|Last Week's Profit/Loss
Pretty terrible week of betting from our team, with almost everyone losing money. I was the only one to even make a winning selection, going for Lille to beat Valenciennes, which netted me a small weekly profit, allowing me to close the gap on second place Stephen Goldsmith, who has been banned using the Wise Men Say internet by Gareth Barker after the latter was made aware of the unwholesome websites it contains. Let's hope the parental controls he's implementing let him onto betting websites, and that we have more luck with our money this week:
Chelsea come to town on Wednesday evening boasting a pretty impressive record over Sunderland having won sixteen of the last seventeen meetings in all competitions. Jose Mourinho's side have also won nineteen of their last twenty-one Premier League games. Add into the fact that there has also been over 2.5 goals in nine of the last ten meetings between the two sides and you can begin to picture the result...
Elsewhere I am going to dip my toe into the Championship this time around with a Derby and Leeds double which available at just over 5.15 which is a decent price for two home sides that have been in decent form of late and Leeds will be looking to get back to winning ways following a narrow defeat at Blackburn at the weekend.
- Chelsea to win with over 2.5 goals in the game - 13/10 - £5 Stake
- Derby and Leeds to win - 5.15 - £2.50 Stake
I was pleasantly surprised by the result at Villa, which went completely against my fears for the game in this article last week. Can I be surprised yet again? I don't think so, but I'm not about to bet against us.
Despite a horrendous miss against Aston Villa, I'm going for Emanuele Giaccherini to be up for the big game, make amends and get a goal to his name. 5/1 is tasty for the Italian to score at any time.
Elsewhere, I've been going for big wins of late so I'm going to go for a more modest taking this week, in the hope it's more likely to actually come off for the first time in weeks.
- Emanuele Giaccherini to score at any time - 5/1 - £3 Stake
- Nottingham Forest & Portsmouth both to win - 5/1 - £4 Stake
We did well at Villa but we simply must take our chances when they fall to us. Giaccherini was guilty of a dreadful miss at Villa, while the week before at Stoke, Steven Fletcher was wasteful when the game was still 0-0. Had we taken those chances, I'm fairly confident we'd be sitting on 13 points now, rather than just 8. As it is, we go into the Chelsea game looking a better side and in good home form. Chelsea, meanwhile have been erratic at times this season but were impressive on Sunday in their comeback at home to Southampton. Ordinarily I'd predict a Chelsea win but I feel we can snatch a point in a low scoring affair.
Elsewhere, Steve McClaren has transformed Derby County's season and they're in excellent form. Similarly, Bolton have begun to creep up the table with a series of solid results.
- Sunderland and Chelsea to draw 1-1 - 7/1 - £1 stake
- Derby and Bolton win - 3/1 - £5 stake
Well, most week's I've been unfailing optimistic for this and, well, it hasn't really paid off to be honest. Whilst I was impressed with what was a decent, if unspectacular, away performance at Villa I think this Chelsea side will just edge us out on Wednesday night. They may be erratic, but they were genuinely pretty impressive at overcoming a very tricky opponent in the second half against Southampton and I think they'll manage to just edge us in a close game. Draw at half time, but Chelsea to go on and steal a goal midway through the second half that we just can't answer is my prediction.
Elsewhere, West Brom have decent odds to beat Manchester City at the Hawthorns. Whilst that might not exactly seem likely, neither did City's away losses to Cardiff, Villa and, well, Sunderland. So I'm backing their prolific at home/profligate away trend to continue.
- Draw at half-time, Chelsea to win - 3/1 - £2.50
- West Brom to beat Man City - 4/1 - £2
Usually when I look through the betting odds and nothing catches me eye, I randomly pluck for an 'Anytime Scorer bet'. I'll be doing the same with this game and there are some really tasty options in there. Ji Dong-Won is at a whopping 5/1 to net against Chelsea, while Russian youngster Mikael Mandron is at a tasty 4/1 while you can get Cabral at 6/1 to score his first league goal. However, I'm going to plump for David Moberg Karlsson to bag a goal at a ludicrous odds of 10/3, making him more likely to score than Emanuele Giaccherini, Seb Larsson and John Terry.
Elsewhere I'm going for Blackpool to beat Yeovil in the Championship.
- Sunderland v Chelsea: David Moberg Karlsson to score anytime - 10/3 - £0.50
- Blackpool to beat Yeovil - 6/4 - £10 stake