GOALS bet are the way to go on League Cup ties and hopefully there were plenty of winners on Tuesday night.
With so many nets being burst I was thankful my both to score treble came up at 22-5 thanks to Dunfermline v Dundee, Shakhtar v Rapid Vienna and Greg Browning’s pick of Bury v Leicester.
I did two Super Singles with the main one being 5pts on Ross County and Hearts. The Jambos didn’t put out anywhere near their strongest team but I advised covering 0.5pts at 10-1 when they led 1-0 so there was no damage done when Forfar forced extra time.
One point was risked on Scott Brown to be booked first at Malmo and while that was fairly speculative it was another prime candidate Leigh Griffiths who won that market – atlhough he was lucky not be sent off for kneeing a player where it hurts most.
As I said yesterday team news can be the difference between winning and losing and when there are doubts try to wait as long as possible before placing your bet. Thanks to everyone who posted line-ups yesterday and I hoped some backed Jermain Defoe to score at 6-5 after I tipped him when Sunderland’s starting XI v Exeter was revealed.
In fact Defoe bagged a treble in a remarkable 6-3 win – and with no PA yet I wonder who carried the match ball home for him.
It’s the second instalment of the Champions League play-offs tonight, including Bruges v Man United, and I’ve posted a separate preview.
Bruges have eight missing and I fancy United to build on their 301 first-leg win. Louis van Gaal’s side are more suited to playing on the counter and while I fancy Memphis Depay to add to his first-leg double there are suggestions Marouane Fellaini will be up front on his own so back in his homeland he could add to the goal he netted at Old Trafford, Fellaini is 7-2 at 888sport.
There are three League Cup ties – Barnsley v Everton in England and with Rangers v Airdrie and Hibs v Stranraer in Scotland – and I don’t see any shocks with Everton likely to field a strong side.
Again though best bet at Oakwell could be both teams to score with Barnsley going well. That could be even more likely if wantaway defender John Stones doesn’t start so again check line-ups if you can. Both to score pays 5-6 at Ladbrokes.
Rangers are targeting a trophy win and have every chance of matching last season’s run to the semis. Mark Warburton is going for a seventh win in a row and should get it.
His side are no bigger than 1-5 so again we have to go the handicaps to find value. The Ibrox men should cover -1 at 8-13 with Skybet.
If Hibs find the shooting boots they lost at Ibrox on Sunday they should also win by at least two. They played well against Rangers and have boosted their squad by signing defender Darren McGregor from the Glasgow side.
Stranraer have started the season poorly after losing boss Stevie Aitken and have lost their last two by at least two goals. Hibs should also cover the -1 but for the Super Single I’m taking another 5pt double as I did yesterday.
It’s Rangers -1 and Hibs and while it may be an obvious one that won’t concern me if I double my money. If you prefer to take both teams -1 as I have in today’s Daily Record that pays just under 2-1.
My Champions League treble is Man Utd, CSKA Moscow and Partizan Belgrade. CSKA start 2-1 down to Sporting but should beat a side who are poor travellers. It’s tougher for Partizan who are 1-0 down but BATE haven’t impressed me and in big games don’t score enough.
For a goals treble I’m on both to score at Barnsley, Hibs to score 2+ and Rangers to win and over 2.5 goals in the match.
5pts Super Single
2pts Goals Treble
Barnsley v Everton btts
Hibs to score 2+
Rangers and 2.5+ match goals
(2-1, William Hill)
1pt Top Treble
(8-1, Ladbrokes, Betfred)
August Super Single record
30 bets (13 winners, 16 losers, 1 void)
43 bets (13 winners, 30 losers)
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