We’re all looking for the best bets every weekend, but sometimes it pays to get off the beaten track of obvious banker selections at short odds, and find a bit of value. This can take a bit of work and requires plenty of research and study of statistics. Don’t panic though, I’ve done all the hard work and posted only the best value selections for this Saturday.
We’re going to start this weekend’s value tips with Blackpool to beat Ipswich in their away game at Portman Road.
Th Tractor Boys have descended into another slump after briefly recovering from a previous bad spell, and look ripe for the picking. Their 1-2 loss at St. Andrews against Birmingham on Wednesday made it four losses in their last five games in all competitions.
Ipswich are perilously close to the relegation zone, and it’s hard to see where their next points are going to come from.
Blackpool have kicked off 2012 in great style; Beating promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough 3-0 and following up with a classy 5-1 win in the FA Cup 3rd round against Fleetwood last weekend.
The Seasiders are looking for at least a play-off position come the end of the season, and will be helped by the 3 points they can collect against struggling Ipswich.
The 6/4 available at Bet365 for the away win looks a gift and should be jumped upon.
Sheffield United look a tasty price at 5/4 with Paddy Power for their away trip to Bury this Saturday afternoon.
The Blades experienced a setback in their first game of 2012; losing 3-2 at promotion rivals Carlisle. However they have bounced back to form with a 3-1 FA Cup win over Salisbury followed by a convincing 4-0 home mauling of Yeovil.
Newly promoted Bury are having a pleasing season so far; settled in 10th position, and still hopeful of a play-off berth.
However they have failed to impress at home at Gigg Lane, winning just 4 of 11 home games to date.
The Blades have convinced on their travels so far this season, and should be able to take advantage of Bury’s average home form.
Rochdale look a shadow of the team that finished 9th last season, and Stevenage could compound their misery by taking all 3 points at Spotlands.
A 2-0 loss to Hartlepool- who had failed to score in 7 home games previously- shows the true extent of their failings, and at odds of 11/8 with Stan James, Stevenage are a great bet to continue towards their third promotion in successive seasons.