Week Fourteen Recap
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Well Sunderland's rather inept performance on Tuesday night did little to help out our tipping team with no-one returning any profit from their SAFC-based punt, so we're going to blame the team for that, obviously nothing to do with us... promise.
Elsewhere the Roker Report overlord himself Simon Walsh did his upmost to catch me out with his selections as he backed a rather exotic looking quadruple comprising of such footballing luminaries as: Rot-Weiss Essen, Boston United, Rayo Vallecano and Ross County - the results were as follows:
Rot-Weiss Essen 1 - 1 Sportfreunde
Skelmersdale United 2 - 1 Boston United
Rayo Vallecano 0 - 0 UD Las Palmas
Ross County 0 - 0 St Mirren
On the other hand my rather obvious banker of a Brighton and Charlton double was never really in any doubt and returned a small profit - a wins a win though right?
Onto this week's selections.
Norwich to win 2-0. Am I a doom-monger? Probably. After a disappointing four goals shipped at home to West Brom, a demoralising 0-0 draw against a team who only had four points before we played them, and last season's trip to Carrow Road in my mind, I'm backing us to lose this one. Norwich certainly haven't been setting the division alight this season, but they have picked up a few impressive wins, and I honestly think that we'll probably get beat down there.
Secondly; Bolton, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Leicester and Watford - Five home teams. All in form. All should win.
Where to start with Sunderland betting-wise at the moment without going for the doom-and-gloom option of backing a Norwich win? Well I think Paddy Power have provided a cracking bet as part of their match specials in the shape of Grant Holt to outscore Steven Fletcher in the game which looks a smart price at 10/3.
Elsewhere I am going to turn to the Championship with a treble made up of some of this seasons form teams, all of whom are at home and should stand a great chance of winning their respective games: Crystal Palace, Leicester and Cardiff.
Greetings fellow losers, time for this weeks bad selections. In this weekend's game with Norwich City I'm torn between the glumness of a defeat and the comparative glee of a draw. Hence forth I'm going for a Norwich-Draw half time/full time result.
In my continued efforts to best David Boyle (read: scattergun approach to betting) I'm heading into Europe again. The "Euro Elite List" has always caught my eye, so I've decided for no apparent reason to pick a game in each country and slap them in an accumulator. I'm far from a European expert, so these really are again based on nothing at all other than feelings. This lot to win should pay off handsomely: West Brom, Ajax, Wolfsburg, Rennes, Bologna and Sevilla.
There's basically no tyre left - I'm getting to the point where wheel is simply scraping against road and I have no control over where I'm going. But, one thing's certain and that is that Sunderland are heading to Norwich City on Sunday, and I think it'll be the sort of game that has hamstrung our season so far - reliable at the back, willing in midfield, but not quite enough about us to win the game. However I've been greedy, just in case we do manage a victory.
Having stayed away from FA Cup action in the first round, I've gone for a potential upset on Friday night. Bradford have already shown off their giant-killing exploits in the Capital One Cup, so I'm not backing them to get a third round place. Elsewhere, I just want goals. At Loftus Road. At Alexandra Stadium (Gresty Road sounded better). And Gigg Lane. The last one was tempting in terms of the lower league side coming out on top, but Kevin Blackwell has tightened Bury up a bit, so we'll stick with both teams to score.
Well, I - conveniently - forgot to do some midweek throwing away of my money. But I'm back, miserable as ever, forlornly shoved into the bookies and forced to make a downpayment against my will. In other words - I'm not going to win this week either. However, if I do, Sunderland won't. I'm as positive as the next guy, but the next guy has decided we're not going to inflict Norwich's first defeat on them in almost two months. 2-1 to The Canaries.
Elsewhere, I like accumulators. If only because I enjoy the thrill of getting every result right, until someone pops up with a last minute equaliser, likely off the arse-end of the centre half of the side I want to win, to ruin my day. So, never one to learn a lesson, I'm picking Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, QPR and West Brom all to record home victories.