Tuesday, February 02, 2010


I took three bets today, one that I do not wish to discuss on here, but the other two I will touch on briefly, although the odds on my stronger selection have dropped somewhat.

Anyway, in the Blue Square Premier, I am keen on inform York City away at Histon. Martin Foyle has done a terrific job at Bootham Crescent, assembled a large hard working squad with 19-20 players pushing for a starting place. His side have won nine consecutive BSP outings, are firmly ensconced in a playoff position, nine points + clear of the chasing pack, which means they can now play with a degree of freedom, looking for the three points in every game and try to put as much pressure as possible on Oxford and Stevenage, in the hunt for the sole automatic spot, which comes along with the title. Foyle has increased competition for places in midfield with two news signings, both of whom are likely to be on the bench tonight. He has no major injury concerns, but will be without suspended top scorer Richard Brodie, who surprisingly received little attention in the transfer window. However, Michael Gash, whom we have discussed several times, along with Rankine and Pacquette (a former Bee), give the Minstermen plenty of offensive options.

That is something Histon lack, they are in turmoil both on and off the pitch, with boardroom shenanigans creating all the headlines this season and they are a shadow of the side that made the playoffs last campaign. The hosts have scored just once in four starts and will be without strikers Frew and Wright this evening, this young , inexperienced and small squad do not have the options to cope, or to out battle the stronger teams at this level for the full 90 minutes. Probably not too many goals in this one, but I expect the determined visitors to do enough to claim a tenth straight league win, I took 2.07, a little less is available now, but this might change, or possibly the "in running " market might be an alternative.

Elsewhere, I also took Chelsea in the team total goals market, "over" 2.25 goals @ circa 2.03, this looks a tall order at first glance with the Blues needing three for us to win, but two goals returns half our stake and that is just about what I see as the minimum haul for them tonight. The Blues have scored 21 in their last six starts and could have had any number more, they will have Kalou and Drogba both available tonight and it is very difficult to see Hull, who will have to push forward being the home side , keeping them at bay for too long. The Tigers have already shipped three plus at home to Manchester United, West Ham, Everton and Spurs, Chelsea pose a far more potent offensive threat than any of those and I include United in that. Even goal shy Wolves managed two here on Saturday and a first strike tonight could open the floodgates, before Chelsea decide enough is enough and start preparing for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday.

Good Luck.

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