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DAILY BLOG: Thursday 31 July 2014

At the time of writing this blog, Celtic have just conceded a fourth goal and look to be heading for defeat in the qualifying stages of the Champions League. As stated in previous posts, cup fixtures are usually a lottery which is why we ever only stake very small amounts in the hope of nicking a first goal scorer or an audacious 200/1 shot six fold accumulator. We'd like to emphasise the point of only stake small amounts in preliminary cup ties because quite frankly we know very little about the opposition as they are usually from somewhere obscure like Azerbaijan. Which brings us to our review of tonight's action.

Our new best friend's SALZBURG are now just simply…...our friends. After an excellent win on Saturday, the Austrians were brought back down to earth with a wallop after suffering 2-1 defeat against Qarabag from Azerbaijan. We tipped the Austrian Bundesliga champions after their recent winning exploits and we expected them to blow away Qarabag with ease. Despite having far more attempts at goal it was the underdogs and a player named Reynaldo to secure victory in the 86th minute.

Like most people we expected Celtic to come away with at least a draw or victory in Poland. Despite taking a lead through Calum McGregor in the 8th minute, the Scots were unable to stamp their authority on the game and ended up getting stuffed 4-1. The poles even missed two penalties so we goodness knows how badly Celtic performed. We didn't tip Celtic like most people but we thought Kris COMMONS might appear on the scoresheet somewhere but like the rest of the Celtic players was nowhere to be seen.

We were correct in identifying BESIKTAS in the double chance market. We were aware Feyenoord were not as strong as last season so the opportunity to suggest BESIKTAS to win or draw was too good to miss. They ran out 2-1 winners in Holland. They were an excellent 13/2 in the BTTS&WIN market.

TONIGHT'S / EARLY MORNING ACTION

There are four games in the MLS and we are currently reviewing teams news before playing a small staked double or treble. MLS is the place for goals and with goals brings us  our favourite market in the betting world…… THE BTTS AND WIN market!

The first team on the betting slip will be DC UNITED. They are currently 2nd in the MLS (Eastern Conference) and play 3rd place TORONTO at midnight tonight. We are siding with DC UNITED and they have given us the confidence to back them. They have won their last three games (3-1, 2-1, 2-1) and TORONTO have scored consecutively in their last 8 games so goals are definitely on the menu! They've already played each other once this season and honours are even but we are happy to go with DC UNITED and home advantage.

We are quite tempted to add COLORADO RAPIDS to the equation. They take on NEW ENGLAND who have lost their last eight matches. Vicente Martin will not be playing for RAPIDS which is a huge blow. The striker has hit 6 goals in 8 games so he will be missed. At a push we would side with a RAPIDS win but NEW ENGLAND have to stop the rot at some point though.

Darren MATTOCKS of WHITECAPS looks to be a good bet for first goalscorer. The Jamaican has scored 5 goals this season and every single one of them he has been the first on the goal sheet. So what does that suggest? A bet on him to FGS for the WHITECAPS. He has hit the back of the net in his last three MLS games so he is a man high on confidence.

Finally we will be finishing up with a REAL SALT LAKE victory and again we are expecting goals as they entertain New York RB. New York will be looking for Bradley WRIGHT-PHILLIPS to add to his 17 goals but we think RSL with home advantage should just take victory. RSL have only failed to score in one home goal this year where as NEW YORK RB have found the target 9 times out of 11 away games.

So that leaves us with a DELIGHTFUL DOUBLE: DC UNITED AND RSL BTTS AND WIN (17.55/1 with Coral)

 

 

 

 

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