While it was clearly a very disappointing weekend on the ’25 to 1’ front as Reading let us down massively, our pundits fared considerably better with their picks for the weekend’s action.
The ‘Bankers’ have really been living up to their name in recent weeks as all three of our picks were successful for the third consecutive week. Dr Zoidberg correctly forecast a win for promotion chasing Watford who managed to carry their strong away form into the home clash with Derby. The Dr was also unlucky not win his value bet on this game as Watford were denied a two goal victory by a late Derby penalty. On top of our ‘25 to 1’ bet, the Human Toothpick identified Wigan’s goal threat and was rewarded as they took full advantage of Reading’s woeful defending to bring in his over 2.5 goals banker. Finally, on Sunday, my faith in Southampton’s extraordinary away goals record (both for and against) was justified as they served up a 6 goal thriller at Newcastle to complete our hat-trick of bankers.
There were mixed results across our ‘value bets’ where the Championship’s unpredictability reared its ugly head again. Following their dramatic FA Cup win at Arsenal, Dr Zoidberg’s selection, Blackburn, could only manage a draw at home to Leeds this weekend, while THTP’s pick, Brighton, did continue their run of form by beating Burnley.
All three of us took positions on the rugby at Twickenham and we were perhaps unlucky that all three bets didn’t come in. As highlighted in our write-ups, France did put in a much improved performance with their key players back in their preferred positions but it was their replacements that cost them momentum and eventually the match. THTP and Dr Zoidberg will have been frustrated that the normally reliable Morgan Parra missed two penalties either side of half time which would probably have won them their bets had they gone over. Equally, I was relieved that Toby Flood wasn’t required to take his last kick at goal, leaving England’s winning margin within my predicted range of 1 – 12.
Elsewhere, THTP’s returns were boosted by the flurry of goals at Newcastle and he was unlucky that there wasn’t a fourth second half goal to give him more profit. Villa added to my returns for the week by scoring in their defeat at Arsenal and Swansea made a mockery of the handicap markets as they ran out comfortable winners in the Capital One Cup final.
Our picks for next weekend’s action will be back on Friday.