Now we really are cooking on gas. That’s 12 winning selections in a row for the latest attempt at the challenge, and while we are very keen not to tempt fate things are going rather smoothly at present despite the absence of any frontline football.
Here’s a look at how last week’s selections panned out:
- Bet 9: Aldovisi vs Independiente: Independiente/Draw Double Chance – This game ended in a 0-0 bore draw….not that we are bothered.
- Bet 10: Kashiwa Reysol vs Omiya Ardija: Kashiwa/Draw Double Chance – Infinitely more entertaining was this J-League fixture, which ended 4-2 to Kashiwa.
- Bet 11: Pohang vs Gangwon: Over 0.5 Goals – We expected goals and they duly came: a 2-1 win for Gangwon.
- Bet 12: Kalmar vs GIF Sundsvall: Under 4.5 Goals – This was more goal-laden than we expected in truth, although our selection landed following a 3-0 win for Kalmar.
That leaves us with £38.95 burning a hole in our pocket, and if you wanted to cash out your original £10 stake and crack on with the rest as a free stab at betting immortality, nobody would hold that against you.
Bet 13: Wales vs Finland: Wales +4.5 Handicap – £38.95 at 1/14
Thursday June 1, 22:30
You may be scratching your head and thinking ‘I didn’t know there was any international football this week?’. You’d be right to think that, as we have dipped into the World Cup of Darts for a couple of selections in this week’s instalment of the challenge.
The final game of the first session of action sees the number four seeds, Wales, take on Finland. The Welsh team is made up of rising star Gerwyn Price and former BDO world champion Mark Webster, and they will surely have too much class for their inexperienced opponents.
Neither Kim Viljanen or Marko Kantele are even PDC Tour professionals, and they were beaten 5-1 by the Welsh at this stage of the World Cup 12 months ago. For context, our bet means that Wales simply have to win one leg for it to land; surely an absolute banker?
Bet 14: Austria vs China: Austria +4.5 Handicap – £41.73 at 1/6
Friday June 2, 20:30
Here’s our second World Cup of Darts bet, and boy what a great price (in context) we have to enjoy.
Austria, the seventh seeds made up of Mensur Suljovic (seventh in the PDC Order of Merit) and Rowby-John Rodriguez (42nd) take on the Chinese duo of Weihong Li & Yuanjun Liu, who aren’t even members of the PDC Tour.
Remember, Austria only need to win one leg for our bet to land; it really is extraordinary value.
Bet 15: Yanbian Fude vs Guangzhou Evergrande: Guangzhou +0.50 Asian Handicap – £48.69 at 1/10
Saturday June 3, 08:30
With this challenge occasionally all we can do is follow in the prevailing stats and hope for the best. One such instance is this game between top and bottom of the Chinese Super League.
Guangzhou have climbed to the summit of the table thanks to an excellent run of W9 D1 L1 headlined by seven straight victories. They have splashed the cash on big name signings, and it’s working out for them.
Yanbian are one of the minnows of the Chinese top flight and it’s showing. They are bottom of the league having won just one of their eleven games, scoring a paltry seven. They are yet to score more than once in a single game this term.
Bet 16: Ostersunds vs Sundsvall: Ostersunds +1 Handicap – £53.56 at 1/14
Saturday June 3, 15:00
A trip to beautiful Sweden now to see Ostersunds, unbeaten at home this term (W3 D2 L0), take on a Sundsvall side that has scored just three goals in their last eight games.
That remarkable run has seen the visitors here fail to find the net in six of their last eight starts, and stats like that must be acted upon.
Ostersunds have found the net in nine of their eleven outings, and so the simple insinuation is that they will win this game. The +1 handicap should provide back-up if required.