Up and down the leagues there are quite a few local derbies this weekend.
It all begins on Friday night with in form Sheffield Wednesday going down the road to play Rotherham United. A grudge match in South Yorkshire. I’d fancy Wednesday to win but haven’t tipped them to do so. That’s because these passionate affairs can be hard to predict.
More often than not I bet on a draw in games like the Merseyside or Manchester derbies. Over the years, that has paid off. We won with a draw bet in the most recent Everton v Liverpool meeting. I think the Manchester derby this weekend is harder to call. Man City are unquestionably the side in form and both teams played in the Champions League in midweek.
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Stoke City have won their last three games and manager Mark Hughes has added a touch of flair to the hard to beat side built by Tony Pulis. On Saturday they welcome promoted Watford to the Britannia Stadium At odds of 23/20 with Paddy Power and BetVictor, I go with a home win for Stoke City.
On Sunday there are two big local derbies. Sunderland have a good recent record when they meet local rivals Newcastle United. The sides meet this weekend with Newcastle having finally got a win under their belts, a confident boosting 6-2 victory over Norwich City. While Sunderland have a new manager. Sam Allardyce saw his new side lose by the only goal of the game last weekend. Local derbies often end as a draw and the 12/5 for that being the outcome is tempting. But I’m going for a much needed home win for Sunderland at odds of 17/10 with Coral.
Tottenham are not a side you’d want to back with big money. They are too unreliable for that. But the price of 13/10 for them to win at Bournemouth will tempt me in. Spurs to win. That price is with Paddy Power, BetFred and the Tote.
While you’d have to favour Manchester City to win across the city at Old Trafford, I shall not try to predict the result of the Manchester derby. Instead I suggest Manchester United v Manchester City both teams to score at odds of 4/6.
Liverpool failed to win their first game under new manager Jurgen Klopp. But I take them to make amends at Anfield this Sunday. Liverpool to beat Southampton at odds of 21/20 with BetFred and the Tote.
Preston got their first win in ages this past week and now they travel to top of the table Brighton and Hove Albion. The Seagulls are on top but have won their last two matches very late in those games. Nonetheless, at 5/6 with William Hill, I take Brighton to win.
So Leeds United have yet another new manager. A once great club turned into a laughing stock by a foreign owner now deemed unfit to run a football club. What a sorry state of affairs.
You could say Leeds United and Steve Evans deserve each other. But, in truth, no club deserves Steve Evans. Not even a pub team. But he’ll have the failing Leeds players up for it as they travel to bottom of the table Bolton. He couldn’t wish for an easier fixture to begin his career as manager of Leeds. I take them to win at odds of 11/5 with a few bookies.
Now they’ve done away with the nonsensical and costly overseas coaching experiment, Brentford are buzzing again. I’m confident my pre-season tip for them to finish outside of the top six will pay off, but at least now the new manager has got them winning again. I take Brentford to make it a third successive victory by winning across London at struggling Charlton Athletic. The Bees are best price 9/5 to win (with SkyBet).
There are a couple of potential flyer bets to be had in this division. The good prices attract me.
Second place Birmingham City are as big as 4/1 (with BetVictor, BetFred and the Tote ) to win away at Hull City. I shall take a risk on that. Birmingham have won their last three away games (albeit against weaker opposition than Hull).
And MK Dons are as big as 3/1 to win at QPR. Both sides are struggling. QPR were fortunate to get a point at home against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek. They had the referee to thank and the home fans are not happy with manager Chris Ramsey. He has to be a worried man. His bosses have brought in former QPR manager Neil Warnock as a ‘special adviser’. That sounds like a caretaker manager in waiting to me.
I’ll take a chance on MK Dons to win at 3/1 with Coral.
I have a friend who is a season ticket holder at Luton Town. He’s not a happy fan. He made be even unhappier Saturday night if, as I expect, table toppers Plymouth Argyle win at Luton at a best price of 2/1 with Bet Fred and the Tote.
VG TIPS ACCAS
Home and Away treble 1 – at odds of 19/1 with BetFred and the Tote
Wins for Liverpool, Leeds and Plymouth
Home and Away treble 2 – at odds of 8.5/1 with Paddy Power
Wins for Spurs, Stoke and Brighton
That’s all for this weekend. There are a few League Cup matches in midweek, but the sides expected to win those matches are available at short prices. I think I’ll give that competition a miss.
I shall be back in touch with football tips for the following weekend, the last in October.