JULY has come and that’s a relief after a tough June ended with losses on the Super Single and Top Treble.
I enjoyed a rollercoaster month on the Super Single and at one point was 30pts down before reducing it to 5pts yesterday.
But Jack Sock socked it to me to beat my tennis fourfold and Portugal flopped in the European Under-21 Championship final with Sweden winning on penalties. If Sock had won I’d have finished in profit for the month.
Sock and Portugal added 6pts to my losses but I finished single figures down after both teams scored in Argentina’s Copa America semi-final rout of Paraguay.
I had a disappointing run with the Daily Double/Top Treble and if I’ve learned anything it’s to be more cautious outwith the regular season. Next time around all my bets will be 1pt to restrict losses.
July starts with a quiet card. There is one Champions League qualifier with Welsh champions The New Saints heading to the Faroes to tackle B36 Forshavn.
TNS were 19-20 favourites at bet365 last night but worryingly for anyone backing them they have drifted to 23-20 with bet365 and BetVictor. Five of the six Euro ties yesterday went under 2.5 goals with three finishing 0-0. Goals could be at a premium again and under 2.5 pays 17-20 at bet365.
Later at midnight it’s the second women’s World Cup semi-final between Japan and England and it looks tough to call. Defending champions Japan have conceded just one goal in their five games but netted six as they struggle to finish off their pretty football.
England started the tournament slowly but have improved and their super start blew away hosts Canada in the last eight. They dug deep to seal their place and while they look physically stronger the Japanese play the neater football.
As usual there are loads of friendlies including Bohemians v Hearts and Celtic v Den Bosch in Paisley. Hearts boss Robbie Neilson says the game’s vital for his side’s preparations while Celtic are expected to field a strong although Ronny Deila will be looking to give as many players a run-out as possible.
Team news will be vital for the friendlies and I’ll keep an eye out throughout the day and night.
I don’t have time to put up a separate Wimbledon preview but my Super Single is a tennis double. I can’t see world No.1 Novak Djokovic dropping a set against veteran Finn Jarkko Nieminen.
It’s boiling hot in London and the Serb will want to be in and out of Centre Court as fast as he can. Djoko is 1-150 with some bookies to win and a best 2-11 with BetVictor to win in straight sets.
That of course isn’t worth backing on its own so I’m adding Denis Kudla to beat Alexander Zverev. Kudla’s price is dropping and I fancy him to win after coming back from two sets down to beat Pabol Cuuvas after winning the Ilkley Challenger on grass.
Zverev is rated a decent prospect but his win against Teymuraz Gabashvili was his first over five sets and he may struggle with his fitness in the searing heat. Kudla is no cert but added to Djoko 3-0 gives me a double chance.
2pts Super Single
Djokovic to beat Nieminen 3-0 (1pm)
Kudla to beat Zverev (2.30pm)
(1-1, William Hill, BetVictor)
June Super Single record
46 bets (22 winners, 24 losers)
June Daily Double/Top Treble record
24 bets (3 winners, 21 losers)
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