It’s always hard to get a grip on exactly how matches will pan out at this stage of the season, but I’m feeling quietly confident about today’s action. Perhaps I’m just coming over all giddy about the Champions League being back, but I’m going to war with a 10/1-plus accumulator!
In fact, anyone using their £25 free bet for joining bwin.com to follow my selections will win a whopping £322.92 if they come in. So here goes….
Rangers v Malmo – Under 2.5 Goals: 19/20
Why you should bet on it: Eight of Rangers’ last ten home European games have contained fewer than three goals. The Walter Smith mantra was to keep things tight – often at the expense of the neutral, it has to be said. New boss Ally McCoist is a smart chap and I’m sure he picked up a few things from his predecessor during their decent European runs in recent years and will probably follow suit.
Twente to be beating Vaslui at both half-time and full-time: 17/20
Why you should bet on it: Twente only lost once at home in the Eredivisie last season and were never behind at half-time in those matches, while also remaining unbeaten in the Champions League in front of their own fans. I know the game will be played in Arnhem after a portion of their stadium roof collapsed recently, but Twente should race into an early lead against Vaslui. On top of that, the Romanians took a 3-0 spanking at Rapid Bucharest in their first away fixture of the new season at the weekend.
West Ham to beat Dagenham: 13/20
Why you should bet on it: While betting on pre-season friendlies should generally come with a health warning (I’m sure we’ve all been stung before), I fancy West Ham to notch a derby win over the Daggers. Big Sam has named a strong squad for the short trip to Victoria Road, with England internationals Robert Green and Carlton Cole likely to be joined by Jack Collison and new boy Matt Taylor.
Barcelona to beat Internacional: 2/5
Why you should bet on it: This one doesn’t take much explaining, does it? Barca, regardless of the absence of Lionel Messi, should have too much for their Brazilian opponents, even if they did famously lose to them at the World Club Championships in 2006. I suspect Pep Guardiola’s artisans will be in plenty of accumulators tonight and I’m no different.
APOEL to beat Slovan Bratislava: 11/20
Why you should bet on it: APOEL won 14 of 16 domestic home matches last season and recently held the more illustrious Sparta Prague in a friendly in Cyprus. Slovan only had the second-best away record in Slovakia last season, despite winning the league by seven points, and could only manage a 1-1 draw with Kazakh minnows Tobol in the second leg of the previous qualifying round.
Right, that’s it from me for now…good luck!
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