Both Teams to Score (BTTS), Saturday, November 12

footballThere are no Premier League or Championship fixtures this weekend because of the international break, but there’s plenty of action from League 1 and League 2, so we’ve decided to have a dabble in the BTTS market for our multiple bet.

Coventry City versus Scunthorpe United (3/4)

Coventry are unbeaten at home in League 1, scoring 9 goals, 8 of which have come in their last 4 games at the Ricoh Arena. Table-topping Scunthorpe have scored 15 goals in 8 away games, but conceded 10.

Oldham Athletic versus AFC Wimbledon (10/11)

Oldham have struggled for goals at Boundary Park, scoring just 4, and conceding 9, in 8 League 1 fixtures. Wimbledon, on the other hand, have picked up more points, and scored more goals (12), away than they have at home this season, but has also conceded 9 goals.

Port Vale versus Fleetwood Town (3/4)

A good honest, mid-table clash between two teams who score often enough, but also concede goals on a regular basis. Port Vale have scored 14 goals and conceded 8 at home, while Fleetwood have scored 9 goals and conceded 11 away.

Shrewsbury Town versus Oxford United (7/10)

Leaky defences, rather than goal scoring prowess, has been the order of the day for both sides; Shrewsbury have conceded 1.9 goals per game at home, while Oxford have conceded 1.5 goals away.

Crawley Town versus Cambridge United (4/5)

Down in League 2, Crawley have been beaten just once at home this season, but have still conceded a goal a game, while Cambridge have kept a clean sheet away from home just once in seven matches.

Crewe Alexandra versus Plymouth Argyle (4/6)

Crewe have also been beaten just once at home this season, but still conceded 7 goals in as many games. Plymouth have scored 12 goals, and conceded just 4, in 7 away games and currently top the League 2 table, but those 4 goals came in their last three matches.

Recommended Bet: 6 x 1-point 5-folds, 1 x 1-point 6-fold

‘Tricky’ Trixie, Thursday, November 3

newburyTwice a winner over hurdles last season, Wade Harper made a respectable, if unspectacular, start to his career over fences at Carlisle three weeks ago and can demonstrate the benefit of that experience in the Bet365 Handicap Chase (2.00) at Newbury on Thursday. The Westerner gelding was rallying when hitting the fourth last at Carlisle and, although he could make no further impression, eventually finishing fourth of seven, beaten 21 lengths, behind subsequent winner Double W’s, he looks a potential improver.

Copper Kay didn’t have to be at her best to land odds of 1/6 at Ffos Las last month and was occasionally less than fluent on her hurdling debut, but her bumper form entitles her to maximum respect and she can take another step forward in the Whitley Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (2.35) at Newbury. Trainer Philip Hobbs has a strong hand in this division this season and she’s bred to be a champion.

Peter The Mayo Man looks ever inch a chaser in the making, but has returned to action in excellent form over hurdles and can complete a hat-trick in the KKA-Highpoint Handicap Hurdle (3.45) at Newbury. The Dylan Thomas gelding had been absent, due to injury, since turned over at odds-on at Bangor in March, but looked better than ever when winning a novices’ hurdle at Warwick five weeks ago and looks reasonably weighted on his handicap debut.

Selections: Newbury 2.00 Wade Harper, Newbury 2.35 Copper Kay, Newbury 3.45 Pete The Mayo Man (3 x 1-point Win Doubles, 1 x 1-point Win Treble)

‘Tactical’ Treble, Saturday, October 29

footballCardiff City versus Wigan Athletic

Cardiff City have picked up seven points from a possible nine since Neil Warnock replaced Paul Trollope earlier this month, suggesting the Bluebirds may have turned a corner. Warnock was quick to warn against rising expectations at the Cardiff City Stadium but, at 11/10, his side look decent value to see off a Wigan side that has yet to win away from the DW Stadium this season. Indeed, the Latics have beaten just Wolves and Blackburn in what’s been a frustrating campaign so far and may find their efforts thwarted once again.

Ipswich Town versus Rotherham United

Ipswich have hardly set the world on fire so far this season, but have won three and drawn three of their eight home games in the Championship and, at 8/13, should be too good for bottom side Rotherham, who have won just one game all season and lost their last seven in a row. The appointment of Kenny Jackett and the signing of Peter Odemwingie may ultimately improve the Millers’ fortunes, but they remain vulnerable.

Reading versus Nottingham Forest

Reading needed a late winner to beat Rotherham at the New Stadium last Saturday but, while the Royals have failed to convert possession into goals in recent outings, they face a Nottingham Forest side that has picked up just two points away from home in the current Championship campaign. Indeed, the Reds have won just once in eight games so, at 19/20, Reading look the team to side with on this occasion.

Selections: Cardiff City (11/10), Ipswich Town (8/13), Reading (19/20), 1-point Win Treble (5.61/1 with Bet365)

‘Deadly’ Double, Thursday, October 20

chelmsfordIn the 5.45 at Chelmsford on Thursday, the nicely bred John T Chance didn’t see a racecourse until July, but has shown steady improvement since and should be suited by the step up to 1 mile 2 furlongs. The Lawman gelding is 6lb higher in the weights than when winning a similar race, over 1 mile ½ furlong, at Wolverhampton earlier this month, but is unexposed over middle distances and appeals as the type to continue his progress. Winning jockey Jim Crowley retains the ride, which is a positive sign.

In the 8.15 at Chelmsford, Satish is becoming a little frustrating, but he seems genuine enough and ran as well as he ever has in a similar race over course and distance three starts ago. The Dansili gelding was a little disappointing when turned over at odds-on in a three-runner handicap at Newmarket last month but, stepping back up in distance on Polytrack, can put his experience to good use at this level.

Selections: Chelmsford 5.45 John T Chance, Chelmsford 8.15 Satish, 1-point Win Double

How to adopt the psychology of a winning sports bettor

If you are happy betting on sports for fun, and enjoying the wins that you have, there is nothing wrong with that. But what happens if you want to take betting more seriously and become a regular winner. One of the most important things to remember is that a long term successful sports bettor has a completely different mindset to someone who bets casually for fun. If you want to change your betting regime then you have to be prepared to work at it.

After you have finished reading this article you should understand more about how the mind of a successful sports bettor works. You should also have an idea of what you need to do if you want to make the change from a casual bettor to one that actually makes money from the activity on a regular basis and knows how to manage risk and losses in the right way.

The importance of discipline

If you are going to become successful at sports betting one of the most important things you need to have is discipline. If you think about it this is no different to the discipline you need to have if you are working or running a business. An example of having discipline while betting on sports is that you should never chase a bet. If you place a bet on a game and you lose then it’s not a good idea to double your bet on the next game just to try and recoup your loses. This is the easiest way to get into a pattern of losses from which it can be difficult to come back.

Developing a system

In the introduction to this article we explained how you need to be prepared to work hard to be successful. You need to spend time studying and tracking data and statistics. Once you start to do this you can develop your own systems to follow. You can look for patterns that seem to indicate a better win percentage and use these to develop your system. Once you have a system in place it’s important that you follow it; this is all part of being disciplined.

Thinking like a bookmaker instead of a bettor

It can be hard to start thinking in a different way to the way you are used to. If you want to be a winning sports bettor you need to do just that; you need to look at things from the bookmaker’s point of view. You may see a bet that looks too good to be true and quite often that is the case. You should never be suckered in by a bookmaker’s trap. Quite often successful bettors veer away from what the crowd is doing. If you want to know more about betting and how to be successful, this site covers everything. You can learn all about the variety of online gambling available, such as poker, bingo and sports betting. You can also check out the regulations regarding online gambling which are important if you want to actually obtain any winnings you make. No matter how much you learn, remember that successful betting demands work and discipline but it is possible to make money in the long term.