IT was one winner and one loser for me on Wednesday. Ten-man Atletico let down the Super Single by failing to score against Real but the Top Treble landed at 21-10.
That was Celtic to score 2+ at Dundee, both to score at Livingston-Hibs and Juventus not to lose.
Three of the four recommended bets I posted on the Scottish games also came up – Celtic/Hibs double (1-1), Gary Mackay-Steven to score (11-8) and Livingston v Hibs btts (11-13).
Thanks to Scott Allott’s post the world now knows I was 50 yesterday and I celebrated in fine style. That meant I wasn’t about for most of the day and neither was anyone from admin so apologies for some of the comments that would normally have been deleted.
Moving on to Thursday and it’s the second of the Europa League quarter-finals and having looked at them in detail picking anything isn’t easy.
Three ties remain in the balance after two draws and a 2-1 win for Sevilla while Napoli are through after winning 4-1 away to Wolfsburg even if Rafael Benitez isn’t counting his chickens.
The Napoli boss says the tie’s not over and points to the fact Wolfsburg hit four against Bayern Munich in January. That was when Bas Dost was on fire and recently the Germans haven’t been as prolific. Napoli are without Andre Schürrle and top scorer Kevin de Bruyne but they shouldn’t have too many problems and for me the best bet is both to score.
Wolfsburg are likely to give it a go and that should create space and chances for the home men. That pays 4-7 at 888sport and Ladbrokes.
Fiorentina have also been off the boil, losing at home to Verona on Monday, but have the away-goal advantage as they entertain Dynamo Kiev. The Russians are capable of scoring and conceded and both to score again has a chance at a better price of 10-11 with William Hill and Betfred.
Sevilla’s 2-1 lead is a dangerous one and I don’t expect the holders to sit on that. They are 1-3 to score but both to score is worth a look at 8-11 at Ladbrokes.
Dnipro-Bruges was 0-0 in the first leg and another tight contest looks on the cards in Ukraine so I won’t go for both to score there.
To sum up it’s a night for low stakes and with the Super Single showing a decent profit I’m chancing just 2pts on both to score in Florence.
2pts Super Single
Fiorentina v Dynamo Kiev btts
(10-11, William Hill, Betfred)
April Super Single Record
22 bets (12 winners, 10 losers)