Pre-Season Friendly Betting: Saturday’s Top 3 Tips

Motherwell 3.50 The Draw 3.30 Everton 1.90:

The chief beneficiaries of Rangers' demise, Motherwell are preparing to venture into the unknown in the Champions League, having drawn Panathinaikos in the qualifying round. This 2pm kick off will provide a marker as to whether Stuart McCall's bright young side can cut it against quality opposition. It is by no means a sure victory for visitors Everton, who are notorious slow starters and only scrambled a 1-0 win at Dundee United with a late Ross Barkley header on Thursday night. Therefore, I fancy the hosts to give David Moyes' stars a run for their money this afternoon, so back the draw at an enticing 3.30.

Ajax 1.67 The Draw 3.50  4.30 Celtic:

Celtic visit the Amsterdam Arena for what promises to be an entertaining 6pm kick off. The Bhoys famously ran out 3-1 victors on their last visit to the Dutch capital 11 years ago, but Frank De Boer's current Ajax side are reigning Dutch champions and with playmakers Siem De Jong and Cristian Erikssen pulling the strings, they will prove will be too strong on this occasion. Back the home win here, at 1.67. 

Newcastle 2.10 The Draw 3.25 Fenerbahce 3.10:

This 6pm kick off takes place on neutral ground in Hungary, but is live on ESPN in the UK and will have plenty of spark to it. Newcastle have endured mixed fortunes so far in pre-season having lost to German minnows Chemnitzer, but bounced back with a victory over Monaco thanks to a solitary Demba Ba strike. Ba will be joined in tandem with countryman Pappis Demba Cisse this evening, and these two hotshots should cause the Turkish Superleague runners up plenty of problems. At the other end, ex-Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt will be keen to impress for his new club as they warm-up for a Champions League campaign. All in all, there'll be quality in both kits, and I can see a very even game here. So back the draw at the appetising price of 3.25.