God bless Steven Fletcher and his prematurely balding bonce! Sunderland’s new striker notched a debut brace at Swansea at the start of the month and, just as I tipped up at 8/1, his first strike was the game’s opener, putting the Long Shot into profit after just two weeks in business.
A level stake of £10 on each of the long shot tips over the two weeks of its existence would mean £90 returns from a £60 outlay – in other words, the sort of pure profit that will have bankers in the city looking on with envy. If I carry on like this, George Osborne will be giving me a call to see if I can help with the economic crisis.
Forgive me for coming across as the Kanye West of bwin for this week, but the nature of the long shot means we aren’t always guaranteed winners and, much like Chris Coleman with his job at Wales, I have to enjoy it while it lasts.
That said, I am pretty confident that this week’s selections can have us doing cartwheels come the end of the weekend, so reinvest your profit on these three beauties.
Santi Cazorla to score first in Arsenal v Southampton @ 6/1
The Gunners’ new Spanish star was immaculate during the win over Liverpool last time out, and having opened his account for Arsenal in the 2-0 win at Anfield Santi Cazorla can bag the first goal when Southampton visit the Emirates.
Cazorla, along with Abou Diaby, was at the centre of everything that was so accomplished about Arsenal in the victory over the Merseysiders and with that all important first goal under his belt, I expect the Spain international to go from strength to strength. Cruially, a look at his goalscoring record suggests there may be a few more successful strikes to come over the next few weeks.
Cazorla is a streaky goalscorer: he notched four in four for Malaga at the start of last season before scoring five in ten later on in the campaign and I think he can go on a similar run now, starting with the first against a leaky Saints defence that has conceded eight in three games.
Cardiff and Leeds to draw 2-2 @ 23/2
There have been goals galore in matches involving these sides this term and it could be worth having a punt on the same thing happening again when Leeds travel to Cardiff in the Championship.
There is no love lost between these two sets of fans (I bet the police were delighted with the 3pm kick-off time) but in a lively atmosphere I expect an even livelier match and seeing as I think this could be a draw, the 23/2 on 2-2 is interesting.
Leeds drew 3-3 last time out and both sides have scored at least two in half of their games so far. They haven’t exactly been watertight either: the Bluebirds have conceded five goals while United have let in six, and with both teams better going forward than they are defending I expect goals. At over 11/1, 2-2 is a good long shot.
Accrington Stanley -1 v Dagenham & Redbridge @ 11/2
Accrington Stanley? Who ar dey? The team that are going to go to north London and give Dagenham & Redbridge a good seeing to, that’s who.
The Daggers narrowly escaped the drop out of the Football League last term and unfortunately for John Still his side have carried on where they left off last season. Accrington therefore look a big price to pile more misery on their hosts with a convincing victory at the London Borough of Barking Stadium.
Dagenham are only out of the relegation places in League Two on goal difference and remain winless after five matches. They look every inch like strugglers, and Accrington can continue their fine start by winning by at least two goals. Stanley, who lie fifth on 10 points, have won both their away matches by an aggregate of 4-0, and not at easy places either: wins at Southend and Cheltenham are harder to come by than wins at Dagenham, who lost 11 home matches last year.
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