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Premier League

Burnley 2-1 Tottenham

Bournemouth 1-1 Wolves

Newcastle 2-0 Huddersfield

Sky Bet Championship

Birmingham 2-2 Blackburn

Brentford 5-1 Hull

Leeds 2-1 Bolton

Middlesbrough 2-0 QPR

Millwall 1-3 Preston

Norwich 3-2 Bristol City

Reading 1-1 Rotherham

Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Swansea

Stoke 1-1 Aston Villa

Wigan 1-1 Ipswich

Full scoreboard


1730 GOODNIGHT

Thanks for being with us today, we hope we've kept you informed, entertained and, most importantly, in profit.

Our Live blog will be back on Sunday.

Remember we will have the best highlights and goals from the Sky Bet EFL on site tomorrow.


1725 A GOLDEN SUNDAY

A great day ahead tomorrow with:

  • Manchester United v Liverpool
  • Arsenal v Southampton
  • Carabao Cup Final: Chelsea v Manchester City

Our Match Companion Blog will be back for a Sunday run out to cover all those great games.

Check out our big match previews and tips here

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1720 🎆 BETTING SUCCESS

We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips
We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips

Time to count up our lot today.

In play

  • At 4-1 up we tipped Brentford to get a fifth at 10/11
  • At 2-1 down we went for Norwich to score next at 4/5
  • At 2-1 down we advised to back the comeback kings Norwich to win
  • Pre-match Norwich v Bristol City - Both to score and no draw is 11/8
  • We tipped Newcastle to score first at 2/7
  • And we tipped Newcastle's Rondon to score first at 7/2
  • Pre-match we tipped Newcastle to win at 5/6
  • Newcastle to win to nil at 13/8
  • Bournemouth's Josh King to score the first goal at 9/2
  • Leeds to win and BTTS with Sky Bet Price Boosting to 11/4
  • Wigan v Ipswich under 2.5 goals at 8/13

A GOOD DAY we say


1710 📈 TABLE MOVERS

Lets take a look at the table movers and shakers for each league

Premier League

Burnley have moved to 30 points, six above the relegation zone after their win over Spurs.

Newcastle now have 28 points in 14th place. Bournemouth are 10th on 34 and Wolves eight on 40 points after their draw.

Sky Bet Championship

Norwich remain top on 66 points after their comeback won over Bristol City, who themselves remain sixth, two points head of Derby.

Leeds are back into the automatic promotion places after their victory on 64 points. However if Sheffield United win at WBA they will go back to second.

Middlesbrough are seven off the top two after their win.

No chance at the bottom as Ipswich and Wigan and Reading and Rotherham both drew. As it stands Bolton need five points to get out of the drop zone, as their GD is so, so bad.

Sky Bet League One

Barnsley's point closes the gap on the leaders Luton to four points, but Luton have a game in hand. Sunderland move to within two points of Barnsley.

AFC Wimbledon and Bradford remain rooted to the bottom of the table after their respective losses.

Sky Bet League Two

The top two, Lincoln and Bury both won, so sit on 65 and 63 points respectively. MK Dons are fourth on 59.

A familiar sight at the bottom, with Notts County and Macclesfield still there. Port Vale are three above the bottom two


1705 🕵 PREMIER LEAGUE TIP

Sporting Life's Premier League preview
Sporting Life's Premier League preview

We are going for Draw no bet - Crystal Palace at 8/5 in this one


The Foxes may have had a tough run of fixtures of late and did perform well at Tottenham, but there appears to be some nervousness playing in front of their own fans at the King Power, with defeats in their last three - Man United (forgivable given their run), Southampton and Cardiff.


1703 📰 TEAM NEWS - Leicester v Place

On to the 5.30 game


1701 6⃣ SUPER 6 UPDATE

How did your Super 6 predictions work out?

  • Bournemouth 1-1 Wolves
  • Newcastle 2-0 Huddersfield
  • Leeds United 2-1 Bolton
  • Millwall 1-3 Preston
  • Norwich City 3-2 Bristol City
  • Stoke City 1-1 Aston Villa

1659 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Sadly the ACCA fell one result short today - don't you just hate that! Oxford are the side we dislike this week.

  • 👍 Millwall 1-3 Preston
  • 👎 Blackpool 0-1 Oxford
  • 👍 Morecambe 0-2 Lincoln
  • 👍 Cheltenham 1-0 Port Vale


1649 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Wigan 1-1 Ipswich

Ipswich have held out for so long against the 10 men of Wigan, but they've cracked late on as Garner scores. A week ago they scored in injury time to get a point, this week they are letting one int late on.

Whats that about swings and roundabouts?


1644 🎆 BETTING SUCCESS

We have a winner: Success in our latest Sky Bet EFL tips
We have a winner: Success in our latest Sky Bet EFL tips

We tipped Brentford to score a fifth at 10/11 - yippee!


1643 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Brentford 5-1 Hull

Benrahma completes his hat trick

Birmingham 2-2 Blackburn

Graham puts Rovers 2-1 ahead on 83, but Adams scores his second on 85 to make it 2-2


1641 MISSED PENALTY

Oh dear me. Bournemouth get another penalty immediately, but Josh King hits the post with it and it goes wide.

Justice done, as the foul, if there was one, was outside the box


1639 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Bournemouth 1-1 Wolves

Story of penalties here, as Jimenez slots home from the spot to equalise late on

Reading 1-1 Rotherham

Ajayi levels for the visitors and makes the hosts pay, who have been sitting far too deep in the second period - not sure a draw helps either side here


1635 🔴 RED CARD

Not a player this time, but Bolton boss Phil Parkinson is sent to the stands at Elland Road, with his team 2-1 down.


1632 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

There is 15 minutes plus injury time at St James Park can Newcastle get a third? They really should after 11 shots on target. Some great saves and the woodwork (hit four times) have kept the score down.

Go for Newcastle to score next at 11/8


1630 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Norwich 3-2 Bristol City

The comeback kings are at it again, from 2-1 down to 3-2 up as McLean gets his second of the contest

Leeds 2-1 Bolton

Huge mistake by the keeper gifts Alioski the goal and Leeds the lead. The shot looked high and tame and same how the Matthews has dropped it under his post. A real shame, as he's had a good game


1629 📸 ACTION SHOT

Salomon Rondon fires home for Newcastle against Huddersfield
Salomon Rondon fires home for Newcastle against Huddersfield

Ayoze Perez celebrates his goal against Huddersfield
Ayoze Perez celebrates his goal against Huddersfield


1625 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Walsall 3-2 Bradford

The 10 men take the lead again in the Sky Bet Championship

Millwall 1-3 Preston

The home side pull one back here through Thompson on 67 minutes.


1622 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

Maybe a left field one here...

Shrewsbury lead 2-1 at Peterborough, taking advantage of the hosts going down to 10 men.

But now Norburn has been sent off for Shrewsbury, so it is 10-10.

It is an even game with Peterborough having 3 shots on target; Shrewsbury 2.

Peterborough to get the next goal at 6/4 looks interesting to us


1620 🎆 BETTING SUCCESS

We have a winner: Success in our latest Sky Bet EFL tips
We have a winner: Success in our latest Sky Bet EFL tips

We went for Norwich to score next at 4/5. Did you take it?


1618 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Norwich 2-2 Bristol City

Godfrey gets the home side back in this one

Morecambe 0-2 Lincoln

Andrade has his second of the game. Lincoln threw away a 2-0 lead late on last week, surely they are not going to do it again??!

Walsall 2-2 Bradford

This is an interesting one. Walsall down to 10 men early on, went 1-0 down to 2-1 up. Now City have levelled


1616 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

Will Brentford get a fifth? They've had seven shots in total and they are 10/11 to score the next goal


1615 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Brentford 4-1 Hull

Maupey - it wouldn't be a Brentford game without Maupey getting a goal. That's 22 for him now!


GROUP BETS

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Sporting Life Group Bet

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Get full details here


1610 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Newcastle 2-0 Huddersfield

Perez makes it 2-0, are the floodgates opening here?

Birmingham 1-1 Blackburn

Mulgrew gets the equaliser


1608 🎆 BETTING SUCCESS

We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips
We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips

We advised Newcastle to score first at 2/7 and Rondon to score first at 7/2


1604 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE - Leeds v Bolton

It was all Leeds in that first half, especially once Bolton levelled.

The home side to score next is 4/9; to win is 1/2. We would certainly go for these two, and probably this one too..

Bamford to score a brace is 3/1 with Sky Bet. He's already got one and has had five shots in total, three on target.


1603 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Newcastle 1-0 Huddersfield

Taken just one minute of the second half for Rondon to finally put Newcastle ahead against the 10 men of Town.


1602 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE - Norwich v Bristol City

A really open game this and there feels like there are more goals in it.

Norwich are the second best team in the league at gaining points from losing positions. They've earned 18 points from 16 deficits this campaign .

For them to win is now 7/2. For them to score next is 4/5 and is the safer bet here.


1601 A SLIGHT REST

What a crazy half of football we've just had, especially in the second tier. We had 21 goals in the Sky Bet Championship alone


1600 🚨 SKY BET PRICE BOOST

In this one Sky Bet have Price Boosted:

  • Salomon Rondon to score the 1st goal to 7/2 - and this looks good to us
  • Correct Score - Newcastle 2-0 to 9/2

Full market here


1557 🚨 SKY BET PRICE BOOST

In Bournemouth v Wolves Sky Bet have Price Boosted:


1552 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

So the ACCA is looking like this at the break, three results going our way, but one losing

  • 👍 Millwall 0-3 Preston
  • 👎 Blackpool 0-1 Oxford
  • 👍 Morecambe 0-1 Lincoln
  • 👍 Cheltenham 1-0 Port Vale

1550 6⃣SUPER 6 UPDATE

How are your Super 6 scores looking now?

  • Bournemouth 1-0 Wolves
  • Newcastle 0-0 Huddersfield
  • Leeds United 1-1 Bolton
  • Millwall 0-3 Preston
  • Norwich City 1-2 Bristol City
  • Stoke City 1-0 Aston Villa

1547⏳ HALF TIME

Premier League

Bournemouth 1-0 Wolves

Newcastle 0-0 Huddersfield

Sky Bet Championship

Birmingham 1-0 Blackburn

Brentford 3-1 Hull

Leeds 1-1 Bolton

Middlesbrough 2-0 QPR

Millwall 0-3 Preston

Norwich 1-2 Bristol City

Reading 1-0 Rotherham

Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Swansea

Stoke 1-0 Aston Villa

Wigan 0-1 Ipswich

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1541 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Swansea

Fletcher gets the latest here

Brentford 3-1 Hull

Benrahma gets his second here as Brentford stun Hull, the Bees have been excellent in this half


1540 📸 ACTION SHOT

Josh King takes a penalty against Wolves
Josh King takes a penalty against Wolves

Josh King celebrates his goal against Wolves
Josh King celebrates his goal against Wolves


1539 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Norwich 1-2 Bristol City

But wait, O'Dowda scores 1 minute later to give the visitors the lead again. What a game, what a half of football in the whole league!


1538 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Norwich 1-1 Bristol City

Was just going to advice Norwich to second next, as they are the come back kings. But they've beaten me to it to level, as McLean scores


1535 🌩 GOAL FLASH

What are they on in the Sky Bet Championship today? My hands are going to fall off soon typing up all these goals

Reading 1-0 Rotherham

Ejaria gives advantage to the Royals in this basement battle

Brentford 2-1 Hull

From 1-0 down to 2-1 up as Benrahma gets in on the act


1532 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Millwall 0-3 Preston

What a first half for Preston here.

Brentford 1-1 Hull

Mokotjo levels for the home side

Middlesbrough 2-0 QPR

Not often Boro score twice in a game, let alone a half, so a great day so far for them

Wigan 0-1 Ipswich

10 men, but now leading. They'd been the better side before the sending off and now lead through a penalty.

Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Swansea

Reach has his second


WHAT A FULL DEBUT....

Newcastle's new arrival Miguel Almiron
Newcastle's new arrival Miguel Almiron

... so far. Miguel Almiron is really wowing for Newcastle. He's already hit the post. Now he's put the ball through the keepers legs, only to see the ball cleared off the line to deny him and Newcastle the opening goal of the game against 10 man Huddersfield.

He is 13/2 to score first


1529 🔴 RED CARDS

Wigan 0-0 Ipswich - Kundsen is sent off for Ipswich.

Peterborough 1-1 Shrewsbury - Toney is off for Peterborough


1526 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Leeds 1-1 Bolton

Would you believe it, Bolton have levelled a Elland Road thanks to Beevers. We went for Leeds to win and BTTS, so we are happy with this.

Brentford 0-1 Hull

Campbell bangs this one in

Millwall 0-2 Preston

Clarke adds to Hughes early goal

Bristol Rovers 0-1 Sunderland

That is now 41 games in a row Sunderland have scored.


1522 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

Newcastle had already hit the post twice before the sending off of Huddersfield's Smith and now they are really turning the screw.

Newcastle to score the first goal is now 2/7

Rondon has hit the post and has three shots in total. so to score anytime is 6/4; or if you are brave then 11/4 to score next. Almiron has also hit the post is 3/1 any time and 6/1 next


1521 🔴 RED CARD

Tommy Smith for Huddersfield Town is sent off.


1520 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Birmingham 1-0 Blackburn

Rovers haven't won since they won both January's Sky Bet Championship Player and Manager of the Month and the curse is continuing here. Adams scores again for the home side, surely he will be in the Premier League next season?!


1517 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Two big goals in the Sky Bet Championship

Norwich 0-1 Bristol City

The visitors have dominated early and been rewarded. Paterson scores this

Leeds 1-0 Bolton

Roberts is fouled to win a penalty. He and Bamford have a pulling match with the ball, as they fight who should take the penalty. Bamford takes it and scores


1516 🎆 BETTING SUCCESS

We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips
We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips

Our first of the afternoon, as we suggested Josh King to score first at 9/2


1515 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Bournemouth 1-0 Wolves

Bournemouth striker Josh King has scored in his last two Premier League home games, and now he's made it three in a row to become just the second Bournemouth player to score in three top-flight home games in a row, after Junior Stanislas in October 2018.


1513 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Swansea

Adam Reach yet again for the home side, as Steve Bruce continues to inspire the Owls since taking charge at the start of the month


1512 🌩 GOAL FLASH

In Sky Bet League Two

Morecambe 0-1 Lincoln

Bury 0-1 Oldham


1510 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Stoke 1- Aston Villa

And the goals continue in the second tier, as now troubled Stoke score against a side that just cannot keep clean sheets, Sam Vokes the scorer here


1504 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Millwall 0-1 Preston

Goals flying in early in the Sky Bet Championship, as Hughes scores for the visitors


1503 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Middlesbrough 1-1 QPR

Howson gives Boro the lead after 2 minutes, as the first goal of the 3pm kick offs goes in


1500 🕒 KICK OFF

So here we go again - two Premier League games and a host of big EFL matches to keep you up to speed with today. Best of luck to you, your team and your bets


1456 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE – Reading v Rotherham

Final piece of pre-match advice from the Sky Bet Championship.

Rotherham have not kept a clean sheet in over 10 league games, while they’ve scored in five of their last six games.

Reading have failed to score in three of their last four games, but have recorded two 0-0’s in that time.

Under 2.5 goals at 8/11 works for us here.


1454 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE – Wigan v Ipswich

Ipswich have lost their last seven away league games, their worst losing run since losing 10 in a row between January and August 1995 and that is why Wigan are 7/10 to win.

Wigan have failed to score in 14 Championship games this season with only Ipswich on 15 and Bolton with 17 failing to score in more.

Under 1.5 goals is 7/4; under 2.5 is 8/13


1451 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE - Leeds v Bolton

Despite Bolton winning their last away game, they were hammered by Norwich 4-0 last time out and Leeds should win this one and win it well. However one of United’s rare problems this season has been defending set pieces, something Bolton are dangerous at.

So backing Leeds to win and BTTS with Sky Bet Price Boosting to 11/4 looks a really good price.

Over 3.5 goals at 7/4 is also worth a sniff


1450 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

The latest Sporting Life Accumulator
The latest Sporting Life Accumulator

Still time to back our ACCA, if you fancy our picks.

We are backing Lincoln, Blackpool, Preston and Cheltenham all to win enhanced to 33/1 this week.


1447 📊 STAT TIME – Reading v Rotherham

We are getting not just into the business end of the season but also the cliché time of the season and this is a a classic relegation six pointer. Rotherham wre third bottom, only in the relegation zone on goal difference from Reading. This is a huge game in determining who goes down.

  • Reading are unbeaten in 16 home matches against Rotherham United in all competitions (W12 D4) since a 3-0 league defeat in May 1977.
  • Rotherham are winless in five league matches against Reading (D2 L3) since a 2-1 win in April 2015.
  • Only Ipswich (15) and Bolton (13) have registered fewer home points in the Championship this season than Reading (18), while only Ipswich (five) have won fewer away points than Rotherham (six).
  • Rotherham United have won just two of their last 27 matches in all competitions (D14 L11).

1446 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE - Norwich v Bristol City

Into the Sky Bet Championship we head for our in play pre match tips....

Teemu Pukki is looking to become the first Championship player to score in seven consecutive appearances since Jordan Rhodes in February 2013, who did so for Blackburn. Rhodes is of course now a team-mate of Pukki and set up one of his goals on this current run.

Pukki to score first is 10/3 and anytime 11/10

For Bristol City, all but one of their 10 league goals during 2019 have been scored in the second half - their last nine have all come during the second half.

The second half to have more goals at 1/1 to looks here. Both to score and no draw is 11/8


1445 🕵 EFL TIPS

The final EFL Preview tip from Tom Carnduff

Jack Harrison to score anytime in Leeds v Bolton at 16/5

The winger seems to link up well down the left-side with Gjanni Alioski and has put in some solid performances since becoming a regular starter.

Harrison also grabbed the second goal in Leeds' 2-1 victory over Swansea last time out. He connected with Alioski's cross to head the ball into the bottom corner. Against a weak Bolton defence, Harrison's pace will cause them all sorts of problems.


1442 NOT HAPPY

Mauricio Pochettino - an angry man!


1440 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE – Bournemouth v Wolves

Josh King celebrates
Josh King celebrates

Wolves have scored 74% of their Premier League goals in the second half of games this season (25/34), a league-high ratio. Only Cardiff (7) have scored fewer goals in the opening 45 minutes than Wolves (9).

This means the second half to have the most goals is 11/10 with Sky Bet; both teams to score in the second half is 5/2 and we are going to go for the latter here.

Bournemouth striker Josh King has scored in his last two Premier League home games, netting three goals in total. He could become just the second Bournemouth player to score in three top-flight home games in a row, after Junior Stanislas in October 2018.

If you are confident he can do that, and we are, then he is 9/2 to score first and 6/5 anytime


1434 📊 STAT TIME – Leeds v Bolton

Leeds United didn’t play last weekend and it saw them be pushed from first to third, but with a game in hand on their rivals.

With Norwich and Sheffield United both facing promotion rivals, this appears a good day for Leeds to return to the top and take a big step towards automatic promotion.

  • Leeds have won their last six matches against Bolton in all competitions and have beaten the Trotters twice already this season (in the league and League Cup).
  • Bolton have lost their last four visits to Elland Road against Leeds in all competitions since winning 5-1 under Dougie Freedman in March 2014.
  • Leeds are looking to win seven consecutive matches against an opponent for the first time since winning eight in a row against Arsenal between 1973 and 1976.
  • Bolton are looking to win consecutive away league matches for the first time since beating West Brom and Reading in their first two away Championship games this season.

1433 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Scunthorpe 1-1 Doncaster

Wootton equalises for the home side after sustained pressure


1432 📊 STAT TIME – Norwich v Bristol City

This could be a game that has a defining say on who goes up automatically and who makes the play-offs. Norwich are top but know with Leeds playing Bolton, they will need something from this one to stay there.

In form Bristol City are sixth, three two points in the play offs and eight off the top two.

  • Norwich are unbeaten in seven league matches against Bristol City (W4 D3) since losing five in a row between 1999 and 2009.
  • Bristol City have failed to score in their two league visits to Carrow Road under head coach Lee Johnson.
  • Bristol City are the only team in the top four tiers with a 100% win record in 2019, having won six out of six league matches so far.

1431 🕵 EFL TIPS

This afternoon Tom Carnduff is also going for:

Luke Garbutt to score anytime in Blackpool v Oxford at 14/1

The on-loan Everton man has struggled slightly in his temporary spell at the club and has been limited to just 15 league appearances, with recent games coming from the bench.

However, the Oxford manager announced recently that he wanted to play Garbutt in a winger role - as opposed to his natural left-back position.

Garbutt was given a chance in his new role in the defeat to Accrington, where he scored having come on around the hour mark.


1427 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE - Newcastle v Huddersfield

Salomon Rondon scores Newcastle's equaliser against Manchester City
Salomon Rondon

Huddersfield are without a goal in their last six hours and two minutes of football away from home in all competitions and they’ve have scored the fewest goals (14) and lost the most league games (19) among all 98 clubs in the top five European leagues this season.

To add to this the Terriers have played more Saturday 3pm games than any other Premier League side this season (17), but they’re yet to win in that time slot.

So Newcastle to win at 5/6 looks worth it. Also under 1.5 goals could be worth looking at at 13/8 or 2.5 at 8/15; with Newcastle to win to nil is also 13/8.

Salomon Rondon has been directly involved in 41% of Newcastle’s 22 Premier League goals this season (6 goals, 3 assists) and netted the Magpies’ winner in the reverse fixture against Huddersfield. He is 9/2 to score first and 5/4 anytime


1425 🚨 SOCCER SATURDAY PRICE BOOST

Ahead of a big afternoon, Sky Bet have Price Boosted the following:

  • Newcastle, Leeds and Norwich all to win is 11/2
  • Newcastle & Leeds both to win & Norwich to draw with Bristol City is 10/1
  • Newcastle, Leeds and Bristol City all to win is 10/1

Check out the full market here


1421 ⌛️ FULL TIME

Burnley 1-1 Tottenham

As I said earlier, this is so typical of Spurs. As soon as people say "we must respect Tottenham as real title contenders" they blow it. Remember at Christmas the same happened once Spurs won four in a row, only to lose to Wolves at home. It is the same again now.

But take nothing away from Burnley here, they were excellent. They defended brilliantly and allowed Spurs very little. When they did get through Heaton was on top form again. At the other end they broke equally and took their chances when they came.

Pochettino has a big go at the ref at the end of the game, as the corner Burnley scored their opener from should have been a goal kick, but he should only be mad at himself here. Spurs weren't good enough.


1420 CHAMPIONSHIP PODCAST

Our latest Sky Bet EFL Championship Podcast is available to listen to on iTunes and Soundcloud

Talking of the EFL, do take a listen to our fortnightly Sky Bet Championship Podcast, as myself, Tom and Dom from the Sporting Life team are joined by former Leeds, Middlesbrough, Derby, Millwall and Coventry striker Noel Whelan.

Our latest episode will be out on Monday afternoon and it is FREE to listen to on iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud


1417 🕵 EFL TIPS

Tom Carnduff is our EFL expert and this is the first of his tips this afternoon:

Over 11.5 corners in Portsmouth v Barnsley at 2/1

The meeting at Oakwell earlier in the season had a tally of eleven and this game should bring a count around that mark. The fact that Portsmouth's recent league encounters have brought goals should mean we see plenty of attacks.

The same can be said for Barnsley, seven of their last eight have seen over 2.5 goals. Three or more goals can also be backed at even money in most places which may also be worth considering.


1416 GROUP BETS

Take a look at Sky Bet’s new Group Bet’s feature, where you and your mates can form a group and each put your normal bets on. Then you can chose if you also take on your mates’ bets too, or just stick with your own.

Get full details here

Check out the Sporting Life team’s Group Bets for this weekend here.

And here’s the Sky Sport Soccer Saturday lads’ choices.


1415 📰 TEAM NEWS - Wigan v Ipswich


1413 📰 TEAM NEWS - Reading v Rotherham


1411 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Burnley 2-1 Tottenham

Barnes makes it four in four for himself to give the home side the lead on 84 minutes. This is very Spurs, as soon as people start saying they are Premier League contenders again they seem to blow it.


1410 📰 TEAM NEWS - Leeds v Bolton


1408 📰 TEAM NEWS - Norwich v Bristol City

With just two Premier League 3pm games, let's look at some of the key matches in the Sky Bet Championship


1403 📰 TEAM NEWS - Bournemouth v Wolves

Bournemouth select Solanke and Mepham to start.

Patricio, Neves and Jota return for Wolves after being rested in the FA Cup.


1400 📰 TEAM NEWS - Newcastle v Huddersfield

£20 million Almiron makes his full debut for the hosts, as Atsu makes way in the one change for Newcastle.

Keeper Lossel returns for the Premier League's bottom club as Huddersfield make three changes in total.


1358 🕵 PREMIER LEAGUE TIP

Our Premier League man George Pitts has also selected in his preview this tip:

1pt Miguel Almiron to score anytime for Newcastle v Huddersfield at 3/1

Almiron could make his first start here, in a supporting role to Salomon Rondon and, going on his lively cameo against Wolves, he could cause all sorts of trouble against a leaky Huddersfield defence. At 3/1 to get on the score sheet anytime, it is worth a small play - but this may be one to hold until the team sheets are released.

EFL tips to follow in the next hour, plus in play pre match advice once we know the team news


1354 🎥 VIDEO GOAL HIGHLIGHT

This is how Burnley took the lead, before Spurs levelled


1352 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Burnley 1-1 Tottenham

Guess who, Harry Kane on his return from a six week injury absence.

A lesson for all kids here - you cannot be offside from a thrown in!! Rose' quick thinking sees him take a throw in quickly to Kane down the left wing, the England ran races in on goal and despite being under pressure and from a tight angle, we cleverly finishes with the outside of his boot to fool Heaton. It's a classy finish


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1349 📊 STAT TIME – Bournemouth v Wolves

This is a really intriguing battle as both aim to finish seventh and claim to the be “best of the rest”. However Bournemouth need to win this to have a chance of that, with Wolves currently eighth and six points ahead of their hosts today.

  • Bournemouth have never lost a home league game against Wolves, winning two and drawing one of their three previous matches.
  • Having won the reverse fixture 2-0, Wolves are looking to complete a league double over Bournemouth for the very first time.
  • Bournemouth’s last six home defeats in the Premier League have come against ‘big six’ opposition, including all three this season. The last time another such side beat them at the Vitality Stadium in the competition was Burnley in November 2017.
  • Wolves have won three of their last five Premier League away games (D1 L1), as many as they had in their last 25 on the road in the competition (W3 D9 L13).


1346 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

The latest Sporting Life Accumulator
The latest Sporting Life Accumulator

We are backing Lincoln, Blackpool, Preston and Cheltenham all to win enhanced to 33/1 this week.

This is our reasoning...

Preston (to beat Millwall)

The Lions have won just six home games all season and come up against a tough Preston side who are unbeaten in their last seven in all competitions and looking to edge a play-off spot in the latter stage of the season.

Blackpool (to beat Oxford)

Another team on a good run, the Tangerines need to keep up the pace to stay within a shout of the play-offs and Terry McPhillips' side have a great chance against a struggling Oxford, who have a couple of injuries to contend with.

Lincoln (to beat Morecambe)

Danny Cowley's Imps have drawn four league games in a row and, with Bury hot on their coat tails, they need to return to winning ways to keep their place at the top.

Cheltenham (to beat Port Vale)

Michael Duff's Cheltenham have won three successive home games in Sky Bet League Two, while the Valiants are struggling and have lost five of their last six. They have a tough couple of games coming up.


1342 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Burnley 1-0 Tottenham - Wood

Well isn't that just typical. It has been all Tottenham, but Burnley get one break and earn a corner. Replays show the ball actually came off a Burnley player last, but they make the most of that bit of luck and Chris Wood scores his fourth goal in four games with a header from six yards out.


1338 HOTTING UP AT TURF MOOR

This game is starting to get going in the second half and it is all Tottenham.

Kane has just struck a fantastic shot from 25 years out, destined for the top corner until an equally superb save from Heaton

Burnley remain organised on the edge of their own box and have plenty of players behind the ball, making it very hard for Tottenham. However they cannot get hold of the ball and get out of their own half. It's one way traffic currently

Spurs to score first is 4/6

Kane to score the opener is 7/2


1337 📊 STAT TIME – Newcastle v Huddersfield

I’d say this is a classic relegation six pointer, but it isn’t really with Huddersfield seemingly, and sadly, already doomed. So all the emphasis is on Newcastle to drive home the points to extend their current one point lead over the bottom three.

  • Following their 1-0 win in the reverse fixture, Newcastle are looking to do the league double over Huddersfield for the first time since 1964-65.
  • Huddersfield have won just of their last 11 away league games against Newcastle (D5 L5), beating them 2-1 in August 2016 in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Huddersfield have played more Saturday 3pm games than any other Premier League side this season (17), but they’re yet to win in that time slot (D5 L12). Their last such victory came against Watford in April 2018.

1335 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Scunthorpe 0-1 Doncaster Rovers

In Sky Bet League One, promotion chasing Rovers have taken the lead thanks to Wilks second half strike


1334 🕵 PREMIER LEAGUE TIPS

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth should be backed with a handy start
Eddie Howe

Ahead of the team news coming in at 2pm, lets start looking at the tips from our Sporting Life football team from their preview articles. We will have Tom Carnduff's EFL tips shortly, but we begin with one from George Pitts for the top flight:

1pt Wolves to win and over 1.5 total goals at 12/5

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth come into the match on the back of successive defeats and they have only won two of their last nine in all competitions.

Consistency has been an issue for the Cherries and Wolves can extend their seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Nuno Espirito Santo's side look a classy outfit and real candidates to finish in the 'best of the rest' spot in seventh.

Backing them to win with over 1.5 total match goals at over 2/1 is an excellent price for a side with momentum and the feel good factor having reached the FA Cup quarter-finals.


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1325 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE - Burnley v Spurs

Cards might be a way to go in this game, as there has been 13 fouls in the first half.

Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil and Ashley Barnes have committed two each. Cork is 7/2 to be carded, while McNeil is 3/1 and we are tempted to go with these


1322 🚨 SKY BET PRICE BOOST

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  • Harry Kane to score the 1st goal is 7/2
  • Jack Cork to be carded is 7/2

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1319 🎥 VIDEO GOAL HIGHLIGHT

Harry Kane is back after six weeks out and has the first shot of the day, going just wide. He's has two in total, one on and one off target


1315 ⏳ HALF TIME

Burnley 0-0 Tottenham

This game summed up by the lack of injury time added to the first half.

Burnley have been really good here, strong at the back and organised all over the park. They've just not allowed Spurs to get going and they actually looked the more threatening side in the closing stages.

I'll have a look at offers and the odds and see what we can find for the second half.


1310 WHAT A SUNDAY AHEAD

Just an early heads up that Match Companion will be running on Sunday this weekend too. We will be covering

  • Manchester United v Liverpool
  • Arsenal v Southampton
  • Carabao Cup Final: Chelsea v Manchester City
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1308 🚨 SOCCER SATURDAY PRICE BOOST

Ahead of a big afternoon, Sky Bet have Price Boosted the following:

  • Newcastle, Leeds and Norwich all to win is 11/2
  • Newcastle & Leeds both to win & Norwich to draw with Bristol City is 10/1
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1302 BURNLEY V TOTTENHAM

Burnley 0-0 Tottenham

Not much to tell you about in this game after 30 minutes. In fact we've only seen one shot and that was off target from Spurs.

So the biggest bit of news so far in this one came before the game, as Harry Kane was selected to start after six weeks out injured. He wasn't expected to return to training until early March! Superman.


1300 😄 WELCOME

Good Afternoon. I'm Gareth Jones - thanks for joining us this afternoon ahead of another intriguing day in the Premier League and the Sky Bet EFL.

We've had a good couple of weeks with our in play betting advice and we aim to build on that success this afternoon.

If you are new to us, then this is how the blog works. As well as instant score updates and key match details, we monitor the big games, looking at the game flow, key stats, player form, expert opinion, odds and offers to give you the best advice when it comes to in play betting.

In the build up to our 3pm games we will highlight our preview tips from our football team and look at the interesting stats for the main matches. We'll also have team news from 2pm


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