IT was a spectacular day at The Open with the big three now top three in the betting – Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Tiger Woods.
JOHNB put up three tips on Wednesday with one winner and two losers. NB Leaderene came in at 4-9 after being tipped 5-4 but the nap almost lived up to his name.
Gio’s Last struggled round in 12th and Johnb will be hoping better for Wednesday’s nap.
IT was a strange old night on the Champions League qualifiers with 10 of the 12 games going under 2.5 goals and ALL 12 being no to both to score.
Someone’s bound to have a speculative £1 on that scenario and well done to anyone who did – and it’s worth remembering for next season. I was happy in the end to see my treble come up thanks to Qarabag, Slovan Bratislava and Celtic. That paid 2-1 and I also advised Celtic to win to nil at 13-10.
My Super Single was beaten though as Maribor failed to break down Zrinjski in Bosnia and that was one of four 0-0s. Players must have thought they were at Brazil 2014 still.
Anyway the results are worth heeding as we look at tonight’s Champions League fixtures – Dinamo Tblisi v Aktobe, Malmo v Ventspils, Ludogerets v Dudelange, Stromsgodset v Steaua and Legia Warsaw v St Patrick’s.
It should be a case of how many for Bulgarian champs Ludogerets, who had a good Europa League run last season, and Polish champs Legia against a St Pat’s side who haven’t scored a goal in four previous Champions League campaigns.
Swedish league leaders Malmo are expected to take care of Latvians Ventspils who sit second in their country behind Skonto Riga. Unfortunately for punters the treble pays a best 1-2 with the likes of Stan James, McBookie and BetVictor so it’s one for big hitters.
That leaves Dynamo Tblisi v Aktobe and Celtic boss Ronny Deila’s old side Stromsgodset at home to Steaua Bucharest. Stromsgodset are 33-20 with Ladbrokes and are strong at home so must have a chance against a side whose only competitive match was last week’s Supercup defeat to Astra on penalties.
The jury’s out on Steaua after nine players were signed and 11 shipped out but with not a lot of money spent. Stromsgodset will be up for their first Champions League tie and I’m willing to risk them as the Super Single although any opinions on this from someone who knows Romanian football better would be a help.
Tblisi and Aktobe both have new bosses with the Kazakhstan visitors acting after a recent 7-1 defeat by Kairat Almaty and again it’s a game featuring rusty favourites against underdogs in their league season. Could be one to leave alone.
Ludogerets -1 (6pm)
Malmo -1 (6pm)
Legia Warsaw -1 (7.45pm)
THE Tour de France continues to throw up thrills and spills and we’re counting down to the start of The Open at Hoylake on Thursday.
Ace Venturer has put up expert golf tips but the ones I’m following are US Open champion Martin Kaymer – and not just because he has a Clydebank caddie – super Swede Henrik Stenson, American hopeful Rickie Fowler and Irish links expert Graeme McDowell.
I WAS hoping Justin Rose wouldn’t win at Aberdeen as he was going to be my tip for The Open this week. I know Phil Mickelson won the Scottish then the Open last year but can Rose do the same?
He triumphed in the the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago and with the Scottish under his belt he will be going for three in a row. The last person to achieve this feat was Martin Kaymer after he won the USPGA in 2010.