RANGERS completed a good weekend with two late goals to beat Peterhead 3-0 in the League Cup. That brought up Sunday’s Super Single (Gers -2AH), as well as the Sat/Sun five homes at 7-1 and Sat/Sun Top Treble at 5-2.
Sunday’s Top Treble went down early with Dundee United losing late to Aberdeen but the Dons fielded a stronger team than expected and it’s always worth checking line-ups before having a bet.
It’s been a fine couple of days for most punters and a decent start to the month after a profitable finish to July but every day’s a different day and a new challenge.
I’ll need to have a good look at Monday matches with nothing immediately standing out. In the semi-finals of the EA Sports Cup league leaders Dundalk travel to Galway and while they’ll be keen to reach the final it’s not their priority and boss Stephen Kenny is likely to make some changes from the side that won 1-0 at Bray on Friday.
Chris Shields is banned and Ciaran Kilduff cup-tied having lined out for Pat’s in the earlier rounds. Fellow new signing Sean Maguire’s international clearance hasn’t come through on time.
Dundalk beat Galway 3-0 at home earlier in the season and 4-2 away more recently so over 2.5 goals at 8-13 with bet365 and BetVictor could be a shout.
The other semi-final sees Shamrock Rovers entertain St Pat’s and this is tough to call. Both sides are in good form and both have 43 points in the league – 11 behind Dundalk. The last three League Cup meetings between the rivals have gone to extra time.
Rovers are without injured quarter Sean O’Connor, Keith Fahey, Stephen McPhail and Damien Duff while Sean Hoare is back in full training following a hamstring injury and will face a late fitness test. St Pat’s are minus Christy Fagan and Shane McEleney is cup-tied.
In Bundesliga B RB Leipzig are in tremendous shape ahead of their clash with Greuther Furth. They won all five of their pre-season friendlies, including a 5-4 against Southampton, and picked up three points in their opening league clash at Ingolstadt.
They beat Greuther 2-0 in their final match of last season and their rivals beat Karksruhe 1-0 at home. Greuther are a best 7-10 at boylesports. Let’s go for Leipzig and btts at Galway as a 1pt double.
While trawling the card I noticed Honka at a best 2-9 with Betfred and bet365 at home to Atlantis. I know absolutely nothing about the Finnish third tier and although my next door neighbour is Finnish I don’t suppose she’ll be a help.
Anyway on further investigation Honka were kicked out of the top flight after financial problems but are enjoying a fabulous season with 15 wins from 15 league games and if you include cup matches they’ve triumphed 18 in a row – their last defeat coming way back in October 2014.
On top of that the men from Atlantis lie near the foot of the table and have lost their last six meetings with Honka although to be fair only one was recently and that was a 5-0 league defeat about six weeks ago.
I have no team news which is always a concern but on stats and form Honka -2 AH looks a risk worth taking. I hope I’m not jinxing them but they could be a good discovery or might turn out to be FC Honking!
Only 1.25 of my hard-earned points will be risked without team news and if anyone has an opinion or info on this match it would be good to hear from you. Honka need to win by three for this bet to trap but a two-goal success will return the stake.
1.25pts Super Single
Honka -2AH (4.30pm)
(6-5, Stan James)
1pt Daily Double
Galway v Dundalk btts (5pm)
RB Leipzig (7.15pm)
(7-4, BetVictor, bet365, Betfred)
August Super Single Total
2 bets (2 winners)
4 bets (2, winners, 2 losers)
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