HELLO, good evening and welcome to my latest blog. I’ve been keeping my powder dry for quite some time now and for good reason. You never know when you’ll need to ignite it. To this end, I have some explosive tips for you all this evening ahead of the famine of football they like to call the Johnston’s Paint Trophy and the Carling Cup respectively. After spectacularly derailing myself the last time out tipping an odds-on chance, my new strategy is to only back evens or better shots. Let me qualify that last statement. I’ll still be making selections of all prices privately but I’m aware that not all of you have enormous betting banks so evens or better tips will be the only ones I’ll be posting henceforth.
Okay, let’s see what we’ve got tonight in that terribly unglamorous competition that was originally, laughably, invented to give clubs an opportunity to boost revenue. Expect to see more stewards, police and pies than spectators at most of tonight’s fixtures, my followers. It’s a shame there’s no unders/overs markets on the crowd sizes this evening as my money would be going straight on the unders markets for a guaranteed ROI.
Swindon are due a result soon, having stuck to ‘trying to play football’ (How I hate that expression – what else should football teams try to play? Kabaddi?) under new manager Paolo Di Canio and should spring a surprise against a weakened Southampton tonight at a very tasty, and way too high, 5.6.
Similarly, poor old Leyton Orient like to keep the ball on the floor at all times, but have struggled to score all season. A funereal Brisbane Road plays host to Bristol Rovers tonight, with even the fans who bought apartments in the four corners of the ground in all probability choosing to draw their curtains. Last season, however, the ‘O’s got some fine results in front of sparse gatherings (their sub-1,000 attendances barely deserving of the word ‘crowd’), so get on at evens. Rovers, a division below, posted an altogether uninspiring 0-0 at home against lowly Hereford on Saturday so don’t expect them to put up much of a fight.
The overall message tonight, my loyal followers, is never underestimate the power of home advantage in cup matches, regardless of recent league form.
Good luck & happy punting!
Remember: never feel sorry for the person or people who’ve matched your bet. It’s their own daft fault.