Our last accumulator bet had three successful components, so although the “acca” did not come in, our three winning single bets were:
1 point on each of the following:
Tranmere to beat Guiseley @1/3 (1.3)
Forest Green to beat Southport @4/11 (1.4)
Lincoln to beat Gateshead @10/11 (1.9)
This brought our cumulative total to 100.4 points, a fraction above where we started.
Today I intend to be a little more adventurous, whilst at the same time having a bit of fun, and extra interest when watching our game against Watford. So today’s bets are:
18 points on West Ham to beat Watford @5/6 (33)
1 point on West Ham to win and both teams to score @3/1 (4)
1 point on West Ham to win the game 3-1 @14/1 (15)
1 point on West Ham to win the game 3-1 and Zaza to score the first goal @50/1 (51)
1 point on West Ham to score 3 or more goals @16/5 (4.2)
1 point on West Ham to win and Noble to score anytime @ 7/1 (8)
1 point on Zaza to score the first goal @11/2 (6.5)
That will give us a few things to follow when watching the game. If West Ham fail to win the game then we are down by 24 points. If we do win the game then we are guaranteed to be up on the day, irrespective of the details of the victory. Our best bet is if West Ham win the game 3-1, Zaza scores the first, and Noble scores anytime. That would give us a return of 121.7 points on our stake of 24 points.
Remember, Noble scored twice against Watford last season in a 3-1 victory, and Watford, like ourselves have scored in each of the three games played this season. So I am looking for a repeat of last season.
To finish off I’ll try a five game Premier League accumulator at odds of 43.85/1. So I’ll stake 1 point on an accumulator bet based on victories this weekend for Arsenal, Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and West Ham, and the Manchester derby to finish in a draw. If all 5 happen then our return is 44.85; if just one is unsuccessful then we get our point back; if we get 2 or more wrong then we lose.
Incidentally, Paddy Power have Sakho as 9/2 favourite to score the first goal in the match. Have they got some inside information on our team? That’s one ridiculous bet I won’t be making.
We began the weekend on 100.4 points and we have staked 25 points in total. Whatever happens it’s a bit of fun, but I’ll be massively disappointed if we don’t win the game, and hence improve our balance.