NORMALLY I spend Saturday afternoons watching Clydebank but we didn’t have a game so it was 90 minutes with Jeff and the boys instead.
And while it was just as exciting it didn’t have the happy ending I usually get with the Bankies.
Thirty minutes is a long time in football and for a spell on Saturday my bets were looking really good.
My four aways – paying 51-1 – were all leading and I advised anyone on to them look at cash-out values if available. Then it all went tits up – one of my Super Singles Ross County had their skipper sent off conceding a penalty and went from 3-1 up to draw 3-3 against Dundee.
I advised covering the draw at 10-1 at half-time but in the end had to put 1pt on a Dundee win just in case.
But the biggest disappointment was Bolton’s last-gasp equaliser against Brighton that denied me even a 25-1 aways treble with Colchester and Arbroath.
These are not excuses though – just facts. Red cards, last-minute goals, missed penalties – they are part of football.
My English both teams to score treble came in at 5-1 with a last-gasp Blackburn goal and with 16 of the 18 matches in the Premiership (all over 2.5 goals) and Championship bringing up the market I’d have been disappointed not to land this one.
Just a word of praise for Sean567 who put up a 104-1 btts line from the Premier League and Scottish Premiership and it’s obvious some people were on. As I’ve said before there are many contributors to the football tips as well as myself, Greg, Desmond and Scott and it’s great when someone posts such a wonderful winner.
I did manage a 30-1 first-scorer double on my Yankee thanks to Liam Boyce and Robert Lewandowski. The only loser was Graziano Pelle while Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was a non-runner.
I chanced another Super Single with Auchinleck -2 at BSC in the Scottish Cup but the Ayrshire junior giants got it much tougher than expected and were held to a 2-2 draw. I’m blaming this on a bad tip-off (you know who you are) but it was my choice to go with it and the result was a surprise.
Unfortunately, as was the case with the 45-1 draws treble last week the 30-1 doesn’t go in the stats. September’s figures don’t look great but a goal here or there is all the difference.
On Sunday the English games are Watford v Palace and Middlesbrough v Leeds while in Scotland Rangers aim to maintain their 100 per cent record at Morton.
There are six games in Serie A, four in La Liga and two in the Bundesliga as well as matches throughout the rest of the continent and I’m still going through them as I try to pick the top tips.
Having landed one 5-1 both to score treble I’m aiming for another today and start with Watford v Palace. Watford have a tremendous goals record with Idion Ighalo leading the way and three of their last four against Palace at Vicarage have seen both score.
Palace failed to net in difficult matches at Spurs and against Man City but before that hit two at Chelsea and found their touch again in midweek by hitting four at Charlton.
Next I’m going to Morton v Rangers. A lot of criticism was pointed at the Rangers’ defence as their perfect start to the season was ended by St Johnstone in the League Cup in midweek.
The way the three goals were lost was poor but boss Mark Warburton insists he won’t change his side’s tactic as they go for an eighth league win in a row. Rangers also conceded at Dumbarton last weekend and while I believe they’ll win in Greenock they’re facing a side who knocked Motherwell of the League Cup in midweek.
It was 3-2 after extra time so Morton could be jaded but in two-goal Alex Samuel, on loan from Swansea, they have a striker in form and at odds against btts is worth a look. Rangers have netted 12 goals in their three away outings.
Complete the treble with Rosenborg v Viking in Norway. It’s first v fourth so should be well fought between two teams who score plenty. The fixtures has a history of goals with btts coming up in the previous five.
After two out of three first scorers yesterday I’m trying a Trixie today. Start with Ighalo – three goals in two games – and add Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Darmstadt – he has netted in all six Bundesliga matches this season. Complete the treble with Real Sociedad’s Imanol Agirretze who has come to Davie Moyes’s rescue with four in two including a hat-trick against Granada in midweek. How he’d love another in the Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao.
It was pointed out on the site earlier that Willie Collum will be in charge at Morton and we all know he loves a red. Even without Collum this could be fiery on a tight pitch with a crackling atmosphere. It’s always a tough one to take for a Super Single but I’m going with a red card at 4-1 with William Hill and Paddy Power. Will Willie flash the 113th red of his career – let’s hope so.
Paddy Power go 60-1 for a sending off for both teams which is interesting but obviously one I can’t tip.
I might put up another Super Single if the red card comes in and I’ve spent ages hunting down a Top Treble. Greg texted me say it was a tough card today and he’s not wrong.
Anyway I’m starting with Dortmund who should get back to winning ways at home to promoted Darmstadt after dropping their first points in midweek. Borussia have netted 10 in three home wins and Darmstadt conceded three at Bayern in midweek. Back Dortmund -2AH and if they win by exactly two it’s void.
Add Odd at home to Sarpsborg. They’ve been the surprise package this season and after eight wins in nine sit just three points behind second-placed Stabaek as they chase a Europa League place.
Complete the treble with Davie Moyes’s Real Sociedad not to lose the Basque derby at home to Athletic Bilbao. Sociedad have netted five in two games with Imanol Agirretze the man in form and should at least draw against Bilbao in a fixture they boast a good record.
2pts Super Single
Morton v Rangers red card (12.30pm)
(4-1, William Hill, Paddy Power)
3pts Top Treble
Dortmund -2 AH (4.30pm)
Sociedad not to lose (7.30pm)
1pt Both to Score Treble
Watford v Palace (4pm)
Morton v Rangers (12.30pm)
Rosenborg v Viking (5pm)
1pt First Scorer Trixie
Perm any 2 and all 3 (4 bets at 0.25pts)
Treble pays 224-1 at boylesports
September Super Single record
29 bets (11 winners, 18 losers)
50 bets (10 winners, 40 losers)
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