Weekend Football Go Head-To-Head | 22 April
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Laith, Matt & Frank from Weekend Football go head-to-head with their own personal bets for this weekend's action. Any risk, any market, any competition - the choice is theirs.
Hull City v Watford - Premier League - Sat 15:00
Marco Silva will be looking to extend his unbeaten league record on home soil to 40 league games against Watford on Saturday afternoon. It's an incredible record which has included clubs Sporting Lisbon, Olympiacos, Estoril and now Hull. Of Silva's 39 home games unbeaten, his sides have won 32 and I'm backing them to make it 33 against Watford.
Watford are in good form, winning three of their last four league games but they've been terrible on the road all season, winning just once on the road since beating Boro in October. Walter Mazzarri's side have lost their last three and failed to score in their last three. Hull to win.
Bristol City v Barnsley - Championship - Sat 15:00
Lee Johnson faces his old side Barnsley on Saturday, they're short for the win (around 8/13 with most bookmakers) but should get the job done against the Tykes. Bristol City have won four of their last seven league games, unbeaten at Ashton Gate in five - winning their last three.
Barnsley have struggled since losing key men Sam Winnall and Conor Hourihane in the January transfer window, winning just one of their last 11 league games while they've lost four of their last five on their travels. Bristol City to grab three points.
Bradford City v AFC Wimbledon - League One - Sat 15:00
Bradford City have all but confirmed their place in the Play-Offs for a second consecutive season. Stuart McCall's side have lost just two of their last 12 league games, losing away at Scunthorpe and Sheffield United in the last month. The Bantams have won their last four at home, keeping three clean sheets and remain unbeaten at home this season.
Wimbledon are without a win in four, failing to score in each game while they've netted just five goals in their last nine league games. Their away form is troubling, picking up just one away win in 14 league games. I can't see past a Bradford win here.
Real Madrid v Barcelona - La Liga - Sun 19:45
The biggest game of the weekend - El Clasico. Just three points separate Real Madrid (1st) and Barcelona (2nd) as they meet at Santiago Bernabeu. Zinedine Zidane's side will want to put the title race to bed with a win here, Real Madrid, as mentioned above, are three points clear of Barca but have a game in-hand - but should Barcelona win on Sunday, they'll go top on goal difference.
In what should be an epic game, I'm going to go with goals rather than pick an outright winner. Real Madrid have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 games in all comps. Barcelona have kept just two clean sheets in their last 10 away games in all comps. BTTS has featured in 19 of the last 20 meetings between the two sides. Both Teams To Score takes my pick.
Bournemouth v Boro - Premier League - Sat 15:00
After two wins in three at the Vitality, I fancy Bournemouth to earn another three points on Saturday, with Boro the visitors to the south coast. The Cherries have beaten West Ham and Swansea there recently, two better sides than Middlesbrough, and considering how awful Boro have been on the road this season, Eddie Howe's men should make it three home wins in four. Struggling Boro are without an away win since August, and their only two points earned on the road since the end of November have come in bore draws at Watford and Swansea. I don't envy those travelling fans, a 650 mile round trip which is likely to end in defeat. Bournemouth are 20/23 at BetVictor.
Nottm Forest v Reading - Championship - Sat 15:00
Form side Reading look good value for the win at the City Ground on Saturday. The Royals have won five in six in the Championship as they look to cement themselves a place in the Play-Offs, a solid run of form which includes away wins at both Villa Park last weekend (1-3) and Hillsborough (0-2). Hosts Forest had looked decent on home soil before an awful 0-1 defeat against fellow strugglers Blackburn on Good Friday, a potentially damaging result as they could slip into the relegation zone this weekend. Jaap Stam's men are good value for the win with both teams to score - 17/4 at BetVictor.
Portsmouth v Cambridge - League Two - Sat 15:00
Pompey actually look good value for a change as they look for an eighth league win in 10. A repeat of the last two year's score line in this fixture (2-1) would be perfect for me, as I do expect Cambridge to get on the score sheet following a strong run of away form this season. The visitors are the sixth best away side in League Two this season with 10 wins and four draws from their 21 outings, and after four wins from their last six on the road, surely they can muster a goal on a ground where the hosts have kept just one clean sheet in six, conceding against Yeovil, Newport and Morecambe along the way? BTTS & Pompey is 31/10 at BetVictor.
Burnley v Man Utd - Premier League - Sun 14:15
Man Utd should earn all three points at Turf Moor on Sunday. Tottenham made light work of what many expected to be a tough visit to Lancashire earlier this month, and I think Mourinho's men have what it takes to join the likes of Spurs, Arsenal and Man City who have all won there this season. Surprisingly, the Clarets have proved to be one of the best home sides in the Premier League this season but on Sunday they'll host a side who far prefer their time on the road. United have won six of their last seven Premier League aways, five of which by more than one goal. It should be a tough test for the Reds, but I expect them to earn another three points. The away win is 4/6 at SkyBet.
Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Premier League - Sun 16:30
Liverpool & BTTS looks a really good bet in the final Premier League match of the weekend. Although a tough place to go unbeaten this season, Anfield hasn't proved a tough place to score for visiting teams this campaign, and Liverpool have now conceded in eight of their last nine home matches across all competitions, including against the likes of Burnley, Wolves and Swansea. The Eagles aren't in bad form - they netted two in a recent trip to Stamford Bridge and have now scored in 12 consecutive matches against Liverpool dating back to 2003. I do expect Jurgen Klopp's men to take all three points however, the Reds have won four of their last five home matches and with nine of their 13 home wins this season this season seeing both teams score, I'm going with the same again on Sunday. BTTS & Liverpool is 2/1 at Paddy Power.
Hull v Watford - Premier League - Sat 15:00
Hull are a cracking price for yet another win at the KCOM on Saturday, with a Watford side who struggle away from home the visitors. The Tigers have won seven of their last eight on home soil across all competitions, including against Man Utd and Liverpool along the way. Watford are comfortable in mid table thanks to their impressive home form, but the Hornets have struggled on their travels with their only away win for six months coming in a shock victory at the Emirates in January. I really fancy the Tigers for the three points, they're 19/20 at betway.
Brentford v QPR - Championship - Sat 15:00
Brentford are a huge price for the win over local rivals QPR on Saturday afternoon. The Bees are after more bragging rights following a 0-2 win at Loftus Road earlier this season and will be looking for their fourth straight home win to nil this weekend. Bristol City, along with promotion chasing Leeds and Derby have all lost at Griffin Park without scoring recently, so I really fancy Brentford to make it four in four against out of form QPR. The Hoops have faced some really tough fixtures recently, but after five straight defeats things won't get any easier in this local derby. Brentford to take all three points for me. The home win is 21/20 at BetVictor.
Oldham v Rochdale - League One - Sat 15:00
Oldham somehow host local rivals Rochdale on Saturday as underdogs, even given home advantage and a cracking run of form at Boundary Park in 2017. Promotion chasing Bradford are the only side to win there since mid December (1-2) and the Latics have now won seven in 11 on home soil. Bolton and Fleetwood have both lost to nil here in Oldham's last two, whilst leaders Sheff Utd and sixth place Millwall have also both failed to win there this calendar year. After just two away wins from 10 with six defeats along the way, I'm not at all sure why Rochdale are favourites here. Bizarre pricing from the Bookies - take full advantage! The Latics are a massive 23/10 at Stan James.