AFTER Saturday’s setback I was delighted to make it four Super Single win in five days thanks to Napoli.
And the fact there was no sweat made it sweeter as Rafael Benitez’s men, 10-11 almost across the board, romped to a 3-0 win at Cagliari.
My second-choice pick Spurs also won at Newcastle on a day when neither cup semi-final favourite – Celtic or Liverpool – could get the job done although both will point to refereeing howlers denying them.
The five-point tip was my only winner on a pretty tough day but it’s the most important one and this month the Super Single is showing a decent profit.
There aren’t many big games on Monday as we build to another midweek European feast but Fiorentina face Verona in Serie A and David Moyes’s Real Sociedad are at Elche in La Liga.
All the Jong dudes are in action on Holland – Jong Twente tackle Jong Ajax and Jong PSV face Roda. That should mean goals and I’ll have a look at the head to heads before deciding.
There are six games in the League of Ireland with leaders Dundalk at home to Galway. Second-placed Cork entertain promoted Longford and third-placed Shamrock Rovers travel to Bray. Cork and Rovers remain unbeaten after eight games while winless Limerick welcome Derry.
Cork have won their last three home games by a 10-0 aggregate and go on the Top Treble with Fiorentina and Kaiserslautern. Fiorentina have suffered back-to-back 3-0 defeats against Napoli and Juventus but a meeting with lowly Verona gives them a chance to get back on track and they can’t have given up hope of chasing Roma or Lazio down in the chase for a Champions League spot.
Fiorentina face five of the bottom eight in their final seven games so will fancy their chances of a strong run-in. I’ve seen comments suggesting Fiorentina and both to score and with this coming up in the last two meetings – including 4-3 in Florence last season – and that pays 11-5 at 888sport.
Kaiserslautern are pushing hard for a return to the Bundesliga and will climb to second if they beat Leipzig at home. Leipzig lie sixth, seven points behind their hosts, and this could be their last chance of closing the gap but Kaiserslautern are hot favourites thanks to an incredible home record.
They are are unbeaten this season, in fact they haven’t lost in front of their home fans for more than a year, and have won their last six at the Fritz-Walter Stadium.
I had a couple of Super Singles in mind but have plumped for League of Ireland champions and leaders Dundalk -2 Asian Handicap at home to promoted Galway.
Dundalk have won the last five at home to Galway but the sides haven’t met in the league since 2011. They remain unbeaten this season and have won three of their last six games 3-0. Galway have lost four of their last five including a 3-0 loss at Shamrock and 2-0 defeat at Cork.
Going by stats and form Dundalk should win this 2-0 or 3-0 but I’m put off the win to nil by the fact keeper Gary Rogers is banned after being sent off against Shamrock on Friday. So I’m taking Dundalk -2 on the Asian Handicap and the stake is returned if they win by two.
I can’t see teams news for any of the Jong games yet and that could be key when deciding whether to go for goals. Roda’s last three games have finished 7-0 and 3-0 either side of a 6-0 loss to Sparta Rotterdam. They should win at Jong PSV and are a best 4-5 at BetVictor but let’s hope the right Roda team turns up.
Regarding goals over 3.5 goals pays 13-8 at BetVictor and 3+ Roda goals returns 12-5 at Coral. I initially read the 6-0 loss as a win (it’s the way results are displayed sometimes) so I’m changing the goals bet to over 3.5 match goals – and thanks to Daniel for picking up on the mistake.
3pts Super Single
Dundalk -2 AH (7.45pm)
2pts Top Treble
(5-2, Coral, BetVictor)
1pt Goals Single
Jong PSV v Roda over 3.5 goals (7pm)
April Super Single Record
18 bets (10 winners, 8 losers)