I WAS away all day on a trip to Newcastle so I’ve got no idea how well or badly people did on the site on Saturday.
I do know though Greg Browning had a nice 11-2 over 2.5 goals treble winner because he told me so after I thanked him for reminding me to back a late goal at St James’s Park.
In fact there were two late ones – one for either side. As a neutral on the evidence of what I saw Newcastle are going down.
Credit to Bournemouth for playing well and they looked a neat and tidy side but Newcastle were dreadful with Jonjo Shelvey the only player I’d give pass marks too.
I’ve got to say the atmosphere was vile and understandably so. Fans want Steve McClaren and Mike Ashley out and too many players looked scared to play in case they made a mistake.
Next up for Newcastle is Leicester away – on yesterday’s showing a home win is the banker of the season. But maybe they’ll have changed manager by then.
As far my own tips it was one Super Single out of two and a series of near misses on the accumulators.
Leicester provided a 2pt winner and Dundee draw no bet a 1pt loser. Dundee conceded a first-minute goal at Rangers and never turned up – I wasn’t alone in thinking the price was wrong but you can’t argue with a 4-0 scoreline.
Wigan beat the Top Treble and Ayr not scoring downed the both to score treble.
Sunday’s top tips will be up around lunchtime after I check latest team news and have a more sobering look at form and stats.
Hibs face Inverness and Celtic take on Morton in the other two Scottish Cup quarter-finals and in the Premier League it’s Crystal Palace v Liverpool and West Brom v Man United.
Celtic have that one in the bag at HT and all eyes will be on the semi-final draw later and the chance of an Old Firm tie. I fancy Liverpool at Palace and it should be a both teams to score job at the Hawthorns.
Juventus, Inter Milan, Ajax and Barcelona are among obvious ones I like on the continent while Atletico Madrid at Valencia, Mainz at home to Darmstadt and Marseille at home to Toulouse are of interest.
For the Super Single I’ve plumped for Atletico despite Valencia’s improved form. Atletico don’t concede goals as was shown by their 1-0 win at Real Madrid last week. Valencia do – 17 successive matches in La Liga without a clean sheet.
Gary Neville’s men were hammered 3-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao last weekend and although they bounced back well to win at Malaga in midweek they should find Atletico too hot to handle. If you were considering a first scorer don’t look any further than Antoine Griezmann.
For the Top Treble back Juventus, who haven’t conceded in eight Serie A games, at Atalanta and add Inter against a Palermo side without a win in six including a 5-0 loss at Roma last time on the road. Inter have been poor away but strong at home.
Complete the treble with Lyon at home to Guingamp. Lyon’s form has improved massively and last week they ended PSG’s unbeaten run. Guingamp could score but they conceded too many – 10 in three games – and have been beaten by two on both their recent visits to Lyon.
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2pts Super Single
Atletico Madrid (7.30pm)
3pts Top Treble
1pt Both to Score Treble
Willem v Ajax (1.30pm)
Sassuolo v Milan (2pm)
Lyon v Guingamp (8pm)
(6-1, William Hill)
March Super Singles Total
7 bets (3 winners, 4 losers)
March Advised Accas Total
7 bets (1 winner, 6 losers)