Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Pivotal moments?

Sometimes something happens in a sporting sense that proves to be a pivotal moment in turning fortunes. I can't help wondering whether Manchester City's gift of a late 2-1 victory to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon might prove to be such a moment. The match stats saw City having the edge in possession, but some dogged chasing of a seemingly lost cause by Torres paid off. Doubtless that goal sent his, and the team's, confidence soaring. Following that result up with a comprehensive 0-2 win at the Emirates tonight has sent the Blues to favourites in the Winner's market on Betfair, for now, at least!

At the other end of the table, under the calm and steady influence of Gus Poyet, Sunderland had a much needed and confidence boosting 2-1 win over their North East rivals, Newcastle. I've little doubt that the Black Cats fight for survival will be harder relatively than Chelsea's fight for glory, but at 1.9 in the relegation market I have taken them on for small stakes.

Whether these were two pivotal moments or two blips remains to be seen, but I wouldn't be surprised if both turned out more of the former than the latter.

Monday, 21 October 2013


It was never going to be easy taking on fellow traders, 'amateur' and 'professional' alike, in the FTL as the singleton betting correct scores over 1x2 value bets. I'm trying to hit one from seventeen as opposed to one from three, although I do give myself 3 attempts at it. I'm not bleating, you understand! It's just that, as predicted, this weekend I suffered the ignominy of a complete, absolute wipe-out. Zero from 10. Nought percent. Feck all. I now await the 100% week to put things straight!

With nine games already down my hopes rested on the Torino v Inter match in Serie A last night. I traded that one live and was in buoyant spirits as the game kicked off. The game was a few seconds old when the 'suspended' sign flashed across my screen - but it wasn't a goal. No, Inter somehow contrived to have a player sent off with almost the entire game left to play. In the ensuing chaos in the Correct Score market I was able to get small backs matched at high odds on 2-2 and 3-3 - the market having effectively written Inter off.

They survived a missed penalty before going a goal down at about twenty minutes. They equalised just before half time, before going 2-1 down. That was followed by 2-2, 2-3 and then a last gasp Torino goal made it 3-3 almost at the bell!

In summary, a trade that looked as good as over in the first twenty minutes turned into one of the most exciting, and profitable, in-play trades that I've enjoyed for a long time.

Unfortunately, I am still going to take a bit of a kicking when Cassini updates the table.