Your football betting guide for the weekend - with Lee Wagers

30 January 2009 08:28
Sportsmail Online's football betting expert delivers his top tips for the weekend and is putting his faith in big-spending Tottenham and Manchester City to cash in deliver away from home.

They say that money can't buy you happiness but I wouldn't mind giving it a go.

Splashing the cash has worked for Tottenham

and mega-rich Manchester City

and I'm backing both to claim their second win of the week.

City have had a difficult month off the pitch with their unsuccessful pursuit of AC Milan's Kaka, Robinho's trip to Brazil and the £34million striker's run-in with the police over an alleged incident in a Leeds nightclub.

But manager Mark Hughes has been busy bringing in Craig Bellamy and Nigel de Jong for just under £30m and the pair made an immediate impact on Wednesday night.

Dream debut: Bellamy got off to a flyer against Newcastle

Bellamy was on target against former club Newcastle

and fellow debutant De Jong was impressive in the 2-1 win.


are the hosts at lunchtime on Saturday and the 5/4 available on an away win, against a side without a victory since November, should be snapped up.

The Potters' latest disappointment was a 3-1 defeat at Spurs in midweek where Harry Redknapp's squad has been boosted by the arrival of Wilson Palacios , Jermain Defoe and Pascal Chimbonda.

Just like old times: Defoe hits the target against Stoke

Redknapp knows how to get the best out of his players and the White Hart Lane chief will demand his troops build on their victory when they take on Bolton - a team with one of the worst home records in the top flight.

Add in Swansea to win at Southampton and Aberdeen to take the points at Falkirk. Swansea are unbeaten in 11 in the Championship and while the Dons are only three without defeat, it is worth taking into account that their last two games were against Rangers and Celtic.

AWAYS - Tottenham 13/8, Man City 5/4, Swansea 5/4, Aberdeen 5/4

Betting on any game involving inconsistent Fulham

has resulted in disappointment more often than not, but I can't see past Roy Hodgson's side at home to Portsmouth


Since hammering Middlesbrough

3-0 at home, the Cottagers have drawn with Spurs and Chelsea, lost to West Ham and Sunderland and won away at Kettering and Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup.

King of the Cottage: Hodgson

Pompey chief: Adams

The evens offered on them beating Tony Adams' team, who have taken just one point from the last six games, is too good to turn down.

Cardiff and Ipswich are the pick of the bunch in the division below. Cardiff are up against a rejuvenated Nottingham Forest side but Dave Jones' play-off hopefuls, unbeaten since November, should be strong enough.

Ipswich still fancy their chances of breaking into the top six and they can stay on track by beating Plymouth, the only side in the division yet to hit double figures for goals scored on their travels.

Add in League Two leaders Wycombe to get back to winning ways against Accrington.

HOMES - Fulham evens, Cardiff 4/6, Ipswich 8/11, Wycombe 8/13


have lost six on the spin in the Premier League eague but they can stop the rot by sharing the points with struggling West Brom. Back a yankee with Preston against Sheffield United, Reading's trip to QPR and Dagenham's home clash with Darlington.

DRAWS - Hull v West Brom 23/10, Preston v Sheffield United 9/4, QPR v Reading 23/10, Dagenham v Darlington 12/5

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Source: Daily_Mail