Friday, 30 September 2011

Pro-Line Picks Sep 30, 2011

So, we approach week 2 of the pro line blog, having got 2/3 last week we find ourselves at (-$20) losses that we figure are borrowed and we will surely find ourselves thrust into the positive before too long.
Wigan who we successfully took on last week, again find themselves on our staking plan and once again we wholeheartedly are happy to take them on- I did receive a couple of notes from English friends in Calgary, who agreed with our position on the fact that they house the ugliest women in the UK... Ugh !! :)
So, please find below the path to riches that is week 2 ... and we hope to see ya at the payouts!! 

Aston Villa v Wigan
Wigan Manager Roberto Martinez might have a bit of a point to prove having turned down the job at Villa Park in the summer while he will be keen to keep the shackles on Charlie N'Zogbia, who did depart the DW Stadium and arrive at Villa Park.Villa are this season's draw specialists so far and five of their last six Premier League games have ended in stalemate. Alex McLeish was forced to give them a rocket at half-time in the match at QPR where he described their performance was insipid and that the players looked low on confidence. He should be boosted this week by the possible return of five regulars, including front man Darren Bent following a groin problem. Villa were certainly much better in the second period at Loftus Road and McLeish is now demanding a similar display but over the full 90 minutes. Bent's return will relieve pressure on Gabby Agbonhlahor - who still does not convince as an out and out striker.
It will be a dark day when I place any sort of wager on this poor wigan team to actually win a game and so I confidently pick the return of Bent to be a huge difference to the home side.
Verdict- Game 81  Home Win -1.45

Sunderland v West Brom
To describe this week as turbulent for Sunderland boss Steve Bruce would be a gross understatement. First came a 2-0 defeat at Norwich, one that leaves the Black Cats just a point above the relegation zone, then came the news that Titus Bramble has been suspended having been released on police bail on Wednesday evening. Bramble has been held under allegations of drug possession, 2 words in that statement that I thought I would never hear are - Bramble and Possession!! :)  Saturday's game will mark a welcome return to football matters, but whether West Brom are entirely welcome visitors is another matter. On the face of it they're a side with problems of their own, languishing as they do in 19th position following an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Fulham last weekend. However, Roy Hodgson's side did the double over Sunderland last season so will arrive knowing they have what it takes to heap more misery on the home side. A feature of recent meetings has been goals, with 13 in the last four games between the sides, and with West Brom having almost a full complement to pick from and Sunderland without Bramble, it wouldn't surprise me if there were a continuation of that trend on the cards.
Verdict - Game - 84- Tie-3.05

Everton v Liverpool (1245BST)
It has been a while since these two drew at Goodison Park but with neither holding outstanding claims currently, the stalemate could be the way to go on this occasion. Liverpool have shown flashes this season to suggest they are top four material but it has been sporadic and mostly centered around Luis Suarez as they try and integrate their summer signings. The striker looks a special player despite his little strop after being substituted last week in the win over Wolves - he is only going to improve as he adapts to the English game. This will be a good test for him as Everton dealt pretty well with the similar Sergio Aguero although they eventually buckled against Manchester City in their last outing. David Moyes and his side will continue to grind out the results in resilient fashion but squad depth will mean they'll need to remain disciplined and get every ounce out of the players available. Defeats on the road at Stoke and Tottenham are a stark highlight of Liverpool's deficiencies at the moment but this has the look of two evenly matched teams currently and the points are set to be shared. This match up generally proves very entertaining and tempers are often frayed- I would not be surprised if a red card was shown and Marouanne Fellaini has to be watched as he can get a little excited at times!
Verdict -Game 80-  Tie-2.95

So, Here we have it :-
-Game 81- Home 1.45
-Game 84 - Tie 3.05
-Game 80 - Tie 2.95

For a $20 investment the return will be $261.00

Scott Roberts

Friday, 23 September 2011

Pro-Line Picks Sep 23 2011

So, here we have it, the first sailing of the good ship Scott Roberts Pro Line picks!! Dedicated this week to the fine art of English Football...or Sock-er as my lovely north american friends prefer to call it!!

Let's have a little fun, try and win some cash so for week 1, I thank my friends at Bettingzone and see below the path that will lead to surely to all our mortgages and lines of credit being paid off within 3 months!! :)

Man City vs Everton

The extremely early kick-off should, in theory provide City with their biggest test to date at the Etihad Stadium, that's if history is to be believed. Visitors Everton did the double over City last season and have won a remarkable seven of the last eight meetings of the sides, with five clean sheets in that sequence. But if any team's recent history is easily brushed aside it's City and with the embarrassment of riches up front, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Silva and Nasri six men capable of winning games almost single-handedly, Everton's defence is highly likely to struggle. Confident Home Pick for City.

Verdict - 80-home - 1.3

Newcastle vs Blackburn

Newcastle defend one of the league's last unbeaten records against a Blackburn side who've found the net seven times in their last two games. Steve Kean's men were fantastic in the second half against Arsenal a week ago and after Tuesday's Carling Cup win will fancy their chances at St James' Park, even though Newcastle lie fourth in the league. The home side had to endure extra-time to take care of Nottingham Forest in the cup but the return performance of Hatem Ben Arfa bodes well as his creativity should pave the way for more chances at home.

In what could be a free scoring game, the tie looks the most obvious pick at a great price.
Verdict – 84- Tie -3.2

Wigan vs Tottenham

Tottenham did the business in great style against Liverpool last weekend in an emphatic manner, winning 4-0 and hardly giving their opponents a kick. Spurs' early-season problems appear to have been put behind them, with Wolves (2-0 away) and then Liverpool (home) both brushed aside. Particularly impressive in those wins has been the forward combination of Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe, who appear to have linked up well and hit the ground running since linking up upon the former's arrival from Man City. Wigan's defence has conceded six in their last two after a 'soft' start against the three promoted clubs and it's no surprise to see them drifting towards the foot of the table. Now they've lost star striker Hugo Rodallega, their main source of goals last season, through injury, at least for this game, and you wonder who is going to get them the goals to keep them up. Spurs' defence has kept four successive clean sheets if you take in all competitions (admittedly with much-changed sides).

Wigan- Home of the ugliest women in the world, will be overwhelmed by Spurs attacking prowess. Confident away pick.
Verdict - Tottenham 86 -V - 1.8

So, the pro line picks this week are:-

80- Home 1.3
84 -Tie 3.2
86- Visitor 1.8

For a $20 wager the ticket will pay $140.98 - We will see you at the Roulette Table with your winnings !!

See ya next week