Another week where we lost more than we won in terms of bets, but still emerged with a profit of Â£12.19 on last week. There was no Barca/Messi win in the Champions League, there was no joy from the Werder win over Hamburg either. But our Swedish double on Halmstad and Trelleborgs worked like a charm, and our reputation of being bigger winners than losers remains intact.
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Onto our forecast for the big weekend ahead, and we start with the two Manchester outfits.
Since the halftime break against Tottenham, Sir Alex’s side look to be chugging away in top form. They blitzed Spurs and outplayed Arsenal, and they have nothing to fear heading to the Riverside on Saturday. Boro, clinging onto their good record against United down the years, will simply be praying for a goal, let alone a victory, more in hope than in firm belief.
Over at Eastlands, Mark Hughes’ men entertain Fat Sam and his merry band of Rovers. Blackburn’s moral-boosting win over Wigan last week injected a crucial three points into the club’s fight to beat to drop, while the Citizens seemed to revel in their end of season “nothing to play for” status, recording a superb 2-1 win away at Everton. This fixture has all the hallmarks of a game without rules, and goals should be aplenty in an open affair.
Staking Â£7 on the Manchester United win (4/7) and Manchester City-Blackburn to yield more than 2.5 goals (5/6) we hope to scoop Â£20.17 in returns.
It is the final weekend of the Championship, and there are important issues to be decided.
Sheffield United, who have impressed on the road for the majority of the season, face a must-win game at Crystal Palace to chase down second-spot and automatic promotion. The Eagles, by contrast, have been meandering away the tail-end of the season with neither promotion or relagtion on the cards. And they have been racking up the defeats in the process.
Over at Portman Road, Roy Keane welcomes his first home game with Ipswich, riding high following their 3-nil destruction of Cardiff last week. Keane’s arrival looks to have galvanised the team into ending the season with a final push, and with Coventry coming, the Tractor Boys should end the season with successive wins.
Lastly, we are playing with a couple of riskier bets that offer the promise of bigger returns.
In Holland, bottom-club De Graafschap travel to NAC knowing that they have to win to have a fighting chance of beating the drop. With odds of 4/1 on the De Graafschap win, we are placing Â£4 in the aim of collecting Â£20 return.
And then we turn to one of the last games of the weekend, high-flying Anderlecht’s trip to Tubize in Belgium on Sunday night. With second-bottom hosting the league leaders, it appears to be an open-and-shut case, but something is gnawing away at the home side picking up at least a point from this fixture, are we are prepared to back our hunch with cash.
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