Friday, 1 May 2009

Gareth's betting tips for the final day of the season

I imagine most (or all) of the Valley faithful will be glad to see the back of this season.  The final game of the season against Norwich gives the Addicks a chance to drag the Canaries down with them, though to be honest I think Barnsley might pull it out of the bag and win at Home Park anyway.  With that in mind I’ve made a few selections if you fancy dabbling into the world of online football betting on Sunday.

Plymouth will be glad to see their season over, after starting reasonably well they dropped off completely and looked like relegation candidates themselves for a while.  Barnsley aren’t the best side in terms of quality, but they’re not shy when it comes to the big occasions. Remember their mental FA Cup run last year? They’ve also beaten both Sheffield teams this season in their South Yorkshire derbies and I really fancy them to take all three points when they visit Plymouth on Sunday.  Barnsley are on offer at 7/5, which I think are fairly decent betting odds considering what they’re playing for.

Preston need to beat QPR at Deepdale on Sunday to stand any chance of getting in the play-offs.  The good news for the Lancashire side is that QPR have managed just three wins away from Loftus Road all season, drawing nine and losing ten.  If ever their was a ‘home banker’ it is this fixture, with Preston winning more home games than anyone else in the league this season.  The odds aren’t great, round about the 8/15 mark, but I can’t see QPR getting anything at Deepdale myself.

Another home banker, Ipswich at home to Coventry.  Roy Keane seems to have had an immediate impact in East Anglia, perhaps he could be football’s Alan Partridge? Probably not to be fair, he’ll be to busy walking his dogs and attacking paperboys.  The players will know Keane has big changes planned and they’re playing for their future, in front of the home crowd and it will be the first game Keane has managed at home since taking over.  Again the odds aren’t great at 4/6 but it looks a pretty safe bet.

I hope you all enjoy your last day of what must have been a miserable season. As an outsider I am sure next season will see your fortunes turn.

- Gareth

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