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Weekend Football Tips: Back-to-lay 0-0 in Lille v Monaco

Claudio Ranieri has guided Monaco to joint-top of Ligue 1

"Lille's star names have moved on but the results continue to be very positive, albeit playing a style of play that thrives on defensive shape. Lille have kept six consecutive clean sheets for the first time in Ligue 1 history."

Punters looking for profitable in-play dabbles for the weekend's televised action, listen up. Lewis Jones has some moneymaking advice...

There is a feast of live football for punters to drink in across Europe this weekend. So sit back, stock up the fridge, have that pizza delivery placed on speed dial and make sure you've loaded the account to take advantage of some storming in-play punts that could yield a significant reward from small stakes, with the focus on three games featuring strong starters uncertain to last the distance...

Saturday 12:15, Watford v Leicester, Sky Sports 1
Nigel Pearson's side return to the scene of their dramatic play-off heartbreak last season and revenge will be high on the menu. With Leicester playing some attractive stuff this term, the boys in blue look good value at 1.645/8 to draw or win but it might be worth catching some juicy odds in-play on a positive Foxes result. Watford are notoriously fast starters, scoring six goals in the opening 15 minutes of league games and may take an early lead. Sit tight, wait for the Watford opener and then make a move on Leicester.

Saturday 17:30, Arsenal v Liverpool, Sky Sports 1
This heavyweight clash brings together two big punchers who, according to many punters, are swinging fists above their weight category this season. Or to the more immature reader: doing a Peter Crouch (see Abbey Clancy). The shrewd money seems to be ploughing into the 3.55/2 on the scorecards being level at the final whistle as eight of the last 15 encounters between the two have ended in stalemate. It looks very probable that the odds for a stalemate will become bulkier in-play though as Liverpool tend to start in top gear then decrease their acceleration as the minutes tick on. Brendan Rodgers' men have scored 13 of their 17 goals in the first half, therefore holding fire on backing the draw in anticipation of an early Liverpool goal looks a shrewd play to maximise value.

Sunday 20:00, Lille v Monaco, BT Sport 2
One mean defence meets a record-breaking defence one in a Sunday night alternative to sitting in a corner crying thinking about a Monday morning in the office. This won't be a clash for sexy football followers though as the exciting Lille days of Eden Hazard, Gervinho (yes, he's a different player outside of England) and Yohan Cabaye are a thing of the past. The star names have moved on but the results continue to be very positive, albeit playing a style of play that thrives on defensive shape. Lille have kept six consecutive clean sheets for the first time in Ligue 1 history. Unbeaten Monaco have only conceded eight times themselves but should have enough quality in the final third to break through late on. Back the 0-0 at 10.09/1 pre-match with a view to laying off in-play when you feel comfortable with your payout.

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