We can almost always rely on Everton to deliver, and they did so again yesterday as both they and Hajduk Split netted in their Europa League clash. Elsewhere we were not so lucky, but even with a Lucky 15, one winning bet still guarantees a return because it combines four separate bets into one four-fold accumulator, four trebles, six doubles and four singles.
Avoiding this evening’s Championship matches, which look too close to call, instead we have top-flight European football action as well as some quality tennis in America to look forward to.
Here are today’s bets:
- Football: Real Sociedad to beat Villarreal at around 21/20
- Football: Cologne to beat Hamburg at around 21/20
- Football: Real Betis to beat Celta Vigo at around 6/5
- Tennis: Kyle Edmund to beat Damir Dzumhur at around 8/13
Cologne to beat Hamburg
Cologne’s excellent home record last season leads me to think they should be too strong for Hamburg tonight. They lost only twice on their patch last year and have won the last two times they have hosted Hamburg. Although Cologne lost last week away at Borussia Monchengladbach and Hamburg beat Augsburg, those results went to the form book and as the bookmakers expected. More of the same tonight, I think, but with very few goals.
Real Sociedad to beat Villarreal
Sociedad had an excellent campaign last season and as a result can look forward to European football this term. They opened last week with a hard-fought 3-2 win away at Celta Vigo. Villarreal, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 reverse at the hands of expected strugglers Levante. Sociedad are unbeaten in six home La Liga fixtures and lost just four at home last season. I think they are good value to make it two wins out of two this evening.
Real Betis to beat Celta Vigo
We are staying in Spain for our next bet as I fancy Real Betis to bounce back from a far-from-disgraceful 2-0 defeat to Barcelona last week with a win over Celta Vigo. Their visitors have not won a competitive match in 11 attempts and are low on confidence. They twice led before losing last week to Sociedad. Last year, this fixture ended in a 3-3 draw but Vigo will be much more nervous travellers, and Betis should be plenty good enough to see them off.
Kyle Edmund to beat Damir Dzumhur
Kyle Edmund had to qualify for the Winston-Salem event due to a late decision to enter, and it is looking like a good choice so far. Six wins on, including a three-setter over Steve Johnson yesterday and he is in the semi-finals against Bosnian Dzumhur. This one also has the potential to go the distance; their only previous meeting at last year’s Australian Open was a five-setter won by Dzumhur. Edmund has made progress since then and has more power and big-game experience than his opponent and should take the victory. Add some risk if you want by backing Edmund to win 2-1 at 3/1.