IT was almost a full house on the top tips on Thursday – and it should have been barring a woeful display from West Ham.
My Top Treble landed at 4-1 thanks to Odd, Zilina and Wolfsberger and the 6-1 both to score treble came on games at Beitar, Hajduk Split and Linfield.
But what I rated my safest bet flopped thanks to the Hammers who crashed 1-0 at Maltese minnows Birkirkara before winning on penalties. Boss Slaven Bilic named a strong side so there are no excuses on that front and it will be interesting to see how they fare against Inverness’s conquerors Astra next week.
Friday’s about Irish, Austrian and some Scandinavian league games as well as loads of friendlies.
My focus has been on writing Saturday’s column for the Daily Record but I did spot Bohemians at evens at home to Derry City. Derry let me down last week when they were held at home by basement boys Limerick and they haven’t won in 11.
I keep reading Derry must improve soon but hopefully it won’t be tonight against a Bo’s side who have won three of their last five at home and their previous two against Derry.
That’s the Super Single sorted and my only other bet is a double on both to score at Start v Viking and Bruges to win at St Truiden in their Belgian league opener. Bruges finished second last season and warmed up with a 1-0 defeat to champions Genk last week.
It won’t be easy for them against promoted St Truiden and both squads are much changed but at just under evens I’m willing to risk 1pt on Bruges.
Both have scored in Start’s last four – a total of 19 goals – and it’s the same in five of Viking’s last six with 27 goals netted.
I won’t be putting more tips up tonight as I’m working at the paper after finishing my column but I liked the look of Targu Mures at home to Concordia in Romani following their 5-1 win at Astra last week. There is money too on Sligo at a big price to beat St Pat’s or draw no bet at around 5-1 but maybe someone with more knowledhe of Irish footie will comment on that one.
1.5pts Super Single
(1-1, Paddy Power)
1pt Daily Double
Start v Viking btts (6pm)
July Super Single record
33 bets (15 winners, 18 losers)
July Daily Double/Top Treble record
18 bets (3 winners, 15 losers)
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