Each week I'll be placing a little 50p accumulator on a number of Saturday afternoon football matches in the hope to win enough money to buy the music industry. I've assembled a crack-team of fellow muso's to help us on the road to victory, but the more the merrier in this game, and that's where you come in.
All you need to do is glance across the fixtures and post your tips in the comments, below, or on Twitter (remember to mark them with @bsmrocks so I can see them). If we win there'll be free CDs, gig tickets and a sense of pride that you know more than Mark Lawrenson (you should already have that, anyway), along with special bonuses for anyone with particularly good tips, even if the overall accumulator doesn't come in.
Each placed bet will be listed here and you'll be able to follow the progress on Twitter with updates posted on the blog sometime later.
Saturday 7th February
A full list of the fixtures is available here. Read through and get tipping straight away. Here are our thoughts for the week...
Kevin Douch (me!) - Big Scary Monsters Records (Reading fan)
- The romantic voice inside is fantasising over Portsmouth beating Liverpool but I'm going to ignore it and instead plump for Man City to beat Middlesborough and Peterborough to do Carlisle in League One. I would like to give my beloved Reading a mention too, but having made the rule of never betting on my own side (it's a double-blow when they lose) I'll leave that for now.
- Despite the fact I'll be wholeheartedly backing Coventry to batter Wolves after their under-par shower lucked a 2-1 win against us at Molineaux, regional bias might just be getting in the way... Therefore, handsome BSM tipsters, I guess I ought to be a little more careful whilst playing with your hard-earned sheets. So – my Betfair bashing tips are thus… Firstly I suggest lumping on a resurgent Bristol City to beat Norwich away, and heartily believe that Tranmere will bag 3 points against a stuttering Leyton Orient (who have taken just 5 points in the last 10 games). However, my banker of the afternoon would be Leicester City to triumph at Oldham. Although admittedly the Owls are not a bad side themselves, they are nothing on the League One high flyers, who seem to be demolishing near everything in their path.
- Look for Blackburn to bore Villa into another 0-0 while 3 second half goals will see Chelsea ease past Hull….. A dour 1-0 win for Everton over Bolton and a 2-0 Citteh victory spells curtains for Southgate…god the premiership is dull isn’t it….wins for Liverpool (drown your sorrows Tony) and Wigan and a couple of draws…..More importantly the mighty Bluebirds long unbeaten run comes to a shock end as bottom of the table Charlton gain their first win in 8 years….
- If you want sure fire banging tips, look for Liverpool to take 3 points away from Tony Adams at Fratton Park, and also for Torres to get crocked as well, with David NGog leading the line for the next five weeks. Further down the reaches of the Premiership, doughty Wigan and Fulham will probably play out a no-score draw. Delving into the reaches of the Championship, bank on Norwich to continue their resurgence with a home win against Brizzle City, while it's not too hard to predict Reading will trounce Preston in a 7 goal thriller, either. In the lower leagues, Leeds will beat Millwall senseless and also get a home win (arf) and Leicester to trounce out-of-sorts Oldham.
- City may not have been too consistant this season, but with a top drawer keeper and the problem left back position solved, and quality signings like Nigel De Jong getting closer to full fitness every match, they're surely going to be too much for a Middlesbrough side that ranks amongst the worst put out by an established Premiership club in recent years. Quite why Southgate didn't go out and get more players with the quality of Tungay beggars belief. Marlon King and Ben Watson do not a top flight team make. Down in the Championship back Watford to take all three points in the relegation scrap at Vicarage Road and the Wendesday to take advantage of a week off in the Sheffield derby to escape with a point.
- If stuttering Liverpool can’t get a result at Portsmouth then they really don’t deserve to win the Premier League. Tony Adams’ Pompey are poo, and Benitez’s side should leave Fratton Park with all 3 points. Chelsea at home are an enigma this season. Scolari’s reluctance to play to any of his forward players’ strengths is starting to prove their undoing at Stamford Bridge - their last Premier League home win was more thanks to Middlesbrough’s ineptitudes than Solomon Kalou’s finesse. However, last week’s toothless display at Anfield was marred by the unjust sending off of Frank Lampard, and that should be motivation enough to see off a Hull side who were defeated 3-0 at the KC Stadium in October. In the Championship, Reading should beat Preston at home, as the Royals haven’t lost at the Madjeski since November and look well placed to mount a title challenge in the final third of the season, while bottom of the table Charlton, despite registering their first league win since mid-October against Palace last week, should get a stuffing from fifth placed Cardiff...
Some interesting - and at times, contradictory - predictions there, so what do you think? Do you agree with the above? Do you have any red-hot tips of your own? Post them over to us asap and lets get the money rolling!