Last week I had a couple of good bets come in, so the £50 stake returned £90. This weekend it is such an extended few days of action that this column will focus on Friday and Saturday, and there will be a follow up for Sunday and Monday’s games.
So, with a bumper selection of games on offer I have scoured the bookies and checked out what all the bookies have to offer to bring you these picks.
Firstly, there are a few choice matches around in the Football League on Friday, and so it would be rude not to stop by and have a little £5 speculative bet. This is accomplished by backing the draw in Leeds v Reading. With Reading being the form team in the division, and Leeds having the sides outside the playoffs breathing down their necks, both sides would probably be happy to settle. In addition, I back Marlon King to score anytime for Coventry against Scunthorpe. The horrible striker has five goals in his last three games.
£5 on Reading and Leeds to draw and Marlon King to score anytime gets you £39
Moving on to Saturday, and we are backing the two new favourites for the title (Man Yoo and Chelski) to win their respective home games. United have dropped two points at home all season, while Chelsea are finally starting to hit their straps, almost looking surprised to see that they might win a trophy this season.
£10 on Manchester United and Chelsea to both win by more than one goal gets you £37
In Spain the title race isn’t so much hotting up as Jose Mourinho just waiting with fingers crossed for a Barcelona slip up. Although the Copa del Rey victory will give Real hope, the slip up wont occur this weekend. Back Barca to win by more than a goal. Before this, Ronaldo et al have to travel to the Mestalla – scene of Wednesday’s cup win – to take on third place Valencia. There aren’t many games in La Liga where you can back Real at 2/1, so make the most of it.
£10 on Barcelona to win by more than one goal and Real Madrid to win gets you £48
Final bets for this episode, and we are dropping down the Football League ladder. Firstly, a speculative gamble on Sheffield Wednesday to win away (yes, even with Megson in charge) at Walsall is coupled with safer selections on Gillingham and Port Vale. Finally, back the top two in the Conference to win at a canter.
£5 on Sheffield Wednesday, Gillingham and Port Vale to win gets you £38
£10 on Crawley and Wimbledon to win by more than one goal gets you £53