IT was all about Stoke for me on Tuesday but their big players didn’t really turn up and Liverpool deserved their first-leg Capital One Cup semi-final success.
I risked 5pts on three Super Singles on Stoke and in betting there is no room for regrets. For the rest of the week I’ll do my best to eat into the losses.
I didn’t put up an accumulator but the treble I suggested would have been a winning double on Sampdoria not to lose and over 2.5 goals at Bala.
Wednesday sees the second Capital One Cup semi-final between Everton and Man City and I’ve got to favour the away men who will have been boosted by Saturday’s last-gasp win at Watford.
However, having had my fingers burned last night I’m not backing a WDW and the only bet I’d consider is both to score.
Elsewhere there are nine Serie A matches to look at, a full Portuguese League card and six Spanish Cup first-leg ties.
So it’s off to foreign climes for the top tips and I’m starting with Juventus -1 at home to basement boys Verona. Juve are once again title favourites after a run of seven wins and lie just three points behind Inter who face a tricky test at Empoli.
Juve will hopefully come out of cold storage all guns blazing and beat a side without a win this season despite conceding just 13 goals in 14 away matches. At home the Turin men have won this fixture 4-0 and 6-1 in the past two meetings so more of the same please.
Add third-placed Napoli, with six wins and two draws in eight home outings, against Torino. Napoli were in good form before Christmas and won three of their previous four by a tally of 11-3. Torino won’t lie down but their last away match resulted in a 4-0 loss at Juve.
Complete the treble with Portuguese leaders Sporting who leapfrogged Porto with a 2-0 away win last time out. Sporting should be full of confidence for a trip to fifth-placed Setubal whose home form is curious – one win, one defeat and six draws. In their last six visits Sporting have lost just once.
For a both teams to score treble I’m going all Italian. Start with Palermo v Fiorentina with the home men attack-minded in front of their own fans. They’ve netted six in their last two home outings and nine in five when visited by the men from Florence who usually score.
Add Empoli v Inter which features two teams who were scoring for fun before Christmas – although the one recent meeting at Empoli finished 0-0.
Complete the treble with Sassuolo v Frosinone although overs in an alternative. Frosinone’s last six have totalled 26 goals while have netted in five of their last six.
Other games I considered were Everton v Man City although City won 2-0 at Goodison in the league and Porto v Rio Ave with the visitors scoring in all of their away games this season.
In general I’ve ignored the Spanish Cup games as plenty of teams will make changes. Barcelona face Espanyol in a local derby just four days after a 0-0 La Liga draw and while they should win at home you’ll need decide by how many.
One match where I’ve seen key team news is Mirandes v Deportivo with the visitors rotating their squad and without at least seven first-choice players ahead of their weekend league encounter with Real Madrid.
Second-tier Mirandes beat La Liga side Malaga home and away in the previous round and look capable of battling to a first-leg advantage. I’m willing to take a chance on them but instead of backing Mirandes to win at around 2-1 I’m on Mirandes draw no bet.
This is a 3pm kick-off and if it wins I made add another Super Single.
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2pts Super Single
Mirandes DNB (3pm)
Pays 19-20 at Coral
2pts Top Treble
Juventus -1 (2pm)
1pt Both Teams to Score
Palermo v Fiorentina (2pm)
Sassuolo v Frosinone (2pm)
Empoli v Inter Milan (5pm)
Pays 13-2 at William Hill
January Super Single Total
6 bets (0 winners)
January Advised Accas Total
5 bets (0 winners)