Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (total £173.72, up £148.72)

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (total £173.72, up £148.72)Another painstaking weekend in our efforts to break the £200 barrier, with a slim profit of £6.38 inching us a little bit closer the our self-imposed goal for the season. The French treble for Bordeaux, Marseille and Lyon all to romp to victory worked like a charm, but we came a cropper with the remaining three bets, leaving us to start the new week with a slightly melancholic disposition.

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There is only one match to begin betting on this week, the sumptuous Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United on Wednesday night. (A full match preview can be read here.)

While most neutrals are hoping the final comes down to a battle of skills between the two teams’ great entertainers, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Champions League finals can often be settled by players who unassumingly steal the limelight, such as Juliano Belletti back in 2006. With that said, it will not have escaped Fergie’s pre-match preparation that his Spanish opponent have been susceptible to the high ball throughout the season, and a set-play could well be a way that United score past Victor Valdes this week.

Putting two and two together and hoping to avoid making five, we are hedging our bets by placing £3 (£6 total) on each, and fingers-crossed both, Nemanja Vidic (8/1) and Rio Ferdinand (14/1) to score in Rome.

Even before we arrive at the Champions League final, there is the small matter of the second leg of the FA Youth Cup final to play out on Tuesday night. Arsenal’s young-guns dominated the first leg against Liverpool with a superb 4-1 demolition of the Reds, but on the return to Merseyside a far more even contest is expected to play out.

Although a comeback to win the trophy is unlikely, Liverpool’s upstarts including the talented David Amoo, Lauri Dalla Valle and Christopher Buchtmann, should have enough juice in the tank to win the second leg and take advantage of attractive 2/1 odds on the Reds’ win on the night.

Aiming to double the stake, we are betting a tenner with the hope of make a £20 profit.

The end of the club season sees the international calendar roll into action once more, and on Wednesday night in Japan, Chile visit the land of the rising sun. The match is a friendly geared at focusing Japanese minds ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Uzbekistan and Bahrain, with coach Takeshi Okada having called up his strongest squad avaialable including Shunsuke Nakamura, Daisuke Matsui of St. Etienne, Wolfsburg pair Makoto Hasebe and Yoshito Okubo and Keisuke Hondaof of the Eredivisie’s latest addition, VVV Venlo.

Tipping Japan to emerge victorious, we are staking £15 on the Japan win (11/10) hoping for a £31.50 return.