It was all going so well.
Until just before full time in the Mariners v Melbourne Heart game on Saturday evening, I was on a winning run.
Then the rest of the weekend happened.
I won $3.40 from the Adelaide draw, and lost all four other bets, leaving my account at $-14.30 after just 2 weeks. Somebody stop me!
At least this week my bets were close, but close doesn’t win you any money.
So on to this weeks tips
Victory v Brisbane
Who knows what will happen here? These two sides have had Jeckyll and Hyde performances so far this season and when you add in Melbourne losing their coach, this game could go any way. I’m going to have my insurance bet on this game with a dollar on Melbourne to win at home (at $2.60) and a dollar on a draw (at $3.40)
Mariners v Adelaide
United are currently sitting in second position on the ladder, but the reality is that last weeks 2-2 draw should have been a 3-1 loss. On top of that, the Mariners will be smarting that they haven’t won a game yet this season (in fact, none of last season’s top 3 teams have won a game so far this year. Haven’t lost one either though). The Mariners work better out of the spotlight, and the smaller home crowd this week should work to their advantage. I’m going to have a dollar on Central Coast to win 2-1 (at $8.00)
Sydney v Wanderers
The big game of the week will see a sellout crowd watch last rounds whipping boys (who are somehow still in 3rd spot!) go up against the competitions media darlings, and the darlings are well overdue for a win. Currently on a run of 3 competitive matches without a win, the Wanderers will be desperate to take home the full three points from the derby match as questions begin to be asked of their ability to perform under pressure. Sydney supporters will say that the Sky Blues’ home performances have been almost inexplicably good under Frank Farina, but the one team to win at the SFS since he took over is Western Sydney. So in classic gamblers form, I’m having a bit bet on this to try and save myself from circling the drain after round 3. I’m having $5 on the Wanderers to win (at $1.85)
Wellington v Newcastle
As usual, the Phoenix are proving to be the surprise package of this years competition with their gallant performances against both Brisbane and the Wanderers. While Newcastle (along with Perth) took my jibe at the Melbourne derby being the most boring game of all time as a challenge and produced some form of footballing chloroform. I’m going for the full time/half time double for the Phoenix (at $3.00)
Perth v Heart
I think both of these teams are adequately adequate. They are both fairly dull, and I don’t really have much to say about them. Given that of the 10 matches played so far there have been 6 draws, I’m going to have to put my last dollar on a dull Draw in this one (at $3.40)
Ledger currently sitting at -$24.30
Phew, got through the article without a Kalac joke.