We were just minutes from a perfect night on Tuesday. Three of our four selections landed, but Coventry conceded a late consolation goal against Cambridge, which meant they didn’t ‘win to nil’, and so crucially, our fourfold came just short. We’ll have another try though, as we look towards this weekend’s action in another edition of #ShitTips, where we’ll try and win you some extra cash by suggesting a few ‘clever’ bets to have a punt on. Here we go, then…
1) ARSENAL VS EVERTON – ARSENAL TO WIN & BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Arsenal will come into this one really happy with their business during the January transfer window despite the expected departure of Alexis Sanchez, having added Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to their ranks. Everton also found their scoring boots during the week, with a Theo Walcott brace giving Allardyce’s men victory over Leicester, and so it seems pretty likely that both sides will find the net here. Arsenal are undoubtedly the favourites for this one, and are priced as small as 1/3 to win the match, so we’re expecting that to be the case, and so our pick for the late kick-off is ARSENAL TO WIN AND BOTHS TEAMS TO SCORE in the RESULT/BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE MARKET, currently priced at 7/4. This is one that has landed in four of the previous five encounters between the Gunners and the Toffees, so hopefully this will be the case once more.
2) OLDHAM ATHLETIC VS BRADFORD CITY – BRADFORD TO WIN
This one might seem a little risky, given that Bradford’s form has been, at best, horrendous in recent weeks. However, they’ll travel to Boundary Park to face an Oldham side who have been in even worse form, and when it is taken into consideration that Oldham have among the worst home records in League One, and Bradford’s record on the road is only bettered by runaway leaders Wigan, Bradford seem a decent bet to take the win here as they look to get their promotion bid back on track. Even leaving out the context of recent form and anything more complex, it seems almost common sense to back a team that currently sit in the playoffs to get one over on a side who currently find themselves mired in a relegation battle. Above all, though, it was the price which has really decided this one. We’ll be backing BRADFORD TO WIN in the MATCH RESULT market, currently priced up at 19/10, which seems huge when the above is taken into account.
3) LUTON TOWN VS EXETER CITY – OVER 2.5 & BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
We had some success using this market on Tuesday, so we’re going to try and replicate that on Saturday, as Exeter travel to current league leaders Luton. Both sides bolstered their attacking options during January, with Luton bringing in Plymouth striker Jake Jervis on deadline day, and Exeter adding Spurs loanee Ryan Loft. Again, the rationale for choosing this selection isn’t much more complicated than this is a match which features two teams who know where the back of the net is, and both will be going for the win as they look to increase their chances of promotion come May. Therefore, we’re going for OVER 2.5 GOALS AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE in the TOTAL GOALS/BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE MARKET, which is currently priced at 21/20, so just a shade above evens.
So there we have it. We’re going with just three selections this week, instead of the four, and to recap, these were:
ARSENAL VS EVERTON – ARSENAL TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – 7/4
OLDHAM ATHLETIC VS BRADFORD CITY – BRADFORD TO WIN – 19/10
LUTON TOWN VS EXETER CITY – OVER 2.5 GOALS & BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – 21/20
Feeling brave? The treble is currently priced at a touch over 15/1, meaning that a £10 stake will return in excess of £160. Good luck!