WHAT a day it was for punters faced with an incredible set of FA Cup results. Most people are aware of the pitfalls and I hope those who back favourites heeded the warnings.
It was an OK day for me thanks mainly to my Super Single win. I stuck up Hibs as a three-pointer and in the end they were comfortable winners at QoS. That’s two in a row to move back in the black but it would be nice to really kick on now.
Hearts and Liverpool were among teams who let me down but three out of four aways thanks to Hibs, Celtic and Huddersfield gave me a small profit.
There are three more FA Cup ties to look at for anyone brave enough to try to call any of them. We have Bristol City v West Ham, Aston Villa v Bournemouth and Brighton v Arsenal.
The Gunners are now second favourites to lift the trophy but face a rejuvenated Brighton. West Ham are fourth in the outrights and Sam Allardyce has said he fancies a run so they’re worth a look at the League One promotion chasers.
Aston Villa v Bournemouth is one that’s been talked about a lot and if Bournemouth go full strength I’d be interested in backing them but that’s unlikely as the Championship have prioritised promotion to the Premier League.
My Top Treble has to start with Lyon who have won their last nine home games against a Metz side with just two points in their last nine on the road. Lyon are 2-5 with Stan James and I’m taking as the Super Single Alexandre Lacazette to score at any time at 34- with William Hill.
Lacazette is on fire having netted in his last eight games – 12 goals in total. I also like Lacazette at William Hill, Betfred and others to score first at 3-1. An amazing stat is the fact he’s scored 20 league goals this season – one more than the whole Metz side.
Next on the Top Treble are Juventus -1 at home to Chievo. The leaders have the best attack in Serie A and face the weakest strikeforce and having netted 13 in three games you have to fancy the Turin giants to win by at least two which is 1-2 with firms such as Betfred and Ladbrokes.
Complete the treble later on with Porto at a Maritimo side who last 4-0 at home to Benfica last time out and who have netted in just one of their previous six outings.
5pts Super Single
Lacazette to score (1pm)
(3-4, William Hill)
3pts Top Treble
Juventus -1 (2pm)
(2-1, Stan James)
1pt both to score treble
Ajax v Feyenoord (11.30am)
Sampdoria v Palermo (2pm)
Valencia v Sevilla
1pt Long Shot
Inter Milan (2pm)
West Ham (2pm)
Roma draw no bet (7.45pm)
(32-1, McBookie, BetVictor)
Super Single 2015 record: 23 bets
(9 winners, 11 losers, 3 void)