IT was a night when anyone backing Premier League favourites would have been laughing all the way to the bank.
All seven won at around 40-1 and while bookies will have lost plenty defeats for hot favourites Celtic and Norwich will have saved them from total carnage.
I didn’t back against of the magnificent seven but I’d have been laughed at if I’s suggested the sevenfold so well done to anyone who took it – and especially well done if you resisted the temptation to add Celtic or Norwich or both to boost the accumulator.
In Wednesday’s Daily Record I said it would be a “super surprise” if Wigan avoided defeat at Norwich and don’t think anyone saw that result coming for the high-flying Canaries but maybe they were hit by the weight of expectation after climbing to within touching distance of top spot.
Norwich featured on my Top Treble as well being the Super Single on a -1 handicap. Five points were given away on those two bets but the loss was almost recouped by a 11-2 both to score treble that was let down on the last leg by Athletic Bibao.
It’s a much quieter Thursday night with games to look at including Juventus v Fiorentina in the Italian Cup and Brest v Auxerre and Concarneau v Guingamp in the French Cup. In Portugal Nacional tackle Sporting in the cup and there’s not much else to look at.
Juventus are 4-7 favourites with BetVictor and McBookie to beat Fiorentina in tonight’s first leg and they have won four and drawn two of their last six at home to the Florence men.
Both sides are in good form and both are expected to make changes tonight and I wouldn’t like to have a bet on this until I see teams – and I’m unlikely to be about at that point so I’m not having a punt.
Juve will have Marco Storari between the sticks instead of Gianluigi Buffon. Star turns Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba have had injury problems and are unlikely to be involved. Luca Marrone, Kwadwo Asamoah, Stefano Sturaro and Romulo are others who will sit out.
Fiorentina’s win at Inter Milan on Monday lifted them to within three points of Napoli in the race for a Champions League spot and that’s where their focus will lie. Mo Salah and Mario Gomez are likely to start in Turin but Giuseppe Rossi, Khouma Babacar, Stefan Savic, Nenad Tomovic and Ciprian Tatarusanu are sidelined.
We know all about Guingamp but I must admit I’ve never heard of Concarneau. Guingamp are French Cup holders, sit 11th in Ligue 1 and were recently knocked out of the Europa League at the last-32 stage by Dynamo Kiev.
Concarneau sounds more like a French steak. They are in fact a fourth-tier amateur side who have battled through to this stage beating the likes of Niort and Dijon so they can play. However, the gulf between them and Guingamp looks massive.
Although Guingamp have lost their last three they’ve been to Nantes, Kiev and Montpellier. Concarneau’s last three matches were against Boredeaux reserves, Plabennec and Iris Croix who they beat on penalties to reach this stage.
Guingamp are 4-7 with firms such as Paddy Power and Betfred and I’d be happy to take that. It’s the same price as Norwich were to beat Wigan and it would be as big a surprise if they didn’t win.
I can’t see team news but being holders and with the carrot of a last-four place I’m assuming Guingamp will field their strongest side and take no chance against the battling amateurs. For a Super Single I’m on Guingamp -1 Asian Handicap. They’re good enough to win by at least two but we get the stake returned if they win by one.
I said at the star of the goals trial I’d nick tips from raaljaca now and again and after I posted my Super Single he suggested over 1.5 Guingamp goals as an alternative. Again it looks great on paper so I’m going with it.
5pts Super Single
Guingamp -1 AH (8pm)
5pts Goals Super Single
Guingamp over 1.5 goals
Super Single March record:
4 bets (1 win, 3 losers)
4 bets (2 wins, 2 losers)
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