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  1. Ipswich vs Rochdale OK, so we have the likes of @allyhibs covering the Scottish football and we have @Perfect Storm doing his thing with Bolton so I'm going to shine the light on League One ahead of tomorrow's games. The focus for this preview is Ipswich versus Rochdale in a 3pm BST kick-off at Portman Road. These two sides have experienced contrasting starts to their campaigns so let's see how they're set for this clash. Ipswich have started this campaign like they started the previous one. Paul Lambert witnessed his team win 8 and draw 3 of their opening 11 league games last season. This time around they've won their opening two league matches after beating both Wigan and Bristol Rovers by a 2-0 score-line. The fact they have managed this with last season's joint top scorer James Norwood being restricted to a role coming off the bench shows that this Tractor Boys side is one to be taken seriously in this division this season. Three clean sheets from their four competitive matches so far also shows that right now they're getting things spot on at both ends of the pitch. Rochdale came into this campaign knowing they'd be up against it. The team has been under the management of Brian Barry-Murphy since former manager Keith Hill joined Bolton. The club narrowly avoided relegation last season and with just 1 point from their opening 2 league matches it's clear to see this could be a long and hard season for the Dale. The 0-0 draw at home to Portsmouth offered some encouraging signs after the demoralising 3-1 loss away to Swindon but is relegation at the end of this campaign almost inevitable? I have a feeling Ipswich will do what they usually do and start this season frantically and at a high tempo before fading off as the season goes on. It just depends if they can put in enough points when the going is good to let it see them over the line. Whatever happens over the course of the season I can see them winning games like this comfortably. The bookies back a business-like home win and so do I! Ipswich -1 @ 2.25 with SpreadEx Ipswich HT/FT @ 2.25 with BetVictor
  2. Apologies for the late post guys. The full odds were being released so only just getting them up now. @Bang on, @Cheltenhamwhite, and @Wiltshire Shot, are you betting on these games this week?
  3. Cardiff vs Reading My weekly coverage of my beloved Cardiff is up next as they host Reading in a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon at the Cardiff City Stadium. It's been a mixed bag of results for the home team so far but they face a stiff challenge against a travelling side that are one of just two teams with a 100% record to start this new campaign. Who will come away as the happier team after 90 minutes? Cardiff might have narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season via the Championship play-offs but it's been a rollercoaster of emotions for us fans since the new season started. The euphoria surrounding the arrivals of the likes of Kieffer Moore and Sheyi Ojo has been tempered by the sacking of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and the departure of Danny Ward and imminent exit of fan favourite Callum Paterson. Still, Neil Harris is still carrying favour with the Bluebirds faithful after the club bounced back from two competitive defeats without scoring a goal to win 2-0 away to Nottingham Forest. The only issue is that they're playing a team in Reading who they haven't beaten in their last 9 meetings. Reading have been struggling as a team in the second tier of English football for the past few seasons now with a lack of stability hampering their progress. The board made the controversial decision to sack head coach Mark Bowen in the off-season and replace him with the little known former Chicago Fire gaffer Veljko Paunovic. So far, it appears that shrewd move has paid off. The Royals are sat on top of the league table after 2-0 victories over both Derby and Barnsley. Keeping two clean sheets is a big improvement on last season and the fact all four goals in the league have been scored by different players shows they have goal threats all over the pitch. It's an encouraging start to their campaign. These two sides have played each other a fair bit over the past 20 years. I've been to away games with Cardiff at the Madejski Stadium a few times. Always a fun trip. Anyway, the standout stat is that these games often end in draws. 5 of the last 9 encounters in the Welsh capital have ended in a draw and 2 of the last 3 meetings have ended in a 1-1 result. I am actually going to back another draw here. Even though I think Reading have started the season very well I think Cardiff will start to pick up some results now they've got that first win out of the way. Draw @ 3.40 with BetVictor BTTS @ 1.87 with RedZone
  4. Burnley vs Southampton Our final preview for the Saturday matches in the Premier League comes from Turf Moor where Burnley host Southampton in an 8pm BST kick-off. Neither of these two teams have managed to pick up a point in the league so far this season but the home team will be hoping to build on their EFL Cup fortunes with a win over a travelling side that are looking as bad at the start of this campaign as they did at the beginning of the 2019/20 season. Burnley continue to head into a Premier League being tipped to go down due to their lack of investment. Yet once again it seems Sean Dyche has his team organised and drilled to defy the odds. The Clarets might have lost their first and only league game of the season so far by a 4-2 score-line away to Leicester but the progression to the EFL Cup 4th Round thanks to wins over Sheffield United and Millwall suggests there's still plenty of fight in this Burnley team this season. Just 1 loss from their last 8 league games at home is decent form heading into this match and the fact they're also unbeaten against Southampton since 2016 with 4 wins and 3 draws in their 7 meetings since gives them every reason to be confident ahead of this clash. Southampton were a team many felt could push on up the league table after a strong finish last season despite their torrid start. The manner in which the Saints have started this campaign has to leave you wondering what on earth Ralph Hasenhuttl and his coaching staff do with the players in the off-season?! A 1-0 loss away to Crystal Palace and 5-2 defeat at home to Tottenham is disappointing and the 2-0 loss at home to Brentford in the EFL Cup 2nd Round added further misery to their early season schedule. On the plus side, Danny Ings has already scored 2 goals this season so that gives them hope in any game if he's scoring. This is one of those games where I'm torn between the home win and draw. Southampton have not given me any reason to feel I can back them at the moment. There have been moments of encouragement but over a 90 minute period of a game they're lacking. Burnley will always be a side under Dyche that you can't bet against without feeling it's a big risk. I just think Ings is still hitting the back of the net and he could be the difference between Southampton drawing and losing games like this right now so I'm going to back a draw. Draw @ 3.35 with Unibet BTTS @ 1.86 with Betfair
  5. West Brom vs Chelsea The third game for the Saturday kick-offs in the Premier League this weekend is the 5:30pm BST start between relegation favourites West Brom and a new-look Chelsea side at the Hawthorns. It's been a rough re-introduction to the top flight of English football for the home side and it doesn't get easier as they take on a lucrative away team that is showing signs of being potential Champions League qualifiers at the very least. West Brom earned a reputation for being a yo-yo team in English football. They were always seen as the side that was too good for the Championship but not good enough for the Premier League. Based on their first two league games this season it appears that not much has changed for the Baggies. Slaven Bilic has seen his team lose 3-0 at home to Leicester and 5-2 away to Everton. The team was also eliminated 5-4 on penalties against Brentford in the EFL Cup 3rd Round in midweek after a 2-2 draw. Conceding 8 goals is a worry for Bilic even though his team probably weren't expecting to win many points in these opening few fixtures. On the plus side, it seems they have found a surprise goal scoring outlet in Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu who has bagged 3 goals in all competitions already. Chelsea spent big in the summer and it's hard to tell whether it will prove money invested wisely. The Blues stormed to a 3-1 win away to Brighton in their opening game but then lost 2-0 at home to reigning champions Liverpool in their second league match after going down to 10-men when Andreas Christensen was sent off and Jorginho missed a penalty. The 6-0 win over Barnsley in the EFL Cup 3rd Round gave a glimpse of the ability of new signing Kai Havertz who bagged a hat-trick. At least three goals have been scored in all of Chelsea's last 8 away league matches including failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 away league games. So we can expect goals here. I think you can count West Brom as one of the relegated sides already. It's clear they don't have the quality or manager to keep them in this division. It's effectively a waste of a Premier League spot. It's a shame Brentford couldn't have gone up instead. No offence Baggies fans! Anyway, I expect another harsh dose of reality for them here with Chelsea running riot. I can see the away side winning by 2-3 goals. Chelsea -1 @ 2.13 with RedZone Chelsea HT/FT @ 2.10 with Novibet
  6. Crystal Palace vs Everton The second game in our Premier League previews this weekend is the 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park. Both of these two clubs have enjoyed productive starts to their league campaigns but at least one side will drop points in this game. In a battle between two experienced managers, who will come out on top? Crystal Palace were one of my tips to go down this season. I'm not afraid to say it. I could be wrong based on this early season form but I still think over the whole campaign they will struggle. Especially if Wilfried Zaha goes. For the time being, life is good for the Eagles. Roy Hodgson has done a cracking job so far with the 1-0 win at home to Southampton and the 3-1 victory away to Manchester United. Granted, Zaha has done the game-defining magic with 3 goals in those 2 league games but the whole team unit has worked very efficiently with a high intense pressure game in the middle of the park working wonders. The fact remains that Palace have lost 8 of their last 11 league games stretching back into last season and they've played two teams that have had off days. Everton finally look like a team that will give the top four places a real good go this season. Manager Carlo Ancelotti is already getting the best out of his trio of new signings with Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and James Rodriguez all thriving so far. He's also turned Dominic Calvert-Lewin into the lead striker he had the potential to become. Then there's the back-line that is protecting the vulnerable Jordan Pickford with their lives! The Toffees have won both of their first two games of the season beating Tottenham 1-0 away and West Brom 5-2 at home. The back-to-back wins over Salford and Fleetwood in the EFL Cup has also guided them to the 4th Round in that competition. It's all sunshine and rainbows on the blue half of Merseyside right now. It's just the third game of the season and already one of the form teams will drop points. Credit to both of these clubs for the way they've started their respective campaigns but I feel the results have been slightly off giving us a true picture of how these two teams compare. I feel this is a game where we'll once again see Everton's talented pool of players get the job done as they continue their journey into the next level. Crystal Palace will likely give another good account of themselves but it's failing to win games like this that will keep them in a mid-table position at best this season before what I feel will become the inevitable decline as the season goes on and their lack of squad depth is exposed. Everton to Win @ 2.20 with Matchbook Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.75 with Betfair
  7. Brighton vs Manchester United OK, so speaking of Manchester United, we'll kick off our weekly previews with the 12:30pm BST game on Saturday afternoon which is Brighton versus Manchester United at the AMEX Stadium. Both of these teams have had mixed starts to their 2020/21 campaigns so this match offers a great opportunity to put their seasons on a more positive footing at this early stage. Brighton have had a campaign of ups and downs so far already. Graham Potter's side suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss to Chelsea at home in their opening game but hit back with an impressive 3-0 victory away to Newcastle last week. The mixed fortunes in the league have been boosted by the superb performances in the EFL Cup that has seen the Seagulls reach the 4th Round after a 4-0 win over Portsmouth at home and a 2-0 victory away against Preston. Scoring goals isn't a problem for Brighton right now with the club having hit the net in 8 of their last 10 games. The fact this statistic is combined with the team keeping 3 clean sheets in their opening 4 competitive matches of the season is positive reading for their fans. Anyone watching their games will know how well the likes of Ben White and Tariq Lamptey have been playing. It's all encouraging stuff. Manchester United haven't quite had as much to shout about as Brighton in their season so far. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already had to hit back at the critics after the club started their league campaign with a 3-1 battering at home to Crystal Palace. The Red Devils answered that result with a 3-0 win away to Luton in the EFL Cup 3rd Round. However, the fans will be concerned that the team has only won 2 of their last 5 league games. There are already rumours that Ed Woodward is courting the idea of bringing in Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa to replace Solskjaer if results don't improve immediately. It feels like we've been here before with United. Right, so this is where we get a better idea of where these two teams are placed at this early phase of the season. Brighton have made me raise an eyebrow of interest so far. I admire Potter as a manager and think Brighton are in good hands with him at the helm. In White and Lamptey, they have two exciting prospects and there's potential for this team to establish themselves as a mid-table Premier League side. Manchester United just feel like a club that still possess something not quite right about them. I think it's only a matter of time before Solskjaer is removed. They've hit their peak under him and I have no confidence they can win this game. Maybe their front line will squeak them through but they still have issues at the back. I just can't back a United win so I have to go for a Brighton double chance. I can certainly see both teams scoring. Brighton Double Chance @ 2.20 with RedZone BTTS @ 1.72 with Betfair
  8. I was initially going to say no but the whole reason we brought Curtis Nelson in for Aden Flint in the Cardiff back-line was because we needed a fast-paced player next to Sean Morrison at centre back. It's improved our defensive immeasurably over the last year. So even though Nelson might not be the "better defender" he complements Morrison better than Flint. Could be the same for Wan Bissaka and Maguire?
  9. Huddersfield vs Nottingham Forest The opening game of the weekend in the Championship is a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Friday night between Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest at the John Smith's Stadium. Neither of these two sides have managed to pick up any points so far this season after their first two league games so they'll be hoping this is the game where they can get off the mark. Huddersfield made the controversial decision to sack Danny Cowley and replace him with Leeds first team coach and under 23s head coach Carlos Corberan. It was a gamble of an appointment of a man that has no experience of managing at this level. It appears that so far the gamble hasn't paid off but it's early days. The Terriers have lost every single competitive game so far and haven't even been able to hit the back of the net. This is perhaps no surprise after the sale of Steve Mounie and the injury to last season's top scorer Karlan Grant. Another worrying statistic is the fact that Huddersfield have already faced 22 shots this season. Clearly, something needs to change. Nottingham Forest might have failed to earn a point so far this season but the second half display against Cardiff last weekend offered a lot of cause for optimism. Head coach Sabri Lamouchi undoubtedly has the quality within the squad but it could simply be a case of waiting for the new arrivals to gel. The strike pairing of Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor is a goal machine waiting to happen. It just depends whether it takes a few games or a dozen games for things to start clicking but it definitely feels like it's a sense of inevitability that sooner or later the results will start coming. I'm going to be brutally honest here. I think Huddersfield are screwed this season. There was a massive weight of expectation on Grant last season and there's no doubt his 19 goals single handed saved the club from relegation. Can he do the same again and if he does then will the club be able to fend off expected January transfer window interest? I was impressed by Forest in the second half last week but their first half performance gifted us the points. I still feel I've seen more from Forest so far this season and they should come away with the win. Nottingham Forest to Win @ 2.64 with Novibet Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.63 with VBet
  10. Check out the latest odds and ratings for the upcoming Turkish Super Lig this weekend. Put your predictions down below!
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