Punters miss out on 55/1 Old Firm winner by one goal
Celtic won the Scottish Premiership for a seventh time in-a-row as Brendan Rodgers’ side continue to dominate football north of the border. The Bhoys needed three points at home to Rangers on Sunday afternoon to seal the deal and they did the job with plenty to spare.
Having thumped their bitter rivals in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden just two weeks earlier we were confident the locals would hand their support the title in the best possible fashion – while sticking the boot into a suffering Rangers following. We told you in our pre-match betting tips that Celtic were just far too big at 8/15 (Boylesports) and plenty agreed. 1/4 would’ve been a more accurate price in our view.
Solving a derby is no easy feat and blues fans pointed out manager Graeme Murty had earned a couple of draws at Parkhead in the past, but we knew better, giving an emphatic 5-1 win as the best of our correct score predictions. Advising small stakes on the 55/1 shot we came agonisingly close to landing bet of the season with the final score reading Celtic 5-0 Rangers. If the beaten side had enough about them to nick a consolation goal punters would’ve been dancing down to the bank to pay for their summer holiday.
The fact we had the NAP backed at 8/15 made it easier to get over but it was just another example of our team of experts performing on the big stage. Most derby matches are a minefield for punters and tipsters, but we don’t shy away from the standout fixtures and there were many big price winners over the course of the weekend from the biggest leagues around Europe.
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Nothing dull about 12/1 profit
Our biggest winner of the weekend came in the English Championship where struggling Nottingham Forest took on Bristol City at the City Ground. Aitor Karanka’s men went into game 45 of the season with a recent record of two wins and a pair of draws as they roll to a finish. With little to play for we picked the draw as ace of our betting tips at 13/5 (Boylesports).
No one likes a draw, especially a goalless finish but at this stage of the season we thought it was a selection worth having and with Bet Victor dealing out an eye-catching 12/1 we knew it was too good to miss. With the teams expected to simply go through the motions – having one eye on the summer break – we got stuck in and it turned out to be a shrewd call with 0-0 outcome.
The stats tell us that Forest came closest to winning the points and it looked like we would end empty-handed when a penalty was awarded in the second-half for a foul on Ben Osborn by goalkeeper Frank Fielding. The shot-stopper dusted himself down and immediately made up for the mistake by saving Lee Tomlin’s spot-kick. The Robins finished the match without a shot on target despite six attempts, Forest got six from 24 in a frustrating afternoon.
The German Bundesliga gave us our second double-figure odds winner of the weekend with Hoffenheim 3-1 coming good at 10/1. Four wins and a draw in five has lifted Hoffenheim into the top-four on 52 points, one better than Bayer Leverkusen in fifth and just a win behind third-place Borussia Dortmund.
Backing them for the points at home against a fragile Hannover side was easy enough and the NAP of our betting tips in Friday night’s match – Hoffenheim win and both teams to score at 8/5 (William Hill) – got the weekend off to a perfect start but, as always, there was more joy in the correct score market.
We played 3-1 at 10/1 and landed the prize thanks to a stunning hat-trick from Kramaric who bulged the net on 16, 50 and 86 minutes. Karaman hit back for Hannover on 24 to keep things interesting for fans but a strong second-half showing helped swell our account.
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Highlights from our authors top picks last weekend were the following correct score winners: