advantage before half time, with Goncalo Ramos on target. Kiev have done superbly well to get this far in difficult circumstances, but the hosts should ease to victory on their own patch. Take a punt on Benfica to win to nil at decent enough odds of 6/5.
20:00 - Viktoria Plzen v Qarabag
Michal Bilek’s Viktoria Plzen take on Gurban Gurbanov’s Qarabag at Doosan Arena in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off this Tuesday. This tie is wide open after the two evenly matched teams played out a goalless draw in the Azerbaijan capital Baku last week. This is likely to be another close match, but who will come out on top and book their spot in the Champions League group stage?
Neither team did quite enough to win the first leg at the Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium last Wednesday, as the game ended 0-0. After picking up a handy draw in game one, Plzen are fancied to get the job done on home soil. However, we fancy this to go the distance in the Czech Republic. Put some money on the draw and both teams to score in the 90, which is nicely priced at 7/2.
20:00 - Dinamo Zagreb v Bodo/Glimt
Dinamo Zagreb and Bodo/Glimt square off in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off this Wednesday. Bodo head to Stadion Maksimir with a 1-0 lead after a solid performance on their own patch in leg one. Will the Norwegians complete the job, or can Zagreb turn the tie around on home turf and advance to the hugely lucrative group phase?
These two look very evenly matched on paper, and last week’s first leg at Aspmyra Stadion was always going to be a tight one. Amahl Pellegrino’s goal shortly before half time was enough to give Bodo a 1-0 win. The second game is also likely to be close on the scoreline, and we can see Bodo sneaking another narrow victory. The 1-0 away win is available at the eye-opening price of 12/1 in a game we expect to be tight and tense from the off.
20:00 - PSV Eindhoven v Rangers
Two Dutch masters square off again as Ruud van Nistelrooy’s PSV Eindhoven and Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers square off in a vital UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off this Wednesday. After the two teams played out a thrilling draw at Ibrox Stadium in game one, this second leg at Philips Stadion is in the balance. Can the Gers defy the odds and book their place in the Champions League group stage?
The pair drew 2-2 in a pulsating first leg in Glasgow last Tuesday. PSV took the lead, but Rangers were ahead with 20 minutes to go. Unfortunately for the Scots, they failed to hold on, with Armando Obispo levelling the game in the 78th minute. This promises to be another cracker, but we are having a hard time splitting the two. Take a punt on the draw and both teams to score in the 90 at the big odds of 15/4.
20:00 - Trabzonspor v Copenhagen
Abdullah Avci’s Trabzonspor and Jess Thorup’s Copenhagen do battle at the Senol Gunes Sports Complex this Wednesday for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off tie. The Danes have a one-goal advantage from game one after a hard-fought win at the Parken Stadium. Still, the Turkish team will back themselves to turn this tie around on home turf in front of their loud and passionate fans.
Copenhagen were 2-0 up and cruising at the Parken Stadium in leg one. However, Anastasios Bakasetas’ goal for Trabzonspor with 11 minutes remaining could turn out to be crucial. Champions League nights in Turkey rarely fail to deliver, and we can see Trabzonspor turning this one around. Take a punt on the home team to win -1 on Wednesday at a very nice price of 12/5.
18:00 - Viborg v West Ham
West Ham United are one game away from booking their spot in the group stage of the 2022-23 UEFA Europa Conference League. David Moyes’ men have a handy lead against Danish team Viborg, easing to a 3-1 victory at the London Stadium in the first leg. The Hammers should get the win at Viborg Stadion this Thursday unless something unexpected occurs.
West Ham have made a dreadful start in the Premier League having lost three out of three and they are currently sitting rock bottom of the table. However, they were too strong for Viborg in the first leg of this crucial Europa Conference League play-off, with goals from Gianluca Scamacca, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio securing an easy 3-1 win. We like the look of the odds of 15/8 for West Ham to be winning at half time and full time once again.
20:00 - Hearts v Zurich
Robbie Nielson’s Hearts entertain Franco Foda’s Zurich this Thursday in a vital UEFA Europa League play-off at Tynecastle Park. The Scottish Premiership outfit have work to do after losing the first leg in St Gallen. Can the Jambos turn the tie on its head on home soil and secure their passage through to the group stage? Hearts are the slight favourites to win this home leg.
Zurich got the better of Neilson’s side in a tight game at Kybunpark last Thursday. Lawrence Shankland scored from the spot to give the Scots the lead, but the Swiss champions were ahead by half time. It could be close again, and we can see this tie going the distance in Edinburgh. This time we’ll be backing Hearts to win 2-1 in normal time, which is nicely priced at odds of 17/2.
20:00 - Shamrock Rovers v Ferencvaros
Shamrock Rovers welcome Ferencvaros to Tallaght Stadium in a UEFA Europa League play-off this Thursday. The Hungarians have one foot in the group stage of the Europa League after easing past the League of Ireland Premier Division champions last week. Ferencvaros should complete the job this Thursday with no significant problems.
The Hungarian champions were far too strong for Rovers in Budapest, with Adama Traore (2), Carlos Auzqui and Eldar Civic netting in a resounding 4-0 win. Shamrock have had a good run in Europe this season, but the Irish side have come up short in the end. We are backing Ferencvaros to get the job done in style and we’ll be taking a punt on the visitors to win with a -1 handicap at odds of 13/5.
20:00 - Olympiacos v Apollon Limassol
Olympiacos and Apollon Limassol meet at the Karaiskakis Stadium in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off this Thursday night. The tie is delicately poised after the first leg in Nicosia ended all square. Can the Greek side make home advantage count and book their spot in this season’s Europa League group stage?
As expected, the first game in Cyprus was a tight and tense tussle. Rangelo Janga gave the home team the lead after just 18 minutes, but Olympiacos were level 10 minutes later thanks to Hwang In-beom’s strike. This second leg is also likely to be tight, but we fancy the hosts to edge it. You can get the decent price of 13/5 for Olympiacos to win by one goal, which looks good to us.
20:00 - Luton v Sheffield United
On Friday night, Luton Town and Sheffield United do battle in an EFL Championship fixture at Kenilworth Road. After finally picking up their first win last time out, can the Hatters follow it up with another victory here? The Blades have started well and have taken 10 points from a possible 15 to sit at the top of the table after five games.
Luton impressed when they played at Swansea City last weekend, with goals from Allan Campbell and Carlton Morris giving them a 2-0 success in South Wales. Sheffield United rolled on with a 3-0 win against Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane. This promises to be an entertaining encounter between two exciting teams, but we fancy the leaders to edge it. Our money is going on the away win and both teams to score at odds of 4/1.
12:30 - Southampton v Manchester United
The Premier League weekend gets up and running when Southampton and Manchester United lock horns at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. The Red Devils will be desperate to build on their impressive derby win over fierce rivals Liverpool on Monday and they need to show that sort of heart and spirit in all games, not just against key rivals. They will need to because the Saints can be a tough nut to crack on their day.
After opening the season with a big 4-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s troops have bounced back with four points from the following two. Last weekend, Southampton came from behind to win 2-1 at Leicester City and so they will fancy their chances here. Man United kicked off their season with bad defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion (2-1) and Brentford (4-0), but Monday’s win over Liverpool repaired some of the damage and will have given them real belief that they are not as bad as some pundits are trying to suggest. We fancy Erik ten Hag’s boys to prevail at St Mary’s so back the visitors to win and both teams to score at the chunky odds of 11/5.
12:30 - Sunderland v Norwich
Sunderland and Norwich City square off in Saturday's early fixture in the EFL Championship. The Black Cats were promoted from EFL League One last term, and Alex Neil’s side have made a solid start to life in the second tier. The Canaries, who dropped out of the Premier League, have started to find their feet after a slow start. This promises to be an intriguing Championship clash at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland are riding high in fifth after winning two, drawing two and losing one of their opening five. Norwich kicked off the season by taking one point from a possible nine, but Dean Smith’s men head to the Stadium of Light having now won two on the spin in the league. The pair could cancel each other out, so check out the draw and both teams to score at the big price of 10/3.
15:00 - Chelsea v Leicester
After their woeful showing at Leeds United last time out, Chelsea will be looking for no less than three points when Leicester City visit Stamford Bridge in Premier League action this Saturday. The Blues have collected just four points from a possible nine so far, while the Foxes have failed to win any of their opening three league fixtures and have been quiet in the transfer market too.
Chelsea were humbled by Leeds at Elland Road last Sunday, suffering a heavy 3-0 loss. Prior to that, Thomas Tuchel’s men were held to a 2-2 home draw by rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Brendan Rodgers’ boys have also had a bad start, taking just one point from their first three games. We are backing Chelsea to bounce back by winning at half time and full time (11/10) but we fancy Leicester, the kings of BTTS under Rodgers, to at least get a goal.
15:00 - Liverpool v Bournemouth
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Scott Parker’s Bournemouth do battle at Anfield in the Premier League this Saturday. The Reds will still be hurting after their derby defeat at Old Trafford and their all-round poor start to this campaign. Liverpool are winless in the league thus far but are red-hot favourites in this one. Will the Merseyside outfit be too strong for the Cherries?
Liverpool have been nowhere near their best this term, taking just two points from a possible nine and they cannot say that results have been unlucky either. On Monday, the Reds fell to a deserved 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the derby. Bournemouth have had a tough start, losing to Manchester City and Arsenal so far. Despite their poor start, our money is going on a comfortable Liverpool victory here. You can get 4/5 for the hosts to win –2 as they are sure to hit form sooner rather than later.
15:00 - Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Premier League champions Manchester City were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw by Newcastle United last weekend. This Saturday, Pep Guardiola’s men will be looking to get back to winning ways when Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace visit the Etihad Stadium. The Eagles left Manchester with a stunning 2-0 win last season so they know they are capable of causing an upset
Man City were involved in a six-goal thriller with Newcastle in their last outing, coming from 3-1 down to leave St James’ Park with a 3-3 draw. Palace have responded well after losing at home to Arsenal in game one, drawing with Liverpool at Anfield and beating Aston Villa at Selhurst Park. Unfortunately for the Eagles, City will be too hot to handle on Saturday. Back the hosts to win both halves at 6/5.
17:30 - Arsenal v Fulham
London sides Arsenal and Fulham do battle in a tasty Premier League fixture at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening. The Cottagers are unbeaten so far, while the Gunners lead the way at the top of the Premier League table after three impressive wins. The home team are the odds-on favourites but will Mikel Arteta’s men keep up their 100% record or can the away side maintain their fine unbeaten start?
Arsenal have been very easy on the eye so far, seeing of Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Bournemouth, scoring nine goals along the way. Fulham have beaten Brentford and drawn with Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the Gunners should be too strong for last season’s EFL Championship winners in this one. You can get the solid odds of 8/11 for Arsenal to win -1 at the Emirates.
14:00 - Wolves v Newcastle
This Sunday in the Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Newcastle United to Molineux. Wolves are still searching for their first league victory of the season, while the Magpies have collected five points from their opening three and have enjoyed some decent results. This Premier League fixture in the West Midlands could go either way but we fancy the visitors to claim the win.
Wolves have struggled so far, though they did play okay in last weekend’s narrow loss at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Newcastle almost stunned Premier League champions Manchester City last Sunday, but City bounced back from 3-1 down to draw at St James’ Park. Newcastle are in high spirits, and we can see Eddie Howe’s troops nicking this one. Have a punt on United to win by one goal at the really nice price of 3/1.
14:00 - Aston Villa v West Ham
Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa and David Moyes’ West Ham United go head-to-head at Villa Park in the Premier League this Sunday. Both sides have made slow starts and could do with maximum points from this one. With the game taking place at Villa Park, the Villans are the slight favourites with the bookies but the Hammers simply need to get some points on the board.
Aston Villa have already lost at Bournemouth and Crystal Palace this term, but they did manage to get the better of Everton in their opening home match. West Ham are bottom of the Premier League table after taking zero points. The Hammers have lost to Manchester City, and more worryingly, to Nottingham Forest and Brighton & Hove Albion, and we fancy Villa to edge past the London side. Put some money on the home win and both teams to score.
16:30 - Nottingham Forest v Tottenham
Nottingham Forest take on Tottenham Hotspur at the City Ground in the Premier League this Sunday. Steve Cooper’s Reds are enjoying life in the top tier, taking a respectable four points from three games having brought in a huge number of players during the transfer window. However, those new signings need to assimilate into the group and Sunday’s matchup against Antonio Conte’s Tottenham will be their toughest challenge yet.
In their opening Premier League game at the City Ground, Forest got the better of West Ham United. They also picked up a good point at Everton last time out. Tottenham have started in strong fashion, beating Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and drawing with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Forest will no doubt give the Londoners a good game, but Spurs should come out on top. We like the look of 6/5 for the Tottenham win and over 2.5 goals.
19:30 - Crystal Palace v Brentford
London sides Crystal Palace and Brentford square off in Premier League action at Selhurst Park this Tuesday night. Patrick Vieira’s boys have made a solid start to their campaign, while Thomas Frank’s Bees have also started well. This promises to be an intriguing all-London affair, which could go either way. The Eagles are the bookies’ favourites, however, and we agree with that assessment, their pace on the counter sure to prove a major threat.
Palace were beaten by Arsenal in their opening home match of the season, but Vieira’s troops bounced back with an impressive 3-1 win over Steve Gerrard’s Aston Villa in their last home league fixture. The Bees walloped Manchester United at home but have yet to win on the road in the league this season. We fancy Palace to edge an entertaining game at Selhurst, and there is good value in the home win and over 2.5 goals at the very nice price of 12/5.
19:30 - Fulham v Brighton
Marco Silva’s Fulham have started life back in the Premier League in fine fettle and they might just avoid the downward yo-yo that has so dogged them in recent years. Having collected four points at Craven Cottage already this term, can the Cottagers pick up another three when in-form Brighton & Hove Albion make the trip to London in midweek? The Seagulls have won at Manchester United and West Ham United so far, and Graham Potter’s boys are the favourites in this one as the astute manager continues to impress on the south coast.
Both clubs have picked up eye-catching results this season. Fulham held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage in game one, while Brighton beat Man United at Old Trafford in Erik ten Hag’s first match in charge. Both will be looking for all three points from this one, but we are backing the draw. Put some money on the draw and both teams to score at 10/3.
19:45 - Southampton v Chelsea
Southampton host Chelsea at St Mary’s in midweek Premier League action. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues were humbled by Leeds United in their last away fixture and will be desperate to hit back. The Saints can be a little hit and miss under Ralph Hasenhuttl but at their best are very decent side. However, Chelsea will back themselves to bounce back with a big three points on the road this Tuesday and so will we.
Southampton have had a mixed bag of results this term. On their day, the Saints are capable of beating anyone in the Premier League. Chelsea have made a slow start, and their recent 3-0 loss at Elland Road was a real wake-up call. Still, the Londoners should take all three points from Tuesday’s trip to Hampshire. Our money is going on the away team to win -1 at the top odds of 13/10.
20:00 - Leeds v Everton
Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United and Frank Lampard’s Everton square off at Elland Road in the Premier League this Tuesday night. These two were relegation rivals last term, both surviving by the skin of their teeth in the end. The pair will be hoping to be nowhere near the bottom three this season but so far the Toffees have struggled. Who will come out on top in this fascinating fixture in West Yorkshire in midweek?
Leeds have made a strong start to their 2022-23 Premier League campaign. Last time out at home, United thumped Chelsea 3-0. These two played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Elland Road last season, and we could see a similar outcome on Tuesday. You can get the excellent price of 11/1 for the draw and over 2.5 goals and with Leeds still far from secure at the back that looks solid value.
19:30 - Arsenal v Aston Villa
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa meet at the Emirates Stadium this Wednesday in the Premier League. The Gunners have been brilliant so far, winning four out of four and looking good value for their table-topping position. In contrast, the Villans have already suffered three league defeats. Will Arsenal keep up their 100% record and stay at the summit or will the West Midland side cause an upset?
Arsenal have been faultless up until now, securing wins over Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Bournemouth and Fulham. Of course, it’s fair to note that they could have had a tougher run of fixtures, but they’ve still had to get the wins on the board. Villa have struggled, suffering defeats to Bournemouth, Palace and West Ham United. Unfortunately for Gerrard and his boys, we fancy in-form Arsenal to make it five victories in a row this Wednesday. The Gunners could win this one by a fair margin, and there is good value in the odds of 6/5 for the home team to win with a -1 goal handicap.
19:30 - Bournemouth v Wolves
Life after Scott Parker for Bournemouth starts with a home game against Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Wednesday. The Cherries parted company with Parker after last weekend’s humiliating 9-0 loss at Liverpool. Can the Dorset club restore some pride with a positive result from this one?
Parker got Bournemouth promoted last season, but the board have sacked the former Fulham boss after three defeats in four. However, the Cherries have already played Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool so it was never going to be an easy opening few weeks. Wolves are one of three clubs yet to win this term, as they have kicked off their campaign with two draws and two defeats. We fancy these two sides to play out a score draw at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday at odds of 7/2.
19:30 - Manchester City v Nottingham Forest
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest square off at the Etihad Stadium in midweek Premier League action. City have not been at their best this season, but the champions have taken 10 points from a possible 12 and currently sit in second spot behind Arsenal. They should be too hot to handle for Premier League new boys Forest in this one.
Man City had to work hard for their four points from their last two fixtures. They came from 3-1 down to grab a point at Newcastle United, and Pep’s troops were 2-0 down at half time in last weekend’s eventual 4-2 success over Crystal Palace. Forest have started well, but Man City should be too strong at the Etihad. Back the champions to win both halves at a price of 4/6.
19:45 - West Ham v Tottenham
Local rivals West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur meet in a tasty London derby at the London Stadium in the Premier League this Wednesday night. The Hammers finally picked up their first league win of the season last weekend, while Spurs are third (on goal difference) after taking 10 points from a possible 12.
After starting the season with three defeats on the spin, West Ham picked up a massive three points last weekend, winning 1-0 at Aston Villa. Tottenham have started in strong style, seeing off Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest, and drawing with rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. This could go either way, but we fancy in-form Spurs to nick it. Take a punt on Tottenham to win by one goal at odds of 11/4.
20:00 - Liverpool v Newcastle
Liverpool and Newcastle United lock horns at Anfield in an intriguing midweek Premier League fixture. The Reds made a slow start, but Jurgen Klopp’s boys will still be buzzing after last weekend’s 9-0 victory over Bournemouth. Nevertheless, Newcastle, who are unbeaten so far, could be tricky opponents for Liverpool so Klopp and his staff will be taking nothing for granted.
Klopp’s boys picked up just two points from their opening three, but they were back to their brilliant best last weekend. The Merseysiders ran riot against the Cherries, with Luis Diaz and Roberto Firmino helping themselves to two each in the 9-0 romp. Eddie Howe’s Magpies have won one and drawn three of their opening four. However, we can see Liverpool edging an entertaining game at Anfield and we’ll be taking a punt on the home win and over 2.5 goals at odds of 8/11.
20:00 - Blackpool v Blackburn
Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers meet at Bloomfield Road this Wednesday in the EFL Championship. The Tangerines have won two, drawn two and lost two so far. As for Rovers, after starting with three wins on the trot, Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side have now lost three in a row. Who will come out on top in this all-Lancashire midweek Championship affair?
Michael Appleton has made a steady start on his Blackpool return, and the Tangerines head into this one unbeaten in three (one win, two draws). Blackburn started like a house on fire under Tomasson, but Rovers have been brought back down to earth after three successive defeats. This is a tough one to call, so our money is going on the stalemate. You can get a price of 10/3 for the draw and both teams to score which looks good to us.
20:00 - Leicester v Manchester United
Leicester City welcome Manchester United to the King Power Stadium this Thursday in the Premier League. The pressure is on Brendan Rodgers as his Foxes have taken just one point from a possible 12 and currently sit at rock bottom of the table. United will be looking for a third straight league win, and the Red Devils are fancied to get the points in the East Midlands.
After starting the new season with a 2-2 home draw with Brentford, Leicester have gone on to suffer defeats against Arsenal, Southampton and Chelsea. Since a humbling 4-0 loss at the Brentford Community Stadium, Erik ten Hag’s Man United have claimed back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Southampton. We fancy United to win this one on Thursday and we’ll be backing them at the decent odds of 11/10.
20:00 - West Brom v Burnley
This weekend’s EFL Championship action gets underway on Friday night with a cracker at The Hawthorns, as Steve Bruce’s West Bromwich Albion entertain Vincent Kompany’s Burnley. Both clubs will be gunning for promotion to the Premier League this season. The Baggies are the draw specialists in the league so far, drawing five of their opening seven and it really wouldn’t be a massive surprise to see a stalemate here.
After suffering relegation from the top tier last term, Burnley will be looking for an instant return to the Premier League. They have started well, having collected 12 points from seven games. West Brom have been tough to beat, but the Baggies have already drawn five times. We fancy this one at The Hawthorns to end all square, and there is good value in the odds of 10/3 for the draw and both teams to score.