Born in the south east of Ireland, Simon put his life-long love of football to good use when he started a successful independent blog in 2010. That opened up an alternative route to a career in journalism, and having had work published across a number of sites and publications, Simon joined the staff at Spotlight Sports Group in 2018.
Form seems to go out the window when your club meets their bogey team, and every club has that has that one annoying opponent that they just can’t ever seem to get the better of.
This weekend, up and down the English football pyramid, a number of teams are gearing up to face the nemesis they just can’t quite ever defeat, and we have some bogey team betting tips lined up below with that in mind.
Remember – you can find more free betting tips for the weekend’s football action over on our match predictions page.
Bogey team predictions and betting tips
Bournemouth vs Watford (Championship)
Betting tip: Watford to win
Bournemouth and Watford were relegated together from the Premier League last season, though the rivals are currently heading in opposite directions after a spike in the Hornets’ results.
Watford have a real opportunity to put further distance between themselves and the Cherries in the race for promotion, and having lost just one of their last 13 trips to the Vitality Stadium, Xisco’s charges are worth sticking with.
Preston North End vs Huddersfield Town (Championship)
Betting tip: Preston North End to win
Results haven’t been going Preston’s way of late, though North End can drag themselves out of their rut with a win at home to Huddersfield on Saturday.
Preston’s record against the Terriers at Deepdale is outstanding, and they are targeting their sixth straight victory over them this weekend. Town have lost five of their last six on the road and they look beatable in Lancashire again.
Carlisle United vs Oldham Athletic (League Two)
Betting tip: Carlisle United to win
Oldham had their confidence knocked on Tuesday when they lost at home to bottom club Barrow and the Latics could be in for another day of disappointment when they visit Brunton Park on Saturday.
The Cumbrians got the better of Oldham in four of the clubs’ last five encounters at that venue, and manager Chris Beech can mastermind another victory against them in the sides’ latest skirmish.
Scunthorpe United vs Cheltenham Town (League Two)
Betting tip: Scunthorpe United double chance
Cheltenham are firmly part of the automatic promotion conversation in League Two, though Town’s record at Glanford Park, or the Sands Venue Stadium as it’s currently known for sponsorship reasons, makes for grim reading.
The Robins were beaten on each of their last seven visits to that particular part of Lincolnshire, and on Saturday they travel there to meet an Iron team buoyant following three home wins on the spin.
Birmingham City vs QPR (Championship)
Betting tip: QPR to win
QPR are in red-hot form at present, and the Hoops’ run of six wins in eight Championship assignments included victories over Cardiff City, Watford, Brentford and Bournemouth.
St. Andrews has been a happy hunting ground for Rangers in recent seasons, and having won on three of their last four visits to Birmingham, their wave of momentum makes them worth backing to enjoy success there again.
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