Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (total £127.94, up £102.94)

Writing this column is starting to feel like being a football manager. After every week’s results we have to face the critics, you, and defend or boast our success or failures, and with it our reputation hangs.

Coming off the back of successive defeats, we somewhat returned to form last weekend scalping two of of four bets and, more importantly, swelling the coffers once again. It started well as we opened with a correct double home win bet on Anderlecht and Standard Liege, only to fall 2-1 behind as United destroyed Spurs in the second half, while PSV made light work of Heracles. But Bologna produced the goods against in form Genoa, and we were back in the readies to the tune of a £20 profit.

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Tuesday night sees Chelsea head to the Nou Camp (full match odds here) in the first game of the Champions League semi-finals. Guus Hiddink had been raking in the plaudits ever since the Blues thrashed Liverpool in the last round at Anfield and, with the return of Michael Essien, Didier Drogba looking sharp as ever, and Frank Lampard consistently good, there is much to be optimistic about for the Londoners.

That said, they will lose at Barcelona. The Catalans have simply been out of this world for the majority of the season and despite their frailties at the back there attacking creativity of Eto’o, Henry, Iniesta, Xavi, Dani Alves and Messi can outscore any team in world football.

We are staking £6 on both (Barcelona to win (8/11) and Leo Messi to score (11/8) hoping for a return of £24.61.

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This week sees round six of the Sweden Allsvenskan, and with it there appears to be two home bankers to make a profit on.

Third-bottom Djurgarden travel to mid-table Halmstad, with the hosts seemingly having turned the corner after a slow start to the season by winning their last three matches on the spin. By contrast, Djurgarden have lost three and drawn one of their last four league games, and head into the match with fittingly large odds of 15/4 to win.

Similarly, on Friday rock-bottom Orgryte, beaten in all their five matches this season, make the trip to Trelleborgs. While the hosts have not made the greatest start to the year – three draws, one win and a defeat – another home win against the worst team in the division looks on the cards.

Backing both Halmstad (4/6) and Trelleborgs (4/7), we hope to turn a tenner into £26.19.

Our third bet goes on the meeting between Werder Bremen and Hamburg (full match odds here) in the UEFA Cup on Thursday night.

According to the form-book Werder have the edge on all fronts. Werder have won five of the last eight meetings between the sides. Further, Hamburg are experiencing a woeful downturn at just the wrong time of the season, losing their last five matches in all competitions. While sixth-placed Hamburg’s attention is also split as, unlike tenth-placed Werder, as Martin Jol’s side are still battling away for a European berth from the Bundesliga.

With the arrows all pointing in the same direction, we are backing Werder to win (10/11) and also that Bremen will score first (4/6) to turn a £8 stake into a £25.45 return.

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