FOOTBALL'S back … proper football that is. The type of games I like to look at and bet on.
I had a disappointing run over the last week of international friendlies and lower-league games that meant I went from profit to a March loss.
While we're talking figures well done to Jordan for his 30pts profit and huge congratulations to Johnb on the racing thread. For those who don't follow the horses our men ended March with a quite incredible 250pts profit.
All the usual tipsters will be out to make April a good one so watch out for football tips from Greg Browning, Desmond and Scott Allot whose European tips will again be free for everyone to view after being for members only in March.
Also at the start of April we have a new top tips betting partner in GentingBet so I'll be quoting their odds where possible. I've been playing about the site and it's pretty user friendly with coupons in markets such as btts, btts and win, UK long list and Euro Elite list. I particularly like their Acca Insurance where you'll get your money back if one team beats you in a 5+ accumulator.
Today the only game in England is QPR v Middlesbrough although there is non-league action as Cheltenham tackle Grimsby. QPR have found form under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and I don't see them losing.
La Liga returns to action with Rayo v Getafe and remember El Clasico is on Saturday night – and I'd fancy Barcelona strongly if it hadn't been for some long-haul flights undertaken by Messi, Suarez, Neymar and co.
In the Bundesliga we have Bayer Leverkusen v Wolfsburg and in France Monaco host Bordeaux. Wolfsburg face Real Madrid in the Champions League in midweek as they try to close the gape on fourth-placed Schalke.
Bayer are also in the running for the final CL slot and goals could be the way to go here. It was 5-4 to Wolfsburg in this fixture last season and five of the last six have seen both scoring.
Monaco beat PSG 2-0 at the Stade de France last time but the champions were less than focused. Still, it proves Monaco's quality and they are unbeaten in eight in the league. Second spot isn't yet secured so they'll be going all out for the points against a Bordeaux side without a win five.
In Portugal Benfica look a good shout at home to Braga. Benfica have won 12 games in a row in all competitions after losing to Porto back in December. They are 4-7 at GentingBet.
That's just some of the highlights and for many regulars on here they'll be targeting the less glamorous League of Ireland, Ligue 2 and Jupiler League for mainly goals tips.
Unfortunately I don't have much time for tips on a Friday as I have a deadline to meet for my Saturday Daily Record column. I'd love to wade through the fixtures and research goals bets but on a Friday it's never going to happen.
So I'm starting the month slowly with a Super Single double on Monaco not to to lose – they should win but the last four playings of this one have ended all square so I'll keep the stalemate on side. Add both to score at Leverkusen which should happen based purely on stats.
For a low-stakes treble it's QPR not to lose and on-form Benfica to win. I was going to add Dundalk at home to Derry in the clash of the top two in the League of Ireland but have gambled on the bigger price of over 2.5 goals.
Both sides have started with four wins out of five and Derry have netted six in their two away games. Over 2.5 goals has come up in five of the last seven meetings between the sides in Dundalk.
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1pt Super Single
Monaco not to lose (7.45pm)
Bayer v Wolfsburg btts (7.30pm)
1pt Top Treble
QPR not to lose (7.45pm)
Dundalk v Derry over 2.5 goals (7.45pm)
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