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Result: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Arsenal
English Premier League - September 11
Match Odds: Everton 4.50, Draw 3.58, Manchester United 1.84
I expect the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday between Everton and Manchester United will mark the start of a very intimidating afternoon for a certain Mr Rooney. We all know that Rooney is the sort of player who doesn’t respond well to hostility on the pitch and could potentially make his exit from the field of play before the 90-minute mark – ask Cristiano Ronaldo or the fans who booed England in the World Cup.
That said, only Blackburn have managed to stop Manchester United from scoring in their last 23 Premier League matches and the team have kept five clean sheets in their last six Premier League games away from home.
A lot will depend on Rooney’s mental state but for me it’s a Manchester United away victory here.
Tips: Manchester United to win @ 1.90, Manchester United to win 2-0 @(9.0)
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Most Recent Tip: Rennes to beat Arles in Ligue 1
Result: Arles 0-1 Rennes
Italy Serie A - September 11
Match Odds: Cagliari 3.27, Draw 3.29, Roma 2.31
The Sardinian islanders welcome the Romans in this clash looking to record their first win of the season after a credible draw against Palermo two weeks ago.
On the last three occasions this fixture has produced a score draw and it may well go down that route again. Cagliari are difficult opponents on home turf and new coach Pierpaolo Bisoli will make them a solid if unspectacular unit this season.
Roma again will look to challenge for the title this season but it's hard to see them coming as close again.
Most bookmakers have this at 3.27 for the draw, suggesting they suspect it will be a point a piece for these two teams.
Tip: Draw @ 2.37
Second Tip: Both teams to score in Everton - Manchester United match @ 1.73
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Italian Serie B – September 11
Match Odds: Novara 1.91, Draw 3.00, Grosseto 4.20
Newly promoted Novara have made a great start to the season, with seven points from their first three games, and are proudly occupying first place. That is a nice achievement, and coach Attilio Tesser is continuing his great work from last season, but they are still not expected to be involved in the promotion battle.
Grosseto, on the other hand, were fighting to join Serie A in the last two seasons and should be somewhere in the top half at the table at the very least under new coach Luigi Apolloni, formerly a centre-back for Italian national team. They have started slowly, with just two draws and a defeat, but it must be said that Grosseto took the lead in their last two games.
It’s an absolutely open battle that could go either way, with Grosseto probably marginal favourites. However, the odds are on Novara’s side, and that might lead some to try a nice shot at Grosseto, who are definitely underrated.
Tip: Grosseto to win (4.20) or lay Novara (1.80)
Other Tip: Malmo to beat Atvidaberg in Sweden @ 1.57 or Malmo win to nil @ 2.30
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Most Recent Tip: Ponferradina to beat Huesca in Spanish Segunda
Result: Ponferradina 0-0 Huesca
English League One - September 11
Match Odds: Colchester 2.0, Draw 3.17, Plymouth 3.40
Plymouth were expected to challenge for promotion this season after being relegated from the Championship. Instead they've won just once and are in the bottom four. A trip to Colchester is not something they need just now.
The hosts have begun the season in great fashion and are unbeaten in five games with nine points on the board. Manager John Ward welcomes back several key players who were out through injury and the team will be determined to earn their first home win of the new campaign.
Colchester's home record is very good and you have to go back to April for their last home defeat. Plymouth have found life in League One not as easy as they may have thought and it will take Peter Reid time to stamp his mark on the team who are struggling to score goals. A home win is on the cards.
Tip: Colchester - 0.75 @ 2.37 or Colchester -1 @ 3.00
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Most Recent Tip: Three draws between Sunderland - Man City, Blackburn - Arsenal and Blackpool - Fulham
Results: Sunderland 1-0 Man City, Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal, Blackpool 2-2 Fulham
English Premier League - September 12
Match Odds: Birmingham 3.40, Draw 3.40, Liverpool 2.42
With the Premiership action starting again I have again found three matches that are worthy of backing the draw. Remember you only need one draw in three to come off to turn a profit.
The match with biggest draw bias is certainly Birmingham v Liverpool. Birmingham's home record against teams of Liverpool's grading last season was W0 D5 L0. Liverpool's away record against teams of Birmingham's grading last season was W1 D3 L2.
When teams of similar grade have met the recent record is H4 D11 A4. The score in this fixture last season was a 1-1 draw.
Looking further into the stats of Birmingham's nine home draws last season they were also drawing at half-time on seven occasions and Liverpool's were level at half-time in all six of their drawn away matches. Indeed Liverpool were level at half-time in 14 of 19 away matches last season. So the Half-Time Draw is also worthy of consideration @ 2.0.
The draw is best priced at 3.40 with both bookmakers and betting exchanges
Tip: Birmingham v Liverpool (Draw 3.40)
The other draws I will be backing this weekend are Everton v Manchester United (3.60) and Wigan v Sunderland (3.40)
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