Big wins for punters despite low-scoring weekend
Football punters have their work cut out at the best of times but as the season draws to a close and we have teams with nothing to play for – one eye firmly fixed on the summer break – It becomes even more difficult to find those winners.
Picking the better side in the stats boasting solid recent form is no longer enough. You now have to work out if the manager will rest his best players for the play-offs, if players will handle the nerves of a relegation dog-fight or if clubs will bother turning up once their fate has been decided.
It’s a tightrope.
Nerves – or a lack of ambition – certainly played a part this weekend with many of the biggest matches across Europe ending in low-scoring results. Gone are the glory days of the both teams to score coupon as summer takes hold.
We had that in mind when giving our betting tips and picked out a number of narrow wins or dull draws. We say dull, but there’s nothing boring about the goalless finish between Notts County and Luton in League Two on Saturday.
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Pair of 11/1 winners pays for your weekend
With 46 games in the book the regular season is now over and there’s just the play-off places to sort through. Luton went into the weekend knowing they couldn’t win the league – despite spending most of the year in pole – and with Accrington Stanley declared champions we knew The Hatters would be feeling sorry for themselves. The did secure a silver medal and automatic promotion to League One so perhaps a few hangovers have started creeping into the squad.
With that in mind we saw the value about a draw which had been scratched up at a useful 12/5 by Betfred. That was good enough to steam into as a single, sit back and enjoy the rivals cancel each other out. As always there was more and we’re never happy just hurting the bookies – we love wiping the smile off their face with a winner at double-figure odds.
Cue the correct score tip and 0-0 landed us a stunning 11/1 through the same firm. That’s exactly what you’re after on a Saturday afternoon and as a sunny day turned into a bright night the possibility was there to go out and spoil yourself on the traders’ tab. That’s a favourite hobby of ours.
Moving up a tier into League One and Fleetwood were another loyal friend to the punter on Saturday. The Cod Army had nothing to aim at in a division where Wigan and Blackburn done as expected and sealed automatic promotion with Oldham, Northampton, MK Dons and Bury heading in the other direction.
We knew we were pushing our luck somewhat given the time of year and the fact John Sheridan’s side entered on the back of a confidence crushing three game losing streak – but we rolled the dice. Opponents Walsall brought the better recent form of the two but were stuck down in 19th, closer to the relegation zone than fans would’ve liked.
We said in our preview that the home players had let themselves and their fans down and would fire back, signing off with a long overdue three points to send the support off with a smile on their faces – boosting the chances of the club shop shifting a couple more season tickets. Fleetwood to win was a big ask but it was a bet worth having at 13/10 (Betfair) and our followers were made well aware of the value in that price.
All good and great. The kind of price that would’ve seriously boosted your accumulator returns if you had kept faith with our predictions. But wait for it. No prizes for guessing there was more. 2-0 Fleetwood leaped off the page at us as a cracking bet and our words were – put your trust in the home dressing room.
Ash Hunter broke the deadlock on 31 minutes, giving the manager an easier half-time team talk, and the game was finished as a contest when Paddy Madden secured the points on 45. 2-0 tipped, 2-0 weighed in. 11/1 in our back pocket.
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Highlights from our authors top picks last weekend were the following correct score winners:
Notts County 0-0 @ 11/1
Fleetwood 2-0 @ 11/1
Villarreal 1-0 @ 9/1
Atlanta 2-1 @ 17/2
Chelsea 1-0 @ 17/2
Millwall 1-0 @ 17/2
Bournemouth 1-0 @ 15/2
Preston 2-1 @ 15/2
Lyon 3-0 @ 13/2
Partick 1-1 @ 6/1
Coventry 0-0 @ 11/2
Dundee 1-0 @ 11/2