BLOGIN BETS 24/10/20 – £100 Challenge (Stage 5)

STAGE 5

MILLWALL & DONCASTER EACH TO SCORE 1+ GOALS 8/13

  • STAKE: £55.69
  • RETURNS: £89.96

OVERVIEW: I’ve had a few messages about when the £100 challenge would continue, it’s been a while since we completed stage 4. As we are now so close to the target I’ve been agonising over the right bet to take us forward but I think I’ve finally found that bet.

This bet won’t take us to exactly £100 but will leave us pretty darn close so one more stage will be required to get to the magic target. However £89.96 is nothing to be sniffed at considering we started with a measly £10. Pulling out that point is perfectly fine if people so wish.

So, Stage 5. All we require is for Millwall and Doncaster to score a goal each in their respective matches this afternoon. Millwall, who is sit in the Championship playoff spots, are home to relegation candidates Barnsley and have amassed 10 goals in their last 6 league matches. Doncaster entertain Crewe who sit just below mid table in league 1. Tellingly, Doncaster have also managed 10 goals in their last 6 league matches. I expect both teams to win never mind get 1 goal each.

Remember, that’s all we need, a goal from each side. What a chance to complete this stage and be within touching distance of £100 mark. GOALS GOALS GOALS.

BLOGIN BETS 17/10/20

This week’s accumulator pick is £10 @12/1

– CHELSEA 1/2 (Home v Southampton. KO 15:00)

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 11/8 (Away v Scunthorpe. KO 15:00)

BRISTOL CITY 13/8 (Away v Barnsley. KO 15:00)

JUVENTUS 4/11 (Away v Crotone. KO 19:45)

CONFIDENCE: 6/10

OVERVIEW: Another week and another accumulator to keep tabs on. This time round all the fixtures are on Saturday (today) Thought process being we could possibly do another daft one tomorrow should we have a winner today.

The main thing to note on this line is the high odds for only 4 selections. I’ve done the extensive research and can’t see any reason why this wouldn’t have a good chance. The slightly lower confidence rating is the fact there must be a something to make this price is so high but I’m yet to find it. Heres hoping nothing has slipped through the net of chance.

Also, look at the range of teams. We go from the elite, elegant end of Serie A to blood and guts league 2 in only four selections. Superb stuff and something for everyone.

PICKS: Chelsea have made an indifferent start to the Premier League season. However this does not include their home form which has been very impressive. The blues have won 9 of their last 10 matches at Stamford bridge with the only failure being against champions Liverpool. Bread and butter matches like these are crucial if they want to be classed as serious title contenders. HOME WIN.

Cambridge United sit pretty in 2nd position of League 2 after 5 matches having scored 10 and only conceding 3 in that time. Opponents Scunthorpe, on the other hand, have only picked up 4 points from their first 5 and languish down in 20th. AWAY WIN.

Bristol City have flown out of the championship blocks winning all their 4 matches so far. What more they play a Barnsley side who have yet to win and have only managed 1 goal in the process. We’re going with form here for sure. AWAY WIN.

Juventus are Juventus, they win matches. Despite being without talisman Christiano Ronaldo, they will have enough to beat bottom side Crotone who have lost all 3 matches in Serie A so far by at least 3 goals. Should be a comfortable one tonight to WRAP UP THE ACCA.

BLOGIN BETS 26/9/20

This week’s accumulator is £10 @5/1

B.DORTMUND 2/5 (Away v Augsburg. Saturday KO 14:30)

CHELSEA 1/3 (Away v West Brom. Saturday KO 17:30)

MARSEILLE 4/7 (Home v Metz. Saturday KO 20:00)

PORTO 4/11 (Away v Boavista. Saturday KO 21:00)

AC MILAN 4/9 (Away v Crotone. Sunday KO 17:00)

CONFIDENCE: 8/10

OVERVIEW: On paper this week’s line up looks an excellent one. 5 teams, all historic European elite sides pitted against lesser opposition. What could possibly go wrong?!

In terms of a viewing perspective, no supporters permitted in stadiums has seen more televised action than ever with the kick off times far more spread out to accommodate this. Quite frankly, it’s ideal for being able to watch your selections unfold. This line is no different as the matches are spread over Saturday and Sunday, no kick off time the same.

I reiterate the strength of these picks again but quite often the ones you are most confident about are the ones that come unstuck. Here’s hoping not this one.

PICKS: Dortmund got their league campaign off to a great start with a 3-0 success last week, Erling Haaland bagging a brace. Their opponents Augsburg have never won their first home game of a Bundesliga season and that bizarre streak should continue here. Away win.

West Brom have lost both of their opening 2 Premier League matches and conceded 8 goals in the process. Chelsea will be looking to capitalise with their plethora of new stars. It should be a routine win for the blues if they are to have any aspirations of a serious title challenge this year. Another away win.

Both Marseille and their opponents Metz have been involved in relatively low scoring affairs at the start of the season. You would expect the extra quality of the home side to shine through in these situations with Florian Thauvin a possible key to the door. The skilful winger has already bagged a winner in le classique in previous weeks. Home win.

Porto were pretty much unstoppable in the Primeira Liga last year and have started this campaign in similar vein. They have won 8 of their last 9 games and I expect them to make it 9 in 10. Boavista have been a very mixed bag in recent times. Away win.

Milan are unbeaten in 16 matches, their best run since 2008. The Italian giants should extend that sequence against Crotone who were drubbed 4-1 on the opening weekend. Milan will be without Zlatan who tested positive in the week but should still have more than enough fire power to WRAP UP THE ACCA Sunday tea time.

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 2)

OVERVIEW: The age old dilemma of the captain selection is usually crucial and in gameweek 1 it turned out to be the difference between an excellent point scoring week and just a decent one. There were two factors that cost me a big total actually. The first being the intial choice between picking Sadio Mané and Mo Salah, the latter bagging a hattrick and with it over forty points when given the armband. Of course I went for Mané on the grounds he provides a more all round scoring chance and captained him….. A lowly 4 points. About as bad an outcome as you can get for your captain short of him not playing.

Anyway, out with the negative and in with the positive. Aubameyang, Willian and Wilson made excellent starts. Fernandez, as predicted, claimed his clean sheet and, other than the Mané captain debacle, it was a pretty productive week all round with 53 points, about par for the coarse.

As always there will be a little bit of tinkering going into gameweek 2. I was surprised that Chelsea club captain Azpilicueta didn’t start. Is that a changing of the guard at the London club? It looks like the youngster Reece James may have secured that right back birth for the blues. In fantasy football, you don’t have the time to find out, it’s cut throat, ANY DOUBT, GET HIM OUT.

PICKS: Two transfers this week and the first -4 of the season. Out comes Azpilicueta for reasons stated earlier and in comes Harry Maguire. With Manchester United at home to Crystal Palace it’s a clean sheet chance and the big headed defender is always a threat at the other end from set plays. The other change is Leicester’s new signing Castagne comes in for Serge Auriér. It was a school boy error on my part last week picking the Frenchman but forgetting Spurs had signed Matt Doherty from Wolves over the summer. I’d like to think it’s the sign of a good manager when he can admit his mistakes and rectify them.

Aubameyang is this week’s captain as Arsenal take on a piss poor West Ham team at the Emirates. I’ll be looking for usual big hitters Mané and Kane to offer more this time around and of course, there’s the toon players. All 3 retain their place as the magpies take on Brighton. YEEEEE-HAAAAAA.

Gameweek 2 Team Selection

BLOGIN BETS 1/8/20 – FA CUP FINAL SPECIAL.

This week’s pick is a £10 @6/1 special

AUBAMEYANG 2+ shots on target & GIROUD 1+ shots on target in 90 minutes

CONFIDENCE: 8/10

OVERVIEW: Due to the lack of viable fixtures to choose from this week, I’ve gone for something a bit different. It’s the FA Cup final and SkyBet have boosted the above in play bet from 3/1 to 6/1. It looks a corker.

Aubameyang has hit 22 league goals this season in an, at times, average looking Arsenal side and takes the penalties.

Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud has been in excellent form since being drafted back into Frank Lampard’s plans. The Frenchman is equally dangerous on the floor and in the air. This one is definitely worth a shot (on target)

ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK

BLOGIN BETS 25/7/20

This week’s accumulator is £10 @10/1

• INTER 4/7 (Away v Genoa. Saturday KO 18:30)

ARSENAL 5/6 (Home v Watford. Sunday KO 16:00)

CHELSEA 4/5 (Home v Wolves. Sunday KO 16:00)

OVER 3.5 GOALS 4/7 (Man City v Norwich. Sunday KO 16:00)

JUVENTUS 2/9 (Home v Sampdoria. Sunday KO 20:45)

CONFIDENCE: 7/10

OVERVIEW: With La Liga and the Bundesliga finished and this being the final round of Premier League matches, it’s likely to be the last betting matches of the season. Luck has been at a premium since lockdown, the lack of full stadiums definitely having an impact. The general pace of games has been noticeably slower and the obvious removal of home advantage has had a massive say on results. Let’s hope it’s not too long into the new season before we see bums on seats once again and a return to normality.

This week I’ve gone for a big 10/1 shot. 5 selections involving 6 teams, spread over Saturday and Sunday. If Chelsea can sneak by Watford I’m pretty confident so let’s see.

PICKS: Inter have beaten opponents Genoa in their last 3 meetings by an aggregate score of 13-0 and, despite the away sides upturn in form, I expect that to be extended. Inter have secured Champions League football for another season whilst Genoa aren’t safe from relegation, sitting 4th bottom. HOME WIN.

Arsenal are a funny side. They beat Liverpool and City then lose to Villa, very unpredictable. However, Watford’s bizarre decision to sack their manager so late in the season hasn’t seemed to pay off, I think it’s one that will see them relegated. Arsenal to put them to the sword with the shackles off.

Chelsea have won 6 matches in a row at home and that’s why I’ve gone for them here. Not only that, they need a win the guarentee a Champions League spot. It’ll be a tough test against a good Wolves side and this will be a crucial match for the acca. Close home win.

Man City have score 4+ goals in 5 of their last 8 Premier League matches. Norwich have conceded 14 goals in 6 of theirs. Enough said. Over 3.5 goals in this one.

Despite only winning one of their last 5 Serie A matches, a win at home to Sampdoria will clinch yet another Scudetto for Juventus. Sampdoria’s form has been decent since lockdown, securing their league status in the process. I can’t see that stopping the old lady wrapping up the title and wrapping up the acca. YESSSAAI.

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 36)

OVERVIEW: It’s great when a good plan comes together. 65 points and up to 4th place, Sterling (captain) bagging 42 of those and, as alluded to in my previous post, the importance of your double point captain pick cannot be underestimated. In fact, had it not been for that captain pick it would have been a very poor round which included a red card. It was a good time to gain ground as the average point score for the week was only 40 points.

Looking into gameweek 36, favourable fixtures for Manchester City and Chelsea could be the key.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS: Two transfers made this week, one of which is enforced. A red card for Söyüncü in Leicester’s surprise defeat at Bournemouth means he is suspended for this game round. A -3 for the red, coupled with the -4 I’m taking for the double transfer shows the impact a red card can have. That being said, I think that may be the first time this season that a player I’ve selected has been giving his marching orders, not bad considering there’s only 3 matches left. Söyüncü has been replaced by Azpilicueta. With Chelsea at home to already relegated Norwich, it’s a good clean sheet chance. That takes the team to the maximum 3 Chelsea players as Barkley and Willian retain their places.

The other change is Gabriel Jesus for Aubameyang. Arsenal v Liverpool pitted against City v Bournemouth there’s only one winner in terms of where the safe points could be. With Sergio Aguero injured, Jesus is basically City’s only recognised forward and has been getting an extended run in Pep’s side. The dilemma I’ve had was whether to keep Sterling as captain or not. Despite him hitting a hattrick in the last match, it would be just like Pep to rest him this time round. I have actually stuck with him so fingers crossed there.

The two TOON boys, Ferdandez and Saint-Maximin keep their places as Newcastle welcome Tottenham. What worth noting is, José Mourinho has never won a league game at St.James’ Park, the only stadium he hasn’t recorded a victory. Quite remarkable and hopefully that run continues this week.

FROM THE FIRST MINUTE, LADS.

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 35)

OVERVIEW: Gameweek 34 bought a half respectable yield of 44 points. Not bad considering there were two 1’s and a zero on the team sheet – Willian, Sterling and Aubameyang making up for that. My Captain pick turned out to be crucial as Kane disappointingly scored, had I picking Sterling we would have been looking at 60+ point week, once again that is Pep’s selection minefield playing tricks on the fantasy gaffa.

Looking ahead to gameweek 35 the fixture set doesn’t really seem to suit my team sheet but let’s see if we can produce a rabbit from the Tony Pulis cap.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS: There’s a buzz around the dressing room this week, in comes a TOON player Federico Fernandez. He replaces Brandon Williams in the back 3 who I’ve been trying to get out for weeks. Williams has featured sparingly for Man United despite their good form but, because of his low transfer value, he’s been hard to replace with quality. I think Fernandez can do a job there as Newcastle look to bounce back from a battering when they travel to struggling Watford.

I’ve also rolled the dice and taken yet another -4 to make another transfer. Out comes Phil Foden who is replaced by Ross Barkley. Reason being, firstly and once again, Pep’s team selection. Foden played last time out for Man City which means there’s a chance he could drop down to the bench for this one. He has been in and out of the side this season as Guardiola rotates. Secondly, Chelsea’s form has been good and, despite Sheffield United’s excellent season, I expect the Londoners to travel up to Yorkshire and get a win to maintain their Champions League push. Providing Barkley plays, there’s good chance for him to bag points – along with teammate, Willian.

Sterling will be captain this week away at Brighton which is another Pep risk but hopefully it’s a gamble that will pay off. Rashford, home to Southampton will be vice.

Leicester travelling to Bournemouth is a good clean sheet chance for Schmeichel and Söyüncü and hopefully Saint-Maximin will be fit enough to have a double whammy of Newcastle players in the side, always a Steve Brucey bonus!

BALLS INTO THE BOX, lads.

BLOGIN BETS 4/7/20

This week’s accumulator pick is £10 @5/1

• MANCHESTER UNITED 1/6 (Home v Bournemouth. Saturday KO 15:00)

• BRENTFORD 8/15 (Home v Wigan. Saturday KO 15:00)

• JUVENTUS 2/7 (Home v Torino. Saturday KO 16:15)

• CHELSEA 2/5 (Home v Watford. Saturday KO 20:00)

• MANCHESTER CITY 3/10 (Away v Southampton. Sunday KO 19:00)

• FC PORTO 2/11 (Home v Belenenses. Sunday KO 21:30)

CONFIDENCE: 8/10

OVERVIEW: Straight forward this week. 6 teams, all big favourites spread over Saturday and Sunday. I’ll admit, there was a temptation to add Atletico Madrid who played Friday night. They won incidentally, but previous Friday night failures and the subsequent scuppering of the weekend fun made me think twice, never mind.

Anyway, with 5 of the 6 selections being home sides confidence is pretty high, only Chelsea adding a slight hint of doubt in my mind and when I say slight, I mean very slight. Let’s do this.

PICKS: Man United are unbeaten since January and have won their last 3 Premier League games. Home to a Bournemouth side who have lost 4 in a row and haven’t won in 8 games. Eddie howe’s side lookshot of confidence and easy pickings at the moment. Comfortable HOME WIN.

Brentford still have a faint chance of going up to the Premier League automatically and have won 4 games in row, playing some excellent stuff along the way. Their opponents Wigan are also in pretty decent form but having been placed into administration in the week there’s bound be a lot of uncertainty around the club. Brentford to take full advantage, HOME WIN.

Juventus are on course for yet another Serie A title and at home to city rivals Torino I expect them to stay on track. The away side have only picked up 1 victory from 11 in all competitions which includes 5 straight away defeats. The old lady take this one.

It’s becoming very tight in the race for Champions League places in the Premier League. Chelsea will looking to maintain their spot with Man U breathing down their necks and it’s a good opportunity at home to Watford. The away side haven’t won since lockdown and are hovering perilously above the drop zone. It may be tight but The Blues will be come out on top here.

Manchester City may have lost out on the Premier League title but manager Pep Guardiola won’t let them take their foot off the gas. Outstanding against Liverpool in the week, I expect them to keep up the momentum ahead of crucial FA Cup and Champions League matches. Southampton have lost 10 of their 16 home games this season conceding an average of over 2 goals in those matches. AWAY WIN with De Bruyne again instrumental.

Porto are 6 points clear at the top of the Primeira Liga and, at home to 5th bottom Belenenses, you’ve got to fancy them preserving that cushion. The away side have only won once in 7 games – That will surely become 8 as Porto push towards the title and, more importantly, WRAP UP THE ACCA.

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 32)

OVERVIEW: Another respectable return of 58 points in gameweek 31 leaves me still unmoved in 7th place in the office table but gaining, only 15 points off 5th now. 18 points from captain Mané was the highest scorer but I was expecting a bit more to be honest given Liverpool’s home fixture. The Toon lads all chipped in again which is always nice.

In other news, my benchboost did nowt.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS: Looking at the gameweek, Arsenal and Chelsea have fixtures that look pretty favourable. With that in mind I’ve used my free weekly transfer but also took a -4 on another. Out comes Mané, reasons being Liverpool are away at Man City, probably the toughest fixture in the league and, with the title already wrapped up, there’s a chance Klopp may start to rotate his team. Replacing him is Willian of Chelsea, away at struggling West Ham, he’s always likely to grab points from set plays and takes penalties. The other transfer is Aubameyang for Calvert-Lewin, a change made possible by money gained in the Willian deal. Arsenal at home to bottom side Norwich is a great chance for Auba to fill his boots and for that reason he is made captain, with Kane (Away at Sheff.United) vice. My 3 toon players still retain their places away at Bournemouth.

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