After a rough weekend of beer,bad bets and laziness,I'll get to this properly.I had to deposit more funds in after letting someone else loose on my account so after a winning bet on Seattle Sounderslast night minus a couple of season long bets the bank is 14 points.
First pick is for tonight,Stevenage v Portsmouth.Everyone knows Portsmouth troubles on and off the pitch and werent surprised when they went down 2-0 to Coventry on the weekend.They could only name 4 subs,all youth team players but their transfer embargo should be lifted and they can bring in a couple of players.Last season this game would have been a Premership v Conference match up but with Stevenages promotion its now a Championship v League 2 game.After a late goal Stevenage managed a 2-2 draw on the weekend and with that confidence or momentum,playing in front of the cameras and maybe a sense of optimism that they can beat their opponents I reckon this game game will be wide open and am gonna have a stab at the Goals market.
Stevenage v Portsmouth Over 2.5 goals 11/10 with Bet365 3 points
Second pick is another risky enough one as its an International friendly but I reckon Italy have enough to beat Ivory Coast in Upton Park tomorrow night.After a poor World Cup showing,Cesare Prandelli has been brought in to replace Marcelo Lippi and he has already stated his intent to buikd towards Euro 2012.A completely revamped squad with only a couple of players over 30,but it includes Balotelli,Cassano and Amauri who have all been told they will start and they will want to prove a point.At the back they wont be as strong with Buffon missing and an untested back 4 bar Chiellini but I reckon they will have enough.
Ivory Coast will have to do without Didier Drogba and Sven Goran Eriksson,the latter probably not being a bad thing after the Ivorians own poor showing during the summer.They still will be able to call upon regualrs such as Eboue,the Toures,Zokora,Kalou etc and they too are looking to set upon a new venture but I think Italy have alot more to prove and should be able to do it.
Italy v Ivory Coast - Italy @ 6/5 3 points Bet 365
Last bet is a double in the Carling Cup.
QPR have had an interesting summer with plenty of arrivals and they got off to the perfect start with a 4-0 hammering of Barnsley on the weekend.With a big squad I reckon that there could be a bit of rotation for their tie against Port Vale,Gorkss and Helguson are defintely gone due to international duty and Akos Buszaky is injured.But they had quality on the bench in Leon Clarke,Gary Borrowdale and Mikele Leigertwood on the bench so even if they do change their XI I think there will still be enough quality to see of vale.
The same goes for Leeds at home to Lincoln.They will not be happy with an opening day loss but I'm sure they will put it behind them and concentrate on tomorrow nights tie.With a few new arrivals themselves and the loss of Beckford its probably fair to say that Simon Grayson is still wotking out his best formations and players.Experienced defenders,Alex Bruce,Leigh Bromby and Andy hughes all sat on the bench for the weekends loss and expect one or two of those to feature tomorrow night.
Lincoln also lost on the weekend and after a poor showing last season were they finished 20th its not looking much more rosier for them this season.With only 16 points collected on the road from a possible 69 last season I think this trip to Leeds will be again too much
Leeds and QPR double @1.86 4 points
Bank 4 points
In Play 10 points