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The results of last week's bet saw little chance to the table, but head honcho Simon Walsh did close the gap on leader Stephen Goldsmith with a well-placed bet on Aaron Ramsey to take advantage of Sunderland's fragile back four and grab a goal. The Welshman duly delivered and it leave Simon and Stephen as the early front-runners. The rest of us had a lot of catching up to do, though both myself and Dave Boyle had a bit of luck in picking Olivier Giroud to score anytime. Can someone manage a big win this week to close the gap on the top two?
My start to the betting season has been as poor as Sunderland's on the pitch. Saturday is a great chance for me and Sunderland to take advantage of a poor West Brom side, with some pretty long odds available on any kind of Sunderland victory. Rather than Sessegnon returning to haunt us, I'm most concerned that the Baggies' only goal this season came from a corner kick, which has been a weakness of ours this season but given our spirited fight back last week, I fancy us to outscore them.
Elsewhere, the Mags, QPR and Inter are all just shy of evens to win games they really should be picking up 3 points from.
- Sunderland to win and 3 or 4 total goals in the match - 15/2 - £2 stake
- Newcastle, QPR and Inter to win - 24/5 - £5 stake
Welcome to Walsh's World Of Winners. Population -- Me. In all seriousness, I have no idea how I've managed to fluke my way into this position, nor do I expect it to last much longer.
So this week we take on West Bromwich Albion. A place I've never really enjoyed us playing at, and I don't really see things improving too much. That's not to say I don't think they won't improve a bit. I see this game as very "Southampton-esque" and we'll likely lead before being clawed back towards the end.
With the above in mind, I see nothing wrong with the half-time/full-time betting. 14/1 for Sunderland/Draw is very appealing, and my selection this week.
Elsewhere for a stupid acca I'm going for a Championship Treble and wins for Blackburn Rovers, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at 9/1.
- Sunderland Half-Time, Draw Full-Time - 14/1 - £4 Stake
- Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers all to win - 9/1 - £3 Stake
Sunderland's second half performance last time out will give optimists reason to believe that the Black Cats can kick start their season this weekend at The Hawthornes. Personally however, I have no idea how this fixture will pan out. The return of both John O'Shea and Emanuele Giaccherini could be a timely boost, although there is also the added Sessegnon factor that we now have to counter rather than depend upon. I'm going to keep things simple with a both teams to score punt.
For my second bet of the weekend I am going to stick with the Premier League and turn my attention to Sunday's action, with Spurs' trip to Cardiff catching my eye. I fancy AVB's sides chances here and the odds are fairly favourable.
- West Brom vs Sunderland; Both Teams to Score - 20/23 - £2.50 Stake
- Cardiff vs Spurs; Spurs to Win - 10/11 - £2.50 Stake
Sunderland travel to another of their bogey teams this weekend in West Brom, having only beaten the Baggies once since the Black Cats return to the Premier League in 2007, drawing one and losing the remaining six. A lot of goals have passed between these teams in that time, with only one of the eight games having fewer than 3 goals, and given the attacking talent on show by both teams (and the lack of defensive talent), you imagine we'd have another goal-fest at The Hawthornes this weekend.
Elsewhere I'm going for Fiorentina to beat Atlanta, because Craig once said they were good.
- West Brom vs Sunderland: Over 2.5 goals - 11/10 - £5 stake
- Fiorentina to beat Atlanta - 6/4 - £5 stake
I have a feeling that Fabio Borini may start tomorrow and even if he doesn't I just quite fancy him to score. Actually, I really fancy him. Against Arsenal he looked very purposeful on the shooting front and it's about time someone did. So to clarify, I can confirm that I really fancy Fabio Borini lots and lots.
Hmmmm what else? Double on Swansea and Villa to win their away games. Yeah, I'll go with that.
- Fabio Borini anytime goalscorer - 7/2 - £5 stake
- Aston Villa & Swansea to win - 6.61 - £5 stake