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Sunderland's opening day defeat caught all of our tipping team by surprise last week, with everyone going for either a home win or a draw. However there were wins to be found elsewhere, with head honcho Simon Walsh getting off to an excellent start, despite my taunting last week. His Liverpool/Man Utd/Spurs treble netted him a tidy £25 profit. Tipping the big boys proved to be a good tactic with everyone's joint favourite Wise Men Say Podcast host Stephen Goldsmith making a £16.50 profit on his Spurs/Chelsea/Man City/Man Utd accumulator.
Elsewhere there were smaller wins for myself, after picking Nice to beat Rennes, and David Boyle, who bet on a Liverpool/Nottingham Forest double.
Onto this week's selection:
Having swept up last week and landed myself top of the table - likely for this week only, but let me enjoy it for a week alright? - I thoroughly intend to create some sort of lead at the top now which will be unassailable for the rest of the season.
In our game, I see us having to wait for a first win of the season for yet another week, and a straight forward draw at 13/5 gets the nod.
Elsewhere, there's not many games where I'd willing risk a large some of money, so just a straightforward double on Norwich to beat Hull and Man City to do Cardiff at 5/1 will do.
- Sunderland Vs Southampton Draw - 13/5 - £10 Stake
- Norwich & Manchester City To Win - 5/1 - £5 Stake
There's a few thing tempting me for this weekend's game at Southampton. New signing Jozy Altidore got off to a relatively good start against Fulham, and you would certainly fancy him to notch up his first goal for the club. However, Sunderland are at long odds to get anything from the South Coast, and thought Southmapton pose a tricky challenge for The Black Cats, I still think we've a better shot at getting a result than the bookies are giving us credit for. A double chance bet on Sunderland win/Draw has very good odds, so I'm sticking a fiver on that.
Elsewhere, after success betting on Nice last week, I'm tipping them to win again this weekend. They travel to Ajaccio, and though the Corsican side battled hard for a point at PSG last week, I still fancy them for the drop this season, and at 2/1, Nice are hard to resist.
- Sunderland to win or draw - 23/20 - £5 stake
- Nice to beat Ajaccio - 2/1 - £5 stake
With Sunderland facing a tricky looking trip to the South Coast, I'm currently unsure as to how the result itself will pan out. Southampton kicked off their campaign with a solid away win while we somehow managed to come away with nothing from our curtain-opener. The Saints have further bolstered their attacking ranks this week with the addition of Daniel Osvaldo in a club record deal, who looks to be quite a coup for Pochettino's squad. Despite failing to find the back of the net against Fulham, Sunderland looked lively in the final third and I can see both teams scoring on Saturday.
Elsewhere, the impressive Manchester City travel to newly promoted Cardiff and should have too much in their ranks for the Premier League newboys and I fancy them to win by a couple of goals and will back them on the Asian Handicap this weekend.
- Southampton vs Sunderland, both teams to score - 39/40 - £5 Stake
- Manchester City -1.25 (Asian Handicap) - 1080/1000 - £5 Stake
I thought there would be goals last week but Brede Hangeland and Aaron Hughes stood firm at the heart of the Fulham defence. This time, with Southampton at home, goals are surely guaranteed. The Saints are likely to come at us from the start and that will surely help Sunderland to get in behind the home defence on the break. Winning the game, as we did last season at St Mary's, is another matter entirely and I can see a draw at best for the Lads this season.
Elsewhere, Stoke are close to evens to beat Palace at home and despite losing to Liverpool last week, by no means disgraced themselves. On the other hand, Newcastle were atrocious at Manchester City, but they are better than evens to beat West Ham at home and while the East Londoners started well at home last week, they tend not to travel so well. Hertha Berlin meanwhile, look well placed to take advantage of a Hamburg side who were annihilated at home by Hoffenheim last week.
- Southampton and Sunderland to draw 2-2 - 13/1 - £1 stake
- Stoke, Newcastle and Hertha Berlin to win - 13/2 - £2 stake
My utter lack of success last week was no great surprise to me, but I was disappointed that the result went the opposite way to what I had hoped. However, I'm ultimately an optimist where Sunderland are concerned (despite all the evidence to the contrary) so I'm lumping £3 on Giaccherini to score anytime as 5/1 sounds alright odds to me.
Elsewhere, I'm going shit or bust with a Premier League accumulator. Wins please from Everton (Home to West Brom), Norwich (Away to Hull), Stoke (Home to Crystal Palace), Man City (Away to Cardiff) and a draw between Man Utd and Chelsea.
- Emmanuele Giaccherini to score anytime - 5/1 - £3 stake
- Everton, Norwich, Stoke, Man City to win, Man Utd and Chelsea to draw - 39.85 - £3 stake
I actually stuck a real life fiver on those four sides winning last week, as a four fold, and won 30 quid back. I've never really been a gambler and I'll be blaming Luke when it reduces me to a crumbling, homeless wreck having gambled away all my assets and children.
£5 on a score draw from Sunderland's game at St Mary's for me, it's as optimistic as I can get I'm afraid. I also have a feeling this new guy will score, even if he comes on from the bench, so fiver on Osvaldo to score at any time. I think the Wanyama vs Cabral battle may be a good un and may go a long way in deciding the outcome. Bon voyage to all making the trip, I've had some cracking nights out in Southampton. I also saw Kevin Kilbane score a worldly down there once, in a period where the fans weren't on his back.
- Southampton and Sunderland to draw - 11/4 - £5 stake
- Pablo Osvaldo to score anytime - 6/4 - £5 stake