Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (total £212.49, up £187.49)

Having tried to back the seemingly sure-things over the past week in football, unfortunately out back pocket is now almost £11 lighter as Spain were stunned by a terrific United States performance, while Bafana Bafana manged to put up a much sterner resistance to Brazil than was expected on Thursday night. On the bright side, the prediction for Italy U21 to beat Belarus and for Robert Acquafresca to score proved spot on as the Azzurrini advanced to the semis in Sweden.

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Friday night sees the Under-21 European Championships in Sweden reach the do-or-die stage as the semi-finals are set to play out. Both matches, England versus Sweden and Italy against the Germans, are arguably too close to call with all four sides capable of reaching the final.

Looking to try and make money off the so-called underdogs, we are placing £4 on both Sweden (13/5) and Germany (21/10) to win in the hope of scooping a tasty £40.64 profit.

The J-League enters round fifteen on Saturday and while the 18-team division appears highly concentrated from positions two to sixteen (only 10 points separating the sides), at the top the Kashima Antlers hold a seven point lead and a game in hand, while occupying the final two places Kashiwa Reysol and Oita Trinita are already six and eleven points off the pace, respectively.

Sadly for Kashiwa Reysol, all signs suggest that this weekend will again end in failure as they travel to mid-table Jubilo Iwata. The hosts boast one of the league’s most lethal strike-force as South Korean forward Keun-Ho Lee and Brazilian striker Gilson have already score 13 goals combined this season.

Elsewhere, it is a top-versus-bottom clash on Sunday as Oita Trinita entertain the Kashima Antlers. The form books of either side could barely be more opposite, Oita having lost their last 11 consecutive league matches while Kashima have won nine and drawn two of their last 11 league fixtures.

Staking £10 on both Jubilo (8/13) and Kashima (8/13) to win, a correct ticket will yield a £26.09 return.

Lastly for this weekend’s betting, Sunday sees the Confederations Cup final that no-one (except “Calvin Higginbotham” in the comments) saw coming between Brazil and the United States. The Samba Boys dished out a whooping to the Americans in the group stage romping to a 3-nil victory, but ever since the US have sparkled in advancing past Italy, Egypt and then Spain.

Nevertheless, when it comes to actually taking money out your pocket and placing a bet ahead of this final it is virtually impossible to bet against the defending champions. (Brazil are 2/5 to win the final.)

As such we staking two seperate £3 bets on Brazil to win-Luis Fabiano to score first (4/1) double, and alternatively Brazil to win-Kaka to score first (11/2) double. If either bet proves accurate we will be up to the tune of £21.00 or £27.30 respectively.