IT was a cracking night with three Super Single winners at 5-3, 7-4 and 7-4.
I liked Liverpool at Southampton but played safer with the Reds to score 2+ and that came in within 29 minutes thanks to a Daniel Sturridge double. In the end it was so easy as they smashed Southampton 6-1.
The second arrived in just four minutes as my Barcelona to be leading after 15 minutes landed and my Barcelona -4 just came in as they beat Vilanovense 6-1 in Copa del Rey.
I was pleased both bets came in but luck was on my side. Luis Suarez and Neymar were left on the bench – we knew Lionel Messi wasn’t playing – and if I’d known that would happen I wouldn’t have gone -4.
One goal beat the Top Treble as it did with both Tuesday’s efforts. Caen not to lose and Porto to win came up but Guingamp 2+ was one short and a first-half red card didn’t help their cause.
Greg also did well with two out of three of his tips winning at 4-5 and 5-6.
Thursday’s much quieter with Reading v QPR in the Championship and it’s not an easy one to work out. Reading have been inconsistent all season but at home have lost just once to Derby.
QPR notched their first win in five at the weekend when Charlie Austin came off the bench to score against Leeds and the striker’s fitness will be key to his side’s chances.
This could be Neil Warnock’s last game in charge as Rangers caretaker with the club trying to persuade Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to leave Burton. Warnock won’t be looking to bow out with a loss and if Austin starts he should at least pick up a point.
Reading’s form has dipped since boss Steve Clarke almost took the Fulham job and they’ve won just once in seven. QPR have lost their last three away games 1-0 and that’s a concern but two were against Middlesbrough and Derby.
In France Rennes v Marseille sees eighth v 11th and while only two out of nine matches on Tuesday and Wednesday saw both score this could be another. It’s come up in five of the last six meetings in Brittany and interestingly thee of those have finished 1-1. Rennes’ last two matches have finished 2-2 while Marseille drew 3-3 at the weekend.
Complete the treble with Sassuolo to beat Cagliari in Coppa Italia. Sassuolo have great in Serie A and by all accounts will field a strong side. They are unbeaten at home with four wins and two draws while Serie B Cagliari crashed 4-0 at Brescia at the weekend to end a decent run. Sassuolo are the better team and as long as they desire a cup run they should be backed at 10-11.
There are six Copa del Rey ties to look at with all the favourites away from home. While Athletic Bilbao should beat Linense and Villarreal see off Huesca I won’t tip anything without firm team news and that may come later.
The one all La Liga tie sees Las Palmas at home to a Real Sociedad side they beat 2-0 last month with Davie Moyes in charge. I’d take Las Palmas not to lose but there are suggestions they may field a weakened side ahead of meeting with fellow strugglers Sporting Gijon on Sunday.
Meanwhile, after Liverpool’s display that has followed 3-1 and 4-1 away wins at Chelsea and Man City respectively you have to fear for rock-bottom Newcastle on Sunday. Here are a couple of early Sunday Super Singles – and let’s see if the prices drop.
1pt Super Single
QPR not to lose (8pm)
1pt Top Treble
QPR to score
Rennes v Marseille btts (8pm)
1pt Sunday Super Singles
Liverpool -1 (Sun, 4pm)
(9-5, Stan James)
Liverpool to score 2.5+
December Super Single total
4 bets (3 winners)
3 bets (3 losers)