Near misses

Saturday’s results
1pt treble featuring Man Utd, Torquay and Chesterfield at 6.09 with Victor Chandler (loss 1pt)
0.75pt five-fold featuring Man Utd, Leeds, Millwall, Swansea and Chesterfield at 21.57 with Victor Chandler (loss 0.75pts)

Well yesterday was a day of near misses for me all round and the theme of last year seems to be continuing into this. My treble went down with just Torquay failing to win after leading 2-1. The five-fold was also one result short after Leeds could only muster a draw with the other four selections winning. To add to my misery I had a fun ht/ft bet for the game I went to watch (Cheltenham v Wycombe) and opted for Cheltenham to win first half and then covered the Cheltenham win second half and the draw. Anyway, Cheltenham were winning until the 44th minute and then Wycombe scored a corker and that’s when you begin to realise the luck is against you. I think if Cheltenham had held on until half-time i’d have been collecting on that bet.

Finally I also had a go at the football pools Premier 10 coupon. I managed to call the results of all seven premier league games correct (WBA v Man Utd wasn’t in the coupon) but fell short with the result of the Norwich v QPR game (I had QPR). You can still win something with 9 correct calls so need Chelsea and a Wigan win or draw against Newcastle to collect but the amount could be pretty insignificant.

So all in all 2011 could have started better. As I said before though pay-day is at the end of the week and then I can really get my teeth into January’s sporting fixtures, not least the Masters Snooker which starts next Sunday.

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Happy New Year!

Saturday’s selections
1pt treble featuring Man Utd, Torquay and Chesterfield at 6.09 with Victor Chandler
0.75pts five-fold featuring Man Utd, Leeds, Millwall, Swansea and Chesterfield at 21.57 with Victor Chandler

Well Happy New Year and thank you for continuing to follow the blog. Hopefully this will be a prosperous new year for all of us. I need to sit down and summarise the end of last year and the first few months of the blog (which is slightly in profit for those months but need to update the spreadsheet which is a monotonous job I keep putting off). So instead we’ll post our selections for today which revolve around a treble and five-fold.

Because of the disrupted nature of the winter football programme I think it’s a little risky going in too heavily on singles as some teams have obviously had more football than others. You have to consider whether the break from football is a good or bad thing as we simply can’t be sure how effective training has been for those sides who haven’t had much football. Therefore, with a week to go before pay day, we’ll chance our arm with the above selections with minimal stakes.

Both bets include Man Utd who go to an injury depleted and out of form West Brom. Utd may not be storming on the road but this lunchtime fixture should be comfortable for Utd at a half decent price (1.7). The other two selections in the treble are Chesterfield who should have way too much for struggling Stockport and Torquay (2.3 and one of the bets of the day) to beat a Hereford side who I think are certainties for relegation now.

The five-fold includes a number of home Championship selections with Leeds and Millwall both in great form while maybe a slight risk in selecting Swansea but they do boast a great home record and rested a couple of players the other day. So I think the Swans will nick a win against the tough to beat Reading.

I’m heading off to Cheltenham Town today to watch us beat Wycombe Wanderers and no doubt i’ll have a bet for a little more interest. Good luck if you’re having a punt today.

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End of the year

Recent results:
3pts Newcastle to beat Man City at 3.3 with Victor Chandler (loss 3pts)
1pt Newcastle to bt Man City, Reading to bt Bristol City and Wolves to beat Wigan at 12.35 with Betfred (loss 1pt)

Well the last set of results weren’t positive and I’m thinking of adding Newcastle to the set of teams that I should never back. Of the other teams that I should never back, Cheltenham produced a performance against Bradford (4-0) that i’d been predicting but unfortunately I didn’t have a single english pound on that one.

My betting funds are pretty limited now until I get paid in the New Year so i’ve only dabbled here and there with trebles and four-folds without any success. So it’s quite nice to wrap the year up from here (will post results in the next couple of days) and start afresh.

Away from betting i’ve been pretty transfixed by the Joanna Yeates murder and feel I know the Sky News team like they’re family. The landlord has been arrested on suspicion of murder this morning. If the only evidence we have of him committing the murder is his appearance and mannerisms then he’s as guilty as sin. Very odd bloke and bad hair to go with it. It’s always the way with murderers, you never get a Phillip Schofield type character who’s chopped up and eaten a human, by law you have to look a little odd.

I will look at the New Year’s footie in the next day or so and probably put up a little treble for a bit of interest along with results and a review of my betting and look at areas for improvement. Enjoy the rest of 2010!

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Back to action

Sunday’s selections:
3pts Newcastle to beat Man City at 3.3 with Victor Chandler
1pt Newcastle to bt Man City, Reading to bt Bristol City and Wolves to beat Wigan at 12.35 with Betfred

It’s nice to be back home after a lovely but quick trip to the in-laws in Wales. It’s also great to have some sport on this afternoon after some pretty rough TV over the last couple of days. It didn’t used to be like that when I was young with the latest Indiana Jones movies and Labyrinth with David Bowie – TV used to be so great. Anyway we have to rebuild the funds after the Christmas spending spree and i’m again going to side with Newcastle who i’ve backed a number of times and lost but feel they have a better chance today.

Pardew won is opener against Liverpool which is a good sign that the team haven’t turned against him, at least not yet. They have been a very patchy team under Hughton but I just feel Pardew is a better manager and won’t allow this. They’ve also done well in matches you don’t expect them to do well in and then struggled against sides they should be at least matching. Today against City they’re up against one of the so-called big boys and will no doubt raise their game in front of their boisterous fans. They will be looking to play a very similar game to Everton the other night who harried City and ultimately out witted them. If the magpies get in their faces and sneak an early goal this could be curtains for City and Mancini’s future will be hanging by a thread.

This was when I was also going to recommend Sky Bet’s 12/1 on Mancini to be the next Prem Manager to leave but they have allowed me a massive £5 at that price rather than the £40 I was planning. We’ll reassess this bet later when all the books re-price after today’s fixtures and see what they’re offering.

Finally it’s a bit of fun with a tasty treble of including Newcastle, Reading against the flu-hit Bristol City and Wolves, who are experiencing a bit of form.

Enjoy the turkey sarnies with a juicy bet.

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Christmas preparations

My Christmas preparations revolve around studying oddschecker to see which fixtures are going to be greyed out insinuating that the games are postponed. So far a few league two games have fallen foul of the weather as have quite a few in league one and now some in the Championship – what a terrible start to Christmas. The only thing that makes Boxing day good is the thought that there’s lots of sport on but without it Boxing day becomes a bit of a damp squib. Turkey sandwiches don’t do anything for me, infact turkey doesn’t do anything for me full stop so that doesn’t even offer a slight consolation.

I shall wait until Boxing day morning before placing any bets as I can imagine quite a few games will fall victim to a bit of frost such is health and safety.

We shall be heading west to Wales this Christmas (in about an hour actually) and a good time shall be had by one and all. I hope all the readers of the blog have an equally good time and come back fresh and ready for a profitable 2011. Although, we still have Boxing day and the set of fixtures after that so probably a little premature with the new year wishes.

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Recovering

Today’s bet
Premier League relegation market
1.25pts Blackburn to be relegated at 7/1 with William Hill

Recent results
1.5pts on Tim Clark to win South African Open at 8.4 with Betfair (loss 1.5pts)
0.75pts on Louis Oosthuizen at 27 on Betfair (loss 0.75pts)
0.75pts on Pablo Martin at 36 on Betfair (loss 0.75pts)
0.5pts on Jbe Kruger at 50 on Betfair (loss 0.5pts)
0.25pts on John Parry at 85 on Betfair (loss 0.25pts)
3pts on Ian McCulloch to beat Tony Drago and Mark Joyce to beat Alan McManus at 3.06 with Paddy Power (loss 3pts)
1pt on Milkins, McCulloch, Joyce and Hicks at 7.15 with Sportingbet (loss 1pt)

Feeling a bit better now and finally have energy to come on here and write. Planning to pop into town tomorrow to do final bits of Christmas shopping although that might be a bridge too far but it’s got to be done.

The South African Open was bit disappointing with one of my selections, Louis Oousthuizen, finishing a strong third but I didn’t do e/w. At around 26/1, that wouldn’t have been a bad bet. Furthermore, it’s always a bit frustrating when a player you’ve backed regularly (Ernie Els) during the season does the business and you weren’t on him. I was swayed by Tim Clark’s course form and felt Els was probably a little short, oh well, it will be a frugal Christmas!

One long-term bet that everyone has posted up today (and it’s hard to disagree) is Blackburn to be relegated. First team coach Steve Kean has been confirmed as temporary manager until the end of the season which is a bit of a gamble by Blackburn considering he has no management experience until now. They also have a nasty run of fixtures with many of the ‘six-pointers’ against the lower sides away from home which is one of their weaknesses. Bigger prices have been available, in fact I had deposited the mony in my Coral account to take their 8/1 only to see it change to 6/1 once the money had gone in. They wouldn’t offer me the industry price, available in many places at 7/1, so in the end I took my business to William Hill.

I think it’s a good shout especially as all is not well in the camp since the dismissal of Allardyce.

On other betting front it’s all a bit quiet, was going to have a look at the darts but I don’t follow it closely enough to form any sort of opinion. I’ll wait until Boxing Day and the footie and see what survives the weather before I make any moves.

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Rough as a badger’s…

Sorry there’s not been much blogging action for the last couple of days. Seem to have picked up a nasty bug although I think it’s too much of a coincidence that I had the flu jab on Tuesday and then became ill on the Thursday. Not sure why I have it as this happened before. Normal service will resume shortly hopefully.

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