I DIDN’T like Tuesday’s card but hadn’t reckoned on Bayer Leverkusen beating my Super Single at the first hurdle.
Team news suggesting their opponents Werder Bremen would be weakened tempted me to do a German Cup double on them and Borussia Dortmund but a first-half red card ended Bayer’s hopes.
It was a strange night because form and stats didn’t suggest a lot of goals but both teams scored in every UK match bar one – and unfortunately for Greg Browning the exception was Stirling v Montrose. That meant a winning and losing nap for Greg on the day despite seven goals at Forthbank – all to Albion and he did say Montrose couldn’t defend on the road.
Tonight there is another FA Cup replay between Peterborough and West Brom and best bet could be goals. The Baggies are making noises about taking this seriously and if they do they should win.
But we know the Posh love a goal and with West Brom possibly down to three fit defenders there could be a few. James Chester, Cristian Gamboa and Sebastien Pocognoli could all start at the back with Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson all struggling with injury.
In the Scottish Premiership Ross County take on Hearts and both to score could also be the shout here. The Jambos have a good record against County but have three players banned and top scorer Osman Sow has now left for China. I’ll post a separate preview on the game.
Elsewhere Valencia host Barcelona in the second leg of their Spanish Cup semi-final. It’s a game boss Gary Neville could do without ahead of a what he brands “a must-win match” against Espanyol at the weekend.
Neville is still without a win in nine La Liga outings but until now has field strong sides in the cup – that won’t be the case at the Mestalla with his men trailing 7-0 from a Nou Camp crushing.
Despite being seven goals to the good Barca have something to play for. Boss Luis Enrique’s side equalled a club record of 28 matches unbeaten with Sunday’s victory at Levante and they are keen to set a new benchmark.
Enrique was making the right noise about team selection but the squad has now been confirmed and it will be a reserve team he puts out tonight. I risked a Super Single on Barcelona -1 Asian Handicap last night but advised waiting for teams.
Now we know the squad I’ll let you decide what to do but I won’t take the bet down and it now pays 21-10 at bet365.
Bravo, Pique Sergio, Alves, Arda, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano and Alba haven’t travelled to Valencia. There are six Barca B players – Wilfrid Kaptoum, Sergi Samper, Dani Romera, Juan Camara and Gerard Gumbau – in the squad as well as Under-19 prospect Carles Alena.
First-teamers Ter Stegen, Masip, Douglas, Rakitic, Bartra, Munir, Sandro, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen and Mathieu have also made the trip.
2pts Super Single
St Etienne (6pm)
2.5pts Super Single
Barcelona -1 AH (8pm)*
(11-8, bet365 – now 21-10)
*Please note updated team news
1pt Top Treble
Peterborough v West Brom btts (8.05pm)
Paris St Germain (7.45pm)
Ross County draw no bet (7.45pm)
February Super Single Total
10 bets (6 winners)
February Advised Accas Total
16 bets (4 winners)