JUNE hasn’t started well but that’s partly down to the fixtures and maybe I should have just shut up shop until the Champions League Final.
I was one goal short on the main Super Single as Djurgaarden and Norrkoping fought out a 1-1 draw while Serena Williams losing the first beat the Top Treble. I’ve already picked a Daily Double that will clear the early losses so fingers crossed.
On Friday there are some international friendlies, including Scotland v Qatar, and it’s well known I hate them from a betting point of view. The Scots should win a low-key affair at Easter Road but in reality their full focus is on next Saturday’s vital Euro qualifier away to the Republic of Ireland.
Gordon Strachan will use as many fringe men as possible and it should be a chance of the likes of Charlie Adam and Leigh Griffiths to catch his eye. Adam’s back in the squad after a superb end to the season with Stoke while Griffiths couldn’t stop scoring for Celtic after, by his own admission, giving up on Irn-Bru!
Scotland are 8-15 at Betway to win and while I know little about Qatar I’m tempted. Under 2.5 goals is likely at 21-20 with bet365 and if they start consider Adam to score at 7-2 with Betfred and Griffiths to score first at 5-1 at Betfred.
I put up a double I liked last night and have had some time to hunt down a Super Single. The double is Dundalk to beat Bohemians in the League of Ireland and both teams to score at Tromso v Molde in Norway. Dundalk are unstoppable at the moment and are unbeaten in their last nine meeting with Bohemians going back to 2012.
It’s first v second but Dundalk will move nine points clear of their rivals with a game in hand and while it’s early that’s a gap unlikely to be bridged. Boss Stephen Kenny has a full squad to choose from and will want to get as many points on board as possible before his men go into European action.
Dundalk won the first meeting of the sides 3-0 this season and while they should cover the minus one handicap for the double I’m on them just to win at a 4-11 with 888sport. Minus one you can have evens with Paddy Power and that’s a possible Super Single.
Tromso sit second bottom in Norway but have netted 15 goals in 11 games and could score against Molde who are rightly 5-6 favourites at BetVictor to win.
There have been 27 goals in Tromso’s last six matches and 26 in Molde’s previous six with all of those going over 2.5 goals. Take overs as opposed to both to score.
I was favouring Dundalk -1 as the Super Single but the Racing Post’s excellent Irish section on a Friday is headlining Bohemiamns +1.25. To be honest I’d be surprised if it came in but they should know more about Irish football than me so it won’t be the Super Single.
Instead I’ve decided to focus on a friendly only because there is firm team news from Guus Hiddink as Holland face USA in a friendly ahead of next week’s Euro qualifier against Latvia. Hiddink hasn’t enjoyed the best of times with the Dutch and three wins in eight is something he has to improve on. He needs a morale boost and knows it.
For this friendly he has named his strongest available squad and has confirmed the likes of Jeffrey Bruma, Bruno Martins Indi, Memphis Depay, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Robin van Persie will start.
Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Ron Vlaar are among those injured but it should be a strong Dutch team. USA on the other hand are without the likes of Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones.
As long as Holland have the right attitude in Amsterdam – and that’s sometimes the problem – they should cover the -1 handicap but I’ll go slightly safer with Holland -1 AH at 13-15 with BetVictor.
Depay will be feeling good after his move to Man United and we know all about the goal threat he provides from midfield. I’ll be on him at 13-2 with bet365 to score first.
3pts Super Single
Holland -1 AH (7.30pm)
5pts Daily Double
Tromso v Molde over 2.5 goals (6pm)
June Super Single record
4 bets (1, winner, 3 losers)
June Daily Double/Top Treble record
3 bets (3 losers)
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