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Despite not making a bet last week, Stephen Goldsmith leaps to the top of this seasons league, after Simon Walsh lost money with his tips. Elsewhere there was small wins for Dave and myself. I went for Burnley to beat lowly Yeovil in the Championship, while Dave made quite a lot of money betting on Sunderland to beat Fulham with both teams scoring, only to then blow most of it by putting £25 on Cardiff to beat West Ham. Let's see if he can have more luck this weekend:
Not a great deal of bets were catching my eyes this weekend, at least not until I had a look on Bob Hoskins' bet365.com site, where I found some extremely appealing odds in the anytime goalscorer market. At phenomenally long odds of 15/2, I had no choice but to put my money on Cabral to score. Since making my bet with the floating head of Danny Dyer, I can't sit still knowing that this is the moment where I finally earn my fortune.
Elsewhere, Fiorentina are decently priced to beat struggling Catania in Italy. Though to be honest, I'm not really holding out much hope on this one. It's really the Cabral one where you need to be sticking all your money. Nothing, not even Michael Caine, can stop it happening.
- Cabral to score anytime - 15/2 - £100,000 stake
- Fiorentina to beat Catania - 20/19 - £10 stake
So last week's bumper punt on Cardiff backfired spectacularly - lesson learned there. I will however continue the trend of backing Sunderland to win and both teams to score this weekend which is available at 9/2 at the time of writing. Sunderland are riding high at the moment and will be looking to keep the momentum going into Wednesday's huge second leg of the Milk Cup Semi-Final.
Elsewhere I'm going to stay in the North East but turn my attention to our Smoggie friends down the road who have quietly been turning around their fortunes since ditching the dour Martin Mowbray in favour of Aitor Karanka and I fancy them to get all three points when they host Charlton this weekend.
- Sunderland to win and both teams to score - 9/2 - £5 Stake
- Middlesbrough to win - 13/15 - £5 Stake
After failing to contribute last time around, it's back to losing money for me this weekend and Sunderland are a very tempting 2/1 to beat a faltering Southampton at home. What the hell, let's be positive and dream of four wins on the spin.
In a move probably driven by the fact I'm feeling a little bit out of it with illness, I'm going to chuck some money at Villa getting something away to Liverpool. Now, Liverpool have been extremely impressive of late, while Villa have just signed up Grant Holt, but they have managed a few surprise wins this season and are generally better on the road than at Villa Park. Benteke returned to scoring ways on Monday in a surprisingly narrow defeat at home to Arsenal too, so maybe Holt the saviour won't even be needed.
- Sunderland to win - 2/1 - £5 stake
- Villa to beat or draw with Liverpool (double chance bet) - 16/5 - £5 stake
Have people still not caught me up? Ok, time to be reckless/confident with some bets methinks. This is Sunderland, we know we won't get that win we're all wanting, right? I know Southampton are in sudden "turmoil" blah blah, but it never stopped Cardiff come at us about 400 mph, did it? DID IT? EH? I think, in all honesty, the sides will cancel each other out. But in a none drab 0-0 way - but a less drab 1-1 kind of thingy.
Hmmm. Leeds! Luke lives in Leeds so there's my tedious link. Imagine a six nouter in a derby game, eh? I wonder if Sheff Wed fans will try and fit it in to Leeds for the next decade. L6e0s. Doesn't really work, does it? Anyway, they're playing high-flying Leicester so will almost inevitably win.
- Sunderland 1-1 Southampton - 6/1 - £5 stake
- Leeds to beat Leicester - 11/4 - £8 stake
I'm pretty confident going into this game, it certainly won't be an easy one but we're on a really good run at the moment and it'd be a big win if we could defeat a side who are still a decent outfit even if their early season form has tailed off a little. I'm sure they'll make a tough game of it, so a draw at half, but Sunderland to win sounds good to me.
Away from Sunderland, I can see Chelsea grinding out a victory against a Manchester United side who still look much less than the sum of their parts despite their two second-half goals versus Swansea City. Mourinho's side have started to look much more of his mould in recent weeks after he announced he was going to make sure their defence was solid before anything else. With Rooney and Van Persie missing, I think United will be shut out.
- Draw half-time/Sunderland to win - 13/2 - £2.50
- Chelsea to win to nil - 9/4 - £2.50