In this section you’ll find our free football betting tips which cover a selection of the best matches from today, tomorrow and this weekend. The predictions made by our tipsters focus on value and can easily be combined into accumulators. The predictions & tips mainly focus on domestic games with a heavy slant towards the Premier League and Championship, plus major international fixtures.
Upcoming Football Matches
19:30 - Koln v RB Leipzig
Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig are in Bundesliga action on Monday night, as the Red Bulls travel to the RheinEnergieStadion to take on Markus Gisdol’s Koln. The hosts are in mid-table having won 10 of 28 fixtures. Leipzig are third ahead of this round of fixtures, nine points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich and just two behind Borussia Dortmund. Can Nagelsmann’s boys return to Leipzig with an important three points in the bag?
Koln have taken two points from a possible nine since returning to action. Last Wednesday, the Billy Goats were beaten 3-1 at Hoffenheim. However, they are not easy to beat at home, losing only one Bundesliga game on their own patch since November. Having dropped points at home last time out, RB Leipzig will want maximum points in Cologne. However, we can see the hosts holding the Red Bulls to a draw. The 1-1 stalemate is available at huge odds of 17/2.
19:30 - Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt
Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt meet in the Bundesliga on Wednesday night in the solitary midweek fixture in the German Bundesliga. Florian Kohfeldt’s men are in the relegation zone as things stand, although they head into this match at the Weserstadion having taken seven points from their last three games. Adi Hutter’s Eintracht picked up their first Bundesliga victory since February last time out, winning 2-1 at Wolfsburg.
Bremen have given themselves a survival lifeline after winning two and drawing one of their last three in the league. However, their home form has been atrocious this season, failing to win on their own patch in league action since 1st September. Werder have picked up the fewest home points of any side in the division, while Eintracht have the worst record on the road. With that in mind, this might not be an absolute classic for the neutrals to enjoy. Hutter’s side have lost 10 of their 14 away fixtures so far this season, but we can see them leaving Bremen with a hard-fought point. We will be backing the draw and both teams to score at odds of 10/3.
UPDATE: Football Postponements & Cancellations
Currently all major football leagues in Europe, with the exception of the German Bundesliga, have been postponed or cancelled. The Premier League and EFL have both been called off until early June at the earliest, while several other top leagues have been postponed until further notice.
With nine rounds of fixtures left to play, the Premier League has had to step aside for the ongoing virus. The initial return date was April 4th, but the postponement was extended indefinitely. Similar applies to the Championship and League One, with June now also their earliest return date. League Two and the National League have both voted to end their seasons early. Football chiefs in England continue to meet to discuss plans for the remainder of the season.
Germany has been the first nation to return to action, with the Bundesliga and Bundesliga II resuming on the 16th May, albeit behind closed doors.
Italy, who have been hit hard by the virus, were hoping to return to some kind of action in May. This will now be June at the earliest although nothing has been confirmed yet. La Liga is suspended, whilst the SPFL, Ligue 1 and the Eredivisie will not complete their seasons. La Liga initially said there would be no football for at least two rounds but that was extended with a date of June 12th now set for the potential return to action.
In general most leagues, including the Champions and Europa Leagues, are suspended “until further notice”. Whilst some have talked about not playing until at least the start of April the reality is that we are unlikely to see any major football played, even behind closed doors, until much later.
There have the odd exception to that, with some matches in Australia, Nigeria, Belarus and one or two other nations still going ahead. Some of those will be played without spectators so all in all it really is very slim pickings for football fans over the coming weeks and months.
EURO 2020 DELAYED TO 2021
In addition to all that, UEFA Euro 2020 has been postponed until 2021 in the hope that this will allow the European leagues to finish their domestic seasons over the now-free summer. The semi-finals of the play-offs (to decide the final four teams at the Euros), which were due to take place in March, have also been postponed, with those now pencilled in for June and the four finals to follow at some stage after that.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL MATCHES & CUPS
The 2020 Copa America has also been delayed for 12 months and various international friendly games that were scheduled to take place have been cancelled. That includes the likes of England v Italy (March 27) and England v Romania, which wasn’t due to be played until the 7th June.
Our tips and predictions mainly focus on a few core bets. Chances are you’re already familiar with these, but here’s a quick run down just in case:
- Win/Draw/Win – The simplest bet you can make… who will win the match?
- HT/FT – The odds for the WDW markets are often quite low, especially when one team is heavily favoured. The halft-time/full-time market offers an opportunity to boost the odds by selecitng the result for both half time and the final whistle.
- Handicap Betting – Another way to increase the odds on the match result is to add a handicap. For example, Arsenal -2 means that they effectively start the match at -2, meaning they need two goals more than the other team to draw and three more to win.
- Both Teams to Score – Originating in the Goals Galore market from Betfred, both teams to score has become incredibly popular. They frequently show up in accumulators and with odds usually below evens it’s easy to see why. Other variations you may see in our tips are both teams not to score (BTTS No – where one or both teams won’t score) and BTTS + Win, where the winner of the match is picked alongside the BTTS bet.
- Over/Under – Another bet that’s along the same lines as BTTS are over/under bets. Except here you’re predicting whether the totaly number of goals will be above or below a target figure. The most comon example is 2.5 goals, although you can place these bets on a wide range of numbers. You can even bet on over 0.5 goals if you think it’s going to be anything other than a 0-0 draw.
- Correct Score – To really boost the odds, head to the correct score market. It’s a hard bet to predict but it sometimes has value.
- Goalscorer – You wont see these bets too frequently in our tips, but they do crop up from time to time if the value offered is good. Here we’re picking who will score, either first, last or at any point in the match. For matches with a heavy favourite and a strong striker you may even see something along the lines of “Ronaldo to score two or more goals”.