18:00 - Republic of Ireland v Azerbaijan
After the heartache at the Estadio Algarve on Wednesday night, the Republic of Ireland will be desperate for all three points when Azerbaijan visit the Aviva Stadium this Saturday. Ireland are in a precarious position in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying group, as they have taken zero points from their opening three qualifiers and are already seven points behind second place. No less than three points will do on Saturday but can they put in the performance they need to secure the victory?
Ireland were leading at the death in Portugal in midweek, but the sensational Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed more headlines, scoring two last-gasp headers to give the Portuguese a 2-1 win. The Irish are in danger of being cut adrift, but we fancy Stephen Kenny’s boys to get the victory in Dublin at the weekend. The home win and both teams to score is nicely priced at 10/3 and that’s the bet for us in this one.
19:45 - Scotland v Moldova
Scotland entertain Moldova in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Saturday night. The Scots will be hoping to bounce back from defeat in Copenhagen with a win in front of their home supporters. Steve Clarke’s boys have taken five points from their opening four qualifiers, sitting in fourth place at present. Scotland are the massive favourites in this one and they should have enough to get the job done.
Scotland were unbeaten in their opening three games of the qualifying campaign, beating Faroe Islands and drawing with Austria and Israel. Unfortunately, Clarke’s troops lost 2-0 to an in-form Denmark side at the Parken Stadium in midweek. As for the Moldovans, they are bottom of Group F after taking just one point from a possible 12 so far. This should be a stroll in the park for the Scots, and there is good value in the odds of 4/6 for the home team to be winning at half time and full time.
14:00 - Belarus v Wales
Wales’ 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign continues in Russia on Sunday. Rob Page’s Dragons will face Belarus at the Central Stadium in Kazan in a game being played behind closed doors and in Russia. Page is unhappy with the decision and visa issues mean his already injury hit squad will be further depleted. It is really going to be a battle for second spot in this group though. Belgium are clear at the top after another win in midweek, while Czech Republic have moved four points clear of Belarus and Wales. However, the Welsh have two games in hand and will fancy their chances here.
After a tough defeat in Belgium in game one, Page’s troops bounced back with a crucial 1-0 victory over the Czechs at the Cardiff City Stadium in March. The Belarusians beat Estonia in their opener, but they were walloped 8-0 by Belgium in Leuven in their last qualifier. Wales head to Russia as the heavy favourites and even with their second string they should have two much for the “home” team. The Dragons have kept a number of clean sheets lately, and you can get Wales to win to nil at the tidy price of 13/10.
17:00 - England v Andorra
England take on Andorra at Wembley Stadium in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Sunday evening. The Three Lions have taken control of Group I after four wins from four and continue to impress. The Andorrans have won one and lost three of their opening four qualifiers. Gareth Southgate is set to make wholesale changes from the team that eased past Hungary in midweek but even England’s back-up players will have far too much class for Andorra.
England were excellent in Budapest on Thursday night. In their first game since the UEFA Euro 2020 final, the Three Lions won 4-0 in front of almost 60,000 Hungarians at the Puskas Arena, with Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice getting the goals. No matter which XI Southgate chooses to field, England will be far too strong for Andorra at Wembley on Sunday. Back the hosts to win -4 at 5/6, really good value given how free-scoring this team are.
20:00 - Brazil v Argentina
Rivals Brazil and Argentina lock horns in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Sunday. The pair are the current top two in the CONMEBOL qualifying standings, though the Brazilians are a whopping six points clear at the top. Tite’s men have been the real deal so far, but can they move on to 24 points with victory at Arena Corinthians at the weekend?
Brazil have a 100% record in World Cup qualifying, winning seven out of seven so far. Along the way, Canarinho have scored a staggering 17 goals and shipped just two. Argentina are also unbeaten, as Lionel Scaloni’s boys have won four and drawn three. Matches between these two South American heavyweights are usually tight affairs, and that trend could continue here. Check out the tempting odds of 11/4 for the hosts to win by one and so gain revenge for Argentina’s recent Copa America victory.
19:45 - Austria v Scotland
Scotland make the trip to Vienna this Tuesday to take on Austria in a vital 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The Scots are in the mix in Group F, sitting in third spot, just two points behind Israel. The Danes – who are five points clear at the top of the table – have pretty much sewn up first place already, but the race for second is likely to go to the wire. Can Steve Clarke’s men pick up a precious three points on the road on Tuesday night?
Although they would have liked more goals, Scotland’s 1-0 win over Moldova on Saturday was hugely significant for them. In front of over 40,000 fans in Glasgow, Lyndon Dykes’ early effort did the business for the home side. Israel thumped the Austrians 5-2 to move on to 10 points, so both Austria and Scotland would love a win here. However, we fancy the two evenly matched teams to play out a draw in Vienna, an outcome that is priced at odds of 5/2.
19:45 - Republic of Ireland v Serbia
Republic of Ireland’s miserable 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign continued with a disappointing 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan at the weekend. The fans were back, and Shane Duffy rescued a point late on, but Ireland now find themselves nine points adrift of second place in their group. Serbia, who are sitting pretty at the top, visit the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Tuesday night and it could be another tough evening in store for the Irish.
The Republic have had a tough week. Before dropping points against Azerbaijan in Dublin, the Boys in Green conceded two late goals to Cristiano Ronaldo to lose 2-1 in Portugal. Ireland can pretty much kiss goodbye to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with defeat on Tuesday. Unfortunately, we fancy Serbia to be too strong in this one and there is good value in the odds of 10/3 for Dragan Stojkovic’s Serbia to win with a -1 goal handicap at the Aviva.
19:45 - Poland v England
Gareth Southgate’s England will be looking to take another step towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar with three points against Poland on Wednesday night. The Three Lions have won five out of five of their games thus far and are five points clear at the top of their group, which looked tricky on paper. This will not be an easy game in Warsaw, but the English are the clear favourites at odds of 4/6.
England have been very strong in Group I, winning all five matches and scoring 17 goals so far. Jakub Moder’s strike for the Poles at Wembley Stadium on 31st March remains their only conceded goal. Poland, who are on 10 points from their five games, will be no pushovers at the PGE Narodowy, but Southgate’s side should move on to 18 points and all but secure qualification to Qatar. Check out the solid price of 3/1 for the England win and both teams to score.
19:45 - Wales v Estonia
Rob Page’s Wales entertain Estonia at the Cardiff City Stadium this Wednesday in what could prove to be a crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Gareth Bale was the hero in Kazan at the weekend, with the Real Madrid star hitting a hat-trick to give the Dragons a precious 3-2 victory over Belarus. This is another must-win game for Wales so can they rise to the challenge once again?
The Welsh have amassed a total of six points from their three games in Group E. Belgium look to be running away with it (with 13 points from their give games) but second spot is well and truly up for grabs for Page’s troops. Wales will be buoyed by the Gareth Bale show in Russia on Sunday and the Dragons will be looking for a comfortable victory in front of their home supporters in midweek. We like the look of Wales to be winning at half time and full time in this one at odds of 8/13.
20:00 - Birmingham v Derby
After the international break the EFL Championship weekend kicks off on Friday night when Lee Bowyer’s Birmingham City welcome Wayne Rooney’s Derby County to St Andrew’s. Birmingham have made a solid start, picking up eight points from their opening five games. As for the Rams, they have also suffered only one league defeat to date but three draws mean they languish in midtable. This promises to be an intriguing all-Midlands affair.
Since a 2-0 home loss to Bournemouth, Birmingham have struck back with four points from their last two, thumping Luton Town 5-0 away from home and holding Barnsley to a 1-1 draw at Oakwell. Derby are unbeaten in three in the league since conceding two injury time goals to lose 2-1 at Peterborough United in mid-August. This is a tough one to call, so our money is going on the stalemate at St Andrew’s. The draw and both teams to score is nicely priced at 4/1 whilst 1-1 is worth a shot at longer odds too.
12:30 - Crystal Palace v Tottenham
The World Cup qualifiers are behind us as we return to the glorious bread and butter of the Premier League. The action kicks off this weekend with a tasty London derby at Selhurst Park between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur. Patrick Vieira is still searching for his first Eagles win, though Palace have drawn their last two. The former Arsenal legend would no doubt love to claim that first success over high-flying Tottenham. Nuno has started with a hat-trick of 1-0 wins in the Premier League. Will Spurs move on to 12 points this weekend and retain their 100% record and top of the table status?
Crystal Palace have been tipped to struggle this season and in truth nothing we have seen so far suggests otherwise. Vieira has started life at Selhurst Park with two draws and a defeat from his opening three Premier League games. In contrast Tottenham beat champions Manchester City on the opening weekend, which they followed up with 1-0 wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford. We fancy the Lilywhites to win without conceding again and you can get the very nice price of 21/10 for the away team to win to nil.
15:00 - Arsenal v Norwich
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal entertain Daniel Farke’s Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Incredibly, the Gunners sit rock bottom of the Premier League after three defeats out of three. Before a ball was kicked Norwich fans would have taken being ahead of Arsenal after three games, especially given the money spent by the Gunners. However, as things are, both sides have zero points and a goal difference of -9. At least the Canaries have managed to score a goal though! With the pressure building on the London club, only three points will suffice on Saturday. That said, Arsenal are the clear favourites in this one but will that mean even more pressure?
It has been a miserable season so far for Arteta and his men, as they have lost 2-0 to Brentford, 2-0 to Chelsea, and 5-0 to Manchester City. However, they did hammer EFL Championship side West Bromwich Albion 6-0 in the EFL Cup last month. Norwich are pointless from three games too but also won 6-0 against Championship opposition in the cup. This is a must-win game for the Gunners, and they should see off last season’s Championship winners on home soil. Check out the tempting price of 11/8 for the hosts to be winning at half time and full time
15:00 - Leicester v Manchester City
The standout Premier League game of the weekend will see last season’s FA Cup winners Leicester City welcome league champions Manchester City to the King Power Stadium. These two met in the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium a month back, with the Foxes running out 1-0 winners. However, Pep Guardiola’s men are expected to win this one and with more on the line revenge will taste a little sweeter.
After a 4-1 loss at West Ham United, Brendan Rodgers’ boys bounced back with an important 2-1 win at Norwich City last time out. Man City have won 5-0 against Norwich and Arsenal in back-to-back league games since losing to Tottenham Hotspur on the opening weekend. We fancy the champions to move on to nine points with a comfortable win on the road on Saturday. Take a punt on Man City to win -1 at generous looking odds of 7/5.
15:00 - Manchester United v Newcastle
On Saturday afternoon at Old Trafford, Manchester United and Newcastle United lock horns in Premier League action. These two sides have played out several ding-dong battles in the Premier League era, but the Red Devils are the overwhelming 1/6 favourites to get the win on home soil at the weekend.
Before the international break, Man United left it late to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at Molineux, with the in-form Mason Greenwood netting 10 minutes from time. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops have taken seven points from a possible nine and sit third. In contrast, the Magpies have opened their campaign with one draw and two defeats. This should be a stroll in the park for the hosts, so take a punt on Man United to be winning at half time and full time at 8/11.
17:30 - Chelsea v Aston Villa
The final Premier League game on Saturday will see Chelsea and Aston Villa do battle at Stamford Bridge in the evening. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues have looked strong so far, collecting seven points from a possible nine. Aston Villa are an unpredictable outfit under Dean Smith, but Chelsea are the red-hot favourites in this one and we predict they will record a fairly straightforward win.
After wins over Crystal Palace and Arsenal, the Blues – who had 10 men for half of the game – held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield before the international break. Villa are unbeaten in three league and cup matches, winning two and drawing one. The Villans beat Chelsea at Villa Park on the final day of last season, but we are backing a comfortable Blues victory here. We like the look of 7/4 for Chelsea to win both halves.
14:30 - Nottingham Forest v Cardiff
Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest welcome Mick McCarthy’s Cardiff City to the City Ground in EFL Championship action this Sunday. The Reds have made a miserable start to their season, losing four of their opening five to sit bottom and the pressure is really mounting. However, they did pick up a draw at Pride Park against local rivals Derby County last time out. Can that be the spark they need to help them they secure a precious win on Sunday?
Forest have taken one point, while Cardiff have accumulated eight from their opening five matches. So far, McCarthy’s Bluebirds have won two, drawn two and lost one. After losing the Severnside derby to Bristol City before the international break, the Welsh side will want to return to winning ways here. Cardiff have won on their last six league visits to the City Ground and the away win on Sunday is priced at 21/10.
16:30 - Leeds v Liverpool
We have one game to look forward to in the Premier League on Sunday, as Leeds United welcome Liverpool to Elland Road for a mouth-watering fixture. The Yorkshire club have failed to win any of their opening three, shipping eight goals along the way, although they have had some tough early fixtures to contend with. As for the Reds, they have collected seven points from a possible nine, drawing with Chelsea. Liverpool are the favourites in this one but it will be tough at a raucous Elland Road.
Leeds caused Liverpool many problems in the match at the start of last season, narrowly losing 4-3 in a thriller at Anfield. Marcelo Bielsa’s boys then held Jurgen Klopp’s side to a draw at Elland Road in April, with a late Diego Llorente goal cancelling out Sadio Mane’s opener. Both sides may, or may not, be without key Brazilian players but either way we predict a close game. We can see Leeds drawing for a third consecutive game in the Premier League. Check out the draw and both teams to score at the tempting odds of 15/4.
20:00 - Everton v Burnley
Rafael Benitez’s Everton welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley to Goodison Park in Premier League action this Monday. Benitez’s move to the blue half of Merseyside was a controversial one, but the former Liverpool boss has made a strong start, guiding the Toffees to three wins and a draw from four league and cup matches. Given they spent less than £2m in the summer, and the players they brought in have excelled, it has been a superb start. Will they see off the Clarets on Monday?
Everton have beaten Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League so far as well as drawing 2-2 with Leeds United at Elland Road. It has been a tough start for Burnley, as Dyche’s troops have picked up just one point from games against Brighton, Liverpool and Leeds. Everton should keep their momentum ticking along nicely with a routine home victory on Monday. Their two league wins have been by more than goal, and you can get nice odds of 15/8 for the hosts to win -1 here.
17:45 - Young Boys v Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his Manchester United troops to Bern on Tuesday to face Swiss side Young Boys in their opening UEFA Champions League fixture of the season. With Villarreal and Atalanta also in Group F, the Red Devils will fancy their chances of progressing through to the knockouts. Ole’s in-form superstars will be eager to start with three points on their travels in midweek and we don’t expect anything less.
After bringing in the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, the feel-good factor at Old Trafford has reached fever pitch. United have made an incredible start in the Premier League, winning three and drawing one of their opening four games to sit at the top of the table at this early stage of the campaign. They should have enough to get their Champions League campaign up and running with three points on Tuesday. We like the look of the odds of evens for United to win with a -1 goal handicap in this one.
19:45 - Bournemouth v QPR
In the EFL Championship on Tuesday night, Bournemouth and Queens Park Rangers clash at the Vitality Stadium. Both teams have made strong starts, with the pair sitting on 12 points each after six games played. With this one taking place in Dorset, Scott Parker’s Cherries are the favourites at just under evens. However, in-form Rangers will not be an easy nut to crack at the Vitality.
Bournemouth are unbeaten in the Championship after six games, having won three and drawn three. QPR have the same record after six matches, though the Londoners are above the Cherries in the table on goal difference. Rangers have been the surprise package in the Championship so far, and Mark Warburton’s men will be looking to extend their undefeated run here. We fancy this to end all square, and the draw is nicely priced at odds of 5/2.
20:00 - Chelsea v Zenit Saint Petersburg
UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea welcome Zenit Saint Petersburg to Stamford Bridge this Tuesday to get their 2021-22 Champions League campaign underway. Thomas Tuchel’s men have looked strong in the Premier League so far and have already won the UEFA Super Cup this term. Will the Blues pick up three points against the Russians in midweek?
After seeing off Villarreal in Belfast to win the Super Cup, Chelsea have collected 10 points from a possible 12 in the Premier League, beating Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Aston Villa. Tuchel’s team should begin the defence of their Champions League crown with a comfortable win in front of their home supporters on Tuesday night. Check out the decent price of 4/6 for the hosts to be winning at half time and full time at the Bridge.
20:00 - Barcelona v Bayern Munich
One of the standout matches from the opening round of the UEFA Champions League is Tuesday’s blockbuster showdown at the Camp Nou between Barcelona and Bayern Munich. This could be a Champions League final, and both teams will be gunning for all three points in Catalonia. The German champions are on the road, but Julian Nagelsmann’s troops are the bookies’ favourites.
Barca lost the highly influential Lionel Messi in the summer, but they have made a decent start in La Liga, winning two and drawing one of their three matches so far. Bayern have been in stunning form at the start of this season, winning five in a row since a 1-1 league draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. This could go either way at the Camp Nou, but we fancy the heavyweights to cancel each other out. Back the draw and both teams to score at odds of 10/3.
20:00 - West Brom v Derby
EFL Championship table-toppers West Bromwich Albion welcome Derby County to The Hawthorns for a Championship fixture on Tuesday night. Valerien Ismael has hit the ground running at West Brom, guiding the Baggies to four wins and two draws from their opening six matches. West Brom are at the top of the Championship table on 14 points – can they move on to 17 on Tuesday?
West Brom were held to a 1-1 home draw by Millwall last weekend, though they went a point clear at the top after Fulham’s shock defeat at Blackpool. Derby’s winless run stretched to four league and cup games last Friday as Wayne Rooney’s men were beaten 2-0 at Birmingham City. West Brom have been leading at half time in three of their four Championship wins this term – back the hosts to win both halves of this one at odds of 3/1.
19:45 - Birmingham v Fulham
Marco Silva’s Fulham will want to return to winning ways after their shock defeat at Blackpool at the weekend. On Wednesday, the London side travel to the Midlands to face Lee Bowyer’s in-form Birmingham City at St Andrew’s. This will be a tricky test for the Cottagers, but the visitors are the favourites with the bookies. Which way will this fascinating EFL Championship fixture go?
Birmingham have made a solid start to their season, winning three of their opening four. Last Friday, the Blues picked up their first home league victory of the campaign, beating Derby County 2-0. Before Saturday’s surprise loss at Bloomfield Road, Fulham had won five league and cup games on the spin. We fancy Silva’s side to strike back with three points at St Andrew’s on Wednesday. The away win is priced at odds of 21/20.
19:45 - Stoke City v Barnsley
Stoke City have been one of the form sides in the early weeks of the 2021-22 EFL Championship season. The Potters will be looking for another win when they welcome Barnsley to the bet365 Stadium this Wednesday. Stoke are the odds-on favourites to seal a fifth Championship victory of the campaign.
Stoke have picked up a handful of wins at the start of this season. After eight league and cup matches, Michael O’Neill’s troops have won six, drawn one and lost one. After a 2-1 home victory over Huddersfield Town last weekend, Stoke moved into third. Markus Schopp has had a tough start to life at Oakwell, guiding the Tykes to just one league win so far. We fancy in-form Stoke to secure another comfortable victory, and there is good value in the odds of 7/4 for the hosts to win to nil.
20:00 - Manchester City v RB Leipzig
Manchester City host RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League. After suffering a heartbreaking loss to Chelsea in the final of the tournament last season, can City go one better this time around and lift the Champions League trophy? The Premier League champions will certainly want to start with three points against the German outfit on home soil in midweek.
Man City made a slow start to their season, losing in the FA Community Shield before suffering a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in their opening Premier League fixture. However, they have struck back in style in recent weeks, winning 1-0 at Leicester City last time out after back-to-back 5-0 home victories over Norwich City and Arsenal. We are backing Man City to win to nil again on Wednesday, which is priced at odds of 6/5.
20:00 - Liverpool v AC Milan
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool take on Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night. The Reds have made a strong start to their Premier League campaign, winning three and drawing one of their four games so far. Milan have won three in a row in Serie A, so this promises to be a cracking Champions League encounter at Anfield.
This will be the first meeting between the pair since the 2007 Champions League final, which Milan won 2-1. Two years earlier, Liverpool pulled off the miracle of Istanbul, coming back from three goals at the break to win the final on penalties. The Italian giants are in top form, but Liverpool should get the win in front of their home fans. Take a punt on the Reds to win and both teams to score at odds of 2/1.
20:00 - Inter Milan v Real Madrid
Carlo Ancelotti takes his Real Madrid side to the San Siro on Wednesday to face Inter Milan in the opening round of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League group stage. With Sheriff Tiraspol and Shakhtar Donetsk also in Group D, these two are expected to go through to the knockout stages. Will we see a winner in Milan in midweek?
Inter have taken seven points from their opening three matches in Serie A, beating Genoa and Verona and drawing with Sampdoria. As for Real, they have seen off Alaves, Real Betis and Celta Vigo and drawn with Levante in their opening four games in La Liga. Inter are the slight favourites on home turf, but we fancy Ancelotti’s men to nick a narrow win in Italy. You can get a decent price of 7/2 for the away team to win by one goal.
17:45 - Real Betis v Celtic
Celtic are in Spain on Thursday night as they take on Real Betis in their opening UEFA Europa League group game. Ange Postecoglou has had a mixed bag of results since taking over in Glasgow, but the Hoops beat Jablonec and AZ Alkmaar to book their spot in this term’s Europa League. Can Postecoglou’s Bhoys pick up a positive result in Spain in midweek?
Manuel Pellegrini’s Real Betis secured their first win of the season last time out, edging past Granada. After losing the Old Firm derby to rivals Rangers, Celtic bounced back after the international break with a 3-0 home victory over Ross County. This will be a stern test at the Benito Villamarin, but we are backing the Scottish side to return home with a precious point. Take a punt on the draw at a fair price of 14/5.
17:45 - Dinamo Zagreb v West Ham
West Ham United’s UEFA Europa League journey begins with a Thursday night trip to Croatia to play Dinamo Zagreb. The Hammers had an exceptional season in the Premier League last time around, and David Moyes’ men will want to make the most of their European opportunity. Can West Ham kick off Group H with three points on the road or will they come unstruck?
United have made a solid start to their Premier League campaign. After wins over Newcastle United and Leicester City, the Irons have drawn with Crystal Palace and Southampton in their last two. The Croatian champions will be a tough nut to crack at the Stadion Maksimir, but West Ham will fancy their chances of returning to London with the points. The Hammers have conceded in their two wins this term, and you can get odds of 10/3 for the West Ham win and both teams to score here, which looks a good option to us.
17:45 - Rennes v Tottenham
The group stage of the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League begins this week. Tottenham Hotspur are in action on Thursday night, as Nuno Espirito Santo takes his Spurs side to Roazhon Park to face Ligue 1 outfit Rennes. This is likely to be Tottenham’s toughest challenge in Group G, but the Premier League team will be looking for all three points in France.
Before last weekend’s games, Tottenham topped the Premier League after a trio of 1-0 wins over Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford. However, they were brought back down to earth with a bump last Saturday, crashing to a heavy 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. Still, Rennes have made a sluggish start in Ligue 1, and Spurs should strike back with victory at Roazhon Park on Thursday. We like the look of Tottenham to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 15/4.
20:00 - Leicester v Napoli
Leicester City’s UEFA Europa League campaign begins with a home game against Italian giants Napoli on Thursday night. These two are among the favourites to win the competition outright, so this promises to be a thrilling encounter at the King Power Stadium. After two fifth-place finishes in the Premier League and an FA Cup triumph last term, can Leicester have a season to remember in Europe?
The Foxes have started their Premier League campaign with two wins and two defeats. Last time out, Brendan Rodgers’ men were narrowly beaten at home by Manchester City. As for Napoli, they have won all three of their Serie A fixtures thus far. This really is a tough one to call, so backing the draw could be the way to go here. The draw and both teams to score looks good value at odds of 10/3.
20:00 - Rangers v Lyon
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers welcome Peter Bosz’s Lyon to Ibrox Stadium for a UEFA Europa League fixture on Thursday night. Sparta Prague and Brondby are also in Group A, so these two could well end up battling it out for top spot. Since those three straight defeats in August, Gerrard’s troops have bounced back with a six-game unbeaten run. Can they stretch that run to seven on Thursday night?
Rangers head into this one in good form having won five and drawn one of their last six matches in all competitions. Last time out, the Gers came from behind to beat St Johnstone 2-1. After a poor run of no wins in three games, Lyon have managed to bounce back to win back-to-back games in Ligue 1. The French side are the slight favourites in Glasgow, but we fancy Rangers to get the victory. The home win is nicely priced at odds of 6/4 and that’ll do for us.
20:00 - Newcastle v Leeds
The weekend’s Premier League action gets underway on Friday night when Newcastle United welcome Leeds United to St James’ Park. Both teams will be searching for their first Premier League victory of the season after poor starts to the campaign. Marcelo Bielsa’s boys head to Tyneside as the bookies’ favourites but Steve Bruce’s boys will be desperate for a positive result in front of their expectant home crowd.
Newcastle have had a tough start to their season, losing three and drawing one of their opening four matches. Last time out, two Cristiano Ronaldo goals helped Manchester United to a 4-1 win over the Magpies at Old Trafford. Leeds also lost by three goals last weekend, with Liverpool running out 3-0 winners at Elland Road. This could go either way, but we fancy Bielsa’s boys will have just about enough to nick it. Back the visitors to win by one goal at odds of 3/1.
12:30 - Wolves v Brentford
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford lock horns at Molineux in Saturday’s early kick off in the Premier League. Bruno Lage finally picked up his first league victory as Wanderers boss last time out, guiding Wolves to a 2-0 win at Watford. As for Thomas Frank’s Bees, they suffered their first Premier League reverse last weekend but are up in 10th after a very solid start to life in the PL. Who will come out on top in the West Midlands?
After a very tricky set of fixtures saw them record a trio of 1-0 losses to Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, the victory at Vicarage Road was a welcome result for Wolves. Brentford had made an excellent start to their season, beating Arsenal and drawing with Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. However, they lost at home to Brighton & Hove Albion last Saturday. Wolves will fancy their chances of securing back-to-back victories, and you can get decent enough odds of 7/4 for the hosts to win to nil again.
12:30 - Hull City v Sheffield United
Hull City and Sheffield United go head-to-head in EFL Championship action at the MKM Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Both teams have picked up just one league win so far this season so both will be desperate to get the win. The Blades have improved in recent matches, winning one and drawing two, and Slavisa Jokanovic’s men make the short trip to East Yorkshire as the favourites with the bookies.
After a 6-2 win over Peterborough United at Bramall Lane last weekend, Sheffield United were held to a 2-2 home draw by Preston North End in midweek. However, the Blades have shown signs of life of late. As for the Tigers, they have not won since the opening weekend of the season. Unfortunately for Grant McCann and his men, we can see City crashing to another defeat on Saturday. The away win is priced at 8/5 and that is more than fair.
15:00 - Burnley v Arsenal
Mikel Arteta takes his Arsenal troops to Turf Moor this Saturday to face Sean Dyche’s Burnley. After picking up their first Premier League win of the season last weekend, indeed their first points, the Gunners will be desperate to follow that up with three more points on the road this Saturday. The Clarets have taken just one point thus far, so Arsenal are the clear favourites in Lancashire but Burnley have often played better than their results so it may not be easy.
It has been a tough start for Dyche’s Burnley, who have picked up only one point from a possible 12. They have suffered defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion, Liverpool and Everton. Arsenal made a dreadful start, but last weekend’s narrow home win over Norwich City was a step in the right direction. Two of Burnley’s losses thus far have been by two goals and we fancy something similar here. The Gunners should prevail with room to spare and we like the look of Arsenal to win -1 at 13/5.
15:00 - Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool welcome Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace to Anfield in the Premier League this Saturday. The Reds have made a strong start to their league season, picking up 10 points and sitting joint top. Liverpool are the clear favourites in this one, but the Eagles will still be buzzing from their impressive 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
Liverpool have cruised to wins over Norwich City, Burnley and Leeds United this term, keeping clean sheets in all three. Kai Havertz’s header at Anfield on 28th August is the only Premier League goal that they have conceded and whilst they shipped two in midweek to AC Milan, they will be buoyed by their comeback 3-2 victory. Palace impressed against Spurs last weekend, but Liverpool should be too strong for the Londoners this Saturday. Have a punt on the home team to be winning at half time and full time, which is nicely priced at 8/11.
15:00 - Manchester City v Southampton
Premier League champions Manchester City entertain Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Man City have won their last three in the Premier League without conceding a single goal, and Pep Guardiola’s superstars are the overwhelming favourites in this fixture. Like Liverpool, they conceded multiple midweek Champions League goals but the three they let in were more than made up for by the six they scored! Can Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints do anything to stop City’s superior quality and incredible firepower?
Man City have hit form after two 5-0 wins over Norwich City and Arsenal and a 1-0 victory at Leicester City. The Citizens have scored 10 and conceded none in their two Premier League fixtures at the Etihad this term. Southampton have not lost since the opening weekend, but we are backing another big City victory here. The Citizens won this fixture 5-2 last term, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan giving them a 3-1 lead at the break. Back the hosts to win both halves again at odds of evens, great value.
17:30 - Aston Villa v Everton
On Saturday evening in the Premier League, Dean Smith’s Aston Villa entertain Rafa Benitez’s Everton at Villa Park. Benitez has made a strong start to life at Goodison Park, guiding the Toffees to four wins and a draw from five league and cup matches. The fixtures have been kind to Rafa and his Blues and this is a step up for them but their confidence will be sky high right now. Can Everton claim a fourth Premier League victory of the season with three points in the Midlands on Saturday?
Aston Villa have picked up just one win from their opening four in the league, losing to Watford and Chelsea along the way. They played okay at Stamford Bridge last time out but still fell to a heavy 3-0 defeat. Everton scored three times in six superb minutes to earn a 3-1 win over Burnley in their last outing. We fancy the Toffees to prevail again, and there is good value in the away win and both teams to score at big odds of 9/2. Given that has been a winning bet in three of their five games to date that really is a cracking price.
14:00 - West Ham v Manchester United
David Moyes’ West Ham United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United go head-to-head in a fascinating Premier League fixture at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Both teams, who were in European action in midweek, have made unbeaten starts in the Premier League. The Hammers are at home but the Red Devils are the odds-on favourites to get the three points.
Moyes has made his West Ham side incredibly hard to beat in recent times, especially at the London Stadium. However, Man United did win 3-1 in this fixture last season. Ole’s boys go into this round of games at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference. The Manchester giants have made an excellent start and we can see them nicking another three points on Sunday. You can get a price of 11/4 for Man United to win by one goal, which looks a good option to us.
14:00 - Brighton v Leicester
In-form Brighton and Hove Albion entertain Leicester City at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League this Sunday. The Seagulls have been the surprise package in the early weeks of the season, winning three of their opening four games. Can Graham Potter’s men keep up their good start with three points against Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes on Sunday?
Brighton picked up successive league and cup wins over Burnley, Watford and Cardiff City at the start. After a 2-0 home reverse to Everton, Albion got back to winning ways last time out, beating Brentford 1-0 thanks to a late Leandro Trossard goal. Leicester have won two and lost two of their opening four Premier League games. This could be tight, and we like the look of the draw and both teams to score at odds of 10/3.
16:30 - Tottenham v Chelsea
London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea do battle at Stamford Bridge in a blockbuster Premier League game on Sunday afternoon. After a humbling defeat at Crystal Palace, Spurs will be hoping to strike back in this one. However, the Blues head to north London in fine fettle and Thomas Tuchel’s men will back themselves to leave with all three points.
Tottenham topped the Premier League after three games, sealing back-to-back 1-0 wins over Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford. However, they were poor in a 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park last Saturday. Chelsea have kicked off their season with five wins and a draw from six league and cup fixtures and our money is going on the away win here. The Blues have conceded just one league goal this term, so check out the solid odds of 7/4 for the visitors to win to nil.
19:45 - Norwich v Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side to Carrow Road this Tuesday to face Daniel Farke’s Norwich City in the Carabao Cup. The Canaries are back in the Premier League after winning the EFL Championship title last season. However, they have had a tough time so far, losing all five of their league matches. They did at least thump Bournemouth 6-0 at home in the previous round of the EFL Cup so they will harbour some hope of getting a result here, however unlikely it appears on paper.
On the opening weekend of the 2021-22 Premier League season last month, Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 win at Carrow Road. The Reds were far too strong for the Championship winners, with Diego Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah on target. Liverpool have made a strong start to their season, and Klopp’s boys should ease past Norwich again. You can get a fair price of 15/8 for the Reds to win to nil.
19:45 - QPR v Everton
Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers and Rafa Benitez’s Everton go head-to-head at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in Carabao Cup action on Tuesday night. The pair have made good starts in their respective leagues and both will be hoping to bounce back from league defeats at the weekend. The Toffees are the bookies’ favourites in west London despite slipping up last time out.
QPR made a superb start to their season, winning five and drawing three of their opening eight league and cup matches. However, the London club have had a bad week having lost to Bournemouth and Bristol City in the Championship. Benitez suffered his first defeat as Everton boss last weekend, as the Toffees were beaten 3-0 at Aston Villa. Still, we fancy Everton to bounce back with a victory in the cup, and there is good value in the odds of 2/1 for the away team to win with a -1 goal handicap.
19:45 - Fulham v Leeds
Fulham and Leeds United lock horns at Craven Cottage in a fascinating Carabao Cup fixture on Tuesday night. United, as the Premier League side, are the favourites in this one, but the midweek clash in the capital could go either way. Having lost two of their last three in the EFL Championship, can Marco Silva’s Cottagers bounce back with a victory in the cup?
Fulham are the Championship title favourites, but the London side have lost two of their last three in the league. Nevertheless, new boss Silva has made a fine start, guiding Fulham to five wins from eight league games. Leeds have yet to pick up a Premier League victory this season, taking just three points from a possible 15. This will be a stern test for the Yorkshire outfit, and our money is going on the Fulham win at odds of 17/10.
19:45 - Manchester United v West Ham
Days after their epic encounter in the Premier League, Manchester United and West Ham United meet again. This time, the two square off in the third round of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The Red Devils have won two out of two at home this term and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be looking for their second win over West Ham in the space of a few days.
Jesse Lingard revitalised his career while on loan at the London Stadium last season but the England international came back to haunt his former side on Sunday. Lingard’s goal in the 89th minute gave Man United a 2-1 victory. Ole’s boys have bigger fish to fry this season but they will want to keep their momentum going with a win in the cup on Wednesday and we think they will have more than enough firepower to achieve that aim. We’ll be backing the home win and both teams to score at odds of 9/4.
19:45 - Arsenal v Wimbledon
Things are looking far rosier in the Arsenal garden after back-to-back wins in the Premier League and three victories in four league and cup fixtures. The Gunners entertain EFL League One side Wimbledon at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday in the third round of the Carabao Cup and, unless something strange happens, they should get another decent result in the bag. Mikel Arteta’s men thumped West Bromwich Albion in the previous round and we can certainly see the north London outfit picking up another easy cup victory in midweek.
Arsenal head into this one in decent form having won three of their past four games in all competitions. Before back-to-back 1-0 league wins over Norwich City and Burnley, the Gunners walloped West Brom 6-0 at The Hawthorns in the second round of the League Cup. We are backing Arsenal to win to nil again on Wednesday, which is available at the decent price of 4/6.
19:45 - Wolves v Tottenham
Nuno Espirito Santo heads back to Molineux again on Wednesday, as Tottenham Hotspur take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup. Nuno’s Spurs were successful in the Premier League meeting in the West Midlands last month, with a Dele Alli penalty giving the Londoners a 1-0 away win. Can they beat Wolves again in midweek or will the home side prove to be tougher opposition this time around?
Tottenham have had a tricky couple of weeks, losing 3-0 twice in the Premier League and only managing a draw in their opening UEFA Europa Conference League group game. As for Bruno Lage, he has lost four of his opening five Premier League matches in charge at Wolves. Both teams could do with a win in the cup on Wednesday, but we fancy Tottenham to nick it. Back Spurs to win by one goal again at odds of 15/4.
19:45 - Chelsea v Aston Villa
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea and Dean Smith’s Aston Villa go head-to-head in the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge this Wednesday night. Both teams picked up impressive 3-0 wins in the Premier League at the weekend but the in-form Blues are the heavy favourites in this one. Tuchel’s troops will be looking for another easy victory in midweek but Villa have shown grit and determination this term and will be in no mood to roll over for their opponents.
Chelsea have made a stunning start to their season, winning six and drawing one of their opening seven matches across all competitions. These two sides met at the Bridge in Premier League action recently, with the west London outfit running out comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku (2) and Mateo Kovacic. This could be another handsome victory for the Blues, so check out the tempting odds of 3/1 for the home team to win with a -2 goal handicap.
19:45 - Coventry v Peterborough
Coventry City and Peterborough United meet at the Coventry Building Society Arena in the EFL Championship on Friday night. Mark Robins’ Sky Blues currently sit in fourth position in the table and have been the surprise package in the second tier so far this term. Darren Ferguson’s United have had a tough time on their Championship return, but Posh did pick up an impressive victory last time out, a 3-0 home triumph over Birmingham City.
Since moving back to their home – no called the Coventry Building Society Arena – Coventry have won four out of four matches in the Championship, seeing off Nottingham Forest, Reading, Middlesbrough and Cardiff City. Robins’ side are flying high in fourth spot with 16 points to their name, and we fancy them to secure a fifth home league victory of the season on Friday. City have kept clean sheets in their last two games at home, and you can get a decent price of 2/1 for Coventry to win to nil again, which looks the bet for us.
20:00 - West Brom v QPR
Valerien Ismael’s West Bromwich Albion entertain Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers in EFL Championship action at The Hawthorns this Friday night. After three straight league draws, the Baggies will be hoping to bounce back with a big three points on their own patch. As for Rangers, can they avoid a third consecutive Championship defeat or will their slump continue?
West Brom are one of just two clubs who are unbeaten in this season’s Championship. Ismael’s men are currently in third place in the table, two points behind leaders Bournemouth. However, Albion could do with a win after three draws on the spin. QPR made a fast start, but the London side have fallen to back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Bristol City. This promises to be an entertaining game at The Hawthorns and there is good value in the odds of 9/4 for the home win and both teams to score.
12:30 - Chelsea v Manchester City
The Premier League weekend gets underway with what is arguably the biggest game of the season so far. Giants Chelsea and Manchester City go head-to-head in a heavyweight clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. This will be the first meeting between the two since the 2021 UEFA Champions League final back in May and already there is a little bit of pressure on the side from Manchester.
Chelsea won three of the four league and cup meetings last season, including the Champions League final in Porto. Thomas Tuchel’s men have made a fine start to this campaign, winning four and drawing one of five league games, with Romelu Lukaku already banging in the goals every predicted he would. Man City will be hoping to get back to winning ways after drawing a blank against Southampton last time out, but we fancy the pair to play out an entertaining stalemate. These sides are so well matched, so put some money on the draw and both teams to score at chunky looking odds of 10/3.
12:30 - Manchester United v Aston Villa
In-form Manchester United host Aston Villa at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday. The Red Devils have made an unbeaten start and sit joint top after five games played, though they were beaten in the Champions league recently. As for Villa, they will still be buzzing from last weekend’s fine 3-0 win over Everton, even if the score somewhat flattered them. However, United are the clear favourites to get the points on their own patch and we think they will be in for a comfortable afternoon with Cristiano Ronaldo already banging in the goals.
Jesse Lingard and David de Gea were the heroes at the London Stadium last weekend, with Lingard’s late goal and De Gea’s last-gasp penalty save earning Man United all three points against West Ham United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys have started well, winning four and drawing one of their opening five Premier League fixtures. We fancy the Red Devils to prevail again here, and there is good value in 21/20 for the hosts to win -1.
12:30 - Reading v Middlesbrough
It is not all about the Premier League and Veljko Paunovic’s Reading entertain Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium in EFL Championship action on Saturday afternoon. Fresh from their stunning victory at Craven Cottage last time out, the Royals will be looking for another three points against Warnock’s inconsistent Boro. However, this fascinating fixture could go either way in Berkshire.
Reading have recovered well from a dreadful start, winning two and drawing one of their previous three in the Championship. As for Boro, they have suffered two defeats in their last three league matches. Reading shocked title favourites Fulham at the Cottage last weekend, with Ovie Ejaria brilliantly scoring twice in a 2-1 win. We fancy Paunovic’s troops to follow that up with another three points here. Check out the solid price of 9/2 for the Reading win and both teams to score.
17:30 - Brentford v Liverpool
On Saturday evening in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool troops to the Brentford Community Stadium to play Thomas Frank’s Brentford. The Bees have started well this season, but this will be their toughest challenge yet. The Reds are joint top of the Premier League table having taken 13 points from a possible 15. Both of these sides recorded big wins in midweek in the League Cup so will be full of confidence here, even if the XIs they field may be very different.
Brentford, who won the EFL Championship play-offs last term, have picked up four wins from their opening seven league and cup games, brilliant stuff for a newly promoted team with a small budget. Liverpool have been in fine fettle, winning six and drawing one of seven in all competitions, and Klopp’s boys should be too strong for the Bees on Saturday. The Merseysiders have won without conceding five times this season, and you can get the decent odds of 6/4 for Liverpool to win to nil again in this one.
14:00 - Southampton v Wolves
Sunday’s first game in the Premier League will see Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers meet at St Mary’s. The Saints have failed to win any of their opening five but have drawn four times, while Wolves have lost four of their five Premier League fixtures. Both teams will be gunning for maximum points but here, but who will prevail in Hampshire?
Southampton have been tough to beat this season but have not quite managed to get the points their performances have deserved. Last weekend, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s boys stopped champions Manchester City from scoring at the Etihad Stadium in a 0-0 draw and might well have claimed all three points. Bruno Lage has had a tough time at Molineux since taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo, as Wanderers have suffered four defeats from their opening five. We fancy Southampton to nick the points on home soil this Sunday but it won’t be easy or clear cut. Back the hosts to win by exactly one goal at the nice price of 3/1.
16:30 - Arsenal v Tottenham
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur lock horns in a mouth-watering derby at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Gunners have picked up after a woeful start, while Spurs head to the home of their rivals on the back of two 3-0 league losses. With both teams going all out for the win, this north London derby promises to be an entertaining one. Neither side are where they want to be right now, in the league, or in a more general sense, but a win in a derby could be a real springboard for either.
Arsenal have won two in a row in the Premier League after starting with three poor defeats. In contrast, Tottenham have lost two on the bounce since kicking off with a trio of 1-0 wins. Arsenal edged the last fixture between the pair back in March, with goals from Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette giving them a 2-1 win. This fixture tends to see goals and the home crowd will boost the Gunners. As such, take a punt on the Arsenal victory and both teams to score in this one at big odds of 15/4.
20:00 - Crystal Palace v Brighton
Rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion lock horns at Selhurst Park on Monday night in one of football’s less ferocious semi-local derby games. The Seagulls have been the surprise package in the Premier League so far this season, winning four of their opening five. They often impressed last term without getting results but have rectified that thus far this time around. Can Graham Potter’s men pick up maximum points at the home of their rivals on Monday? Brighton are the slight favourites with the bookies.
Patrick Vieira has had tough time at Selhurst Park so far, but the Eagles have already played Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool this season. Brighton have been brilliant early doors, picking up wins over Burnley, Watford, Brentford and Leicester City. Overall, Albion have won six of seven league and cup games, keeping clean sheets in four of those. You can get the top odds of 3/1 for the Seagulls to win to nil here and against a side lacking in belief and firepower that looks very generous.
19:45 - Middlesbrough v Sheffield United
We drop into the Championship with our next tip as Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough and Slavisa Jokanovic’s Sheffield United go head-to-head in EFL Championship action on Tuesday. Boro could do with maximum points at the Riverside Stadium after losing three of their last four. However, the Blades are starting to find their rhythm under new boss Jokanovic, and the visitors are the favourites in this one.
Middlesbrough have collected just nine points from a possible 27 so far and languish down in 18th spot. Sheffield United have responded superbly from a woeful start, winning three and drawing two of five in the Championship since opening up with three defeats and a draw. United kept a clean sheet in a narrow home win over Derby County last weekend, and you can get big odds of 3/1 for the Blades to win to nil at the Riverside on Tuesday.
19:45 - Cardiff City v West Brom
Cardiff City welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Cardiff City Stadium in the EFL Championship this Tuesday. Mick McCarthy’s Bluebirds are in poor form, while the Baggies are just two points behind leaders Bournemouth in second and once again eyeing an instant return to the Premier League. Valerien Ismael’s men are unbeaten in nine Championship matches so far, and Albion will fancy their chances in South Wales.
Cardiff were embarrassed at Ewood Park last weekend, crashing to a 5-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers. City have now lost five of their last six in all competitions. West Brom picked up a 2-1 home victory over Queens Park Rangers last Friday, which stopped a run of three straight draws. We are backing West Brom to pick up a comfortable victory in Wales, and there is good value in the tasty looking price of 3/1 for the visitors to win -1.
20:00 - PSG v Manchester City
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City lock horns at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday in a heavyweight clash in the UEFA Champions League. There is of course a chance we will see these two play in the final itself but for now this remains a huge clash between two of football’s nouveau riche. After only managing a draw in Bruges in their opening fixture, PSG will be gunning for all three points on home soil. However, Man City are in tip-top shape, and Pep Guardiola’s men will also be going for the win in Paris.
Since losing their opening Premier League game to Tottenham Hotspur last month, Man City have been in red-hot form. The Citizens have gone on to win six and draw one of seven league and cup matches. After beating European champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at the weekend, City will be well up for this one. It could be close, but our money is going on the away victory at what look like generous odds of 13/10.
20:00 - Porto v Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool troops to the Estadio do Dragao in Porto in midweek for a UEFA Champions League group game. The Premier League side will be hoping to build on their excellent home win over AC Milan on matchday one. This will not be an easy game in Portugal, but the Reds are the odds-on favourites and should get the job done against opponents facing a huge jump in quality from the day-to-day of domestic Portuguese football.
Liverpool will no doubt have one eye on the weekend’s gigantic league game with Manchester City at Anfield, but Klopp will be looking for a professional job from his players on Tuesday, especially after they were held to a 3-3 draw by Brentford last time out. They would have wanted all three points but remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and sit top of the table after six games. Porto have started their season well, but the English giants should get the victory. Check out the solid odds of 9/4 for the Liverpool win and both teams to score.
19:45 - Barnsley v Nottingham Forest
It isn’t all about the glamour of the UCL in midweek though and Barnsley and Nottingham Forest lock horns at Oakwell in the EFL Championship on Wednesday night. New Tykes boss Markus Schopp has had a tough time so far, guiding Barnsley to just one win from nine Championship games. As for Forest, they have taken four points from two fixtures since Chris Hughton was relieved of his duties.
Since beating Coventry City on 14th August, Barnsley have drawn four and lost three of their following seven Championship matches. Nottingham Forest picked up their first league win of the season on 18th September, beating Huddersfield Town 2-0 away from home. Last weekend, Steve Cooper’s first game in charge ended in a 1-1 draw with Millwall at the City Ground. We can see the pair playing out a draw in South Yorkshire and the 1-1 stalemate has caught the eye at nice odds of 5/1.
19:45 - Fulham v Swansea
Fulham and Swansea City do battle at Craven Cottage in the EFL Championship on Wednesday evening. The Cottagers have not had it all their own way in recent weeks, winning one, drawing one and losing two of their last four league matches after they had started the campaign so brightly. Last time out, Fulham were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at Bristol City that leaves them fourth in the early standings. Can the Londoners bounce back with three points here to press their claims for automatic promotion?
Fulham have lost two in a row at home. After a 2-1 league reverse to Reading, Marco Silva’s side were beaten on penalties by Leeds United in the Carabao Cup last Tuesday. Russell Martin has had a tough time in South Wales, but Swansea picked up a much-needed 1-0 home victory over Huddersfield Town last time out. The Swans have drawn three of their last four, and the stalemate on Wednesday is available at 7/2.
19:45 - Peterborough v Bournemouth
EFL Championship leaders Bournemouth make the trip to the Weston Homes Stadium to face struggling Peterborough United on Wednesday night. Life back in the EFL Championship has been tough going so far, with Posh hovering just above the bottom three after taking seven points from nine games. This will be another stern test for last season’s EFL League One runners-up against a side who were Premier League regulars until recently.
Scott Parker has made an excellent start at the Vitality Stadium, guiding Bournemouth to six wins and three draws. The Cherries sit proudly at the top of the Championship table with 21 points to their name. Bournemouth have looked unstoppable of late, securing successive league victories over Barnsley, Queens Park Rangers, Cardiff City and Luton Town. They were leading at the break in three of those and tend to be fast starters. Parker’s boys are available at 11/10 to be winning at half time and full time here and that’s our value tip here.
20:00 - Manchester United v Villarreal
After a difficult week for Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his side will be desperate for three UEFA Champions League points when Villarreal visit Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The Red Devils lost their opening game in the group, so the Premier League giants could really do with a win on home soil in midweek. They have the class to prevail after a good transfer window but are just wobbling a little at the moment.
Man United fell to a shock 1-0 home league loss to Aston Villa last weekend. A few days before, Solskjaer’s men were dumped out of the Carabao Cup after a 1-0 home reverse to West Ham United. Villarreal have had a whole host of draws this season, drawing 0-0 at Real Madrid last time out. The Yellow Submarine beat United in last season’s UEFA Europa League final, but we fancy Man United to nick this one and gain a small measure of revenge. Put some money on the hosts to win by exactly one goal at the rewarding price of 13/5.
20:00 - Juventus v Chelsea
One of the standout games from this round of UEFA Champions League matches is the blockbuster showdown in Turin between Italian giants Juventus and current European champions Chelsea. These two will be battling it out for top spot in the group, so this is an important fixture at the Juventus Stadium. Can the Blues return to London with a positive result?
Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back after last weekend’s disappointing home loss to Manchester City in the Premier League where they failed to even register a shot on target. Suggestions that Thomas Tuchel had Pep’s number were perhaps a tad premature. It should be remembered that prior to that, the Londoners had won seven of their opening eight league and cup fixtures though, so they will still certainly have a spring in their step. Juventus have not been at their dazzling best this season, but the Old Lady head into this one having won three and drawn one of their previous four in all competitions. This is tough to call and at the prices we fancy the pair to play out a draw in Italy (5/2).
17:45 - Legia Warsaw v Leicester
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City are in Poland on Thursday taking on Legia Warsaw in a UEFA Europa League group game. After letting a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 with Napoli in their opener, the Foxes will want all three points from this one. The Premier League side are the odds-on favourites and should return home with a win, despite their stuttering form this term.
Goals from Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes put Leicester in a commanding position against Napoli two weeks ago. Unfortunately for them, two late Victor Osimhen strikes earned the Italians a share of the spoils at the King Power Stadium. Legia started Group C with a 1-0 victory at Spartak Moscow. Leicester’s qualities should see them through here, and we like the look of 7/4 for Rodgers’ troops to win -1 at the Stadion Wojska. They were lucky o escape with a 2-2 draw against Burnley at the weekend but should be able to make their class tell here.
17:45 - Sparta Prague v Rangers
Sparta Prague and Rangers do battle in UEFA Europa League Group A on Thursday night. The Gers lost their opening fixture at home, and this will be a stern test at Stadion Letna for Steven Gerrard and his boys. The Scottish champions head to the Czech Republic in excellent form, though, winning seven of their last 10 in all competitions and following a fine European run last term they know they belong at this level.
Prague kicked off the Europa League group stage with handy 0-0 draw with Brondby in Denmark. Rangers were beaten by Ligue 1 side Lyon in their opener, with a Toko Ekambi effort and an own goal from James Tavernier giving the French outfit all three points at Ibrox. This is a tough one to call, so our money is going on the stalemate, which would be a decent result for Rangers. Check out the draw and both teams to score at the very big price of 10/3.
20:00 - West Ham v Rapid Vienna
West Ham United’s UEFA Europa League campaign got off to a flying start a fortnight ago, as the Hammers picked up an excellent 2-0 victory at Dinamo Zagreb. The Premier League outfit will be looking for six points out of six in Group H when they welcome Austrian side Rapid Vienna to the London Stadium on Thursday night. They are going very well on all fronts this term as David Moyes continues to rebuild his reputation as a top, top manager.
Michail Antonio and Declan Rice got the goals in Croatia two weeks ago to give West Ham a winning start in Group H. Vienna were beaten at home in their opening fixture, with a late Genk goal giving the Belgians a 1-0 victory at the Allianz Stadion. The in-form Irons should get a comfortable win in front of their home support on Thursday. Put some money on West Ham to be winning at half time and full time (8/11).
20:00 - Celtic v Bayer Leverkusen
Celtic and Bayer Leverkusen lock horns at Celtic Park in UEFA Europa League action this Thursday night. The Hoops were involved in a seven-goal thriller with Real Betis in their opening Group G game, losing 4-3 in Spain. With Leverkusen picking up maximum points from their first fixture, Celtic cannot afford to lose this one but they are very much up against it with the Germans by far the stronger side on paper.
Ange Postecoglou’s side were 2-0 up after 27 minutes at the Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville two weeks ago. However, they found themselves 4-2 down by the 51st minute in the eventual 4-3 reverse. The Glasgow giants head into this one having lost four of their last seven league and cup fixtures in what is beginning to look like a dismal campaign for them. Unfortunately for the Bhoys, we fancy Bayer Leverkusen in this one. You can get 11/4 for the Germans to win to nil at Celtic Park and given the apparent gulf in class between the sides that looks like very solid value to us.
20:00 - Tottenham v Mura
Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to lift their spirits with a comfortable win in Europe in midweek. On Thursday night, Nuno Espirito Santo’ men welcome Slovenian side Mura to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the UEFA Europa Conference League. Spurs are the red-hot favourites and should secure a big win in front of their home supporters. Any other result would see even more pressure heading their way and could even lead to very early call for the manager to go.
Tottenham have had a tough time of late, losing three out of three in the Premier League and shipping nine times in the process. Last time out, Nuno’s troops crashed to a 3-1 away defeat to rivals Arsenal in the north London derby. Tottenham had a brilliant start to the season, winning their first three in the Premier League. They started their Europa Conference League campaign with a 2-2 draw with Rennes, but they should cruise to maximum points in this one. Have a punt on the hosts to win both halves at the more than fair pice of 5/6.
19:45 - Stoke v West Brom
Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion meet at the bet365 Stadium on Friday for a tasty fixture in the EFL Championship. The Baggies will still be buzzing from their emphatic midweek win in Wales, while the Potters have won six and drawn one of their opening seven league and cup matches on their own patch. This promises to be an entertaining affair in the Potteries but which side will raise their game sufficiently to take the three points?
After three consecutive draws, West Brom bounced back with back-to-back wins in the last week. After a 2-1 home victory over Queens Park Rangers, Albion thumped Cardiff City 4-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium in midweek and looked good value for the emphatic scoreline. Stoke have been sensational at the bet365 this season, but we fancy in-form West Brom to nick the points. You can get the appealing price of 9/2 for the away win and both teams to score in what should be a cracker for the neutrals.
12:30 - Manchester United v Everton
The opening game of the Premier League weekend will see Manchester United and Everton lock horns at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. Man United bounced back from last weekend’s shock home league loss to Aston Villa with a last-gasp UEFA Champions League win in midweek. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys will now be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League.
The Red Devils have made a good start to the campaign, winning four and drawing one of five games in the league before last Saturday’s loss. Everton have also picked up 13 points from their opening six matches, and Rafa Benitez had made a positive impact at Goodison Park so far. Of course, United are the favourites, but we fancy the in-form Toffees to snatch a draw. They drew 3-3 when they last met, and the draw and both teams to score here is priced at decent odds of 9/2.
12:30 - Coventry v Fulham
Coventry City and Fulham meet at the Coventry Building Society Arena in the EFL Championship on Saturday afternoon. Mark Robins will be looking for a response from his players after their mauling at Luton Town in midweek. The Sky Blues have been brilliant at home so far this season, but Marco Silva’s Cottagers are the favourites in this one.
Coventry were uncharacteristically poor at Luton on Wednesday, crashing to a heavy 5-0 loss. Nevertheless, they have not put a foot wrong since retuning home, winning five out of five in the league on their own patch. Fulham returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 home victory over Swansea City in midweek, with the excellent Aleksandar Mitrovic helping himself to a hat-trick. We can see Coventry’s home run coming to an end on Saturday and we’ll be backing the Fulham win at odds of 11/10.
15:00 - Chelsea v Southampton
On Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea host Southampton in Premier League action. After losing 1-0 to both Manchester City and Juventus in the past week, Thomas Tuchel’s troops will be desperate to get back to winning ways in this one. The Saints held Man City to a goalless draw in their last away game, but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have failed to pick up a Premier League win this term.
Chelsea have had a bad week, but the Blues should bounce back with a comfortable home win on Saturday. Southampton have drawn four of their opening six league fixtures, though the Saints were beaten at home by Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out. Chelsea have kept clean sheets in each of their four league victories so far, and they are nicely priced at odds of 6/5 to win to nil this Saturday.
17:30 - Brighton v Arsenal
Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal do battle at the Amex Stadium in an intriguing Premier League fixture on Saturday night. The Seagulls have been superb so far this season and have picked up six wins from their opening eight league and cup games. As for the Gunners, they head to the Amex having won five of the previous six matches in all competitions.
Brighton have been the surprise package so far, having taken 13 points from a possible 18. The Seagulls are one of five clubs that sit just a point behind leaders Liverpool. After opening up with three poor defeats, Arsenal have finally hit some decent form and have won their last three games in the league. Last time out, Mikel Arteta’s men beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in the north London derby. Arsenal edged the meeting at the Amex last term, and you can get a price of 3/1 for the visitors to win by one again, which looks good to us.