Saturday Football Cheat Sheet: All the best bets in one place

  • Max Liu
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England travel to Andorra on Saturday

Get the best bets from our football experts for World Cup qualifiers featuring England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland as well as English Football League action...

"You've got Grealish eager for a goal, Watkins and Abraham eager to impress and plenty of competition for places in the wide forwards and midfield areas - there's enough desire here to get England over 4.5 goals which, at 2.757/4, is a rare slice of value in an ultra one-sided betting heat."

Scotland v Israel: Hattrick of wins will put hosts in the driving seat

Scotland v Israel
Saturday, 17:00
Live on Sky Sports

Scotland face a crucial match against Israel and home advantage could help Steve Clarke's men in Glasgow...

Frank Monkhouse says: "Clarke faces the most crucial game of the group, but he does so with several important players returning from injury. Two key men in Scott McTominay and Stuart Armstrong are back in contention for the upcoming games against Israel on Saturday and the Faroe Islands on Tuesday. Other notable additions to the squad include Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and Celtic captain Callum McGregor, who was named despite only recently returning from injury.

"Scotland has won three, drawn two and lost only one so far, and their most recent form stands them in good stead for this match. The locals search for a hattrick of wins after beating Moldova and Austria last month, both by a 1-0 scoreline. Victory in their next three outings would guarantee Scotland a playoff place, making Clarke's job of motivating the players much easier. Scotland's destiny lies in their own hands, and fans packing Hampden can't ask for any more than that."

Frank's bet: Back Scotland 1-0 @ 6.611/2

Azerbaijan v Republic of Ireland Tips: Another struggle for Boys in Green

Azerbaijan v Republic of Ireland
Saturday, 17:00
Live on Sky Sports Football

Manager Stephen Kenny is under pressure ahead of Republic of Ireland's trip to Azerbaijan on Saturday. He would love to get his first competitive win as manager in Baku.

Daniel McDonnell says: "Ireland's preparations for this fixture are a luxury compared with previous windows.

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"Previously, big matches have taken place on the Wednesday after a Sunday/Monday gathering with the window for work limited. This time around, Ireland convened on Monday for a Saturday fixture with a long flight the only inconvenience.

Ironically enough, the issue with the quick turnaround in the Kenny era has actually been managing triple headers where all games are of equal importance but the first encounter has drained energy.
The aforementioned slogs against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan came three days after away losses to Serbia and Portugal respectively. A failure to match the intensity was punished.

"This time around, all of the focus is on Azerbaijan with the follow-up friendly against Qatar paling into insignificance. If the application that was brought into the Serbian and Portugese away days is replicated here then they are more than capable of prevailing."

Daniel's bet: Back Ireland to win @ 2.265/4

Andorra v England: A five star display from the Three Lions

Andorra v England
Saturday, 19:45
Live on ITV 1

England stand on the verge of qualification for the World Cup in Qatar and there trip to Andorra on Saturday night should be a simple question of how many they will win by.

Paul Higham says: "These game are always about just how England want to win, and if their players have enough enthusiasm to keep pushing if they're 2-0 or 3-0 up, as another 80-odd percent possession like at Wembley will surely see them bag a few more goals.

"England only got five of 19 shots on target in the last meeting, with the Andorran goalkeeper officially registering just one save, but the likes of Kane, Lingard and Mason Mount can step that up to bang in a few.

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"Then you've got Grealish eager for a goal, Watkins and Abraham eager to impress and plenty of competition for places in the wide forwards and midfield areas - in short there's enough desire here to get England over 4.5 goals which, at 2.757/4, is a rare slice of value in an ultra one-sided betting heat."

Paul's bet: Back England to score over 4.5 goals @ 2.757/4

Switzerland v Northern Ireland: Shaqiri to be on target in Geneva

Switzerland v Northern Ireland
Saturday 9 October, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports

Northern Ireland could boost their chances of making the play-offs by winning in Geneva on Saturday night, but that won't be easy against a strong Swiss team.

Paul Robinson says: "Northern Ireland would no doubt take a point if offered - even though I think they need to win the game - so don't expect a gung-ho approach from the Irish.

"Switzerland have struggled for goals under their new manager - their last two have finished 0-0 - so backing the draw with a view to cashing out at half-time could be a good strategy in a match-odds market that offers few options.

"Under 2.5 Goals is trading at 1.784/5 and I make that a strong bet. As mentioned, the Swiss head into the game on the back of two goalless draws, and four of Northern Ireland's last six have seen Unders backers collect.

"Over 2.5 Goals is available to back at 2.26/5, and I guess the case could be made that the home side could potentially score three goals themselves - especially if they get an early one - but I would want a much bigger price than that to tempt me."

Paul's bet: Back Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.784/5

Moldova v Denmark: Visitors are flying

Moldova 34.033/1 v Denmark 1.132/15; The Draw 11.010/1
Saturday 9 October, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

Da Fitch has picked bets for nine European World Cup qualifiers taking place on Saturday. Here's a taste of what he thinks about Denmark's trip to Moldova.

Dan says: "Following their successful campaign at Euro 2020, Denmark are doing brilliantly in Group F. They've won all six of their games, without conceding a goal and scoring 22 times. Denmark are 2.0521/20 to win both halves.

Dan's bet: Back Denmark to win both halves against Moldova at 2.0521/20

Forest Green v Swindon: Hosts short enough to lay

Forest Green Rovers v Swindon Town
12:00
Live on Sky Sports

Swindon haven't lost in six away games, winning four, and a seventh would be a best run since March 2013. Can they avoid defeat against League Two leaders Forest Green on Saturday?

Ian Lamont says: "It would not surprise me at all if Swindon, with little pressure on them yet, can gain a fifth clean sheet of the season. I say little pressure, because in the summer the Robins had just nine players registered at one point, fought off a background of ownership issues and employed a young, ambitious but largely untried manager to sort it all out.

Ben Garner has done an excellent job so far, lifting the visitors to fifth. A tilt at the top of the table team is a free hit in an upwardly mobile curve. I'm glad I hold a pre-season ticket on them to be promoted. Even if Jack Payne, Tyreece Simpson or Ben Gladwin can't find too many chances, Swindon could just hold their hosts at bay sufficiently for a lay on Forest Green to be profitable.

Ian's bet: Lay Forest Green Rovers @ 1.865/6 against Swindon Town

Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton: Trotters target Hillsborough surprise

Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers
15:00

There's action in League One on Saturday and our third tier expert likes the luck of the away side in south Yorkshire.

Alan Dudman: "Sheffield Wednesday haven't totally convinced so far, and even Shrewsbury gained a point in west Yorkshire recently in a 1-1. Bolton have hit a run of form and have been heavy scorers on the road with a 1-4 success at Charlton and a brilliant 2-5 at Ipswich...

"Backing the Trotters on Draw No Bet makes sense at around 2.47/5 as they are a dangerous side."

Alan's bet: Back Bolton Draw No Bet @ 2.47/5 v Sheffield Wednesday

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