Weekend Football Best Bets
Aston Villa v Newcastle – 15/4/2023
Two teams in top form face each other in the early kick-off on Saturday, with Newcastle making the near 4-hour journey to Villa Park to face a resurgent Aston Villa. The Magpies continue to battle for the Champions League places, while Villa are targeting Europe themselves having breathed life into a season that seemed to be fizzling out with four consecutive wins. Both sides know where the goal is, with Villa scoring in all 10 home league games since Steven Gerrard was sacked, while Newcastle have scored in 5 of their last 6 away games, with their only blank coming against Man City. The early kick-off is often a cagey affair, but these two sides should be going for it, and an entertaining game is expected.
Everton v Fulham – 15/4/2023
Fulham are firmly on the beach and, with Everton fighting for their lives, they look set for another defeat this weekend. The loss of talismanic forward Aleksander Mitrovic clearly won’t have helped the Londoners, but the trajectory was downwards long before the Serbian lost his head at Old Trafford and Fulham are bottom of the league on expected points since the turn of the year. They have mustered just 1.64xG in the last three games and travel to an Everton side that have won 3 of their 5 home games under Sean Dyche. The Toffees have averaged 1.54xG per game at home under Dyche, and are confidently expected to record a big win here.
QPR v Coventry – 15/4/2023
The appointment of Gareth Ainsworth has done little to turn the fortunes around the fortunes of QPR and they could be in for further struggles against a strong Coventry side. The Sky Blues were hammered 4-0 by Stoke when returning from the international break, but that seems like an aberration given it was their only defeat in the last twelve games and they have recorded two solid draws since. Mark Robins’ side have done well on the road against bottom half sides, losing only 2 of 12 games against such opposition, and they have the outstanding Viktor Gyökeres leading the line. The Swede rarely goes a game without a goal or an assist, so Coventry are expected to come away from the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium with at least a draw.