This weekends footy tips

THE football season is almost two months old and most sides are beginning to find their rhythm to set themselves for a solid campaign, whilst others are still searching for that winning formula.

With that in mind, now is as good a time as any for fans to have a flutter. Check out football tips for the weekend or read on for a treble tip for the weekend.

Portsmouth v Gillingham

Pompey fans have endured a lot of torment since they plummeted from the Premier League to League Two within a four year period. However, there are signs that the club are heading in the right direction thanks to promotion to League One in 2017 and they have started this campaign in great form, sitting three points clear at the top of the table ahead of more fancied rivals including Peterborough and Sunderland. Manager Kenny Jackett comes with a fine track record having led Millwall and Wolves from the third tier into the Championship, and he’ll be hoping that Pompey continue their fine start with another three points tomorrow.

They host a Gillingham side who’s form could not be more contrasting, with the Kent side sitting third bottom having only accumulated eight points from their opening ten matches. The Gills have also gone ten games without a victory in all competitions, which included a resounding 4-0 defeat at Fratton Park to tomorrow’s opponents in the EFL trophy, so confidence is understandably low in the Gillingham camp and why the smart money points towards a home victory.

Swansea City v Ipswich Town

Into the Championship, Swansea City are readapting to life in the second tier following last seasons relegation from the Premier League. Their quest to bounce straight back into the land of milk and honey has got off to a reasonably positive start, with the Swans currently in seventh position just outside the playoff position on goal difference. Manager Graham Potter returned to British Football after a successful spell in Sweden with Östersund, having led them to the knockout stages of last seasons Europa League. Having drawn almost half of their eleven games so far, Potter will be hoping that the winning formula isn’t far away to go on a good run to knock on the Promotion door.

This weekends visitors to the Liberty Stadium are Ipswich Town, who have had a tough start to their 16th consecutive season in the Championship. New manager Paul Hurst is still searching for his first League victory as the Tractor Boys are only kept off the bottom spot by Preston North End, with only one of their six points coming on the road. These are tough times for the Suffolk club with rumours of financial difficulty clearly affecting a squad short on the quality required to be challenging at the top end for a first Premier League campaign since 2002. With Swansea showing signs of improvement and Ipswich bereft of confidence, anything other than a home victory would be a surprise.

Sheffield United v Hull City

Footy Accumulators Final tip comes from a Yorkshire derby as Sheffield United take on Hull City.

United have made a good start to the season, sitting joint top with Leeds and Middlesbrough on 22 points from the first eleven matches. Manager Chris Wilder led his side to tenth place last season in their first season back in the second tier and is keen to lead the men from the Steel City back to the promised land after a 12 year wait since their relegation in 2007.

Hull, on the other hand, have made a terrible start to the season, only winning two matches and sitting just one point outside the bottom three ahead of the trip to Bramall Lane. For manager Nigel Adkins, he’ll be desperate for three points against his old club and avoid the humiliation of seeing his former employees contribute to his exit from the KCOM Stadium if his side continue their poor form. Having been in the top flight as recently as 2017, the Hull owners expect much better than their current position.

Sheffield United go into the game having won three and drawn one of their last four games, whilst their visitors haven’t won in that period, therefore the home side complete the treble tip.

You can get odds of 7/2 for a Portsmouth, Swansea and Sheffield United treble. When you look at the scenarios of each match and the plight of their opponents, it’s an offer that will be very difficult for punters to resist.

J Bleasdale

I am a football fan with a passion for writing, briefly studied journalism before other priorities got in the way. Enjoy blogging as its my way of expressing my thoughts on Scottish Football. Even though I'm an Aberdeen fan primarily, I'm happy to express my impartial views on other clubs.