Sunday, 10 June 2007

Why the inactivity?

There have been no bets recently and for very good reason. The season has ended in most countries around Europe!

Of course, there are still games being played but I'm feeling quite nervy about them. Barcelona and Real Madrid are involved in a real struggle to win La Liga and both could only secure 2-2 draws last night. They are now level on points with just one game to go! I'm not betting on either of them.

There are games being played elsewhere in the world but those who understand the BookieBeater will understand that he avoids those countries which he doesn't understand!

One other piece of news - UK Betting is now Sky Bet. My account has been moved and I'll probably do a review of the service at some point in the near future.

Sunday, 6 May 2007

Saints Go Marching?

West Brom managed to give their supporters an "End of Season" treat by serving up a festival of goals - 7 in all.

Their 7-0 victory certainly humbled Southampton's meagre 4-1 win but both victories earned a £68 return for the Bookie Beater.

It's been another successful Sunday. Avid followers will already recognise that Sundays are Bookie Beater days as they consistently outperform Fridays and Saturdays.

End of Season Pitfalls

Liverpool, mindful of their Champions League Final in Athens in 3 weeks time, fielded virtually a reserve team on Saturday against Fulham. They made 9 changes from the team that beat Chelsea during the week! Fulham won the match - my money stayed in my pocket!

It's a typical scenario at this time of year but today, there are teams who need to win.

The English second division (now called the Championship) provides the excitement today as it is the final day of the regular season. Birmingham and Sunderland have already been promoted but there is only 1 point between them as they battle it out to see who wins the league.

Derby County have made the play-offs and have nothing now to play for, which leaves us with the battle for the 3 remaining play-off positions.

Only 2 points separates West Brom, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton, Stoke City and Preston North End (in that order). Indeed, Southampton are only ahead of Stoke City by virtue of the fact that they have scored more goals!

So my £41 Paddy Power bet today is:
- Southampton to beat Southend (at 1/4)
- West Brom to beat Barnsley (at 1/3)

Monday, 30 April 2007

Season's Conclusions

It was tight enough (according to the scoreline), but Barcelona managed to win their home match with Levante swelling the Paddy Power fund even further.

I'm in a position whereby it may be necessary to draw this season to a conclusion. I'm not touching any further Champions League matches (too close to call) and I'm avoiding domestic cup competitions (for the same reason).

The European leagues have gone weird:
  • Poor teams are scrapping for survival and punching above their weight
  • Good teams are resting their stars in favour of playing them in the cup competitions
  • Really good teams are getting the jitters as the home in on the league title
  • Fabulous teams aren't bothering to raise their game at all because they've already won the league
So where does that leave me?

Well, the £40 pot at the start of the season has quadrupled in value which ranks quite well with other "investment schemes":
  • £40 - £150: The Bookiebeater
  • £40 - £70: Property (in Northern Ireland)
  • £40 - £45: FT100 Tracker Fund (Stocks & Shares)
  • £40 - £42 : Bank or Building Society Savings Account
And I'm looking forward to next season! (Of course, if I will continue to look for value and if I find any worthwhile bets, I'll continue my investment scheme.)

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Sunday, 29 April 2007

Stuggling To Find Value

I looked at the list of matches being played around Europe on Saturday morning and couldn't see a single game that I wanted to risk my money on. I trotted off to work in the garden instead.

It's that funny time of year you see. Liverpool fielded a reserve team against Portsmouth; Chelsea are getting the jitters; Linfield have already won the league as have Celtic.

Today is much the same. Do I back AEK Athens? Not sure! Do I back PSV? What's the incentive for them to put in the required effort to beat Vittesse?

I have finally plumped for putting £39 on Barcelona beating Levante. I can't find another match to double the bet so I'm leaving it at that. Barcelona still have some work to do in order to win La Liga, so they should be up for making sure they get nothing less than a win tonight.

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Going Dutch

Ajax and Barcelona won handsomely last night - 3-1 and 5-2 respectively. These matches were both cup matches which are notoriously tricky, so I'm glad to have got the right results.

AZ Alkmaar v NAC Breda at 2/7 has got £36 of my cash tonight. The last time they met (in the league), AZ Alkmaar won 8-1. I'm sure the result won't be as convincing tonight - I'd be happy with a 1-0 win.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Big Boy Bets

Tonight, Ajax and Barcelona are playing at their respective home stadiums and Paddy Power is offering odds of 1/6 and 2/7 for them to beat RKC and Getafe.

I'm having a piece of that action with £32. That ought to nett me a £48 return (£16 profit) if everything goes according to plan.