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Jonathan Day
Sportingly Better Tipster
Website: Sportingly Better
Most Recent Tip: Mainz - Bayer Leverkusen (Over 2.5 goals
Result: Mainz 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Udinese top the form table in Serie A going into the weekend and are unbeaten in 12 games. The ‘entertainers’ of Italy's top flight, usually have goals in them with club captain Antonio Di Natale and Chilean Alexis Sanchez the star duo up front.

A keener look at their highlights demonstrates just how good they have been at the back recently too. The Udine side have not conceded in their last six games and have secured victories to nil in six of their last seven games. Francesco Guidolin's opponents are Catania who score well under a goal a game on average. Catania are poor away from the Stadio Angelo Massimino losing six of their last seven away games to nil and have not won away from home all season.

Match Odds: Udinese 1.50, Draw 4.0, Catania 7.0

Tip: Udinese to win to nil @ 2.37

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

Most Recent Tip: Leeds - Ipswich (Over 2.5 goals)
Result: Leeds 0-0 Ipswich

The Stade du Moustoir is traditionally a difficult place to visit for any team. Lorient are undefeated at home since September 18th and host a Saint- Etienne side who have dipped recently in their performances losing four of their last five.

Lorient will be kicking themselves last time out as they let a 1-3 lead slip away at Arles drawing 3-3 in the end. They are much stronger at home were they have won 10 out of the last 13 in all competitions. They are generously priced at just over evens to win and with striking starlet Kevin Gameiro in their ranks, they are more than capable of a victory. In March last year, they defeated Saint-Etienne 4-0 in the same fixture, although a repeat of that scoreline is unlikely, I will back them to win.

Match Odds: Lorient 2.05, Draw 3.10, St Etienne 4.0


Tip: Lorient to win @ 2.05

Michael Yokhin, Goal.com’s International Football Analyst
Most Recent Tip:  Schalke to keep a clean sheet
Result: Schalke 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt


If you haven’t seen Frankfurt goal that ruined my tip last week, you should really look for it. Eintracht managed to score their first goal in 2011 in the most bizarre way possible, and Manuel Neuer will remember it for the rest of his career. Frankfurt failing to score this Saturday, at home to St Pauli, can’t be seriously recommended, since the visitors conceded on each of their trips outside Hamburg. However, opportunists should notice the odds are generous either, at 3.50.

Heracles win over Heerenveen is a very solid bet. The team from Almelo won eight of their 13 home games, losing just once (to Ajax). They are in superb form, winning last three league games and scoring no less than 16 goals in the process. The visitors are heading in the opposite direction. They somehow managed to gift rock-bottom Willem II their second win of the season, and then allowed Feyenoord to record their first away win. With just a single point from their last 4 fixtures, chances of Heerenveen losing in Almelo are much better that even-money.

Match Odds: Heracles 1.91, Draw 3.50, Heerenveen 3.50

Tip: Heracles to win @ 1.91

Nikos Tsagkatakis
Titan Bet Sports Trader
Website: Titan Bet

Most Recent Tip:  QPR - Crystal Palace (-1 handicap)
Result: QPR 2-1 Crystal Palace

Leyton Orient set a club record midweek when a victory at Hartlepool made it 14 games without losing. The Londoners are in great form at the moment and as a result they have found themselves steadily climbing up the table. They are in seventh place currently and just five points off the play off places having failed to concede in the last four games.

Brentford have won just one of their last four home games. They have kept just four home clean sheets and generally look like a team that has nothing to play for as they seem to be safe from relegation. Russell Slade's side has a decent chance to win but as you cannot rule out the draw back the O's on the asian handicap.

Match Odds: Brentford 2.50, Draw 3.20, Leyton Orient 2.80

Tip: Leyton Orient level asian handicap @ 2.10

Pete Nordsted
Professional Sports Trader
Website: Premier Betting

Most Recent Tips: Three draws between Rochale - Exeter, Bournemouth - Southampton & Colchester - MK Dons
Results: Rochale 0-1 Exeter, Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton & Colchester 1-3 MK Dons

We have now gone into our longest stretch without a winner which stretches back three weeks. When you have a losing run like this it can test your metal and you have to have faith in your system. Let's hope we can get back to winning ways this weekend.

The match with the biggest draw bias is Wigan v Birmingham.

Record of teams of Wigan's grading against teams of Birmingham's grading reads W14 D8 L8. Wigan's recent home record against teams of Birmingham's grading is W2 D6 L2.

Birmingham's recent away record against teams of Wigan's grading is W5 D1 L4. Head to Head recent record at Wigan reads Wigan 1 Draw 1 Birmingham 1.

Wigan have drawn one of their last five home matches. Birmingham have drawn one of their last five away matches.

Match Odds: Wigan 2.20, Draw 3.10, Birmingham 3.50


Tip: Wigan v Birmingham Draw @ 3.10
 
The other draws I will be backing this weekend are Stoke v Newcastle (3.20) and Sunderland v Liverpool (3.0)

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