Betting Corner Returns

Good morning, good afternoon or good evening. The new season is underway, and I have found myself with the unenviable task of being appointed the Man on the Post ‘tipster’ for the year (despite finishing stone last in the Betting Corner section of the 2013/14 podcast). With the football season still in its early stages; teams trying to accommodate new players, adjust to a new league etc, the betting markets are tough to read. However if you look hard enough, there are plenty of good odds around. I'll be using William Hill for all my bets this season.

            Swansea vs Burnley (Sat 3pm) – both teams to score (10/11)
It surprises me that BTTS in this game is almost at even money. Swansea scored 2 away at an albeit mediocre Man United side in their first game, whilst Burnley scored against Chelsea, and showed enough going forward that could cause problems for weaker defences. If you combine both teams to score with a Swansea win, the price is 11/4, however personally I’d stay clear of this as Burnley could easily sneak a draw here.

            Ipswich vs Norwich (Sat 12.15pm) – over 2.5 goals (21/20)
Usually, whenever there is a big local derby my prediction is 1-1. It just seems to happen. But in the past few seasons the East Anglian derby has gone a bit goal crazy. The last 6 league meetings between the teams have produced 25 goals, averaging over 4 per game. And so far this season, there have been 8 goals in the 3 games played by each team. Although local derbies are often tense and tight affairs, with goals flowing and in-form striker Lewis Grabban (3 goals in his last 2 games), Norwich will surely fancy their chances.

Lewis Grabban has scored 3 in 3 since joining Norwich

            AFC Wimbledon vs Hartlepool (Sat 3pm)Wimbledon to win (19/20)
On paper this looks like the safest bet of the weekend. Wimbledon have taken 7 points from their first 3 games (against 3 of the supposed stronger teams in the division), and are unbeaten. Hartlepool on the other hand have lost all 3 games so far, failing to score a single goal. They have lost to Bury, Stevenage and Dag & Red; which incidentally is the only game that those 3 teams have won between them so far.

A £10 treble would return £76.31.

LONGSHOT BET: Harry Redknapp going back to his former club, I believe this may have happened a few times before... QPR are 13/2 to win away at Tottenham (Sun 1.30pm), who only just snuck past West Ham with a last minute winner on the opening day. It’s a big price but ‘Arry has worked his magic before.