It’s back. Like a horrible case of post-work Christmas party herpes or a Santa with Alzheimer’s it keeps on returning, and after an elongated break for the festive period Bet’s Be ‘Avin You is here.
The festive footy has been full of awkward games to trip you up (Chelsea losing at home to QPR, Man City defeated at Sunderland, Spurs’ bore draw at home to Stoke), but let’s hope that all that is over as we look to begin the New Year with significant profit.
Will keep an ongoing total of profit (loss) for the year, which you can use to complement (scoff and mock) me on, and then next Christmas buy me lots of gifts (demand I pay for your significantly better half’s present). Simple stuff.
Bet 1 – Gillingham to beat Bristol Rovers – evens (various) – £20
Gillingham are top of League Two, unbeaten in five games away from home and won away on New Year’s Day. That was away at fifth place Southend, who are certainly a stronger outfit than Bristol Rovers. They did win their last game against Plymouth, but the Pirates are second from bottom of the Football League and had taken two points from seven games before the Plymouth fixture. No-one in the division has more away points than Gillingham, so back them to succeed.
Bet 2 – Swindon to beat Carlisle by more than one goal – 13/10 (Paddy Power) – £10
Swindon are 4/7 to beat Carlisle on Saturday, but I am being a touch greedy and going for them to win by more than one goal. Swindon have won both of their last two home games 5-0, including over leaders Tranmere before Christmas. Carlisle, meanwhile, have won one of their last seven away games. Pile on, my friends.
Bet 3 – Pacos Ferrira to beat Sporting Lisbon Draw No Bet – 3/1 (Coral) – £10
Slightly speculative shout, but Sporting Lisbon are a European giant on the fall. They have won just two league games all season, and yet (perhaps because of reputation) are as short as 8/13 in places to win. Instead, opt for fourth place Ferreira to win, which isn’t that crazy given they have lost just one game all season and are unbeaten in 14 games. Give yourself a safety blanket with the Draw No Bet element of the stake.
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