IT was a day of caution and a small profit as one of my 2pt doubles won and the other won didn’t.
My first choice double came it 23-20 thanks to Celtic and over 2.5 goals in the Trabzonzpor game but the one I added much later needed an extra Liverpool and of course Mario Balotelli should have provided it right at the end.
I tipped Celtic -1 and while it was my Super Single in the Daily Record I didn’t put it up on the site simply because the price dropped well below evens.
After team news I backed Kris Commons to score first at 9-2 and he could have scored four before the deadlock was broken by long-shot Emilio Izaguirre.
I also had a small wager on Steven Gerrard to score first at 13-2 only after reading comments here because earlier it had been suggested he wouldn’t start and I also saw Nacir Chadli being tipped to score first in the Spurs game.
There are two more FA Cup ties tonight with Everton taking on West Ham and Scunthorpe facing a Chesterfield side who had to beat MK Dons away twice in the previous round. Scunthorpe will be much changed from the team that last played on Boxing Day with loan players Richard Brindley, Shaun Brisley, Bobby Olejnik and Luke Williams all back at their parent clubs.
Gillingham take on Bristol City in the JP Trophy and team news and while City are favourites I’d hold off backing them until seeing if strikers Kieran Agard and Aaron Wilbraham are passed fit.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has named a full-strength squad but will be without striker Diafra Sakho and defender James Tomkins. Cheikhou Kouyate and Alex Song have both left for international duty. Midfielders Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan are both in contention to start at Goodison Park, along with forwards Ricardo Vaz Te and Matt Jarvis.
Everton midfielder James McCarthy hasn’t fully recovered from a hamstring problem. Centre-back John Stones is likely to start, having missed the last two matches with an ankle injury, in place of the suspended Antolin Alcaraz.
Forward Kevin Mirallas is fit but keeper Tim Howard (calf), defender Tony Hibbert, midfielders Leon Osman (foot), Darron Gibson (knee) and Steven Pienaar (knee) are all unavailable while Christian Atsu is on African Nations Cup duty with Ghana.
Elsewhere the focus is on Serie with nine games including Udinese v Roma early and Juventus v Inter Milan late.
Among other fixtures there are two Copa del Rey ties with Celta Vigo facing Athletic Bilbao and Malaga at home to Levante.
My Top Treble of Fiorentina not to lose, AC Milan and Napoli was beaten by the first two who surprisingly lost.
My Super Single was also from Serie A and was also a loser as Genoa drew 2-2 with Atalanta so it wasn’t a good on the Italian football.
I don’t chase losses so won’t be doing much on the later games – maybe a 2pt double – but will make some recommendations after seeing team news.
Remember also to check our friends at We Love Betting for more tips and video chat.
5pts Super Single
(1-1, William Hill)
(3pts Top Treble)
AC Milan (2pm)
2pt Goals treble
Cesena v Napoli over 2.5 goals (5pm)
Palermo v Cagliari btts (2pm)
Parma v Fiorentina btts (2pm)
Super Single 2015 record: 5 bets
(2 winners, 2 losers, 1 void)
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