Slightly disappointing time of it a fortnight ago. We got back nearly 90 per cent of our original stakes on Ghana beating Cape Verde, but Doncaster never looked like troubling Bury at a shade over 6/4, and Tranmere’s first half red card put nicely paid to the HT/FT bet. Cheers for that.
Nonetheless, we carry on unperturbed this week and scour the Unibet online betting odds to find some potential punts for you ahead of this weekend’s action.
We can at least be confident that we will have a better week that the Daily Mirror’s tipster Derek McGovern. He rather unwisely advised readers to ‘lump on’ the ‘Portuguese ladyboy’ and ‘flat track bully’ Cristiano Ronaldo not to score against Manchester United because he isn’t a big game player, apparently.
Bet 1 – Crystal Palace to beat Middlesbrough – 11/10 – £20
A match between two of the top four in the Championship, but these are clubs with markedly different outlooks at the moment. Palace have lost just one of their 15 home games this season, and Ian Holloway is looking to secure their position within the play-off positions at the very least. Middlesbrough, meanwhile, are sinking. Sitting pretty in second place not so long ago, they have since taken one point from six games and have lost their last four away games by an aggregate of ten goals to two. We’ll follow the form book for this one.
Bet 2 – Cheltenham to beat Aldershot – 11/10 – £15
Cheltenham have not lost any of their previous 10 home games, and have conceded just five goals in that time. With Aldershot on a run of away games that reads 0-0, 0-0, 1-2, and sat second-bottom of the Football League, I’m not too sure why Cheltenham are odds against in this one, given that Cheltenham currently hold an automatic promotion spot.
Bet 3 – Gil Vicente to beat Sporting Lisbon DNB – 13/8 – £15
Sporting Lisbon have provided profit for this column on two occasions already this year through their ineptitude, and we’re more than hoping that this continues. Put simply, they are still being priced on their reputation as one of Portuguese football’s giant, with bookmakers guarding against them eventually hitting form at some point this season. Odds of close to evens on them winning at Gil Vicente given that they have one away win all season is no value. Instead back the home side with money returned in case of a draw. Gil beat Maritimo 4-2 last time out at odds of 2.63, so that helps my call.
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