Thursday, 18 August 2011


Each week, Tactical Gamble will provide you with tips for the weekend matches in each division of English football. We'll tell you who we're tipping for victory in each league and where you can the best return on an accumulator on these fixtures. Here our this weeks picks:

Sunderland to beat Newcastle - 6/5
Middlesbrough to beat Birmingham - 6/5
Bury to beat Wycombe - 2/1
Swindon to beat Oxford - 6/5

A £10 accumulator on these four outcomes with Coral will return £319.44 if successful!

Sunderland v Newcastle (12pm Saturday kick off)

Cometh the hour, cometh the Gyan
This match always proves to be a feisty affair and Sunderland will be keen to earn the North-East bragging rights this year, after Newcastle took 4 points off the Mackems last season. Newcastle will have been pleased with their point against Arsenal, however Alan Pardew's men seemed to lack creativity and scoring goals could prove a problem this Saturday and for the rest of the season. Likewise, Sunderland will have been delighted to earn a point at Anfield but unlike their rivals, they produced an impressive display with new boys Wes Brown and Seb Larsson shining on their debut. Steve Bruce's new signings will be keen to replicate their opening day display in their first home game of the season and I predict they will take the derby day spoils on Saturday afternoon, as they have a stronger squad and better players in almost every department. Asamoah Gyan scored against Newcastle last year and often shines on the big occasion, so he could be a good bet for first goalscorer at 11/2 with Sky Bet and Unibet.

Middlesbrough v Birmingham (kick off 3pm, Sunday)

Birmingham will dread facing Emnes
Birmingham earned an admirable 0-0 draw against Portuguese side Nacional on Thursday but his side will be tired from their midweek efforts in Europe and could be in trouble as they travel to Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon. Middlesbrough have taken 7 points from 9 this season and seem to playing with a confidence which was sorely lacking from their side last season. Frontman Marvin Emnes has epitomised this Riverside renaissance with 3 goals in 3 games and TG backs Tony Mowbray's side to continue this impressive early season form with a victory over the Blues this Sunday.

Wycombe v Bury (kick off 3pm, Saturday)

Bury have produced some extraordinary results so far this season in League One , none more so than their deserved midweek victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Richie Barker's side proved on the opening day against Huddersfield that they can compete away from home and he will be hoping his side can carry on their impressive early season form and take all 3 points this Saturday at Adams Park.

Swindon Town v Oxford United (kick off 1.30pm, Sunday)

Derby day delight for Di Canio?
This derby could be the pick off the fixtures in the football league this weekend. The two arch rivals haven't met in the league for over a decade and there is great anticipation down south ahead of this long awaited clash. Paolo Di Canio's side haven't enjoyed the start they'd hoped for this season but his side will be keen to claim a derby victory in front of their home supporters, while Oxford will want to build on their impressive midweek victory against Shrewsbury. Both sides are evenly matched but TG thinks home advantage could be key for The Robins and expect the home side to take all 3 points at the County Ground on Sunday.