THERE’S a pattern developing here. Two singles up on Friday, both down on Saturday, two up on Sunday and both down on Monday.
So we know what’s going to happen tonight – and hopefully people will have money left from day one at Cheltenham to have a punt.
I counted myself a little unlucky on Monday – unlucky because I didn’t side with Lazio and Arsenal despite fancying both. Fiorentina I said could have an eye on Thursday’s Europa League clash with Roma and that looked the case as they were crushed 4-0. Unfortunately I went with both teams to score and not over 2.5 goals for the goals single. My main tips at Old Trafford were Arsenal draw no bet and under 2.5 goals
The Super Single was Juventus -2 AH against Sassuolo and they never looked like covering although won the game with a Paul Pogba special late on.
Tonight sees the return of the Champions League with Real Madrid 2-0 up as they welcome Schalke and Porto and Basel tied at 1-1 after a first leg in Switzerland.
Incredibly Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is being questioned by fans after a weekend 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao that allowed Barcelona to take over at the top. However, in Europe there’s no stopping Real who are going for a record 11th Champions League win on the spin – they currently share the milestone with Bayern Munich.
Schalke will be without Kevin-Prince Boateng, Julian Draxler and Jefferson Farfan as well as keeper Ralf Fahrmann and Dennis Aogo. Four others are doubtful.
Real, who have won 11-2 on aggregate in three ties versus the Germans, are 4-7 with bet365 to cover the minus one handicap.
Cristiano Ronaldo is as usual the obvious choice to score first and is 3-1 with Ladbrokes and just 4-7 at Betfred to net at any time. Ronaldo has scored 58 goals in 58 Champions League games for Real and netted five goals and against Schalke in three games. Only against Ajax and Galatasaray has he netted more against in this competition.
Porto were by far the better side in Switzerland – they had 15 shots to Basel’s one – and have a great home record. I’ll be on them to win at 9-20 with bet365 even though they are missing top scorer Jackson Martinez.
Cristian Tello and Yacine Brahimi should see them home and I’m looking at Tello to score at 19-10 with BetVictor.
In Scotland Rangers expect close to a full house for the visit of Queen of the South in the Championship. Fans will welcome the new board but will the players rise to the occasion?
I’m not sure if they will until a new manager is appointed so it’s no bet for me. Rangers are a best 4-6 at BetVictor while Queens are 9-2 at Coral.
I tipped Inverness to KO Raith in the Scottish Cup at the weekend and I’m standing by them in the rescheduled tie. The winners face a big semi-final clash with Dundee Utd or Celtic and I expect ICT to win at 4-11 with Coral.
My top treble in today’s Daily Record is Real -1, Porto and Inverness and I’m sticking with that.
For the Super Single I’m siding with Bristol City at Yeovil even though some people have voiced doubts about midweek form going out the window. However, I’m pleased to hear City boss Steve Cotterill say he’ll make little or no changes to a side chasing a fifth win in a row as they charge to the League One title.
It’s bottom v top so a price of close to evens is too good to miss and hopefully form won’t go out the window tonight.
I looked at Bradford away to Tony Mowbray’s Coventry but their boss Phil Parkinson is making changes during a hectic spell that will see them play tonight, Saturday and against Reading in the FA Cup quarter-final replay on Monday.
Lower-league games in Scotland are often best left alone but having won 2-0 at leaders Morton on Saturday I’d be tempted to have a nibble at Forfar at 8-5 with boylesports at Peterhead.
For my goals bet I’m going with both to score at Elgin v Clyde – two teams still hoping to battle into a League Two play-off spot. Elgin have scored 12 and conceded nine in their last four games so a clean sheet is as likely as me picking a winner at Cheltenham today.
Barry Ferguson’s Clyde have started to pick up results and are unbeaten in six – scoring in all of them. Both have scored in four of the last six meetings in the Highlands.
5pts Super Single
(10-11, BetVictor, bet365, William Hill and others)
4pts Goals Single
Elgin v Clyde btts
(8-13, bet365, Betfred)
2.5pts Top Treble
Real Madrid -1
First scorer Trixie
Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Perm any 2 and all 3 (4 bets)
Treble pays 129-1, Ladbrokes
Super Single March record
9 bets (3 winners, 5 losers, 1 void)
March goals record
9 bets (5 wins, 4 losers)
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