Germany were stunned 5-3 by Switzerland last weekend but I wouldn't read too much into that result.

Joachim Low’s side were missing their eight Bayern Munich stars and they'll be back against Israel tonight except for Bastian Schweinsteiger who has a calf injury.

Probable starting line-up: Neuer, Boateng, Mertesacker, Badstuber, Lahm, Khedira, Kroos, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Gomez.

Israel boss Eli Guttmann is reported to be playing a defence-minded line-up with Itay Shechter a lone striker. I can't see past Germany but as they are just 2-9 at Coral and Paddy Power take them minus one at 4-9 with Paddy Power and possibly minus two at 11-10 with Paddy Power.

Golden Boot favourite Mario Gomez is one of those back after the Basel bashing and he is 7-2 at unibet to score first. Gomez will be keen to get back on track after a poor display in the Champions League Final defeat to Chelsea.

France should edge out Serbia and are 4-7 with William Hill to do so.

If you're looking for proper action what about these two: Bulgaria v Scotland U-21s and Shotts v Clydebank.

Scotland are unbeaten in their group and with a famous win in Holland under their belts. You have to fancy Billy Stark's side to get a result in Lovech and are 2-1 at Betfred and BetVictor to do so.

Jordan Rhodes is the man the Bulgarians fear and he'll be looking to celebrate Huddersfield's promotion to the Championship with a goal. If you can get a price on him to score first then take but not seen anything yet, not even at McBookie.com.

The Scots online bookies have, however, priced up tonight's big junior game, the D&D Central League Cup Final.

Shotts go into the game on the back of their stunning success against Auchinleck Talbot in the Scottish Junior Cup and on the verge of promotion to the top flight. For the it's a question of when their busy schedule will catch up with them.

Clydebank are a league above Shotts and on a run of 12 wins in a row in the league and cup. They are justifiable 4-5 favourites with McBookie but I was hoping for a tad bigger against decent opposition. Shotts are 85-40 at McBookie.com to win in 90 minutes.

I'll be at Pollok to see if Clydebank can do it. Will I take the 4-5? Probably. Bankies are 1-1 in William Hill shops but it's not available online.


Recommendations

Gomez to score first
(7-2, unibet)

Germany -2
(11-10, Paddy Power)

France
(4-7, William Hill)

Scotland U-21s
(2-1, BetVictor, Betfred)

Clydebank
(4-5, McBookie.com)

38 Comments
  1. mattysmev 8 years ago

    doing the evens challenege stake 40 on La Paz and boca juniors double (+48return) boca juniors drew, the 18p left in 365 account and put a daft 25/1 accumulator on, and it only went and won :/ just my bloody luck haha !!!!

  2. craig alves 8 years ago

    thats a stinger matty, not had much luck myself with evens ch this wk and all the 1st games in euro 12 look tough to call.
    will be good to see scotland get the win but it is scotland after all so maybe fall at the last hurdle, decent price tho and will watch it, surely if they can beat holland away they can beat bulgaria

    • mattysmev 8 years ago

      yea i know, ballache, there are alot of good inplay evens to be honest, i can see alot of btts games coming up in the euros so that could be a market to look at, we should all try and get one going on here.

  3. Chris Guy 8 years ago

    Paul can’t believe Gomez price is still 4/5 to score anytime with Coral. Price cut with Paddy Power to 2/7 and 1/4 with Sporting Bet. If he starts the game id literally put my mortgage on him scoring at anytime.

    Fancy subbing me £500? I’ll give you £100 if he scores. That will pay for your pies, bovril and the pub after the Clydebank game.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Chris, it’s a cracking price if he starts but remember there are no guarantees in friendlies. By the way if Clydebank win tonight £100 won’t cover the first round. And I don’t eat pies as I’m an athlete!

  4. Marc Currie 8 years ago

    Hi guys, what’s the evens challange I keep reading about?
    Can someone please explain to me the rules/objective etc? Cheers in advance.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Marc, basically a challenge where you start with say a tenner and double your winnings each time with the aim being to try to go as far as you can, for example £10,000, by picking an evens winner every time.

  5. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    Paul I just read the following team news from goal.com which was only posted 19 mins ago. Looks like Gomez may not start or may not play a full game.

    Germany is expected to make several changes for the friendly encounter with Israel at the Red Bull Arena as the team finalizes its preparations for Euro 2012.

    Bayern Munich stars Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber will all start, having been left out of the squad for Saturday’s 5-3 loss to Switzerland.

    Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez are likely to feature in some capacity, but the same may not be said for Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is carrying a calf problem.

  6. craig alves 8 years ago

    marc, betting 1 bet a day seems a lot easier than pickin numerous but ive still only got 3/4 up in a row at ev’s ch. i wouldn’t have the guts to risk losing crazy amounts on a single, my personal view is to get to £100 and bank the ton then play with any money left over on new evs ch.
    5 successful bets get to approx 300 but seen new bettin system called ‘moneytree’ where £10 gets split into 4 bets at evs so its safer if your 1 side gets beat, will keep an eye on it to see how it does but will take longer for pot to add up

  7. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    Paul was just thinking of something? Is there no way we can add out avatar pic to our name in the comments section. Like you have done for yourself?

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Chris, definitely wait for confirmed line-ups before betting on Germany game. As far as pics go do you not like the one you have? I’m told it’s a decent resemblance. To be honest I think it might give admin a bit of a nightmare but I’m sure they’ll pick up on your comment.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Right guys I’m off to Pollok for the big game. WIll check in sometime tonight.

  8. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    A dark shadow yeah that’s me mate lol

  9. craig alves 8 years ago

    scotland equalise wi 20 mins left, still time for a late rally

  10. joe knotts 8 years ago

    Just a wee double for fun tonight. Germany game 2 or 3 goals at 5/4 and france game 4 or more goals at 11/4.

  11. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    Madness.com that’s my bets on for tonight! After seeing that Gomez is starting and managing to sweet talk my brother to borrow funds I have placed the following bets.

    £1000 on Gomez to score at anytime at 4/5 with Coral.

    £300 in Gonez to score first at 10/3 with Coral.

    All I need is Gomez to score for £500 profit but if he scores first goal I make £1800 profit. Easy money I hope. Don’t anyone be jumping on the bandwagon. Only bet what you can afford but I’m certain this man will score.

    Good luck everyone

  12. Marc Currie 8 years ago

    I’ve gone for Germany to win to nil tonight @ evens. I wasn’t sure after shipping 5 the against Switzwerland but the team looks a lot stronger tonight.

  13. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    I sound like a bit of a hypocrit with saying only back what you can afford but I only borrowed money as I get paid tomorrow and I would be gutted if it came up!!

  14. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    Lmao I’m not that daft but I hope Gomez scores. Got £100 on him anytime and £30 first and £30 last.

  15. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    Wonder how the bankies are getting on? Hopefully Paul will check in at ht

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Chris, just back from the pub. Bankies won 3-0 so I hope plenty of people took the 4-5 from McBookie.com or William Hill‘s even money in the shops.

  16. Andy Hutchings 8 years ago

    Ive got a £5.00 acca on Scotland U21’s,France,Germany and Mexico. Also a tenner on Mexico,france,germany treble and twenty on france/germany double.so far so good….

  17. craig alves 8 years ago

    £1000 on gomez haha, bet you wish you had that £ on him now, nice profit still tho.
    had spain winnin at ht, france 2+ 1st gls and germany to win both halves treble 2.46 for 30 back so lets hope the germans get a few early gls 2nd, posted it on usa brazil page earlier

  18. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    Honestly Craig Gomez was mortgage material

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Chris, great news about Gomez. I was otherwise occupied so didn’t know he had scored. It was a pretty good night all in and would have been perfect if Scotland U-21s hadn’t conceded an injury-time equaliser. Had a pile of money on the Bankies and I never bet on them. But just thought it would be a game too far for Shotts tonight although they fought hard until losing the third.

  19. craig alves 8 years ago

    the germans dont half miss a few sitters, got the 2nd gl eventually, thoughts on mexico bosnia later anyone???

  20. craig alves 8 years ago

    mexico -2 and 1st gl russia v italy 71-80mins 80/1
    rus/italy draw, mexico -1 & czech rep 10/1

    also got mexico 3-1, ukraine 3-1 & italy 1-1.
    25p trixie

  21. Luke 8 years ago

    I’ve still got my £218.88 in my paddy power account from my 6 straight ‘evens’ singles, from original stake of £3. Each day that goes by, where I can’t find a bet im confident enough to stake that amount on, the more tempted I am to bank the lot! But I set out to reach 8 straight winners, resulting in £8007 profit! Do I stay patient, or bank it!?!?!

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Luke, you could bank it and start again or go the whole way. This is one problem with the challenge. Every time you win you are playing with higher stakes and when does the old bottle go?

  22. Luke 8 years ago

    £800+ *

  23. Mr Chris Guy 8 years ago

    10 selections gets you £10000 but as Paul says when does the bottle go. I’d prob collect at ££1280 to be honest.

    Imagine you got to £5k. Would you really risk gambling it on an evs shot? I wouldn’t even risk gambling it on a 1/5 shot.

  24. Luke 8 years ago

    It’s a tough call! Especially as I go on holiday in a month! Will keep it in my paddy account for time being, and if I ree a bet that stands out, I’ll go with my instincts! I’ve been lucky along my way to this point, and hard to know when your lucks run out!

  25. Mcgart 8 years ago

    Luke this is my system atleast if u get past 5 bets u have made a profit. What do you think paul? Do you think you would be likely to go for atleat 10 bets or more?

    Evens challenge.
    Day equivelent:

    10. £10 £20 bet 1
    11. £20 £40 bet 2
    12. £40 £80 bet 3
    13. £80 £160 bet 4
    14. £160 £320 bet 5
    Bank £70
    15. £250 £500 bet6
    16. £500 £1000 bet 7
    Bank £500
    17. £500 £1000 bet 8
    18. £1000 £2000 bet 9
    Bank £1000
    19. £1000 £2000 bet 10

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      I think either you do the challenge or not. If you’re not going to see it through just do normal bets. The one I like better is the challenge that takes longer but uses only bets about 1-5 or 1-6. The problem with this is getting the bet on if you get it to a decent amount.

  26. Mcgart 8 years ago

    Fair point paul. At the end of the day if you started on day 1 with a penny and got to day 30 with 5 million in bank and lost on an even money then you only lost a penny at the end of day. Is it worth starting at a penny? Surely £5 or £10 is a good start point that way its approx a 20 bet game. I started the other day at £10 again was at £20 tonight missed all football and got lucky on horses with number 5. I am now on £83 mite just go for an evens tommorow?

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      You can start with any amount you want, depends on how much you aim to win and how quickly you want. As I’ve said I’ll set one up at the start of the new season. I don’t see the point just now with the friendlies and I’d imagine it would be tough to try to run it through the Euros as there are bound to be some surprises.

  27. mcgart 8 years ago

    No not much point just now agreed. I like the thought of maybe barca real and a top english team most weekends at start of season that must return evens and above.

  28. Luke 8 years ago

    There are many ways to go about the evens challenge! I personally think you should set yourself a target from the first bet, of either a cash amount you wish to reach, or number of successful bets you wish to reach! Then no matter what, you go whole heartedly into achieving your target, without hesitation! That’s the exact way I’ll be looking upon it in the new season! Starting with £10 each attempt, and looking to pick 6 wins probably, or £600, whichever comes first!

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