Back from a wedding and nothing much missed football wise. There are international friendlies today, a host of Carling Cup matches and friendlies.
We have the likes of Liechtenstein v Andorra and Malta v Luxembourg
7pm – Aberdeen v Man Utd XI – Betfair market is illiquid as I write so I don’t know what the likely odds are. The Fergie factor creates this friendly. As the title suggests , Man Utd XI is likely to be an experimental side but always with Fergie sides, especially against weaker opponents, you always expect something. Team news for Man Utd would be required as is the case with Dundalk v a Chelsea XI at the same time. With the Charity Shield gone and Premiership to begin, this is another Chelsea XI made up of squad players. The market is totally illiquid.
7pm – Malta U21 v Liechtenstein U21 – 1.42 home – the general rule of thumb is that Leichtenstein are opposable in all internationals, but then again a Malta u21 side hardly has them shaking in their boots. Not really worth dwelling on. Delayed entry might see Malta’s odds increase in running to offer a degree of value.
730pm – Queens Park v Partick – 1.57 away – the Scottish Challenge Cup sees 3rd division v 1st division and another illiquid betting market ( all quiet until the European league season begins again this weekend!)
Queens Park have conceded either 2 or 3 in 4 of their last 5 Challenge Cup matches at home.
Queens Park have conceded 2-2-1-2-2-1 in their last 6 Challenge Cup matches, quite a sequence. If said sequence continues, they’ll concede 2 today!!
Partick beat another 3rd division side in Clyde 1-0 away ( 70th+ minute goal) – similar struggles tonight?
I’m clutching at straws here folks, a wholly unappetising “feast” of football today.
Birmingham 1.37 at home v Barnet and Ipswich 1.53 at home to Bristol Rovers in the Carling Cup. Any chance we can lay and hope for these 2 to not bother?
Brum’s carling cup defeats since 2009 have all been away and all to Premiership opponents.
They have won 8 of their last 9 CArling Cup matches at home ( albeit one or 2 were won after extra time).
Brum have conceded in their last 8 Carling Cup matches.
Barnet have only won 2 of their last 9, and lost 5 in 90 minutes and 2 after extra time.
barnet beat Portsmouth and drew with Burnley ( were 2-0 down) in their last 2 Carling Cup matches. Signs of revival or Birmingham to revert to their usual “tough to beat ” at home.
Ipswich have lost their last 2 Carling Cup matches against Arsenal and Northampton .
No draw in 9 Ipswich home Carling Cup matches .
Championship v League 1.
Bristol Rovers have lost all of their last 6 AWAY Carling Cup matches, scoring in last 3 defeats .
In 9 Carling Cup matches, Bristol Rovers have only won 1 in 90 minutes, which seems to make them opposable in some capacity tonight although their odds may be a little high for laying and their tendency to score of late may negate a win to nil for Ipswich.
I’ll be treading water today. It’s a poor day’s football and I’ll wait til the big boys and the liquid betting markets arrive at the weekend.