12:30 - Everton v Liverpool
The opening Premier League game of the weekend is a cracker, as Everton welcome Liverpool to Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby. Frank Lampard’s Toffees are still searching for their first league win of the campaign and a habit of conceding late goals is costing them dear. In contrast the Reds will be buoyant and have now picked up back-to-back home victories after losing to rivals Manchester United. With those victories coming courtesy of a 9-0 win and a 98th minute winner, the Reds’ confidence will be sky high right now.
Everton narrowly lost their opening two fixtures, but Lampard’s boys have drawn three on the spin since and are unbeaten in four in all competitions. Liverpool have made a poor start by their high standards, taking just eight points from a possible 15. However, Jurgen Klopp’s men have won the last two, scoring 11 goals along the way. We fancy the Reds to edge this derby at Goodison but with the hosts able to field striker Neal Maupay back the away win and both teams to score at nice odds of 7/4.
12:30 - Celtic v Rangers
Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers clash in a mouth-watering Glasgow derby at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon. The Bhoys lead the way after collecting maximum points so far, with the Gers just two points behind in second. The winners of this one will be top of the table by the end of it and will have landed the first psychological blow between the great rivals.
Ange Postecoglou’s side have been faultless so far, winning five out of five. As for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s boys, they have dropped just two points so far. Old Firm games between these two Scottish giants rarely disappoint, and we fancy the pair to play out an entertaining score draw on Saturday. Put some money on the draw and over 2.5 goals at the top price of 10/1 with 2-2 looking worth a punt too at slightly longer odds.
15:00 - Tottenham v Fulham
London sides Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham do battle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League this weekend. Spurs have started well and are unbeaten so far. As for the Cottagers, they have made an excellent start to life back in the top tier. Can Marco Silva’s men upset Antonio Conte’s troops in this one?
Tottenham have collected 11 points from their opening five games, sitting pretty in third spot. Fulham have already won twice and are just three points behind the Lilywhites in the current standings despite the fact their fixtures thus far have been rather tricky. The Cottagers were tough opponents for Liverpool and Arsenal, but Spurs should get the job done on home soil. You can get the decent odds of 21/20 for the hosts to win -1.
17:30 - Aston Villa v Manchester City
Aston Villa and Manchester City lock horns at Villa Park in Premier League action this Saturday. The pressure is starting to mount on Steven Gerrard after his side were beaten for the fourth time this season in midweek. Fans are uncovering all sorts of stats suggesting that Gerrard may be the worst manager in their long history. In contrast, champions City rolled on with an emphatic 6-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the Etihad Stadium, Erling Haaland bagging another hat-trick. Will Man City be too strong for the Villans here?
It has been a tough start for Villa, as the Midlands club have taken just three points from a possible 15 and are in the relegation zone. In contrast, Pep Guardiola’s boys have dropped just two points this term and are flying high in second with Haaland instantly looking like a fabulous signing. It could be an easy win for the champions and you can get 21/20 for Man City to be winning at half time and full time.
12:00 - Reading v Stoke
In the EFL Championship on Sunday, Paul Ince’s high-flying Reading welcome Alex Neil’s Stoke City to the Select Car Leasing Stadium. The Royals have had a strange season up until now, winning four and losing three of seven. As for the Potters, they have collected eight points from a possible 21. Stoke are the slight favourites in this one and we think that’s about right as we fancy them to edge a tight game.
Reading have been inconsistent so far, with two of their three defeats being 4-0 hammerings. On the flip side, the Berkshire club have seen off Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers, Middlesbrough and Millwall. Neil started life at Stoke with a 1-1 home draw with Swansea City on Wednesday, with Tyrese Campbell netting an equaliser in injury time. Take a punt on City to follow that up with a win on Sunday at odds of 6/4.
14:00 - Brighton v Leicester
Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City meet in Premier League action at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. The Seagulls have made an excellent start to their season but were beaten at Fulham last time out. Can Brighton get back to winning ways in this one? Albion are the odds-on favourites with the bookies and with the Foxes having made a poor start to the campaign and looked lacklustre in the transfer market too, the home win looks good here.
Graham Potter’s Brighton have started well, already seeing off the likes of Manchester United, West Ham United and Leeds United. However, they were narrowly beaten at Fulham in midweek. Leicester have made a slow start to their campaign, with the Foxes losing to Arsenal and Chelsea on their travels. We fancy Brighton to bounce back with the points here, and the home win is well priced in this one at 5/6.
16:30 - Manchester United v Arsenal
Old rivals Manchester United and Arsenal do battle in a gigantic Premier League game at Old Trafford this Sunday. The Red Devils have responded after a slow start, while the Gunners are the only club in England’s top tier with a 100% record and are looking like they might just be able to mount a serious top-four push, or even a title challenge. Will United burst Arsenal’s bubble, or can Mikel Arteta’s men move on to 18 points?
After two defeats in their opening two, Man United struck back with a vital victory on matchday three, seeing off rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford. Arsenal have won five out of five and have been excellent so far, but this will be the London club’s toughest challenge of the season yet. Still, we fancy the Gunners to nick the points in Manchester. Back the visitors to win by one goal at the big price of 10/3.
20:00 - Middlesbrough v Sunderland
Middlesbrough and Sunderland go head-to-head at the Riverside Stadium in EFL Championship action this Monday night. Boro reached the play-offs last term but have made a miserable start to this campaign, winning just one of their opening eight league and cup fixtures. They were well fancied for a title push this term so will want to turn things round quickly. As for the Black Cats, they started life under new boss Tony Mowbray with a convincing 3-0 home win over Rotherham United in midweek and are doing well on their Championship return.
Middlesbrough were one of the favourites for promotion before a ball was kicked, but Boro are down in 20th place after seven games played. Sunderland have started life back in the Championship well, winning three of their opening seven. They may have lost Alex Neil to Stoke City, but the Mackems could be a solid outfit under Mowbray. We fancy Sunderland to leave the Riverside with a point (13/5).
17:45 - Dinamo Zagreb v Chelsea
Chelsea begin their 2022/23 UEFA Champions League campaign with a trip to Croatia on Tuesday to face Dinamo Zagreb. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues have not been at their best in the Premier League so far this term, but can they get a big three points on the road in their opening European fixture? Chelsea are the favourites at the Stadion Maksimir and they should be good enough to secure the three points.
Zagreb are in Europe’s elite club competition after winning the 2021/22 Croatian First Football League title and picking up three Champions League qualifying wins. Zagreb have made a strong start to their season, but Chelsea are the odds-on favourites to win this one. After edging past rivals West Ham United in the league, we fancy the Londoners to nick it in Croatia. Back the Chelsea win and both teams to score at solid looking odds of 9/4.
20:00 - Celtic v Real Madrid
Celtic welcome UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid to Celtic Park on Tuesday night. The Bhoys have made a superb start to their season, winning seven on the trot. Can Ange Postecoglou’s troops cause an almighty upset against the record winners of this competition? As you would expect, the Spanish heavyweights are the odds-on favourites to get the win in Glasgow.
Celtic have been sensational so far this season, winning seven out of seven. Last weekend, they thumped Old Firm rivals Rangers 4-0 at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership to take charge domestically. Real Madrid – who won La Liga and the Champions League last term – have won five league and cup matches on the bounce. Unfortunately for the Hoops this is a huge step up in class and we are backing an easy away win here. You can get 3/1 for Real to win both halves.
20:00 - Sevilla v Manchester City
Manchester City begin their UEFA Champions League season with a trip to Spain to take on Sevilla this Tuesday. This will not be an easy game at the always-lively Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, but Pep Guardiola’s men will be looking for a win in Seville. City are the odds-on favourites to return to Manchester with three points and it is hard to look past them.
That said, there is hope for the hosts as Man City were held by Aston Villa in the Premier League last weekend, drawing 1-1 at Villa Park. However, Pep’s boys have made a strong start, winning four and drawing two since losing the FA Community Shield to Liverpool in July. The Citizens are once again the favourites to lift the Champions League trophy, and the English champions should start with three points. Check out the tempting price of 20/21 for the visitors to win -1.
20:00 - PSG v Juventus
Heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus tussle in the French capital in the standout game of the opening round of the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League group stage. Both clubs will be looking to go far in the competition, but who can get off to a winning start? With this fascinating fixture taking place at the Parc des Princes, PSG are fancied to take the points and they should prove too strong.
Christophe Galtier’s Paris are in red-hot form at the start of this season, picking up six wins and a draw from their opening seven league and cup matches. As for Max Allegri’s Old Lady, they have kicked off their Serie A campaign with two wins and three draws from five. PSG should edge an entertaining European encounter on home turf. Take a punt on the Paris win and both teams to score at the nice price of 7/4.
17:45 - Ajax v Rangers
Giovanni van Bronckhorst takes his wounded Rangers side to Ajax in their opening match of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. The Gers are back in Europe’s elite club competition after years away, but they were hammered in the Old Firm derby at the weekend. Can Rangers restore some pride with a positive result at the Johan Cruyff Arena?
Rangers will still be hurting from last Saturday's 4-0 loss to Celtic in the Glasgow derby. However, they did superbly well to beat Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in a play-off to book their place in Champions League Group A, and we fancy Van Bronckhorst’s side to pick up a positive result in Holland in midweek. You can get a price of 9/2 for the draw and both teams to score.
20:00 - Napoli v Liverpool
Liverpool travel to Napoli in their opening game of the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League. The Reds finished runners-up last season, losing to Real Madrid in the Paris final. Can Jurgen Klopp’s men go one better this term and get their hands back on the trophy? They are fancied to win their opening game of the competition in Naples but a trip to Italy is never easy for any team.
Napoli are never an easy nut to crack at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, and Liverpool will need to be at their best to get a positive result. They have had a rather indifferent start in the Premier League, but we fancy the Reds to start with three points in Europe. This promises to be an entertaining matchup, so put some money on the Liverpool win and over 2.5 goals at odds of 7/4.
20:00 - Inter Milan v Bayern Munich
Inter Milan and Bayern Munich clash in one of the standout UEFA Champions League fixtures of the round. Despite this one taking place at fortress San Siro, Bayern are the bookies’ favourites. Inter have lost two of their past three matches, while the Bavarians have drawn their last two in the Bundesliga. This heavyweight European tussle could go either way in Milan and it’s difficult to separate the sides.
Inter Milan lost the Milan derby at the weekend, but they have won two out of two on home turf this term. Bayern won four away games on the bounce before last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Union Berlin. This is a tough one to call, so our money is going on the draw. The draw and under 2.5 goals is available at odds of 5/1 which looks good to us.
20:00 - Tottenham v Marseille
Tottenham Hotspur are back in the UEFA Champions League, and Antonio Conte’s men begin their European campaign with a match with Marseille at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday night. The French side could be tricky customers, but Spurs will fancy their chances of picking up all three points in front of their home fans.
Tottenham have been solid at the start of the 2022-23 season, winning four and drawing two of their opening six Premier League games. Can they take their fine domestic form into Europe? Marseille are also unbeaten so far, but we are backing Tottenham to edge this one. We’ll be putting some money on the Londoners to win by one goal at odds of 11/4.
17:45 - FC Zurich v Arsenal
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal begin their UEFA Europa League campaign with a trip to Switzerland this Thursday to face Zurich. The Gunners have made an outstanding start to their season, winning five of their opening six Premier League matches. However, they were beaten at Manchester United last weekend which brought them back to earth with a bump. Will Arsenal get back to winning ways in midweek?
Zurich won the Swiss Super League last term, but they have made a dreadful start to this season under Franco Foda. They have failed to win any of their opening seven league matches (with two draws and five defeats so far). In contrast, Arsenal have been brilliant so far, and the Londoners should leave Switzerland with all three points. We think it could be a relatively comfortable victory so we’ll be putting some money on Arteta’s boys to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 4/5.
20:00 - Manchester United v Real Sociedad
Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United welcome Imanol Alguacil’s Real Sociedad to Old Trafford this Thursday for their opening UEFA Europa League fixture of the season. The Red Devils have responded expertly well after that shock 4-0 loss at Brentford, and victory in midweek would be their fifth on the trot.
United were excellent against Arsenal at the weekend, with Marcus Rashford continuing his fine form by netting two goals in the 3-1 home win. Ten Hag is finding his feet in Manchester, and United will be looking for a comfortable home win this Thursday to kick off their Europa League campaign. We fancy the Red Devils to win by a fair margin, and there is good value in the odds of 8/5 for the home team to win with a -1 goal handicap.
20:00 - West Ham United v FCSB
West Ham United kick off their UEFA Europa Conference League campaign this Thursday when Romanian side FCSB visit the London Stadium. The Hammers have had a tough start in the Premier League, but David Moyes’ men should begin their European season with three points on home soil.
West Ham have struggled to get going in the Premier League this term, winning just one of their opening six games. They lost three in a row before winning 1-0 at Aston Villa, though just one point has followed. The away team have also struggled in their domestic league, so West Ham should secure all three points from this home fixture. Put some money on the Irons to be winning at half time and full time at a price of 4/6.
20:00 - Burnley v Norwich
In the EFL Championship on Friday night, Burnley and Norwich City meet at Turf Moor. This was a Premier League fixture last season, and both clubs will be looking for an instant return to the top tier. The Clarets are currently in fifth spot with 13 points to their name, while the Canaries are flying high in second, so both have made very solid starts and this could well prove to be a crucial clash come May.
Both teams have set about their business in fine fashion after imperfect starts. Burnley have suffered just one defeat, and Norwich have bounced back from a shaky opening to win five Championship games in a row. This is a tough one to call, though, so our money is going on the stalemate. You can get the solid price of 10/3 for the draw and under 2.5 goals, with 1-1 looking the most likely score.
12:30 - Fulham v Chelsea
West London rivals Fulham and Chelsea do battle in Saturday’s early kick off in the Premier League. After the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter has been tipped to become new Chelsea manager but at the time of writing the visitors come into this clash without a manager. Can the Blues start life after Tuchel with a win at the home of their rivals? The Cottagers have started well, but Chelsea are the favourites in this one and we fancy them to get the win in an exciting clash.
Fulham have picked up a respectable eight points from their opening six matches, winning two, drawing two and losing two. Chelsea edged past West Ham United in their last league fixture but were beaten on the road in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. The Blues have been well below par this season, but they should nick this one. We like the look of the Chelsea win and over 2.5 goals at a very decent price of 13/8.
15:00 - Liverpool v Wolves
After the humbling loss in Naples in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, Liverpool will be desperate to get back to winning ways when Wolverhampton Wanderers visit Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday. Wanderers head to Merseyside in high spirits after picking up their first league win last time out and with the hosts really struggling we think they may be able to get something from this one.
Liverpool were dreadful at Napoli on Wednesday, crashing to a heavy 4-1 loss. They have also struggled to get going in the Premier League this term, collecting just nine points from a possible 18. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are the favourites on home turf, but Wolves will be tricky customers. We are backing Wanderers to leave with a point, and you can get the top price of 13/2 for the draw and both teams to score.
17:30 - Manchester City v Tottenham
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur do battle at the Etihad Stadium in a heavyweight Premier League clash on Saturday evening. Both teams are fresh from midweek UEFA Champions League wins. Spurs won both league meetings last term, but in-form City are the red-hot favourites to get the points this Saturday.
Man City have been very easy on the eye this term, already scoring a staggering 25 goals in just eight league and cup matches, with Erling Haaland looking like the missing piece of City’s jigsaw. However, they were held to a 1-1 draw by Aston Villa in their last Premier League game. Tottenham are also unbeaten having won four and drawn two of six league fixtures, but this will be a stern test for Conte’s Spurs. We fancy Man City to win -1 at 10/11.
17:45 - Sporting Lisbon v Tottenham
After kicking off their UEFA Champions League campaign with three points, Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur will be looking for another win when they make the trip to the Estadio Jose Alvalade this Tuesday to face Sporting Lisbon. Sporting also picked up three points on matchday one. This could go either way in the Portuguese capital.
Lisbon were excellent in Germany last week, beating last season’s UEFA Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt in their own backyard. Three second-half goals sealed a 3-0 win. Spurs also left it late in their opener, with Richarlison scoring twice in the last 15 minutes to give Tottenham a 2-0 win over Marseille. We fancy the Premier League team to nick this one and we’ll be backing Spurs to win by one goal at a price of 11/4.
20:00 - Liverpool v Ajax
Liverpool and Ajax meet at Anfield on Tuesday in their second group game of the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League. The Reds will be hoping to bounce back from a humiliating loss in Naples on matchday one. As for the Dutch side, they will want to build on their big win over Rangers. Nevertheless, Liverpool are the odds-on favourites to get the victory here.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were dreadful against Napoli last week, crashing to a deserved 4-1 defeat at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. In contrast, Ajax wiped the floor with the Gers, scoring three goals before the break in a convincing 4-0 win. Still, our money is going on Liverpool to come out on top in this one. There is good value in the odds of 13/8 for the home win and both teams to score.
20:00 - Rangers v Napoli
On Tuesday night, Rangers welcome Napoli to Ibrox Stadium in Group A UEFA Champions League action. The Gers made a bad start to the competition last week, as they were hammered 4-0 at Ajax. Napoli stunned Liverpool in their opening fixture, and Luciano Spalletti’s men will be hoping to see off another British team in game two.
Rangers never got going at the Johan Cruyff Arena, falling three goals behind before half time. Napoli were three goals up at the break in their game with Liverpool, stunning last term’s runners-up with an impressive 4-1 home win. Unfortunately for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men, we fancy Napoli to make it six points from six. The away side are available at odds of 3/4 to get the win in Glasgow.
20:00 - Bayern Munich v Barcelona
Two giants of the European game go head-to-head in Germany on Tuesday, as Bayern Munich and Barcelona square off in the UEFA Champions League at the Allianz Arena. Both teams kicked off the tournament with impressive wins, but who will come out on top in Munich in midweek? Barca have started the season well, but Bayern are the bookies’ favourites in this one.
In a tough game at Inter Milan last week, a Leroy Sane strike and an own goal gave the Bavarians a superb 2-0 win in the San Siro. Barcelona eased past Viktoria Plzen at the Camp Nou, with former Bayern hero Robert Lewandowski bagging a hat-trick. These two heavyweights are hard to split, so our money is going on an entertaining draw. You can get the top odds of 8/1 for the draw and over 3.5 goals to be scored in the game.
20:00 - Preston v Burnley
Lancashire sides Preston North End and Burnley square off in a tasty EFL Championship encounter at Deepdale on Tuesday night. The Lilywhites have been tough to beat this season, though they did lose their unbeaten record in their previous fixture. The Clarets have also only lost once in the league so far.
Incredibly, Preston have scored only two goals and have conceded just one in their opening eight Championship fixtures. Five of those eight matches have finished in goalless draws. Burnley have made a steady start after suffering relegation from the Premier League, currently sitting fifth on 13 points. Half of the Clarets’ eight league fixtures have ended in draws, and we are backing the draw and both teams to score on Tuesday at odds of 15/4.
17:45 - Shakhtar Donetsk v Celtic
Ange Postecoglou takes his Celtic side to Warsaw this Wednesday to face Shakhtar Donetsk in UEFA Champions League Group F. The Bhoys were beaten 3-0 by holders Real Madrid in their opening game of the competition, while Donetsk picked up an impressive 4-1 win at RB Leipzig. Can the Glasgow giants return to Scotland with a positive result?
The 3-0 scoreline in Madrid’s favour was harsh, as Celtic held their own for 55 minutes against last season’s Champions League winners. Shakhtar were mightily impressive in their opening game in Leipzig, running out deserved 4-1 winners. However, we fancy Celtic to hold the Ukrainians to a draw in Poland on Wednesday. Take a punt on the draw and both teams to score at odds of 10/3.
20:00 - Chelsea v Red Bull Salzburg
New boss Graham Potter starts life at Chelsea with a home game in the UEFA Champions League against Red Bull Salzburg this Wednesday. After suffering a bad defeat in their opening Group E encounter, the Blues will be desperate for all three points in this one. As expected, Potter’s men are the bookies’ favourites to get the victory at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were poor in Zagreb last week, with the 1-0 loss at Stadion Maksimir costing Thomas Tuchel his job. Salzburg kicked off their European campaign with a decent 1-1 draw with Italian champions AC Milan at the Red Bull Arena. However, we fancy Chelsea to get all three points at the Bridge on Wednesday. We’ll be backing the Blues to win with a -1 goal handicap at the top odds of 10/11.
20:00 - Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund
Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund square off in a heavyweight UEFA Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium this Wednesday night. City ran out emphatic winners in Seville in their opener, while Dortmund eased past Copenhagen at Westfalenstadion. This mouth-watering European tie in Manchester promises to be a cracker.
Man City were far too strong for wounded Sevilla last week, as goals from Erling Haaland (2), Phil Foden and Ruben Dias gave the Citizens a convincing 4-0 win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Goals from Marco Reus, Raphael Guerriero and Jude Bellingham secured a 3-0 victory for Dortmund in game one. The German giants could be tough opponents, but City should make home advantage count. You can get odds of 7/5 for the hosts to win and both teams to score which looks like a top bet to us.
20:00 - West Brom v Birmingham
West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City do battle at The Hawthorns in the EFL Championship this Wednesday night. Both teams could do with the points after making slow starts to their respective campaigns. The Baggies have picked up just one win thus far, while the Blues have lost four of their past six Championship matches.
West Brom have struggled for wins, but Steve Bruce’s boys have drawn their last three games and have suffered just one league loss so far. After three defeats on the spin, Birmingham picked up a much-needed 1-0 victory at Preston North End last time out. John Eustace’s City will want to build on the Deepdale victory, but we fancy West Brom to edge this one. The hosts are priced at odds of just 9/20 but they could at least be worth adding to an accumulator if not backing outright.
20:00 - Reading v Sunderland
Paul Ince’s Reading and Tony Mowbray’s Sunderland meet in EFL Championship action at the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Wednesday night. The Royals were tipped for a season of struggle before a ball was kicked, but Ince’s side are sitting pretty in third place in the table after five wins from eight games. Can Reading chalk up another three points in this one?
The Royals have been sensational at home, picking up 12 points from a possible 12. In the last one, Reading edged past Stoke City. Sunderland have had a mixed bag of results on their Championship return, collecting 11 points so far. This could be a tight game in Berkshire, but we fancy the home team to edge it. You can get a price of 3/1 for Reading to win by one goal and that’s the bet we’re plumping for.
17:45 - Sherriff v Manchester United
Manchester United travel to Moldova this week to face Sheriff Tiraspol in Group E of the UEFA Europa League. The Red Devils fell to a disappointing home reverse in their opening game, so Erik ten Hag’s boys will be looking for maximum points at Zimbru Stadium. As you would expect, the Premier League side are the overwhelming favourites to get the victory.
Man United never got going in last week’s loss to Real Sociedad, with a Brais Mendez penalty on the hour mark giving the Spanish side a 1-0 win at Old Trafford. Sheriff picked up an impressive 3-0 away win at Omonia. Nonetheless, United should be too strong for the Moldovans in this one, and we like the look of the odds of 8/11 for the away team to be winning at half time and full time.
20:00 - Silkeborg v West Ham
After kicking off their UEFA Europa Conference League campaign with a home win, David Moyes’ West Ham United will be looking to make it six points from six when they travel to Denmark on Thursday to play Silkeborg. The Hammers are the strong favourites to get the win at Silkeborg Stadium, but can the home team spring a surprise?
West Ham were behind with 20 minutes to go in their opening match of the group stage. However, late goals from Jarrod Bowen, Emerson and Michail Antonio gave United a comfortable 3-1 win over FCSB at the London Stadium. We fancy a similar outcome here, and you can get the top odds of 6/4 for West Ham to win with a -1 goal handicap in Silkeborg.
20:00 - RFS v Hearts
Hearts continue their UEFA Europa Conference League journey with a trip to Latvia this Thursday to face RFS at Skonto Stadium in Riga. The Scottish Premiership side crashed to a heavy home reverse to Istanbul Basaksehir in their opening match. Can Robbie Neilson’s men dust themselves down and pick up a positive result in the Latvian capital in midweek?
Basaksehir wiped the floor with Hearts at Tynecastle Park in game one, netting three times in the second period to leave Scotland with a thumping 4-0 win. RFS started Group A with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. This could go either way in Latvia, but our money is going on the draw and both teams to score at a price of 15/4.
20:00 - Aston Villa v Southampton
After what feels like longer than it really has been, the Premier League returns, as Aston Villa and Southampton go head-to-head at Villa Park this Friday night. The Villans will be looking to build on their excellent point against Manchester City in their last one. As for the Saints, they were narrowly beaten at Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out and, like their hosts, will be desperate to start moving up the table. Who will come out on top at Villa Park?
Before the draw with the Premier League champions, Villa had taken just three points from a possible 15. Steven Gerrard’s men are level on points with 19th and could do with a win in front of their home supporters on Friday. Southampton have made a marginally better start, but we fancy the hosts to edge an entertaining encounter. You can get very nice odds of 21/10 for the Villa win and over 2.5 goals.
20:00 - Nottingham Forest v Fulham
Nottingham Forest and Fulham square off at the City Ground in the Premier League on Friday night. Both sides were promoted together from the EFL Championship last season, Fulham as champions and Forest through the play-offs. The Cottagers have made the better start, collecting eight points from their opening six, while Forest are in the relegation zone with just four points to their name despite the occasional decent performance.
Since beating West Ham United on matchday two, Nottingham Forest have taken just one point from the next four and have now lost three on the trot. Fulham have been superb so far, beating Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion and drawing with Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers. We can see Marco Silva’s men edging this one, and there is good value in 10/3 for the away win by exactly one goal.
12:30 - Wolves v Manchester City
On Saturday afternoon, Pep Guardiola takes his Manchester City superstars to Molineux to face Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League. Wolves picked up their first league success of the season last time out, but Man City are the clear favourites in this one. After dropping points at Villa Park in their last Premier League game, will the champions return to winning ways this weekend?
City have made a strong start to their 2022-23 season. Since kicking off the campaign with an FA Community Shield reverse to Liverpool, Pep’s boys have gone unbeaten in their following eight matches across all competitions, winning six and drawing two. They should bounce back with a comfortable victory at Molineux on Saturday and we’ll be backing the Citizens to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 5/6.
12:30 - Swansea v Hull
Swansea City and Hull City kick off the EFL Championship weekend with an interesting-looking match at the Swansea.com Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Swans have made a slow start to the season, picking up just two league wins so far. As for the Tigers, they made a decent start but have lost three on the bounce to slip down to 17th position in the table.
Since a 1-0 win at Blackpool in game three, Swansea have taken just five points from a possible 18. Hull kicked off their season with two wins and two draws from four, but Shota Arveladze’s boys have lost four of their following five. With both teams in poor form, a draw would not be a bad result for either. Take a punt on the draw and both teams to score at odds of 7/2.
15:00 - Newcastle v Bournemouth
Eddie Howe goes up against his former club this weekend, as Newcastle United entertain Bournemouth at St James’ Park in the Premier League. The Magpies have been tough to beat this season and will be targeting all three points from this one. Can Newcastle pick up their first league win since beating Nottingham Forest on the opening weekend?
Only Liverpool have beaten Howe’s United this season, though four of their past five Premier League games have ended in draws. The Cherries, who are under the interim management of Gary O’Neil, picked up a stunning 3-2 win at Forest last time out. However, we are backing the home side here. You can get a price of 9/4 for the Newcastle victory and both teams to score which looks a decent bet to us.
17:30 - Tottenham v Leicester
Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City meet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday evening. Spurs are unbeaten in the league thus far, although they did lose in Portugal in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. The pressure is on Brendan Rodgers, as the Foxes have yet to win in the league and have lost five games in a row.
Antonio Conte’s Spurs have made a strong start, winning four and drawing two of their opening six Premier League fixtures. In contrast, Leicester have taken zero points from their previous five Premier League games and are rock bottom of the table. We can see Conte’s men piling more misery on Rodgers and Co this weekend. Check out the tempting odds of 5/2 for the home side to win both halves.
19:45 - Middlesbrough v Rotherham
Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough and Paul Warne’s Rotherham United lock horns at the Riverside Stadium in the EFL Championship on Saturday night. By their high standards, Boro have made a miserable start to the season, taking just nine points from a possible 27. Still, can the home team pick up a vital home victory on Saturday night?
Middlesbrough have won just two league games this term. In midweek, they were 3-0 down at half time to Cardiff City in an eventual 3-2 home loss. Rotherham, who were promoted from EFL League One last term, have made a solid start to their campaign. The Millers are ninth in the table after taking 13 points from eight games. We fancy Rotherham to hold Middlesbrough to a draw on Saturday, which is available to back at odds of 3/1.
12:00 - Brentford v Arsenal
London sides Brentford and Arsenal meet at the Brentford Community Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The Bees won this fixture last term, but the Gunners are the clear favourites to get the three points in this one. After losing at Old Trafford, can Mikel Arteta’s boys bounce back with a win?
Thomas Frank’s Brentford have made a decent start, beating Manchester United 4-0 and Leeds United 5-2 at the Brentford Community Stadium. Before the loss at Old Trafford in their last league game, Arsenal had taken maximum points from their opening five Premier League fixtures. We fancy Arteta’s troops to nick this one, and there is good value in the odds of 11/4 for the Gunners to win by a one-goal margin.
14:15 - Everton v West Ham
Frank Lampard’s Everton and David Moyes’ West Ham United go head-to-head at Goodison Park in a crucial Premier League fixture on Sunday afternoon. The Toffees are in 16th place in the table with four points to their name, above the Hammers on goal difference. West Ham won both meetings last term, but can Everton get revenge this weekend?
Since losing their opening two games, Lampard’s men are unbeaten in four, though all of those have been draws. Everton are just one of two Premier League clubs yet to win this term. The Irons have made a poor start, losing four of their opening six. We fancy Everton to edge a close encounter at Goodison on Sunday. Check out the solid price of 5/1 for the home win and both teams to score.
19:45 - Scotland v Ukraine
Scotland and Ukraine go head-to-head at Hampden Park in UEFA Nations League action on Wednesday night. The Ukrainians lead the way at the top of Group B1 having collected seven points from three games so far. However, the Scots would leapfrog Oleksandr Petrakov’s side at the summit if they muster the three points in Glasgow. This Nations League clash could go either way and it’s tough to call which way the scales will tip.
Scotland won their opening two games, but Steve Clarke’s boys fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Republic of Ireland in their last outing. Ukraine have won two and drawn one of their games thus far. The Ukrainians beat the Scots in a FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off a few months back, and we fancy the Blue and Yellow to nick this one in Glasgow. As such we’ll be backing Ukraine to win by one goal at odds of 10/3.
19:45 - Belgium v Wales
Rob Page’s Wales make the trip to the King Baudouin Stadium in midweek to face Roberto Martinez’s Belgium in a UEFA Nations League game. The Belgians trail leaders Netherlands by three points with two games to play, while the Dragons are in danger of being relegated to League B if they don’t buck up their ideas. Belgium are the huge favourites on home soil and it’s hard to envisage anything but a home win in this one.
After this one, the Belgians end their campaign with a crunch match with the Dutch in Amsterdam. Wales have had a tough Nations League tournament this time around, but can they finish on a high note? The Welsh have caused the Belgians plenty of problems in recent games, but the Red Devils could be too hot to handle in this one. TAs such we’re taking a punt on the home team to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 11/10.
19:45 - Poland v Netherlands
Poland and Netherlands do battle at Stadion Narodowy in UEFA Nations League action on Thursday night. Holland have had a fine tournament so far and have collected 10 points from their four games to sit at the top of League A, Group 4. The Poles have won one, drawn one and lost two games so far. Will the Dutch take a giant leap towards the Nations League Finals?
Poland held Holland to a draw when these two clashed at De Kuip in June, with Oranje coming from two goals down to rescue a point in that one. The Poles can be a tough nut to crack on their own patch, but we fancy Louis Van Gaal’s side to leave Warsaw with all three points. Put some money on the away win and both teams to score at a decent price of 3/1.
19:45 - Italy v England
England are back in UEFA Nations League action on Friday when they travel to the San Siro in Milan to face European champions Italy. The two evenly matched teams played out a goalless draw in Wolverhampton when they squared off in the reverse Group A3 game back in June. Will we see a winner in Milan as both seek to improve their position in the group?
Italy have taken five points from their opening four and are two points behind shock leaders Hungary. The Three Lions have had a tournament to forget so far, collecting just two points from their four games to date. Gareth Southgate’s side have yet to win, losing two and drawing two. They are bottom and staring relegation to League B in the face. However, we fancy England to snatch a point in the San Siro (11/5) in a game we fancy may just end 1-1.
19:45 - Germany v Hungary
Hansi Flick’s Germany and Marco Rossi’s Hungary go head-to-head in a UEFA Nations League fixture at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig this Friday night. The Hungarians lead the way in League A, Group 3 after racking up an impressive seven points from four matches. However, the Germans are right behind in second on six points and will fancy their chances of topping the group. Will Germany be too strong on home soil?
Die Mannschaft are the only side in the group unbeaten so far, though three of their four games have ended in draws. Hungary picked up a stunning 4-0 away win against England last time out to fire their way to the top of the table. Unfortunately for Rossi’s side, we are backing Germany to win this one with room to spare. You can get nice odds of 4/6 for the home team to win -1.
17:00 - Northern Ireland v Kosovo
Northern Ireland take on Kosovo at Windsor Park this Saturday in a vital UEFA Nations League fixture. Norn Iron are on two points in Group C2, though goal difference keeps them above Cyprus. Ian Baraclough’s boys will be desperate to avoid a relegation play-out, so three points on home turf this weekend would be huge, though we fancy it may prove just beyond them.
Northern Ireland have struggled in this Nations League campaign so far, drawing two and losing two of four. However, they did pick up a 2-2 draw with Cyprus in Belfast last time out, with Jonny Evans rescuing a point right at the very death. That was a poor result all things considered but we fancy this to end all square too, and there is good value in the big odds of 7/2 for the draw and both teams to score in what we fancy will be an improved display from the hosts.
19:45 - Scotland v Republic of Ireland
Scotland and Republic of Ireland do battle at Hampden Park in UEFA Nations League action this Saturday. This promises to be an entertaining game between two evenly matched sides in Glasgow. The Scots will be out for revenge after suffering a heavy defeat at the Aviva Stadium when they locked horns in the reverse fixture back in June.
Ireland were excellent against Scotland a few months back. First-half goals from Alan Browne and Troy Parrott gave the Irish a 2-0 lead at the break. After half time, Swansea City striker Michael Obafemi added gloss to the scoreline. We fancy Ireland to move on to seven points with victory at Hampden on Saturday. Check out the away win to nil at the top odds of 9/2.
19:45 - Wales v Poland
Wales end their 2022-23 UEFA Nations League campaign with a game against Poland at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday. The Dragons can still avoid relegation to League B if they beat the Poles, so this will have the feel of a final and should be a hard-fought contest. The Welsh have had a tough competition, though, failing to win any of their five games and taking just one point. Still, can Rob Page’s men finish on a high and remain in the competition’s second tier?
Right at the very start of this Nations League tournament back in June, Poland edged past Wales in Wroclaw, with late goals from Jakub Kaminski and Karol Swiderski doing the business for the Poles. However, both teams have picked up just one point each since. These two look tough to split, so back the draw and both teams to score at the very nice price of 15/4.
19:45 - Netherlands v Belgium
Netherlands and Belgium square off in a tasty UEFA Nations League fixture at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam on Sunday. The two big hitters of League A, Group 4 are still battling it out for top spot. It is in Holland’s hands though, as Louis Van Gaal’s boys are three points above Roberto Martinez’s Belgians with a better goal difference.
The Dutch were sensational when these two nations locked horns at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels in June. Oranje wiped the floor with the Red Devils, with Memphis Depay (2), Steven Bergwijn and Denzel Dumfries on target in a 4-1 win. A point will be enough for Netherlands on Sunday, but we fancy Holland to secure another three points over the Belgians. The hosts are priced at 11/4 to be winning at half time and full time and that looks like decent value to us.
19:45 - England v Germany
Old rivals England and Germany do battle at Wembley Stadium on Monday in their final UEFA Nations League group fixture. It has been a tough campaign for the Three Lions, but can they finish on a high note? These two played out a draw when they clashed at the Allianz Arena in Munich a few months back, and this could be another tight and tense affair.
Jonas Hofmann netted five minutes after the break to give the Germans the lead in the June meeting. However, Gareth Southgate’s troops were not to be denied, and Harry Kane levelled from the penalty spot late on to give the English a share of the spoils in Munich. We can see a similar outcome this time around so put some money on the draw and both teams to score again here (7/2).
19:45 - Ukraine v Scotland
Ukraine and Scotland meet again this Tuesday, this time in a UEFA Nations League fixture in Krakow, Poland. This will be the third meeting between the two this year, with both picking up a win each so far. The Scots will win the group and secure qualification to League A with a point on Polish soil, but Steve Clarke’s boys will be looking for all three.
The Scots have had a sensational international window so far, taking six points out of six. After an impressive 3-0 victory over the Ukrainians at Hampden Park, they came from behind to beat Republic of Ireland in Glasgow in the last one. With both gunning for top spot, this is likely to be a close encounter in Poland. We fancy the Scots to grab the required point and as such we’ll be backing the draw and both teams to score at odds of 15/4.
19:45 - Greece v Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s final group game of the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League will take place in Greece this Tuesday evening. Norn Iron will be desperate to avoid a relegation play-out, but this will be a stern test at the Georgios Kamaras Stadium. Can Ian Baraclough’s boys build on the excellent win over Kosovo with three points in Athens in midweek?
Northern Ireland have had a tough campaign, but four points from their last two games has kept them in the hunt for survival. Last time out, Gavin Whyte and Josh Magennis were on target in a 2-1 home success over the Kosovans. Greece are already promoted, picking up 12 points from a possible 15. Still, we fancy Norn Iron to nick a narrow win here at a fairly decent price of 3/1.
20:00 - Hull v Luton
The EFL Championship is back this Friday night, as Hull City and Luton Town go head-to-head at the MKM Stadium. The Tigers made a good start, but Shota Arveladze’s boys go into this one having suffered four straight defeats. In contrast, the Hatters have won three of their previous six matches and are high on confidence. Will Luton leave with the points on Friday or can Hull rediscover some decent form of their own?
Hull were up there in the early weeks after kicking off their campaign with three wins, two draws and just one defeat. However, they have lost five of their following six games and are heading very much in the wrong direction in the table. Luton have been in good form of late after a slow start, and we fancy Nathan Jones’ men to nick the points at the MKM Stadium. The away win and both teams to score is available at odds of 21/10, which looks a good bet to us.
12:30 - Arsenal v Tottenham
The Premier League is back with a bang this weekend as north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur lock horns in the early kick off on Saturday. Both teams have had fine seasons so far, but who will come out on top in this one? With it taking place at the Emirates Stadium, the bookies are siding with the Gunners but anything can happen in the rough and tumble of a derby.
Arsenal are top of the Premier League after six wins from their opening seven games, with Spurs just one point adrift in third spot. This north London derby never disappoints, and we are expecting another ding-dong battle between the pair at the Emirates. Home advantage could be key, though, so we’ll be taking a punt on the Arsenal win and over 2.5 goals at a nice price of 2/1.
15:00 - Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Graham Potter takes charge of his first Premier League game at Chelsea when the Blues make the trip to Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Eagles are never an easy nut to crack on their own patch, but Potter will be looking to get off to a winning start. Chelsea are the odds-on favourites at Selhurst Park but this will be no easy task whatever the bookies think.
Crystal Palace could do with a win having picked up just one in the league so far. By their high standards, Chelsea have been poor up until now, collecting a mere 10 points from a possible 18. Nevertheless, we can see the Blues edging out Palace in an entertaining all-London affair. Check out the Chelsea win and both teams to score at a price of 3/1.
15:00 - Liverpool v Brighton
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have made an uncharacteristically slow start to their Premier League season, winning just two of their opening six games. The Reds will be looking for no less than three points when Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton and Hove Albion visit Anfield on Saturday. How will the Seagulls fare under new management after Graham Potter left for Chelsea?
Liverpool have responded well after the loss to Manchester United in August and have collected seven points from the last nine on offer. However, they did crash to a heavy 4-1 loss to Napoli in the UEFA Champions League. Brighton have started well having won four times and they are currently sitting in fourth place in the table. But this will no doubt be a tough first game for De Zerbi. We like the look of Liverpool to win this one with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 11/20.
17:30 - West Ham v Wolves
Saturday evening’s fixture in the Premier League will see West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers do battle at the London Stadium. The Hammers have made a poor start, sitting in the relegation zone with just four points to their name. Wolves are currently two points and one place ahead of them in 17th spot. We may be just a couple of months in, but this is already a huge fixture for both clubs.
David Moyes’ West Ham have made a dreadful start to their campaign, losing five of their opening seven league fixtures. Before the break, United lost 1-0 at Moyes’ old club Everton. Bruno Lage’s Wanderers were slow out of the blocks as well, but they did beat Southampton recently to secure their first three points of the campaign. Both will want maximum points from this one, but we are backing the draw at odds of 5/2, a result unlikely to excite either set of fans.
12:00 - Stoke v Watford
Stoke City and Watford meet at the bet365 Stadium in EFL Championship action on Sunday afternoon. Both teams have been mediocre so far, as the Potters are 14th while the Hornets sit 10th in the table. After the sacking of Rob Edwards, Slaven Bilic is the new man in charge at Vicarage Road. Will Bilic get off to a winning start?
Alex Neil has picked up just one win since taking over in the Potteries, but City have taken four points from their last two. Edwards was sacked at Watford after a run of just one win from seven Championship games. This is a tough one to call, and we can see the pair playing out a score draw. We like the look of the draw and both teams to score at the very reasonable price of 7/2.
14:00 - Manchester City v Manchester United
Manchester City and Manchester United lock horns at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday for this season’s first Premier League Manchester derby. With both teams in fine fettle going into to Sunday’s showdown, this promises to be a thrilling derby. Of course, City are the favourites, but can United cause an upset at the home of their rivals?
Man City sit pretty in second right now, collecting 17 points from their opening seven games. The Citizens are one of just two teams with an unbeaten record. Man United have hit back in style after two embarrassing defeats at the start of the campaign, winning four in a row in the league. Erik ten Hag’s boys will play their part, but Pep Guardiola’s champions should prevail. As such we’ll be taking a punt on the City win and over 3.5 goals to be scored in the game at a price of 13/8.
16:30 - Leeds v Aston Villa
On Sunday afternoon in the Premier League, Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United and Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa meet at Elland Road. United could do with a win having taken just a point from their past three. As for Villa, they will be looking to build on their much-needed victory over Southampton before the international break. This one could go either way and it could ultimately be decided by a moment of brilliance or perhaps a fatal error.
Leeds started the season well, winning three and drawing one of their opening four league and cup matches. However, they have lost to Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford and drawn with Everton in their last three games. Gerrard’s boys have made a slow start, but the win over the Saints ended a four-game winless run in the league. All things considered, we fancy the Villans to edge this one at odds of 2/1.
20:00 - Leicester v Nottingham Forest
Leicester City and Nottingham Forest clash at the King Power Stadium in a Premier League fixture on Monday night. The Foxes prop up the league table after a miserable start to their campaign. The pressure is on Brendan Rodgers, as his side have lost six Premier League matches in a row. Forest are not much better, mind you, as they have lost four on the spin and have secured just one win league win thus far.
Leicester are in dire straits, losing six on the trot and conceding a staggering 11 goals in their last two fixtures. Forest have found Premier League life tough going so far, taking one point from a possible 15 since beating West Ham United on matchday two. Still, we fancy Steve Cooper’s men to pile more misery on Rodgers and company this Monday. The Reds win is priced at odds of 10/3 which looks decent value to us.