HELLO, good morning and welcome to my blog. I feel a little strange this morning having lost on my over 2.5 goals tip in the Notts County v Charlton match last night. With the score at 1-0 to Notts County and the second half only a few minutes old, the normally reliable Bradley Wright-Phillips missed a penalty for Charlton which became a microcosm of his side's finishing throughout the game as it seemed to drain the Addicks’ whole team of confidence. They had another good penalty shout turned down later, while the rest of Notts County’s attacks were thwarted, one way or another, by the Charlton defence. It was the first time Charlton failed to score in an away league match since September.
Ce la vie, followers, we live and learn.
Onto today’s action and I’ll focus first on the rugby union Six Nations. I still believe England’s championship credentials are about as convincing as an Etch-A-Sketch Birth Certificate because of their massive over-reliance on Chris Ashton. France, who have hated us ever since the Guerre de Cent Ans first kicked off in 1337, will have wised up to this so I expect a very closely-fought first half. With this in mind...
LAY England before the off with a view to trading out in-play.
Football-wise, there’s plenty going on and my tips are all based on maximising value from the unpredictability of the Championship. To this end, I have a pair of tasty tips for you all, my growing band of loyal followers.
BACK Millwall to beat Nottingham Forest at the New Den. While Forest are rock-solid at home, with an unbeaten run that Cloughie would have been proud of, they’re brittle away and with the Lions still harbouring hopes of a play-off spot I can see Millwall shading this one.
BACK Preston to beat Burnley in the Lancashire derby at Deepdale today. Phil Brown has had his knockers, especially since his ludicrous on-pitch half-time rant during his tenure at Hull City. He’s no mug when it comes to managing Championship sides, however, and his team has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, underlined by their battling draw at the City Ground on Tuesday where they struck deep into injury time to steal a point on the back of a home draw with table-toppers QPR.
Please note: feel free to trade out at any point in-running, depending as ever on the size of your church halls and the liquidity of your betting bank.
Good luck and happy punting!
Remember: Wise men don’t need advice, but fools won’t take it.