Saturday football predictions

Saturday Football Predictions – 3rd October 2020

Welcome to our Saturday football predictions and value bets blog. Here we analyse all the football matches being played on Saturday 3rd October to find early 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.

Saturday  Football Predictions

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

  • Borussia M’gladbach to beat Cologne (away) 19/20
  • Luton to beat Wycombe (home) 78/100
  • Hull to beat Plymouth (home) 5/6
  • Atletico Madrid to beat Villarreal (home) 6/10
  • Crawley to beat Southend (home) 78/100
  • Roma to beat Udinese (away) 8/11

30.3/1 on the sixfold*


*All odds are taken from William Hill and were correct at time of writing. Odds are subject to change at any time.


Cologne v Borussia M’gladbach

After a disappointing start to the season, M’gladbach will be looking to get back on track with three points from this game. They have only managed to gain one point from their opening two games – losing away at Dortmund and drawing at home to Union Berlin.

Cologne find themselves with zero points after being defeated by Hoffenheim at home and Arminia Bielefeld away. Monchengladbach finished last season in 4th place, whereas Cologne finished 5th from bottom in 14th. M’gladbach will have aspirations to finish in a similar position to last season, if not better and I see them the more likely to pull off a win here because of that drive.

Luton v Wycombe

Newly promoted Wycombe have a pretty torrid beginning to their championship campaign, losing their first three games on the bounce and failing to score in any of them.

Luton have started reasonably winning their first two games and then understandably losing narrowly to Watford away from home 0-1. Having already beaten Derby at home this season, I don’t envisage them dropping points to struggling Wycombe at Kenilworth Road.

Hull v Plymouth

Hull have seen 100% wins from their first three games and saw off all opponents without conceding a goal. They hold the home advantage here and should be full of confidence in picking up another three points from this fixture.

Plymouth are another newly promoted team and although they have held their own so far (2 draws, a win), I see this challenge being too big of a gulf to overcome.

Atletico Madrid v Villarreal

Atletico Madrid opened up their new season last weekend with a superb 6-1 victory over Granada. Suarez made his debut after replacing Costa in the 70th minute and had an immediate impact.

In the 20 minutes that Suarez was given, he scored twice and grabbed an assist. Diego Costa also scored in the match early on. With those two strikers showing good form, I have no doubt they will be too much for the Villarreal defence to handle – especially if they were both to start and partner each other.

Villarreal have now played three league games and sit on 4 points. They scraped a victory at home over Eibar after going behind, they lost to Barcelona away 4-0 and only managed a draw at home to Huesca. This should be an easy win for Atletico, in my opinion.

Crawley v Southend

Southend have come down from League One in the same vein of form – losing regularly. They now sit at the bottom of League Two on zero points from three games, with a -7 goal difference. They have also been ejected from the Carabao Cup and EFL trophy, meaning they have lost all five competitive games from the 20/21 campaign.

Crawley have bounced back nicely from their opening day defeat away to Port Vale, winning their next two games – one at home and one on the road. Those wins have propelled them in to 4th place, one point off those that sit on top of them.

Udinese v Roma

Roma are only sitting on one point from two games after suffering an embarrassing 3-0 away defeat to Hellas Verona, but achieved kudos in their home game to Juventus, drawing 2-2. That should set them up nicely to snatch all three points away to Udinese.

Udinese have only played one game this season which also happened to be away to Hellas Verona. Udinese also lost to them.

The last time Roma played at this ground was back in October 2019. Roma won that game 0-4 and I’m expecting a similar outcome this time round.

William Hill are offering this six fold out at a standard price of 30.3/1. Acca freedom bonus can be applied (if you haven’t already used it on another bet that day) to either boost the odds or to apply acca insurance.

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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.

Dynamite Double

  • Doncaster to beat Wigan (away) 9/5
  • Sunderland to beat Charlton (away) 23/20

5.38/1* on the double.


*All odds are taken from William Hill and were correct at time of writing. Odds are subject to change at any time.


Wigan v Doncaster

Wigan are very much reliant this season on their youth team, that has now pretty much become their first team. After being deducted 12 points in the Championship for going in to administration, they now find themselves battling in League One. Their first three games of the season have resulted in 2 losses and a win.

Doncaster, on the other hand, remain undefeated from their three opening games.

Two wins and a draw sees them 4th in the league. They are scoring effectively as well, having bagged 8 goals in those respective 3 games.

Doncaster have already seen off Charlton – another team who were relegated from the Championship and were forced to make wholesale changes to their squad. Doncaster beat them 1-3 away from home and I’m expecting a similar result in this away fixture at the DW Stadium.

Charlton v Sunderland

As mentioned above Charlton have been forced to make big changes to their squad, which has significantly weakened the team that was relegated from the Championship. They have lost two and won one so far, with that one win coming from newly promoted Crewe. They then went and lost 1-3 to Doncaster at home and 2-0 to Lincoln on the road.

Sunderland have had a pretty tough set of fixtures at the beginning of their campaign, but have com out of their first three games with 7 points – 2 wins and a draw.

Wins were against Oxford and Peterborough, where clean sheets were kept in both and a 1-1 draw was achieved against Bristol Rovers. This game should be a much easier task than those they have faced previously, in my opinion.

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.

Long Shot Single bet

Schalke to beat Leipzig 10/1


*All odds are taken from William Hill and were correct at time of writing. Odds are subject to change at any time.


Big odds here represents a big risk. It’s still early days yet in the Bundesliga, with only two matches played, but Schalke find themselves bottom of the table with zero points at this stage. Something they will want to change.

Leipzig are a well drilled team, with a fantastic manager, resources and facilities. They have gained 4 points from their two games, beating Mainz at home and then drawing with Leverkusen away.

However the last time these two played at the Red Bull Arena (2019), Schalke won the game 1-3. The time before that (2018) the game finished 0-0. Schalke may well feel like they could get something from this game.

Leipzig have sold their main striker in Timo Werner. Although they have plenty more talent in the squad he will be a big miss for them in terms of a natural-born goal scorer.

It is a big ask but I can see an argument for an away win to occur here, especially with it still being early on in the season. 10/1 is worth a small staked punt, in my opinion.

Would you like further justifications to each pick? Disagree with any of my selections featured in out 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.