I PUT up two Super Singles yesterday. My first choice was Djurgaarden and later I added Chelsea after seeing the strong team Jose Mourinho had picked.
Djurgaarden gave us a rollercoaster of a night with an injury-time winner after conceding a 90th-minute equaliser. I advised a 0.5pt cover on the draw at 9-2 with 10 minutes to go and felt relieved when Halmstad levelled. But in the end I was happier with the final result.
All the talk pre-match was about how many kids Mourinho would field but he named as strong a side as possible including a comeback for Diego Costa – but what a letdown for backers of the Blues with West Brom winning easily after a crazy red card for Cesc Fabregas.
In the end it was a disappointing 3.2pts loss on the day for the Super Single and possibly the last time I put up two picks.
It’s pretty quiet on Tuesday with some Scandinavian football and Sivasspor v Galatasaray in Turkey and Ried v Altach to look at as well as a couple of Irish League Cup clashes and some Icelandic Cup ties for anyone who knows that country.
Already there have been some comments about Galatasaray being a big price but this is a Turkish Cup semi-final 2nd leg and they lead 4-1 so beware.
After looking at the games I’ve decided to split the Super Single with 2.5pts on Sivasspor to beat Galatasaray at a biggest 5-4 with 888sport. Sivasspor will field their strongest available team in what is their biggest match of the season while Galatasaray are resting players ahead of a big league clash with Besiktas on Sunday.
Boss Hamza Hamzaoglu has left keeper Fernando Muslera as well as Hamit Altintop, Felipe Melo, Wesley Sneijder and top scorer Burak Yilmaz at home for the trip to Sivas. Aurelien Chedjou and Selcuk Inan are injured so Gala are without seven players.
Sivasspor aren’t as poor as their league positions suggests and both teams have scored in their last and in their seven previous meetings against Gala – so an alternative to the home win is both to score at 19-29 with 888sport but of course the league leaders could simply set out their stall to defend their 4-1 lead.
The other single is Altach draw no bet at Ried. Altach played well to hold Salzburg to a 2-2 draw at the weekend but the result just about ended their chances of playing Champions League football. In the race for a Europa League spot they and Sturm Graz are point ahead of Wolfsberger so it’s two from three.
Ried have nothing to play for so Altach must see this is a big chances to boost their Euro hopes. They are worth a look at 11-5 to win but I’ll take less risk with draw no bet at 13-10 with Coral as Altach have lost at Ried on their last six visits.
That’s a concern but this season they are the better team and beat them at home and of course Ried have nothing but pride to play for.
Yesterday I did a speculative goals treble and lost 1pt – I’m trying the same tonight. Start with both to score at Ried-Altach and Falkenbergs v Kalmar over 2.5 goals – the Swedes have met six times with going over 2.5.
Complete the treble with over 2.5 goals at Barcelona B v Valladolid. Barca sit in the drop zone and face a fourth-placed team who hammered them 7-0 in the last meeting. The Barca kids have conceded 69 goals this season and are likely to struggle against a Real outfit unbeaten in nine and still with a chance of automatic promotion.
2.5pts Altach draw no bet (6pm)
2.5pts Sivasspor (6.30pm)
1pt Top Treble
Ried v Altach btts
Falkenbergs v Kalmar over 2.5 (6pm)
Barcelona B v Valladolid over 2.5 (8pm)
May Super Single record
20 bets (7 winners, 13 losers)
May Top Treble record
16 bets (7 winners, 9 losers)
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