They say it’s always darkest before the dawn, and so it proved these past two weeks. Having been halted by St Johnstone’s surprise win over Celtic in the early kick-off a fortnight ago, we bagged a beauty last Saturday, coming up trumps on a four-game 10/1 accy. With that in mind, here’s another one.
The secret to last week’s selection was the additional use of foreign leagues, having a late kick-off, and picking on pointless Peterborough, so let’s follow that template again and see what happens.
Myself and Geoff (the bwin prediction squirrel of recent fame) have been dining out on the £220 we collected last week on nothing but steak, fine wine and 10kg of walnuts – and let me tell you, it’s been great.
If you would also like to procure your own bodyweight in nuts, then why not use the free £20 bet you receive for registering with bwin to be in with a chance of winning £210.31. If you’ve been affected by this week’s floods, that would surely cheer you up, though you may want to buy a canoe instead.
Bayern Munich to beat Werder Bremen @ 11/20
We’re starting off with a 2.30pm kick-off from the Bundesliga as last season’s Champions League runners-up Bayern Munich travel to Bremen.
The Bavarians have won all five of their league games so far this campaign, whereas Bremen have experienced more of a stuttering start, with two wins, two defeats and a draw.
Thomas Schaaf’s outfit were victorious the last time these two met, winning 6-4 in a thriller. Having said that, Munich had won the previous six contests.
Bayern have already given themselves a goal difference of +15, conceding only two in the Bundesliga thus far, and on current form look like they could swat aside anything German football has to throw at them, Bremen included.
Sunderland to beat Wigan Athletic @ 19/20
I backed the Black Cats to beat Liverpool two weeks ago and they let me down (not their fans or their manager, me!), but this time it’ll be different… no, that is not a betting cliché.
When you think of Wigan, you think of relegation battles, therefore you think of defeats – although the Latics are not as bad on the road as you may think.
Roberto Martinez guided his team to six wins and three draws in 19 away games in the Premier League last season and an impressive 2-0 win at Southampton earlier this term raised some eyebrows.
Martin O’Neill’s side are still awaiting their first Premier League win and loss of the campaign, drawing all four games so far.
However, Sunderland are notoriously difficult to beat at the Stadium of Light and with Steven Fletcher putting anything that moves in the back of the net – and on the back of a ten-man 2-0 League Cup win over MK Dons in midweek – backing the Wearsiders at 19/20 is too good to turn your nose up at.
Hull City to beat Peterborough @ 21/50
Last season saw me really stick the boot into Burton Albion as they experienced a horrific run of defeats. It wasn’t pretty, but their misery kept this punter in new hats.
This year, it’s poor old Peterborough’s turn. The Posh’s defeat at home to Wolves was the spine of last week’s successful coupon and after seven straight league losses, their eighth awaits at the KC Stadium.
Steve Bruce’s side may have suffered a defeat at Leicester last Sunday, but at home they have been imperious, winning all three of their Championship ties, conceding just twice.
The Tigers have won the last two meetings between the side and with Darren Ferguson’s charges in such poor form, it’s impossible to see this one failing to go the way of the Yorkshire club.
Montpellier to beat Nancy @ 29/20
Last week ended on an evening kick-off from Serie A and it was reassuring to watch the machine that is Juventus play to form and eventually wrap up a 2-0 win over Chievo.
This week we look to some champions from the continent once again, but perhaps victory is not as set in stone as it appeared to be in Turin.
Montpellier were the Cinderella story of last season, winning Ligue 1 with a modest budget and a squad of relative unknowns, beating big-spending Paris St Germain into second.
However, La Paillade have not started the defence of their championship particularly well, currently occupying 16th place.
A 1-1 draw at home to St Etienne in their last game left boss Rene Girard frustrated, but hope is on the horizon for their trip to Nancy, who are second from bottom and have won just once this season, scoring a mere two goals in their six matches.
Montpellier may have lost goal machine Olivier Giroud (honestly, he was good in France), but having managed to keep the flamboyant talents of Younes Belhanda and with Argentinian striker Emanuel Herrera looking promising as a Giroud replacement, Girard will be expecting the champs to pick up their second away win of the campaign, as will I.
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