Having suffered a pretty disastrous first week with our new format, Week 8 saw a much better outcome with a spread of profitable picks from our pundits.
Thankfully our ‘Bankers’ lived up to the name and duly provided some welcome returns, albeit at modest odds. Dr Zoidberg was on the edge of his seat as QPR weathered a second half storm from West Ham, but he was ultimately quite right to hedge his bets in the double chance market. Meanwhile, THTP and I picked a comfortable Man City win and were feeling pretty confident as David Silva put them ahead after just 2 minutes, but we also had to wait until the final whistle before the profits were safely banked. The final 2-0 scoreline at odds of almost 7/1 was an added bonus for me and the primary reason why I am charged with writing this week’s review. Thankfully we also chose this bet as our ‘25 to 1’ so we are very pleased to get that ball rolling.
Elsewhere, Liverpool put five past an out of form Norwich and Dr Zoidberg can count himself unlucky that Luis Suarez could only add one goal to his impressive scoring record. THTP correctly picked this result and a Leeds win but it was Newcastle who let him down in his ‘past glories accumulator’ as their alarming decline gathers pace. On a more positive note for THTP, he woke on Saturday morning to find England had been comfortably beaten by India and he could relax as Watford smashed Huddersfield later in the day (once again THTP alluded to a goalscorer in his write-up).
We ventured into the tennis and American football markets for the first time in Week 8 with mixed results. I was surprised that the Patriots were beaten at home by the Ravens but enjoyed a thrilling encounter as the 49ers edged past Atlanta by the chosen margin. These results set up an enticing Super Bowl between two teams coached by brothers – the 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh will face his older brother John Harbaugh on 3rd Feb. In the tennis, Juan Martin del Potro was the man to let THTP down in his accumulator as he lost in 5 sets to Jeremy Chady. THTP should probably stick to golf where he picked another winning bet last weekend. Anders Hansen finished 9th in Abu Dhabi to secure a profit for THTP.
The Pundits’ Picks will return on Friday.