CELTIC provided winners for myself, Greg Browning and Scott Allot – although in the end we were too conservative.
All of us fancied a convincing Celtic win against a struggling Hamilton side but no one saw 8-1.
Greg Browning’s 4-5 nap of over 2.5 Celtic team goals came up inside 10 minutes while Scott’s single was Celtic -2 at 5-4.
His double on Forfar-Linlithgow both to score and Inverness to score 2+ and mine on over 2.5 goals at Celtic and Forfar became a single when the Scottish Cup replay was abandoned. Bets will be voided as there is no date for the replay which is likely to be next week.
My Top Treble missed out and it didn’t help Napoli resting top scorer Gonzalo Higuain as they lost 2-0 to Inter Milan in Coppa Italia.
It’s all about cup games tonight with Leicester v Spurs and Liverpool v Exeter replays and a non-league Scottish Cup battle between East Kilbride and Lothian Thistle for the right to play Celtic on a neutral venue.
I reckon EK will edge the tie north of the border but for the other two I’d like a better idea about team news although Liverpool shouldn’t have to go much stronger than they did first time out to see off their League Two visitors.
EK play in the Lowland League which is of a higher standard than Lothian Thistle’s East of Scotland League and the vibes coming from the EK camp suggest they’re even more fired up than their visitors to clinch a life-changing tie with Celtic.
And while EK have one player out Thistle have a few problems with keeper Kevin Swain breaking his wrist and his deputy also injured. Key midfielder Dean Cummings on holiday. They have another defender out and another doubtful.
It was earlier confirmed Fraser Ogilvie will be between the sticks. The player-coach usually fills the role of sub keeper but is listed as a midfielder and his only appearance was when he replaced the stricken Swain last weekend but second-choice Byron Gibb has made a miraculous recovery from a virus and will start.
I’d already picked EK as my Super Single and the price had dropped to 1-2 in some places. After the keeper news was “confirmed” I decided to take over 1.5 EK goals on an accumulator and hopefully it still lands.
In Spain we have Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona in first-leg ties and again team news is all-important.
Bilbao were hammered 6-0 by Barca at the weekend after losing their keeper just five minutes into the Nou Camp clash. Boss Ernesto Valverde rested Ander Iturraspe and Markel Susaeta and was without banned top scorer Aritz Aduriz.
All will return tonight and with Athletic going full strength the result could be much different and the home men look a decent bet to score at 4-9 with William Hill and that’s added to EK 2+.
Reports suggests Juventus will be at full strength or close to it for the visit to Lazio in Coppa Italia. The champions are flying after a poor start to the season and have won 12 of their last 13 matches including a 2-0 victory against the Romans.
To complete the treble I’m taking Juve not to lose and Italy I also fancy Sassuolo at home to Torino in Serie A at a decent price of 8-5 with Betfred.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has confirmed new signing Demarai Gray will make his home debut. Matty James could return from injury and fringe players Ritchie de Laet, Andy King and Leonardo Ulloa are expected to start.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettini will also make changes but hasn’t hinted at how many. If I had to pick a winner it would be Spurs simply because they have a stronger squad.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp fielded Christian Benteke and 10 reserves at Exeter and won’t go much stronger tonight but with home advantage his men should win but I wouldn’t consider going big on the handicaps.
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2pts Super Single
East Kilbride (7.45pm)
2pts Top Treble
East Kilbride to score 2+ (7.45pm)
Athletic Bilbao to score (8pm)
Juventus not to lose (7.45pm)
January Super Single Total
19 bets (7 winners, 2 void)
January Advised Accas Total
29 bets (4 winners)