IT’S good to be back (honest) after a hectic trip to Augusta. I enjoyed every minute of it but it was extremely tiring and there was a little I could do in the way of tips after spending 11 or 12 hours at the course on Saturday and Sunday.
Jordan Spieth was a deserved winner and his head-to-head battles with Rory McIlroy this season should be fascinating. But that’s enough of the golf – I posted tips late Tuesday afternoon and landed a 5-1 both to score winner – Bolton v Charlton, Rochdale v Swindon and York v Morecambe.
Sheffield Utd beat the Super Single and fair play for Paul Sturrock for getting a result for his new side Yeovil and a late equaliser for Gillingham at Preston sunk the Top Treble.
It’s much quieter on Wednesday with another two Champions League ties – Porto v Bayern and PSG v Barcelona – and stats suggests the best bet could be over 2.5 goals in France at 9-10 with 888sport after their group clashes totalling nine goals.
PSG are unbeaten in 33 European home ties but will be without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as well as Marco Verrati, David Luiz and most likely Thiago Motta. Without these players, in particular Ibrahimovic, I can’t see PSG winning but their record deserves respect so a draw looks possible.
Due to the home side’s injury problems Barca have been cut to 4-5 almost across the board and it looks a little short with PSG likely to try to keep it tight with Ibrahimovic back for the return.
Bayern also have problems with the likes of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Alaba all out but Porto could be without top scorer Jackson Martinez while Christian Tello is out. Like the other game this one is tough to call.
There are two vital games in the Championship with title-chasers Watford at Nottm Forest and Fulham facing troubled Rotherham. Burton v Carlisle is a important match in League Two.
After wins by Norwich, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough last night the pressure is on Watford at Nottingham Forest as they try to return to the top of the table. Watford don’t have any new injury problems while Forest boss is set to make changes after his side’s 1-0 defeat by Huddersfield at the weekend.
Watford have won four out of six and are in good form. At the City Ground they’ve netted 12 goals in six visits and conceded 11. So I believe Watford will win and score two goals plus in a match with more than 2.5 goals. Of those I’ve decided to take the biggest price – Watford to win as the Super Single – at 6-5 with Ladbrokes.
In the Scottish Premiership Celtic should make up for Saturday’s slip by storming eight points clear of Aberdeen. Since losing to Kilmarnock men in October 2012, Celtic have won seven on the bounce against the Ayrshire side and by an aggregate of 21-2.
That suggests a scoreline of 3-0 tonight and it’s no wonder bookies are running scared. There’s more chance of Spieth cracking a joke than the Hoops losing and that’s why they are no bigger than 2-11 at Betfred. Celtic minus two offers potential at 11-8 and to win to nil the home men are 31-40 at McBookie.
Rangers are in Championship action at Livingston but which side will see – the one hammered by Queen of the South or the one that trounced Raith? It’s difficult to tell with Stuart McCall’s men who are no bigger than 8-15 at Coral.
Challenge Cup winners Livi are on a decent run with three victories in a row as they try to beat the drop. Rangers will probably edge it but the bet I’m looking at is Nicky Law to score at 5-1 with betway following his double against Rovers.
Fulham are 6-5 to beat Rotherham at home and should do so to just about seal safety.
For the Top Treble I’m starting with League 2 leaders Burton at home to Carlisle and adding Lyon to beat a Bastia side battered 4-0 by PSG in the French League Cup Final at the weekend. Lyon will return to the top of the table while Bastia sit bottom and have lost by three goals on their last two visits.
Complete the treble with Celtic -1 for reasons already stated.
3pts Super Single
2pts Top Treble
Celtic -1 (7.45pm)
(2-1, Paddy Power)
Mr Fixit’s April Super Single Record
13 bets (6 winners, 7 losers)