Sports Journalist at FST, Gareth qualified as a journalist after graduating from university and spent over a decade as a freelance broadcast journalist, commentator and tipster before joining FST. Now living in Manchester, he is a long suffering Bolton Wanderers fan who also enjoys boxing, the NBA, tennis and rugby league.
This is The Perfect 10; where we task ourselves with picking out one selection from 10 different leagues to come up with one huge accumulator ahead of Saturday’s action from across the UK and Europe, and occasionally beyond.
Europe’s top leagues return after the international break and we’ve got selections from the Premier League, Championship, Dutch Eredivisie, Scottish Premiership, French Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A and German Bundesliga as those competitions resume, as well as further picks from the lower leagues in England and Scotland. and all of the games kick off at 3pm or later on Saturday.
Below you can see our set of selections from this week’s Perfect 10 – and remember – you can find loads more free betting tips for the weekend’s fixtures over on our match predictions page!
The Perfect 10 – 300/1 accumulator
Norwich vs Brighton (English Premier League)
Betting Tip: Brighton to win
Norwich picked up their first point of the season at Burnley prior to the international break but will struggle to back that up with a result against high-flying Brighton. The Seagulls sit sixth in the standings with 14 points from seven games and are unbeaten on their travels, with seven points from a possible nine so far, and they can get back to winning ways after back-to-back draws when they head to Carrow Road.
Nottingham Forest vs Blackpool (English Championship)
Betting Tip: Nottingham Forest to win
Forest have hit some form following the arrival of Steve Cooper as manager and can secure a first home win under his tenure when Blackpool visit. Forest have picked up 10 points from the last 12 available and have scored six goals, conceding just once, over their last two games. Blackpool arrive in good form too but they have perhaps been lucky at times, and Forest can make the most of home advantage in this one.
Shrewsbury Town vs MK Dons (English League One)
Betting Tip: Both teams to score
Goals could be on the cards when Shrewsbury entertain MK Dons in League One on Saturday. Both teams have scored in each of Shrewsbury’s last seven games and in their last four fixtures as Greenhous Meadow. There have been goals at both ends in four of MK Dons’ last five games and in all five of their away games in League One so far.
Exeter City vs Newport County (English League Two)
Betting Tip: Exeter to win
Exeter are unbeaten in their last eight games and can pick up a win when poor travellers Newport visit. The Grecians have drawn six of those eight games, but they can put another three points on the board against a Newport side who lost at Barrow in their last away game and have three defeats in their last five away games in League Two.
Rangers vs Hearts (Scottish Premiership)
Betting Tip: Rangers to win
Premiership leaders Rangers come up against second placed Hearts on Saturday and the Glasgow giants should be able to come through with a win. Rangers are unbeaten at home with 10 points from a possible 12 and they’ve won their last six home games against Hearts. The visitors are the only unbeaten side left in Scotland’s top flight and should make a game of this, but Rangers have the quality to pick up the three points.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs Morton (Scottish Championship)
Betting Tip: Inverness to win
Championship leaders Inverness have a perfect record at home with four wins from four games, scoring seven goals and conceding just two. Caley Jags can make it five in a row against Morton, who have lost two of their last three away games and have failed to score in each of those fixtures.
Clermont vs Lille (French Ligue 1)
Betting Tip: Lille to win
Lille have hit some form after a sluggish start to their title defence and have won each of their last three games in Ligue 1. In contrast, promoted Clermont’s form has tailed off and they are winless in their last seven games, with three defeats in their last five fixtures.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Stuttgart (German Bundesliga)
Betting Tip: Borussia Monchengladbach to win
Gladbach have three wins in their last four games and are unbeaten at home with two wins and a draw after three games. Gladbach beat Borussia Dortmund in their last home fixture and should be too strong for a Stuttgart outfit who are yet to win on their travels and have managed just one goal on the road in the Bundesliga.
KV Oostende vs Cercle Brugge (Belgian First Division A)
Betting Tip: Oostende to win
Oostende are unbeaten in their last three games (W1, D2) and look well placed to pick up another victory when out-of-sorts Cercle Brugge visit. The away side have lost their last three games and sit second from bottom in the standings, with six defeats in 10 games so far.
Heerenveen vs Ajax (Dutch Eredivisie)
Betting Tip: Ajax to win
Ajax saw their unbeaten start to the season ended by Utrecht prior to the international break but can bounce back at Heerenveen on Saturday. Ajax have won each of the last six competitive meetings between the two sides, while Heerenveen have two defeats in their last three games.
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