The traditional season curtain-raiser doesn't often provide many pointers for the season ahead but since it's the two Premier League favourites that'll contest the Community Shield today we might get a little insight in to how this season will shape up.

Just one point separated the sides last season and it could be just as close once more. City hope the addition of Erling Haaland will take them to the next level and you wouldn't put it past the prolific Norwegian to make his bow in English football with a goal at 20/21.

Less than 24 hours before the Scottish Premiership even starts we had our first managerial casualty as Graham Alexander was shown the door at Fir Park. A European exit to Sligo Rovers was the last straw following a run of just three wins in 23 for the Steelmen.

There are a few other managers in the top flight who might be nervously looking over their shoulder. Two of them meet at McDiarmid Park where St Johnstone welcome Hibs.

Callum Davidson and Lee Johnson could've both done with a good start to the season but neither even finished in the top two of their respective League Cup groups. The Hibees look better equipped for the season ahead and are tempeting to win at 11/8. Their not a team we can trust however so taking a little bit of insurance on the Asian Handicap (0.0, -0.5) at 2.025 makes more appeal.

Rangers should get their season off to a winning start at Livingston who have scored just once in their last 10 meetings with the Ibrox side. A Gers win to nil pays a tidy 6/5.

Peterhead look likely to struggle in League One this season. Four group games in the League Cup led to four defeats, conceding 13 and failing to score which doesn't bode well. Today they host an Airdrieonians side who were one of the unlucky teams to finish second in their group but were still eliminated.

The Diamonds will fancy their chances of getting in amongst it alongside Falkirk, Dunfermline and Queen of the South this season and should start with a victory which pays 10/11, as does over 1.5 team goals. Peterhead's lack of prowess in front of goal could see one goal as enough for the Diamonds so the outright win just edges it.

League One favourites Falkirk have made a shrewd appointment in experienced manager John McGlynn. He's been round the block a few times and will hopefully bring some stability to the club. He's made a solid start, topping thier League Cup group at the expense of Hibs and Morton.

It's vital that they get their league campaign off to winning start against a tricky Montrose side and interestingly they've been on the drift a little, now standing at 23/20 to win. The Bairns only scored three goals in their four League Cup game so this could be another low-scorer so back the home win in this one.

Listening to the boys on the Gambla Norwegian Football Podcast has convinced that Bodo/Glimt look a good bet today in Norway. They've scored 13 in their last two and love games against today's opponents Aalesund against whom they've scored 18 in their last four matches. At 7/10 they're good acca material.

It's great to have Mark Walker, SlipsTips and one of Mr Fixit's oldest pals, Desmond, back for the new season, make sure you check out their tips below.

And if you've not read them already the check out The Betting Desk's EFL ante-post tips for the three EFL divisions

Super Singles

  • Haaland to score 20/21 Bet365
  • Rangers win to nil 6/5 Bet365

Saturday Treble

  • Airdrie to win
  • Falkirk to win
  • Bodo/Glimt to win
  • Treble pays 5.39/1 at Bet365

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Racing Tips

Rizzel has posted his three strongest fancies for Saturday's busy day of racing.

As always, let us know your betting tips and predictions for today in the comments section below and good luck with all your bets!

83 Comments
  1. elvis parsley 3 weeks ago

    🇵🇾 Guairena FC v Club General Caballero 🇵🇾
    22:00
    Paraguayan Primera Division

    Both teams to score EVENS (NAP) HILLS.

    No time for write up but I’d price this up about 8-11 🇵🇾
    —————————————————-
    Finished 1-2 🇵🇾

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  2. Tomobokwa 3 weeks ago

    Championship hull City won both teams to score and Lincoln City win both teams to score bet 365 double €20 will get u €425

    1
  3. Jonesey 3 weeks ago

    Morning all;
    Great to have the footy back, good luck on your bets today and the coming season 👍

    14
    • 1terrytips 3 weeks ago

      here here..you too mate 🤞✅

      1
  4. heisenberg 3 weeks ago

    Top of the morning on the eve of flag day even though the first match is at noon today only in Scotland would this happen.
    1🤪
    I think the early round of matches will be low scoring cagey matches so treading carefully personally.
    Here is to a a happy bookie bashing season one and all.

    🤩

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  5. dc john boy 3 weeks ago

    Western Australia NPL tomorrow 8am

    Armadale
    Floreat Athena

    Over 2.5mgs double evens**WON**

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  6. cockerspaniel 3 weeks ago

    All about the SPL for me today . First games so it could be a bit of a lucky dip
    Hearts v Ross County. Pen scored 3/1
    Kilmarnock v Dundee Unt . Pen scored 18/5
    St Johnstone v Hibs . Pen sored 7/2
    3 x doubles and a treble
    All 3 up pays around 153/1 Hills price boost

    • cockerspaniel 3 weeks ago

      Also on the same 3 games to go over 1 card each team in each game 13/1
      Hills

  7. dc john boy 3 weeks ago

    MK Dons
    Inverness
    Falkirk

    Over 0.5tgs treble 9/10
    Over 1.5tgs treble 10/1

    Good luck

    1
    • dc john boy 3 weeks ago

      Apologies forgot I had changed Inverness to Annan

      MK Dons
      Falkirk
      Annan

      Over 0.5tgs 9/10
      Over 1.5tgs 10/1

      Good luck

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  8. Here2Win79 3 weeks ago

    When Christophe Berra retired a few days before the season started, Raith fans were saying they had no fit centre backs. They’ve since brought in a youngster from Aberdeen and I think AN Other but they will have had little time to prep for Cove and Mitch Megginson today. ATS 6/4, 2 goals 13/2. McBookie

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    • Here2Win79 3 weeks ago

      Or I see Paddy have Cove to score over 1.5 at 6/4

    • martin17 3 weeks ago

      megginson ats 5/2 skybet 20/1 to score 2

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  9. jwpepper 3 weeks ago

    sky are doing another £1 free bet builder on the Community Shield.worth checking your account today as there has been a few for the start of the season.
    With free bets I did over 1.5 match goals in all English League 1 Matches 20/1
    And same adding games in League 2 apart from Carlisle,Rochdale Harrogate and Stockport 230/1.This was based on max selections and lowest prices.bets were placed a few weeks ago so prices might have changed dramatically.
    Antonio Colak to score 2 goals 11/1 To score 3 66/1

  10. cockerspaniel 3 weeks ago

    On the subject of bookings skyspecials are paying 25/1 for all 4 SPL games to go over 1 card in each game for each team
    Hills are paying 40/1 for the same bet without their boost
    With the boost it`s 45/1 . Sky are starting the season as about the worst bookies in the market . Total charlatans .

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    • Alves 3 weeks ago

      Slybet finish & start every season as the worst bookies 😂

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    • cockerspaniel 3 weeks ago

      Spot on there Alves .

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  11. heisenberg 3 weeks ago

    Sky bet have just dripped a free 5 bet for the Charity Shield match later today.

    Worth checking your sky bet accounts.

    • cockerspaniel 3 weeks ago

      They are still pish mate. lol

      4
    • heisenberg 3 weeks ago

      Always have been always will he hence the reason they drop offers like this in ie and again.

      3
  12. heisenberg 3 weeks ago

    Jeez like my spelling today apologise.
    🤓 Reading glasses 👓 were are they wife I canny see them.

  13. billybigbaws 3 weeks ago

    Livingston v Rangers

    Antonio Colak to score anytime 15/8 Skybet

    Gl!

  14. TheMaster 3 weeks ago

    Fancy Hamilton to get 6 corners or more today v morton. Skybet evens. Good luck all today. All my eggs going in this one basket.
    Also, got Bonnyrigg to win at home today at 5/2 when fixtures came up. Now 6/4. How could the bookie make them 3/1 favs to win the league but tank outsiders to win at home in their first game? 😂

    • cockerspaniel 3 weeks ago

      Hamilton look good mate G.L.

    • TheMaster 3 weeks ago

      Aye Cocker, noted some high numbers in the cup games. Work in Greenock and Morton have a lon season ahead of them I fear 😧

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    • chelseagirl 3 weeks ago

      Arbroath got a load of corners at Ayr last season so i will double up with Hammy !

    • boabee8867 3 weeks ago

      equally i was Surprised to see Rangers opening up at 4/7 to beat Livvy @ 10 days ago on Bet365, currently 4/11 with same firm, i suppose with both squads not had any leg turnover in league action yet, that may have led to the opening price..

  15. TheMaster 3 weeks ago

    A wee warm up bet…Colak to score and Rangers to win, 9/4 At Slybet.

  16. AsotosYios 3 weeks ago

    Hi guys – quick question:
    I placed a bet with 365 on Wednesday night and even though, it won and showed as a winner no money was credited to my account. I spoke to them on their online chat on Thursday morning and they said they will look into it. I spoke to them again on Thursday evening and the guy confirmed that there was a problem and their Games team will investigate.

    I checked again my account last night and not only had no money been credited, but the bet had disappeared from my account history. I sent them an email, but haven’t heard anything yet. I know it’s the weekend, so will wait a bit longer but was wondering if anyone had any advice or had something similar happened to them.

    Thanks.

    • cockerspaniel 3 weeks ago

      I had a couple of corner bets with them last week in Brighton v Bedford friendly . there was no stats on the match anywhere . they voided the bet and refunded the money after 5 days , hopes this helps .

    • AsotosYios 3 weeks ago

      Thanks cocker – I just spent an hour on their online chat and it looks like it has been resolved. They added the money to my account manually and the bet reappeared, but as Lost. Really strange

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  17. bigwigg 3 weeks ago

    Livingston vs Rangers

    Tom Lawrence to be carded @ 13/5 (bet365)

    Over 2.5mgs treble @ 6/5 (bet365)
    Pors vs Eik-Tonsberg
    Steinkjer vs Tiller
    Formartine vs Strathspey

    Good luck today 🤞

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  18. goalden oldie 3 weeks ago

    both teams to score treble
    cardiff v norwich
    bristol rovers v forest green
    salford v mansfield
    william hill 6/1

  19. Deano86 3 weeks ago

    Community shield

    Liverpool vs City

    o2.5 mg’s
    o1.5 cards
    o3.5 Liverpool corners

    Pays 2.73/1 hills (boost)

    Goodluck today everyone let’s hope we can get off to a good start👍

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    • Deano86 3 weeks ago

      Goals and cards in Liverpool corners short 👎

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  20. TheMaster 3 weeks ago

    Might have one other cheeky treble today on Arbroath, Ipswich and Bradford. 8/1 your dough.
    Good luck all for the season ahead – let’s keep it positive on here and work together to land some nice 💷

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  21. warktheline 3 weeks ago

    SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v PORTSMOUTH

    Summary
    Wednesday were very consistent grinding out corners on home soil last season. Their last 9 games at Hillsborough produced a sequence of 9,8,6,7,8,9,7,7,7 ! Todays opponents Pompey produced high returns on total match corners, the last 9 away stats 16,14,11,14,14,4,16,14,11! Last season fixture ended 7v4.

    Sheffield Wednesday over 6 team corners 1/1
    Sheffield Wednesday over 10 match corners 1/1.

    Great to be back, good luck all with bets today! 💪

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  22. spursman 3 weeks ago

    Cove Rangers v Raith Rovers
    Over 2.5 goals 11/8

    Bookies are not being generous for nothing, obviously a reason why it’s not something like Evens or 11/10 but I’ll have a few quid on it

    🙂

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    • spursman 3 weeks ago

      LOST…..final score, 2-0

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  23. spursman 3 weeks ago

    Eskilstuna v Dalkurd
    Over 3.5 goals 6/5

    🙂

    1
  24. Kris Jones 3 weeks ago

    ⚽️Ham-Kam v Kristiansund – 17:00
    🇳🇴Norwegian Eliteserien
    ⚽️SalPa v Klubi – 15:00
    🇫🇮Finnish Kakkonen Group B

    🔘Bet: SalPa v Klubi Over 2.5 match goals/over 3.5 Kristiansund corners
    📈21/20 or 2.04
    📚(Bet365)
    💰NAP

    Kristiansund need no introduction by now. They sit bottom of the league but top of the away corners charts – absolutely glorious. They played their part earlier this week by hitting another 12 corners in their 2-0 loss at Sandefjord. Time is running out for them and they need to attack, which should result in more corners. Kristiansund have hit 4 or more corners in EVERY away game this season and in 13/14 league games overall. On their travels, they’ve hit: 12,4,4,4,8,9,4,4. Very impressive for a winless team rooted to the bottom. In a game they must win, there’s every chance they’ll get another 4 tonight against a lowly Ham-Kam team who concede on average 5.5 corners at home. I was hoping over 4.5 K’Sund corners would be even money so I could take it on as a single but 8/11 is a bit short for me.

    Instead, I added in one of my ‘go to’ teams for o2.5 goals – Klubi. High flying Klubi see so many goals in their games. They’ve gone o2.5 in 7 of their last 8 with 7 of them going over 3.5 goals and 4 going over 4.5! What’s great about Klubi is how many goals they concede, despite being promotion candidates. In their last 4 games they’ve conceded 12 goals and 10 in their last 3 aways (4,4,3) – covering the o2.5 line with the goals they conceded alone.

    They travel to SalPa who have seen o2.5 goals in 11/14 games this season and in EVERY home game. They’ve scored in every game, scoring 2+ in 5/7 and have only kept 1 clean sheet in their recent 3-0 win over Tampere. This is a game both teams will view as one they can win so should attack from the off.

    What’s more, all of last season and this seasons meetings between the sides have gone o2.5 goals.

    The stats are great, the teams are tried, tested and trusted. Let’s hope they deliver. Good luck all 👍🏻

  25. martin17 3 weeks ago

    Afternoon

    Millwall to beat Stoke 13/10 bet365 or skybet

    Longshot

    Millwall to win 3-0 3-1 3-2 (9/1 skybet)

    Good luck everyone

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  26. warktheline 3 weeks ago

    IPSWICH v BOLTON
    Ipswich over 5 team corners 1/1
    Ipswich over 9 match corners 4/5

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  27. goalden oldie 3 weeks ago

    both teams to score
    maldonado v nacional
    ladbrokes 21/20
    NAP

    both teams to score
    argentinos juniors v san lorenzo
    william hill 11/10
    NB

    double on above
    ladbrokes 100/30

  28. dc john boy 3 weeks ago

    Liverpool
    Tromso

    Over 2.5mgs double 13/10

    Good luck

    1
  29. tonys 3 weeks ago

    Bet365 doing Haaland shot on target from 1/3 to 1/1

    4
    • Jonesey 3 weeks ago

      Hills have salah haaland de bruyne shot on target was 7/4 NOW 7/2

    • Jonesey 3 weeks ago

      Cheers in on 34 mins 👍

    • tonys 3 weeks ago

      Great to be able to put max £30 bet on Haaland shot on target and see it come in:)

      1
  30. warktheline 3 weeks ago

    Ipswich over 5 team corners 1/1 ✔️
    Ipswich over 9 match corners 4/5✔️
    💪👍

    8
  31. warktheline 3 weeks ago

    Sheffield Wednesday over 6 team corners 1/1 ✔️
    💪👍

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  32. TheMaster 3 weeks ago

    Fancy Hamilton to get 6 corners or more today v morton. Skybet evens. Good luck all today. All my eggs going in this one basket.
    Also, got Bonnyrigg to win at home today at 5/2 when fixtures came up. Now 6/4.

    Both winners

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    • cockerspaniel 3 weeks ago

      Good shout on Hamilton especially with them down to 10 men for all of the second half .

  33. goalden oldie 3 weeks ago

    both teams to score treble
    cardiff v norwich
    bristol rovers v forest green
    salford v mansfield
    william hill 6/1 lost

  34. cockerspaniel 3 weeks ago

    No joy with my cards or pens in the SPL LOSERS
    Unlucky with my bookings , but it was not to be

  35. martin17 3 weeks ago

    Afternoon

    Millwall to beat Stoke 13/10 bet365 or skybet ✔

    Longshot

    Millwall to win 3-0 3-1 3-2 (9/1 skybet) ❌

    Millwall goal shy for the longshot

    Tonight
    MLS 8.00pm
    Minnesota v Portland Timbers
    E Reynoso ATS 2/1 Skybet

    Longshot
    E Reynoso 2 or more goals 14/1 skybet

    Reynoso is on penalty duty i believe
    Will be checking line-ups before investing

    Good luck all

  36. kf 3 weeks ago

    Is there any site that shows player shots on target, kind of when they happen?

    • kf 3 weeks ago

      Took Hills offer on Haaland, De Bruyne and Salah 1 shot on target at 7/2…Haaland and De Bruyne I think have had one, not sure about Salah…

    • TheMaster 3 weeks ago

      Not yet I don’t think, hit side netting twice

    • martin17 3 weeks ago

      Mahrez 2 shots on target
      Haaland 1 shot on target
      Arnold 1 shot on target
      At half time according to sky

      De Bruyne 2 shots not on target
      Best of luck

    • fitzythegypsy 3 weeks ago

      Who scored dot com

    • liverpool572 3 weeks ago

      I think paddy power do

    • kf 3 weeks ago

      whereabouts on sky site is that Martin?

    • kf 3 weeks ago

      Cheers Fellas

  37. fitzythegypsy 3 weeks ago

    That was meant for KF’s question!

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    • martin17 3 weeks ago

      Click on the match then player stats skybet you don’t need an account

      that also was meant for KF 😂

  38. elvis parsley 3 weeks ago

    Llaneros v Barranquilla
    21:00
    Colombian Categoria
    Barranquilla to score EVENS ( BETFAIR SPORTSBOOK) 🇨🇴 NAP 🇨🇴
    Double stake………

    Barranquilla scored in 14 of the last 15 head to heads and in 9 of the last 11 here
    —————————————————
    Estudiantes v Banfield
    22:00
    Argentine Primera Division
    Both teams to score EVENS (BETFAIR SPORTSBOOK) 🇦🇷 NB 🇦🇷
    ————————————————–
    Side bet double on the above pays 3-1
    🇨🇴🇦🇷🇨🇴🇦🇷🇨🇴🇦🇷🇨🇴🇦🇷🇨🇴🇦🇷🇨🇴🇦🇷🇨🇴🇦🇷

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    • bigwigg 3 weeks ago

      Cheers elvis 👍👏🏻

  39. elvis parsley 3 weeks ago

    Great game this charity shield, best one I’ve seen.
    These 2 are still way ahead of the rest.
    After I reckon
    3rd arsenal
    4th spurs
    5th Chelsea
    6th west ham
    7th man utd
    What odds on this as a bet builder 😂.

    1st manager to leave his post wolves Boss.

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    • elvis parsley 3 weeks ago

      Or tuchel ⚽

  40. martin17 3 weeks ago

    For anyone interested

    Beth Mead 1 shot on target in 90 min
    Even money from 1/3
    skybet max £10 i think

    Considering its Mead v Popp for the golden boot
    must have a decent chance i would have thought
    Good luck all

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  41. Jack1 3 weeks ago

    Tonight /overnight boxing bet.

    Firstly I’ve gone for Chris Billam-Smith v Isacc Chamberlain to go the 12 rounds (8/15). I expect Billam-Smith to win on points but this is potentially a very close fight.

    Second fight is the overnight Danny Garcia v Jose Benavidez. Garcia steps up to light-middleweight for this one, his first fight in over 18months. Benavidez didn’t look all that impressive in his last fight but I believe Garcia’s best days are behind him. Benavidez is 8/1 to win on points.

    The double pays just short of 13/1 with Hills.

    GL All 😊

    1
    • heisenberg 3 weeks ago

      Chris Billam-Smith v Isaac Chamberlain
      What a fight sir 👏

      1
    • Jack1 3 weeks ago

      It was… After the 2nd round I had my concerns it would go the full 12!…. Thankfully it did! I should have been braver and gone for Billam-Smith to win on points, which was 5/4 😕

      1
  42. ChrisBax 3 weeks ago

    HEADS-UP:

    Paddy Power is PAYING OUT on all singles for Liverpool to win the League – before the League’s even started!

  43. HullShaker 3 weeks ago

    Nothing doing last night – fancy these for a bit of South American ‘btts’ betting this evening…

    ESTUDIANTES VS. BANFIELD (10.00 – ARG)

    BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
    (1/1, bet365) NAP ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    ESTUDIANTES VS. BANFIELD (10.00 – ARG)
    UDV VS. GUABIRA (10.15 – BOV)

    BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE DOUBLE
    (5/2, bet365) NB⭐️⭐️

    ESTUDIANTES VS. BANFIELD (10.00 – ARG)
    UDV VS. GUABIRA (10.15 – BOV)
    CORINTHIANS VS. BOTAFOGO (11.00 – BRA)
    UNI CATOLICA VS. COBRESAL (11.00 – CHI)

    BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE 4-FOLD
    (13/1, bet365) LONGSHOT ⭐️

    Best of luck with all bets!

  44. bigwigg 3 weeks ago

    Livingston vs Rangers

    Tom Lawrence to be carded @ 13/5 (bet365)❌

    Over 2.5mgs treble @ 6/5 (bet365)✅
    Pors vs Eik-Tonsberg✅
    Steinkjer vs Tiller✅
    Formartine vs Strathspey✅

    Well done winners today some great shouts 👏🏻👏🏻

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  45. amzie84 3 weeks ago

    If there’s two thing I will always back in a the England v Germany game it is penalties and red cards. Will be on all the combinations. Good luck!

  46. dc john boy 3 weeks ago

    Apologies forgot I had changed Inverness to Annan

    MK Dons
    Falkirk
    Annan

    Over 0.5tgs 9/10
    Over 1.5tgs 10/1

    Both lost totally awful

  47. dc john boy 3 weeks ago

    Liverpool
    Tromso

    Over 2.5mgs double 13/10**WON**

    7
  48. bigwigg 3 weeks ago

    Over 2.5mgs double @ 3/4 (bet365) Nap
    Stromsgodset 2 vs Harstad
    Rana vs Trygg/Lade

    Wanted to add the Bodo game to this but hasn’t yet been listed and odds sometimes drop a fair bit overnight on these leagues so will take a lower odds double that I still feel pretty good about 🤞

    • bigwigg 3 weeks ago

      Rana game dropped from 4/9 to 1/3 in the ten minutes from placing to posting, exactly what I mean with these leagues 😒 still around 3/4 at skybet.

  49. AsotosYios 3 weeks ago

    00.30 Flamengo – Atletico Goianiense
    01.05 Tigres – Queretaro

    Flamengo/Tigres over 1.5 team goals double @2.53 (Bet365)
    Tigres over 2.5 team goals @2.88 (Skybet/Betfair Sportsbook)
    Tigres over 3.5 team goals @6.00 (Bet365/Skybet/Betfair Sportsbook)

    Well done all winners today.

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