I WAS confident about making it four Super Single winners in a row but Benfica scuppered my plans by missing a spot-kick then conceding a penalty goal in injury time.
Napoli edged out Genoa to bring up half the bet but the Benfica result was a shocker on the back of Porto’s defeat the previous night – time to leave Portugal alone for a bit I think.
Let’s hope results are better on Tuesday and the highlight is the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool with the sides tied at 1-1 and I’ll post a separate preview.
There are four games in the English Championship – Derby v Blackburn, Millwall v Reading, Rotherham v Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham. Of those Millwall, Rotherham and Wednesday enjoyed a free weekend and it’s worth noting.
Blackburn shocked Swansea but could struggle at Derby depending on the situation surrounding the futures of strikers Rudy Gestede and Jordan Rhodes.
In League One third-placed MK Dons travel to Scunthorpe while Chesterfield at home to Crawley after their FA Cup adventure was ended at Derby.
FA Cup heroes Cambridge entertain Dagenham in League Two and it will be interesting to see how they react to their draw with Man United while Accrington are at home Bury.
Preston travel to Walsall 2-0 down after the first leg of the Northern Final of the JP Trophy and face a miracle if they want to make Wembley.
There are also games in the English Conference and in the Italian Cup AC Milan are at home to Lazio. Milan lost 3-1 in Rome in the league at the weekend but with both teams likely to make changes the best bet could be to go with over 2.5 goals which has come up in eight of AC’s last nine cup clashes at the San Siro.
Having checked team news and stats I’m going for Reading against off-form Millwall as the Super Single. Reading are pushing up the table under Steve Clarke with just one defeat in six while Millwall are winless in six – including a terrible display as they lost 4-0 at Bradford in the FA Cup.
Reading have won their previous two at the New Den and are best 7-5 at bet365 and William Hill to follow up their weekend FA Cup success at Cardiff with another away win.
For the Top Treble I’m going with three in-form sides in three different divisions. Derby will be fresh enough after changes were made for the FA Cup win over Chesterfield and they should beat a Blackburn side who are bracing themselves for the loss of at least Gestede who cam off the bench to score against Swansea while midfielder David Dunn is one of those missing.
Add MK Dons who can go top of League One with a win at Scunthorpe. Karl Robinson’s side have won their last two to nil and beaten Scunthorpe 3-0 on their last two visits there.
Complete the treble with Cambridge who should beat Dagenham as long as their focus isn’t on a return trip to Old Trafford – and it shouldn’t be. Cambridge were super against Man United on Friday and haven’t lost this year while the Daggers continue to struggle and have only scored one goal in five games.
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3pts Super Single
(7-5, bet365, William Hill)
1pt Top Treble
MK Dons (7.45pm)
(6-1, BetVictor, McBookie)
1pt both to score treble
AC Milan v Lazio (7.45pm)
Sheff Wed v Birmingham (7.45pm)
Eastleigh v Grimsby (7.45pm)
(9-2, McBookie, BetVictor)
Super Single 2015 record: 25 bets
(10 winners, 12 losers, 3 void)
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