Yep, you read it right. Danny Roberts has won a bet.
Things had gotten so desperate that Danny was forced into his overdraft. His fiver bet on over 2.5 goals in our game against Manchester United was his first winner of the series and puts his overall balance on a massive one pound. Small victories and all that, eh?
Elsewhere, Gav picked his fourth consecutive winner, after his fiver punt on Wahbi Khazri anytime goalscorer came in following the Tunisian's free kick on Saturday. Unfortunately, he still lost a few quid after West Ham failed to beat Norwich.
Rory's far-left betting strategy didn't work out again as both of his hopeful punts failed to pay out, whilst Jim Holmes lost nothing as he missed a week due to work.
Similarly, Andy won nowt, and now drops to the bottom of the table with his balance now zero.
Brian's West Ham or Draw/Stoke or draw double paid out £58.15 from a twenty quid outlay, so it was a good week for him too.
We seem to be getting the hang of this money making lark!
Week #6 Table:
|Last Week's Profit/Loss
I fancy Reading v West Brom to be a fairly dull affair and 0-0 at 13/2 seems a decent price.
Reading have only scored seventeen home goals in the league this season, which places them comfortably in the bottom half of goals scored in the Championship. West Brom haven't exactly been free scoring either, with only twenty-four goals all season they're joint bottom in the Premier League goal scoring rankings. I'll place £5 on, with Betfair, which returns a potential £37.50.
I need a 'safe' bet this week after winning nowt since my first go, so I'm looking towards Arsenal vs. Hull.
Arsene Wenger will be eager to get some minutes into the legs of Danny Welbeck, after he marked his return from injury with a last minute winner against Leicester City. I'll put another fiver on Dat Guy Welbz to score first in a comfortable 2-0 win for the Gunners which has odds of 16/1 with Betfair. Including stake, it's a potential return of £85.
Reading v West Brom to finish 0-0: 13/2 - £5 returns £37.50
Arsenal to beat Hull 2-0, Welbeck to score first: 16/1 - £5 returns £85
Arsenal may have a Champions League tie against Barcelona on Tuesday night but they should still have more than enough in their squad to dispose of Steve Bruce's Hull City. Danny Welbeck returned from injury to score the winner against Leicester, and there's a good chance our former striker will start against the manager who signed him on loan for Sunderland - if so you'd fancy Welbeck to make it a long afternoon for Bruce.
Welbeck potentially making his first start since his return from injury and Bruce likely to be prioritising promotion from the Championship - where they are currently first in the table - should mean Arsenal to be winning at half time and full time is a good bet.
West Brom sneaked through on penalties in the last round, in their replay against League One Peterborough, sneaked through in the third round after a replay against Championship strugglers Bristol City and, despite winning, were absolutely battered by Everton last weekend.
Their luck will surely run out some time and it could be as soon as this weekend as they are away to Reading in the FA Cup.
Arsenal to be leading at HT and FT: 13/10 - £5
Reading to win: 17/10 - £5
Arsenal are at home to Steve Bruce's Hull in a replay of the 2014 final and I just can't see past a home win.
Similarly, Spurs are at home to a struggling Crystal Palace side who are sure to make plenty of changes, and it's hard to see past Mauricio Pochettino's men considering just how well they've played recently.
Gateshead are at home to Aldershot and are in superb form, so I'm adding them all together to make a tasty little treble. Betway are offering 5.96/1 for the treble, and I'm going to place a hopeful fifteen quid on that, which returns £89.45.
Elsewhere, Inter Milan and Sampdoria face off in Serie A whilst Barcelona are away to third bottom side Las Palmas. Over 2.5 goals in the Inter game and over 3.5 goals in the Barca game as a double gives 3.15/1, and a fiver on that returns £15.75.
Arsenal, Spurs & Gateshead treble: 5.96/1 - £15 returns £89.45
Over 2.5 goals in the Inter v Sampdoria game + Over 3.5 goals in the Las Palmas v Barcelona game double: 3.15/1 - £5 returns £15.75
I'm going for two pretty straight forward trebles this week - one on the FA cup ties, and one on the league games. Hot and cold Arsenal still have the treble on, and I don't think they'll be messing about with Hull. Watford will surely be too strong for Leeds, and Palace have been so bad recently that I can't see them getting anything at Spurs.
Elsewhere, I fancy Burnley to comfortably dispatch Rotherham in the Championship. In League One I fancy Bury to see off a hopeless Colchester and in League Two I think Cambridge bounce back with a win to prolong York City's miserable form on the road.
Arsenal, Watford and Spurs all to win: 3/1 - £10 returns £40
Burnley, Bury and Cambridge all to win: 4.18/1 - £10 returns £51.82
I've been utterly dreadful at this all season so hopefully my luck is about to change.
My first bet is an Arsenal, Chelsea and Bournemouth treble. 6.68/1 with Bet365, I'm going for £4 on. Chelsea have turned things around and I fancy them to win against City.
Second bet of the week is Shrewsbury vs Man U. United are dreadful at the moment and im going for a draw half time and Shrewsbury full time. 20/1 with Bet365. £1 on, easy.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Bournemouth treble: 6.68/1 - £4
Shrewsbury vs Man U - Draw/Shrewsbury: 20/1 - £1
I actually won a bet, hallelujah!
Right, so, with no game for the lads this weekend, I’m going to go big stakes but play it safe at the same time. Bet365 are offering great odds for West Ham to beat Blackburn at Ewood Park at the weekend, so I’m going to couple that with Arsenal to defeat Hull at home and hope for the best.
My second bet will be, as always, an acca. In League Two, there’s great odds for the in form team of the division, Northampton, to get the victory at home to Wycombe, whilst also Plymouth are away to out-of-form Crawley. In the league above, the top two in form teams, Barnsley and Millwall, also face teams who’ve found it hard to grab points over the past six games, so I’ll add wins for both the Tykes and Lions to the mix, and be happy with a 15.36/1 four fold.
Double: West Ham and Arsenal both to win: £20 at 2.37.1
Four Fold: Northampton, Plymouth, Barnsley and Millwall to win: £5 at 15.36/1