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  1. Arsenal vs West Ham The final game of the day on Saturday in the Premier League is an all-London affair when FA Community Shield winners Arsenal host relegation candidates West Ham in an 8pm BST kick-off at the Emirates Stadium. These two clubs not only have opposing aspirations for this coming season but also started their campaigns with contrasting fortunes last weekend. Arsenal are showing real signs of evolution under Mikel Arteta. The FA Community Shield win over Liverpool was a huge scalp and the Gunners followed it up with that clinical 3-0 victory over newly promoted Fulham in their opening league match of the season. It's now 9 home league games unbeaten for the side and there's a genuine feeling that this Arsenal team are just 2-3 additions away from being authentic title contenders. In the meantime, they're clearly a team that will give any team trouble and should sweep away the lower-placed sides in the division like their opponents for this game. West Ham have once again entered a season dogged by discontent on and off the pitch. The owners are taking the brunt of the criticism and after last weekend's 2-0 loss at home to Newcastle there's little sign that the Hammers will prove the doubters wrong. Eternal optimists in their fan base will no doubt point to the 3-0 win over local rivals Charlton in the EFL Cup 2nd Round as evidence that things can be better than expected this season. Don't count on it. West Ham have failed to score in 7 of their last 15 away league games and you wouldn't bet against them failing to score here. The head-to-head record doesn't make for very pleasant reading for West Ham fans. Arsenal have won 10 of the last 11 meetings at the Emirates Stadium and the Gunners have also won by 2 or more goals in 5 of the last 8 meetings at this ground. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw an equally convincing win for the home side in this encounter. They're looking like an irresistible betting option right now. Arsenal -1 @ 2.45 with SpreadEx Arsenal HT/FT @ 2.40 with BetVictor
  2. Manchester United vs Crystal Palace The third game in the Premier League fixture list this weekend is between Manchester United and Crystal Palace with a 5:30pm BST kick-off scheduled for Saturday evening at Old Trafford. It's a first game of the season for the home side who come up against a visiting team that started their league campaign with a surprise victory last weekend. Who will take the spoils here? Manchester United ended last season on the high of qualifying for the Champions League. Some optimistic Red Devils fans were even spouting that they felt they should be considered as potential title challengers this season. Personally, I think that's taking things a little far. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has kept his transfer activity to a minimum this summer with Alexis Sanchez making his loan move to Inter Milan permanent and the arrival of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek being the only signing. The team is on a run of 14 league games undefeated and have lost just 1 of their last 17 league games at home but can they continue that form into this new season? Crystal Palace were touted by many to be one of the sides that could struggle this season. The Eagles have managed to keep hold of Wilfried Zaha so far but his departure almost feels inevitable. The arrivals of Eberechi Eze, Michy Batshuayi, and Nathan Ferguson have been well-received. That feelgood factor continued after the narrow 1-0 win over Southampton last weekend. However, a small dampener on that result was inflicted by the loss to Championship side Bournemouth on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the EFL Cup 2nd Round. This is the ideal sort of game for Manchester United to kick off their new season. It's a game they should really win against a team that could be in a false sense of confidence after an opening weekend win over a poor opposition. Crystal Palace still didn't show me anything overly surprising last week. I think Southampton were just worse. Even then Palace had Vicente Guaita to thank. Both teams have scored in 3 of the previous 5 meetings between these two sides and both teams have also scored in every one of United's last three home league games. I wouldn't be shocked to see both teams score here but I have to back a home win. Manchester United HT/FT @ 2.00 with SpreadEx BTTS @ 2.10 with Boylesports
  3. Newport County vs Barrow The second preview for this thread this weekend is the League Two clash between Newport County and newly promoted Barrow in a 3pm BST kick-off at Rodney Parade on Saturday afternoon. Why have I chosen this game to take a closer look? Well, firstly, I do love a bit of Newport County and, secondly, I'll actually be working at my girlfriend's place tomorrow which is literally on the other side of the road from the stadium so thought I might as well cover it here! Newport County were being tipped to struggle this season by a lot of Football League pundits heading into this season. It's easy to see why. Michael Flynn's side didn't exactly end last season on a positive note and the team continues to work with a limited budget. The signing of striker Ryan Taylor could prove a masterstroke and even though the arrival of Kevin Ellison raised eyebrows his experience could prove vital. The Exiles began their league campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Scunthorpe but the 2-0 win over Swansea and the 1-0 win against Cambridge in the EFL Cup to allow progress to the 3rd Round has been a highlight. Barrow had to start life in the Football League with a lot of changes. New manager David Dunn needed to get his feet under the desk quickly as he replaced the outgoing Ian Evatt. A 1-1 draw at home against last season's relegation survivalists Stevenage was an encouraging first point but surely that's a game they would have wanted to win? The 0-0 draw with Derby only to lose on penalties in the EFL Cup 1st Round showed signs of what this squad can achieve. The jury remains out and will do for some time with Dunn. Evatt will be a tough act to follow, especially for such an inexperienced manager, but the quality is there. I'm optimistic that Newport County can once again be in the mix for the play-offs this season. There is enough attacking quality to see them get goals but they just need to stop conceding silly goals. Barrow might need time to adapt to the pace of League Two football. If Evatt was still at the helm I'd probably be backing them to deliver more on the results front but this could be a long and tough season for the division's new boys. Newport County to Win @ 2.25 with 888Sport BTTS @ 1.91 with William Hill
  4. Hull vs Crewe The League One action is back for another round this weekend with our choice of the matches coming in the 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon when recently relegated Hull play newly promoted Crewe in a fascinating clash at the KCOM Stadium. These two teams have had contrasting starts to their season so it'll be interesting to see if they continue with their respective form. Hull were looking like a team short on confidence, quality, and form at the back end of last season as their nose dive into relegation was confirmed. The club has kept faith with manager Grant McCann and a number of big name players have left the club including Nouha Dicko, Markus Henriksen, Jackson Irvine, Eric Lichaj, Kevin Stewart, and Jon Toral. A wealth of fresh faces have been drafted in with Malik Wilks from Barnsley, Richard Smallwood of Blackburn, and Alfie Jones from Southampton being three of the more noteworthy additions. A 2-0 win away to Gillingham was a positive start and the Tigers have continued that fine form in the EFL Cup with victories over Sunderland and Leeds seeing them progress to the 3rd Round. Crewe have been progressing well under manager David Artell with the gaffer being one of the highest rated up-and-coming managers in the Football League. Alexandra have been working with a limited budget, as always, over the summer and it's meant the only arrivals have been free transfers in the form of Mikael Mandron, Donervon Daniels, Omar Beckles, and Luke Murphy. A 2-0 loss at home to Charlton was disappointing albeit not entirely unexpected. A 1st Round elimination from the EFL Cup only added more misery to the start of their campaign after a 2-1 loss at home to Lincoln. This is a tough game for Crewe as they begin their season at this level with one of the hardest opening set of fixtures. Hull looked solid enough against Gillingham to suggest they'll be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. Based on what I've seen of Crewe it might take some time for them to adapt. Given the lack of funding available at the club it's unlikely they can hope for an immediate increase in quality but once the players adapt to this level they should be competing in most games. Hull to Win @ 1.95 with William Hill Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.90 with BetVictor
  5. Check out the latest odds for the upcoming matches in the Turkish Super Lig this weekend. Give us your predictions for these matches down below!
  6. The odds for the next round of Dutch Eredivisie matches coming up this weekend have been released. Check them out above and then share your own thoughts on the games down below!
  7. The second week of matches in the Greek Super League are coming up this weekend. Let us know what your bets are for this next round of matches down below!
  8. OK, so I thought we might as well crack back on with taking a look at the Cymru Premier matches and their odds coming up. Not sure what the situation is with Northern Ireland but I can't find the odds for their games at the moment. @Wiltshire Shot, @Cheltenhamwhite, and @Bang on, are any of you guys looking to get back to betting on this league again?
  9. Here are the odds and ratings for this weekend's matches in the Belgian First Division A. Apologies they're going up later than usual @harry_rag. Been a congested week with EFL Cup action!
  10. Leeds vs Fulham The second game in the Premier League this weekend is between newly promoted clubs Leeds and Fulham in a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon from Elland Road. @Ameer13, keen to hear your thoughts after reading what I'm about to put. Both teams lost their opening games of the new season but will be coming into this game with different levels of self-belief based on their performances. Leeds have undoubtedly been the most high-profile promotion to the English top flight possibly since Manchester City returned back in 2002. Marcelo Bielsa has managed what 14 managers had failed to do at different points before him and guide the club back to the promised land. The Whites stormed to the Championship title last season with their high intense pressing style of play. It was no surprise to those of us that have watched them a fair bit in the Championship that they gave the reigning champions Liverpool a cracking game in their 4-3 opening day defeat. The team have also managed to score 2 or more goals in 5 of their last 7 home matches. The 1-1 draw with Hull followed by a 9-8 defeat on pens saw back-up players fielded in the main so Bielsa has ensured his first team are ready for this encounter. Fulham have been tipped to finish bottom of the Premier League this season by a lot of people and I have to agree with that. Scott Parker's side looked every bit as out of their depth as we all suspected. A 3-0 loss at home to Arsenal could have been an even worse score-line on another day. The 1-0 win away to League One side Ipswich in the EFL Cup 2nd Round was hardly inspirational either. It was also surprising to see Parker pick a strong side for that game too. Maybe he felt some players needed more game time given the shortened off-season period. These two sides only met back in June when Leeds prevailed as 3-0 winners at home. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw a similar score-line in this one. I wasn't overly impressed with Fulham when Cardiff played them last season. As I said about West Brom, we were a bang average side and they struggled to get past us. Leeds should turn them over by at least a couple of goals with their high press play. Leeds to Win @ 1.67 with Boylesports Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.95 with BetVictor
  11. Everton vs West Brom The opening game of the weekend in the Premier League coming up is between Everton and West Brom at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm BST. These two sides experienced contrasting fortunes in their first league games of the season. The home side is being backed heavily but is there any evidence to suggest the away team could sneak a result? Everton sent a big message to the rest of the league with an assured and disciplined display against Tottenham in their 1-0 win. The new signings of Abdoulaye Doucoure, James Rodriguez, and Allan all impressed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin showed he's matured even more as a front man. The defence also looked a lot more organised and competent. It was a very encouraging display for Carlo Ancelotti's new look side. The Toffees come into this home match knowing they were unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 matches on home turf last season. The 3-0 win against Salford in the EFL Cup 2nd Round in midweek meant it was back-to-back clean sheets for the team too. West Brom were a side I thought might struggle this season in the top flight and based on their opening game display in the 3-0 at home to Leicester my opinion hasn't changed. Yes, they hammered League Two new boys Harrogate 3-0 in the EFL Cup 2nd Round in midweek but we shouldn't look into that too much. Slaven Bilic will have to re-think the system he tried against Leicester. If he plans on the back five again then it'll only end in disaster again. The Baggies had the second lowest expected goals in the top flight at 0.35 last weekend. It's hard to see Everton not winning this game. West Brom spent a lot of their summer transfer budget simply re-signing loan players that helped to get them promoted. I understand the approach behind that but it means their squad is essentially coming into this season not much stronger than last season and that won't keep them up. They really faltered against a Leicester side that took a good hour to really get going so I can't see them troubling an Everton side that looked a lot more capable and ruthless against Tottenham lat weekend. A clean sheet home win is all I can picture here. Everton to Win to Nil @ 2.62 with Betfair (thanks to @neilovan and @Teodore for having my back and noticing I'd left "to nil" off the end accidentally! ) Anytime Scorer: Dominic Calvert-Lewin @ 2.30 with Bet365
  12. Nottingham Forest vs Cardiff The Championship action starts tonight with the kick-off between Coventry and QPR but I'm focusing my first preview on the clash between Nottingham Forest and Cardiff at 12:30pm BST on Saturday afternoon at the City Ground. These two sides both narrowly missed out on promotion in their own tragic ways. Both teams also started this campaign with a disappointing loss. Can either side take the win here? Nottingham Forest suffered from one of the great bottle jobs of the 21st century last season when they missed out on the play-offs in dramatic fashion after that final evening of drama where Swansea pipped them to 6th place. Sabri Lamouchi has been retained as head coach for the Tricky Trees but they began this season with a 2-0 loss away to QPR. That had been preceded by a 1-0 defeat away to Barnsley in the EFL Cup 1st Round. The sale of Matty Cash was a blow to the quality of the squad but there have been enough arrivals in the form of Lyle Taylor, Jack Colback, and Luke Freeman to make you feel the overall standard of the squad is stronger than last season. Cardiff missed out on promotion to the Premier League after a semi-final defeat to Fulham last season and Neil Harris has also seen his side suffer a bit of a hangover from that disappointment at the start of this campaign. A shocking 3-0 loss away to Northampton in the EFL Cup 1st Round was followed by a lacklustre 2-0 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday. There was absolutely nothing encouraging about either display and it has left a lot of our fans very deflated already. It's hard to wonder how Harris could go from having a team and set-up that worked so well at the back end of last season to this disjointed and flat side performing now. The departures of Jazz Richards, Danny Ward, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, and Neil Etheridge have been gutting but with the arrivals of Kieffer Moore, Jordi Osei-Tutu, and Sheyi Ojo we aren't really any worse off. Maybe it's a bedding in process? There is concern that we still need more pace out wide and up front with more creativity in the middle other than Lee Tomlin. I'm not exactly buzzing for this game. I think neither side is in decent shape right now and the game is there for the taking for both teams. Lamouchi has a terrible record against teams that finished in the top 9 last season winning just 2 of those 18 matches. Our away record in general under Harris has been decent with just 4 losses in 16 away league games. The Bluebirds also have a decent head-to-head with Forest having lost just 1 of the last 11 encounters and winning 9 of them. The last Cardiff defeat at the City Ground was also back on 20th October, 2012. I'll probably swerve the away win option because I still think we have issues that could hold us back but the draw no bet option for Cardiff looks good value. Cardiff Draw No Bet @ 2.05 with Unibet Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.64 with 888Sport
  13. That's a hell of a tip and exactly the reason I love seeing posts like this @TomOlej. Not sure anybody will have eyed that game up this evening but your knowledge has opened our eyes to it now. Keen to see how this one ends up!
  14. https://www.the-nomads.co.uk/news/article.php?id=1051 Connah's Quay were underdogs for their game with Dinamo Tblisi anyway but it's been confirmed three of their squad players have tested positive covid-19 and they're playing the game regardless. This could be a tough night of action for the Nomads. I'd advise backing the away side to win by 3-4 goals at least.
  15. The latest odds are available for the upcoming 2020/21 Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round. Check them out above and then give us your chosen bets for these games down below!
  16. Everton vs Salford The EFL Cup 2nd Round matches continue tonight and if the action is anywhere near as riveting as last night then we're sure to be in for some thrills and spills. The first game we are previewing this week is the 8:15pm BST kick-off between Premier League stalwarts Everton and League Two side Salford at Goodison Park. Can the home side build on their impressive start to the league? Everton spent big over the summer and the investment in new players appeared to show immediate effect with the Toffees running out as 1-0 winners against Tottenham away in their opening game. Manager Carlo Ancelotti now needs to make a decision of whether his new recruits will be rested for this game and saved for West Brom on the weekend or if they could do with the game time tonight. The club comes into this game with decent home form behind them having lost just 1 of their last 11 matches in all competitions at their home ground. Salford continue to look to evolve at an accelerated rate up the English football league pyramid. The Ammies finished in 11th place last season after points-per-game was used to decide league placings. Manager Graham Alexander brought in new faces over the summer including the likes of Tom Clarke from Preston, Jordan Turnbull from Northampton, and Ashley Hunter from Fleetwood. A 2-2 draw with promotion hopefuls Exeter wasn't a terrible start for the team but it wasn't the win they would have liked. The club was defeated 6-0 by Manchester United under-21s in the EFL Trophy last week so they'll want to avoid a repeat of that score-line here against a team that will likely be stronger with their line-up. It's always tricky to make calls in the EFL Cup early rounds. Upsets can happen quite frequently. I'm not sure how Everton will look to line up in this one but I'm fully expecting them to consider this as a trophy they stand a decent chance of winning. If they have any sense they'll see this as an opportunity to end their 25-year wait for a trophy. Salford will need a miracle to win this and I can't see them doing it. Everton to Win to Nil @ 1.67 with SpreadEx Everton HT/FT @ 1.62 with SpreadEx
  17. The next round of matches in La Liga are coming up with the odds shown above. Give us your predictions for these games down below!
  18. The latest odds and ratings for Ligue 1 are here! I won't be posting up the Ligue 2 odds and ratings from now on simply because there's never really been enough interest in it. Feel free to post bets from that league if you have any though. Let us know what bets you're placing for this batch of games.
  19. The 2020/21 Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round is coming up this week and there's plenty to consider before we put our bets down. Tell us what predictions you have for these games!
  20. The next round of fixtures from the League One, League Two, and Scottish Premiership begin in midweek this coming week. Check out the odds and ratings above then let us know what bets you're thinking of placing!
  21. We're going to have to offer you a publishing deal at this rate mate! On a serious note, I like your approach to betting. Looking forward to your thoughts on Bolton's future games this season.