WEDNESDAY proved highly profitable with my Super Single and Top Treble winning and I also advised Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata to score at 12-1.
The ex-Man City man has looked a threat from set-pieces and that’s the opening goal in both Celtic’s home ties.
My 11-10 Super Single needed a late goal from Red Bull Salzburg to bring up the -1 tip and Red Bull, Celtic and Rapid Vienna not to lose handed me a 2-1 Top Treble success. I also put up Celtic to win to nil and that was my Daily Record Super Single so it was a good night all round.
We move from the Champions League to the Europa League qualifiers on Thursday and there are loads of ties to consider.
I’ve posted a separate preview covering the matches featuring Aberdeen, Southampton and West Ham and have studied as many matches as possible this morning.
There are some big clubs involved but of course most of them are still in pre-season mode and that can be a problem – and prices on them all are restrictive unless you’re looking at bets such as -1 handicaps. Games include Athletic Bilbao v Inter Baku, Bordeaux v AEK Larnaca, Sampdoria v Vojvodina and Wolfsberger v Borussia Dortmund.
AIK Stockholm are being well tipped at home to Atromitos at 5-4 with William Hill and Henok Goitom is all the rage for first scorer after hitting five in three games. He is 24-5 at 888sport but I’ve read he’s a doubt so make sure he’s starting before backing AIK.
For a Top Treble I’m trying Apollon Limassol at home to Qabala, Charleroi at home to Zorya and Legia Warsaw at Kukesi. Cypriot football has been on the up and home advantage should give Apollon the edge. They’ve won their first two home qualifiers to nil, albeit against opposition, and will need to take a lead to Azerbaijan.
Charleroi impressed in the last round with a 9-2 aggregate win against Beitar and followed up with victory in their first league game at the weekend. Opponents Zorya finished behind big guns trio Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dnipro and have started the season well. However, their home city Lugansk is war-torn and as a result they’ve lost several players.
Complete the treble with Targu Mures not to lose at home to St Etienne. Targu are a decent Romanian side who beat Steaua Bucharest to win the Super Cup and thrashed Astra, West Ham’s opponents, 5-1 away in the league. St Etienne haven’t started their season and could struggle in this opener with a result a decent result for them.
The three big guns most likely to win are Sampdoria, Bilbao and Dortmund and the treble pays just under 1-1 at bet365. I’ll have two points on that and I’m also putting up a 1pt both teams to score treble.
Elsewhere Hearts kick off their season with a League Cup clash at home to League One Arbroath. Even if manager Robbie Neilson doesn’t play his strongest side the Jambos should win well against a side hammered by Dunfermline in the Challenge Cup at the weekend.
Hearts are no bigger than 1-6 at Coral so try -1 at 4-9 with Skybet. My only tip in today’s Daily Record is Hearts -1 and Southampton to win and putting it up as a Super Single for starters.
Southampton should be good enough to take care of a a Vitesse side who finished fifth in the Dutch league. They lost just one of their final 19 matches last season so won’t be pushovers but as long as Saints are ready to kick off their season they should give home fans a winning return to Europe.
2.3pts Super Single
Hearts -1 (7.45pm)
2pts Top Treble
Ath Bilbao (7.45pm)
1pt Top Treble
Targu Mures not to lose (7pm)
1pt Both to Score Treble
Elfsborg v Odd (5pm)
AZ v Istanbul (6.30pm)
Kukesi v Legia Warsaw (7pm)
July Super Single record
39 bets (18 winners, 21 losers)
July Daily Double/Top Treble record
26 bets (6 winners, 20 losers)
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