Football Betting Tips

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.

Today - 29 February 2020

12:30 - Brighton v Crystal Palace

Draw & BTTS @ 4/1

Graham Potter’s Brighton and Hove Albion and Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace go head-to-head at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday in the A23 derby; and though this clearly doesn’t have the prestige of the Merseyside or the vehement rivalry of the Old Firm, there is certainly a bit of spice when these sides meet. The rivals drew 1-1 in a tight and tense match at Selhurst Park earlier in the season, but will we see a winner this time? The Eagles are currently in 13th place in the table and are five points ahead of 15th-placed Brighton as things stand. Though it is the Seagulls who are priced up as the favourites with the bookies, currently available at odds of evens.

Brighton could really do with three points on Saturday after going seven games without victory, drawing five and losing two of those matches. Albion have picked up just one win in 12 league games since beating Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on 5th December. As for Crystal Palace, last weekend’s 1-0 home win over Newcastle United was their first victory since Boxing Day. We can see this one ending all square at the Amex, with the draw and both teams to score nicely priced at odds of 4/1.

12:30 - Hull City v Leeds United

Leeds United to Win by One @ 13/5

Saturday’s early game in the EFL Championship takes place at the KCOM Stadium, as Grant McCann’s Hull City go up against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United in a usually tasty Yorkshire derby. United have got back on track in recent weeks with successive 1-0 wins over Bristol City, Reading and Middlesbrough. Can Leeds make it four victories in a row at the weekend or will struggling Hull prove to be a thorn in the side of the West Yorkshire visitors?

Hull were beaten again in midweek, losing at home to lowly Barnsley. Since three league and cup victories on the spin a couple of months back, the Tigers have lost eight and drawn two of their following 10 games across all competitions. Leeds are five points clear of second place with just 11 matches left. We fancy Bielsa’s boys to secure another narrow victory on Saturday. The away team are priced at odds of 13/5 to win by one goal, which looks a good bet to us.

15:00 - Bournemouth v Chelsea

Chelsea to Win -1 Goal @ 15/8

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth and Frank Lampard’s Chelsea square off at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and the home side are getting rather desperate for points as the prospect of relegation grows evermore real. The Cherries are down in 16th spot at the moment, only two points above the bottom three. In contrast, Chelsea are in fourth position in the table and are chasing a UEFA Champions League place. Will Lampard’s men leave the South Coast with all three points? The bookies certainly think they will, but Howe’s men could have other ideas.

Bournemouth have been on an abysmal run of form over the past few months or so. Since a surprising 1-0 home win over Manchester United in early November, the Cherries have lost a staggering 12 of their following 16 league matches. The Blues edged past Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge last weekend, and we fancy Chelsea to take the points at the Vitality. Take a punt on the away team to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 15/8.

15:00 - West Brom v Wigan Athletic

West Bromwich Albion HT/FT @ 6/5

EFL Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion welcome lowly Wigan Athletic to The Hawthorns on Saturday. Slaven Bilic’s Baggies are closing in on the Premier League after securing another impressive win in midweek, 2-0 at home to Preston. West Brom have certainly had one or two problems at home this season, but they should get the better of Paul Cook’s Latics with room to spare on Saturday afternoon.

West Brom have responded expertly well from their seven-game winless run. Since losing to Cardiff City in South Wales in late January, the Baggies have taken an impressive 16 points from a possible 18. Wigan have won back-to-back games, but this will be a stern test for Cook’s Athletic. Bilic’s boys will be looking dominate this one on home soil, so check out the solid odds of 6/5 for the hosts to be winning at half time and full time.

17:30 - Watford v Liverpool

Liverpool to Win Both Halves @ 12/5

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be looking for a 19th Premier League victory in a row when the Reds travel to Vicarage Road to face Nigel Pearson’s Watford on Saturday. As expected, the runaway leaders are the overwhelming favourites in this one, with the bookies pricing them at odds of just 4/11 to bank another three points as they stroll to the Premier League title. Can the Hornets stop the relentless Reds in their tracks at the weekend, or will it be business as usual for the champions in waiting?

Liverpool have dropped just two Premier League points all season, winning 18 in a row since a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford back in October. Klopp’s troops have won 12 of 13 away league matches this term, scoring 26 and shipping just six along the way. In short, it’s going to take something remarkable to stop the Reds walking away with the points from this one. Watford, who are down in 19thposition in the table, certainly need the points, but Liverpool are likely to be far too strong for Pearson’s Hornets. Put some money on the visitors to win both halves at a surprisingly solid price of 12/5.

Tomorrow - 1 March 2020

14:00 - Everton v Manchester Utd

Draw & BTTS @ 10/3

Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton entertain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday. The Toffees have been hard to beat under their Italian boss, while Man Utd’s results have improved in recent weeks. With that in mind, we should be in for an entertaining Premier League encounter on Merseyside after the reverse fixture ended 1-1.

Only Manchester City and Arsenal have beaten Ancelotti’s Everton in the league. The Merseysiders have been especially tough to beat at Goodison lately, undefeated at home in league action since Norwich City left with a surprise 2-0 victory back in November. The Red Devils have taken seven points from their last three, beating Chelsea and Watford without conceding in the last two. We can see the spoils being shared at Goodison, with the draw and both teams to score good value at decent odds of 10/3.

14:00 - Tottenham Hotspur v Wolves

Tottenham Hotspur to Win 2-1 @ 10/1

After losing 2-1 in a poor performance at Stamford Bridge last time out, Jose Mourinho will demand a response from his Tottenham Hotspur players this weekend. However, Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash against Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be a tricky one for the Lilywhites.

Before last weekend’s loss at Chelsea, Tottenham had started to build some momentum, winning three Premier League games on the spin. Wolves are undefeated in three in the league, but Nuno’s boys have won only two of their previous eight. Goals from Lucas Moura and Jan Vertonghen gave the Lilywhites a 2-1 victory at Molineux back in December. This could be another close affair, but Spurs should nick it on home soil against a Wolves side that lost 3-2 in Spain in midweek. Another 2-1 Tottenham victory is available at huge odds of 10/1.

14:30 - Aston Villa v Manchester City

Manchester City to Win -2 Goals @ 21/20

Dean Smith’s Aston Villa and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City do battle at Wembley Stadium this Sunday in the 2020 Carabao Cup final. Man City are searching for a third straight EFL Cup crown, while the Villans have not lifted this trophy since 1996. Guardiola’s troops have dominated this competition in recent years, and they are big favourites to retain their trophy in the capital on Sunday.

Man City warmed up for this final by winning in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, beating Real Madrid 2-1. As for Aston Villa, they have lost three Premier League games in a row since getting past Leicester City in the semi-final. City have thumped the Villans home and away in league action this term, scoring nine times along the way. The Manchester club will be looking for another comfortable win over the Midlands outfit on Sunday. We expect them to deliver the good so take a punt on City to win -2 at odds of 21/20.

Monday - 2 March 2020

19:45 - Portsmouth v Arsenal

Arsenal Win & BTTS @ 15/8

The Emirates FA Cup returns this week, with Portsmouth and Arsenal kicking things off at Fratton Park on Monday night. Kenny Jackett’s troops may ply their trade in EFL League One these days, but Pompey will fancy their chances of causing an upset on home soil. However, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal head to Hampshire as the strong 2/5 favourites to get the job done in the 90.

Portsmouth are well and truly in the mix for promotion to the EFL Championship this season, but they will certainly have one eye on this FA Cup tie. Pompey have fond memories of this competition, winning the FA Cup in 2008. Opponents Arsenal are well behind in the race for UEFA Champions League places in the Premier League, so Arteta could be targeting the cup this season. The Gunners should get the win at Fratton Park, but it could be a tough tie for the Premier League outfit. The away win and both teams to score is priced at 15/8.

19:45 - Middlesbrough v N. Forest

Nottingham Forest to Win to Nil @ 7/2

Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest meet at the Riverside Stadium in the EFL Championship on Monday night. With Forest pushing for promotion, while Boro are only above the drop zone on goal difference, Sabri Lamouchi’s Reds will be targeting a ninth away league win. At the time of writing, only leaders West Bromwich Albion have picked up more away points (38) than Forest (31).

Jonathan Woodgate is enduring a tough first season as Middlesbrough manager, with his team languishing just above the bottom three at present. Nottingham Forest picked up an excellent 1-0 victory at Cardiff City in midweek, becoming only the second team to win at the home of the Bluebirds in the Championship this season. We fancy Forest to get the win and keep another clean sheet on Monday. The away team are available at 7/2 to win to nil at the Riverside.

Football Bets

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".

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