Friday, 25 March 2011

International Weekend Is Back

Its been a fairly quiet week in the build up to the International fixtures. The main talking point seems to revolve around the 2 captains of England and Wales. One a young guy that has been out for 16 months and doesn't hold down a first team place, the other an ex captain reinstated as England has no one else! As an England fan I don't believe its important who is captain, for me the 11 on the pitch and the formation is the key to success! No doubt John Terry will attempt to make money from his new position as he did last time but I guess the players to replace him are almost non existent! However another fact that you might be interested in... this could be the first time both Lampard and Gerrard are missing (not through injury) from the starting line up since the World Cup semi final defeat against Brazil in 2002! Since then one, the other or both when fit has played!

The betting front has also been quiet and another poor treble last week didn't help! However yesterday I backed India to beat Australia and today when wickets started to fall I managed to get New Zealand at Evens to beat South Africa! So for a change this week I will be picking bets from different sports.

First up I'm going for Sri Lanka to beat England in the cricket, its looks like the Group of qualifiers from Sri Lankas group is much stronger than the England group and thus expect Sri Lanka to proceed. Yardy has set the tone by being depressed before England have been beaten and returned home already! Sri Lanka are 1/2 to beat England.

Over in Wales I do expect England to win and to win comfortably, Wales will miss Bale on the wing and should be able to put away a weak Wales team. England are 2/5 to win this game, for me this is a bit short so I'm opting for over 2.5 goals at Evens. I expect England to score at least twice and can also see Wales scoring. So assuming 3 or more goals should see me right!

Finally in League 1 Brighton and playing at home to Swindon. Brighton are in great form and steaming their way to the League 1 title, Swindon are fighting for their lives in the bottom reaches of the league. Brighton as expected are short favourites at 4/9. This is the right price for me for my treble this week!

the £10 treble will return £43 which will cover my loses for the last couple of weeks!


  1. Hi Martin – as you say, it’s been a strangely quiet week on the sporting front which has seen only a smattering of football league games on different nights, compared to the hectic scheduling of Champions League and Premiership games to which we have become so accustomed. Nevertheless, the GB team has been doing very well in the World Cycling Championships and the Cricket World Cup continues it’s relentless march to a conclusion (finally!). New Zealand bowled extremely tightly against the South Africans earlier today and Pakistan dominated the West Indies to win at a canter. Throw in one billion Indians cheering on their side and you are left with one more semi final place up for grabs, but will it be Sri Lanka’s or England’s?

    Sri Lanka v England (Top England wicket-taker Graeme Swann - 2/1)

    Well, Sri Lanka start the game as favourites and I wouldn’t argue with that given the statistics, but England have really been up and down in this competition and it is difficult to predict exactly which team will turn up. That said, one certainty for me is that Swanny will turn up at the party and at 2/1 to be the top England wicket taker, this is good value for me. He will want to show James Treadwell that he is still the fulcrum of spin in the England side and so I am tipping him to bowl well, although it may not quite be enough for England in the end.

    Bournemouth v Charlton (goals crazy - 5/6)

    It’s worth noting a number of things regarding this fixture. The Cherries boast a formidable goal scoring record at home this season, having scored a massive 41 goals already – a statistic only free-scoring Brighton and Peterborough can top thus far. For their part, Charlton have a nack of scoring away from home when the pressure is off. They have hit the net 29 times away from home, currently better than any side outside the top four. This is why I am going for the goals crazy option. The most important things to note though, is that this is a 1.00pm kick-off!

    Wales v England (both teams to score – evens)
    The game of the day just has to be included in the treble, but England to win at 2/5 didn’t float my boat either. I have plumped for the ‘both teams to score’ option, mainly due to the fact that England struggled last time out against Montenegro and I’m not certain how many they’ll bag – will it be another misfiring World Cup performance with a lack of imagination up front or the genuine article this time? Will the Welsh passion conjure up what should be merely a consolation goal at some stage? I reckon we’ll see a bit of both and chances at either end, so although I expect England to win, it could be a narrow 2-1 result.

    The £10 treble pays £110 – I admit this lacks the certainty of my previous weeks bets, however I hope at the very least it will provide some excitement over the course of the afternoon! Good luck.

  2. http://the-best-odds.blogspot.com/