Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham Match Report; 24/11/15

Tottenham Hotspur will once again be drawing the plaudits after recording their biggest win over West Ham since March 2008 as they dispatched their London rivals 4-1 at White Hart Lane. Mauricio Pochettino’s side displayed a slick and exciting brand of football, and many will have acknowledged the outstanding performance that has seen them extend their unbeaten run to 12 league games. Continue reading

TOM’S TIPS – Both teams to score betting tip for Tuesday 17th November

So my Friday BTTS treble fell one short as 5 out of the 6 found the back of the net. Once again, Tuesday throws up a host of international friendlies, and after some research, I have picked out three fixtures that I feel both teams will score. Remember, these games are anything but life or death. They are a chance for the managers to experiment with new players and so on. The recommendation will always stay the same for these type of fixtures and that is low stake betting.

This BTTS treble comes in at 4.49/1 with bet365.

Germany v Holland (4/7 @ bet365)             Germany v Holland is one of the few longstanding football rivalries at a national level. It will always be an intense affair no matter the importance of the fixture. The Germans are the current World Cup holders whilst the Dutch are in disarray, failing to qualify for France 2016. Joachim Low’s men have not failed to score on German soil since an international friendly against Poland on May 13th 2014. They have conceded in their last 4 consecutive home games, letting in 6 goals, with the likes of Georgia and Australia on target in those. Despite the poor form of the Netherlands, they have nothing to lose, and will be firing on all cylinders to seal a result against the old enemy. The last two games has seen the Dutch score 5 and concede 3 in victories over Kazakhstan and Wales respectively. The rebuilding process starts here for Danny Blind and his talented squad. With the likes of Sneijder, Wijnaldum and Huntelaar, there is plenty of creativity in the team, but most importantly, goals. This could be a thrilling encounter, and I expect plenty of goals. I am happy to make this my first BTTS selection.

Slovakia v Iceland (10/11 @ bet365)                                                             Both sides will be making their debut’s in France having never been part of a European Championship. Slovakia defeated Switzerland 3-2 on Friday, having failed to score in their previous 2 home fixtures. Prior to that, they had scored in 8 consecutive games on home soil. They have a sturdy defence, proved by the fact they have only conceded more than 1 goal in a game on 2 occasions in over 2 years of football at Stadion Pod Dubnom. Iceland have really kicked on under the guidance of Lars Lagerback, qualifying for Euro 2016 in Group A with two games to spare. An outstanding achievement when you consider they were in the same group as the Netherlands and Turkey. Iceland have proved they can find the net on the road, scoring in 11 of their last 12 away fixtures, with 8 of those BTTS outcomes. I am confident that both teams will score here.

Poland v Czech Republic (5/6 @ bet365)                                                                       And here are two more sides who will be plying their trade in France at next years Euro’s. Poland possess the most lethal striker in world football right now in Robert Lewandowski. Adam Nawalka’s side are firing the goals in with 14 in their last 3 at Stadion Miejski. Bayern Munich star Lewandowski responsible for 5 of them. Despite scoring for fun in recent times, they have conceded in 5 of their last 7 on home soil so the Czechs will fancy their chances of finding the net. Pavel Vrba’s Czech Republic continued their run of qualifying for every Euro tournament since 1996 by topping group A. They have only failed to find the net once on the road in their last 13, with 9 of those BTTS results. Thy have conceded in 7 consecutive fixtures away from The Generali Arena. Everything points to a BTTS outcome and that concludes my treble.                                                              Remember to only bet what you can afford to lose. Good luck, Tom.

TOM’S TIPS – Betting results

It was a case of nearly but not quite. Friday’s both teams to score treble fell short by one goal as Germany of all teams failed to find a way past Hugo Lloris in the French goal. But that can happen, especially as all three games were international friendlies, hence the small stake recommendation. Saturday’s both teams to score treble ended the same way too as Gateshead got thumped 4-0 at Wrexham. The first goal in that game went in at 55 minutes so I felt confident to leave the bet, however, I hadn’t realised that Gateshead had been reduced to 10 men five minutes prior to the opener. Had I know that I would have cashed out for a profit. It just goes to show that you need to be on the ball with you bets, and I was guilty of taking my eye off the situation. My BTTS & Win treble was very close as well, once again securing 2 out of 3. In a crazy game, Braintree won 6-3 at Halifax, and Plymouth won 2-1 at York. Sadly, Scunthorpe (who I was most confident of) lost 2-1 at Swindon. When teams are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table, it doesn’t matter who they are playing, they will give as good as they get, but you can only go on statistics, so although I didn’t win, I know I am heading in the right direction. I didn’t include this in my tips, but I also picked a 10-fold accumulator for over 1.5 goals which fell short by….you guessed it, just one goal. And that would have brought in a nice £40 profit off a £4 stake so I will look to include that next time I share my tips as I feel it’s a good way to make a tidy profit. Perhaps 10 games is too adventurous, but every week is different and you have to go with what you feel is right, hence why I didn’t pick a win accumulator because I felt the fixtures were too tough to call. I will be glad to see the back of  the micky mouse international fixtures, because let’s face it, it’s horrible to watch England at the best of times. Thanks for reading 👍🏼

TOM’S TIPS – Betting tips for Saturday 14th November

The international break means a limited fixture list, but there is still plenty of action across the English divisions. The first bet on offering is a BTTS treble which I have come up with after some extensive research.

This BTTS treble comes in at 4.18/1 with bet365.

Accrington Stanley v Newport County (8/11 with bet365)

At first glance this appears a strange choice when considering the League Two standings, but when I dug a little deeper, I had no choice but to include this fixture. Accrington have won their last three, and are pushing strongly for promotion in 4th. They haven’t failed to score at home in the league since March 2015, which funnily enough, came against Newport. Stanley have scored 6 in their last 2 at The Crown Ground, but have failed to keep a clean sheet since the 1-0 win over Mansfield in mid August. They have conceded a staggering 8 in their last 3, but most importantly, their last 6 home games have thrown up BTTS outcomes.

The Exiles sit in 21st, just 4 points above bottom club Dagenham & Redbridge, but they are in good form having secured 8 points in their last 4 games, with back to back wins against Wycombe and Bristol Rovers away from Rodney Parade. With 6 goals in their last 2, the Welsh outfit will back themselves to find the net against an explosive but extremely leaky Accrington. Don’t be put off by the league standings, this fixture is a no brainer for me in terms of both teams scoring.

Yeovil v Stevenage (4/6 with bet365)

This is a crucial League Two encounter at Huish Park on Saturday. Yeovil will be desperate for the points as they try and escape from the bottom two, whilst Stevenage will want to steer themselves well away from a relegation scrap altogether. The Glovers have not tasted victory in the league at home since the 3-2 dismantling of Luton on 22nd August, but have only failed to find the net in 1 of their last 7 on home soil. They have conceded in 8 consecutive home games, failing to keep a clean sheet since the 3-0 win over Lincoln on May 6th. Crucially, 6 of the last 7 at Huish Park have ended with both scoring.

The last 5 Stevenage games has seen both teams score, with 4 of their last 5 away from The Lamex ending in BTTS outcomes. The most worrying thing for Teddy Sheringham, is that his side have not sealed an away win in the league since a 1-0 win at Cheltenham Town back in April. However, they have found the net in 5 of their last 6 on the road, and they must fancy their chances of scoring against their lower placed opponents.

Wrexham v Gateshead (4/5 with bet365)

Only goal difference separates the two sides in The National League. The last 4 games at The Racecourse Ground has seen both teams score, with an average of 5 goals per game. The Dragons know where the net is, reflected by their tally of 9 in 3, but they also know how to let goals in, conceding 6 in their last 3 at home. They have only failed to score on one occasion in the last 14, and have leaked goals in 7 of their last 10 on Welsh soil.

The Tynesiders know how to get a result away from The International Stadium, having won their opening 3 away from home this term. Most impressively, they have then gone on to dismantle Eastleigh and Forest Green Rovers on the road, which is an outstanding achievement when you see the current standings. Gateshead have found the net in 8 of their last 10 away, conceding in 6 of their last 7 away. The Racecourse Ground is raining goals at the minute, and I can only see that trend continuing today. A definite BTTS fixture to complete my treble.

I would normally figure who I think will win and place an accumulator, however, I am struggling to find teams I am certain will win, so instead, I am happy to place a low stake BTTS & Win treble.

This BTTS & Win treble comes in at 84.5/1. Well worth a couple of quid.

Swindon v Scunthorpe BTTS & Scunthorpe win (3/1 @ bet36)

Both teams have scored in 4 of Swindon’s last 5 at home, and exactly the same for Scunthorpe on their travels. Swindon have not won at The County Ground since the opening day victory over Bradford, going on to lose 5 of the next 7, and sit joint bottom with Crew Alexandra.

Until the recent 4-2 victory at Oldham, Scunthorpe had gone 15 on the road in League One without a win. They lost the very next game to Gillingham, but then saw off Chesterfield 3-0. With 4 wins in their last 5 league games, they have the form to take into the fixture and should see off a sorry Swindon side.

York v Plymouth BTTS & Plymouth win (15/4 @ bet365)

York sit just one place and three points clear of the bottom three in League Two. Despite their precarious position, their last 6 home games have staged BTTS outcomes, but The Minstermen have failed to win any of those fixtures.

Plymouth are flying high, and boast a 5 point cushion at the top. The Pilgrims have lost just one of their last 5 on the road, winning 3 of them. The gulf in class should tell here, but I still fancy York to find the net.

Halifax v Braintree BTTS & Braintree win (7/2 @ bet365)

Halifax remain bottom of The National League, however, they have scored in 7 of their last 8 at home. The problem is that they have conceded 10 in their last 2 at The Shay Stadium.

Braintree sit in 7th, and just goal difference denies them the final play-off spot. With just 1 loss in 9 on their travels, the Essex based club will pose some real problems for Darren Kelly’s men, having already won 5 away from Cressing Road this term. This completes my BTTS & Win treble, and I honestly think it has a strong chance.

Good luck if you decide to back any of my bets, but most importantly, bet responsibly and only what you can afford to lose.