Man, do we not like the international break.
Not satisfied with the unpredictable world of Nations League punting, we had to scramble around for value last week and ultimately we came unstuck, with just two of five legs landing.
No excuses, we had all of the data we needed in front of us, but let’s just say we’re happy to see the return of ‘proper football’ this week.
Hopefully, our football accumulator betting tips will reflect our renewed confidence!
|West Ham United vs Tottenham||West Ham +1.50 Asian Handicap||4/11|
|Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool||Under 3.5 Goals||2/5|
|Bristol Rovers vs Oxford United||Oxford/Draw Double Chance||4/6|
|Eibar vs Athletic Bilbao||Eibar/Draw Double Chance||1/2|
|Frosinone vs Empoli||Empoli Draw No Bet||4/5|
|Five-Fold Acca Odds||7.50/1|
West Ham United vs Tottenham: West Ham +1.50 Asian Handicap
Prior to the international break there was a clear and defiant improvement from West Ham.
The 0-1 defeat at Brighton notwithstanding, the Hammers beat Everton and Manchester United and took a point off high-flying Chelsea; the latter two of those results coming at their previously hate home ground at Olympic Park.
They take on capital neighbours Tottenham on Saturday, and they have problems. Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli look almost certain to miss out with injury, while there are doubts over the fitness of Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose, Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama.
This is a thin Spurs squad, and that means that Harry Kane and Eric Dier – who both played 180 minutes for England this week – will be needed to put in big performances.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side struggled past Cardiff last time out, and they may find a resurgent West Ham rather tricky opponents on Saturday too.
Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool: Under 3.5 Goals
It’s rare for us to back the ‘unders’ line when Liverpool are playing, but then there injury list this week is anything but ordinary.
Reports suggest that Mo Salah will be fit to start here after suffering a muscle strain while on international duty, but don’t forget that the Reds have a Champions League date next Wednesday. The Egyptian might not be risked against the Terriers.
Meanwhile, the prognosis is not so good for Naby Keita and Sadio Mane. Keita pulled his hamstring while playing for Guinea, and Mane has apparently broken his thumb. The latter could theoretically play, but again it’s a question of risk.
The low-scoring nature of this game will be boosted by Huddersfield, who have scored just four times on league duty this term. The fact that Virgil van Dijk should be fit to start in the Liverpool defence will not aid the Yorkshiremen’s cause either.
Bristol Rovers vs Oxford United: Oxford/Draw Double Chance
The stats suggest that backing Bristol Rovers’ opponents to win or draw is a smart one; The Gas have won just 2/13 so far this term.
Their main problem? A hopeless inadequacy in front of goal which has seen them fail to find the net in six of their last seven games.
Meanwhile, there have been green shoots of recovery for Oxford United. In their last three matches they have lost by a solitary goal to an excellent Luton Town, drew away at handy Southend and, last time out, won comfortably 2-0 against Plymouth.
To make matters even more agreeable, the Us have netted at least once in nine of their last eleven matches.
Eibar vs Athletic Bilbao: Eibar/Draw Double Chance
It’s not been the best of starts to the Spanish La Liga season for Athletic Bilbao, who haven’t won since the opening day of the campaign.
To make matters worse for the Basque outfit, they have conceded two or more in four of their last six outings.
Eibar’s form, meanwhile, stands up to scrutiny. They have beaten both Real Sociedad and Girona so far, and taken a point off a classy Atletico Madrid side.
On home soil, Eibar will take some beating by an out-of-form team like Bilbao.
Frosinone vs Empoli: Empoli Draw No Bet
The reasoning for this selection is simple: Frosinone are truly awful.
Their formline this term – W0 D1 L7 – tells no lies, and neither does a goal difference of -18 (3 goals for, 21 against). To make matters worse, the likes of Capuano, Krajnc and Halfredsson are struggling with injury.
Empoli are by no means awful, despite what the Serie A table suggests, and if you follow Expected Points data you may note that they ‘deserve’, for want of a better word, to be in mid table.