Today’s best football betting tips UK – Monday 17th May 2021

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The start of the Championship playoffs dominates today’s best football betting tips. The first legs of the semi-finals are in play.

We will be also going to visit Italy and Spain for further tips in today’s football betting.

But let’s begin in the high-pressure arena that is the Championship play offs.


Best Football Betting Tips Today: Bournemouth v Brentford

Opening up football betting tips today is Bournemouth v Brentford in the Championship.

This looks like being a very difficult first leg for the Cherries.

Facing Brentford is the last thing that any of the other play off contenders would have wanted.

There was a bit of a stutter from Bournemouth at the end of the regular season.

They lost their last three fixtures, crashing at home against Stoke on the weekend, blowing a chance to move up and avoid this tie.

Bournemouth lost both matches against Brentford in this season’s Championship campaign. They have won only one of their last six meetings with them.

Considering that the Cherries have lost their last two home games, this looks difficult for them.

Brentford are undefeated in their last twelve league games, finishing the season strongly.

They won their final four on the bounce. The Bees are the favourites to win the Playoffs. We think they get off to an ideal start.

Brentford to win at 6/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from Betfair on May 16th 2021 at 20:08 p.m.)

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Today’s football betting tips top pick:
Brentford to win

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(odds taken May 16th 2021 at 20:08 p.m.)



Football Betting Picks Today: Barnsley v Swansea

Barnsley v Swansea is the next game for football betting for today. This is the second of the Championship Playoff semi finals.

Barnsley will look to make the most of home advantage.

They have been in decent shape at Oakwell having won six of their last ten league fixtures played there.

On the weekend they dug out a point at Oakwell against champions Norwich, securing their fifth-place finish in the table.

It’s been two clean sheets in their last three home games and they may have enough to shut down the threat of Swansea.

Swansea’s end of season form slipped away.

The Swans go into this fixture with just one win in their last five league games (D2 L2).

It has been only three wins for them in their last eleven games.

They have won two of their last three visits to Barnsley and are unbeaten in four there.

But we think they leave empty-handed as the Tykes are in good shape at home right now.

Barnsley to win at 11/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from Betfair on May 16th 2021 at 20:08 p.m.)

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Football Betting Tips for Today: Verona v Bologna

Today’s football betting tips takes a look at the one Italian top-flight fixture that is happening Monday.

Verona have really lost their way this season, and current form has seen them lose five of their last seven (D2).

They are sitting in mid-table having slumped a long way.

On home turf, they are winless in six (D2 L4) drawing their last two there by a 1-1 scoreline.

Verona haven’t scored a first-half goal in any of their last seven home games.

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But are Bologna a big threat to them?

Not by the look of their current form as they have gone winless in five (D3 L2).

They have managed to produce only one win in the league since the beginning of April.

Bologna have lost seven of nine games played away against teams currently above them in the table.

Two of their three road wins in this campaign have been against the bottom two.

Nothing is at stake for either. We think it ends even.

Draw at 12/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from Betfair on May 16th 2021 at 20:08 p.m.)

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Online Betting Football Tip: Real Oviedo v Malaga

The Spanish second division is next in focus for football betting tips today.

This is a clash between two teams locked together down in the bottom half of the table.

Mathematically Real Oviedo are not safe from the drop, so can’t totally switch off.

Their current form has been reasonable enough, posting a W2 D2 L1 record in their last five.

On the weekend they earned a home win over Sabadell, one of the teams in the drop zone currently.

We think there is a decent chance of them getting another three points here.

Malaga are still not mathematically safe either but are three points better off than Monday’s opponents. So they aren’t really under too much threat.

That’s just as well as they have earned two points from their last four games only.

Malaga have produced only two goals in total in their last four league games.

We think that they come up short.

Real Oviedo to win at 21/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from Betfair on May 16th 2021 at 20:08 p.m.)

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Online Betting Football Tip: Girona v Sporting Gijon

This is a big game for both of these. Girona and Gijon are both sitting on 61 points, vying for a play off spot. Rayo Vallecano are also on the same amount of points.

It is basically a three-way tussle for the two remaining play off spots.

Gijon are fifth only on goal difference so would be the happier of the two if this played out to a draw.

They have been struggling for results recently. They claimed a win over the relegation-threatened Lugo in their last match.

That snapped a run of five without a victory (D2 L3).

They have not managed a win in any of their last three on the road (D2 L1).

The big concern here is that they have failed to score in four of their last five league fixtures now.

So there may be a chance here for Girona who lost 2-0 against Gijon earlier this season.

Gijon are in great shape having won their last four on the bounce. They conceded just one goal in that sequence.

Their longer form reads W6 D1 L1 and they have won their four at home.

On current form, they can take this.

Girona to win at 6/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from Betfair on May 16th 2021 at 20:08 p.m.)

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