One step forward, one step back. Sometimes betting feels like you are doing the Hokey-Cokey.
As predicted, despite having poor form heading into the Swiss Cup final against Young Boys, underdogs Sion dug deep to go from 2-down to 3-2 up to win their 11th straight cup final in which they have been present. The Â£30 profit though quickly dissipated into an overall Â£2 loss for the week’s forecasts as both Shakhtar and Werder refused to end their match in Istanbul inside 90 minutes.
Without a clean-sweep in several weeks now, and with matches running out in the season from which to make money, this weekend is pivotal in our efforts to reach a Â£200 overall profit by the end of the season. As always, if you still havenâ€™t registered for your FREE Â£25 bet with 888.com we encourage you to do it before it’s too late. Simply click on this link, make a minimum deposit and give yourself a fighting chance to trouser some extra coinage.
It is the penultimate weekend of the French season and although the top honours are yet to be set in stone, it is looking increasingly likely that Bordeaux, Marseille and Lyon – currently first, second and third respectively – will end the year in that order of merit.
This weekend Bordeaux (10 straight wins) and Lyon play hosts to Monaco and Caen (just two away wins all season), while OM, who have been outstanding on the road with nine wins from their last 10 away days, head to midtable Nancy whose season appears to be meandering to its stale conclusion.
Also playing their second to last matches are the Spanish Primera Liga, with champions Barcelona looking to put on a show for their home fans against Osasuna, while Los Blancos face Mallorca at the Bernabeu on Sunday night. The last round of fixtures saw both Barca and Real lose, and both teams will be looking to end their season’s on a high with victories against lessor opposition.
Barcelona, who will likely field a variety of second-string players ahead of the Champions League final, are priced at 10/11 to beat Osasuna, while Madrid are 8/15 to claim the three points over the islanders. As such, wins for both the Spanish powerhouses will turn a tenner into a Â£29.27 return.
Saturday sees the final day of the Bundesliga, when Wolfsburg should be crowned as German champions for the first time in their history after beating Werder Bremen. According to the fairytale ending, Edin Dzeko, the fabulous Bosnian striker who will move to a big club this summer, will score on the final day of the season to complete a stunning year.
And last but not least, Sunday witnesses the final day of the Premier League season, with the relegation-battle the juiciest story still left to be decided.
Cast-iron favourites for the drop are Midddlesbrough, who head to West Ham knowing the even a win cannot guarantee Gareth Southgate’s sides survival. But, with so many potential twists and turns, this is no time for Boro to feel sorry for themselves, and the Teessiders know that they pull out every stop to give themselves a fighting chance of survival.
Boro need to win, but also win by as many goals as possible with goal-difference potentially crucial. Accordingly, we are staking Â£3 on the Boro win (2/1) and that they will do so by 2 goals (8/1), hoping for a whopping Â£78 profit.