MoneyMan has, quite frankly, been outdoing me nearly every weekend since sport has started dribbling back into our lives. Happily, I was able to have a similarly successful weekend to his, turning my Premier league fortunes around on its final weekend, and making some good calls on the rugby.
Let’s get the losses out the way. I went against MoneyMan’s tips on the United game, favouring Leicester who looked the stronger side for the first 20 minutes. I put R100 down for Leicester to win and R100 for them to score in the first half. Man United ended up going from strength in the second half, after a goal-less first 45 minutes from both sides, and MoneyMan cashed in on his bet while I lost out.
My faith in Arsenal and Liverpool was rewarded as my multi-bet of R200 on both to win paid back R657. I felt the anguish of every Arsenal fan’s seasonal struggle as they looked, up until the final minute, set to blow the 3-0 lead that they had secured by halftime. I had thought they were the bankers in my multi-bet at 20 minutes (worried more about Liverpool who were 1-0 down to Newcastle and not looking particularly inspiring), but they had me waiting until the last whistle blew at 96 minutes before I could celebrate the 3-2 victory over Watford. Mane had at that stage taken Liverpool two goals clear and at least eased some of the stress. Another call that had me sweating was Astin Villa to Draw to West Ham. I was about to cash out my R50 bet at R115 when Villa scored and the bet looked doomed. West Ham struck back shortly afterwards though and a 1-1 final result saw me cash in R172. Oh the anxiety of the cashout option!
In the Rugby world, I felt the Crusaders had been overvalued against the Hurricanes and took a conservative bet on the Canes to cover the +11.5 spread. I did however feel that it would be a high scoring back and forth, given the conditions and the nature of both the sides and took a bet on over 61.5 points, which I thought was really well valued at odds of 3.54. R200 on the handicap bet returned R374 as the Canes ended up edging the home side. The 34-32 final result also meant that I cashed in R354 on my over points bet.
This past weekend was a good one for me, and I’m hoping to carry the same momentum into this week and experiment a bit more with multibets and “Build-a-bets”. Keep an eye out for our video.