Betrescue columnist, Bruin Brown from Betfair is laying Arsenal, backing Leeds going under 2.5 goals at Inverness in this week’s Bruin’s Shoo-Ins
Rejoice, rejoice; a successful return to the winner’s enclosure last weekend yielded three out of three winning shoo-ins and an 8/1 treble to boot. If you can’t blow your own trumpet, whose can you?
I’ve never been one for Lent and giving things up. But this year I thought I had better get my house in order so have decided to give up being unemployed. Although I’ve yet to get myself a permanent position I have got a make-shift job in a computer keyboard production line.
Whether I can go 40 days, only time will tell. The man that I really feel sorry for around this time of year is Rick Astley; I hear that he really struggles with Lent.
On to the football and things are going from bad to worse to cataclysmic for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. Defeat to Tottenham this weekend would see them slip 13 points behind their near neighbours in the Premier League table, and effectively out of the race for silverware on the four fronts that they began the season competing for.
Fans of Rangers, Portsmouth, Dundee and many others can testify that spending outwith your means is not the way forward. Gunners fans could quite rightly retort that they’d be happy to see Wenger simply spend his means.
Arsenal v Tottenham: Premier League Sunday 13:30 Live on SS1
The changing of the guard in North London has not been a sudden event and this season is merely the culmination of a gradual Arsenal decline reciprocated by a steady Spurs ascent. Harry Redknapp’s side have lost just one of the last seven league games between the two teams and have won three of the last four. Lay Arsenal in Betfair’s Match Odds market at odds of 2.56 (8/5).
Adversity off the pitch often manifests its way onto the pitch in one of two ways. It either galvanises players and they produce results that weren’t necessarily in keeping with the way things had been going, or the wheels come off.
For the two teams that have recently gone into administration – Rangers and Portsmouth – it seems, worryingly, that the latter trend is the one that they will follow.
Portsmouth v Leeds: Championship: Saturday 15:00
A 10-point deduction coupled with a run of form that has produced just one win in eight games has seen Pompey slip into the Championship relegation zone. The club’s administrator has this week warned that they are struggling to make it to the end of the season. Players and staff have not been paid since December and a number of senior staff members have been made redundant.
Off the pitch they’re sure to get plenty of sympathy from the Leeds fans this weekend. On it, not so much. Neil Warnock officially takes charge of The Peacocks for the first time for the game at Fratton Park this Saturday, and he couldn’t have been presented with a much better opportunity to take all three points. The 2.4 (7/5) available on a Leeds win is an absolute Shoo-In on Betfair.com
Inverness v Rangers: SPL: Sunday 12:45 Live On SS4
In Scotland Rangers began life in administration with a pitiful 1-0 home defeat to Kilmarnock. Ibrox was packed out as the Gers fans put on a defiant show; unfortunately it was a display that wasn’t echoed on the field of play. The Scottish champions lost their first SPL home game of the season as Sasa Papac’s red card compounded a miserable afternoon.
This weekend they play Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Sunday’s lunchtime kick off. Caley have produced stubborn displays against Celtic (twice), St Mirren and Hearts recently and although it may be taking it a step too far to suggest they’ll pick up all three points, they’ll certainly make it difficult for the visitors.
Caley’s last nine games in all competitions have had fewer than 2.5 goals in normal time and Rangers are desperately lacking in attacking impetus since the departure of Nikica Jelavic. Under 2.5 goals is another shoo-in at odds of 2.1 (11/10)only at Betfair.com
Lay Arsenal to win @ 2.56
Back Leeds to win @ 2.4
Back Under 2.5 goals in ICT v Rangers @ 2.1
Treble pays @ 8.0 (7/1) at Betfair.com