Last week’s selection did not go well, but if anyone out there genuinely placed money on St Johnstone beating Celtic in the early kick-off for anything other than a joke, then I will give you my signed Brian Blessed photo (not signed by Blessed himself).
It takes a real man to admit when he’s had a bad week (Geoff the prediction squirrel has gone into hibernation I might add) so I have spent the past few days doing manly things, like criticising fellow drivers and eating Weetabix with no milk.
To make up for last week, I’ve lined up a treat. Three Football League encounters to keep your eye on among the 3pm kick-offs, and if we’re still in business by 7.45pm, it’s off to Italy to enjoy Serie A champions Juventus bringing home some much needed winnings. Squirrels don’t feed themselves you know (wait, hang on… yes they do).
Should you wish to man-up too and put your faith in another person’s predictions (as manly as it gets, grrr) then why not use the free £20 bet you receive for opening a bwin account to be in with a chance of winning £232.60? You can buy bricks and meat with it.
Wolverhampton Wanderers to beat Peterborough @ 23/20
This pick almost seemed too obvious given that Peterborough have lost all six of their Championship games this season, conceding 14 goals in the process.
After Posh’s 2-1 loss at home to Bristol City in midweek, you would have to fancy Wolves to pile more misery onto Darren Ferguson.
Stale Solbakken’s side are just getting going in their quest to bounce straight back into the Premier League after a slow start by winning their two games this past week, including an impressive 2-0 victory at Ipswich on Wednesday evening.
Wanderers lie seventh in the Championship, and with the Posh rock bottom on zero points, 23/20 is far too good to ignore.
Brighton to beat Millwall @ 8/5
Another Championship side who gained a good win on the road in midweek, Brighton look well placed to do it again as they travel to out-of-form Millwall.
The Lions were tamed (that’s right. I said it) by Cardiff on Tuesday, losing 2-0 at the Den, while Gus Poyet’s men gained a 1-0 victory at Watford to send them to third in the table.
Millwall lie just one place outside the relegation spots and have lost two of their three home league games, as well as getting knocked out of the Capital One Cup on home soil by League One Crawley.
Like the Peterborough/Wolves game, an away win with odds such as these can’t be turned down in this punter’s opinion, so we look to Brighton to maintain their form and keep Kenny Jackett’s brow well and truly furrowed.
Notts County to beat Portsmouth @ 3/5
It has not been a good start to life in League One for Portsmouth, with their squad of temps failing to gel as quickly as Michael Appleton would have liked.
Pompey have won just one of their seven league games this season, and that was against nine men.
Notts County on the other hand have enjoyed better fortunes. They are currently in third with just one loss from seven thus far.
Two home losses to Swindon and Walsall in the last week will not have filled the south coast side with the confidence they so desperately need among the constant off-field problems.
However, with County showing early season form that has seen them score 12 goals, don’t expect Pompey’s on-field problems to cease any time soon.
Juventus to beat Chievo @ 3/10
Should we make it this far, just sit back, relax, and watch one of Italy’s finest go about their business to seal the deal on this 10/1 accy… what do you mean ‘that’s what you said about Celtic last week’?
Okay, nothing is a certainty in football (apart from Robbie Savage’s terrible hair) but the Bianconeri went the whole of last season unbeaten in Serie A as they lifted the title.
That form has continued into this season, with the Old Lady picking up impressive wins against Parma, Udinese and Genoa so far, as well as the solid midweek draw at Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League.
As they host Chievo on Saturday evening, expect Juve to keep up their 100% league record against opposition who have lost two of their three matches so far.
That’s that for this week’s accumulator, and apologies to any ladies who may have felt left out by my urge for manliness earlier on in this article. Feel free to ‘woman-up’ in the quest for betting perfection by standing there and shaking your heads at the stupid things we class as being ‘manly’.
Happy punting one and all!
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