I CALLED the Barcelona result right but picked the wrong scorer. Luis Suarez was my Super Single pick but it was his goal-hungry team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar who grabbed the goals.
I put up two Top Trebles – Torino failing to score beat the first and I was a couple of Scottish play-off goals short in the second.
So as far as the top tips are concerned after a good start to the month it was a 5pt loss on the night.
We go from the Champions League to the Europa League with semi-finals between Sevilla-Fiorentina and Napoli-Dnipro.
Sevilla and Napoli are favourites to win their home legs and to progress to the Final and a double on the duo pays 6-4 at Betfred.
I’ve posted a separate preview on the two matches and while I expect both to win we all know Napoli sometimes can’t be trusted and they’re the shorter of the pair at a best 2-5 at Betfred and Coral.
Holders Sevilla have been absolutely superb this season and are just under evens to floor a Fiorentina side whose form has faded recently with four defeats in five Serie A outings.
Elsewhere the English play-offs start with Chesterfield v Preston and Sheffield Utd v Swindon as the race for promotion to the Championship starts.
Preston are pretty hot favourites at 15-8 with boylesports to win the play-offs but their hopes could depend on how well they’ve recovered from blowing automatic promotion on Sunday when they lsot 1-0 at Colchester.
They are also the least successful team in play-off history having failed nine teams so there has to be question marks over Preston psyche. Chesterfield won League Two last season and could be set to lose boss Paul Cook – especially if he guides them to back-to-back promotions.
Preston won 2-0 away in the regular season and finished 20 points above Chesterfield and that’s why they are a biggest 8-5 with Coral and William Hill. I don’t think they’ll lose but it could be a draw so consider Preston draw no bet at 4-5 with Coral.
Looking at the other game and it features two sides off form. The Blades won 2-0 at home when they met in the league but have failed to win any of their last five matches. It’s the same with Swindon with three draws and two defeats in their previous five.
United are a best 13-10 at Betfred and again I don’t see them losing. Draw no bet the Blades are 8-13 at Coral.
Sevilla are my strongest bet and I’m taking them for the Super Single and also on the Top Treble. I have slight concerns about Napoli but they were superb against Wolfsburg in the previous round so I’m putting my faith in them.
And complete a treble with Preston draw no bet – I don’t see them losing at Chesterfield and if they perform as they have done most of the season they can win.
2.85pt Super Single
1pt Top Treble
Preston draw no bet (7.45pm)
May Super Single record
7 bets (3 winners, 4 losers)
May Top Treble record
6 bets (3 winners, 3 losers)
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