I SUGGESTED a couple of bets on Thursday but didn’t put up any top tips and that’s the way it should be some nights.
Of course they had to win – over 2.5 goals at Vaduz and Rosenborg and Rosenborg minus two – and going by the comments some people backed them even if I didn’t.
Friday sees a rare Premier League game live and I’ve done a separate preview of Aston Villa v Man United where I suggest it’s difficult to back the visitors at a short price.
In League Two we have Notts County v Mansfield and can anyone resist goals as Barcelona tackle Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup a few days after beating Sevilla 5-4 after extra time to lift the UEFA Super Cup.
Bayern Munich kick off the defence of their Bundesliga crown at home to Hamburg and Monaco tackle Lille in the French Ligue.
There’s a Friday feast of football with League of Ireland and Jupiler League games as well as matches all over the continent.
As usual at this time of the week I’m concentrating on my Saturday column for the Daily Record and weekend selections and I as I was working on the sports desk last night I’ve not had much time to study Friday’s card.
Bearing that in mind I’m on this treble – Monaco, over 2.5 goals at Bayern and both to score at Bilbao. Monaco have started the season well and face a Lille side whose squad has been decimated from last season.
Bayern are no bigger than 1-9 and that’s partly because they have beaten Hamburg 6-0, 5-0, 9-2 and 8-0 in recent seasons. Finding value here is difficult but over 2.5 goals at 2-5 is just about worth taking.
We saw Barca’s brilliance in Tbilisi and their deficiencies as they won 5-4 against Sevilla after extra time. Just three days later they head for Bilbao and it will be interesting to see if any players are rested. Best bet could be both to score.
Other teams I like include Wexford -1 at home to Cabinteely and both to score at Derry v Dundalk with the leaders looking a bit short at 1-2 in the WDW market.
I thought about Aston Vill DNB for the Super Single but have decided to go with both to score at Villa Park at 11-10 with William Hill and BetVictor while Ladbrokes go evens.
2pts Super Single
Aston Villa v Man Utd btts (7.45pm)
(11-10, BetVictor, William Hill)
1pt Top Treble
Bayern v Hamburg over 2.5 goals (7.30pm)
Bilbao v Barcelona btts (9pm)
August Super Single record
10 bets (5 winners, 5 losers)
19 bets (6 winners, 13 losers)