“When you’re going through Hell, keep going” said Churchill and, while we’re not consumed by the infernal pit just yet, we’ve certainly had our fingers burnt these last few weeks and we’re taking the old bulldog’s advice. Distraught not to have backed Huddersfield at Norwich tonight at generous odds, but the Canaries had been really strong at home in their last couple, and Huddersfield had not offered much up front in their corresponding aways (nor at home for that matter). Needless to say, they prevailed 2-1 in an open game.
So much for birds flown, and on to today. Narrowly declined are Derby at Fulham, Brentford at Leeds, and Preston at Bristol City. In fact, this is about as quiet a week as we get here, with only four in scope. One of them is at an extraordinary price. Decide for yourselves whether you go a full stake or keep it to a dabble with a half stake. I recommend going three times the usual. Only kidding. Or am I? (Somebody else once said “now is the time to bet like men”).
Here they are:
Cardiff v BARNSLEY
I really like Barnsley; they’re a good attacking side, greater than the sum of their parts and create chances against whoever they play. They were unlucky when letting us down in midweek at Sheffield Wednesday, are missing Adam Hamill for his sending off their, but are fancied to prevail at a make-do kind of Cardiff. $3.94 at
Sheffield Wednesday v ROTHERHAM
Brace yourselves. Rotherham have been awful defensively and, though they attack like wolves (as distinct from Wolves), they lack quality where it counts up front, and their season has been appalling. Sheffield Wednesday is right next door, and they rode their luck against another South Yorkshire neighbour in the week in beating Barnsley – who you’ll notice we’ve also backed. It’s all so incestuous isn’t it. Rotherham at $9.50 at . Really, they should be $5.5; no less. Do it if you dare.
Wigan v IPSWICH
I imagine watching this will be something like eating congealed porridge on a hot day. only with fewer highlights. Ipswich might win, and are value at $3.41 at
GRIMSBY v Doncaster
Donny are missing their excellent captain, James Coppinger, and Grimsby seem to play better against good opposition; which Rovers most certainly are. This could be the game they need to stop the progress of the rot that’s struck them latterly. Grimsby the bet at $4.50 at