19:45 - Portugal v Spain
Fernando Santos’ Portugal and Luis Enrique’s Spain clash in a tasty friendly fixture at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon on Wednesday night. It’s certainly the pick of Wednesday’s matches, though Germany versus Turkey and France versus Ukraine could also be interesting. Portugal, the current UEFA European Championship champions, will back themselves on home soil against their near neighbours, but you can never rule out Spain with the class and ability they possess. The bookies are having a tough time splitting these two, and Wednesday’s game in Lisbon could go either way.
Portugal have been on a good run of results of late, winning seven of their last eight matches. Defeat to Ukraine last October remains their only loss in over two years. Spain have also been in good form in recent matches, winning 10 and drawing three of their previous 13 games. We fancy these two evenly matched nations to play out an entertaining draw in the Portuguese capital. The draw and both teams to score is available at odds of 10/3 which looks a decent price to us.
19:45 - Bosnia-Herzegovina v N. Ireland
Ian Baraclough’s Northern Ireland travel to the Stadion Grbavica in Sarajevo this Thursday for a UEFA Euro 2020 qualification play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina. This will not be an easy fixture for Northern Ireland, but can they upset Dusan Bajevic’s men? The home side are the favourites to get the win and book their place in the play-off final, while Northern Ireland are priced at odds of 16/5.
These two nations went head-to-head in the inaugural UEFA Nations League, with Bosnia beating Northern Ireland home and away. Baraclough has had a tough start, losing 5-1 at home to Norway in a Nations League encounter last time out. Unfortunately for the Green and White Army, we can see the Golden Lilies being too strong on home soil. Back the home team to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 13/5.
19:45 - Slovakia v Republic of Ireland
Pavel Hapal’s Slovakia and Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland square off in a UEFA Euro 2020 play-off fixture at Tehelne pole in Bratislava on Thursday night. The winners of this tie will take on either Bosnia-Herzegovina or Northern Ireland in Sarajevo or Belfast for a place in next summer’s tournament. Can Ireland get the win in the Slovakian capital?
Slovakia have been in patchy form over recent games, but they are always a tough nut to crack on home soil. The Republic have picked up just one win from their last six matches in all competitions. Each of the last four meetings have ended in draws, and we can see the pair playing out an entertaining stalemate in normal time on Thursday. The draw and both teams to score is priced at odds of 15/4.
19:45 - Scotland v Israel
Steve Clarke’s Scotland welcome Willibald Ruttensteiner’s Israel to Hampden Park this Thursday in UEFA Euro 2020 play-off action. The Scots have not qualified for a European Championship since Euro ’96, which was played on English soil. But they are two games away from booking their spot in next summer’s tournament. If they see off Israel, Scotland will play either Norway or Serbia in Oslo or Belgrade in the play-off final next month.
These two nations know each other well having played three times over the past 24 months. They have met in both UEFA Nations League campaigns so far, drawing 1-1 at Hampden back in September. This will no doubt be another tight encounter between the two evenly matched countries, but we fancy Clarke’s boys to secure a narrow win on home soil. The hosts are priced at odds of 5/2 to win by a one goal margin in Glasgow, which looks worth a bet to us.
20:00 - England v Wales
Old rivals England and Wales do battle in an international friendly at Wembley Stadium this Thursday that is sure to get the pulses racing. As expected, Gareth Southgate’s men are the clear favourites on their own patch, with the bookies pricing the Three Lions at just 1/3 to get the victory. However, the Dragons keep on improving under Ryan Giggs, and the away win is priced generously at odds of 9/1. Who will prevail in the English capital?
This will be the first meeting between the foes since they locked horns at UEFA Euro 2016 in France. England came from behind to get a 2-1 win in that one, but the Dragons went on to win the group and reach the semi-finals. The Three Lions have a good record in this fixture and, all things considered, Southgate’s men should edge past Wales at Wembley on Thursday. Take a punt on the hosts to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 5/6.
19:45 - Spain v Switzerland
Spain and Switzerland square off in UEFA Nations League action on Saturday night in a game that could prove rather entertaining. After two games, La Roja lead the way in League A, Group 4, collecting four points from a possible six. As for the Swiss, they are bottom at present, losing one and drawing one of their opening two, so there is definitely room for improvement. Who will prevail at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Madrid?
Spain drew 1-1 with Germany at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart on Matchday One, which they followed up with a thumping 4-0 victory over Ukraine in the Spanish capital in their second game. Spain are on a tremendous unbeaten run, and they should see off Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland with ease on home soil this Saturday. Check out the tempting odds of 21/20 for Luis Enrique’s men to win this one with a -1 goal handicap.
19:45 - Ukraine v Germany
Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine welcome Joachim Low’s Germany to the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev this Saturday for a UEFA Nations League fixture. After drawing their opening two League A, Group 4 games, the Germans will be looking for all three points in the Ukrainian capital. The home side have won one and lost one of their matches so far, and they are currently sitting one point behind leaders Spain in second spot.
Ukraine started the Nations League with a 2-1 win over Switzerland in Lviv. A few days later, though, Shevchenko’s men were hammered 4-0 by Spain in Madrid. Germany conceded at the death to draw 1-1 with the Spaniards in Stuttgart before drawing 1-1 with the Swiss in Basel. We fancy Low’s boys to get back to winning ways in Kiev at the weekend. There is good value in the away team to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 20/21.
14:00 - Republic of Ireland v Wales
Republic of Ireland and Wales go head-to-head once again at the weekend. Sunday’s UEFA Nations League matchup at the Aviva Stadium will be the fourth meeting between the two countries in just three years. The Dragons have won the last two, beating the Republic home and away in the previous Nations League campaign. Can the Boys in Green get revenge in this enticing Group B4 encounter?
Ireland have had a tough start so far, collecting one point from a possible six. In contrast, Wales have won both matches to take control of the group. Ryan Giggs’ men have secured back-to-back 1-0 wins over Finland and Bulgaria and will face England in a friendly prior to this clash. The Dragons are a team bang in form at the moment, which could give them the edge in Dublin this Sunday. Back the away win and both teams to score at 11/2.
17:00 - England v Belgium
Gareth Southgate’s England and Roberto Martinez’s Belgium meet at Wembley Stadium in the UEFA Nations League this Sunday. These two nations went head-to-head on two occasions at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, with the Belgians winning both matches. Can the Three Lions get some revenge in the Nations League on Sunday to give themselves a great chance of once again progressing in this competition?
In-form Belgium have started their campaign like a house on fire, winning two out of two and scoring seven goals. As for Southgate’s side, they left it late to beat Iceland in their opening League A, Group 2 fixture. The English then drew 0-0 with Denmark at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. This is a tough fixture to call, but we fancy England to battle to at least a draw at Wembley. The England win or draw (double chance) is available at 1/2.
19:45 - Scotland v Slovakia
Steve Clarke’s Scotland and Pavel Hapal’s Slovakia go head-to-head at Hampden Park in a UEFA Nations League fixture on Sunday. The Scots have made a solid start to their campaign, taking four points from their opening two fixtures. In stark contrast, the Slovakians are bottom of League B, Group 2 at present, but Hapal’s men can be a dangerous side on their day.
Scotland followed up a 1-1 draw with Israel at Hampden on matchday one with a hard fought win over Czech Republic in Olomouc. After going a goal down, strikes from Lyndon Dykes and Ryan Christie gave the Scots a memorable 2-1 victory. The Scots will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten record in the group on Sunday. We can see the hosts battling to a draw in Glasgow – the 1-1 stalemate is nicely priced at very big odds of 11/2.
19:45 - Northern Ireland v Austria
Ian Baraclough’s Northern Ireland have another tough UEFA Nations League matchup to contend with this weekend, as Franco Foda’s Austria visit Windsor Park in League B, Group 1 action. Baraclough’s boys will be desperate to respond after their humiliating 5-1 home defeat to Norway a month back. However, the Austrians head to Northern Ireland as favourites.
Last month’s heavy defeat was a setback for Norn Iron, especially as they started their campaign with an excellent 1-1 draw with Romania in Bucharest. As for Austria, they won 2-1 in Norway before losing 3-2 to the Romanians in Klagenfurt. We fancy Foda’s men to bounce back with a comfortable victory in Belfast at the weekend. Check out the decent odds of 21/10 for the away team to be winning at half time and full time at Windsor Park.
19:45 - Poland v Italy
Poland and Italy meet at the Stadion Energa Gdansk in UEFA Nations League action on Sunday night. The Italians currently lead the way in League A, Group 1, picking up four points from a possible six. As for the Poles, they have won one and drawn one so far. Roberto Mancini’s men head to Poland as the clear favourites, but can they leave Gdansk with maximum points to cement their position at the head of the group?
After narrowly losing to Netherlands in their opener, Jerzy Brzeczek’s men hit back with an excellent 2-1 away win against Bosnia & Herzegovina on matchday two. Gli Azzurri drew with Bosnia before winning 1-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. Italy have the stronger team on paper, and the visitors should leave Poland with a comfortable victory on Sunday. Back Italy to win -1 at nice looking odds of 13/5.
19:45 - France v Portugal
FIFA World Cup holders France and current UEFA European Championship champions Portugal go head-to-head in a mouth-watering UEFA Nations League fixture at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on Sunday night. The French and Portuguese have both picked up maximum points thus far, but who will prevail in France at the weekend? The home side are the favourites but we have a sneaky feeling an upset may just be on the cards.
Before beating Croatia 4-1 at home, Les Bleus started their campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over Sweden in Solna, with Kylian Mbappe scoring the only goal. Cristiano Ronaldo hit a brace in Portugal’s 2-0 success in Sweden last time out in the Nations League. Prior to that, Fernando Santos’ men put four past the Croatians in a 4-1 victory in Porto. France are the favourites, but the Portuguese are a tough nut to crack under Santo. Given the odds, our money is going on the away win at 13/5.
19:45 - England v Denmark
Gareth Southgate’s England welcome Kasper Hjulmand’s Denmark to Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night in UEFA Nations League action. This is a vital fixture for both sides, as the Three Lions lead the way in Group A2, a point above Belgium and three points ahead of the Danes. England would take a giant leap towards the Nations League finals with victory in London in midweek.
Southgate’s troops came from behind to beat the Belgians 2-1 at Wembley last weekend. In doing so, England moved to the top of League A, Group 2. Meanwhile, Denmark were too good for Iceland at Laugardalsvollur, cruising to a 3-0 victory in the Icelandic capital. However, Tuesday’s game in England’s capital will be a tough test for the Danes. Take a punt on the Three Lions to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 15/8.
19:45 - Scotland v Czech Republic
In-form Scotland entertain Czech Republic in a crucial UEFA Nations League match at Hampden Park on Tuesday night. The Scots have had a fine League B, Group 2 campaign thus far, winning two and drawing one of their three matches. Steve Clarke’s men are also through to the UEFA Euro 2020 play-off finals. Can Scotland extend their unbeaten run in midweek?
After drawing with Israel at Hampden on matchday one, the Scots picked up an excellent 2-1 win against the Czech Republic in Olomouc in their second match. Then last time out, Scotland edged past Slovakia with a 1-0 win at Hampden. The Czechs will be out for revenge in this one, but we fancy Clarke’s boys to hold Jaroslav Silhavy’s side to a draw in Glasgow. Put some money on the draw and both teams to score at odds of 7/2.
19:45 - Norway v Northern Ireland
Ian Baraclough’s Northern Ireland make the trip to the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo in midweek to take on Lars Lagerback’s Norway. Norn Iron have had a poor UEFA Nations League campaign thus far, picking up just one point from a possible nine. As for the Norwegians, they have six points to their name. Can Northern Ireland cause an upset in Oslo?
Last month, Norway thumped the Green and White Army in Belfast, with Erling Haaland and Alexander Sorloth both scoring braces in a 5-1 romp at Windsor Park. Despite taking his side through to the UEFA Euro 2020 play-off finals, Baraclough has had a tough time in the Northern Ireland dugout so far. We can see Norn Iron crashing to another heavy Nations League defeat on Tuesday. Back the hosts to win with a -2 handicap at odds of 10/3.
19:45 - Bulgaria v Wales
Ryan Giggs’ Wales could take another significant step towards promotion to UEFA Nations League A when they take on Bulgaria at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia on Tuesday night. The Dragons would move on to 10 points from four games with a win. Giggs’ men are in form and will fancy their chances in Sofia on Tuesday.
Wales picked up a handy 0-0 draw with Republic of Ireland in Dublin last weekend. Before that, the Welsh had started their Nations League campaign with 1-0 wins over Finland and Bulgaria. Wales have looked strong defensively up until now, and we fancy Giggs’ boys to get the three points and keep a clean sheet at the Vasil Levski National Stadium on Tuesday night. The away win to nil is nicely priced at odds of 2/1, which looks a good option to us.
19:45 - Italy v Netherlands
Italy and Netherlands lock horns at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo this Tuesday for a UEFA Nations fixture between two of Europe’s heavyweights. Things are very tight in League A, Group 1 ahead of this round of matches, as just one point separates Italy, Holland and Poland. Also, bottom side Bosnia-Herzegovina are only three points off top spot.
When these two sides squared off at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam last month, a Nicolo Barella effort just before half time proved to be enough to give Italy a 1-0 away win. This is likely to be another close battle between two evenly matched sides in Bergamo, but we fancy the Italians to edge past the Dutch once again. Have a look at the decent odds of 11/4 for the hosts to win by a one goal margin.
19:45 - Croatia v France
In a repeat of the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, Croatia and France lock horns in a UEFA Nations League fixture on Tuesday night. This one may be taking place at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, but the French are the clear favourites to get the win. Portugal, the winners of the inaugural Nations League, lead the way in Group A3, ahead of Les Bleus on goal difference, so the margin of any France victory could prove crucial.
France started their Nations League campaign with wins over Sweden and Croatia. Last weekend, though, Didier Deschamps’ men were held to a goalless draw by Portugal at the Stade de France. The world champions will be eager to get back to winning ways in midweek. These two have been involved in some high-scoring meetings of late and we can see something similar evolving in this one. As such we’ll be backing France to win and over 3.5 goals to be scored on Tuesday at a nice price of 5/1.
19:45 - Derby County v Watford
The EFL Championship is back this weekend, with the action getting underway on Friday night with a tasty-looking match. Vladimir Ivic’s Watford make the trip to Pride Park to play Phillip Cocu’s Derby County. The Rams picked up their first win of the season last time out after three successive defeats, while the Hornets have collected seven points from a possible 12. This promises to be an intriguing Championship fixture in the East Midlands and both sides will fancy their chances of landing the three points.
A late Wayne Rooney goal gave Derby a 1-0 victory at Norwich City last time out, which ended a run of three straight league defeats. As for Watford, they won two and drew one of their opening three matches, but they were beaten at Reading before the international break. County will be desperate to build on their victory at Carrow Road, but we fancy Watford to leave Pride Park with a point. There is great value in the draw and both teams to score at odds of 7/2, and that is the bet for us in this one.
12:30 - Everton v Liverpool
Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool clash at Goodison Park in a mouth-watering Premier League fixture on Saturday afternoon. The Toffees have a woeful recent record against their neighbours, but Carlo Ancelotti’s men will fancy their chances this weekend having made a stunning start to their season. Can Everton finally get the better of their bitter rivals or will the Premier League champions bring their neighbours back down to earth?
The Toffees are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table after winning four out of four matches thus far. Ancelotti’s troops have been on fire, seeing off Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool had won their opening three league matches, but the Reds were stunned at Villa Park before the international break, crashing to a heavy and almost unbelievable 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa. The momentum is with the Toffees and our money is going on the Everton win in this one at very nice odds of 11/4.
12:30 - Celtic v Rangers
Rivals Celtic and Rangers do battle at Celtic Park this Saturday in the first Old Firm game of the 2020-21 Scottish Premiership season. These two will be battling it out for the title this term, and both clubs have made an excellent start. Having played a game more, Steven Gerrard’s Gers are a point ahead at the top of the table. Who will come out on top in this mouth-watering match on Saturday?
Neil Lennon’s Bhoys have dropped just two Premiership points so far, winning eight and drawing one. As for Rangers, they have won eight and drawn two of their 10 games thus far. Celtic are incredibly hard to topple on their own patch, with Lennon’s troops winning every home league game so far this season. This promises to be a cracker between two evenly matched teams in Glasgow, but we fancy the Celts to edge a thrilling encounter. Have a punt on the home win and over 3.5 goals at a price of 13/2.
15:00 - Chelsea v Southampton
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea entertain Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton at Stamford Bridge in Premier League action this Saturday afternoon. The Blues thumped Crystal Palace 4-0 at the Bridge before the international break, while the Saints beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at St Mary’s. Southampton were superb on the road last season, but Chelsea are the big favourites on their own patch this weekend.
Lampard’s boys have had a mixed bag of results so far this term, but the Blues will be buoyed after their big win over Palace. Southampton head to the capital having won their last two, beating Burnley and West Brom. But getting anything at Stamford Bridge this Saturday will be a tall order for Hasenhuttl and his troops. We fancy the hosts to secure an easy win and we will be backing Chelsea to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 5/4.
17:30 - Manchester City v Arsenal
This weekend’s standout fixture in the Premier League takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening, as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City welcome Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to Manchester. The Gunners have made a solid start and have certainly improved since Arteta left City to join life at the Emirates Stadium, but the home side are the odds-on favourites to be victorious in this one.
In their last home league match, City were shocked by Leicester City, crashing to a rather astonishing 5-2 defeat. Then before the break, Pep’s men were held to a 1-1 draw by Leeds United at Elland Road. Arsenal have taken nine points from a possible 12 so far, but Saturday’s game in Manchester will no doubt be a tough one. Having picked up just one point from their last two, Man City will surely return to winning ways in this one. You can get a decent price of 21/20 for City to be leading at half time and full time.
20:00 - Newcastle v Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United will be desperate to get back to winning ways after their humiliating defeat last time out. Before the break, the Red Devils were beaten 6-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. This Saturday night, Man United make the trip to St James’ Park to take on Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United. Only three points will do for the away side but Newcastle won’t roll over for them.
Newcastle have made a steady start to their Premier League campaign, winning two, drawing one and losing one of their opening four games. The Red Devils have already been beaten by Crystal Palace and Spurs, though they did win their one and only away match at Brighton and Hove Albion. Ole will be demanding a response, and United should squeeze past the Magpies at the weekend. Check out the away win and both teams to score, which is available at odds of 12/5.
12:00 - Preston v Cardiff City
Preston North End entertain Cardiff City at Deepdale on Sunday afternoon in the EFL Championship. Before the international break, North End came impressively from two goals down to win 4-2 at the Brentford Community Stadium. As for Cardiff, all four of their Championship points have come away from the Cardiff City Stadium this season. Which way will this in intriguing fixture go in Lancashire?
Preston’s season finally came alive when they shocked Brentford last time out. Prior to that, the Lilywhites had taken just one point from a possible nine. The Bluebirds picked up a decent 0-0 draw at Blackburn Rovers before the break. Both sides have collected just four points from a possible 12 so far, and Sunday’s clash at Deepdale could go either way. We fancy the pair to cancel each other out and you can get the draw at very nice looking odds of 12/5.
14:00 - Crystal Palace v Brighton
On Sunday afternoon, rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion lock horns at Selhurst Park in Premier League action in the rather prosaically named M23 derby. After two wins, Palace head into this derby fixture having lost their last two. As for Brighton, they have lost three league and cup matches on the spin despite some good performances against tough teams along the way. Both sides will be desperate for all three points in the capital at the weekend.
These two have had several ding-dong battles in the Premier League in recent years. The Seagulls were unbeaten in three against the Eagles before last February’s 1-0 home defeat. The pair look well matched on paper, and Sunday’s showdown at Selhurst will no doubt be another close encounter between Palace and Brighton. Our money is going on the draw and both teams to score, which is available at the huge price of 15/4 in this goal-packed season.
16:30 - Tottenham v West Ham
We have another derby up next as Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur and David Moyes’ West Ham United do battle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Sunday in an all-London Premier League affair. Tottenham have been in superb form of late, winning 7-2 against Maccabi Haifa and 6-1 at Old Trafford in their last two fixtures. Will Spurs be too strong for the Hammers, or can in-form West Ham spring another surprise this weekend?
Mourinho’s men are unbeaten since losing to Everton on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. West Ham head to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium having won their last two in the league, thumping Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 and Leicester City 3-0. However, we are backing Spurs to secure a routine home victory on Sunday. There is good value in Tottenham to win -1 at 6/4.
20:00 - Leeds United v Wolves
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United entertain Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road on Monday evening in a fascinating Premier League fixture. United, last season’s EFL Championship winners, have made a superb start to life back in the top tier. They have picked up seven points so far and have played with a refreshing fearlessness. Can Leeds move on to 10 points with a home win on Monday night?
After narrowly losing at Liverpool on the opening weekend, Bielsa’s boys bounced back with back-to-back wins over Fulham and Sheffield United. Before the international break, Leeds held Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to a draw at Elland Road. Wolves have made an indifferent start to the campaign, winning two and drawing two of their opening four matches. Having drawn at home last time out, we fancy United to battle to another stalemate on Monday. Check out the draw and both teams to score at odds of 7/2.
19:45 - Millwall v Luton Town
Gary Rowett’s Millwall welcome Nathan Jones’ Luton Town to The Den for an EFL Championship encounter on Tuesday night. The Hatters were one of the favourites for relegation before a ball was kicked, but Jones’ troops have made an excellent start so far, carrying on from their strong finish to the last campaign. However, The Den is a notoriously tough place to go, even without fans present. The Lions are the favourites in this one and rightly so, but it will be close.
Millwall were beaten just five times at home in last season’s Championship, while Luton suffered 15 away defeats. The London side have yet to win at home in the league this term, though, drawing with Stoke City and Brentford. This could be close on the scoreline in the capital, but we fancy the Lions to edge it on home soil. With that in mind, take a punt on Millwall to win by exactly one goal at a tidy price of 13/5.
19:45 - Norwich v Birmingham
Norwich City welcome Birmingham City to Carrow Road on Tuesday night for an EFL Championship fixture. Daniel Farke’s Canaries, who were relegated from the Premier League last term, have been in patchy form at the start of this campaign. Nonetheless, can Norwich pick up their first home league victory since beating Leicester City back in February?
Aitor Karanka has made a solid enough start to life at Birmingham City, with the Blues drawing both of their away matches so far. Birmingham picked up the same number of points away from home as they did at St Andrew’s last season, and we fancy Karanka’s troops to battle to another draw at Carrow Road in midweek. When the pair met at St Andrew’s in the 2018-19 season, they played out an entertaining 2-2 stalemate. We think this could well be another goalfest, so back the draw and over 3.5 goals in this one at the huge price of 11/1.
20:00 - PSG v Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his wounded Manchester United side to the Parc des Princes this Tuesday to take on Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain in UEFA Champions League Group H action. RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir are also in the group, meaning progression will not be a walk in the park for United. PSG reached the final of this competition for the first ever time last season, narrowly losing out to Bayern Munich. Man Utd could be in for a long night in Paris and their out of sorts defence will really be tested by Neymar and co.
The Red Devils have made a poor start to their Premier League campaign. In their previous home match, United were embarrassed by Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur, crashing to a heavy 6-1 defeat to the Londoners. PSG have found their feet after a slow start, and the Parisians should be too strong for Ole’s boys at the Parc des Princes. Take a punt on the hosts to win -2 at big odds of 7/2.
20:00 - Chelsea v Sevilla
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla square off at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night for a UEFA Champions League group game. The Blues are the favourites on home turf, but last season’s UEFA Europa League winners will not be an easy nut to crack. On their way to Europa League success last term, the Spanish side beat Premier League clubs Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United so they certainly won’t fear the Blues here.
Chelsea progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League last season, losing out to eventual winners Bayern Munich in the Round of 16. The west London outfit will be looking to go even further this time around. Tuesday’s clash against Sevilla will be tricky, but Lampard’s men are usually formidable at home, and the hosts should edge it. The 2-1 Chelsea win is available at the tempting odds of 15/2.
19:45 - Cardiff City v Bournemouth
There is a full fixture list in the EFL Championship in midweek, with 12 matches taking place across Tuesday and Wednesday. One of the standout games sees Cardiff City and Bournemouth go head-to-head at the Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday night. The Bluebirds have been strong away from home but poor on their own patch. Can Neil Harris’s men pick up their first home point of the season in midweek?
Bournemouth are sitting pretty in third place at the moment, winning three and drawing two to take 11 points from a possible 15. Victory in South Wales on Wednesday could lift the Cherries to the top of the table. Since Harris arrived in Cardiff, the Bluebirds have become one of the best away teams in the Football League. However, they have struggled on home turf. We can see this one ending in a draw in the Welsh capital at odds of 9/4.
19:45 - Watford v Blackburn Rovers
Vladimir Ivic’s Watford and Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers lock horns at Vicarage Road on Wednesday evening in the EFL Championship. The Hornets sit fifth in the table as things stand on 10 points, with Rovers three points behind them in ninth spot. Watford are the clear favourites on their own patch and Ivic’s boys will be targeting all three points from this midweek Championship affair.
Last Friday, the Hornets got back to winning ways with a crucial 1-0 victory over Derby County at Pride Park, which was their third league success of the season. As for Rovers, since thumping Wycombe Wanderers 5-0 and Derby 4-0, they have taken only one point from two games and failed to score a single goal. With that in mind, have a punt on Watford to win to nil on Wednesday, which is available at the decent odds of 12/5.
20:00 - Manchester City v Porto
Manchester City begin their UEFA Champions League campaign with a home game against Porto on Wednesday night. Pep Guardiola’s men, who are one of the favourites to lift the trophy, will also take on Olympiakos and Marseille in Group C. Man City will be hoping to get off to a perfect start, and the Premier League club are the big favourites at the Etihad Stadium.
City secured a much-needed 1-0 home win over Arsenal last weekend, which was only their second league success of the season. Porto, the current Primeira Liga champions, have picked up just one point from their last two league matches. In truth, this should be a comfortable victory for the home side. You can get the tempting odds of 8/11 for Man City to be winning at half time and full time, which looks a solid option to us.
20:00 - Ajax v Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool team to Amsterdam on Wednesday night to play Erik ten Hag’s Ajax in UEFA Champions League Group D action. With Atalanta and Midtjylland also in their group, these two teams will almost certainly be gunning for top spot. Liverpool won this competition in 2019 but they were knocked out at the last 16 stage last term. How far will the Reds go this time around?
Having been thumped 7-2 by Aston Villa before being held to a 2-2 draw by local rivals Everton, Liverpool will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Wednesday. That will not be an easy task against the Eredivisie champions at the Johan Cruyff Arena, but the 2019-20 Premier League winners have a very strong squad and they will fancy their chances. There is good value in the Liverpool win and both teams to score at odds of 15/8.
17:55 - Rapid Vienna v Arsenal
Mikel Arteta takes his Arsenal troops to the Allianz Stadion in Austria this Thursday to face Rapid Vienna in their first UEFA Europa League fixture of the season. The Gunners have been in decent form in the Premier League this term, though they were narrowly beaten at Manchester City last time out. Can the London side return to winning ways in Europe on Thursday in a competition they will feel they have a great chance of winning?
Group B consists of Arsenal, Rapid Vienna, Molde and Dundalk. To be fair, the draw has been kind to the Gunners, who, like their north London rivals Tottenham, should win the group with ease. Arsenal have won six league and cup matches already this term, and Arteta’s men should cruise past Rapid Vienna in the Austrian capital in midweek. You can get Arsenal at the tempting odds of 13/10 to be winning at half time and full time at the Allianz Stadion and that looks big to us.
17:55 - Standard Liege v Rangers
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have been in sensational form this season and they will really fancy their chances of a strong run in this competition. Can the Gers chalk up another win when they take on Standard Liege at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne in UEFA Europa League Group D action on Thursday night? Rangers may be a long way from home, but Gerrard’s men are the favourites to take all three points in Belgium.
The Glasgow giants have hardly put a foot wrong this term, winning 12 and drawing two of their 14 league and cup matches. Last weekend, the Light Blues beat Old Firm rivals Celtic at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership, with Connor Goldson netting both goals in a 2-0 win. We fancy the Glasgow giants to make it six victories in a row on Thursday night so back the away win and both teams to score at the very juicy looking odds of 15/4.
20:00 - Tottenham v LASK Linz
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur start their UEFA Europa League journey with a home game against LASK Linz on Thursday night. Spurs are the strong favourites to win Group J, which also contains Ludogorets Razgrad and Antwerp. After letting a 3-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 with rivals West Ham United in the Premier League last weekend, Tottenham will be out for blood in this one.
Spurs, who were UEFA Champions League finalists in 2019, are one of the big hitters in this season’s Europa League. The Londoners should have no problems in the group, and we are expecting Mourinho’s men to start with a handsome win over the Austrian outfit at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in midweek. Check out the decent odds of 12/5 for the Lilywhites to win this one -2.
20:00 - Leicester v Zorya Luhansk
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City welcome Viktor Skrypnyk’s Zorya Luhansk to the King Power Stadium this Thursday for a UEFA Europa League fixture. This will be the Foxes’ first ever game in this competition. After back-to-back losses in the Premier League, Leicester will be desperate for all three points from this one. Can City start their European campaign with a win and bounce back from domestic disappointment?
Leicester kicked off their season in superb style, winning their opening three Premier League matches, including a remarkable 5-2 win at Manchester City. However, they have lost to West Ham United and Aston Villa since then. Zorya have made a poor start to their league season, winning only one of six. Home advantage and a real difference in class should give Leicester the clear edge in this one. Put some money on the hosts to come out on top at 2/7 – short odds but still solid value.
20:00 - Celtic v AC Milan
After their damaging defeat to bitter rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership last weekend, Neil Lennon’s Celtic must dust themselves down and get ready to kick off their UEFA Europa League campaign on Thursday night. The Bhoys welcome 18-time Italian champions AC Milan to Celtic Park for a mouth-watering game in Group H, one that fans will be gutted to miss.
This is an extremely tough group for Celtic, who also go up against Sparta Prague and Lille. Stefano Pioli’s Milan are one of the favourites to win the Europa League, and Lennon’s boys will be up against it from the very first whistle on Thursday. I Rossoneri are top of the Serie A after five wins from five, and Milan should leave Scotland with an easy victory in Europe. Back the away team to win both halves at big odds of 9/2.
19:45 - Nottingham Forest v Derby
On Friday night in the EFL Championship, Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest take on Phillip Cocu’s Derby County in a tasty East Midlands Derby at the City Ground. Both sides have struggled so far, with Forest on four points from a possible 15, while the Rams have just three points to their name. The Reds have improved under Hughton and the home side are the favourites in this one. But Derby are not going to give their regional neighbours an easy ride in this one.
Under Sabri Lamouchi, Nottingham Forest lost their opening four Championship matches. However, since Hughton arrived, the Reds have beaten Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and drawn at home with Rotherham United. As for Derby, Tuesday’s defeat at Huddersfield Town was their sixth loss in seven in all competitions. County have failed to score in their last two, and though they’ll no doubt do all they can to win, we think they’ll fall short. As such we’re backing Forest to win to nil at odds of 9/4.
20:00 - Aston Villa v Leeds United
In-form Aston Villa welcome Leeds United to Villa Park this Friday night for an intriguing Premier League fixture. This will be the first top flight meeting between these two famous clubs since February 2004. The Villans have shocked all and sundry by taking maximum points so far. Can they make it five wins from five on Friday evening?
Dean Smith’s troops have been sensational so far, seeing off Sheffield United, Fulham, Liverpool and Leicester City to take 12 points from a possible 12. After their incredible 7-2 home victory over the Premier League champions, Villa returned from the international break with a solid 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium last Sunday. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have been very competitive so far, but we fancy the Villans to move on to 15 points with a comfortable home win. Back the hosts to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 3/1.
12:30 - West Ham v Manchester City
Pep Guardiola takes his Manchester City side to the capital this Saturday to play West Ham United in Premier League action at the London Stadium. David Moyes’ Hammers came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with rivals Tottenham Hotspur last time out and are in good form right now. Prior to that, United had thumped Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 and beaten Leicester City 3-0 at the King Power Stadium. Can the Irons cause an upset on Saturday against a City side who were in midweek action?
Man City have not been at their best this season, but they have won three and drawn one of their last four league and cup matches since that shock 5-2 home league defeat to Leicester. The Citizens have a stunning recent record over the London outfit, and Pep’s boys should put another three points on the board this weekend. They won 3-1 in midweek and a similar sort of outcome is what we predict here. You can get City to win -1 at evens.
12:30 - Watford v Bournemouth
Vladimir Ivic’s Watford and Jason Tindall’s Bournemouth square off at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon in the EFL Championship. This was a Premier League meeting last season, now both clubs are fighting to get back into the top flight. The pair have made good starts, with the Hornets sitting third on 13 points, while the Cherries are a point and a place behind. This promises to be a Championship cracker in Hertfordshire and may even prove to be a promotion six-pointer come the final reckoning.
Ivic, the latest boss on the managerial conveyor belt at Watford, has made a solid start to life at Vicarage Road, guiding his troops to four wins from six league matches. The Hornets have won their last two, beating Derby County at Pride Park and Blackburn Rovers at home. Bournemouth are undefeated in the Championship so far, winning three and drawing three. After back-to-back stalemates, Tindall’s team will be looking for all three points in Hertfordshire. However, we fancy the pair to play out an entertaining draw. Take a punt on the draw and both teams to score (7/2).
17:30 - Manchester United v Chelsea
Perhaps the biggest game of the weekend sees Manchester United and Chelsea lock horns in a heavyweight Premier League tussle at Old Trafford this Saturday. These two English giants have played out several memorable affairs throughout the Premier League years, and we should be in for another scintillating spectacle in Manchester on Saturday. Will United make home advantage count? Can the Blues return to the capital with all three points?
After the embarrassing 6-1 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur, Man Utd have responded with two much-needed victories after the international break. Having won 4-1 at Newcastle United last weekend, the Red Devils performed superbly to deservedly beat Paris Saint-Germain away from home in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. Chelsea have had a mixed bag of results so far, winning only three of their opening eight across all competitions despite spending huge sums in the summer. We fancy United to edge this one on their own patch. The home win and both teams to score is available at cracking odds of 3/1.
20:00 - Liverpool v Sheffield United
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool welcome Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United to Anfield for a Premier League fixture on Saturday night. The Premier League champions will be looking for their first league victory in three having lost at Aston Villa before the international break and drawn with rivals Everton at Goodison Park last weekend. The Blades have struggled so far, and Liverpool, even with their injury problems at the back, should cruise to all three points on home turf this Saturday.
After going three league and cup games without a win, Klopp’s boys picked up an excellent 1-0 away victory at Ajax in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. Now, the Merseysiders will want to get back to winning ways in the Premier League. Sheffield United have picked up just one point from a possible 15 so far, failing to score in three of their five fixtures. They don’t have the firepower to get at Liverpool’s suspect back line so back the Reds to win this one to nil at evens.
14:00 - Southampton v Everton
Premier League leaders Everton travel to St Mary’s to play Southampton on Sunday. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been superb so far, dropping just two points from five games, and they’ll be doing all they can to maintain their momentum. As for the Saints, they have taken a respectable seven points from a possible 15 thus far. After drawing at home with rivals Liverpool last time out, the Toffees will be eager to get back to winning ways this weekend. They will certainly be confident of getting the victory.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have been in good form of late, beating Burnley and West Bromwich Albion and drawing with Chelsea in their last three matches. Before last weekend’s stalemate in the Merseyside derby, Ancelotti’s troops had won seven league and cup matches in a row. We fancy the in-form Toffees to leave St Mary’s with maximum points on Sunday. There is good value in the away win and both teams to score at odds of 15/4.
16:30 - Wolves v Newcastle United
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers have had a mixed bag of results so far this season, but Wolves will be gunning for three Premier League victories on the spin this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United make the trip to Molineux. Wanderers are the clear favourites on home soil, but can the Magpies give the home team something to thing about?
Since a shock 4-0 defeat to West Ham United at the London Stadium, Wolves have hit back with much-needed back-to-back wins in the Premier League. Nuno’s troops beat Fulham 1-0 at Molineux, which they followed up with a 1-0 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road last Monday. We are backing Wolves to make it three victories on the bounce this Sunday. Having kept clean sheets in all three of their league successes so far, we’re backing the hosts to win to nil again at a decent price of 7/4.
19:15 - Arsenal v Leicester City
Arsenal and Leicester City go head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday night in a tasty Premier League fixture. The Gunners have made a solid start to their campaign, winning seven of their opening nine league and cup matches so far. As for the Foxes, they followed up back-to-back league losses with a comfortable win in the UEFA Europa League On Thursday evening.
These two sides have already met this season, with Arsenal winning 2-0 at the King Power Stadium last month in Carabao Cup action. Mikel Arteta’s men have been hard to beat this term, with only Liverpool and Manchester City getting the better of the north London club up until now. Arsenal will fancy their chances of securing a fourth league win of the season on Sunday. Back the Gunners to beat the Foxes with a -1 goal handicap again at odds of 9/4.
17:30 - Brighton v West Brom
Graham Potter’s Brighton and Hove Albion and Slaven Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion lock horns at the Amex Stadium on Monday evening in Premier League action. The Seagulls have not won in the league since beating Newcastle United 3-0 at St James’ Park on matchday two. As for the Baggies, their last league victory came in last season’s EFL Championship.
It has been a tough start to life back in the top tier for West Brom, who have taken just two points from five games. Brighton have also made a poor start, losing two and drawing one of their previous three matches in the Premier League. Alexis Mac Allister scored late to rescue a point for Potter’s troops against rivals Crystal Palace last time out, and we fancy this clash to end all square at the Amex. The draw is priced at odds of 3/1, which is decent enough to tempt us in.
20:00 - Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur
The final Premier League fixture of the round sees Sean Dyche’s Burnley and Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head at Turf Moor on Monday night. Spurs have made a strong start to their season, but the Lilywhites let a 3-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 with rivals West Ham United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their last league outing. Will Jose’s boys strike back with three points in Lancashire on Monday or will Burnley prove stubborn opponents?
Burnley are one of four Premier League clubs yet to pick up a win in this season’s Premier League. After four games, the Clarets have drawn one and lost three, which is rather out of character for them based on recent seasons. Tottenham, who cruised to a 3-0 win in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening, should leave Turf Moor on Monday with a comfortable victory. Take a punt on Spurs to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 6/4.
19:45 - Brentford v Norwich City
Thomas Frank’s Brentford and Daniel Farke’s Norwich City go head-to-head in a tasty EFL Championship encounter at the Brentford Community Stadium on Tuesday night. The Canaries have found their feet after a slow start, winning each of their last three. As for the Bees, they will want to bounce back from defeat to Stoke City last time out.
After back-to-back wins, Brentford’s 3-2 reverse at the bet365 Stadium was somewhat of a shock result. Farke’s Norwich are starting to get things right, as last weekend’s late win over Wycombe Wanderers at Carrow Road was their third Championship success on the spin. This will no doubt be a close game in the capital, but we fancy Norwich to edge it. Take a punt on the Canaries to win and both teams to score at 13/2.
19:45 - Swansea City v Stoke City
Steve Cooper’s Swansea City and Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City clash at the Liberty Stadium in South Wales on Tuesday night in the EFL Championship. After going three games without a win, the Swans will be desperate for all three points on home turf in midweek. However, they are coming up against a Potters outfit who are unbeaten in seven league and cup games.
It has been a tough week on the road for Swansea. After a 1-1 draw at Coventry City, City battled to another 1-1 stalemate against Bristol City at Ashton Gate last Saturday. In contrast, Stoke picked up an excellent win against Brentford at the bet365 Stadium last time out, with Steven Fletcher, James McClean and Tyrese Campbell netting in a 3-2 victory over the Bees. We can see in-form Stoke winning again in midweek (21/10).
19:45 - Wycombe Wanderers v Watford
Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderers welcome Vladimir Ivic’s Watford to Adams Park this Tuesday for an EFL Championship fixture. The Chairboys have yet to take a single point in this season’s Championship, while the Hornets have picked up 14 and sit joint second in the table. Will Watford claim a comfortable win in Buckinghamshire in midweek?
Since winning promotion via the EFL League One play-offs, Wycombe have had a miserable time in the second tier. Wanderers have lost all seven of their Championship games, scoring two and conceding 15. Last weekend, they shipped late to lose 2-1 at Norwich City. Ivic has started life at Vicarage Road in fine fettle, guiding the Hornets to four wins from seven in the league. This should be a walk in the park for Watford. We like the look of the away team to be winning at half time and full time at 13/10.
20:00 - Marseille v Manchester City
Pep Guardiola takes his Manchester City troops to the Stade Velodrome in France in midweek to play Andre Villas-Boas’ Marseille in UEFA Champions League Group C action. Les Olympians started their European campaign with a narrow loss to Olympiacos, while City secured a comfortable home win over Porto. Can the Premier League club move on to six points with victory in France on Tuesday?
Man City fell behind early on against Portuguese outfit Porto at the Etihad Stadium last week, but goals from Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres turned the game on its head to give the Citizens a routine home win. The Manchester giants have not been at their best this term, but they should cruise past Marseille in midweek. Take a punt on City to win -1 at evens.
20:00 - Liverpool v Midtjylland
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are back in UEFA Champions League Group D action on Tuesday night. Danish side Midtjylland, who were thumped 4-0 at home by Atalanta in their opener, make the trip to Anfield. As you would expect, the Premier League champions are the overwhelming favourites to get the win on home soil, with the bookies pricing them at just 1/9.
Liverpool edged a tight and tense encounter against Erik ten Hag’s Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena last Wednesday, with an own goal settling the game in the Reds’ favour. Things should be far more straightforward for Klopp’s boys at Anfield in midweek. We fancy the Merseyside heavyweights to claim a big Champions League home victory. You can get 10/11 for the hosts to win by three or more goals.
19:45 - Bournemouth v Bristol City
Bournemouth and Bristol City meet in a fascinating EFL Championship fixture at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night. The Cherries are unbeaten in the league so far, winning three and drawing four of seven, while the Robins sit second in the table with 13 points to their name. Both sides will be gunning for all three points from this top of the table clash.
Jason Tindall has made a good start to his managerial career at the Vitality, guiding Bournemouth to 13 points from seven games. Dean Holden has also hit the ground running, with Bristol City winning four of their opening fixtures. The Cherries have drawn three in a row, and we can see the away team battling to a draw at the Vitality in midweek. Bournemouth’s last two have ended 1-1, and a repeat scoreline on Wednesday is available at big odds of 6/1.
19:45 - Derby County v Cardiff City
With Derby County losing five of their opening seven EFL Championship matches, the pressure is starting to mount on Dutch boss Phillip Cocu. The Rams were expected to mount a promotion push this term but nothing has gone right for them. This Wednesday night, Cocu’s troops welcome Neil Harris’ Cardiff City to Pride Park. The Bluebirds have taken seven points from a possible nine on the road. Can the Welsh side pile more misery on County in this one or can Derby finally get their season started?
It has been a woeful campaign for Cocu and his Derby side so far. The Rams have won one, drawn one and lost five, taking a mere four points from a possible 21. Cardiff have had a patchy start, but Harris’ boys are a tough nut to crack on the road. Cardiff have won two and drawn one of three away matches, keeping three clean sheets to boot. Put some money on City to win to nil in midweek at 3/1.
19:45 - Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday
Two South Yorkshire sides go head-to-head at the New York Stadium in the EFL Championship on Wednesday night, as Paul Warne’s Rotherham United host Garry Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls remain bottom of the table on -4 points, having started on -12, while the Millers are currently in 18th spot with six points to their name. This is a massive game for both clubs with pride and points to play for.
Rotherham have struggled this season, failing to win since edging past Wycombe Wanderers on the opening weekend. Wednesday have suffered back-to-back home defeats, but Monk’s men have taken six points from a possible nine on the road. This could be close on the scoreline at the New York Stadium, but our money is going on the Sheffield Wednesday win. Back the visitors to prevail by exactly one goal at 11/4.
20:00 - Krasnodar v Chelsea
Chelsea continue their UEFA Champions League campaign with a trip to Russia to play Krasnodar at the Krasnodar Stadium on Wednesday night. With both matchday one fixtures ending in draws, all four sides in Group E are on one point. The Blues drew at home with Sevilla in their opener, but can Frank Lampard’s men pick up an invaluable three points on the road in midweek to take charge of the group?
Murad Musayev’s Krasnodar, who finished third in the Russian Premier League last term, have won just one of their last four across all competitions, losing 3-1 at home to Spartak Moscow in the league last time out. Chelsea are not in great shape either to be fair and have drawn three in a row since thumping Crystal Palace. Even so, the Londoners should edge past the Russian outfit on Wednesday. The away win and under 2.5 goals is available at 13/5 and that looks too big to us.
20:00 - Manchester United v RB Leipzig
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United entertain Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig in a tasty UEFA Champions League Group H fixture at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The Red Devils picked up a stunning away win at Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League opener. Can the three-time winners of this competition move on to six points with a home victory in midweek?
Since that shock 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur before the international break, United have hit back with two wins and a draw. In fact, the Red Devils have won five of their last seven across all competitions. Leipzig are a solid side under Nagelsmann, who may be interviewing for the Man City job with this game if you believe the papers, but United will fancy their chances of making home advantage count, even if there are no fans roaring them on. Red Bull are an attacking side though and we can see the visitors netting in Manchester, so take a punt on the home win and both sides to score at really nice odds of 3/1.
17:55 - Antwerp v Tottenham Hotspur
Jose Mourinho takes his Tottenham Hotspur troops to Belgium this Thursday to play Antwerp in UEFA Europa League Group J action. Spurs, who are one of the tournament favourites, kicked off their Europa League group campaign with a comfortable home win over LASK last week, while Antwerp won away at Ludogorets Razgrad. These were always likely to be the two battling it out for top spot so this game could well prove crucial.
Despite a couple of dodgy results here and there, Tottenham have looked good so far this term. Mourinho’s men were far too strong for LASK at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week, with an own goal and strikes from Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son giving the Lilywhites an easy 3-0 victory. Antwerp won on the road in their opener, but Spurs should come out on top at the Huvepharma Arena on Thursday. You can get Tottenham to win -1 at 13/10 and even with a changed XI they should have too much.
17:55 - AEK Athens v Leicester City
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City are in Greece on Thursday, as the Foxes play AEK Athens at the Olympic Stadium in a UEFA Europa League Group G game. Leicester are top after easing past Zorya Luhansk at the King Power Stadium last Thursday. City followed that up with an excellent win at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. Can Rodgers’ boys make it three wins on the spin?
Massimo Carrera’s AEK Athens could struggle in the group. The Greek side were easily beaten on matchday one, losing 3-0 to Braga at the Estadio Municipal. Goals from James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho gave Leicester a 3-0 home win over Zorya. We can see a similar outcome in Athens this week. There is good value in the away team to win to nil at 15/8.
17:55 - Lille v Celtic
After eight successive league and cup victories, Neil Lennon’s Celtic are without a win in three (two defeats, one draw). That unwanted run could stretch to four, as the Hoops take on Christopher Galtier’s Lille at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in a tough UEFA Europa League Group H fixture on Thursday night. The French side are top after a thumping 4-1 win at Sparta Prague in their opener and should claim another win against the out of sorts Hoops.
The Bhoys kicked off Group H with a 3-1 loss to AC Milan at Celtic Park. After losing to rivals Rangers in the Premiership, Celtic dropped points again last weekend, drawing 3-3 at Aberdeen. Lille were excellent in Prague last Thursday, and Galtier’s troops should ease past the Scottish side at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Have a punt on the home team to win -1 at the decent odds of 13/8.
20:00 - Rangers v Lech Poznan
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have made a stunning start to their 2020-21 season. The Gers will be looking for another win when they entertain Polish side Lech Poznan at Ibrox this Thursday night for a UEFA Europa League Group D encounter. The Scottish Premiership leaders started the group with a superb 2-0 win at Standard Liege. Can the Teddy Bears move on to six points in midweek as they continue their great form both in Scotland and Europe?
Lech Poznan were on the wrong end of a six-goal thriller against Benfica at the Stadion Miejski last Thursday, falling to a 4-2 defeat. The Gers won 2-0 on the road, with goals from James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe doing the business in Liege including a stunning run and strike from inside his own half. Rangers have been in spectacular form this season, winning 14 and drawing two of 16 league and cup matches and we fancy the Glasgow giants to win again in midweek (4/7).
20:00 - Arsenal v Dundalk
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal welcome Filippo Giovagnoli’s Dundalk to the Emirates Stadium this Thursday for a UEFA Europa League Group B matchup. The Gunners will be desperate to hit back with three points in Europe after a disappointing home defeat to Leicester City in the Premier League last weekend. Will Arsenal be too strong for the League of Ireland Premier Division team? We have to think they will, even if Arteta rests many of his best players.
Arteta’s troops came from behind to win their Europa League opener last week. Goals from David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were enough to give the London side a 2-1 win over Rapid Vienna in Austria. As for Dundalk, they let a lead slip to lose 2-1 to Norwegian side Molde in Dublin. In truth, Arsenal should cruise past the Irish side at the Emirates. Back the hosts to be winning at half time and full time (2/7), a great option for your midweek accas.
19:45 - Coventry City v Reading
Surprising many, Reading have looked the real deal in the EFL Championship this season, dropping just two points up until now. Veljko Paunovic has hit the ground running at the Madejski Stadium, guiding the Royals to seven wins and a draw from eight league fixtures. After winning 4-2 at Blackburn Rovers in midweek, Reading will be looking for another three points when they take on Coventry City at St Andrew’s on Friday night.
In real contrast to their opposition, Mark Robins’ Sky Blues have found Championship life tough going so far. Since beating Queens Park Rangers on matchday two, Coventry have taken just two points from a possible 18. Unfortunately for City, we can see them falling to a third straight defeat on Friday. We like the look of odds of 10/3 for the league leaders to be winning at half time and full time in the Midlands.
20:00 - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace to Molineux this Friday night for a Premier League fixture. Since losing three league and cup matches in a row, Wolves are unbeaten in three, winning two and drawing one. However, after dropping points at home to Newcastle United last time out, Nuno’s boys will want to return to winning ways on Friday.
The Eagles have had a patchy start, but they did secure a big three points against Fulham at Craven Cottage in their last outing. That was Palace’s first victory since winning at Old Trafford in September. Despite their decent form, Wolves’ season has yet to really take off. Still, we fancy them to pick up a routine home win on Friday night despite the good away record the Eagles can boast. Wanderers’ three wins this term have come with clean sheets so against low scoring opponents, back Wolves to win to nil at 15/8.
12:30 - Bristol City v Norwich City
Bristol City and Norwich City square off at Ashton Gate this Saturday in EFL Championship action. Having won their opening four league games, the Robins head into this one without a win in four, drawing two and losing two. In contrast, the Canaries are unbeaten in four, picking up three victories and a draw. Those contrasting fortunes have yielded identical points and the duo sit seventh and sixth on 14 points.
Dean Holden’s Bristol City started the season like a house on fire, seeing off Coventry City, Stoke City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest in successive matches. However, since returning from the international break, the Robins have taken just two points from a possible 12. Norwich are beginning to find their feet, and we fancy Daniel Farke’s men to leave Bristol with maximum points. All four of their wins have been by one goal so back Norwich to win by one yet again on Saturday at the excellent price of 3/1.
12:30 - Sheffield United v Manchester City
Pep Guardiola’s takes his Manchester City troops to Bramall Lane this Saturday afternoon to play Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United in the Premier League. City have not been at their best this season, but they did secure an impressive UEFA Champions league victory in Marseille in midweek. Will the Citizens be too strong for the struggling Blades at the weekend or will we see another strange result in this strangest of seasons?
Sheffield United have lost five of their opening six in this season’s Premier League, picking up just one point from a possible 18. Man City have played five league games, winning two, drawing two and losing one. After dropping points in three of their last four, Pep’s boys will be on the lookout for a comfortable away win on Saturday. Back City to be winning at half time and full time at Bramall Lane at very fair odds of 10/11.
15:00 - Burnley v Chelsea
Sean Dyche’s Burnley entertain Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at Turf Moor in Premier League action on Saturday. The Clarets have had a tough start, failing to win any of their opening five in the Premier League. As for Chelsea, they may have been beaten just once, but the Blues have drawn three of their previous four league fixtures. They got an excellent result in midweek though so will be feeling confident here despite the lack of preparation time. Will the Londoners prevail in Lancashire this weekend?
Burnley have taken just one point from five, drawing with West Bromwich Albion and losing to Leicester City, Southampton, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. Last Monday, Dyche’s boys fought hard but fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Spurs. We can see something similar happening to the Clarets in this one. Check out the decent odds of 13/5 for Chelsea to win by exactly one goal at Turf Moor.
17:30 - Liverpool v West Ham United
Champions Liverpool welcome in-form West Ham United to Anfield this Saturday for an intriguing Premier League fixture. The Reds have won three and drawn one of their last four league and cup matches since that shocking 7-2 reverse at Villa Park. The Hammers are unbeaten in four in the league, winning two and drawing two and playing some really nice football at times.
After thumping victories over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City, West Ham have held Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City to draws in their last two so they certainly know they can mix it with the best sides in the division. The London outfit will no doubt give Liverpool a good game at Anfield this weekend, but the Reds’ qualities should shine through in the end. In the last fixture between the pair, Liverpool edged a five-goal thriller on home turf. Given the mounting defensive problems the hosts have we recommend you take a punt on the home win and over 4.5 goals at big odds of 16/5.
12:00 - Aston Villa v Southampton
With the chance to go top had they won, Aston Villa were brought back down to earth with a heavy 3-0 home loss to Leeds United last time out. Prior to that, the Villans had won their opening four in the Premier League, including a memorable 7-2 victory over champions Liverpool. This Sunday, Dean Smith’s men entertain Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton at Villa Park. The Saints have taken 10 points from their last four games and beat league pacesetters Everton in good style last time out.
Aston Villa shocked many with their stunning start, but last Friday’s disappointing 3-0 home reverse to Leeds was a poor result for the Midlands club. Since losing their opening two, the Saints’ season has taken off, winning three and drawing one of their following four. Southampton have travelled extremely well under Hasenhuttl, and we can see the Hampshire club leaving the Midlands on Sunday with all three points (9/5).
14:00 - Newcastle United v Everton
Premier League leaders Everton make the trip to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United this Sunday. The Toffees were beaten for the first the first time this season last weekend, losing 2-0 to Southampton at St Mary’s. Carlo Ancelotti’s troops will be eager to get back to winning ways at the first time of asking. Everton are the favourites in this one and we think they will deliver the goods.
Steve Bruce’s Magpies have had a mixed bag of results so far, winning two, drawing two and losing two of six. In their last outing, United picked up a handy 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. Everton won their opening four, though they head to St James’ having taken just one point from the last six on offer. We fancy the Toffees to strike back with a big three points on Sunday. The Everton win and both teams to score is priced at very nice odds of 11/4.
16:30 - Manchester United v Arsenal
Old foes Manchester United and Arsenal lock horns in Premier League action this Sunday. After winning just two of their opening five, the Red Devils find themselves down in 15th place in the current table. As for the Gunners, they are not doing too much better and have already lost three of their opening six Premier League matches. This is a huge fixture for both clubs, but who will come out on top at Old Trafford?
Despite their poor league position, Man Utd have been in good form since that 6-1 battering by Tottenham Hotspur. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have won three of their last four, including two excellent UEFA Champions League victories against Paris Saint-Germain (away) and RB Leipzig (5-0). Since a narrow win over Sheffield United, Arsenal have lost their last two league games, losing 1-0 to both Manchester City and Leicester City. You can get the 1-0 Man Utd win this weekend at huge and good value odds of 9/1.
19:15 - Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur and Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hove Albion go head-to-head at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday night. Spurs were beaten in the UEFA Europa League in midweek, but the London side have not tasted defeat in the Premier League since losing to Everton on the opening weekend. Tottenham are the clear favourites in this one.
Mourinho’s men have made a steady start to their league campaign, taking 11 points from a possible 18 and in a strange season some are suggesting their front three could fire them to the title. Spurs sit just two points behind joint leaders Everton and Liverpool. Brighton have picked up one win so far, drawing two and losing three of the other five. The Seagulls caused Tottenham plenty of problems last season, but the home side should edge this one. Spurs’ last three wins over Albion have been by a single goal so back the hosts to win by one again on Sunday at the nice price of 11/4.
17:30 - Fulham v West Bromwich Albion
Fulham have struggled to get going in the Premier League since gaining promotion via the EFL Championship play-offs. Scott Parker’s boys sit bottom, picking up just one point thus far and not really deserving all that much more. West Bromwich Albion, who were also promoted from the second tier, have not fared much better, drawing three and losing three of their opening six. It is still early days, of course, but this one at Craven Cottage already feels like a relegation six-pointer and both sides will be desperate to get a first win of the season on the board.
Fulham have lost five of their opening six Premier League matches, drawing the other one with fellow strugglers Sheffield United. As for Slaven Bilic’s Baggies, their three points have come in draws with Chelsea, Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion. These two are evenly matched on paper, and we can see the pair playing out a tense draw at the Cottage on Monday. The draw and under 2.5 goals is priced at nice looking odds of 11/4.
20:00 - Leeds United v Leicester City
While Fulham and West Bromwich Albion have struggled, Premier League new boys Leeds United have flourished in the top flight so far. On Monday night, Marcelo Bielsa’s boys will be looking for another positive result when Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City visit Elland Road. At the time of writing, United sit sixth and the Foxes are fourth. This promises to be an entertaining Premier League fixture in West Yorkshire and one that should be close.
Leeds have been extremely competitive so far this season, beating Fulham, Sheffield United and Aston Villa. They also held Manchester City to a draw at Elland Road and pushed Liverpool all the way at Anfield. Leicester have blown hot and cold, winning four and losing two. This is a tough one to call between two in-form teams, but we fancy Bielsa’s boys to get a narrow win on home turf. Back United to win by one at 15/4.