Thursday, 22 September 2011

The weekend is upon us again and what better to spend your hard earned money on than by betting on the weekend fixtures in English football. Here are Tactical Gamble's pick of the games in the top four divisions:

QPR to beat Aston Villa - 11/8 (Bet 365, Bodog, Ladbrokes, Sky Bet, Victor Chandler)
Middlesbrough to beat Ipswich - 8/11 (Coral, Ladbrokes)
Huddersfield to beat Leyton Orient - 1/2 (Coral, Ladbrokes)
Crawley to beat Aldershot - 6/4 (Bet 365, Coral, Ladbrokes, Victor Chandler)

A £10 accumulator on these four games at Ladbrokes would win you £153.84!

QPR v Aston Villa (Kick Off, Sunday 4pm)

Barton and co have been the catalysts for QPR's recent form
QPR fans haven't seen a Premier League victory at Loftus Road since 1996, but hopes are high ahead of Sunday's clash with Villa. After a disastrous opening result against Bolton, QPR have picked up 7 points from their last 4 games and now lie in 9th place. Their squad looked inexperienced and threadbare after the first three games of the campaign but the signings of experienced players such as Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Anton Ferdinand have added much needed quality and experienced to the team and produced immediate results. An impressive display at home to Newcastle was followed by a resounding 3-0 win against Wolves and Neil Warnock's men seem to have been given a new lease of life thanks to their deadline day signings and look a decent bet to secure their first league win of the season.
Villa, meanwhile, are currently unbeaten in the league and Alex McLeish has enjoyed a steady if not spectacular start to his tenure at Villa Park. However they have not won in their last four outings and looked unimpressive as they slumped to a defeat in the Carling Cup against Bolton in midweek, so they look as though they could fall victim to a resurgent QPR on Sunday afternoon.

Middlesbrough v Ipswich Town (Kick off Saturday 3pm)

Thumbs up for Boro so far
Despite being knocked out of the League Cup in midweek, Middlesbrough are a team in great league form at the moment, having won 5 out of their last 7 games in the Championship. Boro had a disappointing campaign last year and fell well short of their promotion favourites tag but Tony Mowbray (left) seems to have instilled a new belief into the squad and has players like Marvin Emnes and Barry Robson playing at the top of their game to provide a potent attacking edge to the Teeside club.
This Saturday Boro take on an Ipswich side who have conceded 9 goals in 3 away games this season and who have yet to find any consistency this season. Speculation about the future of manager Paul Jewell is bound to have a negative effect on the Tractor Boys as they face one of the Championship's form teams and I expect Boro to run out convincing winners at the Riverside.

Huddersfield Town v Leyton Orient (Kick off Saturday 3pm)

Lee Clark's side have not lost in 34 league games and they will be confident they can extend that run against Leyton Orient this weekend. Huddersfield had a shaky start to the campaign but impressive displays against Sheffield United and MK Dons have shown that they are strong promotion candidates and their clinical attack of Novak, Lee and Arfield should ensure a comfortable victory against an Orient side jaded by their midweek exploits against Blackburn in the Carling Cup.

Aldershot Town v Crawley Town (Kick off Saturday 3pm)

Another team likely to be fatigued by their Carling Cup heroics are Aldershot, who qualified for the fourth round after an impressive victory over Rochdale on Tuesday. The Shots are unbeaten in 6 league games but their players will find it difficult to maintain their recent form against a Crawley side who have coped well with promotion, despite the odd hiding they have been given on their travels. Steve Evans's men will be fresh having not played in midweek and their odds of getting all 3 points against Aldershot are very generous indeed.