The EFL Trophy group stage reaches its conclusion this week and it's the usual minefield for punters.

Liverpool's Academy team make the trip to Port Vale for Sky Sports' live match tonight. The Reds' Under 21 squad have struggled so far in the tournament, losing and conceding four goals in each of their other matches against Bolton and Rochdale so no surprise to see them as 4/1 outsiders here.

Remember, all Academy teams in the competition play their matches away from home so they're immediately disadvantaged but the kids haven't done too badly against their more experienced opponents. In 41 matches featuring Under 21 teams, fifteen have won (36.6%) inside 90 minutes.

Aston Villa's kids have fared best with three wins from three while Wolves and Chelsea have already booked their place in the next round. Liverpool, Man City, Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Brighton's teams can still qualify if results go their way.

Matches are averaging 3.36 goals per game so goals bets could be the best option. Unfortunately Skybet don't have any of their Total Goals Specials available but it's worth keeping checking.

Leicester City's youngster have shipped nine goals in two games and face Barrow tonight so that one could be good for goals. Add in that Port Vale v Liverpool match and you can have an Over 2.5 Goals Double at 129/100

Over 2.5 Goals Double

  • Barrow v Leicester City U21s
  • Port Vale v Liverpool U21s
  • Pays 129/100 at Bet365

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Today's Racing Tips

Rizzel likes the chance of a Jack Barber trained stable debutante for Tuesday's racing.

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

  1. spursman 4 weeks ago

    What’s everyone’s thoughts on Under 2.5 in betting? It’s not popular I know but I’m thinking of trying it on some singles

    • TheMaster 4 weeks ago

      It’s good if you can find games under 2.5 🤣

      Nobody likes betting for boring games, we all want to cheer on goals, but it’s definitely an option in some leagues when defence is king.

    • TheMaster 4 weeks ago

      Countries like Kenya etc

    • tipseebone 4 weeks ago

      Sad thing is when i place a bet for unders it becomes go galores🤣

    • interyernan 4 weeks ago

      Hate unders… soon as you go unders it ends up a goal fest. 😭😭😭😭

    • bixieupnorth 3 weeks ago

      yep same here, everytime i go unders or btnts it’s a goal fest and the bet is down within minutes! at least with overs and btts the bet lasts until the final whistle, and then loses!!

    • kyle b 3 weeks ago

      I used to be a fan of doing Under 3.5 at around odds of 2/5 and doing doubles or trebles to be a bit more on the safe side. It’s All about picking the right teams that keep themselves defensively solid as a priority.

    • HarryB 3 weeks ago

      As bixie said, I don’t particularly like it because your bet can be dead at half time and sometimes even sooner. With overs, your bet is still kicking at the 80th minute unless it’s still 0-0, and even then there’s still a tiny possibility of it winning. It’s more enjoyable and generally less frustrating to bet overs.

    • maccathered 3 weeks ago

      Spurs will be a good team for Unders under Conte,defend but don’t score.

  2. Deano86 4 weeks ago

    I could count on 1 hand the amount of unders bets I’ve ever done , looking out for your bet and wanting no action to happen just doesn’t do it for me

    • Talkin Sence 4 weeks ago

      Punters want action they want things to happen, goals, bookings, corners , thats why they are usually underpriced

    • old al 4 weeks ago

      For me it’s all about the thrill of the chase.

  3. spursman 4 weeks ago

    Punters want things to happen so back them and in my humble opinion it creates value for Unders…..betting is about making a few quid so I was just wondering what people think of backing some games that could possibly lack goals.

    Tranmere v Oldham
    Under 2.5 goals 4/5

    Going to give it a shot with this one


    • Talkin Sence 3 weeks ago

      of course it does remember 96% of punters lose

    • tipseebone 3 weeks ago

      There u go 1-2 HT🤣

  4. kf 4 weeks ago

    1:00 Coventry U23 v Crewe U23
    >2.5 match goals
    1:00 Peterborough U23 v Sheff Utd
    >2.5 match goals
    1:00 QPR U23 v Ipswich U23
    >2.5 match goals
    1:00 Al Rayyan v Umm Salal

    @4.64 (Betway) 4-fold & L15…GL…👍

  5. bigwigg 3 weeks ago

    Over 1.5tgs double @ touch over 19/20 (skybet)nap
    Port Vale

    Smaller stakes
    Port vale over 2.5tgs @ 6/4 (skybet)

    Farnborough over 2.5tgs @ 6/5 (skybet)

    Double @ 9/2 (skybet)

    Both bets down on Sunday but like the look of these, can see both teams netting a few , port vale already mentioned and Farnborough on a good run against a leaky beaconsfield.

    Good luck all 🤞

  6. Alves 3 weeks ago

    Small stakes again for me for an interest tonight.

    Featured bets wi Skybet. 19.00 KO

    Sunderland (v Bradford)
    Sheffield Wednesday (v Harrogate)
    Ipswich (v Colchester)
    Tranmere (v Oldham)
    Port Vale (v Liverpool U21)

    GIBH & 3+ corners each half – 50/1

  7. maccathered 3 weeks ago

    Thursday 11 Nov
    Australia v Saudi Arabia
    Over 2.5 goals at 11/10
    Over 3.5 goals at 3/1
    Over 4.5 goals at 8/1
    Best of luck

  8. cockerspaniel 3 weeks ago

    Doing a couple of Skyspecials in the six 7-45 EFL ko
    30 + booking points in each match 33/1
    40 + booking points in each match 500/1
    Small stakes for interest .

  9. HullShaker 3 weeks ago

    Afternoon gents,

    Luqueno let the Nap down last night but Olimpia grabbed a last minute penalty to grab a 4th and net the Nb!

    Looking at this game tonight and fancy a few goals at a fair price in the Northwest – ought to be an evenly matched game with both sides capable of some relatively decent attacking football:


    OVER 2.5 GOALS
    (1/1, bet365) NAP ⭐⭐⭐

    OVER 2.5 GOALS
    (11/4, bet365) NB ⭐⭐

    OVER 2.5 GOALS
    (25/1 bet365) LONGSHOT ⭐

    Best of luck!

    • tipseebone 3 weeks ago

      Radcliffe right?

    • HullShaker 3 weeks ago


  10. williegee 3 weeks ago

    Afternoon Guys,
    One from me today, comes from Romanian 2nd Division game kicking off at 18:30
    Concordia Chiajna vs Astra Giurgiu

    Astra to score 1+ team goals 11/10 at Skybet – 10 points staked

    Astra have scored in all bar 1 of the 19 H2H’s between these clubs, scoring 2+ in the last 6 away H2H’s
    Although results this season have not been favourable for Astra, they have managed to find the net in
    18 of last 24 fixtures.
    Good luck with all bets tonight!!!

    • fitzythegypsy 3 weeks ago

      Good man Willie 👍

  11. elvis parsley 3 weeks ago


    Willigee already posted this game but will post anyway 💥

    Concordia Chiajna v Astra Giurgiu
    Romania Liga II

    Astra to score 11-10 @ SKYBET.

    Astra scored in 11 of the 12 league games so far in this phase of the league and in all 5 away games.
    They scored v leaders petrolul in their last outing.

    Astra are 2nd bottom with 2 points but have had a 14 point deduction to deal with and would be mid table otherwise.

    Concordia only conceded 4 in 12 games which doesn’t read well but hopefully Astra have enough players left to continue their scoring run.
    Concordia did concede home to Brasov last time who have less points than Astra taking into account the 24 point deduction.

    • sasaharv62 3 weeks ago

      Astra Evs on Hills Elvis,but BTTS is 5/4,,i’ll give it a go,,cheers

  12. sasaharv62 3 weeks ago

    Anyone looking to do a season long Acca for a bit of interest,this shouldnt be far away.
    EPL Newcastle Top Half Finish 20/1
    Championship Birmingham Top Half Finish Evens
    EL1 Ipswich To Make Play-offs 7/4
    EL 2 Harrogate To Make Play-offs 3/1
    SPL Celtic To Win Outright 6/4
    Acca 1154/1 @ Hills

    • kf 3 weeks ago

      struggling to find where these are on hills website…

    • sasaharv62 3 weeks ago

      kf,go onto competitions,then onto outrights on each league.

    • maccathered 3 weeks ago

      Newcastle top half finish but how

    • sasaharv62 3 weeks ago

      Macca,they’re only 10 points away,anything can happen.

    • kf 3 weeks ago


  13. elvis parsley 3 weeks ago

    Liverpool under 21 to score at port vale 8-15.
    Doncaster to score at Sconthorpe 4-11.
    Pays 11-10 at HILLS.

  14. dc john boy 3 weeks ago

    Farnborough over 1.5tgs
    Salisbury btts

    Double 11/10
    Over 3.5mgs double 9/2

    Good luck

  15. Baggy6870 3 weeks ago

    Barrow v Leicester U21 19.45
    Over 3.5 Match Goals.. 11/10 NAP
    ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️
    Penalty scored.. 7/4 NB
    ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️
    Over 4.5 Match Goals.. 5/2
    ☀️ ☀️
    Both Teams to Score in Both Halves.. 6/1
    SKYBET…… Good Luck…… 🤞
    Going all out.. 😅

  16. spursman 3 weeks ago

    Oldham 2-0 up, I can safely say my first shot at an Unders bet is going to be a loser

    • spursman 3 weeks ago

      Actually make that 1-2 😂😂😂

    • tipseebone 3 weeks ago

      Told ya

  17. sasaharv62 3 weeks ago

    Boomtime Elvis & Williegee,,cheers boys 😎😎😎

    • elvis parsley 3 weeks ago

      Cheers and well done with your BTTS sasaharv 🍺.

      Williegee deserves most credit for this as he posted a good write up earlier, always helps when you add a bit of thought process to a tip,
      I just added some more reasons to his write up.

    • williegee 3 weeks ago

      Cheers Guys, glad some folks got on.
      Thanks Elvis for the kind words, it’s always good when others back up your thinking.

    • HullShaker 3 weeks ago

      Smashing stuff Willie/Elvis 👍👍

  18. goalden oldie 3 weeks ago

    both teams to score treble
    confianca v nautico
    cruzeiro v brusque
    santiago wanderers v curico unido
    william hill 6/1

  19. cockerspaniel 3 weeks ago

    Only half time in the EFL , but i`m writing off my Skyspecials already . LOSER

  20. maccathered 3 weeks ago

    Brasil Serie B
    Confianca v Nautico
    Over 2.5 goals at 9/10 (NAP)
    Over 3.5 goals at 9/4

  21. HullShaker 3 weeks ago

    Final score looks to be 3-1 in the Northwest – got the Nap but not the corners but that’ll do!


    OVER 2.5 GOALS
    (1/1, bet365) NAP ⭐⭐⭐ ✅

    Well done all winners 👍

    • kf 3 weeks ago

      Cheers Hull…was on

  22. dc john boy 3 weeks ago

    Farnborough over 1.5tgs
    Salisbury btts

    Double 11/10**WON**
    Over 3.5mgs double 9/2**LOST**

    Well done all winners

  23. elvis parsley 3 weeks ago

    Last 2 efforts in Chile bombed, let’s go for a hat trick 😬

    Santiago Wanderers v Curicó Unido
    Chilean Primera Division

    BOTH teams to score 11-10 NAP 🇨🇱
    BOTH teams to score and over 2.5 goals 13-8 NB 🇨🇱.

    Wanderers are down but seem to have relaxed and are scoring regularly for them, except last time when they let me down v big boys Colo Colo.

    Curicó need points with 4 games left to escape the drop and are very short price to win considering they are crap.
    Maybe it’s because Wanderers have nothing to play for

    ***:Curicó only kept one away clean sheet in 14 games ***

    Prediction over 2.5 match goals
    Hopefully shared between the 2 teams.

    • elvis parsley 3 weeks ago

      Bets at HILLS……

      And yes that last flag is Uruguayan, the emoji shop ran out of Chile ones 💥

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