Sunday Sports Multiple: An England win the headline in a 9/2 weekend wager

It hasn’t all been plain sailing for England in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, but they secured their place at the top of Group A with a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro on Thursday and they look a good bet to win again on Sunday.

It is possible that Gareth Southgate will opt to rest one or two players for this one, but even a half-strength England team should be enough to overcome a brave but limited Kosova side, who may also be resting players, given that their qualification hopes now rest entirely on the play-off tournament next March.

The reverse fixture was a 5-3 goalfest at Wembley, but England had that game under control after 20 minutes, and with Raheem Sterling back in the fold in Pristina, the visitors will have enough attacking firepower to do the double.

Saracens get their Champions Cup campaign underway on Sunday, but this is a tough opener for the under-fire Premiership Champions, as they face a 35-point deduction for breaching the salary cap rules, although they are appealing against the penalty.

And while their off-field problems will inevitably cast a shadow over this weekend’s fixture, they are also still weakened on the field by the absence of their England stars, who won’t be ready to resume their club duties for a week or two.

By contrast, Racing are almost back to full strength, with Finn Russell, Maxime Machenaud and Virmi Vakatawa back in the squad, and they had a morale boosting 25-9 win over Stade Francais in the Paris Derby last weekend. With home advantage against weakened opponents, they look a solid bet.

This weekend’s NFL schedule has thrown up a fascinating repeat of Superbowl LII and I think there’s the potential for a shock in Philadelphia.

The Eagles have been hit and miss and go into the game with a 5-4 record that reflects their inconsistency. But on paper they are still one of the stronger teams in the league, and they have the talent both on offense and defense to beat any opponent.

And despite their 8-1 record, the Patriots have not been as dominant as usual. Their offensive line has been unreliable, and they were unable to stop the Baltimore running game last weekend, so at odds against, it’s worth taking a chance on the Eagles here

Total Odds for this multiple: 9/2 Remember, multiple prices are based on our Sportsbook product, so any winnings are exempt from commission.

Source: BetFair Tips

    

Football Bet of the Day: Belarus won’t be bashed

We’re heading to Germany, and Kev thinks the outsiders Belarus can make life tough for Jogi Loew’s side.

Hosts to win, but don’t expect a show

Germany v Belarus
Saturday 16 November, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

As victories for the Greeks go, it was hardly the Battle of Marathon, but a 1-0 win against Armenia yesterday was enough to worsen what’s already been an annoying week.

We look for succour in Germany, because Die Mannschaft are up against Belarus, and I think the visitors may prove to be gritty and determined opponents.

Germany have qualified for next year’s European Championship finals, but they haven’t really sparkled in doing so. Yes, they have won all bar one of their matches (a dreadful performance in Hamburg as they lost 4-2 to the Netherlands) but they haven’t been handing out thrashings left, right and centre in what is a rather weak group. Only one of their wins has been by more three goals, an 8-0 shredding of Estonia.

There are still concerns about the team’s defending, and the loss of man mountain Niklas Sule to knee ligament damage won’t help in that regard. Bundestrainer Joachim Loew is also without Kai Havertz and Marco Reus because of injury.

Belarus, as expected, got nowhere near qualification. However, they haven’t embarrassed themselves. Since they were smacked 4-0 in the Netherlands at the start of the campaign, they haven’t lost any of their matches by more than two goals, and they actually played pretty well last time out in a 2-1 home defeat to the Dutch. If you look at their last 15 away games in all competitions, they have only lost by more than two goals twice.

Given Germany’s defensive issues, and the fact they have already qualified and don’t have to push too hard in the midst of a punishing domestic season, I’m happy to give Belarus a three-goal head-start here on the Asian Handicap. If Germany win by three, your stake is returned, but a two-goal defeat or better sees you nail down an odds-against winner.

Source: Betfair German

    

Football Bet of the Day: Belarus won’t be bashed

We’re heading to Germany, and Kev thinks the outsiders Belarus can make life tough for Jogi Loew’s side.

Hosts to win, but don’t expect a show

Germany v Belarus
Saturday 16 November, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

As victories for the Greeks go, it was hardly the Battle of Marathon, but a 1-0 win against Armenia yesterday was enough to worsen what’s already been an annoying week.

We look for succour in Germany, because Die Mannschaft are up against Belarus, and I think the visitors may prove to be gritty and determined opponents.

Germany have qualified for next year’s European Championship finals, but they haven’t really sparkled in doing so. Yes, they have won all bar one of their matches (a dreadful performance in Hamburg as they lost 4-2 to the Netherlands) but they haven’t been handing out thrashings left, right and centre in what is a rather weak group. Only one of their wins has been by more three goals, an 8-0 shredding of Estonia.

There are still concerns about the team’s defending, and the loss of man mountain Niklas Sule to knee ligament damage won’t help in that regard. Bundestrainer Joachim Loew is also without Kai Havertz and Marco Reus because of injury.

Belarus, as expected, got nowhere near qualification. However, they haven’t embarrassed themselves. Since they were smacked 4-0 in the Netherlands at the start of the campaign, they haven’t lost any of their matches by more than two goals, and they actually played pretty well last time out in a 2-1 home defeat to the Dutch. If you look at their last 15 away games in all competitions, they have only lost by more than two goals twice.

Given Germany’s defensive issues, and the fact they have already qualified and don’t have to push too hard in the midst of a punishing domestic season, I’m happy to give Belarus a three-goal head-start here on the Asian Handicap. If Germany win by three, your stake is returned, but a two-goal defeat or better sees you nail down an odds-against winner.

Source: BetFair Tips

    

WSL Tips: Back the Gunners in Women’s Football Weekend

Manchester City v West Ham United
Sunday November 17, 12:30
BBC Online

Manchester City need to get back on track

City will want to keep pace with top two Chelsea and Arsenal in Sunday’s early kickoff. They had enjoyed a perfect start to the season, but that has unravelled in recent weeks. They lost a League Cup tie away at Manchester United, before losing 1-0 at defending champions Arsenal last time out in the WSL. They have also been knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid since their last victory.

But West Ham are City’s favourite opponents

However, West Ham, the WSL’s great enigma, will be exactly the opposition Nick Cushing will want to see in Manchester on Sunday. Matt Beard‘s Irons side are maddeningly inconsistent, capable of providing a stiff challenge to the top teams and equally capable of losing the most winnable of games. City beat West Ham 3-0 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley in May.

On their last visit to the Academy Stadium last October, West Ham were treated to a 7-1 hammering. Beard’s side have some excellent individual players, especially in forward positions, through the likes of young Swiss forward Alisha Lehmann, Canadian forward Adriana Leon and French international Kenza Dali. They have individual players that can hurt any team.

West Ham have plenty of talent, but little cohesion

However, they have not yet gelled as a team, hence their inconsistency. City are missing centre half Aoife Mannion with a cruciate ligament injury and their defence is still recovering from that blow. However, with Irons fan Ellen White fit again and attacking talent like Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie, I expect City to get back on track with a victory, but West Ham are capable of at least troubling the Man City defence and the best way to plump up the 1/8 on City to win is to bet on the 11/4 on City to win but with both teams to score.

Recommended bet: Man City to win & Both Teams To Score at 11/4

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
Sunday November 17, 15:00
Live on BT Sport

There ought to be only one winner here

Arsenal are the defending champions and Spurs are negotiating their first ever season in the top flight. The teams met in a pre-season friendly in August and the Gunners prevailed with a thumping 6-0 win. Spurs have acquitted themselves well in the WSL, but there is a large gulf in class between these teams. Arsenal ought to enjoy playing in a bigger stadium with a nice playing surface.

Tottenham will set up to frustrate and they managed it reasonably well on the opening game of the season when they only lost by a solitary goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Tottenham also defeated West Ham 2-0 at the London Stadium in September- they are well acclimatised to the big stadium experience by now.

This will be a game of attack v defence

Arsenal will dominate possession throughout using their top tier attacking talent such as Jordan Nobbs, Kim Little, Danielle van de Donk and Vivianne Miedema to pin Tottenham back. The home side will sit in a deep block and try to frustrate Joe Montemurro’s Gunners. Arsenal did endure a shock 0-0 draw away at Brighton in the League Cup a fortnight ago.

However, they rested key players for that match, played on a bog of a pitch at Crawley in a secondary competition. Arsenal defeated Manchester City last time out in the WSL and thumped Slavia Praha 13-2 in the Champions League. Arsenal v Spurs pits a team of world class players against an up and coming and well organised Tottenham team, but one that is a few rungs below Arsenal in the quality stakes at this point. Arsenal to win 4-0 is a decent bet at 16/1.

Recommended bet: Back Arsenal/Arsenal on the Half Time/Full Time market at 11/4

Source: BetFair Tips

    

Euro 2020 Qualifiers Sunday Tips: French resistance is weakening

Ronaldo can’t stop scoring for Portugal

Luxembourg [44.0] v Portugal [1.11]; The Draw [11.5]
Kick off 14:00
Live on Sky Sports Football

With third placed Serbia only a point behind Portugal in second, the reigning European Championship holders need to beat Luxembourg to guarantee qualification and ensure that they will be there to defend their title.

Portugal warmed up for this match with a 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania on Thursday night. We tipped Cristiano Ronaldo to score the first goal and he not only did that, but also helped himself to a hat-trick. Ronaldo is [2.6] to score two or more goals.

Czechs bouncing after qualification success

Bulgaria [4.3] v Czech Republic [1.83]; The Draw [3.8]
Kick off 17:00
Live on Sky Sports Football

Czech Republic booked their place at Euro 2020 with a 2-1 home win against Kosovo that saw them come from behind to clinch victory.

Bulgaria were in friendly action on Thursday, losing 1-0 at home to Paraguay. It extended their run without a win to twelve games (D5 L7) and they have failed to score in any of the last three. Czech Republic are worth a punt at [3.2] to win to nil.

France conceding regularly

Albania [10.0] v France [1.37]; The Draw [5.2]
Kick off 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Football

France went a goal down at home to Moldova, but recovered to record a 2-1 win. That saw them edge ahead of Turkey at the top of Group H by two points. Turkey have the head-to-head advantage should the two qualified teams finish level on points, so France need a victory to ensure that they finish on top of the pile.

The World Cup holders have now conceded in three of their last five qualifiers, which includes a 4-1 home win against Albania. With the Albanians proving themselves to be a competitive team during the qualification process, back a France win and both teams to score at [3.5].

Turkish delight in tight defence

Andorra [27.0] v Turkey [1.17]; The Draw [8.0]
Kick off 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Red Button

Turkey were top of Group H, but a 0-0 home draw with Iceland saw France move ahead of them.

They should return to winning ways against an Andorra side that have only picked up four points from nine games. Turkey have only conceded two goals in qualification, keeping seven clean sheets in nine matches. A Turkey win and under 2.5 goals is [2.8].

Iceland won’t freeze in final game

Moldova [7.6] v Iceland [1.53]; The Draw [4.0]
Kick off 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Red Button

Iceland’s run of qualification for major tournaments has come to an end. They have at least performed well enough to suggest that they are not spent as an international force.

Erik Hamren’s side should win their final match against Moldova, who they beat 3-0 at home. Iceland have kept clean sheets in each of their last two games and are [2.3] to win to nil.

Source: BetFair Tips