Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Way off the mark on monday with my "over" bet, did not watch the game personally, but have some highlights to look at when I can find the motivation !

Brentford captain and fan's favourite Kevin O'Connor is having a testimonial game tonight to celebrate 10 years at the club, when local rivals Fulham come to Griffin Park, the theatre of sleepless nights ! Actually KOC is entering his 12th season and has over 400 games for the Bees under his belt, he is still only 28 and another four seasons could see him get to the 560 game mark, which would make him the all time record holder. Kevin is a model pro and you never hear a bad word said about him, or get less than 100% commitment on or off the pitch . I wish him a fantastic evening and an even better season !

I expect Brentford to be up for this despite it being a friendly, many Bees fans consider Fulham their biggest rival, despite the two division gap, I am of the generation for whom it was QPR, but to each his own ! Bees fans will definitely be baying for blood and looking to put one over the managerless visitors. However, I am looking elsewhere for a betting interest ......

CL Qualification
Sheriff Tiraspol- DinamoTirana

Huge class difference IMO between the champions of Moldova and Albania. Tirana won their domestic league easily, despite losing 9 of their last 12 starts and conceding a huge number of goals,including 23 in 16 road games,only the two relegated teams allowed more ! They are clearly defensively fragile and even Lahti, who are bottom of Veikkausliiga and who have scored just 23 goals in 23 league starts, but 4 past them in the Europa League last season.

Sherrif have won their domestic league for the last decade, that has given them huge experience at this level and they are certainly coming to terms with the higher level of competition. They have improved each year and actually won an international competition last season taking the CIS Cup. In the CL they beat a finnish club home and away, a clear form line with Tirana there and then put out Slavia Prague a vastly experience european campaigner. That finally got them into the final qualifying round where they lost to Olympiakos, which at least put them in the Europa League group stage and they also performed with great credit there, drawing with Steaua and beating dutch champions Twente, who were then on a 17 match unbeaten run.

They are very strong at home, 16-1-0 last season with a 46-2 goal difference and will want a cushion to take to Albania for the second leg, they are very focused on going at least as far this year as and will benefit greatly from the huge match experience against quality opposition that they gained in the last campaign, I see a minimum two goal win.

Sheriff -1.5 goals 1.95 .............. Bet 365 have this quote, as I type Sbobet and IBC have not yet released their lines, but seem sure to have something very similar.

Good Luck.

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