This week’s theme is generously donated by the weather.
It’s been snowing!
At least it has been around Lucky Ladder HQ. The weather has turned, calendars have flipped to show a festive scene, and bookmakers start to kid themselves that Christmas number 1 is a betting market that people still care about. It’s that time of year where anyone with a passing interest in gambling will be asked about the odds of snow this Christmas.
Having skipped meteorology class at school, I’m probably not the best person to offer advice, but it’s worth noting that anyone thinking of having a punt has the choice of most major UK and Irish cities now. Snow has to be recorded at the weather station of the main airport of your chosen city to count.
Those odds in full:
Glasgow – 2/1, Manchester – 9/4, London – 5/2, Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin, Cork – 5/1, Cardiff – 6/1, Kilkenny – 7/1.
Talking about airports, the Lucky Ladder is absolutely flying at the moment! Blackburn brought home the bacon, and the vast majority of the other tips rolled in too, leaving the ladder pot at a serious-looking £85.09.
Here’s our progress so far
On a high after Blackburn’s win, I contemplated backing Caen with the winnings at a lip-licking 9/4 to beat Bordeaux as tipped last week. I chickened out and watched on ruefully as they breezed past Bordeaux. If only there was a French game on this weekend to exorcise those demons…
On to this weekend’s action, and here’s the fluffy white patches amongst the yellow ice this week:
Short odds for bulking up your acca:
Chelsea 2/9, Sevilla 2/5, Inter 4/11, Schalke 2/5, Roma 2/11
Lucky Ladder bet of the weekend:
After whittling down my selections, I’m usually left with just the one or two teams that actually have decent odds. This week, I’m spoiled for choice! Truro look excellent value at 5/4, as do Troyes at a big 13/8 (having won 3 of their last 5 home games) entertaining Guingcamp (who have lost all of the last 5 on the road). The Lucky Ladder pick this weekend though is Everton 4/6 to beat Huddersfield.
Despite their decent start to Premier League life, Huddersfield’s away form has been atrocious. You could point to Everton’s form not being anything to celebrate either, but it’s worth remembering that this is a team that many tipped to bother the top four at the start of the season.
It was noticeable early on in the season that Rooney wasn’t going to replace Lukaku as a number 9 (the worldy he scored from inside his own half midweek was only because the 24 mins left to play didn’t give him enough time to run to the opposition box), but there’s still enough goals in the team to trouble the Terriers. Add in the fact that they’ll be buoyed by Big Sam taking the reins (whom I’d originally tipped for the Leicester job, but correctly noted that despite his protestations against club management, he’ll listen to anything for a pound note), and you’ve got yourself a solid looking bet.
Longer odds for the brave ladderer:
Dijon 2/1 give ladderers who missed out on Caen last week a shot at redemption. They’re playing the same team too, Bordeaux, who are still merde away from home.
Spurs are out of form and not great on their travels either, they visit Watford 4/1, who may be worth a speculative sniff.
If that’s whetted your appetite for upsets, then Arsenal 6/4 at home to Man Utd might be up your street too.