THE only one of main bets that came up was the Top Treble and even then I suffered a late scare.
Watford, Queen of the South and Man City provided a 5-2 winner that looked unlikely when the English champions threw away a 2-0 lead at home to Aston Villa.
The Super Single was a big disappointment with Killie being hammered by a previous toothless St Mirren and it hurt more because my second choice Swansea won at a Newcastle side who have now been dragged in a drop fight – as someone on this site predicted would happen weeks ago.
Elsewhere I hit the bar on the Euro treble, homes and aways but it wasn’t the easiest of card with the likes of Norwich, Middlesbrough and Derby failing to win in the Championship and Rangers slipping in Scotland to hand the play-off advantage to Hibs. Next weekend’s Hearts-Rangers game will be interesting.
I’ve had a good look at Sunday’s fixtures as I always do and for me the standout team is Juventus at 1-1 with the likes of William Hill, BetVictor and Betfred at city rivals Torino.
I know form can go out the window in derbies but Torino haven’t won this fixture since 1995 and Juve have won seven meetings in a row. Juve will be in good spirits after reaching the last four of the Champions League with a professional display in Monaco.
They’ll want to wrap up the title as soon as possible to concentrate on their clash with Real Madrid and I expect them to beat a side who have little to play for but local pride. Evens looks value although Torini are unbeaten in four and I also like Carlos Tevez to score first at 15-4 with bet365.
Elsewhere in Serie A I like Napoli at home to Sampdoria, Lazio at home to Chievo and Fiorentina at home to Cagliari. To the start the treble I’ll go with the team that didn’t play on Sunday and that’s Lazio.
Before losing to Juventus they had won six in a row and look good for Champions League qualification. Chievo’s form isn’t bad but Lazio should be good enough to pick up the points having won their last four at home and lost just one in 11 against the Verona men.
I’m going to France for my second pick and it could have been Lyon at Reims but instead it’s St Etienne at a bigger price at home to Montpellier. St Etienne are unbeaten in eight, including a draw at leaders Lyon last weekend, as they chase Champions League football for the first time since 1981.
Montpellier sit seventh but most of their points have been gathered at home and on the road they haven’t scored in three including defeats to lowly Toulouse and Evian. St Etienne are a best 4-5 at Betfred and consider Max Gradel at 6-1 to score first after netting eight in nine games.
Complete the treble with Celtic at Dundee Utd. The Terrors must be sick of the sight of the Hoops after losing three in a row without scoring last month. Aberdeen’s win at Inverness has kept the pressure on the champions and I can’t see past Celtic at a best 4-9 with Betfred and may consider.
I tipped Gary Mackay-Steven to score first at Dundee in midweek and this time it could be his ex-Dundee Utd pal Stuart Armstrong who strikes first. He is 8-1 at Ladbrokes and Betfred.
In Spain Sevilla should beat Rayo but remember they had a tough Europa League tie in Russia on Thursday an Real Madrid should win at Celta Vigo but have lost there on two of their last three visits.
The reasoning for the both teams to score treble is on a separate thread.
3pts Super Single
(1-1, William Hill, BetVictor, Betfred)
2pts Top Treble
St Etienne (1pm)
(5-2, BetVictor, William Hill)
Both to score treble
Sevilla v Rayo (6pm)
Groningen v Feyenoord (1.30pm)
Twente v AZ (3.45pm)
April Super Single Record
25 bets (12 winners, 13 losers)
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