Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (total £205.64, up £180.64)

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That said, it has been a few days of mixed fortunes regarding our predictions.

Of our last round of bets we only saw one of our forecasts show itself to be a winning hand, that being the Brazil/Kaka to score double in the Confederations Cup against Egypt. But, despite not putting any money on it directly, we are also comforted by our big-up of Sweden’s hot-shot Marcus Berg ahead of the U21 European Championships, with the striker grabbing a hat-trick in the host nation’s opening match against Belarus.

Wednesday offers a great opportunity to replenish the coffers once more.

We start off with Spain’s next match at the Confederations Cup, a meeting with the 2007 Asian Cup champions, Iraq. Having taken New Zealand apart in the first match by scoring four inside 25 minutes, there is little to suggest that Iraq have the quality to be able to halt the European Champions in Bloemfontein. Adding to this is the form book, Spain have won their last five back-to-back matches while Iraq have failed to win one of their last five outings.

Predicting yet another win for Vicente del Bosque’s charges, we are staking two separate bets of £3 each on Spain to David Villa to score a brace (9/4), as well as a bet on Dani Guiza to hit a double (7/2) against the Lions of Mesopotamia. If Villa proves successful we will reap a £9.75 return, while if Guiza scores a brace we will earn a £10.50 profit.

Thursday may well prove the day that the first shock result is seen at the Confederations Cup. While Brazil take on the United States in the early kick-off, the Azzurri will meet Egypt in the final match of the second round of group games.

The Pharaohs won over most neutrals in their opening match of the games against Brazil with a superb second half display that saw the North Africans harshly lose 4-3 to the Samba Boys at the death. Abou Trika, Egypt’s 30-year-old playermaker, was superb, while Mohamed Shawky and Mohamed Zidan both chipped in with excellent performances that were worthy of earning the underdogs at least a point from the contest.

By contrast, the Italians comfortable 3-1 result over the Americans masked over the Azzurri’s underlying problems in their squad, the Europeans had to come back from 1-down at the break despite only playing against 10-men at the time.

With tasty odds of 15/4 for the Egyptians to win, we are betting £5 hoping for a £23.75 return.

For the last bet of the week we turn to the Under-21 European Championship match between England and Spain on Thursday. A mouth-watering prospect awaits as both sides have a glittering array of young stars who all boast a large amount of high-level experience despite their relative youth. While Spain have the likes of Bojan Krkic and Diego Capel in their squad, the Young Lions can point to their own wunderkids of Gabi Agbonlahor and Theo Walcott.

The bookies seem a little undecided over which side has the edge, and accordingly there appears to be an opportunity to hedge your bets on both sides and still come out a winner overall.

With England priced at 15/8 for the win, we are happy to stake £5 in the hope of claiming a £14.38 return. Alternatively, with Spain priced at 13/10 to win, another £5 bet will produce a £11.50 return if successful.

We have both fingers crossed that a draw does not materialise.