NOTHING caught my eye enough to confidently tip it so Monday was a no bet day.
Greg Browning’s on a great run but his nap of Valladolid not to lose at 3-4 went down.
The side I was closest to putting up, although it would have been a goals or handicap bet, was Hearts U-20s but I left them alone after seeing line-ups. Hearts won a hard-fought game 2-1.
There is no indication or reason for boss Mark Hughes not to go full strength in the club’s first League Cup semi-final since 1972 and that means an attacking trio of Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri who can cause the Reds problems.
Stoke let me down at West Brom at the weekend but recently at home have beaten Chelsea (1-0), Man City (2-0) and Man Utd (2-0) while Liverpool have been poor in recent weeks culminating in a terrible 2-0 defeat at West Ham at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men produced their best display of the season in winning 6-1 in the last round at Southampton but their form has dipped since then with just two goals in four games and Divock Origi, who scored a hat-trick at St Mary’s injured, and Daniel Sturridge won’t be risked so again it’s all in the hands of Christian Benteke up front on his own.
Before Klopp took over Liverpool won 1-0 at the Britannia on the opening day but much has changed since then. I understand comments from Liverpool fans saying players will be axed if they stop performing but that’s always been the case and the team have got worse not better.
I’ve had a slow start to the month and don’t mind taking risks with 5pts on three Stoke bets – a straight win, Stoke draw no bet and Stoke to score 2+. It’s a lot of eggs in one basket so only follow if you agree the Potters look a good bet.
In Serie A Genoa and Sampdoria meet in a derby. Both sides are struggling with Genoa on a run of four defeats while Samp did beat Palermo before the break. It’s a tough one to call.
Elsewhere we don’t have much to look at. I considered over 2.5 goals at Bala v Carmarthen in Wales with Carmarthen’s last 14 going over until a 0-0 draw last time out.
The previous three meetings at Bala totalled 18 goals but I’d need a Welsh fan to give me confidence to go with this as Bala’s last match was also scoreless after five successive outings where both scored.
Same goes for the Northern Ireland league match between two strugglers – Carrick Rangers v Dungannon – and three of their last four have finished all square.
I could have put a treble along the lines of Sampdoria not to lose, over 2.5 goals at Bala and both to score at Carrick but I’m leaving Stoke as my only bets tonight.
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2pt Super Singles
1pt Super Single
Stoke to score 2+
January Super Single Total
3 bets (0 winners)
January Advised Accas Total
5 bets (0 winners)