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The weekend’s domestic football action gets underway tonight with the now traditional Friday night Championship game. Tonight’s encounter is between mid-table Millwall and fourth-placed Cardiff at the Den. This is a big game for Cardiff as they are only three points behind second-placed Derby, they still have a game in-hand. Looking back at corresponding competitive fixtures and neither side has dominated; Millwall winning two and Cardiff one and there were five draws from the last eight encounters. Only two of the last eight corresponding fixtures ended with more than two goals scored, including the last three.

While Millwall have a very strong home record this season, last losing back in November 2017, they might be at a disadvantage tonight after playing their FA Cup replay away at Rochdale on Wednesday. Cardiff were impressive in their last game thrashing Leeds 4-1 at Elland Road at the weekend and from a betting perspective taking all of the above in to account I would side with a low scoring Cardiff win.

This weekend’s Premier League action gets underway with the traditional Saturday lunch-time kick-off and it’s a real derby cracker between Spurts and Arsenal at Wembley. Spurs won five, drew three and only lost two of the last ten corresponding Premier League fixtures and the last defeat came back in March 2014. Also, seven of the ten games ended with more than two goals scored and both teams scoring. Spurs have only lost one of their thirteen league home games at Wembley this season, which was the first game of the season against Chelsea, while Arsenal have not performed well away in the league this season, winning only three of their thirteen games.

From a betting perspective you can consider either, backing Spurs to win, or if you are looking for a better return, Spurs to Win and Over 2.5 Goals or Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals is worth considering. There is also a traditional tea-time game on Saturday between leaders Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad. City continue to miss a host of their star players due to injury, while Leicester will be without star-man Mahrez, after the club suspended him for not returning to training after his proposed transfer window move to Manchester City fell through.

From the 3pm kick-off’s I think Crystal Palace are capable of getting a result against an inconsistent Everton at Goodison Park, and backing Palace on the handicap is worth considering as they have not lost any of their last four competitive games at Everton, winning two and drawing two. I fancy third from bottom Stoke to collect a valuable three points at home against thirteenth placed Brighton, because Stoke have won the last five competitive home encounters against the Seagulls and Brighton have only won twice away from home in the league this season, the last coming back in November 2017.


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