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Jonathan Day
Sportingly Better Tipster
Website: Sportingly Better
Most Recent Tip:  Over 2.5 goals, Man City - Fulham
Result: Man City 1-1 Fulham

Surprise German package Mainz occupy fourth place in the Bundesliga after a fairytale beginning to the season in which Die Nullfunfer recorded seven straight victories. Christian Heidel’s side face Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday, but despite being the division's joint top scorers, the Werkself are a long way away from Borussia Dortmund, conceding well over double the amount of goals of the runaway leaders.

Some 10 of Bayer Leverkusen’s last 12 games have seen three or more goals, including the last four, whilst goals have also been going in at both ends for Mainz recently with their last four games featuring at least three goals. With European places up for grabs, both sides will be looking for a positive result.

Match Odds: Mainz 3.0, Draw 3.40, Bayer Leverkusen 2.30

Tip: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.91

JD
Goal.com's Betting Blogger
Website: JD Football Betting

Most Recent Tip: West Ham to beat Stoke
Result: West Ham 3-0 Stoke City

Matches involving Leeds United almost guarantee goals these days. In their last five games alone there has been 23 goals. In midweek the over market came up trumps once again as Leeds beat low-scoring Preston.

Leeds are the top scorers in the Championship and it is down to their ability to find goals from all over the pitch. Ipswich have plenty of attacking threats of their own so an entertaining game looks on the cards.

Match Odds: Leeds 1.73, Draw 4.0, Ipswich 3.0


Tip: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.65

Michael Yokhin, Goal.com’s International Football Analyst
Most Recent Tip: Peterborough - Exeter (Over 4.5 goals)
Result: Peterborough 3-0 Exeter


Regardless of the future of Felix Magath, who is almost certainly on his way out of Schalke sooner rather than later, his team are clear favourites against Frankfurt, whose statistics in 2011 are absolutely stunning.

In eight games in the second round, Eintracht have failed to score a single goal, losing six matches. Theofanis Gekas, so prolific in the autumn, is a pale shadow of himself, and without his crucial contribution Michael Skibbe’s outfit look miserable. Manuel Neuer will do his best not to become the first goalkeeper to concede a goal to Frankfurt this year, and with morale pretty high following the Champions League triumph over Valencia, he is odds on not to fail on the mission.

Match Odds: Schalke 1.67, Draw 3.75, Eintracht Frankfurt 5.0


Tip: Schalke to keep a clean sheet @ 1.85

Nikos Tsagkatakis
Titan Bet Sports Trader
Website: Titan Bet

Most Recent Tip:  Lorient to beat Nancy
Result: Lorient 1-1 Nancy

The facts are simple, Crystal Palace have been poor on their travels while league leaders QPR have been superb at home. The Eagles have rarely kept clean sheets on the road, conceding two or more goals in 11 of their 18 away matches this season in the Championship. Palace have won just one away game all season.

QPR have been the form side of the Championship and boss Neil Warnock has a habit of getting good results against his old clubs. Their home record is W12 D5 L1 F36 A11, which makes this London derby something of a mismatch. The Championship favourites need to get back to winning ways after losing to Millwall in midweek and a comfortable home win looks the favoured outcome.

Match Odds: QPR 1.50, Draw 4.0, Crystal Palace 7.0

Tip:
QPR (-1 handicap) @ 2.37

Pete Nordsted
Professional Sports Trader
Website: Premier Betting

Most Recent Tips: Three draws between West Ham - Stoke, Newcastle - Everton & Fulham - Blackburn
Results: West Ham 3-0 Stoke, Newcastle 1-2 Everton & Fulham 3-2 Blackburn

We were cursed with some bad luck last time out with Blackburn conceding a last-minute goal from a penalty against Fulham. The FA Cup takes centre stage this weekend so I am going to turn my attention to League One, where we have had some success in the past.
 
The match with the biggest draw bias is Rochdale v Exeter.

Rochdale's recent home record against teams of Exeter's grading is W2 D3 L1.  Exeter's recent away record against teams of Rochdale's grading is W2 D5 L3.
 
Head to head at Rochdale reads Rochdale 2 Draw 2 Exeter 1. Rochdale have drawn 2 of their last 5 home matches. Exeter have drawn 2 of their last 5 away matches.

Match Odds: Rochdale 2.15, Draw 3.30, Exeter 3.40


Tip: Rochdale v Exeter Draw @ 3.30
 
The other draws I will be backing this weekend are Bournemouth v Southampton (3.40) and Colchester v MK Dons (3.30)

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