Wednesday, 4 February 2009


After last weeks dismal 1/8 correct predictions, I'm asking you for your much-needed help. If you don't like football, I recommend you stop reading right about here.

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.
Jack Clothier - Alcopop Records (Coventry fan)
  • 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.
Mark Bowen - Wichita (Cardiff fan)
  • 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….
Gareth Dobson - Fear And Records (Tottenham fan)
  • 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.
Stephen Ackroyd - This Is Fake DIY (Man United fan)
  • 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.
JJ Dunning - The Fly magazine - (Chelsea fan)
  • 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!


Brian said...

I'd go for the following to win; Chelsea, Everton, Wigan, Norwich, Reading, Swansea, Leicester, MK Dons, Peterborough, Luton, Rotherham, Brentford.

I'd recommend staying away from the Blackburn, Citeh, West Ham and Barnsley games.

Blackburn v Villa could go either way really - too close to call. Just when you think Southgate is up for the chop the inconsistent oil rich scamps from Eastlands will capitulate and give him his stay of execution. West Ham are unbeaten in 8 plus I support them, so following Kev's rationale for not betting on your own team, staying away from this. Though surely Manchester United are due a cheeky 1-0 defeat?

Barnsley against Palace also smacks off too close to call.

fred said...

Kettering v Oxford Utd, Oxford to win, Oxford on a good run at the moment 5 win and a draw i think. Playing well and pushing for the play off despite having 5 points deducted

Chelsea v Hull, Draw 1-1. Chelsea not looking like a team at the moment and hull needing to stop the slid down the the table

Blackburn v Aston Villa, Villa Win. Villa wil be looking to get a win and keep up wwith the top 3, Blackburn still strugeling and not scoring goals

thats it.

Anonymous said...

As a Blackburn fan, I'm definitely backing Big Sam for the win on Saturday. We've got a strong unbeaten run, a solid defence and could cause an upset for Villa fans this weekend.
Rovers can easily secure a draw against Villa this weekend and walk away with a point.

In other matches:
Chelsea will beat Hull
Man City will beat Middlesbrough
Liverpool will beat Portsmouth
Stoke will beat Sunderland

I'm feeling optimistic for Stoke this Saturday with the signing of James Beattie.

isla said...

I cannot believe this is how you are filling your holiday time...

Jonny said...

Aston Villa to beat Blackburn - the return of Ashley Young should help a lot here.
Man City to beat Boro - Boro haven't won in their last 11 premiership games and I'm sure Man City will be very keen to avenge the loss against Stoke last week.
That's all i'm even vaguely confident of at the minute.

Pennington said...

Kev - What have I told you about betting on City. Its neither big or clever. It will just result in dissapointment.

Infact I usually bet against them so when we lose at least I earn a bit of cash.

Kev said...

Here are some tips I've received via Twitter...

@danjordan: derby county. Ive heard rumours that a £1 on them to make the playoffs is a good idea. I put a quid on them to win last night :D

@doubtingthomH: Spurs 4-4 Arsenal. Robbie Keane brace. Adebayor sent off

@PaulPunktastic: go for Blackburn to beat villa, west brim to beat Newcastle and Sunderland to beat stoke. Pays 12/1 with betfair!

@davidriley: always bet on Charlton losing... We've won one in the last 20-odd games

@ITC_Gavin: as far as dead certs you could look at gateshead 8/13 (won 6 in a row) at home to fleetwood and southport 1/2 home to hyde. Stalybridge (my team) should dick Blyth at 4/6, but our home form is startlingly bad for a team on the verge of the playoffs. my weekend treble (bigger odds teams) will be Staybridge 4/6, Telford 13/8, Harrogate 4/5. im £200 up this season!

@ThomRogers: West Ham can cause upset, but I don't think that upset will be to United on sunday

And a few on Drowned In Sound...

Anonymous said...

How do you place an accumulator bet?

Gavin In The City said...

I'll narrow my tip for the accumulator to just Stalybridge at 4/6, breaking the golden rule of don't back your own team, but I'm confident on this one. If you want to boost the odds then up the ante to half time-full time, but you do so at your own risk!

David Riley said...

Wolves to beat Coventry who've lost their last two games and are starting to wobble in mid-table. Absolutely a dead certainty that Cardiff will demolish Charlton, much as I don't want this to happen, we've been woeful for the last few months and there is a certain air of resignation starting to linger around The Valley. Tottenham to beat Arsenal and Fulham to overturn Wigan in the Premier League.

Anonymous said...

brighton to beat hereford
wrexham to beat lewes
ebbsfleet to beat northwich
scunthorpe to beat cheltenham
leicester to beat oldham if you're feeling saucy.

few great new signings for brighton and on the back on the last win i can't really see us doing anything other smashing hereford into little tiny pieces.

i don't think lewes are ever gonna win again. bit of a shame as fancied another sussex team in the league, don't think it's gonna be them though! hahah... wrexham have been looking pretty tidy recently too.

northwich are RUBBISH. banker that one, innit. ebbsfleet have been looking good of late so easy money there.

scunthorpe have got a really good team this year and despite very nearly toppling the mighty seagulls the other day, cheltenham really do play pretty shocking football.

leicester to beat oldham is where you can add a bit of dollar to the win, but it's gonna be a close run thing. just about swaying towards the crisps lot though.

easy money all round innit!

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Anonymous said...

oh, and you'll take just over 12/1 on that if you plump for leicester. 7/1 without..

Kev said...

There's some incredible non-league knowledge on display here! Good work people, keep it up

Gonna place the bet this afternoon so get your final tips in now

Anonymous said...

Liverpool will almost certainly draw with Pompey, they never win at Fratton and Gerrard might be out.

Cardiff will balls up again Charlton because that's what we do (Bowen's right).

Swansea will beat whoever they're playing because life isn't fair.

Angry Boy said...

you're missing a trick, English league football is too tight...Scottish football however tends to be a lot more predictable as there is usually a team that wins the league buy a country mile and a team that gets about 5 points a season. I wouldn't go for scores just wins. You also need to pick a banker, you have all the games on a Saturday except one which is on a Sunday that way if you've got all the results you need on a Saturday you can bet the opposite way with a higher stake on the Sunday that way you will win for sure (perhaps a little less)

to win: St johnstone, Brechin, Dumbarton, Stenhousemuir, Montrose, Ayr, Brentford, Rochdale

The banker: manure to beat West Ham on Sunday

Kev said...

Good point, I hadn't thought about Scottish football. I used to bet on Gretna every week (and even went to a game - but that all unfortunately crumbled away when they went out of business

Kev said...

A stern Twitter tip just received...

@thekiosque Don't bet on Aberdeen. Their inconsistency will drive you insane. You have been warned

Anonymous said...

Here are some tips from Serie A this weekend:

Milan teams both playing on the saturday:

Milan to beat Reggina
Lecce Inter To draw (hard one but should be good value and inter are going through a rough patch)

Sunday has
Fiorentina to beat Lazio (Lazio abysmal this year)

Roma to beat Genoa should also have good value due to Genoa's (unrealistic) high position in the table

Palermo Napoli (draw)

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