Good afternoon folks, and welcome to a brief heads-up about the progress of the £10 to £10k Challenge and an introduction to bet 18 of the pursuit, which will hopefully see me rise above £200.
Now I’m not going to over-egg this particular pudding with the usual array of predictable one-liners and puns you can spot a mile off because at the time of writing, I’m feeling pretty rough.
Fear not, there isn’t much up with me but I am convalescing from what was medically described to me as a ‘tooth extraction’, which to you and I means a dentist with all the charisma of a Tory backbencher yanking your gnasher out with a set of pliers.
As sympathetic as ever, the missus has already observed that “you’re supposed to talk less when you’ve had a tooth out”, so taking that as an invitation to keep words to a minimum, I’ll be rattling on apace as I look to hit the double century.
Bet 17 of the challenge came from Guatemala, where league leaders Comunicaciones beat lowly Deportivo Petapa to take my prize fund from £141.17 to £176.46 and that bet followed my weekend modus operandi of finding a top-versus-bottom clash from around the world at decent odds.
Before plumping for Los Cremes, I also identified Shakhtar Donestsk, Arsenal, Manchester City, Celtic, Barcelona, Real Madrid, BATE Borisov, Porto, Atletico Paranaense, Spartak Moscow, Partizan Belgrade and Steaua Bucharest as viable alternatives and 12 of those 13 came home, with only Celtic spoiling what could have been a very well laid-out and profitable long-list.
That’s all academic now, of course, and with Comunicaciones repaying my faith, I’ve now got £176.46 to launch on something to keep the ball rolling and the till ringing.
Again, nursing toothache isn’t the ideal condition with which to be sifting through the form and fortunes of obscure leagues all over the globe, so I’ll be doing nothing more than spotting a nice little earner which will tide you and I over until the pain and codeine have worn off ahead of the weekend.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to look very far for my bet and it’s another I just can’t see failing to deliver. To cut to the chase, I’ll be sticking my hard-earned on there being over 1.5 goals in tonight’s Chelsea v Manchester United Capital One Cup clash at Stamford Bridge.
The price of 4/25 is lower than the quotes I’ve previously picked for my punts, but this is a matter of getting the job done rather than weaning out an extra few quid from somewhere.
That bet only applies, of course, over 90 minutes but in 16 of the last 17 meetings between these two there’s been over the required rate and given the mass personnel changes and tensions still running high from the weekend, I reckon that between them there’s the capacity for two goals or more.
Indeed, over 2.5 goals in the game is massively priced at 57/100 and was very tempting to get on – especially when I realised my profits would rocket by over £100 on a single odds-on bet.
But this is a long game and I’m in no rush, plus I couldn’t be particularly sure whether those odds were correct or my eyes were going from the amount of prescription pills I’ve munched in the last few hours.
Somebody call an ambulance.
Bet 18: Over 1.5 goals in Chelsea v Manchester United @ 4/25
Current Balance: £176.46
Potential Balance: £204.69