Friday Betting | Predictions, Betting Tips & Match Previews
Tuesday 1 August 11:08 Tweet
We pick our best bets for Friday with fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship and Ligue 1 with a 5/1 treble at Betfred.
Nottingham Forest v Millwall - Championship - 19:45
Nottingham Forest avoided relegation to League One on goal difference, Mark Warburton cannot afford to have Forest involved in another relegation battle this season. Forest's form at the City Ground kept them up, winning three of their last four at home, securing impressive wins over Huddersfield and Reading while thrashing Ipswich 3-0 in their final game of the season.
Neil Harris has done a brilliant job at Millwall, contesting the League One Play-Offs for the past two seasons, visiting Wembley on both occasions but finally winning promotion by beating Bradford in May. Forest have lost Britt Assombolonga to Middlesbrough but Mark Warburton's brought in Daryl Murphy from Newcastle and Scottish Championship joint top-scorer Jason Cummings in this summer. Millwall will make it tough for Forest but we're backing Nottingham Forest to secure their first win of the season.
Sunderland v Derby County - Championship - 19:45
This isn't a game we're particularly looking forward to, considering both sides have lost key players this summer. Sunderland were dreadful in the Premier League last term, they've lost Jordan Pickford and Jermain Defoe and Simon Grayson has a tough task of building this club back to the standard their fans expect. Gary Rowett expects his side to contest for promotion this season but they've lost key players Will Hughes and Tom Ince to the Premier League while Darren Bent is currently injured
Gary Rowett expects his side to contest for promotion this season but they've lost key players Will Hughes and Tom Ince to the Premier League while Darren Bent is currently injured; however, the return of Tom Huddlestone to Pride Park is positive and his experience will be needed in the middle of the park. Sunderland failed to score in five of their last six league games, while Derby have netted just six goals in their last eight away games. We expect this to be a drab affair, with potentially Derby nicking it but we're not expecting too many goals at the Stadium of Light. We're on Under 2.5 Goals.
Monaco v Toulouse - Ligue 1 - 19:45
Monaco open their defence of the Ligue 1 title at home to Toulouse on Friday evening. Monaco have had a tough summer, with either their key players leaving (Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko) or close to leaving (Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe).
However, Leonardo Jardim has brought in the highly rated Youri Tielemans and Terence Kongolo from Anderlecht and Feyenoord, while for the time being are keen on keeping Fabinho, Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe. Monaco still have a very strong first XI despite the departures. Leonardo Jardim's men dominated the division last season, they might not be so lucky this time round but I expect them to push PSG all the way. Monaco are unbeaten in Ligue 1 since December 2016 and have won their last 12 league games, 10 of those games featuring over 2.5 goals. We're backing Monaco and over 2.5 goals at Stade Louis II.