IT was almost a no-bet day and maybe it should have been. I fancied Norway to score in Hungary but 0-0 at Portsmouth beat my recommended double.
Was it worth a point? I suppose so. The two golf bets I put up on the forum are still running after the OCL Classic was suspended due to bad light with Russell Knox and Graeme McDowell tied for the lead two ahead of Jason Bohn.
Monday’s another quiet one unless you’re Irish or from Boznia-Herzegovina. After Hungary booked their place at France 2016 it’s the turn of the Irish to try to make home advantage count.
It’s 1-1 after the first leg in Zenica and that was a great result for Martin O’Neill’s men who should complete the job in Dublin.
Not that it will be easy though and while a 0-0 will seal the deal just like last night’s clash the team who scores first could progress. Bosnia weren’t as good as expected last week and the Irish dealt with everything they threw at them until Edin Dzeko’s late leveller.
I’ve posted a separate preview on the big game and may use the recommended bet of first goal time after 32 minutes as the Super Single. It pays evens with Paddy Power.
Elsewhere there is an FA Cup replay between Boreham Wood and Northwich Victoria and one international friendly featuring Albania and Georgia. Albania of course are much the better side having qualified for the Euros for the first time and if they field a strong they should beat a Georgia side whose only significant points came from beating Scotland at home – and yes it still hurts.
Among the Euro U-19 and U-21 qualifiers is England U-21s in action against Switzerland in Brighton. After a 0-0 draw away to Bosnia last week England are tied at the top of the Group 9 with the Swiss on seven points from nine. Gareth Southgate’s men have lost a couple of players to the full team but should be strong enough to win this one. England are a best 8-11 with bet365 and William Hill and that price has dropped.
The other three U-21 qualifiers are Moldova v Czech Rep at noon and Albania v Lietchenstein and Hungary v Greece at 5pm in Group 4.
Just for interest I took a look at Liechtenstein’s stats and they’re worse than you can imagine – played 40, lost 40. In fact they’ve netted just eight times in those outings and last scored nine games ago in a 5-1 defeat at Switzerland.
Albania U-21s aren’t much better. Their only win in 22 was 2-0 away to Liechtenstein in March so they must be thrilled at finding a team worse than themselves. Albania are 1-7 at bet365 to win, 1-2 at Betway to win by two or more and 13-20 at BetVictor to win to nil. All three should come up if you decide you can trust a side with two wins in 35.
Moldova U-21s aren’t quite as poor as Liechtenstein and Albania – they’ve won two in 15 including a victory against Group 1 rivals Montenegro and they came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at home to nine-man Latvia last week.
The Czechs though are unbeaten with two wins and two draws and are unbeaten at this level in six games. They should be backed at 11-20 with William Hill.
In fact as the Czech game is early I’m putting up a 1pt treble on them, Albania -1 and England to win. If the first two come in there is a chance to cover England before kick-off or in play.
One thing I’d point out is I haven’t any Czech or Albania team news so please bear that in mind. These are taken from form and stats and team news is the important factor – so if anyone has some please put it up.
I’ll consider adding more tips including a Super Single later but need to take my daughter out for a bit. That means she wants me to pay for something!
1pt Top Treble
Czech Rep U-21s (12pm)
Albania U-21s -1 (5pm)
England U-21s (5.45pm)
November Super Single total
20 bets (5 winners)
28 bets (8 winners)