Now I’m not a man of the cloth but I am beginning to wonder where the inspiration came from to pick this little Easter bunny of an accumulator with odds of over 14/1.
If Christmas is a time of giving then surely Easter must carry similar do-gooding connotations, so rather than keep my ‘road to Damascus’ moment to myself, I’ve decided it’s the heavenly thing to do to share my wager with the rest of the bwin flock.
New customers who join bwin.com get a free £25 bet and using that on this accumulator with odds of over 15/1 will make you a £414.76 return of biblical proportions.
Chelsea to beat Wigan with under 3.5 goals in the game @ 11/10
The Blues have been revitalised since nasty little AVB was given his marching orders.
Captain, Leader, Legend (or John Terry to you and me) has decided to lead the team rather than moan about his mates not playing and finally Fernando Torres is looking like he can put one foot in front of the other.
Across three competitions, Roberto di Matteo has negotiated seven wins from nine games with just one defeat, but even still, they’re hardly setting the world alight.
Chelsea are more blue Stoke than blue Barcelona and few were impressed with the way they made such heavy weather of beating ten-man Benfica on Wednesday night.
They should see off struggling Wigan at the Bridge but with a trip to neighbours Fulham to come on Monday, followed by their FA Cup semi-final against Spurs and Barcelona all in the next ten days, RDM may chose to shuffle his pack and that could lead to another disjointed show.
With only one defeat in eight, Wigan will be full of the joys of spring – especially with that Anfield win under their belts – but they have an awful record in this part of west London and 11/10 for Chelsea with under 3.5 goals in the game is exceptional value.
Southampton to beat Portsmouth @ 12/25
It’s rare you’ll get prices as good as 12/25 for top against nearly bottom – in fact, I had to check and check again that this price was right, given the two teams in question.
Southampton are likely to go up, while Portsmouth are certain to go down and could even be out of existence before these two are ever scheduled to meet again.
Unfortunately for Pompey fans, that prognosis is about as bright as it gets when reviewing this game because in my book, they’ve got no chance of anything other than getting a hiding against their nearest and not so dearest.
The Saints’ run of ten unbeaten came to an abrupt end at Blackpool last time out but it’s four wins from five on their own patch. Fifteen wins from 20 games at St Mary’s – scoring 42 goals – is easily the division’s best home record and that will be too much for a Pompey side with 13 away defeats this season.
The visitors have lost five of six away fixtures and a 5-1 hammering by Burnley last weekend just illustrates their shortcomings.
This is Southampton all the way and 12/25 is outstanding value.
Sheffield United to beat Bournemouth @ 57/100
The Blades have six games to hold off city rivals Wednesday for the second automatic promotion spot in League One, so winning home fixtures against mid-table fodder is imperative if they are to go the distance.
Danny Wilson’s side have won four of their last six and only the Owls have a better home record in the division than the side from Bramall Lane.
Bournemouth are safe, but they are sliding after one win in 11 and are yet to record a maximum on their travels during the whole of 2012.
A price of 53/100 sounds about right for a game that should be an absolute banker and although this price on it’s own won’t buy you that yacht in St Moritz, it’s another spoke in the wheel of this feisty foursome.
Real Betis and Villarreal to draw @ 12/5
This is the outsider of the piece at 12/5 but if you know your Spanish football then it’s a good price for a result which makes sense.
Betis are 15th in La Liga, seven points above the relegation places, which is two spots and three points higher than Villarreal.
Pepe Mel’s men are also the division’s most indecisive side at home, winning five, drawing five and losing five of their 15 games.
Villarreal are awful away from home and their nine points on the road is the joint worst equal tally in the top flight.
However, under new manager Miguel Angel Lotina, the Yellow Submarine are unbeaten in three, which includes a home draw with Real Madrid and an impressive away win last time out at Rayo Vallecano.
Betis have drawn three of their last four home games, with the other being a narrow 3-2 loss to Madrid.
Given the circumstances, both sides would take a point and neither are in particularly good enough form to definitively make a difference.
And after all, the 12/5 price boosts the value of the other three bankers way beyond 14/1.
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