Welcome to a new football betting column from the brilliant Dave South (@LockupTipster) which we've aptly names the #MagicMark.

#MagicMark Week 1

For some readers out there who have known my style may be familiar to this and believe with the correct discipline will reward readers with a pleasing return on investment or ROI for short.

My strategy is simple and the one thing a punter hates is being let down by one selection! With my strategy you can be let down by one selection and still make a small profit for the next round of competition. This is what we call #MagicMark. We will introduce our safety bet feature in conjunction within the next few weeks as form begins to paint a picture.

Firstly the principles of this column is to identify three selections which must all be 4/5 (1.80) or greater to qualify. Any bookie offering less than the minimum price are kiboshed from consideration.

This feature will work to £5 a unit for the purposes of monetary conversion.

This Week's Selections

With the opening weekend of the new football season many analysts believe with Fulham's demise put them in a relatively strong stance to propel themselves back to the promise land.

Fulham visit Barnsley in their opener with high expectations in the betting at 5/4. The cottagers have good historic form against the Tykes with four victories heading in the Londoners direction. Fulham have also netted at least two goals in all of the last four, which might give punters food for thought.

With the Financial backing at the London outfit and second favourites for the title take on a Barnsley side pictured at beyond a 25% chance for the drop. Barnsley gaffer Daniel Stendel will be enthusiastic at the challenge of keeping Barnsley in the Championship. Fulham are one of the strongest side in the division but can the inexperienced Scott Parker mould a sustainable defence which led to their relegation from the elite? I think they will nick this, but by a goal and happy to take the visitors on this occasion.

Next up is into league one where we take another away win, this time with Pompey to take the points at Shrewsbury, like they did in March 2019 2-0.

The South Coast outfit finished well last season being over ruled in the playoffs but are bookmaker fancies to be there or thereabouts again this term. The Shrews were occupying the wrong end of the table and struggled for victories in 2019. I feel Pompey may do us a good deed and have been scoring well in preseason so we see them getting off to a winning start come 5pm Saturday.

The third and final selection comes from the National League where Woking travel to East of the Capital to Dagenham, where this fixture generates a pleasing visiting support from the hardcore cards elite.

Woking rose from being crowned National League South champions in April and will want to make a welcomed mark back in the premiere non league division. They have at least the capability of netting before hosting arch rivals Aldershot on Tuesday night coming in a hugely contested all ticket affair. The cards have been very pleasing in pre-season with plenty of firepower in all five friendly games. Dagenham have also scored in all but one of their warm up season games.

Seeing the both to score odds at 8/11 for NO and 1/1 for yes in my opinion is possibly the wrong way around and believe with the flow of goals in the buildup view the 50% chance as about right in my book.

#MagicMark Recommended Bets

  • Fulham To Win
  • Portsmouth To Win
  • Dagenham & Redbridge v Woking – BTTS

Back three doubles only – 1 unit per bet (3 unit bet total)

Qualifying Bookmakers

  • Marathonbet
  • William Hill
  • Coral/Ladbrokes

If two from the three win, you will be guaranteed a small profit and all three for a handsome return!