Last weekend, while still not as successful as we would have hoped, saw us maintain our position as slightly out of pocket after we were let down by two awful performances from teams that should know how to pay better.
Both Liverpool and Inter Milan’s inability to chalk up victories hurt us in the pocket, while on the flip-side our tips on Leeds and a Turkish double proved spot on.
Onwards and upwards.
The first bet we’re laying down this week relates to the Champions League return legs on Wednesday night, and in particular Arsenal’s match with Celtic and Stuttgart’s fixture with Romanian minnows Poli Timisoara.
Both the Gunners and Stuttgart approach their matches in a similar head-space, both sides leading 2-nil from away wins in their respective first leg. This leaves an obvious fear from a betting standpoint, being that both teams know that a draw will be sufficient to confirm progression to the Champions League group phase. Yet with that said, both home teams look in decent form at this early stage of the season and pressure will remain on these teams to perform in front of their home crowds.
Also on Wednesday night is Carling Cup action in England, with Premier League table-toppers Spurs heading to unfashionable Doncaster, while high-flying Championship side Newcastle play host to Huddersfield.
Both the Lilywhites and Magpies have started the season at a much-higher tempo than many expected, both teams being spearheaded by strikers in form. For Spurs, Jermaine Defoe looks like scoring every time he touches the ball. While on Tyneside Shola Ameobi appears to have found his level in English football’s second top division in the opening weeks of the new year.
The hotchpotch of the Europa League swings back to life on Thursday night as the most over-bloated competition in world football prepares to cut its current participants by half.
In amongst the almost endless list of fixtures are several seemingly cast-iron home bankers. Included in those are Fenerbahce’s meeting with Sion, Hamburg’s hosting of Guingamp and PSV’s match with Bnei Yehuda.