Saturday Football Predictions – 7th August 2021

Welcome to our Saturday football predictions and value bets blog. Here we analyse all the football matches being played on Saturday 7th August to find value across the betting markets.

The main focus for consistency purposes will be on the outright markets, but we will of course highlight any value we spot in the alternative markets, for example both teams to score, anytime goal scorer etc. We like to normally build our own bets for the televised matches we plan on watching. Early bet builders will also be included in this blog.

We look at all the popular leagues and cups across Europe including the lower leagues to create a variety of multiple and single bets.

Check out our routine early bets for Saturday below.

 

Sensible Six-fold 🤓

This weekly bet contains six selections that all usually hold favourite status in the outright market, but in my opinion still has value in the odds being offered.

It’s not easy correctly predicting six results from six, even when selecting teams that are very strong favourites. However you only need one or two of these bets to come in throughout the period of the season for a return to be gained.

Here’s my selections for this Saturday:

sensible six-fold prediction

  1. Huddersfield to beat Derby (away)
  2. Sheffield United to beat Birmingham (home)
  3. Ipswich to beat Morecambe (home)
  4. Forest Green to beat Sutton (home)
  5. Lyon to beat Brest (home)
  6. PSG to beat Troyes (away)

20.58/1 on the sixfold*

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*All odds shown in our Saturday football predictions are taken from William Hill and were correct at time of writing. Odds are subject to change at any time.

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Justifications

Derby v Huddersfield

Derby will be starting the season with a heavily depleted squad. Injuries have swarmed the squad during pre season leaving manger Rooney questioning whether he even has the capability of fielding a side.

Rooney has had his own personal issues on and off the training ground to contend with, which surely has done nothing for team cohesion.

Huddersfield have already had a morale boosting win after defeating Sheffield Wednesday in penalties in the Carabao Cup.

They should be feeling positive, despite being the away side and for me, have enough talent in the side to despatch a Derby team forced to start the season off scraping the barrel.

Sheffield United v Birmingham

The Blades come in to the season off the back of a terrible Premier League campaign that saw them relegated. However, that experience up against much fitter sides with more talented players should give them an advantage in the Championship.

Sheffield United have had a short, successful pre-season. Burke, Mousett, Freeman, Egan and Smith all finding the back of the net from just two matches.

Birmingham conceded nine goals from their last two games of last season and have not really picked up any momentum from their pre-season campaign. Only one win came from four played, with the last two resulting in defeats.

The last defeat was a 0-4 hammering dealt by West Brom, who have also been relegated from the Premier League down to the Championship.

Ipswich v Morecambe

Ipswich had a decent campaign last year in League One, finishing in 9th place. They are certainly a sturdy League One side, who will be setting the target of finishing in the top six places this time round.

Morecambe have come up to League One, having won the Playoffs in League Two last season. This game will be a significant step up to what they are accustomed to. I am expecting Morecambe to struggle in the early matches as they adjust their style to suit the new league they find themselves in.

Forest Green v Sutton

Forest Green made it in to the League Two playoffs last season. They were unfortunate to be knocked out at the semi-final stage after taking Newport County in to extra time.

They had a solid season and should be full of confidence that they have the ability to get even closer to promotion in the 21/22 season.

Sutton are the new boys of the League, having won promotion from the National League. The step up from the National League to League Two is renowned to be a significant one, whereby most promoted teams struggle to stay up.

Facing such a tough opponent in their first match, I see Sutton struggling to acclimatise and looking much like the weaker team. I also don’t see Forest Green holding out much mercy. Therefore, the Forest Green win looks like the most likely outcome, in my opinion.

Lyon v Brest

Lyon finished fourth in last season’s Ligue 1, just seven points behind the Champions – Lille. They are a very consistent team and have finished in the top seven places every season from 96/97 onwards.

Brest finished in 17th place last year, just above the relegation playoff place. They lost a total of 50% of their matches last season, most of which were teams less regarded than Lyon.

Brest have faced Lyon ten times previously and have failed to bag a win in any of them. Therefore, this game should be a nice introduction for Lyon to the 21/22 campaign, resulting in a comfortable win, in my opinion.

Troyes v PSG

Not much value here to be had in the odds and not much justification required in to the selection. PSG are the richest club in France and with that, comes the best players.

They failed to secure that number one spot last season, finishing in second place. That will not be seen as good enough and therefore I see Pochettino settling for nothing else other than an explosive start.

That shouldn’t be too difficult, as they face off against newly promoted Troyes. Don’t get me wrong, Troyes had a fantastic season in League two last campaign, but they are on a whole new level now. There’s no time for bedding in as they face probably the most difficult home game of their season straight off the bat. A challenge that will be too much to contend with, in my opinion.


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Dynamite double 🧨

This bet contains two medium risk selections that I hold strong belief in. These usually contain selections that are playing away or games I fancy to draw as odds tend to be slightly stronger because of this.

Saturday football predictions - Dynamite Double

  1. Bristol City to beat Blackpool (home)
  2. Man City to beat Leicester (neutral)

3.95/1* on the double.

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*All odds shown in our Saturday football predictions are taken from William Hill and were correct at time of writing. Odds are subject to change at any time.

Justifications

Bristol City v Blackpool

This is another game whereby I am predicting that the promoted side gets a reality check from the increase in quality and fitness.

Blackpool have come up to the Championship from League One by way of the Playoffs. Therefore on paper, they are regarded as being the weakest team in the Championship.

This campaign will be Bristol City’s seventh consecutive season in the Championship. Their highest position in that time was eighth, but more times than none have finished in the bottom half of the table. They are proving they know how to survive and that they have enough talent in the squad to justify being in the league they find themselves in.

One way they have achieved that is by being efficient against teams who are weaker than them and then hoping to steal a few from those who are better. With Blackpool only just coming up, I am expecting Bristol to be pretty ruthless in their attacking mindset. That should be enough to keep Blackpool pinned back and enough to secure the win.

Leicester v Man City

Leicester and Man City battle it out in the Community Shield to open up competitive activity to Premier League teams for the new season.

This game rarely lives up to its expectation. Both teams will want the win, but with the long league season ahead, which is where the real passion lies, not many risks seem to be made.

Manchester City are the League champions and if they were to land Grealish and Kane as speculated, they would be seen as even bigger favourites to take this season’s Championship. Those transfers have not yet been made, but even without them, Man City have the strongest squad in terms of depth in the league.

That depth means that changes can be made without weakening the side or shape. This is a luxury Leicester do not have and for me that will be the difference in the game. I wouldn’t be surprised if a solitary goal deep in to the second half was enough to crown Man City with even more silverware.

Long Shot Single 🤞

This bet is high risk and comes with high odds when taking in to account it is just a single bet. It will include a big underdog that I believe has the ability to produce a giant killing. Let’s face it these upsets happen all the time. How many times has your acca been busted because a sure fire selection turned sour? Well here I’m searching to find the acca buster and bet against the favourite.

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NO LONG SHOT SINGLE THIS WEEK

A lack of games this weekend has brought about nothing that interests me in backing, from a long shot perspective. Keep your eyes peeled on future Saturday’s where this bet will return as the games pick back up again.


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Get In Touch

Would you like further justifications to our Saturday football predictions? Disagree with any of my selections featured in our Saturday football predictions or want my opinion on a game that hasn’t been mentioned? Feel free to get in touch via Twitter and I’ll be sure to get back to you. Feel free to also check out our Sunday predictions blog, where you’ll find the same bets, but with different selections.