Last time out we suffered from two England bets that went south, as both the senior squad and the Under-21s outscored our predictions leaving us with a Â£15 hole in our pocket. C’est la vie.
With the sun shining and more importantly the start of the Confederations Cup just hours away, the summer soccer schedule is all ready to get underway. And with it we intend to once again cream off the top and take money off the bookies.
The number one team in the FIFA rankings, Spain, face New Zealand tonight in South Africa on the opening day of the Confederations Cup with the All Whites ranks outsiders priced at 28/1 to win. Having seen the Kiwis only narrowly lose 4-3 to the Azzurri in a warm-up match last week some may see this price as tempting for a flutter, but taking into account the fact that Spain are unbeaten in 32 matches stretching back to 2006, such a result appears a step too far.
Nevertheless, if you are looking to cash in on the Oceanic side there is one market which seems primed for exploitation – 888.com offering odds of 21/10 on both sides scoring in the match.
With a chance to double-up, we are staking Â£7 on both Spain and New Zealand hitting the back of the net, looking to make a Â£14.70 profit.
Tuesday sees Brazil take to the field against Egypt in what appears yet another one sided match for the bookies. Pricing the Samba Boys as 2/7 to beat the Pharaohs, compared to the North Africans odds of 9/1 to pull off the shock win, betting on the the outright winner appears a closed market except for those punters looking to be a little bit more creative with their bets.
As such, we are looking to both hedge our bets while also allowing ourselves the chance to win twice by staking two separate Â£5 bets on Brazil to win and Robinho to score (10/11), as well as the Brazil/Kaka double. Both bets would produce the same return of Â£12.27, with the best case scenario handing us a Â£24.54 profit.
Last but not least, Monday also sees the start of the Under-21 European Championships inÂ Sweden with the Young Lions taking on Finland in their opening match of the tournament. Although many doubt Stuart Pearce’s sides chances of coming home with the trophy, England are equipped with a squad full of Premier League talent and should have far too much quality for their Finnish opposition.