Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (total £12.11, down £12.89)

Ronaldo Assis de Moreira Analyst IIAugust 28, 2009

There is no way to gloss things over. Last week’s effort proved a total washout and it hurts to be a little out of pocket. Fortunately we’ve still got enough to persevere and turn things round, and as we all know, its only a bit of fun anyways.

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Needing to get some money in the bank, we start with a pair of matches in League One on Saturday in which we are betting against two teams who have started the season on major downers.

Gillingham opened the season with with a 5-nil mauling of Swindon, but have since gone on to lose three consecutive league matches to leave them in lowly 20th place. The Gills head this weekend to Walsall, a club also coming off the back of two defeats in the league, however both losses were to the two front-runners in the division, Charlton and Leeds.

Wycombe have also struggled to find any momentum so far this year, Peter Talyor’s team opening with three losses and a draw from their opening four fixtures. This weekend the Blues have home advantage, but their visitors are high-flying Bristol Rovers who have won their last three including two away victories.

Backing Walsall (11/10) and Bristol Rovers (6/4) to both win, our £1 stake can turn into a £5.25 return.

Next, the hope we can pair up two goalscorers both playing on Saturday. Spurs have surprised many by their fantastic start to the new season and this weekend the Lilywhites have, what appears on paper, to be a straightforward match with newbies Birmingham. While Jermain Defoe have been grabbing the attention, Robbie Keane will know that he has scored six goals in his last seven starts against the Midlanders.

Over in Italy the headline-stopping match of week two in Serie A sees Inter face-off with AC in the Milan derby. Samuel Eto’o, one of the deadliest strikers playing in Europe, opened his account against Bari in week one, and the Cameroonian will again spearhead the Special One’s attack against the Rossoneri.

Sensing that both Robbie Keane (EVS) and Samuel Eto’o (5/4) will be on target this weekend, the aim is to make a £4.50 return on a £1 bet.

Sunday in France provides yet another mouth-watering proposition as Marseille take on Ligue 1 leaders Bordeaux at the Stade Veladrome. Should Laurent Blanc’s charges, who are three from three this season, manage to scalp OM on their home turf then Les Girondins will lay down an early marker that they are the lead to beat this season.

With tasty odds of 11/5 on the away win for Bordeaux we are staking £2 with the hope of getting £6.40 in return.

Lastly, this weekend sees the Spanish La liga kick into gear once more and the opening weekend has a series of interesting match-ups including Valencia’s fixture at home to Sevilla. It seems almost incredible to believe that David Villa, arguably the sharpest marksmen in world football, is still at Los Che despite their terminal financial troubles. But having retained Villa, it’s almost unforgivable to not back the forward to score in week one.

Putting £1 on both David Villa to score (6/5) and Valencia to win (6/5), a winning ticket will produce a £4.84 return.