I WAS expecting a tough Saturday and that's exactly how it panned – in fact maybe it was even harder than I managed.
The fact there was just one home win in 10 FA Cup ties says it all and sides such as Newcastle and West Ham who put strong teams to win couldn't come up trumps against lower-league rivals.
In Scotland I was let down by Motherwell and Partick Thistle. Going by the stats Well dominated by missed striker Chris Long while the Jags were undone by a “wind machine” at Arbroath and the weather can always play a part at a ground that's almost in the North Sea.
Even Stirling, who were fancied by man including Greg and the Racing Post's Mark Walker, were beaten at home.
All UK cards dominated by the FA Cup are going to be difficult so well done to any winners.
Scott Allot was the pick of the tipsters with his 33-10 Euro treble and he was an Augsburg goal short of a goals treble.
Man City, Liverpool and Man United are all in FA Cup action and all should win but none are any value on the WDW market. City should win by at least two.
Liverpool will play their reserves at Shrewsbury and the team that beat Everton in the previous round should be strong enough to see off the League One side and likewise United should win at a Tranmere side taken to extra time as they defeated Watford on Thursday. Big question is: How many will they win by.
In Scotland it's Hearts v Rangers and while the Jambos usually give the Old Firm good games at home they're really suffering this season. However, Daniel Stendel has persuaded the club to splash out on Burton striker Liam Boyce and he'll be a good signing.
Alfredo Morelos serves the final game of his ban so Jermain Defoe will hope to celebrate signing for Rangers on a permanent deal from Bournemouth with a goal.
On the Continent the big games include Valladolid v Real Madrid, Roma v Lazio, Napoli v Juventus and Lille v PSG.
I've got six days to turn around the The January Super Singles total and while it's difficult it's not impossible. Lazio are on a run of 11 league wins and should at least avoid defeat against their groundsharing rivals. Alternatively look at goals with the six of the last seven going over 2.5.
Juventus are on my Top Treble at just over evens at a Napoli side who had been struggling badly until their surprise cup defeat of Lazio in midweek. In the league they've lost four out of five and the pressure is piling on boss Rino Gattuso.
Juve have won five in a row and with Napoli missing a few key players the visitors should pick up the points with Cristiano Ronaldo likely to be on the scoresheet.
Lyon are a top pick based on stats and form. The head to heads couldn't favour the home men more as they've six in a row against Toulouse by more than one goal with nine netted against them in the past two at home.
Toulouse have crashed to the foot of the table and are on a rotten run of 11 defeats in a row, including a 4-1 loss at Lyon in the cup in December. They were hammered 5-2 at home to Brest last week and Lyon should cover the -1 handicap.
Complete the Top Treble with Bayer Leverkusen to beat Dusseldorf at home. Bayer have bounced back from a poor runs with successive wins and face a side who have lost four out of five – two of them by 3-0 and one by 5-0.
2.5pts Super Single
- Lazio draw no bet (5pm)
- (5-6, betfair)
2.5pts Top Treble
- Lyon -1 (2pm)
- Bayer Leverkusen (5pm)
- Juventus (7.45pm)
- (4-1, betfair)
January Super Single Stats: -17pts
January Advised Acca Stats: -15.8pts