IT'S Friday the 13th and I'm hoping it's lucky for some. Luck can be measured in different degrees.
For some it's winning the lottery, for others it's about a lift on the fixed odds and for me it's going home and hoping the girlfriend's got a headache.
Friday the 13th has thrown up one helluva game in Southampton v Reading but it's easier to call than trying a bucking bronco on speed (apparently).
It's a titanic Championship clash between the top two and it will see the winner installed as a short price to be crowned champions. They are locked on 82 points, with West Ham six behind, so cynics will saw a draw would suit both. Bet365 have them both 1-7 for automatic promotion.
And to be honest I'm looking at a stalemate while accepting it's unlikely on-form Reading will lose. The Royals have seven of their last nine away from home but looked jaded at Brighton in midweek when they escaped with a scrappy 1-0 win.
Key to Saints' success is top scorer Rickie Lambert who took his tally for he season to 26 with a double at Crystal Palace and without him his side lost 3-0 at Blackpool and were held by Portsmouth at home.
So Lambert to score at 11-8 with BetVictor is an obvious bet while he is 9-2 at Paddy Power to break the deadlock. On-form Billy Sharp has hit all Saints' four goals in their last two home outings and is 11-2 (various) first and 15-8 (Stan James) at any time.
Reading don't have a prolific scorer – Adam Le Fondre leads the way on nine – so a bet I like is veteran deadball expert Ian Harte at 6-1 with Paddy Power to net at any time. He hit the only goal at Brighton.
When you look at the sides involved you assume there will be goals galore but the last three meetings have all been under 2.5 – and all draws – and I'm looking at a 1-1 here. Under 2.5 pays 4-5 (various).
Fleetwood cost me a few quid when they were held by Wrexham in midweek but should make no mistake and wrap up the Blue Square Premier title at home to Lincoln.
The Highbury outfit are unbeaten in the league since October and will be out to clinch it in style. They beat Lincoln 3-1 away and should at least cover the minus one handicap at a biggest 10-11 with Stan James.
Just to win Fleetwood are 4-11 with Coral and 5-6 at Paddy Power to be leading HT and FT.
Stuttgart were a side confidently tipped by Mr Fixit at Augsburg in midweek and I see no reason to desert the men in form tonight at home to Werder Bremen.
They have netted 11 goals in their last three games and the improvement in form has seen them climb to fifth. Werder haven't won in five and have lost four of their last five to Stuttgart, conceding a remarkable 20 goals in those four defeats (1-4, 1-4, 3-6 and 6-0).
The home price is big enough to back at 10-11 with the likes of William Hill but I'm going bigger on the anytime scorer market.
Stuttgart should win well and their improvement has coincided with the arrival of Vedad Ibisevic from Hoffenheim at the end of January. He has netted eight in 11 starts including singles in their last three games.
(10-11, Stan James)
(10-11, William Hill)
Ibisevic to score