Football specialist and pro-punter Dave South (@LockupTipster) provides us with his selections for this week's #MagicMark feature.

#MagicMark Week 2

We enter the first weekend of the Premier League campaign as punters welcome back other European leagues with thousands of bets to consider.

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.

Let’s get cracking but before we do this feature will work to £5 a unit for the purposes of monetary conversion.

Our feature did not get off to the best of starts despite it heading in the right direction early on last weekend.

We have two bets from the premier league to kick start our campaign and one from the championship.

We begin at vicarage road where Watford look to emulate their winning start to the 2018/19 campaign where they won their opening four matches.

They welcome a Brighton side under the management of Graham Potter to build upon Chris Hughton's efforts to maintain a third successive season in the top flight

Brighton have won only one of their last six visits to Vicarage Road, and although Watford did tail off in the last six last term they were home and hosed in that respect. Brighton found it tricky on the road last season and find the Watford price of evens generally a fair price in respect I could not back Brighton to avoid losing at that price. With home bias I did expect to see Watford more around the 4/5 -5/6 mark so even money is worth a go.

We head to central London for game two as Fulham will look to make up for lost ground after an early shock last weekend. Fulham signed Harry Arter from Bournemouth on Tuesday and is expected to make his debut.

Scott Parker would have given his players a grilling last weekend and will be demanding a victory this time arpund. Blackburn played well against Charlton last weekend but failed to put many chances away. Despite the early defeat, Fulham are back on home soil where the focus has to be on creating a fortress if they are going to be serious challengers for the title. Fulham are 5/6 and was considered to be worth one further go to make up for lost ground. However looking for a similarly priced outcome have found 17/20 on over 9.5 corners in the game. Blackburn has 12 awarded in against Charlton implying attacking football with the home side taking five at Barnsley. I am a fan of the corners markets as readers will find and would feel more confident on this rather than the home win price.

Our last bet heads to Toon where Newcastle welcome Arsenal where new gaffer Steve Bruce in at the deep end with a top six side to kick off their campaign. With the departure of Benitez, which was a surprise to some has Bruce coming in with the board backing him with the ability to have made some transfers.

It will be a tough task, although Bruce’s management highlights do include losing to the gunners more so than any other side in his career notching up 19 defeats.

Arsenal’s Unai Emery will have to kick on having only secured a fifth place finish in the Premier League last season heading back into the Europa League again this term. The Gunners have only lost one of their last six trips to the toon army, and backers will have the London side in accumulators on Sunday. With the price just the other side of evens is certainly worth consideration.

#MagicMark Recommended Bets

  • Watford v Brighton – Watford To Win @ 1/1
  • Fulham v Blackburn – Over 9.5 Corners @ 17/20
  • Newcastle v Arsenal – Arsenal To Win @ 20/23

Perm in 3 doubles only at 1 unit per bet (3 units total).