The OptaJoke Betting Blog
Football, Bloody hell! Arsenal conspired to throw away a 4 goal lead to deny us of a tidy little double win last week but I’m hoping for better fortunes this time around. There are some really good games around this weekend and once again I’m here on behalf of the OptaJoke team to advise you on where to place your money over the next couple of days.
If you’re new to the column you might not know that this section is all about finding the longer odds for the weekend in an effort to provide some standard Saturday afternoon excitement without breaking the bank! This week it’s all about the multiples, I’m going to opt for a relatively straightforward double, a risky away treble and a bigger accumulator which promises big stakes from small returns.
MK Dons v Brentford (home win) – The home side sit just outside the play-offs and need to keep up the pressure on the top 6. Their form at Stadium:MK is good, winning 9, drawing 2 and losing just 2 games this season. Brentford have lost 6 of their last 8 and are struggling to pick up points, especially away from home. MK Dons triumphed 2-0 in the corresponding fixture back in November and I can see the home side taking the three points here.
Hull City v Preston North End (home win) – Fresh from a 5-1 drubbing of Scunthorpe, Hull host Preston who are in dire need of some help if they are to avoid slipping into the third tier of English football. Hull are unbeaten in six games and have already beaten Preston at Deepdale this season. The visitors haven’t won a game since 11th December and have only scored 4 goals in that time. The home win looks good here.
This double returns around 2.7 or 7/4 in old money.
Blackpool v Aston Villa (away win) – A story of two teams going in opposite directions in recent weeks, Blackpool have lost 5 straight games and their defence resembles a variety of particularly porous colander. Villa are starting to find some results and will be boosted by Bent and Young’s goals midweek and will fancy their chances here.
Derby v Leicester (away win) – Yes, i’m backing my own team here and that is always risky but I think there is a good chance of the points heading back to The Walkers. Derby have been struggling in recent games, since 20th November they have only picked up 5 points in 11 league games. Selling Kris Commons to Celtic leaves them short of creativity and Leicester are on free scoring form of late. Sven’s side have won their last 3 games and are unbeaten in 2010. The local rivalry will only act to stoke the anticipation of this game and I think Leicester have a decent chance of getting the win.
Walsall v Bournemouth (away win) – It’s another case of top against bottom in this league one battle. Walsall sit in the relegation zone and have been far from impressive. The hosts have lost 8 of their 14 games at home and will have to play well to avoid slipping to another defeat against an in form Bournemouth side. The visitors are third in the league and have already beaten their opponents 3-0 this season, their away form has picked up since the turn of the year as they look to secure an automatic promotion spot. I fancy the Poppies to pick up another win here.
This treble returns around 10/1
Accumulator – 5 away sides, 5 away victories. One marvelous afternoon.
Blackpool v Villa: away win
WBA v West Ham: away win
Barnsley v Ipswich: away win
Sunderland v Spurs: away win
Stockport v Bury: away win
This accumulator returns a mammoth 125/1. Simple!
Remember these are only small stakes tips, enjoy and gamble responsibly!