Friday, 30 September 2011


If you're like Carlos Tevez, you have plenty of money lying around and aren't doing much this weekend - so what better way to invest your cash than by betting on this weekend's football action. Here are Tactical Gamble's tips for matches in the top four divisions in England this weekend:

Tottenham to beat Arsenal - 6/5 (Boylesports, Bet Fred, Paddy Power, William Hill)
Leeds to beat Portsmouth - 19/20 (William Hill)
Preston to beat Leyton Orient - 23/20 (Sporting Bet)
Burton Albion to beat Bradford - 21/20 (William Hill)

A £10 accumulator on these four outcomes with William Hill would pocket you £175.89!

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal (Kick off Sunday 4pm)

Arsene Wenger in 1996
Arsene Wenger celebrates his 15th anniversary as Arsenal boss with a trip to White Hart Lane this Sunday, as they face bitter rivals Tottenham in the first North London derby of the season. The fixture is traditionally one Wenger and his side have relished but results from previous seasons will mean nothing as his under-performing team face a rejuvenated Spurs side on Sunday.

Harry Redknapp’s side have put their poor start to the season behind them and have now won their last three league games without conceding a goal. The arrival of Scott Parker and the return to form of Luka Modric has Spurs purring again and having rested several key players during their midweek victory over Shamrock Rovers, the Spurs squad will be fresher than their opponents and confident of picking up all three points on Sunday.
Destined to score?

Clashes between these two teams have always produced goals and controversy and the presence of Emmanuel Adebayor provides an intriguing sub-plot to this iconic derby fixture. The Togo striker and is 19/1 with Unibet to repeat his infamous knee-sliding celebration from 2009 in front of the Arsenal fans this weekend. Or alternatively you can focus on the football and get odds of 5/1 that he’ll be the first goalscorer with Bet 365, Victor Chandler and Bwin.

Whilst Arsenal seemed to have steadied the ship somewhat with recent victories over Bolton and Olympiakos, Tactical Gamble can see them falling victim to a Spurs side whose ultra-attacking line up will be confident of getting goals against a leaky Arsenal defence who have conceded 12 goals on the road this season.

Leeds United v Portsmouth (Kick off Saturday 3pm)

Ross is Boss in the Championship
Portsmouth have struggled on the road this season, having only picked up 2 points in 4 games, and will be without several key players including Luke Varney, Dave Kitson and Aaron Mokoena. Meanwhile Leeds have continued their good form at Elland Road with 3 wins out of 4 and they have the Championships top scorer, Ross McCormack, in formidable form having scored 6 goals in his last 4 league games. With McCormack in a purple patch and a full strength squad playing in front of 30000 home fans, Simon Grayson’s side should be comfortable victors this Saturday and Portsmouth could be in for a grim time up north.

Leyton Orient v Preston North End (Kick off 3pm Saturday 3pm)

Mellor - 7 goals in League One
Last week, Leyton Orient stunned Huddersfield (and this site!) with a late comeback against Huddersfield to earn only their third point of the season. However Tactical Gamble predicts lightning won’t strike twice and think the O’s will struggle to pick up their first win of the season against high flying Preston on Saturday. Phil Brown’s side are enjoying their best start to a campaign since 1952 and have Neil Mellor banging in goals, so Preston will fancy their chances of picking up all 3 points against bottom side Orient - and adding more goals to the 10 they have already netted away from home this season.

Burton Albion v Bradford City (Kick off 3pm Saturday 3pm)

Paul Peschisolido’s Burton Albion play host to the struggling Bradford City this Saturday and will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing loss to Gillingham last weekend. The Brewers are unbeaten at home so far this season and their injury concerns at the back have been eased by the signing of experienced defender Kevin Amankwaah on a free transfer. Their opponents Bradford have had a dreadful start to the season and have lost their last three games in League Two and look certain to be embarrassed on Saturday – and not just because of their shocking pink away kit!