Progress & Week #26 Table
It was a pretty good week for our writers on the betting front, with four of the six bringing home profit to boost their coffers as we head in to week 26.
Gav took Dafabet up on their Priceboost for the PDC Darts Masters and that came in, netting him some nice profit - topped up by an extra fiver as promised by the banker, who said he'd give the extra money for each winning bet.
The same applied to Rory, Andy and Danny, who all won a bet apiece. Danny was this week's biggest winner, netting a fantastic £74.92 after his five-team accumulator came in.
This Week's Bonus Prize...
If Sunderland win - BIG IF - our pundits will all have a free £5 accumulator bet for next week waiting in their accounts. Cheers Banker, lad.
Dafabet have price-boosted Sunderland to be winning at half time and full time to 9/1 - I do actually think that we'll beat Sam Allardyce's side this weekend, so I'm going to place my faith (and a fiver) on that.
I'm also going to put a five-team accumulator on and hope for the best - Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Hoffenheim, PSG and Rangers.
Sunderland winning at HT & FT - £5 - 9/1
Fivefold Accumulator - £5 - Returns £35.80
Our game against Palace is a really tough one to call and I don’t want to let my heart rule my head too much and back a win. If we defend like we did against Spurs, we’ll get something though, so I’m backing a draw. For the game to end level with both sides finding the net, you can get odds of 7/2 and £5 will return me £22.50p including my stake.
The big game in the Premier League this weekend is of course, Chelsea v Arsenal. This could be the game that pretty much kills the title race, as a win for Chelsea will have them in touching distance of the trophy. Dafabet have a priceboost of 9/1 for The Blues to win 2-1 and that’s tempted me enough to stick a tenner on it.
Palace v SAFC draw + BTTS - £5 - Returns £22.50
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal - £10 - 9/1
I made a vow, and I'm sticking to it. I'm going to keep with these accas until one comes in. It's a pretty dangerous game to play. I've gone for eleven selections this week - Rangers, Everton, Liverpool, City, Exeter, Doncaster, Sheff Utd, PSG, Bayern, Benfica, and Braga.
Even more stupid than this bet is my Sunderland one... I've backed the Lads to sneak a 1-0 win away at Palace. I'm sure this will look foolish come the final whistle but allow me to dream for just a few moments.
11-Team Accumulator - £4 - Returns £198.09
Palace 0-1 SAFC - £5 - Returns £65
We had a much improved performance against Tottenham in midweek, mostly down to the return of Lamine Kone and Didier Ndong. Although defensively we were better, we didn't have many chances to score but the ones we did have fell to Fabio Borini, who looks completely bereft of confidence and has been offering nothing but work-rate but at least he got in a position to score and I am hoping he does again against Crystal Palace as I am backing him to finally put a chance away.
In the early kick-off on Saturday, Chelsea host Arsenal in what should be an entertaining game. Chelsea should win considering their superior form and home advantage and with Arsenal being as unpredictable as ever - evidenced by their home defeat by Watford - so I am going for Chelsea to win and both teams to score.
Fabio Borini to score at anytime - £10 - 4/1
Chelsea to win and both teams to score - £10 - 14/5
The Palace game is fairly difficult to call and the odds for the game make it even harder to decide on what to bet on. A punt on a Palace win isn’t really worthy of a bet, nor do I think Sunderland will win, so there goes that bet. Back to back clean sheets for the hosts interests me, so I'll place a fiver on that which will see me return £10.50.
My second bet will be a treble, just to mix things up. I’m going to put a £10 on wins for Walsall, Monaco and Hertha Berlin, which will see me return £77.28.
Crystal Palace to keep a clean sheet - £5 - returns £10.50
Walsall, Monaco and Hertha Berlin all to win - £10 - returns £77.28
To continue my losing streak, this week I'm backing Sunderland half-time/full-time at 9/1, whilst also backing Man Utd to beat Leicester over 2.5 goals at 17/10.
Sunderland half-time/full-time - £10 - returns £100
Man Utd to beat Leicester over 2.5 goals - £10 - returns £27