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Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town Betting Tips: Both teams to have joy at Selhurst Park
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Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town Betting Tips: Both teams to have joy at Selhurst Park

Premier League hosts Championship in this League Cup tie as out-of-sorts Crystal Palace take on in-form Ipswich Town. Ronald De Boer’s arrival at Crystal Palace meant there was a lot of optimism around the club going into this season, however, reality has hit them hard and two defeats in two games means they are now 19th in the table. However, the League Cup presents a chance to pick up a result in a lower pressure environment. Dutchman De Boer was hired to bring an attractive style of play to Palace, however, although we are only two games in, the signs…

Accrington Stanley v West Bromwich Albion Betting Tips: Upset on the cards at Wham Stadium
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Accrington Stanley v West Bromwich Albion Betting Tips: Upset on the cards at Wham Stadium

Although this match sees a League Two side play host to a Premier League outfit, given this is the League Cup, this may not be as one-sided as many think. After nearly gaining promotion to League One via the playoffs the season before, Accrington finished in midtable in the 2016/17 campaign. They have had a relatively good start to this season, winning two and losing once, putting them up in the League Two playoff places for the time being. Additionally, they beat Championship side Preston North End in the previous round of this season’s League Cup. Stanley matches have seen…

Akhmat Grozny v Arsenal Tula Betting Tips: Home side surprisingly well-priced
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Akhmat Grozny v Arsenal Tula Betting Tips: Home side surprisingly well-priced

Monday’s Russian Premier League match looks like a rather one-sided contest as Akhmat Grozny (formerly Terek Grozny) host Arsenal Tula. Oleg Kononov’s Akhmat side have been on a bad run recently and have now lost three on the bounce – putting them ninth in the table after six games. It is still early in the season but they need to pick up again quickly to ensure they are still in the race for Europe come the end of the campaign. The Chechen side have been so reliable at the back in recent years but it has been a completely different…

Ipswich Town v Brentford Betting Tips: Tractor Boys to keep up good start to the season
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Ipswich Town v Brentford Betting Tips: Tractor Boys to keep up good start to the season

These two sides have had contrasting starts to the season with Ipswich having won all three of their matches so far and Brentford picking up just one point from a possible nine. After losing a pre-season friendly 6-1 to Charlton Athletic, many were questioning why under-pressure manager Mick McCarthy was still in charge at Ipswich. However, McCarthy’s side have defied the odds to make a fantastic start to the campaign and they currently sit third in the table. McCarthy teams are generally known for the defensive solidity but it has been the opposite so far this campaign where goals have…

Swansea City v Manchester United Betting Tips: Visitors to dominate in Wales
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Swansea City v Manchester United Betting Tips: Visitors to dominate in Wales

League leaders Manchester United travel to Swansea City on Saturday lunchtime in hope of extending their winning start to the season. Swansea just about stayed in the Premier League last term and survival is undoubtedly the aim this time around as well. The biggest news coming out of the South Wales club this week has been the departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for a fee of £45m. The Icelander was key to much of the Swans’ attacking play and was the league’s third-highest assist maker last season with 13 to his name. The former Spurs man will be hard…

Freiburg v Frankfurt Betting Tips: Hosts to start the season in good fashion
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Freiburg v Frankfurt Betting Tips: Hosts to start the season in good fashion

Match-day one in the Bundesliga is finally upon us although Freiburg and Frankfurt will have to wait until Sunday to start their respective seasons. Both teams experienced relatively good campaigns last term and so both will now be looking to progress further this time around. As they were separated in the final table by just six points, overall, there wasn’t too much between these two last season and so it’s not all that surprising that there isn’t the greatest disparity in the betting ahead of this match. Having said that, at the prices, only one team stands out. At 6/4,…

Lille v Caen Betting Tips: Growing injury list can cost Bielsa’s men
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Lille v Caen Betting Tips: Growing injury list can cost Bielsa’s men

After a couple of stagnant years, it’s fair to say that there was plenty of optimism floating around Lille at the start of the season. Under the guidance of Marco Bielsa, the man who has shaped some of today’s finest coaches, the club from the north of France were expected to thrive. Thrive is exactly what they did on match-day one when recording a comfortable 3-0 victory over Nantes; however, jubilation quickly turned to frustration as they were beaten 3-0 last time out by newly promoted Strasbourg. With a keeper sent off and a number of players injured early doors,…

Burnley v West Bromwich Albion Betting Tips: Home side to come out on top in close encounter
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Burnley v West Bromwich Albion Betting Tips: Home side to come out on top in close encounter

These two sides had excellent results in their respective opening fixtures with Burnley recording a shock win at Chelsea whilst West Bromwich Albion eased past Bournemouth on home territory. With Burnley having not made many signings, along with the loss of a couple of key players, many fear for the club this campaign and expect them to finish in the bottom three. However, if opening day is anything to go by then they should be fine this season. Sean Dyche’s side have been known for their defensive steeliness over the last season or so which, unfortunately for them, has tended…

Rennes v Dijon Betting Tips: Away side too big in the betting
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Rennes v Dijon Betting Tips: Away side too big in the betting

Having lost both of their opening matches, by scorelines of 3-0 and 4-1, it would be very easy to assume that Dijon are a team to oppose this season. After all, they avoided the drop by just a single point last time around and are fancied by many to fall out of the top-tier this season. Having said that, Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men, fixture wise, haven’t had the easiest of starts as they’ve faced both Marseille and Monaco in the opening two weeks, and have perhaps performed a fair bit better than the bare results suggest. In the betting, Rennes, who’re also…

Nice v Guingamp Betting Tips: Visitors can add to Nice’s woes
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Nice v Guingamp Betting Tips: Visitors can add to Nice’s woes

After enjoying a fruitful campaign last season, one that saw them finish inside the top four for the second season running and thus earn a place in Champions League qualifying rounds, Nice have made a poor start to the current campaign. Two matches in and Lucian Favre’s men are without a win and, more embarrassingly, are without a single point to their name having lost to both St Etienne and Troyes. What’s more, the club from the French Riviera have a growing injury list and come into this fixture having both played (and lost) away from home in the Champions…

Burton Albion v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Home side lack confidence to turn fortunes around
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Burton Albion v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Home side lack confidence to turn fortunes around

Friday’s Championship fixture sees a Midlands derby between Burton Albion and Birmingham City. This fixture was also played on a Friday last season with Burton Albion winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Lloyd Dyer and Jamie Ward. Burton arguably had the best season in their history last term as they defied the odds to finish above the Championship relegation zone. However, they have had a terrible start to their second campaign in the division and currently sit at the foot of the table. They are the only team in the league to not pick up a single league point so…

FC Tosno v SKA Khabarovsk Betting Tips: Home side to come through with little resistance
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FC Tosno v SKA Khabarovsk Betting Tips: Home side to come through with little resistance

Friday’s Russian Premier League fixture sees two of the newly-promoted sides meet each other as Tosno host SKA Khabarovsk. SKA will have travelled 8,765km and through seven time zones just to get to the venue for this match. Tosno have been on a very good run of late and have won two of their last three outings, most recently recording a shock victory against in-form Lokomotiv Moscow. They will also feel they should have picked up at least a point against CSKA Moscow in the second of those three matches after they put in a good performance against the former…

FC Krasnodar v Red Star Belgrade Betting Tips: Home side to come out on top in high-scoring encounter
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FC Krasnodar v Red Star Belgrade Betting Tips: Home side to come out on top in high-scoring encounter

Two Eastern European sides clash in this Europa League playoff tie as Krasnodar, one of the new kids on the block in Russian and European football, host Red Star Belgrade, who actually won the European Cup back in 1991. After starting the season with three consecutive wins, Krasnodar have hit a bit of a bump in the road lately and they have now failed to record back-to-back victories in their last five outings. However, they are still well in the battle for the European spots in the Russian Premier League as they sit fifth after six matches. Additionally, they have…

FC Utrecht v Zenit St. Petersburg Betting Tips: Goals likely in Holland
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FC Utrecht v Zenit St. Petersburg Betting Tips: Goals likely in Holland

This tie might have been more competitive last season, however, Mancini’s arrival at Zenit has reinvigorated the club, making the tie look a little more one-sided. However, Utrecht will take hope from Israeli side Bnei Yehuda who managed to secure a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their qualifying tie against Zenit – although it obviously was not enough to take them through in the end. Utrecht won their opening Eredivisie match 3-0 on Friday which places them second in the division. However, they have only secured victory in one of their four Europa League games this season, scraping…

Hull City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tips: Both teams to have chances at the KCOM
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Hull City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tips: Both teams to have chances at the KCOM

These promotion contenders, both of whom have managers with no previous Championship experience, have made good starts to the campaign with Wolves second in the league whilst Hull sit in fifth after two matches. Hull took a chance on former Russia boss Leonid Slutsky in the summer and so far it has worked out well with a respectable draw against Aston Villa in their opening match before battering Burton Albion 4-1 last time out. There is obviously a huge part of the season still left to go but Slutsky has a lot of winning experience from his time at CSKA…

Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers Betting Tips: Redknapp’s men to punish Bolton backline
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Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers Betting Tips: Redknapp’s men to punish Bolton backline

These two sides have vastly different aims this season with Birmingham looking to push for the promotion spots whilst Bolton are simply looking to survive in the division following their promotion from League One last term. Birmingham managed to recover from going 1-0 down in the first minute against Bristol City at the weekend to record a 2-1 victory. They will no doubt be looking to make it an even better start to their home campaign on Tuesday night by picking up another three points against Bolton. Apart from their awful run under Gianfranco Zola last season, Blues have been…

Hapoel Be’er Sheva v Maribor Betting Tips: Both teams to profit in Beersheba
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Hapoel Be’er Sheva v Maribor Betting Tips: Both teams to profit in Beersheba

Having come through a rather up and down tie against Ludogorets in the last round, Hapoel Be’er Sheva are now just one two-legged tie away from entering the Champions League proper for the first time in their existence. Slovenian side Maribor, who’re also bidding to make it through the group stages for the first time in their history, are all that stands in the way. Given the circumstances, this really is a huge occasion for both teams and so expect each of them to be raring to go. During qualifying so far, these two teams have created positive impressions. Both…

APOEL Nicosia v Slavia Prague Betting Tips: Goals at both ends expected at GSP Stadium
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APOEL Nicosia v Slavia Prague Betting Tips: Goals at both ends expected at GSP Stadium

For many of the sides involved in the Champions League play-offs, this week’s round of matches will be their first taste of European football this season, but this is not the case for APOEL nor Slavia Prague. Both of these two teams have been involved in something of a summer slog as far as European football goes. In order to be involved in this final play-off tie, both have had to come through previous rounds; APOEL have already come through against both Dudelange and FC Viitorul while Slavia Praga got the better of BATE in the last round. From a…

Hoffenheim v Liverpool Betting Tips: Hosts to give Reds plenty to think about in Sinsheim
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Hoffenheim v Liverpool Betting Tips: Hosts to give Reds plenty to think about in Sinsheim

After watching his side make something of a shaky start in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, Jurgen Klopp takes his men to Germany on Tuesday night to face Hoffenheim, one of last season’s surprise packages, not just in Germany but Europe on the whole, in the Champions League play-off. The German, who is no stranger to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena having visited it numerous times during his spell managing in the Bundesliga, will be hoping his team can acquit themselves better than they did at Vicarage Road just a few days ago. After all, if The Reds perform as they did…

Walsall v Oldham Athletic Betting Tips: Home side to come out on top
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Walsall v Oldham Athletic Betting Tips: Home side to come out on top

These two sides have suffered poor starts to the season with both of them succumbing to a league and cup defeat respectively.  A win for either side here would be a huge boost to kick-start the season. After nearly winning automatic promotion in the 2015/16 season, last season was a large disappointment for Walsall as they could only finish in 14th. Having said that, given the fact they have one of the lowest budgets in the division, that is actually not a bad final position. The Saddlers struggled in the final third last season and only found the back of…

Cardiff City v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Villains to get positive result in Welsh capital
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Cardiff City v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Villains to get positive result in Welsh capital

The respective managers of these teams, Neil Warnock and Steve Bruce, are known as two of the best bosses in the division who know how to get the most out of their players – even if they do not play the prettiest football. Additionally, they go into this form with a fair bit of confidence as they both picked up results they will be pleased with in the opening round last weekend. After finding themselves in relegation trouble before Neil Warnock’s arrival last term, Cardiff ended up finishing in a respectable 12th. The 68-year-old has a good track record for…

West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth Betting Tips: Experience to see hosts through
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West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth Betting Tips: Experience to see hosts through

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis welcomes his former team AFC Bournemouth for this Premier League opener. Both of these sides performed quite a way above expectations last season so it will be interesting to see if they can keep them up this time around. Albion finished 10th last season and never looked to be in any kind of trouble. However, this was arguably a disappointing finished as the Black Country side had been pushing at the European spots for the majority of the season before falling away at the end. Everybody knows that Pulis prioritises defensive solidity over attacking…

Chelsea v Burnley Betting Tips: Home side to edge narrow affair
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Chelsea v Burnley Betting Tips: Home side to edge narrow affair

On paper, this match between champions Chelsea and Burnley looks very one-sided. However, I think it could be a closer game than many think. Chelsea are of course the champions going into this season but they have had a rather strange transfer window this summer. Nemanja Matic, a key figure from last year’s title win, has left for pastures new whilst striker Diego Costa has been told he is no longer wanted. In terms of players in, Alvaro Morata has arrived from Real Madrid but, unfortunately for him, he was clearly the second option behind Romelu Lukaku who joined Manchester…

Ipswich Town v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Tense affair at Portman Road
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Ipswich Town v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Tense affair at Portman Road

Although it is generally hard to forecast results in the first round of league fixtures, this affair between Ipswich and Birmingham seems to be one of the more predictable affairs of the weekend. Ipswich have had an interesting preseason with relatively few signings (only Tom Adeyemi costing a fee) whilst their 6-1 loss to Charlton Athletic in their last friendly was widely publicised and heavily criticised by manager Mick McCarthy. A lot of Ipswich fans are still against their manager so a good start to the season is vital for McCarthy in order to keep the pressure off himself. The…

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: Goals on the card at Molineux
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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: Goals on the card at Molineux

These two teams have spent a lot of money over the summer and are both looking to play an attacking brand of football to take the Championship by storm. However, it is unlikely that both will have such brilliant seasons and this first match could be a good indicator. Wolves’ connection with super agent Jorge Mendes has enabled them to sign a large number of highly talented players, particularly from Portugal. However, in addition to the questionable idea of having an agent dictate a club’s transfer policy, this same tactic last season failed to yield results as most of the…

Skenderbeu v Mlada Boleslav Betting Tips: Albanians to turn it around on home soil
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Skenderbeu v Mlada Boleslav Betting Tips: Albanians to turn it around on home soil

Skenderbeu may have lost (2-1) in the first-leg last week, a result that will have been hard to take considering they scored to level things at 1-1 with just four minutes remaining, but there is still hope for them here. Scoring that away-goal was vital and, with the deficit at just one, there is every chance that the Albanian outfit can turn things around on their own patch. Mlada probably did do enough to edge last week’s game, at least in terms of attacking effort anyway, but playing on the road presents a different challenge and so they’ve got plenty…

Apollon v Aberdeen Betting Tips: Goals, goals, goals at Tsirio Stadium
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Apollon v Aberdeen Betting Tips: Goals, goals, goals at Tsirio Stadium

By winning the first-leg, Aberdeen have put themselves in a decent position ahead of this second fixture but, as they conceded an away-goal, the tie is far from over. A one-goal lead is about as tentative as it gets, especially when you’ve conceded an away goal. Having said that, Aberdeen found plenty of attacking joy against this opposition last week and so the Scots should be confident of bagging at least one away-goal of their own in this fixture. As far as Apollon are concerned, they know they’re still in the fight thanks to the fact that they found the…

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