It didn’t take long post Euro 2012 for the football coupons to be building up again, and giving us a vast array of matches to bet on. Although this is a welcome return in some aspects, these games must be approached with caution as we may not be betting on them because we genuinely would like to, more of a case of it being the only option! That said, there is still some superb value to be found in these games.
However, I would again urge you not to jump straight in, especially as these are 2nd leg ties. Lots of these games are more or less over with some big wins in the first leg, so beware of backing short-priced favourites, yes they may have won comfortably last week against the same opposition, but with their season starting in early July, expect the tinkermen to be out in full force as they look to give everyone a chance ‘pre-season’.
With that in mind, I have chosen to utilise a tried and trusted technique which helped me build bankroll last season: Draw No Bet multiples. This began as a bit of fun with me and a pal depositing £5 and turning it into just shy of 200 by essentially betting on teams not to lose. A brief explanation is basically that if you choose 3 teams to win, 2 win and 1 draw, you still win the bet, albeit at slashed odds. This proved highly successful for us until Wigan decided to play like Barca and despatched of both Arsenal and Man Utd in quick succession. Therefore, it’s not full proof, but it is a decent weapon to have in your betting armoury.
Here are my selections (all Draw No Bet):
Thor(draw no bet) vs Bohemians
Icelandic outfit Thor travelled to Dublin last week where the teams played out a goal-less stalemate. I expect a similar encounter this time round, but with home advantage on their side, and at a big 5/4 (with the insurance of DNB) my first pick would be for the Irish to be sent packing in round 1.
Zimbru vs Bangor City(draw no bet)
Not wanting to alienate the home nations in their valiant pursuit for European glory, my next selection is for Wales’ Bangor City to upset the odds away to Zimbru in Moldova. Again, the first leg in this match up ended goalless and with little to choose between the two sides, the 7/2 DNB looks simply huge.
Metalurg vs Birkirkara(draw no bet)
My final selection shies away from the goalless draws as Macedonia’s Metalurg and Birkirkara of Malta played out an enthralling 2-2 draw in the first leg with both teams unlikely to hold back in their quest to reach round 2.
Birkirkara failed to defeat Metalurg at home and are installed as underdogs but the Maltese outfit haven’t failed to score in an away match since January! They could well win again on the road here at a massive 9/2 (DNB)
All odds available at bet365.