The big news of the weekend is the start of the new Premier League season and the pick of the matches is probably Champions Liverpool v promoted Leeds.
Mark O’Haire says: “Thirteen of Liverpool’s opening 15 league matches paid out for BTTS backers last term.”
We feature in-depth previews of all Premier League matches but, if you want correct score predictions for all of them, then the Infogol guide is for you.
Jake Osgathorpe says: “I still have concerns about Chelsea at the back. It may be a case of ‘we’ll score more than you’ this season for the Blues, and it could prove profitable if they maintain their 19/20 process (2.1 xGF, 1.2 xGA pg).”
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Steve Bruce’s Newcastle travel to the London Stadium on Saturday night and Steve Rawlings fancies they’re value to leave with all three points.
He says: “I’ve taken a small chance on the visitors at [3.65]. I suspect theirs to be a slightly happier camp and I fancy their new signings to be the fillip they need to get off to a flier.”
In the first of a brand new column for the Premier League season Jake uses Infogol data to pick out the best goalscorer, booking and Same Game Multi bets for each game.
He says: “Of all players who will take to the field, last season it was Dominic Calvert-Lewin who posted the best xG/avg match, with 0.54. If he starts the new season like that, Calvert-Lewin looks too big a price to notch.”
It’s not all about the Premier League. There’s a tricky set of opening day fixtures in the Championship and Jack Critchley believes that Millwall and Stoke could share the spoils in Bermondsey. Find out where else he’s putting his money.
He says: “The Lions are typically tough to break down, and suffered just three home defeats in 2020. Since the chance of management, they’ve conceded just 35 times, and have been beaten on just nine occasions.”
Alan Dudman returns to the League One hotseat following a profitable 2019-20. He previews three games this weekend including Sunday’s live Sky encounter at Portman Road.
He says: “Ipswich suffered a huge dip towards the back-end of last term, and their football wasn’t particularly exciting under Paul Lambert.”
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Ian Lamont recommends bets from the weekend’s fourth-tier action and says David Dunn’s promoted side could find joy on the opening day.#
“A promoted club at home, should enjoy the excitement of the Football League for the first time in 48 years with a win.”
Using Expected Goals (xG) data from Infogol, Tom Victor provides La Liga result and scoreline predictions for the opening weekend of the 2020/21 season.
He says: “Unai Emery’s side have added to their ranks, and there will be plenty of interest in how on-loan Real Madrid man Takefusa Kubo does at a top-half team.”
Dan Fitch is expecting Athletic Bilbao to be more competitive on Friday night than when they last faced Granada, as he previews the first week of La Liga action.
He says: “For all the disparity in their final league positions, the clubs were only separated by five points last season.”
After picking five winners from seven selections across the opening two weekends of of the season, James Eastham reveals the latest smart bets from France’s top division.
“Nice have the makings of a side capable of challenging for a top-three spot this season and this is the sort of game where they’ll now expect rather than hope to pick up points.”