Week Twenty-Nine Recap
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Well, finally, what a week it turned out to be for half of our tipping team, pulling in some fantastic profit which in turn has lead to the top three spots on the leaderboard being separated by just sixty-six pence! Steven Fletcher was the man to thank for both myself and Karl with our anytime and first goalscorer picks respectively. Luke correctly picked over 2.5 goals in the QPR/Sunderland game and a tidy Newcastle and Aston Villa double.
Let's hope we can pick a few more winners if you haven't already lost all your money at Cheltenham this week!
This is all getting a little too close for comfort now, isn't it? Norwich may have won just once on their travels this season, but Sunderland have been rather hospitable at the Stadium of Light this season. Having found the net last time out, I quite fancy Fletcher to settle what could well be a hugely tense, quality-starved game on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Burton have won six of their last seven to catapult themselves into the automatic promotion spots, and face a team with just one win in six. In France, PSG face St Ettienne who have been in overdrive since the turn of the year, but the league leaders should have too much firepower.
- Steven Fletcher to score first, Sunderland to win 1-0 - 28/1 - £5 Stake
- Burton Albion to beat Dagenham & Redbridge, Paris Saint-Germain to beat St-Ettienne - 7.18 - £5 Stake
We are in desperate form at the moment while Norwich while Norwich are not much better, having won one of their last six. Three of those have ended 0-0, with the same resulting happening five times in the last twenty. This one has the same result written all over it. We're inept going forward and Norwich are poor away.
Boca suffered an embarrassing home defeat to Union recently; could lightning strike twice and the Argentinian giants fail to beat a horribly out of form Argentinos Juniors at La Bombanera? I don't see why not, particularly with a midweek fixture in Uruguay to contend with before Sunday's clash. Similarly, Swansea City have done well against Arsenal and after winning in Munich, I can see the Gunners dropping points in Wales while suffering a Champions League hangover. Fiorentina meanwhile, should have too much for Genoa at the Artemio Franchi.
- Sunderland and Norwich to draw 0-0 - 15/2 - £3 Stake
- Argentinos Juniors and Swansea City to win or draw, Fiorentina to win - 5/1 - £3 Stake
Sunderland are rubbish. So are Norwich. Norwich don't score many goals. They also don't concede many goals. There won't be many goals. Now let's move on and not discuss this misery-fest any longer.
Elsewhere, I'm just going for a single this week. Atletico Madrid lost their first home game of the season at the weekend, leading some to predict the start of a characteristic Atletico meltdown. However this weekend they visit a pretty average Osasuna side, and with the odds being good, I can't resist sticking some money on them to get a win and boost their chances of finishing in the top 2.
- Sunderland vs Norwich Under 2.5 goals - 4/5- £5 stake
- Atletico Madrid to beat Osasuna - 6/5 - £5 stake
Under 2.5 goals has served me well many a time this season and as Luke has eluded to Sunday's game doesn;t exactly have the hallmarks of being a classic. All the stats indicate a low-scoring affair and as such I am going to side with the form book this weekend.
A Championship single served me well last week and I am going to stick with this formula rather than compile a weird and wonderful acca. Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say. With that said in-form, play-offs chasing Bolton at an inconsistent Ipswich has caught my eye and is worth a couple of quid.
- Sunderland vs Norwich Under 2.5 goals - 4/5 - £5 Stake
- Bolton to beat Ipswich - 9/5 - £5 Stake
Well this is all a little embarrassing isn't it? I think I need a win about as much as Sunderland do this weekend. Which is exactly what I think they'll do, and I stand by my prediction on the podcast this week of a 2-0 home win.
Elsewhere it's also time to lump on something in hope of a return. I'm going all in like the Sunderland board on Martin O'Neill and putting what blind faith I have in wins for some teams which have let me down in the past; Coventry, Watford and Hamburg.
Go big or go home...
- Sunderland to beat Norwich 2-0 - 8/1 - £10 Stake
- Coventry, Watford and Hamburg all to win - 8/1 - £10 Stake