Thursday, 25 August 2011


The August Bank Holiday weekend is upon us and in this three day weekend there is plenty of football action to feast on with some huge fixtures in all four divisions. Here are Tactical Gamble's top tips for the weekend fixtures and where you can get the best odds:

Man Utd to beat Arsenal - 8/15 (Totesport and Bet Fred)
West Ham to beat Nottingham Forest - 13/8 (Victor Chandler)
Sheff Wed to beat Scunthorpe - 23/20 (William Hill)
Rotherham to beat Gillingham - 5/4 (Sky Bet, Totesport, Bet Fred, Victor Chandler, Paddy Power, Coral)

A £10 accumulator on these four outcomes at Bet Fred would return £188.37!

Manchester United v Arsenal (Kick off, Sunday 4pm)

Young, gifted and red - Welbeck and Young
Matches between these two great teams used to decide where the Premier League trophy would end up and whilst its very early in the season, a victory for either side would be a great boost as they push for silverware this year.
United will have been delighted with their demolition of Spurs on Monday but they were never really tested and there is a belief that Sunday's clash could be the true test of Fergie's new generation of youngsters. So far, they look like they have the skill, desire and ability to win United's 20th title - but will they cope with the pressure on Sunday?
An impressive second half display against Udinese was enough for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League group stage but Wenger's side will be keen to silence their domestic critics with a result at Old Trafford this weekend. Their performances in the league so far have not been encouraging and having sold Samir Nasri this week, Arsenal have a long way to go to prove they can be genuine title contenders. However a victory against the Champions would go some way to silence some of the doubters.
United will be without Vidic and Ferdinand but Arsenal's problems are much worse, with the majority of the first choice midfield unavailable through suspension or injury. Cleverley and Anderson have impressed in midfield for United this season and they will relish taking on an Arsenal side with no Song, no Wilshere, no Gervinho and no Frimpong. Furthermore, Gunners full back Carl Jenkinson could be in for a tough game as he comes face-to-face with the in form Ashley Young on the flanks.
Arsene Wenger's side haven't won at Old Trafford since 2006 and thier tough match in Italy on Wednesday is not ideal preparation for this tough fixture. Add to that the number of first team players who are unavailable and you'd have to fancy the champions to take all 3 points on Sunday.

Nottingham Forest v West Ham (Kick off, Sunday 1.15pm)

Before the big Premier League clash on Sunday, the Championship will be hosting their own grand slam match between two promotion favourites. Forest were early season tips for promotion but have failed to impress so far this season, looking disjointed and almost impotent in front of goal. An improved performance against Leicester last weekend was encouraging but they will face a difficult game against West Ham's dominant midfield trio of Noble, Parker and Nolan. After their embarrassing League Cup defeat to Aldershot earlier this week, Big Sam said his players are scared of playing at home and will probably perform much better on the road. The Hammers will be keen to put their midweek display behind them and they have plenty of big game players in their squad to take all 3 points at the City Ground on Sunday.

Sheffield Wednesday v Scunthorpe (Kick off, Saturday 3pm)

League One this weekend features an all Yorkshire clash at Hillsborough. Alan Knill's side performed admirably against Newcastle on Thursday, pushing the Geordies all the way until Sam Ameobi's wonder strike in extra time, and they will no doubt be exhausted after their midweek heroics as they travel to Sheffield this weekend. The Owls will be looking to capitalise on this home fixture and launch their title challenge which has stuttered so far as a result of their away form. Expect Gary Megson's side to ditch their relegation form and leave Hillsborough victorious on Saturday.

Rotherham v Gillingham (Kick off, Saturday 3pm)

Adam Le Fondre - League Two top scorer ... so far
Staying in South Yorkshire, the Don Valley Stadium will play host to a top of the table clash in League Two on Saturday as Rotherham take on Gillingham. Before the season, TG tipped the Millers for promotion and they have started brightly, in part because of the form of Adam Le Fondre (pictured). Gillingham have also began the season in good form, with 10 points from 12, and they will certainly give Rotherham a good game on Saturday. However TG is sticking with their Promotion pick Rotherham to seal victory in front of their home fans this weekend.