After a week of cleansing our soul from the highs and lows of the £10 to £1000 Challenge, we are back and ready to kick on after a successful opening round of selections from this latest attempt.
We went 4/4 in Week 1, and even more pleasing was that the picks went without a hitch. Here’s a recap:
- Bet 1: Cork City vs Limerick: Cork/Draw Double Chance – This was easy as you like for Cork as they romp through the Irish Premier Division. A 4-1 win against Limerick maintained their momentum.
- Bet 2: Cerezo Osaka vs Shimizu: Cerezo +1.00 Asian Handicap – Cerezo could only muster a 1-1 draw, but that was enough to see our selection home.
- Bet 3: Atletico Rafaela vs Quilmes: Atletico Rafaela/Draw Double Chance – Steady as she goes: another 1-1 result saw us over the finish line.
- Bet 4: Gangwon vs Jeju United: Over 0.5 Second Half Goals – There were two second half goals here as Gangwon triumphed 2-1.
We’ve got the hefty sum of £16.55 burning a hole in our pocket; let’s have another winning week, shall we?
Bet 5: New York City vs Minnesota: NYC/Draw Double Chance – £16.55 at 1/10
Friday June 30, 00:30
Just before setting your alarm clock and drifting off into the land of nod, don’t forget to place Bet 5, which kicks off a shade after midnight on Thursday evening heading into Friday morning.
Home sides generally have the better of things in the MLS, and that’s partly due to the massive distances the away team normally has to travel. New York City have been making the most of their home advantage (W5 D2 L1), while Minnesota are yet to win away during this 2017/18 campaign (W0 D2 L6).
So only a huge upset could have a ruinous impact upon the challenge here, and with Minnesota conceding 23 goals in eight starts that seems highly unlikely.
Bet 6: Jiangsu vs Shanghai SIPG: Shanghai +1.25 Asian Handicap – £18.20 at 1/9
Saturday July 1, 12:30
Guangzhou Evergrande have been blitzing everyone in their path so far in the Chinese Super League, but Shanghai SIPG are hanging onto their coattails with some vibrant performances.
The visitors here are unbeaten in eleven outings and have won four of their last five by scorelines of 3-1, 4-1 (twice) and 5-1. They have scored two or more goals in 10/14 this term.
Opponents Jiangsu are 15th of 16 teams in the division after a tawdry run, and one win in fourteen explains their difficulties particularly well. In contrast to Shanghai, they have conceded two or more goals in 8/14.
Bet 7: Lillestrom vs Stromsgodset: Over 0.5 Second Half Goals – £20.22 at 1/5
Saturday July 1, 17:00
To get this challenge to the hallowed £1k mark clearly we are going to have to take some risks and duck and weave a bit, so how about betting on there to be a second half strike in a game that should feature goals.
Both teams to score has landed in six of Lillestrom’s last seven outings, with their last four results reading 4-1, 4-2, 1-0 and 1-3. Of the 39 goals that their matches have witnessed, 26 have come in the second period.
BTTS has landed in each of Stromsgodset’s last six, and they have failed to keep a clean sheet on the road this term. Happily though, they have notched in each of their last three away days.
Bet 8: Sandefjord vs Stabaek: Sandefjord +1.25 Asian Handicap – £24.26 at 1/8
Sunday July 2, 17:00
It’s back to Norway for our last pick of the week as well, and my, what has happened to Stabaek.
After a decent start to the campaign they have lost their last four matches by scorelines of 1-3, 2-4, 0-5 and 1-4. Clearly, all is not well in that camp.
Sandefjord are the archetypal mid-table side, although they have only lost one of their last four so that should give them some confidence. They are unbeaten in five at home, conceding in just one of those.