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Everton to win at Blackburn

Blind faith might be my downfall here, so feel free to ignore this tip if you like, but Blackburn are a team on a downer at the moment, and Everton are a team who need a result as much as anyone. This will be a welcome trip away from Goodison Park for an Everton side all too clearly feeling the pressure from their home fans. Equally, the away fans will pack Ewood Park out, and will make it feel like a proper home game. Hopefully David Moyes will have realised that the side he put out last week was imbalanced, but more than likely, he'll go 4-5-1, and that could suit today's game. Something tells me that this will suit the Toffees.

Beacon Lodge to win the Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood

All the money appears to be going on Poet's Voice, but he's unraced for 5 months and that raises doubts, especially at Goodwood. I like the look of Beacon Lodge, a 9/2 shot who is shooting up in peoples' estimation after a couple of decent places behind short-odds favourites. Emerald Commander will enjoy it if there's any rain, and Dubawi Gold is a little out of sorts for my liking. Beacon Lodge however, will appreciate this trip, is bang in form, and is improving. A nice little bet at 9/2.

Seattle, Washington and Kansas to win in the MLS

If you're finding the Premiership a little random, then have a go on the MLS. It often runs to form, and there's the distinction that many sides have to travel a long way for away games, giving the home side a distinct advantage. We're looking at three home wins today - Washington to beat Portland, Seattle Sounders to beat Columbus Crew and Kansas to beat Dallas. All three away sides have had their troubles away from home - especially Portland, who have lost 8 of their 12 away games and won only one. Washington's home record isn't great, but against a side like Portland, they have the opportunity to improve on that rather average record. Dallas are 4-4-4 away from home, and travel to Kansas, who are 6-4-1 at home. It's a long way from home, and a tough place to go for an away victory. Three good matches to bet on, and you can get 11/10 against Kansas with most bookies.

Best free bets for today

We've already mentioned the Blue Square free bet, but the 12bet free bet is competitive at £25 matched, and they offer a huge range of football odds. Two risk-free bets for you, then - try the Getwin free bet which is worth £20 - or the Betclic free bet which is worth £30. If you lose either of those bets, you'll get your money back, which you can withdraw and then walk away if you want. Or place it on something else. Either way, there's no risk to you.

published: 27th August 2011 by Free Bet Bookmaker

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