Friday, 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports 1

AFTER Hearts v Hibs bored us tears for 80 minutes or so how will we cope with tonight's live TV offering from the Midlands.

The Edinburgh derby never lived up to its billing but at least the final 10 minutes was more interesting with both sides coming close to scoring.

This may be a League One encounter but this game will have to be a shocker to be any worse than the SPL fare we were given last night.

At first glance Walsall look a decent shout against a side without a win in 12 outings but in reality both are struggling sides.

Portsmouth only had 15 players available for the midweek trip to Swindon and it was no surprise when they crashed 5-0 but Guy Whittingham's men held out for an hour before conceding.

On-loan striker Paul Benson returns after being unavailable to face his parent club while midfielder Brian Howard and defenders Ricardo Rocha and Gabor Gyepes are fighting to be fit.

Experienced new signing David Connolly could make his full debut in attack and it's possible he could make a difference.

Walsall have moved away fron he drop zone with three wins in four so if they can continue in that vein they should edge this ine although 10-11 (various) is shorter than I'd like.

Skint Pompey are 10-3 at BetVictor and bet365 while the draw pays 11-4 with BetVictor.

If Pompey show the same resistance they did at the County Ground it could be worth looking at draw HT/Walsall FT at 4-1 with the likes of William Hill and Paddy Power.

Both teams have scored in the past four meetings and a repeat pays 8-11 at Coral.

Four of Walsall's last six and four of Pompey's last five have gone over 2.5 goals so that's worth a look at 4-5 with Ladbrokes even though last night's match puts me off slightly from backing the overs.

Recommendations

HT draw/FT Walsall
(4-1, various)

Over 2.5 goals
(4-5, Ladbrokes)

38 Comments
  1. Danny 8 years ago

    Will Grigg anytime and Walsall win @ 15/8

    FRIDAY BTTS TREBLE
    Newport-Wreaxham
    Ballymena-Ballinamillard
    Zaragoza-Betis

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Danny, that will be Will Grigg the Walsall striker and penalty taker. No relation to Ryan Giggs.

  2. Danny 8 years ago

    that is correct

  3. Don 8 years ago

    Completely random, bugger all on, highly unlikely, top (useless) tip of the day!

    Newport – Wrexham – DRAW

    Huracan – Badalona – DRAW

    Walsall – Portsmouth – WALSALL WIN

    Vitesse – Helmond – OVER 2.5

    £10 returns – £249.07 :D

  4. Danny 8 years ago

    Don it doesnt look like a useless tip to me the picks arnt out of the ?

  5. Don 8 years ago

    Cheers Danny. I’ve done a wee bit of research on it (Studied Soccerway for about 30m), but I’m not great at this betting lark!, so caution is advised! :)

  6. Don 8 years ago

    I also have issues with rogue exclamation marks……

  7. Anton 8 years ago

    Hope your bet comes in for u don. Got a felling Walsall v pompy could be a draw

  8. Stevie H 8 years ago

    im going for the over 2.5 plus Betis win for a cheecky wee fiver double.

  9. robbie 8 years ago

    Thinking of going for over 1.5 again to recover a bit after yesterday. Would u recommend that or would u leave it? Cheers mate

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Robbie, over 1.5 should come in but if you’re chasing wait until tomorrow when there is loads of choice.

  10. Striker 8 years ago

    @Don the Vitesse/Helmond game is not going ahead today as far as I’m aware, otherwise I’d be bang on that over 2.5 as a big single. Those Dutch teams do love scoring.

  11. Don 8 years ago

    Was just about to post that. Just seen it myself.

    That’s 1 out of four ‘in’ then! :D

  12. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    Just a heads up guys, Boylesports are offering a good money back special for selected FA Cup games. Refund on losing first goalscorers if your player scores second. Top of my list would be Suarez @ 5/2. Next on my list would be RVP @ 3/1.

    £100 on each player for me.

  13. Don 8 years ago

    Buggerations…..

    Away side equalized with about 5 min to go and then conceded again about a minute later….

    Just my luck… :)

  14. robbie 8 years ago

    Thanks for the advice

  15. Luke 8 years ago

    Small stakes 4fold for me tonight just for interest.
    Walsall win, ballinamallard win, Newport/Wrexham over 2.5 and zaragoza/betis btts
    Doing better on tennis at the minute though. Good luck all

  16. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    Low scoring draws always seem to be a favourite on a Friday evening. Here are my selections for tonight’s game.

    £50 on 1-1 correct score @ 7/1 VC

    £100 on Ht Draw Ft Draw @ 5/1 VC

    £100 on under 2.5 Goals @ 11/10 Various

    £240 on time of first card under 37 mins @ 5/6 Bet365

    Hope I get something here!!

    Good luck everyone.

  17. will jones 8 years ago

    what do you think about the zaragoaza betis game fixit?

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Will, didn’t have time to look at it properly and kinda decided to leave it alone anyway. Never sure who is going to start better after a break. I’m quite happy to do my betting at the weekend.

  18. paul 8 years ago

    any one think there will be lots of goals in the Newport v Wrexham game thinking 3.3

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Paul, you’d think there would be goals but last three meetings have produced a total of just five. However, both have been scoring and conceding in recent games.

  19. Mike 8 years ago

    If anyone has a William hill account then check it! I had a £15 free bet for some reason! Happy days!

  20. Peter Brown 8 years ago

    I’ve backed Jamie Paterson at 13/2 for a wee interest

  21. David currie 8 years ago

    Chris guy are you a millionaire seem to have deep pockets an not much success……

  22. robbie 8 years ago

    Does it look like it could be a lively game with goals?

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Robbie, looks like another Hearts-Hibs at the moment.

  23. robbie 8 years ago

    Thats all I needed to know. Won’t bother with this one then. Thanks for ur honesty

  24. Craig alves 8 years ago

    And walsall take the lead :)

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Craig, that was their first chance and have scored with their second one too.

  25. Stevie H 8 years ago

    Had Grigg anytime – Check and put on the over 2.5 goals plus wrexham win and Betis game btts…so far so good, could turn out a good wee night :-)

  26. John 8 years ago

    Who scored for walsall? I had Grigg anytime

    • Bruce 8 years ago

      Brandy & Grigg

  27. John 8 years ago

    Thanks bruce :-)

  28. Craig alves 8 years ago

    Not watching it but should be safe now 2 up, need btts in zara betis now

  29. Danny 8 years ago

    if anybody is up early doors on saturday morning and fancy a wee win on what I feel is a straight forward double

    Melbourne Victory (8.45am)
    Perth Glory (10.45am)

  30. Willie McGuire 8 years ago

    2 x HT/FT Lucky 15s for me

    Walsall or Pompey HT Draw FT
    Zaragoza or Betis HT Draw FT
    Newport or Wrexham HT Draw FT
    Newcastle Jets or Adelaide HT Draw FT

    on average each pays 14/1 so a potentially profitable punt with small stakes.

  31. Craig alves 8 years ago

    Stuck a fiver at 5/6 celta clean sheet so a bit gutted but better btts than clean sheet, super single up too on tge overs. Waiting on Lazio Man utd Chelsea Cardiff for £111 fi a fiver

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