Cracking stuff again yesterday including the correct score for Inter Milan – once choice 0-2 and so it was.! The reason the research has been great of late is that I am not second guessing myself. I am also doing the research quickly so the facts are all I am dealing with, and my initial thoughts are captured and put down.

2 excellent days  – hope it continues into the weekend.

3pm – Ural v Anzhi Makhachkala – 1.47 away – FNL v Premier League in this Russian Cup match. Not sure how serious Anzhi take this competition. soccerway might enlighten me. 7 of Anzhi’s last 8 matches in this competition have seen over 2.5 goals

0-0, 0-0, 0-1 ( 84th minute goal) in Ural’s last 3 matches . So what’s it to be? Tight unders of the home side, or a leaning towards overs of the away side. Quite obviously if this is a strong Anzhi side, they have the attackers to really get some goals. Not a match top of my list alas.

545pm – Achilles 29 v PSV – 1.06 away – take a note from Twente who won, at 1.04, 0-1 with a 90th minute goal. An inference that PSV may field a weakened side, and a chance for delay-react-traders to nail a big price late on? In 7 of their most recent 9 Cup matches, PSV have scored 3 or more goals. That is a welcome sight. This is also the case with their away form in the cup. More confidence than with Twente yesterday?Achilles lost 3-0 to NEC in December last year in this competition, and it seems therefore that the top flight teams may be too much for this TOPKLASSE side. A hope today, with “3” prevailing, that PSV can get 3 minimum. Those seeking high speculation, well, just hope PSV do a Twente, and back them in the 89th minute at juicy odds.

745pm – AZ Alkmaar v Veendam – 1.1 home – both teams in poor recent form with exactly the same form in last 4 matches LLWL  Goals prevalent in all 8 of these matches.  Veendam have only scored 1 goal in their last 4 matches in this competition, losing 2-0, 3-0, 2-0 LLWLLLDLL for Veendam in recent Cup matches. LWWLWDWWD – the 2 defeats were 1-0’s against topflight Ajax and feyenoord in the cup.

It all points to the odds being right here today. Only concern is a lack of recent form for AZ in their recent matches in all competitions. welcome respite today or continued struggles? Possible win to nil for AZ if veendam continue to struggle scoring in this competition.

745pm – Siena v Bologna – 2.16 home – Seria A match here sees penalised Siena at home.1-0, 1-0, 1-1 the last 3 head to heads and these have been shared between the 2 sides. DLDW so far for Siena this season includes a good 0-2 away win against Inter Milan latest. All 5 Siena goals have been scored in the 2nd half this season. Perhaps we can expect 2nd half action if this is 0-0 at halftime. 2 home draws so far for Siena is a sequence they need to end in order to get back the 5 points they were penalised with.

Bologna have conceded 2 goals in their 2 away matches this season, and they won the last away match!

It looks as if the action for both of these sides is focussed on the 60th minute +. That might be an angle in. Siena are yet to score in the first half gour of matches this season.

Toughie to call this one. I would hope for a concerted 0-0 and then get involved with a late bet if 0-0 coming into the hour mark, or I would look at Siena scoring in the last half hour. Head to heads back this up , signalling a tight affair.