HONKA proved a good spot as they maintained the 100 per cent Super Single success rate for August with a 3-0 tonking of the men from Atlantis.
My tip was Honka -2AH so the Finns just covered it for a 6-5 winner – and that makes it seven wins and a void from the last eight Super Singles.
My last loser came on July 25 when I backed Rennes to beat Celtic after Ronny Deila said the day before he’d field a weakened side. Of course he didn’t and while I managed to advise people not to back it when teams were revealed it was a sore loser.
I’m pleased with the recent run but everyone knows the next bet can always be a loser and it’s all about the long-term process.
Monday’s double fell at the first hurdle with Galway and Dundalk failing to score and hopefully I put some people off backing Dundalk to win the cup clash. I called the other semi-final correctly by tipping a stalemate between Shamrock Rovers and St Pat’s but draws will rarely feature on the top tips.
That’s a quiet Monday out of the way with a small profit in the bag and we now focus on Tuesday’s Champions League qualifiers with four ties – APOEL (2) v Midtjylland (1), Molde (1) v Dinamo Zagreb (1), Ajax (2) v Rapid Vienna (2) and Monaco (3) v Young Boys (1).
Ajax-Rapid looks the best match on paper and I like the look of both to score at 10-11 with Coral and Betway (it was a possible Super Single but has already been cut to a best 8-11 at bet365 and Betfred so some people are on the same page as me here).
The Dutch ruled the first half in Vienna but showed defensive weaknesses to concede two after the break – the second against 10 men. Rapid followed this match with a 2-1 win at Red Bull Salzburg in the league at the weekend so will be confident heading to Amsterdam.
Frank de Boer’s side look stronger but will have to get their tactics right and keep a dangerous side quiet. Rapid need to score and I think they will.
Both to score could also be the shout at Molde after a 1-1 draw in the first leg. That was a disappointing result for the Croats who look better going forward than they do in defence.
All is not well in the Zagreb camp after midfielder PAULO Machado gave home fans the V-sign when they booed him as he was subbed and he’s been fined by the club for his actions while his gesture earned a red card that bans him from the return.
Midtjylland go to Cyprus on the backfoot after a 2-1 home defeat and having struggled past Lincoln Red Imps in the first round they don’t look up to Champions League standard in their first campaign with the big boys. Apoel should win this to progress unless the Danes snatch an early goal to put on the frighteners. The Cypriots look big at 21-20 with Skybet.
Apart from the Monaco match – with the French 4-9 at Skybet for a second defeat of the Swiss – all of them are in the balance and I’ll have a good look at latest teams news and form before putting up top tips.
There’s not much else to look at but among the friendlies being played it’s Real Madrid v Spurs and Bayern Munich v Milan and as usual team news is vital before betting on these fixtures.
For the Super Single there is no WDW pick I really fancy at evens or above and the price cut on btts at Ajax rules that out. I thought about the Dutch side’s Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik to score at just over evens but I’m not advising one at this stage.
I’ll put btts at Ajax in a double though with the same bet at Molde v Dinamo Zagreb. That pays 11-5 at Ladbrokes.
1pt Daily Double
Ajax v Rapid Vienna btts (7.15pm)
Molde v Dinamo Zagreb btts (6pm)
August Super Single Total
3 bets (3 winners)
5 bets (2, winners, 3 losers)
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