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Take a look at the selections from the Sporting Life team as they embark on week 11 of their Group Bet campaign, a new way to bet on football at Sky Bet.

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Week 10 Reaction:

Ben Linfoot crashed down to Earth in typical Sporting Life Group Bet fashion, as he was part of another 'all-loss' week. His Barnsley selection lost to Burnley, while Billy Lumsden, George Pitts and Tom Carnduff saw their Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Peterborough picks lose respectively. Time may be limited for Mr Carnduff as he suffered a seventh consecutive loss lass weekend.

Despite the poor run of form, an unchanged side is fielded for this coming Saturday, hoping to get back on track with some Premier League and EFL picks. Here are the current Sporting Life Group Bet standings:

  1. George Pitts: W-L-L-L-W-L-W-W-L-L
  2. Tom Carnduff: W-W-L-L-L-L-L-L-L
  3. Billy Lumsden: L-W-L-L-L-L-L-W-L-L
  4. Paul Higham: L-W-L-L-L-L-L
  5. Ben Linfoot: W-L
  6. Chris Hammer: L-L

Group Bets: Get started here

Check out Sporting Life's Group Bet for Saturday's Premier League and EFL action, which is made up of four selections from the team:

Billy Lumsden: Aston Villa (to beat Wigan) - 5/4

We will start off with Wigan in this one, who are currently on a torrid run of form. Paul Cook's side are without a win in seven Sky Bet Championship matches and have failed to score in five of their last six outings, while Aston Villa have only lost one in their last 11 and will be bolstered by the return of injured Jack Grealish and the news of Tammy Abraham rejecting a move to Wolves. This has a Villa win written all over it and it is time to get back to winning ways for myself.

George Pitts: Brighton v Liverpool (BTTS) - 11/10

Brighton are now unbeaten in four matches in all competitions but a tough match against leaders Liverpool beckons and avoiding defeat will be an incredibly tough task for Chris Hughton's side. Jurgen Klopp will be looking for a reaction after back-to-back defeats for his team - first in the Premier League against Man City and then in the FA Cup at Wolves. A win is a lot to ask for Brighton, but getting on the score sheet is not out of question. Brighton are strong at the Amex this season and have scored against Man United (and won), Arsenal and Chelsea. Liverpool have a bit of a defensive crisis at the minute, with Fabinho having to slot in at the back in place of the injured Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez, so the Seagulls could look to explore this weakness.

Ben Linfoot: Burnley (to beat Fulham) - 13/10

For the third week in succession, Burnley are involved in my Group Bet, but with good reason may I add. Burnley have won three in three in all competitions, registering two in two in the Premier League, moving them up to 16th in the process. Claudio Ranieri has failed to turn things around at Fulham as of yet, earning just the solitary win in eight games since his debut win over Southampton. The Cottagers suffered a shock home defeat to Oldham in the FA Cup third round last weekend, and I do not see them bouncing back here.

Tom Carnduff: Bristol City (to beat Bolton) - 3/5

City's home form has improved recently and that puts them in a good position here. They are unbeaten in their last nine. Bolton find themselves struggling at the bottom end of the table with off-field issues. They were also hammered 6-0 by Hull recently. Bolton have only registered one win in their last 16 Sky Bet Championship encounters and that grim viewing is set to continue against Bristol City, fortunately for myself.

FOUR-FOLD ODDS: 16.39/1 with Sky Bet

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Odds correct at 1325 GMT (11/01/19)

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