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Saturday Betting Tips

Celtic v St Mirren

Celtic have made a decent start to the season, with home victories in Europe against Braga and Utrecht. Although losing 3-0 against Braga in Portugal was a blow, Braga’s result against Sevilla proved that they are a classy side. A 1-0 victory away to Inverness CT last week made a winning start to the new season. They have lost Aiden McGeady over the summer, but the signings of Joe Ledley, Efrain Juarez and Gary Hooper have brought in some decent players. They will also be looking to avenge their 4-0 defeat to St Mirren last season.

St Mirren managed to hold Dundee United to a 1-1 draw at home last weekend, conceding a late equaliser. However, having changed manager over the summer, it may take time to adapt to the new man. Their last two visits to Celtic have resulted in 3-1 and 7-1 defeats.

Celtic are beginning to gel, and they are always a strong team at home. They will also be looking to avenge last season’s humiliation against their opponents.

Bet: Celtic -1.75AH @ 1.9 (3/10)

Cardiff v Doncaster

Cardiff have been given a huge boost by the signing of Craig Bellamy. Bellamy could feasibly be playing for a top 6 side in the Premiership, so should get plenty of goals at this level. When you include the likes of Michael Chopra and Ross McCormack, plus the creativity of Peter Whittingham and Jason Koumas, Cardiff have the potential to score a lot of goals.

Doncaster have made a decent start, with 4 points from their opening two games. However, a home defeat to Accrington Stanley in the Carling Cup was a surprise. Billy Sharp has been a decent signing, but it would be a surprise if they can stop the euphoria surrounding Cardiff this week.

Craig Bellamy is likely to have an impact on this game, but if Doncaster focus too much on him, Cardiff have other players who could benefit from the additional space.

Bet: Cardiff -0.75AH @ 2.2 (4/10)

Leeds v Millwall

Leeds have made a slow start to their new season, with 1 point from two games thus far. A 4-0 win in the Carling Cup against Lincoln would have boosted confidence. The loss of Jermaine Beckford was a blow, and his replacement, Billy Paynter, is injured at the moment.

Millwall have been on fire this season, scoring 7 and conceding 0 in their 2 games so far. A 3-0 win away to dark horses, Bristol City, was followed up by a 4-0 demolition of Hull. Their strong, athletic approach unsettles a lot of teams, and in Steve Morrison, they have a quality striker at this level.

Millwall went to Elland Road last year and won 2-0, putting on an excellent performance. They have started this season brilliantly, and it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise to see them push on here.

Bet: Millwall +0.25AH @ 1.85 (3/10)

Lyon v Brest

Lyon have started poorly and have plenty of problems at the back, missing several players. They conceded 3 against newly-promoted Caen last week. However, they are dangerous in attack, with Gomis, Delgado, Briand and Pjanic providing a real threat.

Newly-promoted Brest have had a tricky start to the season, picking up 1 point from their 2 games. They have a strong attack with Roux and Toure, but they may struggle in defence against a strong Lyon attack.

Brest may well score in this, but it would be a surprise not to see Lyon putting a couple past them as well.

Bet: Over 2.5 goals @ 2.1 (4/10)

Rennes v Saint-Ettiene

Rennes have had a decent start with a draw against a strong Lille and an impressive 3-0 away win against Nancy. They are generally strong at home with only 2 defeats in 15, although they haven’t won in 6 at home. However, they will be boosted by the return of Ghanaian striker, Asamoah Gyan.

This season is likely to be another struggle for Saint-Ettiene. They are fairly poor away from home, and are without their main striker, Sanogo, for this match. They will be in a fight to remain in this division, but they will pick up the points at home.

Rennes should be too good for Saint-Etienne, and will be boosted by the return of Gyan to get the goals they need.

Bet: Rennes -0.75AH @ 2.11 (3/10)

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