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Empoli’s last away game in Serie A was a 3-3 draw against Lazio

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Free football tips, betting and analysis for this weekend’s Premier League, EFL and European action.

Best bets

Double result West Ham-West Ham
1pt 13-8 Coral, Ladbrokes
Middlesbrough to win and over 2.5 goals
2pts 8-5 bet365, Coral
Over 3.5 goals in Venezia against Empoli
2pts 7-4 Betfair, Hills, Paddy Power

Premier League Best Bet

West Ham v Leeds
Sky Sports Premier League and main event, Sunday at 2 p.m.

West Ham suffered a shock 3-2 home defeat to Southampton in the Premier League on Boxing Day but they responded impressively, beating Watford 4-1, Crystal Palace 3-2 and Norwich 2-0 in their three subsequent league matches.

Jarrod Bowen’s brace gave them a comfortable win over struggling Canaries on Wednesday and it could be a similar story for the Hammers on Sunday when they host Leeds, the side they beat 2-0 in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend.

The West Ham-West Ham double result was cut in their four post-Christmas wins and David Moyes’ men scored seven first-half goals in those matches.

They are worth backing to get out of the traps against a Leeds side still missing a host of important players. Forward Patrick Bamford is a big injury doubt while fellow forwards Rodrigo and Joe Gelhardt are ruled out and Tyler Roberts is suspended.

England midfielder Kalvin Phillips is expected to be out of action until March and defender Diego Llorente is banned.

Leeds have lost all seven games to top-seven sides like West Ham by an aggregate score of 26-6, and they look set for a fifth successive loss to the Hammers.

EFL best bet

Middlesbrough v Reading 3 p.m. Saturday

Middlesbrough are closing in on Championship playoff places despite averaging just over a goal a game in the league, but they are set to improve their goalscoring record against a Reading side beaten 7-0 by Fulham on Tuesday.

The rout followed the Royals’ 2-1 defeat at non-league Kidderminster in the FA Cup third round last weekend and they may well struggle to stop the rot against a Boro side who have won five of their last six games in the league.

Six of Middlesbrough’s 11 league wins this term have come by a 2-0 margin, with two 1-0 and three 2-1 wins, but they beat in-form Mansfield 3-2 in the cup last weekend and could be set for expansive success against Reading’s leaky rearguard.

Boro boss Chris Wilder has bolstered his attacking options with Premier League loanees Aaron Connolly (Brighton) and Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun, and the Royals have kept no clean sheets in their last 13 games. championship and cup.

European best bet

Venice versus Empoli BT Sport 1, 2 p.m. Sunday

Venezia’s 3-0 home loss to Milan on Sunday extended their Serie A winless streak to seven matches and they have conceded 18 goals in that difficult spell.

The Venetians have faced four of Italy’s top five sides in those seven games and, on paper, they should be ready for an easier assignment against Empoli on Sunday.

The visitors need to recover from a 5-1 home loss to Sassuolo, although three of their opponents’ goals came after Mattia Viti’s red card on the hour mark.

Five of Empoli’s last seven league games have produced over 3.5 goals, including the last three: the loss to Sassuolo, a 3-3 draw against Lazio (who also missed a penalty) and a 4 -2 at home against Milan.

Aurelio Andreazzoli’s side have won five of their ten away games this season and should therefore take a positive approach at Venezia, who have conceded two goals per game at home and look set for another high-scoring game.

Weekend Accumulators

Banker
Mansfield
The Stags have bounced back from a narrow FA Cup loss to Championship side Middlesbrough by beating top-flight Swindon in League Two and they can claim a seventh straight league win at home to mid-table Walsall.

To extinguish
AFC Wimbledon
Beaten by Boreham Wood out of the league in the cup last weekend, Wimbledon were down to ten men in the 36th minute of Tuesday’s League 1 loss to MK Dons and they are uneasy on penalties at home against Morecambe.

Accumulator
Middlesbrough 4-9, Mansfield 6-5, liverpool 1-3, Fulham 1-4. The £1 accumulator nets £5.27 with BoyleSports.

Both teams score
Games at Newcastle 4-6, Venice 4-7, bochum 5-6. The £1 triple wins £4.77 with bet365.


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 2.15 PM, JANUARY 13, 2022

Ruth J. Leeds