I CAUTIOUSLY picked my way through a cup minefield and landed both Wednesday bets.
Greg Browning’s nap came up as it usually does but his doubles didn’t trap.
My Super Single was East Kilbride to win and I posted it before reports Lothian Thistle wouldn’t have a keeper. In the end they played No.2 Byron Gibb who probably wasn’t fully fit and at fault for EK’s late second.
That second helped bring up my 23-10 Top Treble which also featured Juventus not to lose at Lazio and Athletic Bilbao to score at home Barcelona which they managed a minute from time.
I tentatively tipped Spurs to win at Leicester in the FA Cup and advised Liverpool -1 at home to Exeter after Jurgen Klopp named a stronger than expected team.
There’s little to look at tonight with Valencia v Las Palmas and Sevilla v Mirandes in the Spanish Cup quarter-final first legs. Gary Neville’s has been fielding strong teams in the cup possibly because he has still to win a league game and his men thrashed Granada 7-0 on aggregate in the last round.
It was 1-1 at the Mestalla when the sides met in November and while I’d favour the home at 8-13 with Ladbrokes and William Hill a better could be both to score at 39-40 with BetVictor as long as Las Palmas field a strong side – they have netted in seven of their last eight road trips.
Sevilla are on a good run of four wins in a row and are a best 1-4 with William Hill to beat second-tier Mirandes who knocked out a weakened Deportivo in the previous round and Malaga home and away before that.
However, Sevilla have been almost unstoppable in all competitions at home while not winning in La Liga away and they’ll be keen to wrap up this up over the first leg.
I thought about Sevilla -1 but instead for the Super Single I’m doubling them to win with St Etienne at home to Ajaccio in the French Cup. This is Ligue 2 strugglers Ajaccio as opposed to the Ligue 1 version and having strengthened their side in the window the favourites should run out easy winners.
St Etienne have bough Rosenborg striker Alexander Soderlund, top scorer in Norway last season and Oussane Tannane from Heracles. I don’t if either will feature tonight but their squad has more depth than that of their visitors.
I looked at Gent v Bruges in the first leg of their Belgian Cup semi-final and that’s a tight one. It’s first v second although Gent have held the upperhand in recent meetings with four wins and two draws. With it being a first leg it will be probably be cautious with Gent maybe winning by one.
There are a few Turkish Cup games and while Fenerbahce should beat Tuzlaspor without much fuss the giants have already qualified from their groups and will field a much-weakened side.
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2pts Super Single
St Etienne (8pm)
January Super Single Total
20 bets (8 winners, 2 void)
January Advised Accas Total
30 bets (5 winners)